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General Naturism Discussion / Re: On Saving Naturist Literature
« on: July 24, 2019, 08:29:40 AM »
I think if ever there was an example of the Law of Unintended Consequences, the internet is it.

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Free Range Naturism / Re: Everyday Occurances
« on: July 23, 2019, 07:24:00 PM »
In the UK everywhere is owned by someone. Even the national parks are only zoned as such, the land within the area is owned. Some landowners didn’t like being “parked” because of the new restrictions it imposed, some welcomed it as it meant they could get government grants. The earth of the footpaths/rights of way is owned by the landowners, the right to step on it is everyone’s. The landowners can be private individuals, companies, or local authorities,  very occasionally The Government, usually in the form of the Ministry of Defence for training grounds, firing ranges etc. Footpaths across the latter are not much used ....

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Free Range Naturism / Re: Eureka!
« on: July 21, 2019, 05:17:13 PM »
The footpaths in the UK are legally in the care of the county councils, but they are very low priority on council budgets, whether for staffing or maintenance, so in real life it falls to local volunteers or groups like the Ramblers Association to monitor and maintain them. If a farmer seriously blocks a footpath, eg with barbed wire, locked gates and “PRIVATE” notices, the council might be stirred to write an enforcement letter, but action and bureaucracy are words that are all too rarely found in the same sentence.

As the footpaths simply exist, they generally need little maintenance apart from signage and being passable. Trails I’ve experienced in the US (all in California so probably not nationwide typical) seem to be graded and travelled pathways, almost like roads without cars, and have been specifically created, whereas ours have just “happened” through historic usage.

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Free Range Naturism / Re: newTumbl
« on: July 21, 2019, 05:10:33 PM »
It can certainly matter in the work context - if you don’t wear the right “uniform” for your role people won’t trust you enough to employ you. I’ve often heard people say it shouldn’t matter what you wear, it’s how well you do the job. But people go a lot on first impressions, and if you appear at their door looking like something else they won’t give you the job. Would you rate a plumber who arrived wearing a three-piece suit over one in overalls?

But if things like employment and getting paid don’t hang off others’ opinions then on the whole I’d go along with your English gentleman’s approach.

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Introductions / Re: Hello Everyone
« on: July 21, 2019, 05:02:09 PM »
Hi Peter from another Peter. Cheltenham probably not quite Midlands but if you fancy a walk in the Cotswolds we’ll see what can be arranged

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Free Range Naturism / Re: Eureka!
« on: July 20, 2019, 11:12:07 AM »
Our old footpaths (despite slightlyflippant answer above) range from a faint track across a meadow - little more than a line of flattened grass - to a fully-Tarmacadammed roadway which has been built to follow the old walkway. And some of them, if they’ve fallen into disuse or the farmer is trying to dissuade their use, are just a mass of impassable brambles.

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Suggestions / Re: Forum downtime
« on: July 20, 2019, 11:07:48 AM »
Well JBee does wax long and lyrical at times.  ;D ;D

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Free Range Naturism / Re: Eureka!
« on: July 13, 2019, 06:55:19 AM »
Where the countryside is well-tended the signs of an ancient footpath are small yellow discs with arrows on, nailed to gate posts. Or blue for bridle paths, and sometimes other colours with add-on designs for created “ways” such as the Cotswold Way, Monarch’s Way, Ridgeway etc. Where the countryside is less well-tended the gateposts have often fallen over and the discs come adrift.

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Free Range Naturism / Re: newTumbl
« on: July 12, 2019, 07:42:58 AM »
I think labels are society’s shorthand way of getting through the day without over complicating transient relationships. Certainly they can be skewed or soured by the definitions that individuals attach to those labels (labourers are down, academics are up, or vice versa) but isn’t that the way with everything, part of the human condition. I know that my bus driver is more than “just” a bus driver, but for those few moments of our brief encounter I don’t need - or want - the rest of his life to intrude on mine, any more than he wants to know me as anything more than “a return to the high street” ticket buyer, soon forgotten.

