I made it into a Times article about naturism…

Following the success of the article I contributed to in The Atlantic around Nudists and Social Media, I was contacted out of the blue by a reporter from The Times in London. She’d read the Atlantic article and was keen to do a follow up article.

I agreed and that same evening did an interview by telephone with Gurpreet (the reporter) it was about 20 minutes long and covered a lot of points about naturism for me and using social media as a Naturist.

The next day I received a call from the picture desk team who wanted to arrange for a photographer to visit. I arranged for them to visit on the Thursday morning. Chris, the Times photographer arrived with a host of photographic equipment and we spent a pretty surreal hour in my garden and a few shots inside of me clothed to begin with and then nude for the rest of the shoot, Chris was very professional and was comfortable with me being naked, we had to find ways of taking shots which covered my genitals which was at times funny but we managed.

Saturday 21st July 2018 – The Times published the article, I didn’t even know until a twitter friend notified me. To be honest I’m a little disappointed with the article, they only used one photo from an hour photo shoot, and even misquoted me on the article by saying I was banned from Facebook, I was only given a 7 day ban because a photo showed some pubic hair and this broke community guidelines.

Overall I guess I’ve done my bit for the Naturist community, I continue to use my full name and refuse to hide, all my friends, work colleagues and family know I’m a Naturist, it’s part of me and I won’t keep it a secret or feel ashamed by it.

Here is a link to the article:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/naturists-all-of-a-twitter-about-social-media-rules-zspkdvssf?#_=_

A naked hike in the countryside.

It was a beautiful, cloudless, hot day with temperatures pushing 30 degrees Celsius, so I decided to spend my afternoon on a naked walk into the farmland and countryside that’s within a half hour walk of my home.

I live on the edge of Andover, a small market town in Hampshire, southern England (about an hour south west of London) the countryside surrounding our town is beautiful rolling hills, agricultural farm land, forests and chalk streams. It’s a beautiful part of southern England.

I took my walk under the busy A303 road which takes traffic thundering towards London and as I left town, I felt peace, and freedom, removing my shorts, I enjoyed the feeling of walking naked.

I use farm tracks and old bridleways and have seldom met many people on previous walks on the same route. I’ve met the occasional dog walker or cyclist, but I make no attempt to cover up, just continue walking with a smile and a hello and I’ve found practically everyone smiles and says hello to you. I’ve had some nice comments too like good for you and you’re brave and that’s a great way to walk. I’ve never had any trouble. I believe if you just carry on walking and show that you’re not trying to hide or do anything strange, most people although surprised to see a naked man, just don’t mind.

I found a wild flower meadow just on the edge of Harewood Forest and took a 45 minute break eating an apple and drinking water and just enjoying the serenity of hearing nothing but birds – no traffic or people. Paradise.

I spotted three deer, a pheasant and a hare while out walking and a host of butterflies.

Feeling tired, I made my walk home and just before reaching the outskirts of town I put my shorts back on.

Saturday afternoon garden project

It’s a gorgeous, warm and sunny day here in Hampshire in the south of England, so I decided to paint a wooden garden flower trough that sits on our decking.

It’s very heavy when filled with compost, so I had to slide it across to be able paint both front and back. I used a nice bright gloss green.

One of the big advantages of painting while naked is that you don’t have to worry about getting paint on clothes and ruining them.

All done, it looks nice and the wood is preserved.

New guidelines in the UK could mean that we’ll be seeing more GENITALS on TV as of next year

THE BBFC has carried out market research on nudity in TV.

We could be seeing a lot more skin from our favourite stars of TV and film as full-frontal nudity could soon be heading to our screens.

Market research has been carried out by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) about a number of issues on British TV.

The results on the research means that we could be seeing a lot more nudity on our screens starting next year – more specifically, erect penis’.

According to the BBFC boss David Austin, Brits are becoming a lot more relaxed about seeing full-frontal nudity in movies and on TV and we could see a lot more erections from 2019.

Speaking to Radio 4, he said: “These days if you have an erection on screen, the issue is is it a 15 level erection or an 18 level erection.

“We’ve been consulting with the public on this and in 2013, we liberalised slightly and we’re now going back to the public as we speak and saying, ‘have we got this right? have we done what you asked us to do in terms of he we classify erections?’”

Non-sexual nudity is currently able to appear in U or PG films, meaning it is able to be viewed by children.

It is when nudity becomes sexual that it needs to be censored, with the strength of the nudity determining whether it should be shown in a 15 or 18 classified production.

But now we could all be free to watch nudity if the guidelines are passed.

He continued: “It’s clear from the research we’re doing at the moment and were doing four/five years ago and, to an extent, before that that the public are relaxed about nudity and don’t equate it to sex.”

It has been claimed before that the BBFC use the Mull of Kintyre test to decide whether or not a willy can she shown on screen.

It was said that the board would decide if a penis can be shown if it was more erect that the outline of the Mull of Kintyre. However, the BBFC have shot down rumours of the tale, naming it “an urban legend.”

Article courtesy of OK Magazine

https://www.ok.co.uk/tv/1374952/more-erect-willies-coming-tv-genitals-bbfc

Nudist answer to AirBnB launches offering.

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NUDIST ANSWER TO AIRBNB LAUNCHES OFFERING ACCOMMODATION FOR NATURISTS

Travellers can use the new site to find naturist-friendly holiday rentals / Getty Images/iStockphoto

This new Airbnb-style site enables travellers to search a database of over 200 naturist-friendly properties

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A new Airbnb-style booking site has launched to help naturist travellers find private holiday rentals where they can let it all hang out.

NaturistBnB was started earlier this year by Finnish couple Petri and Minna Karjalainen and lists over 200 properties worldwide, with new holiday rentals added every day. Listings include a North London sofabed, a Valencia B&B with a clothes-free zone (you have to be dressed for breakfast) and a guesthouse in a gated nudist community in Indiana. Dozens of stays have been booked through the website, with the first trips taking place in June.

Read the full article from UK newspaper The Independent here:

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/naturistbnb-nudists-holiday-accommodation-booking-website-launch-rentals-a8347251.html

Part of article and photo printed courtesy of The Independent Newspaper.

Don’t forget World Naked Gardening Day 5th May 2018

Don’t forget #worldnakedgardeningday 5th May 2018

Gardening naked is not only a simple joy, it reminds us–even if only for those few sunkissed minutes–that we can be honest with who we are as humans and as part of this planet.

Don’t forget to share your photos using the hashtag. Let’s show the world we love gardening, our planet, the environment and our bodies!

www.wngd.org

Planting up ‘plug’ plants

It’s Saturday 21st April 2018, that time of the year when the plug plants I order annually from Sutton’s Seeds arrive.

I tried to grow my favourite Begonia from seed and found it very difficult, so every year I buy a good value pack of extra value plugs, quite small plants which you have to grown on yourself in the windowsill. They’re not big enough of hardy enough to be planted outside yet.

Luckily the weather is very warm and sunny 23 degrees (for the time of year) so I enjoyed a comfortable clothes free morning planting them up using new multi purpose compost.

Fingers crossed by the middle/ end of May, the plants will be large enough to begin to plant outside when the risk of frost would have disappeared.

Bye for now.