Port Ambonne

I’ve written, previously, about my own nude debut taking place at the Cap D’Agde naturist city, in France, more years ago now than I care to remember. 🙂

Back then, almost twenty(!) years ago, it didn’t have the reputation it has now. Then, it was simply a ‘naturist city’. You could rise in the morning, use shops, cafes, walk, drive, cycle, swim, eat and do anything else you wanted to do as part of your ‘everyday’ life, nude.

Now, whether some wish to regard it as still having ‘genuine’ naturist credentials, in parts, the public perception of it in the media is as a haven for exhibitionists, swingers, of breast implants, cock rings, tattoos, piercings and public sex.

I’ve not been back since my one and only time there, and as it has descended into some sort of ‘swingers paradise’, with displays of public sex occurring on the beach, whether that offers a realistic view of the overall vibe of the place or not, I won’t be back in the near future. If people wish to indulge in displays of public sex or whatever else, that’s their prerogative, but it isn’t for me, or my family. We prefer a quieter, more wholesome variation of naturism.

One of our readers, who wishes to contribute under the name of ‘Venus‘, after the Roman goddess, visited Cap D’Agde during the summer months, and will, in the coming weeks, beginning with a ‘column’ in SLN10, report on what she and her husband found during their vacation.


A naturist poses at the Cap D’Agde harbour

Before we begin that series, it’s maybe worth me saying that, online, there appears to be huge numbers of photographs taken around the harbour, by the centre’s swimming pools, on its beaches and adjacent dunes, the latter seemingly being the prime locations for displays of public sex. There are also huge numbers of photos of guests getting dressed up for the evening , not, by any means abnormal, it seems to be a naturist trope, even in wholesome naturist locations, with the slight difference being that ‘getting dressed up in the evening’, in Agde, often means all manner or revealing and fetish styled outfits.

Agde was my first experience of naturism, and the first photograph of me in my birthday suit 🙂 was taken, by my cousin, she & I were working there for a summer season, at its harbour.

I’m reminded that the Blue Lagoon sim which is part of the Eden Naturopolis estate, and indeed Eden’s main harbour, have a little sense of Agde’s marina about them, but I suppose that could be said of many of SL’s harbours and marinas.

So I popped down into Blue Lagoon to take a couple of ‘selfies‘, in a sense, that, personally, contain a little of a feeling of nostalgia for that (wholesome) summer, and even by looking at the SL versions of the photos, give me a little sense of awareness and excitement of the summer I made my nude debut in public.

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Ella wanders around a very Cap D’Agde-like marina at the Blue Lagoon sim (part of the Eden Naturopolis estate)

I shall give you a word of warning now, and shall also provide a caveat emptor warning in SLN10, that this is not normal SLN styled material, and I’m still unsure about how I should approach reports filed by ‘Venus’. We will be publishing, but there remains the distinct possibility, so ‘racy’ is it, that we shall externalise the reports to a different site. Stay tuned while we internalise what has been written, which goes way, way beyond what fits into our definition of naturism and is a topic of ongoing debate in the SLN office.


nb: there is no intent to suggest or suggest or infer that ‘Blue Lagoon’ has Cap D’Agde ‘values’. ‘Blue Lagoon’ has no poseballs, and very much fits with SLN’s definition of wholesome naturism. ‘Blue Lagoon’ is a wonderful addition to the ‘Eden Naturopolis’ family, and subscribes 100% to what I, SLN and Eden themselves would regard as proper naturist values. You will not find ANY form of sordid, exhibitionist ‘swinger’ type values at Blue Lagoon. If this is what you seek in SL, please seek it elsewhere. I wish to make it absolutely clear that ‘Blue Lagoon’ only features in a Cap D’Agde referencing posting because its marina reminded me of a RL location from almost two decades ago, at a time when Agde’s values were markedly different to those they embrace now. Thanks.

It’s a dark day

I’m English-born, and grew up in London, but I’ve spent my married life in Scotland.

The nights draw in quickly here in North Britain, and the dawn takes a long time in breaking at this time of year. In between, we’ve had a sort of nondescript, grey afternoon, darkened by events in Glasgow on this, Scotland’s national day, St.Andrew’s Day.

In case you haven’t heard the news, last evening a police helicopter crashed into a busy pub beside the banks of the River Clyde.

So far there seems to be three fatalities, and the expectation that the death toll will rise.