The unfortunate effect of the labels comes when people can’t see beyond them at times when perhaps they should. But the counter-effect also comes across, like a recent headline marvelling that a guy who used to be a homeless rough sleeper is now an opera star; butwhy shouldn’t rough sleepers be able to sing? I’m sure we can all add to a long list of such misconceptions bred from the labelling shorthand.

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Free Range Naturism / Re: newTumbl
« on: July 10, 2019, 06:51:05 AM »
BT makes a good point about the difference between our self view and that of others - shy vv quiet. As the poet wrote, would that we have the gift of seeing ourselves as others see us.

Unfortunately (?) we all get labelled - men especially, as we tend to be defined by our job descriptions - and others don’t always see beyond the label. For instance, my last label before I retired was ‘electrician’. The people who hired me saw an electrician, they didn’t see husband, father, biker, hiker, historian, journalist, teacher, writer, or other descriptions I’ve had at different times.

One danger of such labels is that they can mean different things to different people. I prefer not to accept the label ‘naturist’ or ‘nudist’ because I feel neither define me - I am someone who prefers being naked over wearing clothes, end of. Labels are useful shorthands, but if we both describe ourselves as naturists do we mean the same thing, are we actually creating future confusion because  we define the same label differently?

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General Naturism Discussion / Re: Long Time Gone
« on: July 09, 2019, 07:58:55 AM »
The danger of keyless ignition in new cars - I read the cautionary tale of a woman who opened her car, put her handbag on the roof, did whatever women do before getting in the car, then drove off, leaving behind the handbag with keyless ignition fob in it. All was fine until she turned off the engine at her destination, and couldn’t start it again. I think they’ve added electronic warnings now if the key goes out of range.

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Free Range Naturism / Re: Plans for 2019
« on: July 03, 2019, 10:35:45 AM »
Cotswolds - gently rolling hills, farmland and woodland. Traditionally sheep country, but mixed farming these days; when the rape’s in bloom half the countryside is bright yellow! Limestone underneath it all giving a mellow, honey-coloured stone that darkens with age when used in picture-perfect cottages and little villages.

Like most of British farming the labourers are gone, replaced by single-operator machinery, which has emptied the fields to make them much more naturist-friendly. The footpaths date back centuries, connecting remote cottages to villages, churches, pubs and “the big house”; some paths have become roads but others still meander over hill and dale giving wide roaming areas. The villages are much bigger than they once were, now mostly dormitories for nearby towns or virtual retirement enclaves with no children to be seen.

My latest 12 mile walk achieved at least nine naked miles, covering up for odd stretches of road (usually unnecessary due to lack of traffic) and passing through villages.

You’d like it, JBee

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General Naturism Discussion / Re: Escapism
« on: July 01, 2019, 07:57:24 PM »
Many here dream of a cozy thatched cottage in a village with roses round the door. The reality is old, ill fitting woodwork that lets in drafts, small windows that keep out light, small rooms infested with assorted wildlife, thatch that costs a fortune to replace every so often if you can find a thatcher, and sky-high insurance bills because of said thatch. And the roses round the door get greenfly.

Such things are dreams made of.

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Free Range Naturism / Re: Plans for 2019
« on: July 01, 2019, 07:50:21 PM »
Now I can feel smug. My plans for 2019 to explore new country walks weekly and do as many of them as possible naked have borne fruit. The weekly bit hasn’t always happened, and the naked bit has been mixed, but when successful it has been very successful and even the less so have been on 5e good side of mediocre. Come to the Cotswolds, John.

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Free Range Naturism / Re: newTumbl
« on: July 01, 2019, 07:46:54 PM »
My wife’s cousin has three, of varying ages, but detailed knowledge of past marques (Bristol still exist but in a very small niche) resides only with the aficionados. And in the UK at least, lovers of old cars tend to be deep experts on their own favourites and sketchy at best on other brands. At least one used to be able to tell the difference between makes and models, which has been difficult for some time now. Now I’m starting to sound old and curmudgeonly so I’ll shut up.

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