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AUCKLAND CITY HARBOUR NEWS, SEPTEMBER 4, 2013
I was visiting a friend s place a couple
of months ago and I asked to use the
toilet and was very surprised when
she told me she had a special "Bidet
toilet seat" that would automatically
clean a person without toilet paper.
She told me she bought it from e
BIDET SHOP and how it had changed
Well, for years I have wanted a
Bidet in my bathroom, but the cost
of having a separate Bidet has always
held me back. So, when I got home,
I thought to myself "I should give it
I phoned e BIDET SHOP and my
call was answered by a very helpful lady
who introduced herself as Judy. She rst
explained how apart from the comfort
factors of a heated seat and instant warm
water the Coway Bidet had many health
bene ts as well! She then proceeded to
tell me how this wonderful toilet seat
Judy explained, once a person has
nished their business they just press
the Bottom or Feminine wash buttons,
and the Coway Bidet provides a gentle
stream of warm water that will clean
them thoroughly. en the in built fan
will start to dry you o with warm air,
without the need for toilet paper. She
then told me that this Bidet also has a
It just simply replaces your existing
toilet seat, and can be installed in just
a few minutes! If I ever decided to
move to a new home the Bidet can be
removed from the toilet as easily as it
was installed, and I could take the Bidet
I told her that my husband had arthritis
and it would be di cult for him to install
it, but that I d be game to give it a go! Judy
told me not to worry, that if I have any
di culty putting it on just to call her and
she would happily talk me through it.
Alternatively she could arrange for one of
their installers to do it for me, I decided
to do something that would bene t the
both of us, so I went ahead and bought
It arrived promptly by courier two days
later. ( ey didn t even charge me for
delivery!). I opened the box and read the
instructions, and in no time at all I had
the Coway Bidet up and running. Well, I
wish that I had found this Coway Bidet
seat years ago! I just feel so clean and
fresh. Also it has come as such a blessing
for my husband (as I said he su ers from
arthritis and was having di culties in the
bathroom). Now all he has to do is press
one button and he s as clean as a whistle.
It has changed his life!
Recently two of my friends have also
bought a Bidet a er trying mine. I did
ring Judy again, not for help, but to thank
her for this marvellous machine, and to
tell her that it was much better than I
So do yourself a favour and go buy
yourself a life changing Bidet toilet seat,
from e BIDET SHOP .
Just call 0800 450 837 or pop into e
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2013 (Stand 189) Ground Floor - 165
Strand - Parnell, Auckland.
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Will nuclear water be a threat?
As Barack Obama put pressure on
his unwilling international partners
to join what could be another Iraq in
the making, bulletins from another
theatre warn Pacific Ocean neigh-
bours like us that the ominous men-
ace from the Fukushima atomic
plant is getting much worse.
What's happened so far may have
already passed the stage beyond
any known remedy.
One of makeshift storage tanks
holding contaminated water at the
Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant
leaked 300 tons (more than 70,000
gallons) of highly radioactive water
over a few weeks into the ocean we
share -- and continues to do so.
The Tokyo Electric Power Com-
pany has now admitted that radio-
active water from its underground
storage tanks and groundwater has
leaked into the ocean and that the
company misled government agen-
cies about exposures suffered by
In the past, top level responses to
such admissions have been
infrequent and worthless.
The latest bulletin prompted
Japanese Trade and Industry Min-
ister Toshimitsu Motegi to go to
Fukushima in an attempt at dam-
His response was typical of those
in the past: I strongly feel that the
government should get fully
involved,'' he told the press.
So do millions of other Japanese.
And New Zealanders may feel the
same very soon if we find ourselves
in the path of drifting radioactive
The Japanese Government denied
any responsibility more than two
years ago and has falsified data and
safety checks since.
For more than two years the
Japanese government left the Tokyo
Electric Power Company in charge
of the cleanup, while knowing the
company's long history of phony
figures and promises.
Minister Motegi recommends that
the company -- which has had hun-
dreds of billions of yen in govern-
ment aid since the 2011 earthquake
-- should document its inspections
better and use welded water tanks
instead of weak, bolted tanks.
