Sunday 20 July 2014
"I've learned a lot from stripping in this city. I now know that nudity's a great ice-breaker, and that naturists are an incredibly friendly bunch."
May, Gareth & Perugia, Jonathan. Nude Awakening. Time Out London, 17th June 2014, pp.37-38.
Friday 11 July 2014
Sunday 6 July 2014
This Youtube video from Little Red Hen is a spoof report of the opening of a naturist pop-up café. It mocks naturism in that all-too-familiar way. Ha ha, a naturist. The joke is on us.
So here's the really funny thing. I felt that I should be offended, but actually I laughed along, and then I thought, what a brilliant idea! A naturist café is exactly what this city needs. And we know that there would be no lack of customers. We believe that there are 500,000 self-defined naturists in the capital alone, equivalent to a city the size of Manchester. Imagine there wasn't a single place to get a cup of tea in Manchester, and then someone opened up a café. It might just be successful.
One final word to the script writer. If you do ever find yourself in a naturist pop-up café, and think you might be in danger of spilling hot tea on your lap, order the ice cold frappaccino, or something with a straw.
Thursday 3 July 2014
Because we live in the largest city in Europe with a population of 8.3M people, yet there are very few facilities for naturists. A British Naturism survey in 2011 found that 6% of UK respondents would define themselves as "naturist". That means there could be 500,000 naturists within London. The same survey found that 22% had swum naked at some point, which equates to £1.8M skinny dipping Londoners.
Tuesday 1 July 2014
A trip out of town under threatening skies. After a very damp day in the city, we headed out to St Albans with some trepidation. In fact, the weather stayed dry and mild as we joined a group of seasoned naturists for a tour of the Butterfly World Project.
They have some top notch gardens and wild landscaping designed by Chelsea winners to attract and house all sorts of creepy crawlies. At the centre is the vast circular foundation for the yet to be funded "biome". Whilst waiting for an economic upturn, you can enjoy the current tropical butterfly house. It was an amazing and peaceful experience to wander naked through their home.
As the evening wore on, it got a little chilly, so a quick sprint around the outer perimeter of the site was in order. The less energetic had discovered the huge fan heater in the butterfly house.
Being naked in a beautiful place amongst great company is a rare treat and I will definitely go to the next one.