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I mostly view on my iPa£ with Safari, no problems here, ifthat help (probably just confuses the issue, sorry)

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Naturism & Art / Re: Naked Nudity
« on: December 13, 2018, 01:33:47 PM »
A lot of the early cameras captured extremely high resolutions, because they were expensive and limited edition pieces of apparatus, aiming for quality. Reducing size and improving portability led to lower quality in return for mass production and availability (and relative cheapness). It’s taken decades for high levels of quality to creep through into mass production, affordable levels. I used to work with a photographer who highlighted another issue, that lens technology and film technology advanced at different rates, so even if a lens could capture high the film couldn’t cope, and vice versa.

The advance to digital has changed all that, of course, and most photographs, if viewed at all, are only viewed on a smartphone-sized screen.

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Think positive, JB - perhaps nudity will expand to uncover the number of people @vailable ...

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The Law of Unintended Consequences - up there with Murphy’s Law and Sods’ Law as the guiding principles of life.

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General Naturism Discussion / Re: UK London restrooms go gender neutral
« on: November 26, 2018, 05:11:02 PM »
It’s quite common, especially among small coffee shops and the like, for the facilities to be shareable. Much more flexible that way for a start, and more economic to set up. Been that way for years without the press getting upset about it. The fuss that bob refers to in the original post is because (a) it’s the mayor of London and (b) someone got all politically correct about LGBT issues over it.

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There seems to be a wide understanding that we need low level exposure to germs to establish immunity, but this gets shouted down by big business’ desire to sell us things that reinforce “hygiene” and “safety” by killing as many bugs as possible.

Office workers in sealed, efficient, air-conditioned buildings infamously get repeatedly ill breathing each other’s germs; when I was in a home service job going to a succession of houses every day, I was exposed to who-knows-what and never had as much as a cold, because, I believe, I was effectively inoculating myself with low-level exposure.

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The product of our sewage treatment works does actually go back to the land, Ric. Once it’s been suitably cleaned and treated the resultant sludge is dried and sold to farmers as fertiliser. I think there are some parts of the world where it’s used more directly, but this is probably the best way to handle (!) industrial quantities of the stuff.

Incidentally, if ever you pass a sewage treatment works you’ll see some wonderful tomatoes growing - seems tomato pips pass right through us and on through the system to self-plant at the end of the trip.

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General Naturism Discussion / Re: An eloquent essay
« on: November 20, 2018, 09:56:25 PM »
I suspect the reason for previously naked folk to don clothes when they meet “civilisation” is that they think this is how they should behave in the new world they have joined, in the same way that the colonised of th3 past liked to ape the colonisers. Who’s to say they’re wrong? (We are!)

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General Naturism Discussion / Re: An eloquent essay
« on: November 12, 2018, 06:53:04 PM »
Given that we on this forum do not see the need to wear clothes, it’s probably the wrong place to expect an answer to that one  :o

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Amen to that, brother

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General Naturism Discussion / Re: Sunbathing
« on: November 02, 2018, 04:46:02 PM »
“Rich” food over here implies a lot of sugar and/or fat content. Go back into culinary history and once that sort of content would only be available to the rich, so maybe that’s where the term stems from. “Organic” is defined as grown without the use of any form of man-made chemicals, fertilisers or pesticides (the use of the word organic is policed by the Soil Association, who promote and monitor organic food production. Given the efficacy of all those chemicals at improving crop and animal yields, organic foodstuffs tend to be more expensive and so have an aura of “for the well-off”.

There’s even a movement afoot promoting “ancient grains”. Mass production has reduced the use of strains of wheat etc to those which are the highest yielding (for obvious economic reasons), but less efficient strains are now being rediscovered and used for bread that only the rich can afford on a regular basis.

Perhaps the new definition of “rich” food needs to be the food that used to be for the poor.

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General Naturism Discussion / Re: Nudes in the news
« on: October 31, 2018, 07:06:04 AM »
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Its the cops

Except someone called the cops, so they have to bear some of the responsibility, it’s not just the police.

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General Naturism Discussion / Re: An eloquent essay
« on: October 31, 2018, 07:01:36 AM »
Somewhere down line the tail started to wag the dog. The theory of elected representation is that we select some from among us to administer the common systems society needs for its day-to-day working. By calling those representatives “government” we let them believe they run society - us - not simply our support mechanisms. We then allow ourselves to be deceived by the notion of elections that we can dethrone them if they get it wrong - unfortunately elections only result in the election of more politicians.

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Free Range Naturism / Re: How was your month for Free Range Naturism?
« on: October 31, 2018, 06:49:44 AM »
On this side of the pond we have had a few instances of problem police officers, but overall I think we are pretty well served - I do detect a difference in systems between here and the US which lies at the heart of both the perception and reality of our respective experiences.

I sometimes wonder if real-life policemen are influenced by their on-screen portrayal, where so often the hero breaks the law to uphold it for the greater good?

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While the naked lifestyle can, like many other activities, be pursued with a religious-like fervour, I don't think such things qualify as a religion in their own right. Though I suppose if we think of naturists as "sun worshippers" the religious definition can be applied, even expanded to be part of Atenism (the ancient Egyptian term for sun worship, a bona fide religion back then, apparently).


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