Streak for Tigers

Last night, London Zoo carried out a ‘streak for tigers’, to raise awareness of the plight of the Sumatran tiger, of which there are only 300 left in the wild.

A nice bit of fundraising and media maipulation, it must be said. ‘Nude’ events will generally have some sort of media interest. So…limited to 300 participants, there was a ‘streak’ (haven’t heard that word for years!) inside the zoo, with participants given tiger masks to hide their identity, if they so wished, and agreeing to be photographed by the media as the zoo tries to raise awareness of the issue. And I’ve just learned that the collective noun for tigers is a ‘streak’, so the whole event has been beautifully worked out.

London’s Metro newspaper has a gallery of the event.

The Daily Mail carries a report today (although it’s clear that AFP/Getty seem to have been the official photographers, with the same shots used in many media reports).

The Daily Mirror has slightly different photos.

A video of the event is here (it’s from a TV news perspective, not a voyeuristic thing). You’ll learn as much about the plight of the Sumatran tiger as you will see naked bodies!

Anyway, the event raised £60,000 ($93,000 or 70,000 euro at today’s exchange rate, so well done to all concerned!

And, of course, you can’t accuse us at SLN of not entering into the spirit of the thing! 🙂

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You can do your very own ‘tiger streak’ by wearing the head from the tiger avatar you all have in your inventory!

Of course, that has piqued my interest. Perhaps it’s time we, the naturist community of Second Life, did our own ‘nude run’ for charity. Give me your ideas, please, on a digital postcard!

Ella

nb: as the photos in various media outlets are obviously subject to copyright of AFP/Getty & London Zoo, I’ve chosen not to reproduce them within this post. If you wish to see them, click the links.

Hedonists Beach Resort

After an unplanned absence, for reasons previously explained, I’m back.

As usual, whenever I’ve had an unplanned break, or simply not been in world for a few days, my first reaction is to go around the usual places to check changes, then do a search to see if new locations have appeared where we can virtually indulge ourselves in naturism.

It’s summer, so SL activity is slightly flattened, and even most of the SLN staff aren’t contributing much. This isn’t intended as a criticism, they contribute all year around, for nothing other than my thanks, and they’re entitled, as we all are, to a vacation, in RL and from SL.

So while things are slightly flat in the world of SL naturism, and likely to remain so until schools/universities go back in September, and we all watch darkening nights with a sense of dread, and SL activity picks up again as people move indoors, it’s delightful to find that somewhere relatively new has emerged at the Hedonists Beach Resort.

I popped on over there, I discovered it through a search, and had a look around, before asking Diane, our new photographer, to do a photo essay on the place.

The expectations are that it’ll become a members only place on September 1st, so you’ve a couple of weeks to pop over there, check it out, join for free or face membership costs! 🙂

I wondered if it would replicate the real life Hedonism resort in Jamaica, but thankfully it seems a bit more upmarket than being an exhibitionists/swingers place. Sure, there are cuddle/sex beds, but these are pretty discreet. Nothing ‘in your face’, so it ticks the boxes for SLN. In fact, some people who tp’ed in while I was there were clothed (I was too, I pretty much can guarantee at least a bikini in place for my initial tp into a new place) and I’d guess, if anything, it’s possibly more ‘clothing optional’ than strictly demanded naturist.

It has a ‘tiki’ emphasis, architecturally, but a few Ostsee (Baltic) styled beach huts were around. And then I discovered an ivy-encrusted walkway and thought ‘wow! this looks fabulous!’.

And it’s at that point that I got our new photographer, Diane, to tp in and start snapping away. And the photos look incredible!

There’s new photography software being used, and hopefully they’ll add a whole new dimension to the posts in both Diane’s and Harry’s work.

So I’ll hand over to Diane to talk us through her photos of the place…

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Ella suggested a ‘midnight setting, and I have to say that this is where Hedonists beach Resort really does look ‘the business’. I’ve done no editing on the photos in the

collage (above), and rather easily captured a mood of the place after dark. These were all taken on a multi-levelled ‘garden’ on a rocky outcrop at the sim, and it’s certainly

something that feels like a new SL experience to me. 

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Our model poses after a little post-production. It’s nice to see that

there’s mesh on the windows of the tiki hut photographed here,

as it’ll certainly keep those pesky mosquitoes at bay!

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Time to chill out in the hot tub. While I photographd this in daylight,

the night time variation of it looks superb too.

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so here I am dancing behind a wall of beautiful lights.

We’ll be keen to see just how the sim develops, but I’m going to say that it has made more than a promising start in terms of the build, the facilities, and an understanding that intimate moments can be shared away from the main activities. A great sim, and one we’ll look forward to re-visiting.

Main Text : Ella

Photo captions and photos: Diane