It is a bit later than we intended, but we are now in a position to announce the winner of the photo competition 2017, run jointly with H&E Naturist. We can always wish that we had more entries, but nevertheless we had a good number of images to judge, and of course, it was a difficult job.
Our winner is Paul Montgomery from the Wirral, with a photo taken at Fuerteventura. In his description for the photo, Paul wrote the beach was beautiful, and that Anne, his wife, found the windy conditions “exhilarating” and put to good use by kite surfers seen in the background, with amazing skill.
Paul has won a holiday on the Mediterranean island of Formentera, kindly donated by Astbury Formentera, without whom the competition would be impossible.
The runner-up is Gary Woolley from Shropshire, with a photo of Gill Woolley taken at Zavial Naturist Beach, Sagres, Portugal. Meanwhile entries from Jeremy Dolman, Colin Basire (from New Zealand) and Attila Ambrus (from Romania) complete our line-up. While past winner, New Zealander Glenne Findon, who had one photo judged as highly commended, was clearly after another holiday on the Spanish island.
This was the third competition NAG has run in conjunction with H&E Naturist and other sponsors, the purpose of which has been to show naturism in a positive light. The original aim was to show how recreational and non-sexual social nudity can be compatible with 21st Century living by show that, no matter what we do, clothed or not, it can be full of fun.
We thank everyone that entered and hope you’ll have a great 2018.
Last month I told you about our change of address, but the gremlins got into the text (my fault, not Sam’s) and the post code was quoted incorrectly. It should have read WR7 4DH. Apologies to all.
Another change is that this is the penultimate monthly edition of News from NAG to appear in H&E Naturist. After December 2017, the next time News from NAG will appear will be in the March 2018 issue, and it will reappear every three months thereafter. We shall still be posting on our website in-between times, so you might like to consider registering for naturistactiongroup.org if you haven’t already done so.
By the time you get to read this, the German General Election would mostly be forgotten but I would like to raise a metaphorical hat to Gregor Gysi, leader of the anti-capitalist Die Linke, who stood on a naturist beach bemoaning the loss of the lifestyle, according to the Denver Post. Sadly, he did so while wearing a shirt and trousers, because at 69, everything has boundaries, he told The Daily Telegraph.
The left leaning Die Linke taps into lingering cultural differences between the old FDR (west) and GDR (east) almost 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Despite the communist regime’s bad press, there were some things in the GDR worth keeping, only to be lost in the rush to integrate the two halves of a nation.
Despite a membership thought to be around 40,000 people, naturism in Germany is loosing its popularity, mostly in the (capitalist) west than (socialist) east, where it had originally been banned. However, the people saw it as an expression freedom and continued to enjoy naturism as piece of casual civil disobedience before it was absorbed into then promoted by, the communist regime. Since 1989, the freedoms associated with the Weimar Republic have returned but not in a healthy way with the soft porn industry increasing, leading to popular opinion turning away from public displays of nudity and naturism.
Only briefly did the UK have similar freedoms, briefly in the late 60s but these were quickly shut down by a judiciary afraid of anarchy. Still, I can’t really see Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn doing what Gregor Gysi, lamenting what could have been anytime soon, do you?
“Let The Sunshine In”
Talking of the late 60s; having informed you last month about Shakespeare in Central Park, this month I can tell you that to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its original production, The Vaults, London is staging Hair from 11 October to 3 December. And as an experiment on 11 November there will be a clothes optional performance.
Kids; this’s how your grandparents behaved when they were your age? So do you believe us now that there is nothing new under the sun!
If you hurry, you might still get a ticket. Be there, or be square man!
If naked calendars are so last year for you, how about a skinny dip? Better still, why not do it for charity? Established in 2013, the Sydney Skinny gives participants a choice of swimming in open water either 300 or 900 metres in aid of local charities. You set off from Middlehead, a secluded beach in Sydney Harbour National Park, and no spectators are permitted. Naturists might be disappointed to learn that only the swim itself is nude, but think of that lovely dosh going to charity, and all those people who take to the water without any swimmers for the first time; it could really help Australian naturism.
The next event is on 11 March 2018, so plenty of time to get some practice in, and as its in the middle of the southern summer, what better way is there to cool off? If you want more information go their website.
