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I have been puzzled over the last several months that although I prune my beard when it reaches about the same size the residue of prunings seems to get lesser.

The lamp moment was yesterday. I have, as is conventional, a white bathroom suite (perhaps not a suite as the basin and, perhaps, crapper have been renewed). It is only the quantity of dark hair that has been diminishing the overall quantity, the grey making up the difference between observed and formerly observed. It is just that the lack of contrast between the grey and the dark had allowed me to overlook the former.

I suggest this explains why there should ever have been coloured bathroom suites. Obviously they were a clandestine experiment in providing a background where hair clippings would not go unnoticed or, at least, the unnoticedness would remain a constant.

It will not be long before the residue has a complete camouflage and I will have to rely on rinsing it down and hoping that most will catch at the plug-hole and not travel on to the trap and encourage blockages.

What other excuse could there be for having the stuff turdbrown or dark green?

Why the crapper colour should have followed this experiment is a conundrum upon which I am still pondering and will publish my General theory as soon as I have one.
 

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The Avocado bathroom suite is as big a mystery as the Sphinx.

As I am sure everyone knows, a discarded bath is a popular drinking trough (for animals, you understand). The sight of a rose bordered one with roseate soap indents looks very comical. Avocado ones are always destroyed for fear of the lasting shame they may incur.
 

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Talking of baths , they have quite a history on the way to the present moulded plastic form hugging vats that fight for survival amidst the modern multi-jet , multi-directional shower cubicle that can house who ever you want as an ablutions partner.
I've used hip baths, cow baths and other early types made from galvanised steel sheet through the long lasting cast iron designs surfaced with a hard wearing enamel finish to the porcelain on steel era that brought us the Avocado, signal red , sky blue and other colour variants that blessed the modern bathroom or en-suite.
Reminds me of a story my father used to tell about when , in the early 1920's he worked as a labourer in the North Queensland cane fields .
At harvest time the standing cane was set alight to eliminate the dead foliage , deadly snakes, and other vermin before the specialist cane cutters attacked the rows with their razor sharp machetes with the Labour following behind gathering the canes into stoops ready for loading onto the horse drawn wagon then to the miniature rail system bound for the mill.
Dad did this job stripped to the waist in fearful heat despite an early morning start and finished the day covered from head to foot in soot residue from the fires and sticky sugar syrup that oozed from the cane cut ends and to end up looking like a mobile toffee apple .
Then to the baths , perhaps a dozen of every design and type made by man were spread out across a field , filled with water warmed by the blazing sun and the procedure was to strip off to the buff , immerse ones self in the water and rub the skin to soften and dissolve the residue before stepping into the next bath for a rinse and so on toward a suds up with bar soap and a final clean rinse . It was God help the last man in!

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Hey Varley - this will save you a few quid. Don't change the bathroom suite, change the beard.
In my mid 30's I had a full on, almost snow white, beard ( and dark brown hair ! )
My wife was a hairdresser and, on New Year's eve, prior to going to a big party, I had her dye it pink with Magic Silver Rose, the stuff the old girls use on their hair. It is a water rinse dye in that you can wash it out.
Anyway - the wife doubled the dose and the beard ended up super bright fluoro pink. Big hit at the party.
I had to work on the 2nd Jan at an engineering works and, even after about 10 showers, the beard was still a beautiful pale pink. it looked like my face was covered in fairy floss. Didn't I cop it from the crew at work.
So - take it from me - pink shavings will certainly show up in your basin.
 

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I fear, Sir, you have overlooked the law of unintended consequences. The attached will show you that I have indeed tried your solution applied by aerosol. Not quite pink, more a Royal-Ginger. You may be entirely right about the identification of trimmings in the bathroom basin but the downside is that I was blowing Royal-Ginger snot for a fortnight.
 

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When it comes to bathrooms you were luckier than I, Varley.

When we bought the mill in France it had been half (badly) renovated. It had three bathrooms each with a mixture of colours; no bathroom had one colour.

There were blue, white, avocado, sand and dark brown handbasins, baths and toilets...It turns out they went to a 'surplus store' and just loaded up.
Arghhhhhh!

Senior management decided that they'd disappear rapidly; and so it came to pass.
 

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Ex.p That would make OilK's solution one that only the most bizarre and exhibitionist hippy would have contemplated.

Your comment on senior management adds to my research data. Non-white suites would clearly have survived had senior management considered them acceptable. Alas I have no senior management available (although SiL fills in when she can spare the time) this is probably why I have my washing on the line now, enjoying a series of early Autumnal sessions of downpoor.
 

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.. this is probably why I have my washing on the line now, enjoying a series of early Autumnal sessions of downpoor.
David,

I am all for avoiding expenditure on non-essentials but it really isn't sufficient to hang your dirty washing on the line and hope for a downpour. Some soap or detergent and a bucket or washing machine must also be deployed first.

Sad to say that it appears the your descent from the radio room to the engine room was accompanied by a lowering of your standards of hygiene.
 

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I have engineered rights to trail my garments behind every Monday's IoMSPC sailing. All I need is to rinse out the salt water. Of course this does not apply to my underwear but I have only been wearing that for a month so it is not an issue.

(My two months on the Eastham's strength gave me a very poor opinion of the housekeeping of many of our tribe afloat. As well as a very good opinion of our tribe ashore).
 

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DV's problem is with trimming his beard. I haven't had a beard for at least 20yrs. My problem is trimming my eyebrows(regularly), white into a white basin. Maybe I'd be better with an avocado toilet suite. Then I'd be able to see the aforementioned eyebrow hair being flushed away.

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Back in the 1980s or thereabouts dark colours were fashionable. Burgundy, Alpine Blue, Manhattan brown etc.
The problem with them was with the pan (bog, crapper) - The effects of the early morning lower end explosion tended not to be 'noticed' until later on when the full bright light of day set in, with a voice saying something like: "Who's been doing what in here?"
White has some advantages.
 
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