Newspaper coverage last week-end of Mum's consternation at the sordid living conditions of her lad in Afg and a repeated TV item last night featuring what could have been said son in said sh*thouse. Attention drawn to the cleaning and the flies and stench. Mt colonial experience featured the Deep Trench Latrine (DTL) which I recall as a far better alternative. What is there that bars these? We did have bucket latrines but that was where we had locals who paid us for the night soil they collected. Flies were controlled by the use of DDT hand-pumped sprays; a good pump and short wait allowed a fly-free experience. The smell was never a feature. The Sgts' Mess at Inchon had the finest DTL ever. A 14 seater. Openings at high level on all four sides allowed for a through draught. There were even discussion groups who block-booked times for meetings. I suppose it will be said that DTL require labour to dig. We managed it. If we are to be in Afg for 40 more years we need to do something better than buckets.