Fellow reprobate, Chris Lamb had an interesting idea, which he would like to share with you. He’ll do it so much better than me anyway.
“When we vote in national and local elections we are exercising our fundamental democratic right to have a say on how, and by whom, we are governed. Voters have this right regardless of their religious beliefs or lifestyle, even if the voter’s appearance makes them obvious. A priest can vote in a cassock, a devout Muslim woman in a Burqa, while a punk can turn up in ripped and safety-pinned clothing, and heavily tattooed metal fans in black leather. If that is so, why can’t a naturist show his or her lifestyle?
“Having consulted the Handbook for Polling Station Staff that all polling clerks receive, I discovered there is nothing that compels voters to wear clothes while exercising their democratic right, while the polling clerks are duty bound to assist all registered voters to cast their votes, irrespective of how they choose to present themselves.
“So, on 5th May 2016, a warm day, I decided to put this discovery to the test and entered my local polling station naked. I waited for a minute or so while my name and address was checked and was handed my ballot papers without comment. Throughout the process, the polling clerks (male and female) behaved professionally, just as one would expect. I then left the polling station still naked. Neither the Presiding Officer nor the two clerks questioned my nudity, presumably because they realised that they had no authority to do so.
“On 23rd June, we have another opportunity to cast our vote, this time in the EU Referendum, so perhaps more of us might decide to cast a naked vote to demonstrate that we are free to identify ourselves as naturists when participating in the democratic process.”
Would you show your allegiance to naturism by entering the polling station naked, as Chris did? Tell us your thoughts by using the comments panel below.
The Management Collective for NAG met at Sun-Folk Society, near St Alban’s in April 2016. Naturally, we thank our hosts for putting up with us and you can read the minutes arising from the spring meeting now, by going to our website.
Thailand Association Naturist has organised a 2.5Km run (or walk) for October 2016, or if you think that’s too short, they are also offering a 5Km run too. Bruce Kendall tells us if there is enough interest, the TAN will add a 10Km run. More details can be found from the TAN website.
Those of you who have been getting posts from NAG for some time should have guessed by now that I’m a fan of BBC Radio 4 and one of its best programmes on at the moment is The Unbelievable Truth, a comedy quiz show built on truth and lies.
I invite you to listen to the latest episode, available for the next 28 days on the BBC Radio iPlayer, hosted by David Mitchell, with panellists Susan Calman, Jack Dee, Henning Wehn and Jon Richardson.
What past-time links children’s writer Enid Blyton and physicist Charles Richter, the inventor of the Richter Scale? What did 18th Century widows do to ensure the debts of their late husband did not pass on to their new husbands when they remarried?
Listen to Susan Calman’s essay to find out. This isn’t as far off topic as it may seem!
An event that might be of interest to women in southern UK, northern France, Belguim and Holland. More details can be found through the Diogenes Sun Club website. Help Diogenes – and by extension, British Naturism – to advance the cause of women in the UK and elsewhere. Be there – or be square!
Following on from the success of our Christmas skinny dip for women last December, we have arranged another event for Saturday June 4th from 6 till 9 p.m. as part of British Naturism’s ‘Women in Naturism’ initiative. Tickets are just £6 and give you access to our lovely indoor pool – but as our outdoor pool refurbishment nears completion, we’re rather hoping to have this available too, if we possibly can – imagine a dusk swim, watching the sunset as you skinny dip – beautiful!
Tickets available now from their Eventbrite website.
After eight years of hosting BN’s Nudefest, Newperran Holiday Park will continue to offer a nude experience for naturists in 2016.
Back in 2008, BN had organised a nude event at The Eden Project but needed somewhere for those coming a long way to stay and one of the places they contacted was Newperran Holiday Park. I asked co-owner Christine, if she thought the email had been a joke? ‘When I first received the email from BN, straight away I never had a problem,’ she replied, describing herself as a free spirit. ‘I [just] did my homework as I would with anyone who wanted to bring an event our way. Alton Towers was more than complimentary towards BN.’
Asked if she and husband Keith had any regrets about taking up with naturists, Christine replied: ‘No regrets whatsoever.’
The entire site will be naturist from 10:00 on Sunday 26th June until noon Sunday 3rd July and, if so inclined, you can be nude in all facilities.
There is a large camping area with prices inclusive of electricity. If camping doesn’t appeal to you however, there are two types of static caravan available, one of which can accommodate up to six people, or there are apartments that can house up to four. All the accommodation is offered as self-catering but if you don’t want to do that then Newperran has either a restaurant or a take-away outlet, depending on your fancy.
Evening entertainment will include among others: Edison Lighthouse, a sing-a-long (‘Everyone loves that,’ remarked Christine.), magic man and discos. It does seem a pity, however, to visit Cornwall and not see the sights. As previously mentioned, The Eden Project is not all that far away and Christine says a boat trip has been organised by Colin Gammon during the week. As for trips to the beach, Christine says that most visitors organise themselves and go under their own steam. If you fancy an off-site trip during the week then just ask Keith or Christine for help, and don’t forget to put your clothes on.
I can personally vouch that both Christine and Keith are excellent hosts, and have no doubt that you will have an enjoyable week. You can get more information from their leaflet or from their website or by speaking to Keith or Christine on 01872 572 407.
