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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)

Trip reports / Re: White Mountain Getaway for Solstice: Part I
« on: July 25, 2019, 12:30:59 PM »
I've read about kudzu, just assumed kudjo was something similar, maybe an offshoot. Can't you go out and discover something and name it kudjo, seems too good a name not to use it.

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.

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 ....

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.

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.

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

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.

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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