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British Naturism

What is “New Naturism”?

Or perhaps that should read, what is naturism? Over two issues of H&E Naturist, starting in March 2017, Rayner Otter has given us the benefit of his and his Fräulein’s extensive travels and casual observations around naturist Europe and the world. If he has been understood correctly, the premise of his essay is that most young people are not bothered by labels and prefer to be naked among friends, even if those friends decide not to undress themselves and with nudity depending on multiple factors. That organised naturism is either dead or dying and eventually organisations like British Naturism or the INF will disappear. And let’s not omit Naturist Action Group out of this equation either, we are history. The future of naturism is the individual, social nudity is all in the past.

WNBR London 2013

I consider that to be a very bleak prospect, but perhaps Rayner is right. We have seen a massive shift in social attitudes since the 1960s, away from doing things collectively with others to the self. From we to I. Something made more observable by the use of mobile devices connected to the internet via wifi and social media, which in reality is anti-social. You can test this theory yourselves the next time you are on a bus or train. Put away your own mobile device and look around you, what do you see?

So where does this leave naturism, commonly defined as non-sexual social nudity? Exactly where Rayner said it was! Martin Warrilow (H&E Naturist, Opinion, April 2017) seems to think so and, seven years ago, Charlie Simmonds wrote along similar lines when NAG launched itself upon the world, so maybe there is something in it. My problem is that they are observations, made over many months if not years, and unless the observer is omnipresent, they can only see the conditions being observed at that single point in time and place. What occurred in one place on a specific day may not be true for the same place the next day or for a different location, even if it’s the other end of the same beach, on the same day. Casual observations have only limited uses, but people do put great store by them. After all is there not a saying: ‘seen with my own eyes’? We in NAG have supported the idea of academic research in order to further our understanding of the effects of nudity on young minds. Does it corrupt and destabilise it in later life, as so many people seem to think, or does it enhance the mind, creating a body positive image reducing incidents of body dysmorphia? I have no idea, but I await the results of Dr Keon West’s and others research with interest. If we are prepared to do that, why should we not use the same rigour to understand naturism itself?

Ah, you will say, but we have. Hasn’t British Naturism commissioned two surveys, one in 2001 and the other in 2013, done by commercial research companies. They did, the problem is that neither report has been published, and privately, I have been told they never will. So the figure of four million naturists in the UK quoted by Rayner and many others is the result of a leak and has never been substantiated. I have even seen (observation again) someone trying to use it as part of their defence in a magistrate’s court, only to have it dismissed because court officials could not go to a report in the public domain to verify the claim. So, basically, British Naturism has wasted its money.

Free the Nipple

But lets not be too hasty and dismiss what has been observed by Rayner, Martin and Charlie without consideration. We all know, even if its just a ‘gut feeling’ naturism in the UK has changed as society has changed. People are far more accepting of nudity or being nude, with protests like the World Naked Bike Ride, or those by Femen and PETA attesting to that, but does that really show a greater interest or participation in a clothes free lifestyle. (BTW, Rayner used the term Clothes Unnecessary, abbreviated to CUN; not a good idea because I can see some wag adding a letter to it leading to all kinds of trouble.) We just can’t say, not without asking each and every participant. Even then the answers of one person to a question may not be the same as someone else; the old problem ‘ask 100 x the same question and you get 100 answers’. What we need is not a survey, but two surveys. First one built along similar lines to the surveys commissioned by British Naturism but with more rigorous control over the way its conducted. That doesn’t mean it has to use the Gold Standard of academic research, a commercial researcher like YouGov or Ipsos Mori would be fitting for the project but it will cost more than the £5,000 I believe quoted for the last survey commissioned by British Naturism. It needs to get under the skin of British society and its attitudes to nudity, social or otherwise? It could also tell us, with a moderate degree of accuracy, just how many people in the United Kingdom have a clothes optional attitude to life (not necessarily naturist) and act upon it.