It is not unusual to read articles in magazines or local (regional) newspapers about a journalist, usually female, being sent to a club or beach to ‘try’ naturism; especially in the August silly season. The idea of trying naturism may seem as strange to you as it does to me, but this is what happened to Jamie Lauren Keiles, US-based Journalist writing for the online magazine, Racked. If you ignore the
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
Art vs. Reality
It is not unknown that the Musee d’Orsay in Paris features nudes by some of the great artists of the past: Manet, Monet, Degas, Renoir, and the list goes on. In January though, visitors to the gallery a bit more exposure to the nude than they perhaps expected. Luxemburg-based performance artist Deborah de Robertis spent two days in custody after posing naked in parody of Manet’s Olympia. According to the BBC News website this was not the first time that de Robertis has given a live representation of a painting in the Musee, in 2014 she partially undress to give her interpretation of Gustave Courbet’s L’origine du Monde.
The lawyer for de Robertis, Tewfik Bouzenoune, said: ‘She’s not just stripping off… she is giving artistic performances. This time [de Robertis] was re-enacting Manet’s Olympia.’
The artist herself told the BBC: ‘They put on an exhibition about prostitution and then censure an artist who speaks for the naked model. I wanted to re-interpret Olympia, use the model as an author and record the reaction of the public.’
I’m sure this has been mentioned before, but it is strange that people accept the nude in art but have to be protected from someone living who is nude. How odd?
The Other Little Debate
Blogger Jillian Page noted in January that she hardly hears the term ‘colony’ in the context of a ‘nudist colony’ these days, which is perhaps not surprising since the word has gone out of fashion.
Among the definitions in my 1992 edition of the OED colony is defined as: 2(b) separated or segregated group (nudist colony). Clubs or resorts with a permanent population of nudists (naturists) – particularly those in the US perhaps – could therefore truly be called nudist colonies but in the UK we tend to live among the general populace with clubs only being occupied part of the year. So if the term has ever been used on this side of the Atlantic then to my mind it has been used incorrectly.
Then again, I’m probably fussing over nothing, do you agree?
Body Image at TEDx
Audiophiles – especially those on the far side of the pond – may already be aware of a programme on NPR (National Public Radio) called The TED Radio hour. It has recently come to my attention as the BBC Radio 4extra has started to broadcast it. However, a talk by Michelle Wallen for TEDx has been brought to my attention by a post by Felicity Jones of YNA fame. Michelle talks about fat shaming or more precisely perhaps body shaming, and it can affect anyone without the ‘perfect’ body that’s practically everyone.
If naturism helped Michelle come over her body image issues, surely it can help in other situations with the appropriate safeguards?
This is a subject that groups like our own keep coming back to and blogger Naturist Philosopher has had an idea. Possibly due to international interest gained recently, he has suggested a sweepstake to promote naturism to the wider public. Naturally there are problems to solve first, as Philosopher acknowledges, but surely there are two massive hurdles that suggest it is just not practical. First, and the simplest to define are the legal requirements of the nation holding the sweep. Admitted, I know nothing about US gambling law, but in the UK we shall definitely need a license with all the separate issues there. Still, if not-for-profits like CAMRA can organise a sweepstake, surely it cannot be beyond our capabilities!
The second hurdle is, I think, harder all round to define and perhaps resolve. It’s basically this, how can the organisers get its message about naturism over to those buying the ticket when their eyes are firmly fix on the prize.
A sweepstake might be a good idea to raise money to fund a ‘hearts and minds’ campaign in favour of naturism, just don’t expect the two jobs to be done by one sweepstake. One thing I would say for Naturist Philosopher, at least he is coming up with ideas. I don’t hear anything from the different national representative organisations around the world.
In April 2015, NAG launched its second photo competition with the theme of living naturism.
The judges: Natasha Porter (aka Natansky), Sam Hawcroft and myself have now selected the best entries. It is a task that is never easy as it often comes down to personal likes and dislikes, but this time we had a clear winner, who is Dr Janos Bajusz [Photo No 1] from Hungry. Dr Bajusz has chosen Vritomartis Naturist Resort in Greece as his prize.
My thanks to everyone who entered and to the judges for their time, who gave it so freely.
Apart from the winner, the judges also selected photographs as highly commended and commended. They are:
|2||Glenne Findon||New Zealand||Playtime on the Beach|
|3||Paul Montgomery||UK||Walking with a friend|
|4||Dr Janos Bajusz||Hungary||Mother & Daughter entering the sea|
|5||Gabrielle Bajusz-Birkas||Hungary||Romantic Moments|
|6||Frank Wulms||Australia||Nude woman in snow|
|7||Paul Montgomery||UK||Loving the freedom|
|8||Col Basire||NZ||Seeking natural shade|
|9||Ilana Panci||Italy||Dancing in the Moon|
Congratulations to Dr Bajusz and to all of the above, and once again, thank you for entering. It is often said that it is a pity that there can only be one winner, how true.
See you next time.
Chairman, Naturist Action Group