By Gwen Sanderson, Transition Network
It’s not difficult to get my dad talking about the past and the first story he remembered about times before flush toilets was a tale about his brother and his friend who snuck round the back of the earth closets in their Lake District village. Via the back entrance they took delight in brandishing stinging nettles at the backside of some local character named Mad Jack! The point is that earth closets only go back a generation. A useful question might be what was wrong with them that we gave it all up for water based sewerage systems?