The second survey stems from Stéphane Deschênes’ letter to the INF dated 24 Feb 2016, when he wrote: ‘The INF-FNI needs to remember that naturism is an ideology or philosophy, not an activity.’ It is the question about naturism being an ideology or a philosophy that the second survey will try to answer. We cannot possibly organise a worldwide survey but we can look at doing our corner of it, directing a survey towards UK naturists as a single community, to find out what it thinks. I suspect that it will throw up a lot of contradictions but could also show areas of commonality. It could show if naturism is akin to an article of faith (ideology), something that might be of interest to Christian Naturists, or something different. Such a survey would be helpful to British Naturism (and NAG of course) to understand just who they represent, to H&E Naturist in defining its readership, to existing naturist clubs and to anyone wishing to set one up or perhaps any other type business catering to a niche clientele. It will in effect be a census but one that will be aimed at a specific group of people, those who participate in, and enjoy the clothes free lifestyle.

We’d Rather… (c) PETA

It sounds, and probably is, a lot of work organising two closely related but very different surveys, and I’m sure there will be a lot of objections to this suggestion. Not least from the ‘it’s too hard’ or ‘why bother’ brigades. From his observations, Rayner has put forward a hypothesis that as a concept clothes free living will loose its distinction in society and be individualistic. Another so called ‘given’ is that children’s psychological development is harmed by seeing adults in the nude, often with the unsubstantiated refrain “but what about the children” heard in court and treated as though it ends all arguments. NAG has been instrumental in persuading British Naturism, and through them the INF, to support research that will either prove or disprove the statement. If, as we suspect, it is nonsense then we shall have in the public domain research that will counter any such statement made in court or elsewhere. In the same manner, we must test Rayner’s hypothesis with research and not blithely accept it as a given fact. If that’s what you want, the bleakness of Rayner’s hypothesis, then what is the point of INF, of British Naturism, of NAG, of club, of H&E Naturist? We might as well pack up now.

Only why should we accept anything without question. Naturists and naturist organisations have used the example of the remarkable journey taken over the last 20 years or so by the LGBT community. Does anyone think that that journey was made possible through just an annual get-together in Gay Pride? Without doubt, organisations like Stonewall also did boring stuff like gather evidence and used the language of politics and business to persuade those with the power to bring about a change in social attitude. Naturists need to do the same, if we want to follow the same path.

(c) Pride London

Michael Farrar

The following has been posted on the BN Members Forum:
It is with great sadness to inform you that Michael Farrar died on the 5th February 2017.

Michael Farrar was the Minute Secretary and Archivist, plus Chairman of BN and was a long standing BN member since 1964 when Central Council for British Naturism was formed.

The Funeral [was held on] Monday 27th February 2017 at St Andrews Church, Stapleford, Cambridge.

INF: The last word, really

In my last post on the subject of the INF World Congress in New Zealand, I did say that the story had run its course until the special Congress in Vienna. Fellow NAG Management Collective member, Duncan Heenan, begs to differ and wants the last word… for now.

22/02/2017 – Following representation from Hans van Asperdt this article has been amended for accuracy.

The sad saga of INF and its disputed Presidency rumbles on, and has descended into a war of words which is little more than an evasive slanging match between INF’s EC and anyone who dares to criticise their crass actions. The story has leaked into the UK national press, and probably internationally too. This has upset the INF EC who were trying to keep it quiet, and who have responded by denying things which were not asserted in the first place, leaving some readers even more confused. However, it is important to remember that the main issue is that the Federations which own INF voted in a new President, Armand Jamier, and voted out the old President, Sieglinde Ivo. They did this because they were unhappy at the way INF was being run by Mrs Ivo and her EC; principally that it was just not doing enough to promote and protect naturism. INF’s EC is now trying to cloud the issue with a smokescreen of spurious procedural and

Review: The Great British Skinny Dip

Media: UK Television, Channel 4
Broadcast: 14 Feb 2017
Running Time: 60 minutes.

Screen Grab: The Great British Skinny Dip (c) Channel 4

I should come ‘clean’ straight away and tell you that, as I don’t own a TV I have not seen this programme personally but republish an extract of a post by Andy Crawford, which went up soon after transmission.

This documentary follows Andrew Welch the Commercial Manager for British Naturism creating a number of ‘skinny dip’ events across the country in order [to get] people to try naturism for the first time.

This hour long programme portrays UK club naturism as it is. Most naturist club members are older people who like camping and socialising together, but [clubs] want to boost their numbers and get more people and particularly younger people, involved.

