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Pilot’s miracle escape as plane crash lands … on a pile of Portaloos

By Eddie Wrenn

With his plane stalling at 150 feet, and no time to return to the runway, the pilot of a Cessna 182 was probably in need of the toilet.

Luckily, he found a whole pile of them, and the crash landing on top of piles of portable loos probably saved his life.

The Cessna 182 crashed on Friday afternoon in Washington state after taking off from Thun Field, an airfield owned by Pierce County southeast of Tacoma.

Crash land: The Cessna plane lands on the pile of portable loos

Crash land: The Cessna plane lands on the pile of portable loos

The plane was about 150 feet (45 meters) in the air when the engine quit.

Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said the pilot tried to turn around to land but didn’t quite make it.

The plane hit a fence, flipped over and landed upside down on top of the portable toilets standing in a storage yard.

The pilot, whose identity has not been released, was able to walk away apparently unharmed.

Landing: The pilot, who has not been identified, was able to walk away from the wreckage

Landing: The pilot, who has not been identified, was able to walk away from the wreckage

I love receiving photos of toilet signs, but this picture really made me smile. So thanks to Elliott Loo Hire for sending it in!

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Elliott Loo Hire was where i got my portable toilet from back in 2007, so it’s quite sad really to see all it’s extended family looking like this!

After receiving 48 000 visitors at various locations across Manchester, Bog Standard Gallery is now at it’s first London exhibition

Apthorp Gallery

Barnet Open

Thursday 8th May 2008Sunday 15th June 2008 12.00PM- 4.00PM

artsdepot’s answer to the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition.

This annual event, now in its fourth year, will offer an opportunity for talented visual artists to exhibit their work. Ranging from ceramics to photography, installation art to oil painting, The Barnet Open will showcase a broad range of styles and mediums in a contemporary gallery setting. The exhibition is the product of an open submissions process with local residents, artists and community groups having the opportunity to put their work forward for selection. The result will no doubt be a vibrant group show by compelling artists.

It sounds a bit drastic to accuse an art gallery of kidnapping a toilet but that’s exactly what happened!

Not only did they kidnap my precious portable loo but they then held her hostage for about a week not granting me permission to go in and check she was ok ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Put yourself in my shoes – imagine you had been privileged enough to go to Portable Toilet Land, and pick out your own very special looking portable toilet from all the ones they had lined up in need of some TLC and a home, then you spent 100 hours inside the thing, cleaning it and doing it up, putting up with the fact that you smelt like poo and bleach for about two weeks, six months later having people still refuse to shake your hand on the basis they know where it’s been, travelling half way around the world photographing toilet signs, getting laughed at by lots of people when photographing the mens’ door and a man walks out in the middle of the picture being taken, only to go and check your precious portable toilet was ok where it was being safely stored only to find that it was gone and hear that an anonymous white van had been and removed it without a trace earlier in the day!!!

Enough of the rant, she was found safe and sound…

…if only the Tate had the same mentality!

So basically what i am trying to say is – Bog Standard Gallery is now on exhibition in Urbis for those that want to pay a visit!

It’s on the 3rd floor and forms part of the ‘Catapult‘ exhibition – entrance is free – you don’t need to spend a penny to go in! ๐Ÿ˜›

For those that don’t live near Urbis you can also pay Bog Standard Gallery a visit on Second Life!

This week i had an article about Bog Standard Gallery in Chat magazine. I have mixed feelings about this! Sold at 78p a copy, the reader definitely gets value for money if they take the ‘it’s so awful it’s funny’ approach! It had my sister Sara in hysterics for a good half an hour or so, and in fact i think she thought it was so hideously hilarious that she can’t wait to buy next weeks! For those people that have never read it, and i am hoping this is true for most people, i think it is something you have to read cover to cover at least once – it will open your eyes to a whole new world you could never imagine existed, (with people apparently eating their cousins with rice), as well as giving an entirely new definition of the word ridiculous! I would be quite fascinated to work out the ratio of exclamation marks in relation to the word count of the entire magazine, it’s sickening!!!!!

Tomorrow i am going to South Africa for a couple of weeks, so i wont be posting anythingย  up for the duration, but will be back 3rd September after a good bit of toilet sign spotting. Woo! ๐Ÿ˜›

After having spent 10 days at my degree show talking about my work, i think it has really got my mind very focused to notice absolutely anything that is remotely toilet related or spotted. Probably more so than when i was actually creating the pieces, because during that time i was thinking specifically about the tasks i was doing, rather than about the work as a whole. During the show, i have had chance to think about my work in a wider context, and i have been thinking about what will happen next – not only for these 2 pieces themselves, but for their development and some entirely new work.

Once i had taken the show down i went to London for a couple of days, and i realised when i got back, that most of the things i had taken photographs of were toilet related or spotty! I just hope i wont notice something similar next time i open my wardrobe!

I noticed this lorry after stepping out of the tube station when i first arrived. I think it must actually be a really hi-tech portable toilet, and was very excited indeed! It made me wonder about giving Bog Standard Gallery some wheels and attaching is to the back of the caravan!…

I was even more excited to spot this portable toilet (it even seems to be the same model and as mine!) from the top of the London Eye!! (It’s just under the second train carriage from the left)…

And to see this spotty building was just the icing on the cake! ๐Ÿ™‚

Now that i am back from London i will be working full time for the Manchester International Festival. Having been doing a few hours a week there in the past couple of months, i think the work will begin to become quite exciting now that the festival has actually begun.