Mole-Like Eating Habits and Toilet Worries: Tuesday 9th August

Very strange to wake up and find the UK to still be in such a state of disarray. Japan may have its faults but I can’t imagine something like that ever happening over here, as people have far too much respect, both for their country and their fellow man. With that in mind I was able to get through another day of predictable mishaps, safe in the knowledge that the only riots would be those taking place in my synapses. Today I found myself so hungry that ‘I ate the whole apple, garden and all’. Somehow one of my classmates knew that I had meant to say ‘skin’, and so we were able to continue with the lesson, without calling in to question my mole-like eating habits.

A watermelon flavored cake-bar, with chocolate chips for pips: genius.

My toilet is broken. However, it is not broken in any conventional sense. The water is still connected, the cistern is still working, and the flush is still flushing. In fact that’s the problem, the flush won’t stop flushing, with the longest flush so far exceeding seven hours! Given my previous rants regarding utility bills, I am not particularly worried about next month’s water charges, as they are fixed by a corrupt local government. What I am worried about is water shortages, as if my toilet continues to consume liquid at this rate it can’t be long before hosepipe bans and shower restrictions are introduced for the whole neighbourhood.

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Sam is a senior lecturer in Science Communication, who researches the different ways in which media such as poetry and film can be used to communicate science to new audiences.
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2 Responses to Mole-Like Eating Habits and Toilet Worries: Tuesday 9th August

  1. Mike says:

    Okay, to fix a perma-flushing toilet: Open up the cistern. There should be a lever in there that rises with the water level, thus closing the spout from which the water pours. If your toilet is not stopping its flush cycle, it is usually because this lever is not closing all the way. There should be a floater on the end of the lever that causes it to rise–the most common problem is that this floater has fallen off or become misaligned, or that the lever has been bent somehow. You can usually fix the problem by jamming the floater back on or bending the bar to your liking. You can also use the bar-bending technique to make your tank fill up less for each flush if you prefer to save water.

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