Taxing time over position of toilet seat

Terry Cringle

Terry Cringle

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I will admit that inexplicable occurrences within the Bijou Residence are usually the result of delusion, drink or even damnation.

But what’s happening to my toilet seat at the moment is the real thing. It’s there in the bathroom to be seen all the time and has been for several weeks now.

Up to now, for reasons of its own, the seat has always refused to stay up after having been lifted. If I didn’t lower it after use it used to fall down of its own volition with an almighty crash unless I lowered it gently.

Now it stays erect, if you understand what I mean, all the time.

Not that I really mind. There is no lady on a permanent basis in the Bijou so there is nobody to berate me daily for not putting the seat down afterwards for her, well, convenience. I can live with a permanently raised toilet seat. It’s what a man needs even if women don’t.

I no longer have to hold the seat up with my right hand while pointing Percy at the porcelain with the other.

(If anybody is interested, I’m a left-hander)

But I’m not wholly at ease. What happens if the seat suddenly changes its fickle mind at a critical moment for me?

It could come uncomfortably close to causing serious injury.

I don’t want it to strike a sharp blow on my left hand and, of course, anything else.

In the cause of objective investigative journalism I did discuss the whole matter with a lady who I thought might be interested on behalf of ladies in general. She wasn’t helpful.

‘Just put it down afterwards and leave it down,’ she snapped. ‘It’s what men should always do.’

I should have known better.

But I don’t like the idea. It sounds somehow like surrendering even more of my manliness.


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