Andrew has the unenviable task of selling ‘Naturism’ to the public. Sadly, the overall result of The Great British Skinny Dip events and how many newcomers they eventually attract is disappointingly low. [To] be fair, the British weather was particularly bad that day, but Andrew remains upbeat and positive about it all and of the future of British naturism.

The programme also follows his relationship with new partner Sheryn, who is not a naturist but [is eventually persuaded] to try it, both by Andrew’s enthusiasm and not wishing to disappoint him. [She joins] a naturist club… and participates at one of the naturist events.

Also interviewed in the programme was a neighbour of a naturist who didn’t like the idea of naturism but accepted that this is what her neighbours did. The neighbour had some serious self-image and body issues over her weight and looks, and claimed that there was no way that she could participate in naturism because of this. She was also a bit envious of her naturist neighbours who could. The great irony is that if she participated in naturism, then she would almost certainly lose her phobias, boost her own self-esteem and feel a lot better about herself. That irony was lost on her, perhaps lost on the non-naturist audience too. Especially when you consider that she was a younger woman and that her naturist neighbours were somewhat older.

The programme left me with a feeling that:
– Naturism is for older people.
– That British naturist clubs are dying out.
– That selling Naturism as a product itself is not viable.

You can read the entire post about the show at Andy’s Personal Blog but read the rest of this one before you go there.

I would like to pick up on the last of Andy’s bullet points; that selling naturism as a product itself is not viable. While accepting the premise, my question is: what is it that British Naturism and Andrew Welch trying to sell? Is it ‘just having a good time’ or is it a concept, an idea, much like a belief system. If they are trying to sell a good time then Welch and everyone else attempting to do so are up against competition with serious amounts of money and are, quite frankly, more likely to loose. On the other hand if it’s an idea then while it is the more difficult sell, other things could hang from it. As a good example of this, take a look at the website for The Vegetarian Society. There they tell you why you should be a vegetarian and even help you to take that first step by providing a booklet with recipes for meals for you to make. But that is not all the society does, they then tell the entrepreneurs among us what the society can do for them and their business. Whether you agree or not with the concept, you have to admire their ability to ‘sell’ vegetarianism to the curious and encourage business-minded people to set up vegetarian businesses to serve a niche clientele: Restaurant, B&B, whatever. Maybe television shows like The Great British Skinny Dip, however well meaning, is not really helping. On the contrary, it may be re-enforcing the views of the woman featured in the show and referred to by Andy in his blog, not dispelling them.

In his resignation letter to the INF, Stéphane Déschenes of The Naturist Living Show fame suggested that the organisation should become more like a United Nations, somewhere to formulate the idea of naturism worldwide. Maybe, organisations like British Naturism need to think along similar lines and perhaps take a few hints from The Vegetarian Society. I think NAG should too.

And a cherry on top?

A new document from INF has come our way, suggesting Sieglinde Ivo and Jean Peters are desperately trying to hold onto power.

Twelve national federations, including British Naturism, have produced a joint letter of complaint concerning the shenanigans following the World Congress in New Zealand, last November. In concise terms, it states that the Law Council’s decision to rule the results of the presidential election as invalid was outside its scope, and that the General Assembly is the ultimate decision making body for the International Naturist Federation and not the Executive Council. They then called for the Extraordinary General Assembly to be held later this year in Austria be cancelled as un

New from NAG – January 2017

Britain Ashamed?
Known for her acerbic wit on The Weakest Link, last October Anne Robinson looked at Britain’s Secrets, including interviewing a naturist couple – Mike and Wendy – from Bedford.

As reported by the Daily Express (20/10/2016), the encounter left Robinson wondering if the great British public wouldn’t benefit from seeing more people nude in public. If they did, posited the journalist then perhaps our younger generations wouldn’t seek ‘perfection’ as depicted by manipulated photographs in magazines.

This came after Mike, Wendy and Robinson went to a park, and the article described how ‘passers by looked on in shock and horror’. Eventually the police were called. On arrival the officer threatens Mike and Wendy with arrest. It just goes to show that NAG needs to continue its efforts to get front line police officers trained in CPS’ guidance about naturism and public nudity.

