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Free Range Naturism / Re: Nudity in Temperature Extremes
« on: August 16, 2019, 02:58:45 AM »

I'm sure we do have midges in England, Peter S, don't we.  I got bit by a load a few weeks ago when gardening at dusk.
If they weren't midges, what were they?  You can always tell when there's horse flies as they are bigger and noisier.
I think they just have loads more midges in Scotland!

Yes, but our midges are pale sassenach imitations of the Scottish breed, which have been brought up watching old Braveheart movies and having fang upgrades in the Clydeside dockyards. English midges? Pan, wimps!

General Naturism Discussion / Re: Nudes in the news
« on: August 12, 2019, 11:17:48 PM »
I think you’re recalling the fuss back in March, JBee, when a group of self-appointed paedophile hunters barracked an organised, regular, club-based nude swim, advertised as family-friendly with children in attendance. The paedophile hunters called themselves the Templar Knights and with a name like that may have had some religious affiliations. After a bit of mostly local publicity and the police standing by just in case, it seems to have fizzled out quite quickly. Still quite worrying for those on the receiving end while it was going on.

It pretty much imitated (though less dramatically) the similar fuss in Canada last year, though I think that also died a pretty rapid death. I seem to recall a leading protester in Canada was charged with something or other after swimmers had their cars damaged (?) Both “protests” seem to have been based on the “what about the children” principle, but failed to drum up any real public reaction.

General Naturism Discussion / Re: People who've given up washing
« on: August 09, 2019, 03:42:32 PM »
Washing hands has an immediate effect on the viruses that go around each cold season. I wash when I'm around more people and their habitat.

I know it's widely reckoned that the winter germs spread mostly via things like door handles - sneeze with hand over mouth, open door, next person picks up germs, etc - so hand washing can undoubtedly lessen the spread. But as someone whose work took me into possibly four or five different homes a day, I recommend wide exposure to bugs as the best way to build up immunity. In all that time I rarely got more than a short sniffle in any bug season thanks - I believe - to multiple low-level exposures. Since retirement I find the bugs can be a bit more invasive.

With the shift to gender neutrality, I think anyone could wear anything to anywhere now and not be challenged on it - or if they were challenged be able to claim damages and tabloid headlines. Except, of course, you couldn’t get away with going to work naked ...

General Naturism Discussion / Re: Permanude
« on: August 03, 2019, 06:33:13 AM »
I think it’s about control, full stop, nothing to do with gender. There are plenty of people out there who just like to control the rest of us, to be in charge, exercising the “fact” that they know what’s best for us. It’s one reason the choice of nakedness can be so contentious, as we are taking that control back for ourselves. By enforcing clothing, nakedness can be retained as punishment, a method of humiliation.

Free Range Naturism / Re: Nudity in Temperature Extremes
« on: August 02, 2019, 05:23:56 PM »
St David leeked, St Andrew was beaten by the midges ...

Free Range Naturism / Re: Nudity in Temperature Extremes
« on: August 02, 2019, 02:19:10 PM »
No midges!?! I thought that they were all pervasive, inescapable.

Cotswolds sound better and better.

Just as St Patrick banished the snakes from Ireland, so St George banished midges from England. They didn’t go far, just into Scotland. A few get blown south now and then but not enough to worry about. Horse flies, on the other hand ....

General Naturism Discussion / Re: On Saving Naturist Literature
« on: August 02, 2019, 12:02:38 AM »
There is the delicate balance of differentiating between propaganda and reporting. If you know the publication you’re reading you should know which side of the line they veer towards, but of course the dedicated reader probably does not have that critical faculty(yes Daily Mail reader, I’m looking at you).

During the Falklands War a small group of UK journalists went with the Task Force and pooled their reports, which helped balance the quality, I think. A classic report from that time has added a phrase to the English lexicon - the Argentines claimed to have shot down a number of British aircraft, but from the deck of the British carrier Brian Hanrahan, an experienced and trusted BBC man, said he couldn’t reveal numbers for security reasons, “but I counted them out, and I counted them back”, and there had been no losses.

Free Range Naturism / Re: Nudity in Temperature Extremes
« on: August 01, 2019, 11:53:16 PM »
I'm in training for some charity fund raising walks and me and the dog were out walking the hills for eight hours. At one point we had to walk alongside a field which overgrown and was a strip of nettles, broom and thistle. Only a couple on hundred yards but every part of my body, up to my neck, was scratched. The warmth was nice but sometimes the winter die back has its benefits.

You have my sympathies! I was out yesterday on a path that in March was clear and passable, but I don’t think anyone’s been down it since then. Shoulder high with everything, which included brambles and nettles. My legs, and a few other places, are testament to nature’s revenge on the human race. I fought it for nearly half a mile before being able to find a parallel, unencumbered, path. But at least we don’t have midges in the Cotswolds.

General Naturism Discussion / Re: On Saving Naturist Literature
« on: August 01, 2019, 05:10:29 PM »
Wartime reporting - latterly front-line journalism but originally newspapers reprinting letters home handed over by family members - has always been fraught. Napoleon claimed one of his best sources of military intelligence was the London press; Wellington tried, and failed, to dissuade his officers from writing home too much detail of where they were and what they were doing. The reporting from Crimea changed the way wars were fought and armies were run. In South Africa Lord Roberts purposely fed misinformation to the press to mislead the enemy. In WWI a jingoistic press fed a lot of lies to the home population and encouraged young men to go to their deaths “like a soldier”. It’s generally accepted that frontline photography and being the first war fought on television helped bring Vietnam to an end. Today things are further complicated by troops with mobile phones and helmet cams streaming their day-to-day back home.

No simple answers - probably not even simple questions for this one.

General Naturism Discussion / Re: On Saving Naturist Literature
« on: July 28, 2019, 07:34:28 PM »
 Newspapers like to call themselves the first draft of history. But being in that first draft one often can’t see the forest for the trees. Looking back on events, what were often a cacophony of things going on have resolved themselves with time into an historical crumb-trail, and what seemed almost random happenings can now be seen in their contextual pattern. Of course reinterpretation plays its part and sometimes skews those events into something they weren’t, but maybe the next historical draft will work that one out.

General Naturism Discussion / Re: On Saving Naturist Literature
« on: July 28, 2019, 05:41:56 PM »
But you have let slip pictures of your good self, JBee, on your own website, and unless the pictures have been doctored there is definitely something greyish/whitish lurking above your top lip. I know you try to hide it in the shadows from your hat, but ....

Free Range Naturism / Anyone for coffee?
« on: July 25, 2019, 01:29:40 PM »

General Naturism Discussion / Re: Clothing can be Unhealthy
« on: July 25, 2019, 12:34:49 PM »
I think that sometimes those who would not wear clothing when they can manage it, tend to put more thought into clothing than those who would never dream of never wearing it.

Actually I probably do just that. When I was working I put on the "uniform" in the morning and wore it all day without having to think about it. Now I'm retired I have to stop and think several times a day what I'm going to do next and what's the right clothes to wear for it (if I have to wear anything, that is)

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