This isn’t going to be a big, expanded blog post. I do feel I should let you know why the blog’s been offline for several days.
It was because of… a failing plugin. The stupid thing killed the site, and the bad part was that I only noticed it 2 days ago. I first suspected a temporary failure of the hosting site but yesterday it was still not back. After a while I decided to go in using internet-tech (FTP) to look at what might be the problem. The last day I had updated something, also 2 plugins had updated. And one of them proved to be the nasty one. I deleted both of them in sequence to see which one it was. I know now.
Do you dare to bare all? Here’s where you can embrace nature and go nude in North Wales
Summer is coming so take a look at our guide to enjoying nudism without falling foul of the law.
The temperature is rising and as summer approaches thousands will be flocking to our many beautiful beaches to enjoy the sun.
Where some will be on the hunt for fashionable beach wear, others will be looking forward to a more natural approach.
Naturism is the word used to describe the activities of people who encompass nudity as part of their lifestyle.
There are around 3.8 million naturists in the UK. British Naturism, the society which has championed nudism in the UK for over fifty years has almost 10,000 members.
With a change in perceptions of public nudity, naturism is becoming a more widely accepted practice.
So if you really want to embrace the sun and enjoy the warm weather as nature intended, here is a guide on where to go clothes-free in North Wales.
It is not an offence to be naked in public in Wales.
The Crown Prosecution Service states that every case should be considered individually and that ‘a balance needs to be struck between the naturist’s right to freedom of expression and the right of the wider public to be protected from harassment, alarm and distress’.
Which means there must be a reason to believe person deliberately stripped off in order to upset or shock, before it can be considered an offence. And the complainant has to provide proof of this.
Even in these circumstances, it has to be considered whether or not prosecution is in the public interest.
So if you wish to enjoy recreational nudity such as swimming, sunbathing or taking a stroll in a public or open place and do so with consideration for others, you have a right to defend being clothes-free.
Somehow, being lucky as I can be at times, I located this written piece through the website of the Naturist Action Group.
I’m reposting this in the full.
Thank you John Paine, the original author of this very interesting article.
Media interest in Hampstead Heath naturism
An incredible 93% of initial responders to an online newspaper survey would support naturism on Hampstead Heath. The Hampstead & Highgate Express published an item on Thursday 25 May after contact by NAG. Carlie, John, Harvey, Steve, of the NAG London group, who met with reporter Anna Behrmann. A photo of naturists on Hampstead Heath was supplied by NAG supporter Natasha, who shows her work on her Natansky website. That immediate opinion response was to the Ham & High online question they ran with the published article. National daily The Times then coveredthis story and response.
On the morning of 1 JuneBBC Radio London’s Vanessa Feltz held a live interview with NAG’s Harvey Allen.That dayChris Baynes of the London Evening Standard contacted John Paine, NAG’s London co-ordinator. On 2 June the London Evening Standard online version carried a large item Naturists call for naked sunbathing rights on Hampstead Heath. That same day BBC London TV interviewed Harvey at Hampstead Heath, which was then broadcast in their tea-time news programme.
NAG says there are health benefits to open air nudity and make clear that public nudity is legal if it is not “intended to cause alarm or distress”. NAG maintains that parks in London are heavily used, and only in the larger parks is discreet naturism possible. The City of London Corporation was legally given management responsibility for Hampstead Heath when the then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, abolished the GLC in 1989. However, the Hampstead Heath management mistakenly claimed to the London Evening Standard that ‘nudity is a criminal offence’ and is prohibited there. Nudity is not mentioned in the Hampstead Heath bylaws, which were written in 1932.
Photographer Natasha Porter says “There needs to be more spaces available to be naked and free around London. I think that it actually reduces the sexual connections to nudity. Naked bodies do not need to equate to sex”
In all the media interviews NAG mentioned the annual London WNBR. For over 10 years thousands of street spectators have happily accepted the WNBR nudity. It is estimated that on 10 June 2017 over 1,500 cyclists, of all ages and sexes, took part in the London WNBR. Up to 90% of the cycling participants were naked this year, and the usual enthusiastic public response from the crowded pavements was evident. One male cyclist rode naked from arrival at Euston station to the Kings Cross start point, with no adverse public reactions!
The recent media actions described here are part of the various ongoing NAG campaigns to change public perception of naturism. John Paine said “People who are naturists see it as a lifestyle choice rather than a peculiar hobby.”
NAG will hold several ‘vox pop’ interviews on Hampstead Heath in June. Small teams of NAG supporters will ask 4 quick questions of users of Hampstead Heath. They will be asked if they support the idea of naturists discreetly using Hampstead Heath. In fact, this has been happening for over 50 years and in recent times NAG has organised for small groups of naturists to do so collectively. The Hampstead Heath management want proof that many London naturists do want naturism to be allowed there.
London naturists who want to help this NAG campaign can do so by contacting us through this NAG website. Elsewhere on this website you will see more information about what has been done by NAG in London, and ideas that are being explored. This includes action with other naturists internationally, including in Paris and Munich.
As the sun comes out, so do residents who like the simple joy of being naked in their own garden, according to a police force.
Upset neighbours of residents who loath clothes have been complaining to police in Reigate and Banstead, prompting the force to give advice on how to skirt around the issue.
Budding naturists are encouraged to have a chat with their neighbours and explain that they: want to sunbathe without clothes, have no wish to offend them, will be discreet and hope they will not object.
Writing on Surrey Police’s Reigate and Banstead Beat Facebook page, a spokesperson advised that the force would investigate cases of indecent exposure or outraging public decency.
A spokesperson added: “Confining your naturism to a part of the garden which can be screened from the view will obviously solve the problem.
“If none of the above is possible, you will have to decide whether your desire to be naked in your garden is more important to you than being on friendly terms with those around you.”
But nakedness among neighbours goes both ways it seems, and the spokesperson also advised: “On the other hand, no one has the right to spy on you.
“If you find that your neighbour is leaning out of an upstairs window or standing on the top of a step ladder in order to see you then he or she may well be committing an offence.”
(I think the most important part here is: talk to your neighbours. People are more accepting when you simply tell the truth.)
I hope you know. I’ve mentioned this before in other posts. I think this is so important that it can withstand another mention.
In the last weeks it has been very hot here. More so than usual, which I am sure happened in many places.
We all know what that means. People in sweaty clothes, air conditioning and frustration over the heat.
Not so much with naturists.
Because naturists have this built-in tendency to be smart.
Smart about the weather and how to adjust.
A.k.a. a power-devouring machine to keep clothing cool. That’s what most people don’t realise; they think that the air conditioning keeps them cool. Nope. It cools the clothes you wear. And only that, in turn, will cool you down. See the twp-staged problem here? Most energy of the air conditioning goes into the wrong things: the air of the room and your clothes. Get rid of the clothes and you eliminate most needs for an air conditioning.
Naked, nude, clothes-free.
This does the trick. No cloth around you helps your body breathe more freely. Heat quickly becomes a thing of the past. Of course there are situations that even in the nude, the temperature can become a problem. That is when you can still turn to an air conditioning, but a decent fan will go a long way already then.
That’s how things work for me anyway.
This is the best environment. Hot? Go outside. Find the shade. Shade cools down the air beneath it many degrees. That makes life a lot more pleasant. Being outside also has a health benefit (sunlight, vitamin D, fresh air).
The ones who know all this will by now nod their heads off. Sorry for that. Maybe next time I’ll write about neck protectors. 😉 Still it’s good to remind everyone about this. Even when the world at large isn’t clever enough to know what’s best for a body: we know this!