The emergency services attend the scene of last night’s helicopter crash, with the River Clyde in the foreground

Our thoughts and condolences go to those affected by last night’s tragedy.


British media have updated the casualty list since I posted this, with the death toll now standing at eight fatalities.

Here is an APB!

There are eight million stories in the SL Naked City 😉 and this is just one of them.

Word on the street is that Pookes is on the lam.

An archetypcal bad-girl-turned-bad tale, locked up while pleading her innocence for the heinous crime of robbing the Su Casa cafe, Pookes has broken out of the pen.jailbreak_001b
Word has it that all of SL’s police forces are looking for her after she stole the keys to a black and white and made her escape from SL’s notorious Waterville Prison.

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The last I heard was that Governor Linden has place Pookes on SL’s ‘Most Wanted’ list, and there’s a reward for her capture 😦



Just how bad might this story get before it gets better….if it gets better????


Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving isn’t something we celebrate in Europe, and the turkeys can heave a sigh of relief until the third week in December! 🙂

However, all of us at SLN would like to wish our north American cousins, friends, fellow naturists and SLN readers a wonderful, happy Thanksgiving for 2013.

Back here in the ‘old world’, those who believe in a Deity tend more to hold ‘Harvest’ suppers at their places of worship, a celebration of the harvest being safely gathered in, and thanks being given to the God you may worship for providing the earth’s bounty.

Celebrating the ‘harvest’ goes back to pagan times, and the word derives from the old English world haerfest, meaning ‘autumn’ (‘fall’, for our north American cousins).

Many societies around the globe have some sort of harvest festival to celebrate a successful growing season, the possible exception being Islam, which -I think, correct me if I’m wrong- considers everything provided to be a gift from Allah.

I guess that Thanksgiving is, in a sense, a culmination of the harvest provided by the earth, by God, by whatever prophet you follow, in the northern hemisphere, and if you’re celebrating it tomorrow, all of us at SLN would like to pass on our very best wishes to you and yours. We hope you have a terrific day!

I know that you in north America will be following this, immediately, with ‘Black Friday‘, the first Friday after Thanksgiving, which traditionally spells the beginning of the Christmas ‘season’. Good luck with your shopping 48 hours hence! 🙂

I shall pass on the ‘shopping’ (it’s what the internet was invented for!) but I hope that many of you have an elongated weekend in which your Christmas begins to feel real.

In the meantime, Tere, a Spanish SL friend, has posed for a naturist Thanksgiving dinner.



Ear Stretching

Reader Jaco got in touch last week, following our posts on body modifications, such as tattoos and piercings.

This isn’t really a ‘naturist’ post, but I thought I would add it anyway, as it may tie in with those of you who are into body modification, and who then use naturist locations around the grid as a platform on which to show off your modifications to full effect.

jaco ear stretch_001bAitui is the location where a new(?) Hud based ear-stretching system can be found. Jaco reports that his cost L$350, and he’s exceptionally pleased with them. I can see why. In the developing world of body modification this is probably a first for SL (unless someone wishes to tell me differently), and while it’s not going to be something I would do, in or out of SL, I think they do look terrific.

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SL imitates RL, and SLN reflects RL photography.

I put out an IM to the team last week, asking if they could find some naturist related RL photo online, and then seek to work to reflect that in some posts I could get up today, Sunday.

And they’vre responded magnificently (and we aren’t finished for this weekend yet!) 🙂

I may hold a couple over until next week, or I may pop them up tonight, depending on how my evening goes, but I have to say I’ve had a terrific time today, getting these posted, and it’s a ‘theme’ we may come back to in the future.

What’s your opinion on RL naturist photography sneaking into SLN? Like it? Hate it? Let me know.

I have to say I’ve had no input over the photos chosen. Diane, Harry, Pookes and Barbara have all done their own thing on this, and all have shown different sides to the SL/RL naturist viewpoint.

The photos about to follow were the first I was sent, by Diane, who chose to attempt to replicate a RL photo -although that’s a recurring theme Harry has been doing for quite some time now.

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As I say, it’s a theme we’ll return to if you like the idea.

In the meantime…what of Pookes, and the image she chose to replicate in SL? Who would have taken her for an armed robber? 🙂

Will she get out of jail? Will she return to SL any time soon? I guess we’re going to have to wait to find out…


Naked dance, movement, and the naturist movement

Is there a link between naked dance, as it often appears on staage nowadays, and naturism?

