LETTERS: Briefly

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ALAN Watkins seems to suggest ("The PM still has the German lavatory card up his sleeve", 26 May) that Germans have a perverse interest in examining their own excrement.

In fact, the "ledge loo" is a masterpiece of design engendered, not through coproscopia, but from the far from irrational concern of settlers in German tropical colonies about the eggs of various parasitic worms, colonising their own anal tract through "splashing". As someone who wastes squillions of bog rolls in the avoidance of splashing, I would be the first to applaud an EU directive mandating the compulsory use of the ledge loo.

Donald McFarlan, London W6

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