A Film for All The Family
It is not often that I mention a film in this column. Ok, not ever. I leave it to others but if you are looking for a film that can entertain multi-generational audiences then what better than a Disney animation. So can I point you towards Zootopia, (Zootropolis in the UK for some reason) set in a land where the animals live in peace, with Idris Elba? Like so many animated films today meant for a U certificate there are layers of jokes and references. The reason why I mention it is that it features Mystic Springs Oasis, a naturist club owned by a laid back Yak. Did I mention it is by Disney?
Looking for Paradise?
For naturists, a small Mediterranean island – Ile du Levant – off the French coast near Toulon could lay claim to being paradise. According to the Wall Street Journal (10/03/2016) however, all is not well, and Jean-Yves Gacon, the president of the homeowners association on the island, is its source.
Brothers, Drs. Andre and Gaston Durville bought their portion of the island in 1931, after it had a chequered history as a young offenders penitentiary and orphanage. Most of the island is a military base but on the Durville’s portion, the village Heliopolis grew in the 1950s with its own town hall, a post office, school and chapel built by and for the residents.
When the community was first founded, there were certain areas – like the town square – people were expected to wear ‘la minimum’. Over the years enforcement has been lacks and naturists have got used to passing through the town square from the beach (where nudity is obligatory) to their hotel, naked. M. Gacon says he has researched the history of the community and discovered that the Durville brothers were rarely ‘entirely nude’ but wore a ‘stringy garment’ instead. Claiming historical precedence the homeowners association is now enforcing the old rules and has been backed up by the Mayor of Hyeres, under whose jurisdiction the Ile du Levant falls.
Like lots of other naturist sites, Ile du Levant has an aging population and M. Gacon believes by reverting to the old rules, he will make the island a popular holiday destination once more. But wouldn’t that also mean loosing a unique facility to naturism?
End of the Road for WNBR in Melbourne
For the last decade, Melbourne, Australia has been a host of the World Naked Bike Ride, but this year was the last one.
According to website Road.CC, more than 100 people took part but Dallas Goldburg told The Age that it took a lot of organising and that he believed that ‘cycling and cycling awareness has become a full time job, not just one day a year.’
We could say the same about being an advocate for naturism.
Mazo Beach Closed
Nudism at Mazomanie Beach, one of a few sites in the US State of Wisconsin, along the Wisconsin River, is no more. The State’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has closed the beach, citing illegal drug use and anti-social behaviour (public sex) as its reasons.
A homeowner, living near the beach told 27 News however, that it wasn’t the naturists who were causing the problem. He said: ‘We’d see more than a 100 cars lined up on the road with license plates from states like Indiana, Minnesota and Illinois.’ But the President of Mazomanie Village said loosing of the nudist dollar would have minimal effect on the village.
The DNR officials said that nudist activity was not allowed under the department’s rules and failed to respond when 27 News asked them why they acted now, after allowing custom and practice to develop for the last 20-years. According to their website, Friends of Mazo Beach said they are acting, along with the assistance of the Naturist Action Committee (not us) and legal counsel, to reverse the decision.
Topless in Chicago
In 2014, Sonoko Tagami decided to join in with ‘Go Topless Day’ demonstrations in Chicago and, along with other protesters, covered her chest in body paint to comply with a Municipal Code requiring women to have an ‘opaque covering’ over their breasts. The police decided that this still violated the code and Tagami was fined $100 for indecent exposure, plus $50 in costs.
According to the Chicago Tribune (04/03/2016), Tagami has now filed a lawsuit against the city and Chicago Department of Administrative Hearings, seeking a reversal of her original conviction.
Tagami had tried to claim that the Municipal Code was un
You might be wondering when the next version of the You & the Law leaflet will appear, having promised it some months ago.
Our progress towards publication had gone quite well and we sent a prototype of the final document to a friend of ours, who happens to be a retired solicitor, to try out. It was he who raised the question: is this something that NAG should be doing? He pointed out that British Naturism have published documents with a similar purpose for England and Wales, and more latterly, Scotland.
We are pleased that BN decided to follow our lead in this and have taken it further than our own resources would allow. A discussion at the spring meeting for the Management Collective came to the conclusion that publishing another You & the Law leaflet would mean we are just duplicating work already done and that is not what NAG is about. So we make a strong suggestion to make use of the excellent BN publication: Public Naturism and the Law. You will find buttons for the most appropriate document for you to download for free on the right hand side.
You may know that on 13 September 2015 a few NAG supporters met at Hampstead Heath for very successful naturist picnic. On the same day Natasha, a naturist photographer who works under the name Natansky, held two photoshoots on the Heath with 16 naked models. This was part of her wider Project Naked further details of which can be found at www.natansky.co.uk
A separate video of the 13 September photoshoots A Walk in the Park is available on Vimeo. We have also added it to our video page.
During summer 2016 NAG is expecting to hold another photoshoot at Hampstead Heath, a photoshoot at Oakwood Sun Club, help the organisers get volunteer stewards for the WNBR London Bike Ride on 11 June and arrange a small group picnic at Hampstead Heath.