One interesting aside, the newspaper asked its readers if they would try naturism in a self-selected poll. Of the 539 votes cast at the time of reading 77 per cent said they had already tried it, and only four per cent said they never would. The poll is not representative of the newspaper’s readership, let alone the UK population. Still extra questions did came to mind for the 415 readers of the article that said they had already tried naturism, like are they still naturists or did they try it once, years ago and never since? See what I mean about asking the right questions?

Nudefest 2017
With over 200 visitors to Somerset last summer, Nudefest is to return to Thorney Lakes in 2017.

Details are still a little bare (groan) says Somerset Live (19/10/2016, but last year’s entertainment included nude visits to a local motor museum and cider brandy producer. Nudefest 2017 is scheduled for between 3 and 10 July 2017.

Book early seems to be advice, or be disappointed.

2017 – the year naturism takes off?
In his blog, Bare Thoughts, Harmen J Pordon wondered if 2017 will the year that naturism ‘takes off’. The evidence he uses to come to that conclusion is lots of tiny things, like: the pop-up restaurant Bunyadi in London, with its 40,000 waiting list, the greater frequency of social nudity on TV and programmes like Naked & Afraid, and the growing number of visitors to spas and saunas.

Pordon might well be right of course, but the evidence he cites is not hard evidence. It is just a feeling developed from a myriad of sources, not necessarily connected and we humans can be so fickle. What is in vogue one year can be passé the next, and suddenly the moment is gone. It is not guesswork – or gut feelings – that naturism needs, it is hard evidence derived from research trying to dig deeper than the observable events that give rise to feelings such as this. Yes, Bunyadi had a substantial waiting list, but did they all come from London or from a wider area? Just recently I mentioned in this column an article where the creator of Bunyadi said that a proportion of his guests were French. Did they make the trip to London especially? Pordon says the visitor numbers to spas and saunas are on the up, where did he get this from and for what country? What might be true for, Holland say, might be false for the UK or France.

Having said all that, Bare Thoughts is still a good read and should not be ignored just because of the faults in one post that I’ve highlighted here. I have no illusion that someone cannot pull apart one of my blogs just as effectively.

Nude Eating in Spain

Family Dining (copyright-Ask-Naij)

Family Dining (copyright-Ask-Naij)

It’s a bit like London buses, you wait ages for one then three or four come together.

Following in the wake of Bunyadi in London, and news that a similar restaurant had been opened in Tokyo, and another in Paris soon, we now learn from the Daily Express (28/10/2016), that another naked restaurant is to be opened this month, this time in Tenerife.

Bunyadi London (copyright-scoopnest-com)

Bunyadi London (copyright-scoopnest-com)

Entrepreneur Tony de Leonardis says that his new restaurant was inspired by Bunyadi in London, and is not so much about nudism, but looks beyond that concept, according to the article.

The San Isidro restaurant will offer meals cooked with organic food and local wines, and cost between €70 and €80, with reservations already being made in late October.

 

Natural Naturists
Prompted by an earlier article about the advantages of introducing young children to the natural world, Norman Bateman wrote to the editor of the Morpeth Herald (23/10/2016) imploring parents to become naturists. The article he cited said that children, who learnt to love nature at an early age, usually loved the outdoor life.

According to Bateman, letting children play in the safe environment of a naturist club has benefits beyond them taking to the flora and fauna around them. Bateman explained that he and his wife watched their grandchildren grow up to be fully rounded adults and more mature than their contemporaries, after enjoying a clothes free childhood.

Have you let children play naturally in a naturist club, either your own or grandchildren, and seen something similar?

WNBR London 2013

WNBR & Naturism
The writer of another blog, this time The Naturist Page informed his readers that he was no longer a co-organiser of the Montreal leg of WNBR. He gave his reason thus: ‘I felt like I was no longer co-organizing a World Naked Bike Ride, but rather a voyeurism event where it was like: “Oh hey, come gather around and snap photos of the genitals!” which was not the idea behind the WNBR at all.’

Now I should admit that I’m a World Naked Bike Ride lightweight, having participated in just one (London) but observed others. In London at least, however, you could not fail to notice the horde of snappers with large telephoto lens attached to their cameras. The one exception was the ride in Southampton where it was hard to spot them. The obvious difference between them is the number of riders, London has roughly 1,000 riders every year, Southampton, that year, had roughly 50-something. It is therefore easier to be anonymous in London.