One weaker tank has the latest
leak. It holds approximately 1000
tons of water and has leaked 10 tons
of water every day. Of 1000 or so
storage tanks on site, approxi-
mately 350 are bolted, with the
seams inadequately sealed by plas-
tic packing materials.
The company fills the tanks every
two and a half days to keep up with
volume of water cooling Fukushi-
ma's crippled reactors and fuel rods.
It doesn't yet have functioning fil-
ters to remove radioactive chemi-
cals from the water. Large volumes
of cooling water are needed every
day because the closed loop used to
cool the boiled water reactors dur-
ing normal operations was
destroyed by the March 2011 quake,
tsunami and subsequent explosions.
The French daily Le Monde
reports that puddles near the leak-
ing tank yield an exposure of more
than 100 millisieverts per hour
when Japanese law says workers
should not be exposed to more than
100mSv over a five-year period.
One hundred per hour for 10
straight hours brings on radiation
sickness, including nausea and
lower white blood cell count.
National Geographic reported the
leaking water has high levels of
strontium-90 and cesium-137.
In July, levels of these elements
in wells inside the plant increased
15-fold. The power company can't
explain that increase and hasn't
found the leak.
Strontium-90 leaking into our
ocean will accumulate in the bones
of fish, and in the bones of people
who eat contaminated seafood.
The Japanese nuclear energy
watchdog has raised the incident
level from one to three on the inter-
national scale that measures the
severity of atomic accidents.
This acknowledges the greatest
crisis since the reactors melted
down after the tsunami in 2011.
Some nuclear experts fear the
problem is much worse than either
the power company or the Japanese
Government are willing to admit.
It is much worse than we have
been led to believe, much worse,''
said Mycle Schneider, who is lead
author for the World Nuclear Indus-
try status reports.
The head of Japan's nuclear regu-
lation authority, Shunichi Tanaka,
appeared to give credence to
Schneider's concerns, saying that he
feared further leaks.
We should assume that what has
happened once could happen again,
and prepare for more. We are in a
situation where there is no time to
waste,'' he told reporters.
Dr Ken Buesseler, a senior scien-
tist, has examined waters around
Fukushima says: It's not over yet
by a long shot. Chernobyl was in
many ways a one week fire-
explosive event, nothing with the
potential of this right on the ocean.
We've said since 2011 that the
reactor site is still leaking, whether
that's the buildings and the ground
water or these new tank releases.
There's no way to really contain all
of this radioactive water on site.
Once it gets into the ground
water, like a river flowing to the
sea, you can't really stop a ground
water flow. You can pump out water
but how many tanks can you keep
putting on site?''
Some radioactive elements like
caesium contained in the water can
be filtered by the earth. Others are
managing to get through and this
worries watching experts.
Our biggest concern right now is
if some of the other isotopes such as
strontium 90, which tend to be more
mobile, get through these sediments
in the ground water,'' Dr Buesseler
says. They are entering the ocean
at levels that then will accumulate
in seafood and will cause new
There are also worries about the
spent nuclear fuel rods cooled and
stored in water pools on the site. Mr
Schneider says these contain far
more radioactive caesium than was
emitted during the explosion at
There's absolutely no guarantee
that there isn't a crack in the walls
of the spent fuel pools. If salt water
gets in, the steel bars would be cor-
roded. It would basically explode
the walls, and you cannot see that,
you can't get close enough to the
pools,'' he says.
Mr Schneider is calling for an
international taskforce for Fuku-
shima. The Japanese have a prob-
lem asking for help. It's a big mis-
take -- they badly need it.''
For our sake too.
In the mailbag:
Reading of the interrogation by
police of an innocent couple in the
police's fruitless attempt to pin the
Crewe murders on someone gave me
the shivers. Police asked the couple
when they became Christian, as
though this was significant -- could
they have been feeling guilty?
It reminded me of why I have
such misgivings about the GCSB
Bill. When I've discussed it with
others, they shrug and say, oh I've
never done anything I'm ashamed of
-- they could never pin anything on
me'. But paranoid authorities can
twist innocent actions to make them
sound suspicious, I argue.
The pointed questioning by the
police to the couple of when did you
become Christian?'' illustrates exac
tly what I was trying to explain.
Since when was it suspicious to
become a Christian in this country?
-- Name provided
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