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The Bellinghman
Date: 2010-09-20 07:50
Subject: "Nothing to lose but your chains"
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One thing about our trip that I noticed - in Australia, it appears that the concept of the chain for the sink or basin plug doesn't exist.

It may well be that this is down to small sample size (only three different places), but I don't think I've previously encountered the plug with no chain attached (except for wear and tear cases). The resulting inability to lift the plug from a very hot sink is inconvenient, and the comparative difficulty in finding the plug in the first place (in Melbourne, I couldn't find the kitchen one, and borrowed the bathroom one for a day or two) would seem to outweigh the added simplicity of leaving the chain out.
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User: reddragdiva
Date: 2010-09-20 07:47 (UTC)
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It does exist, it's just annoyingly less common than it is in the UK.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2010-09-20 08:40 (UTC)
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Ah, cheers. In that case, I think we just got unlucky. Since the plug-chain is in my experience almost universal (excepting where there are internal level systems, or no plug-hole at all as per the tip-up basins on the Indian Pacific train), I was a tad bemused.

It's the little differences that get you. Great big parrots in a city centre? Yeah, no problem.
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Bjorn
User: bfrb
Date: 2010-09-20 15:47 (UTC)
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Also unknown here. All sinks sold nowadays here have a plug lowering/raising mechanism built in.
When i stop seeing separate hot/cold faucets in public bathrooms/lavatories the UK you can start finding fault with foreign installations. Frankly, that is disgusting and insanely uncomfortable
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2010-09-20 16:05 (UTC)
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I'm not sure what's disgusting about separate hot and cold taps. Inconvenient, yes (though many combined taps are pretty damned stupid). But disgusting?

I do note that there is in some places a return to the simpler designs of the past, on the grounds that the greater reliability brought by greater simplicity is desirable.

What I find deeply stupid is those cases where there is a single tap, with no temperature control, and a sign saying 'Beware - water may be hot!'.
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Bjorn
User: bfrb
Date: 2010-09-20 16:18 (UTC)
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The disgusting bit is that one should wash one's hands under running water, especially in public bathrooms.
I have sympathy with the 'fill sink, wash in sink, save water' view but not in public bathrooms, and anyway that doesn't work where there are no plugs (The Hilton, iirc, and many other places.)
Also, those public taps that require turning, often forcefully -> more disgusting. A mixer tap that can be lifted and set with, say, the back of one's hand = neat and hygienic.
Your last example is of course deeply stupid and getting common. I obviously like the ones where there is a sensor that sets off the water, but there should absolutely be some way of setting temperature.
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