It does surprise me, however, just how many naturists treat this as an annual event for them. As many of the organising collectives are at pains to point out, the WNBR is a protest, not a naturist event. I think the confusion has arisen because of two things. First, many of the organisers are naturists, in the UK certainly and perhaps around the world. The second reason is that the collectives’ work so hard at organising the ride itself, they seem to have forgotten to tell people what the protest is about. The original ride was calling for less dependency on the motor industry and fossil fuels, with a little bit of body acceptance (positivity) thrown in. Only later did individual riders add their own pet peeves, including calls for greater acceptance of naturism. Also, naturally naturists took to the rides to be nude in a public place without any doubt that it was legal and now it seems the majority of the riders are naturists out to enjoy themselves.

As worthy as the WNBR is, in my opinion it is time that naturism stood on its own two feet. If we want an event to promote naturism generally then we should organise one. But I am also of the opinion that if WNBR is to continue as a protest then it needs to state its aims more clearly. Perhaps pick a single issue, like climate change, and promote it widely?

News from NAG – Nov 2016

Don’t Hold The Front Page
What would you do on your last day? The Guardian reported (17/09/2016) that the former Ukip leader Nigel Farage marked the end of his tenure by a quick dip in the sea with friend and founder of Leave.eu, Aaron Banks, giving us this startling revelation on BBC TV’s Question Time. At first Banks described it as a ‘skinny dip’ to which Labour’s Angela Eagle said it was a terrible image and that there ‘should be a law against it’. Against what Ms Eagle? We cannot be held responsible for your own insecurities or imagination.

Picked up by Radio 4’s Today, presenter Nick Robinson interviewed BN’s Commercial Manager Andrew Welch, in which he gave probably the simplest, the clearest definition of the law, as we understand it, I’ve heard. Well done, he. At the end of his interview, Welch said ‘at the end of the day a man has gone skinny dipping in his underpants, not exactly front page news is it,’ (not verbatim). In response to the radio programme’s item, Katie Faulkner tweeted, ‘Why is there a whole item on this?!?’ I quite agree.

Liberté, nudité

banner-used-by-apnel-for-fete-de-lhumanite-2016As one of the cradles of naturism, many people believe that France and nudity go hand in hand. Well two emails sent to NAG recently suggests otherwise.

The first was from a French naturist asking for advice, explaining that Grande Cosse, a family-run naturist campsite in Languedoc had been sold and was under threat of turning textile. Not really equipped to help, we pointed them towards FFN and/or APNEL, two organizations who hopefully could be more “hands-on”. Shortly afterwards, we got wind of an open letter from the INF calling on all its member organizations and naturists to sign a petition against just such a move, without offering much in the way of explanation. Read our post, Campsite Grande Cosse, France on the website for links to the INF letter in multiple languages, and of course, the petition.

Not long after this, came an email from Jacques Frimon, vice-president of APNEL, telling us they had a stand at Fête de l’Humanite earlier this year, for the very first time. A mixture of cultural event and music festival, it’s as if NAG had a stand at Glastonbury? Stéphane Deschênes gave an explanation about the fete in his blog for Bare Oaks, and goes on to explain that in France: ‘outside of the naturist clubs, resorts, and beaches, nudity is very restricted. For example, unlike in Canada and some states in the USA (like New York) women do not have the right to be topfree. And unlike in Germany, being nude in a public park will get you arrested.’ You can also watch a video about the event (in French). Just don’t forget to sign the petition.

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APNEL activists doing their bit for French Naturism.

Dr Sunshine (again)
In June (2016) I featured an article in News from NAG that suggested Vitamin D could help those with heart disease; now research is suggesting it may help asthmatics too.

The research is still at its early stages and much larger studies are needed. Still according to a BBC News article (05/09/2016) in a small study, giving Vitamin D supplements in addition to their normal medication, cut the rate of asthma attacks needing steroid treatment. Researchers are not entirely sure why, or how, or if it only benefits those who are deficient in the vitamin in the first place, and this is why larger studies are needed

As we should be aware, skin exposure to sunlight produces Vitamin D in far larger quantities than we can get through supplements or our diet, so this seems to be yet another plus to add to an already long list, compared to the minus side. Even so, the sun can be our enemy as well as our friend and we should not take our health for granted. If this news article interests you, speak to your doctor first and on no account stop taking your prescribed medication before doing so.

