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Thunder, Flush and Thomas Crapper
Extracts from Adam Hart-Davis's book.
(Buy the book from Micheal O'Mara Books, ISBN 1-85479-250-4, hardback 1-85479-245-8, or in the US, ISBN 1570760810.)
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During the early 1980s there was a good deal of fighting around the small bush town of Katima Mulilo, on the Zambezi River, about 60 miles upstream from the Victoria Falls. The South West African Police Force (SWAPF) had a lot of people on the beat, and they needed somewhere to relieve themselves outside the police station, since going inside meant penetrating several layers of security, which wasted a lot of time.

Across the dusty road from the police station was a large baobab tree, and they built themselves a lavatory inside it! Local craftsmen cut a small room in the huge trunk, and fitted it out with not only a proper flushing water-closet but also an overhead light and a lockable steel door which kept the lavatory exclusive for SWAPF. (See photo, p143 of book.)


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