She and Laleh planned to spend the final hours before the operation reading the Koran and performing ritual Muslim ablutions.
But the Croydon violin teacher uses very little water during her morning ablutions.
Lacking shower facilities, I did my ablutions at a bank of sinks beside two expectorating men.
Ablutions before prayers are followed to the letter by those brave enough to strip off socks and roll up sleeves to wash their feet.
' Ablutions ' by Patrick deWitt By George Ducker, Ducker is a writer in Los Angeles.