I think there is.ed418afc4db0d063ed87f2b25b0fc5f5

Cover of a 1956 edition of British naturist magazine ‘Health & Efficiency’

In its earliest days, naturism was closely linked to the benefits of sunlight, exercise and health. Britain’s leading naturist magazine is called ‘Health & Efficiency‘, for goodness sake! Across Europe and north America, the lifestyle was closely linked to its health benefits. And so some extent, all of that was true. Sunlight did provide health benefits. Exercise (now, as then) does provide health benefits. Clubs promoted themselves as ‘sun and health’ clubs. And sometimes, within them, there remained an emphasis on being active, through swimming, mini-ten, gymnastics and so on. To some extent, that remains the case today. While naturists do like to sun themselves, they also like to indulge in physical activity, which is why the likes of nude-hiking or nude-cycling are popular within the naturist movement.

And sometimes, in this historical context, nude dance was also a form of aerobic exercise (although not called ‘aerobic’ in those days).

It’s probably unsurprising, then, that nudity began to creep into stage dance.

Consider the likes of the Folies Bergeres in Paris, and possibly its most well-known member, Josephine Baker (who was also a spy, for the Allied Forces, during World War 2 in German occupied France).

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Consider, too, the Ziegfeld Follies of New York. Although they didn’t dance nude on stage, many of the chorus line have become known for appearing nude in a book of photographs by Alfred Cheney Johnston. Entitled ‘Enchanting Beauty’, and published in 1937, it airbrushed the pubic region of the models to keep within the borders of ‘decency’ at the time.


Some of these have, of course, become widely circulated -untouched- in recent years.


‘Treasure’, from Cheney-Johnston’s book ‘Enchanting Beauty’.

Also in Paris were ‘The Bluebell Girls, who performed semi-nude tableaux vivants. By setting themselves onstage, semi-nude, prior to curtain up, it was permissible for them to be there as ‘living statues’, rather than as dancers. As long as they didn’t move, the semi nudity was acceptable.

By the time we reach the late 1960s, stage shows like ‘Oh! Calcutta! featured full frontal male and female nudity onstage.


Eventually, nudity has beome a staple of modern dance, and it’s being argued that it pushes the boundaries of nakedness , although other societal events such as the World Naked Bike Ride, Burning Man and so on have played their part in ‘normalising’ nudity -which, I’ll argue, was never abnormal anyway. On the other hand, there are elements within 21st century that are determined to keep the human body seen as something to remain covered and out of sight. I covered this element of modern life in the now cancelled version of SLN10, but it’s a topic I may return to soon. I’m currently doing a re-write in the hope that I can get it published when SLN10 eventually does arrive at Christmas.

I will argue that there is something warped about many of the people who do oppose social or visible public nudity, as they’re almost exclusively right-wing reactionaries who appear to have no issue with war, death and famine being staples of the TV news, but who explode at the sight of Janet Jackson’s nipple.

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Dagmar, who has featured in SLN before as a flamenco dancer, warms up at the bar.

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Joined by Rich, he dances, then waits backstage for his cue to return for the finale.

Nude ballet performed at SL’s Blue Moon Theatre. Visit the Ana Mations store, where eight AO’s, including a ballet AO, are available for free until January 1st.


OMG! I don’t believe it!

Incredible as it seems, it rather looks as though they’re fingering Pookes for the Su Casa cafe robbery!

It seems as though she’s been identified by her beaded belt, and has been before a judge already!


From there, she’s been transported directly to jail!


And she’s also made SL’s ‘most wanted’ list!



As I write, Pookes has been transported to a cell.




And….’25 to life’ have been mentioned! 😦



Is this the end of Pookes in SL?



Surely not!



A robbery at Su Casa’s lighthouse cafe!

As many of you will know, the Su Casa lighthouse is where we keep a little SLN online presence. The coffee’s good, they do de-caff, and the croissants and bagels are always fresh. What’s not to like?

Anyway, I’m simply glad I wasn’t online on Sunday afternoon, as it seems they had a robbery, inspired by the photo (below).



Fortunately, it appears the perpetrator didn’t get away with much, as barista Jimmy (who looks positively terrified in the pics below 🙂 ) admitted he never carried a wallet and had cashed up moments earlier!

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A balaclava-wearing would-be robber demands Jimmy hands over cash!

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Fortunately, there was only loose change in the till and the robber fled empty handed.

Stay tuned, folks! This is a story we may be coming back to later today, as there’s now a dragnet in operation around Su Casa as the would-be robber is sought!