Social Media
It is the bane of modern life, but many of us cannot live without it. Social media – and by that I mean Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc – has literally taken over our lives, and they naturally, set the rules. Even if those rules stink, we have to obey them.

Much of the social media we use is free to the end user, so to pay for it we are bombarded with adverts for things we didn’t know we needed. And it is fear of loosing those advertisers that lead the odd rules about nudity on sites such as Facebook, where mutilation and murder can be depicted with impunity, but not an artistic photograph of a nude.

In an open letter to Facebook and posted to the Authentic Astrology for You blog (not our usual fair, I grant you), Ms Hunter Hawks writes: ‘It greatly supports a corrupt value system when imagery of hacked body parts is acceptable for children in the eyes of Facebook, yet photos of naked flower children running free in a field is deemed too traumatizing.’ Later, she continues: ‘This policy also encourages shame of the body and shame of lovemaking. It slowly desensitizes our minds to images of violence, eventually making us more accepting of physical violence. The breastfeeding-only policy reminds women that she may only display her body if it’s in the ‘service of motherhood’ – not for her own freedoms and pleasures.’

Here, here.

While accepting the photography referred to by Hunter Hawks more often than not features women, it is not exclusively so.

To be fair, with social media being a global phenomenon, it is hard to write rules that cater for social morality in every country; what is acceptable in one may not be in another. But that, I propose is the problem, social media giants like Facebook are trying to write ‘one-size fits all’ rules so someone in India say, can judge a photo posted by a German or American user. However the rule is worded that Indian person is going to look at the photo and judge it according to the standards of acceptability in India. There are aspects of globalisation that have benefited mankind; this is not one of them.

With users in the billions, Facebook and its like are not going to disappear tomorrow but as naturists we can either suffer the (occasional?) inconvenience of being blocked from our accounts and post ineffectually complaining about the system or move completely to a more naturist friendly medium, like Naktiv.net. Unfortunately, we have allowed social media in general to get too big and powerful and they will only listen to us – its users – and on whom they ultimately depend for revenue if enough of us spoke as one. But how would we organise ourselves, through a Facebook page?

Leisure centre says no
A Bournemouth leisure centre refused a booking, to let local naturists participate in the Great British Skinny Dip.

Accountant David Ross told the Bournemouth Daily Echo that when he contacted the leisure centre there was no problem about him paying for its hire until he mentioned that it would be for a naturist swim.

‘I’m being discriminated against because I’m a naturist,’ he told the reporter. ‘And it’s just not acceptable.’

Following a complaint to BH Live, who runs the leisure centre on behalf of Bournemouth Borough Council, Ross said he got ‘a number of ridiculous excuses’ in reply. First he was told there would be a problem with nakedness in the changing rooms (Really!) and then that ‘if people didn’t wear swimming costumes it would mess up the filtration system.’ Whatever the real reason, Mike Lyons, director of leisure facilities for BH Live confirmed to the newspaper that they did receive a request from Ross about hiring some leisure facilities but they were unable to accommodate him.

However, Ross is not leaving the matter there. He told Bournemouth Daily Echo that he has now made an official complaint against BH Live’s management, who have broken their own code of practice, adding that he was quite prepared to take legal action against them.

While Tasmania says… Maybe.

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Bakers Beach, Tasmania

Meanwhile, a completely different attitude has been displayed on the other side of the world. Tasmania (or a bit of it at least) ‘could be looking at a new opportunity to boost its economy’ wrote The Advocate (21/09/2016).

Latrobe Council was set to consider a proposal by the Tasmanian Nudist Group to declare Bakers Beach clothes optional. Tasmania – according to the article – has no official, and therefore legal, nudist beach, although Bakers Beach is rated highly as an unofficial one.

