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Free Range Naturism / Re: One of my local walks
« on: January 30, 2019, 06:34:55 AM »
145 hours to drive 788 miles? I had a car like that once ...

Free Range Naturism / Re: One of my local walks
« on: January 29, 2019, 02:47:39 PM »
Interesting to see you mention mileage, BT, such American-based folk as I know usually talk about the time it takes to travel somewhere rather than distance. Distance in somewhere as large and widespread as the US seems to have less meaning than in the more crowded areas of Europe and the UK. Though as anyone in somewhere like London will affirm, distance and time taken can seem to have an inverse (and perverse) relationship. Even in my provincial surroundings, it can take as long to get out of town as it does to reach the next one.

Trip reports / Re: My Private Place for Naturism #23
« on: January 25, 2019, 01:30:36 PM »
But rabbits are scarce, probably because of the foxes, which seem to have become more common

Back in the early days of home computing a common program to write as practice was on this subject. You ended up with an offset double waveform. The principle is that as rabbits prosper so, coming behind them, foxes prosper as there’s more food. Then rabbits get scarce because they get eaten, and in due course foxes decline. With fewer predators the rabbits are on the up again .. and so on.

Deer are amazingly common in the UK but a very good at hiding. They don’t come into town, but if you go country walking you’ll sometime catch a glimpse of them in the woods or, very occasionally, crossing open country. No hunting here, except in a few remote moorland areas where only the rich can afford the fees.

Free Range Naturism / Re: New converts to FRN
« on: January 24, 2019, 03:43:26 PM »
The Cotswolds were the Cotscolds on Tuesday, even had some snow mixed in with the rain at times. I clocked about four miles of a ten mile hile naked, like Davie I was in shorts and thin fleece the rest of the time and was congratulated on my hardiness - if they’d seen me the rest of the time ...

I find that I acclimatise quite quickly to the cold, and like Davie setting a brisk pace soon warms things up and up on the top of the wolds can be quite exhilarating.

The policeman who stopped by the car as I was getting dressed was very friendly, too, just wanted to check I was OK as people walking around naked was a bit unusual.

General Naturism Discussion / Re: Know your body (TED talk)
« on: January 23, 2019, 08:48:53 AM »
At what point am I being dishonest, John P (an unpleasan5 accusation to make to someone you don’t know)? Did you listen to the talk or just go on the title? The speaker describes herself as a sex therapist, but any mention of sex comes right at the end of the talk - the vast majority of it is about discovering, understanding and respecting your own body, not giving in to the Photoshopped unreality used to sell us things.

General Naturism Discussion / Know your body (TED talk)
« on: January 19, 2019, 04:12:49 PM »

Get rid of body shame, humorous but quite inspirational (preaching to the converted for anyone here, but thought you might find it interesting)

General Naturism Discussion / Re: Nudes in the news
« on: January 17, 2019, 08:27:57 AM »
Our knowledge of the event and the official reaction is based on a brief report on the police website, subsequently copied by the local paper. We don’t know what’s been left out or why the bits that were included were left in. Since there was no manhunt perhaps we could give the Thin Blue Line the benefit of the doubt instead of getting outraged for the sake of it. For all we know there may have been dozens of instances when they told callers there was nothing illegal about naked hikers and these calls weren’t written into the website log.

General Naturism Discussion / Re: Nudes in the news
« on: January 16, 2019, 09:25:49 AM »
I would say the police had done their duty and responded to a report from a member of the public. No searches wit dogs and helicopters, no manhunts or hysteria. The information they have on him (local, easily identifiable can) they could find him no problem if they wanted. All they’ve done is ask, in stilted police language, if anyone else saw him and if so was he doing anything worse than going for a walk. A few paragraphs on the police website is not really a waste of police time ...

General Naturism Discussion / Re: Nudes in the news
« on: January 13, 2019, 05:12:10 PM »
If they don’t know the position  ....

Ah, but the thing is that they usually DO know the position - they just know it wrong. And I'm not levelling this at policemen, but at everyone. We all do it, we know exactly what the answer is ... and we know wrong. It's one of the most popular ways of making a mistake. When you know you're right about something there's no reason to ask someone else.

And be fair, how often does a policeman get confronted with someone out for a casual stroll in the nude? With all the other things he/she has to be an expert on, why should we expect them to be up to speed on a relatively obscure rule on permissible nakedness? (I'm mainly talking UK here, you lot "over there" with the "shoot first, ask second" problem doubtless have a different take on things).

General Naturism Discussion / Re: Nudes in the news
« on: January 12, 2019, 11:33:08 PM »
Once the police are involved the officer on th3 spot has to make a judgement call, and of course sometimes they get it wrong. But the man who never made a mistake never made anything.

General Naturism Discussion / Re: Gender Neutral Restrooms in the US
« on: January 10, 2019, 02:13:41 PM »
It probably worked fine if you were sitting there instead of pressing the button to see what happened. Sounds like it would have been a forceful cleanout!

General Naturism Discussion / Re: Nudes in the news
« on: January 10, 2019, 11:36:41 AM »
Scrap the bit about the eating in restaurants, John N - the Paris one is about to close down due to lack of customers. Hardly unexpected, if a business’ USP is that you can take part naked the novelty soon wears off and, naked or clothed, customers want a good eating experience, good food, right ambience, etc. That said, it lasted the average for ny new restaurant of just over a year.

Free Range Naturism / Re: One of my local walks
« on: January 06, 2019, 05:28:43 PM »
A recent newspaper article described the over-population by tourists of many US national parks, apparently exacerbated by the Instagram/selfie craze - people queue up for hours just to take a picture of themselves with the view in the background, then clear off leaving a pile of coffee cups behind. I guess the current government shutdown isn’t helping

General Naturism Discussion / Re: Permanude
« on: January 04, 2019, 11:53:58 PM »
Despite the no nudes rule on Tumblr, there are still a lot there. Those I have seen are overwhelmingly non-sexual nudity, though you can’t always say the same for the captions.

General Naturism Discussion / Re: Nudes in the news
« on: January 04, 2019, 08:42:23 AM »
A TV documentary that followed one of SG’s walks showed overwhelming acceptance of what he was doing as he walked through England - but I use the word acceptance advisedly; people accepted him with a smile, and had their picture taken with him, and variously allowed him into pubs and shops, but no one spontaneously stripped off to join him. What came across was that he was widely viewed as the latest incarnation of The Great British Eccentric. Latterly, when he was locked up, he garnered sympathy for the time he was incarcerated and the authorities were mocked for spending so much money and effort when all he was doing was being naked.

But SG himself disowned the naturist tag, many naturists disowned him and said he was doing more harm than good.

He certainly did not align himself with BN, nor they with him, and to give him credit for the recent policing guidelines is to misdirect the praise due to BN. Bear in mind that the English police did little to impede SG’s passage, all his problems started north of the border. His later issues down south were more to do with ASBO than with nudity.

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