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Q: Country cottage near Brighton ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   5 Comments )
Subject: Country cottage near Brighton
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: kemlo-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 15 Nov 2006 11:48 PST
Expires: 15 Dec 2006 11:48 PST
Question ID: 783023
I have been offered a cottage for the Xmas hilodays But have been warned it
 "is on the night soil system".   
What does this mean?

Subject: Re: Country cottage near Brighton
Answered By: scriptor-ga on 15 Nov 2006 12:05 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Dear kemlo,

it means that you will have to accept certain limitations concerning
the toilets you will find there. More clearly, "night soil system" is
an euphemism for the following: The house has no flush toilets.
Instead, you will have to use a honey bucket which can be emptied at a
cesspit (or some other place indended for this) or will be emptied by
a night soil collector (provided that a such service exist in that

Of course, the cottage could be quite fine otherwise.

Best regards,

Request for Answer Clarification by kemlo-ga on 16 Nov 2006 02:41 PST
I've spoken to the owner and he's filled me in on the more dubious
details, potties under the bed, both sides of the double bed.  Two
under the bunk beds (shaking head in disbelief)
He tells me there is an ELSAN??  next to the kitchen and yes there is
a two-holer out in the yard.

However this will be cheaper than an Hotel. 

Thank you scriptor I had never heard of that phrase before.


Clarification of Answer by scriptor-ga on 16 Nov 2006 04:46 PST
I'm glad to know that I was able to help you!

All the best and a nice, unusual Christmas holiday!

Request for Answer Clarification by kemlo-ga on 02 Dec 2006 11:01 PST
I Have just returned from two weeks holiday in the cottage and just
learned the dreadful news of Google answers closing
The cottage has no electricity there fore no emaul ir itnernet. It is
situated near the village of Fulking nere Brighton,
I heartily recomend it.

Lots of Love to you all 


Request for Answer Clarification by kemlo-ga on 11 Dec 2006 14:54 PST
I would just like to say sorry, to,  johnfrommelbourne-ga for his kind
and generous offer.

Unfortunately I can only get away for a short break, and even then I
have to remain in England
to be on call. However I did park the family down there for the fortnight.

The are unanimous in saying it was the worst holiday ever.  Still
looking forward to Christmas.

And still posting on Gurgle

kemlo-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00

Subject: Re: Country cottage near Brighton
From: myoarin-ga on 15 Nov 2006 13:30 PST
Ah, there is nothing like a nice self-heating outhouse, a two-holer,
or maybe three  - with a lower seat for the young kids.  Have used a
couple or three when visiting relatives in the Old Countries.  Have to
admit, I always wondered about the actual necessity for multiple
seating ...
No fear, they don't smell like you might think.
Subject: Re: Country cottage near Brighton
From: steph53-ga on 15 Nov 2006 15:14 PST
Hey Kemlo...

Would this cottage be anywhere near our "esteemed" Probono's place?

Subject: Re: Country cottage near Brighton
From: kemlo-ga on 16 Nov 2006 02:45 PST

I don't know,  For some reason Bryan has never given out his complete home address.

Subject: Re: Country cottage near Brighton
From: johnfrommelbourne-ga on 16 Nov 2006 06:55 PST
Kemlo, as a trusted friend of Bryan you can have my city apartment as 
an alternative if you like. Reason being I am going overseas for a few
weeks and wont be needing it.  You cant miss it as I live in the
Melbourne CBD and the Skybus from airport drops passengers almost next
door to my place in same street; a cupla minutes walk thats all.

 John From Melbourne
Subject: Re: Country cottage near Brighton
From: frde-ga on 17 Nov 2006 04:38 PST
An Elsan is a chemical toilet
- best described as a barrel with some turd dissolving fluid in the bottom.

Potties under the bed are because it will be too cold to visit the Elsan.

I would check that there is running water, electricity, any form of heating.

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