The council was prepared to consider the proposal because it ‘could bring potential tourism growth’ according to Cllr John Perkins, as naturists using the beach ‘would spend a dollar while coming and going’. ‘Just the influx of those from around Tasmania could be enough to boost the local economy,’ continued the article with local reaction to the proposal said to be largely positive.

In the end, the group decided to withdraw the proposal because a concern was raised about horse riders, who also use the beach, preferring to continue discussions to get their support rather than their opposition. ‘Tasmania is too small a place not to make the most of any opportunity we have for increasing visitation, and therefore improving the visitor economy,’ concludes the article.

We know that Southampton has a moderately successful WNBR leg, but this is a protest and not a naturist advocacy group for Hampshire. Although Ross was prepared to stump up the £70 to hire the leisure facilities, the bigger picture as far as the management was concerned, was that it would be bad for business. Naturally we think that is utter tosh but can we prove it?

Ross is one man with a mission. With few groups like the Tasmanian Nudist Group in this country there is no grassroots campaigning. There is NAG, who does its best to campaign strategically and BN. There is nothing below strategic campaigning, which is hampering our ability to influence lawmakers at the national level. How we go about correcting that situation is another matter. What I do know though, it cannot be directed from the top. A local naturist advocacy group does not need to campaign for some official stamp, but they should be talking to other local stakeholders to iron out any local problems (perceived or otherwise) there might be. We, in the end, rely on you.

News from NAG – August 2016

Summer of Nudism
Television and naturism have had an uneasy alliance in the past (just think of Channel 5s Naked Jungle), but that has not put off Channel 4, is offering us a summer of nudity (Mirror – 08/06/2016). It begins with a documentary about The Great British Skinny Dip, and British Naturism’s plan to get more of us swimming naked. The documentary challenges our attitude towards nudity and explores its appeal, the article says.

Meanwhile, in Stripped, households who begin with nothing, not even clothes, but that they are given them back one at a time. The aim is to discover what people really think they need.

Until the programmes are broadcast, lets give them the benefit of the doubt. [NOTE: If anyone would like to review these programmes and post them here then send your text to reviews AT naturistactiongroup DOT org.]

Use Naturism to Teach Children About Sex
Following on from Nicky Morgan’s announcement last February that Personal, Social, Health, Economic education (PSHE) and sex education should not be compulsory in primary schools, British Naturism has published a report: Children Deserve Better, calling for the opposite (The Independent, 13/06/2016) and advocates the use of naturism and nudity to teach children about sex and relationships.

The chief executive for the National Children’s Bureau, Anna Feuchtwang, told The Independent that: ‘Young people tell us time and again they want better teaching in the essential topics covered by PSHE….’ Yet OFSTED have reported that teaching it ‘is woefully inadequate’ in 40 per cent of schools.

It is hard to say if this report by BN will have any impact, but well done them for producing it.

Sea of Hull
Sam Hawcroft, editor for H&E Naturist, has called for more naturist friendly venues in her part of the world (Hull Daily Mail, 12/06/2016), suggesting that leisure centres and spas would find ditching the rules for clothing and swimwear for a session or two could be profitable. This is after the number of local people signing up for Spencer Tunick’s Sea of Hull suggested the demand could be there.

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There are no official naturist beaches along the East Yorkshire coast, although the beach at Fraisthorpe has traditionally been used, and the only club in that part of Yorkshire is Yorkshire Sun Society. The popularity of the pop-up restaurant Bunyadi in London and of those prepared to participate in the Sea of Hull, does suggest that Britons are more open to nude experiences than we first thought.

If a Picture…
Calling all photographers out there, particularly those in the Southern Hemisphere. The biennial photo competition will be back in 2017, with entries open from April. Between now and then, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa will be having their summer, so this is heads up to everyone south of the equator, reminding you that this is a good time to take that perfect picture illustrating Living Naturism. The more entries we have, the greater our resources will be to advance naturism. More details will be given near the launch.

Cadiz Says No
The Supreme Court in Spain has rejected the Spanish Federation of Naturism’s call for it to quash local government legislation that prohibited nudists from using beaches in the historic port of Cadiz. (London Evening Standard, 21/05/2016). The federation argued that the local legislation that also allowed fines of up to €750 to be imposed on nude beachgoers was an attempt to role back social progress in Spain, with nudism is allowed under the Spanish

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