Vera Playa skinny dip cancelled

Some months back Ella and I were in an editorial meeting somewhere on the grid (we sometimes even dress up and visit chic cafes for this element of blogging, see below) and I mentioned I’d booked to go to Vera Playa to participate in their Guinness World Record attempt to reclaim the title for the largest mass skinny-dip ever held (a record subsequently broken by New Zealand). And Ella immediately shot back with the news that she & her husband were going as well, and also hoped to participate. So there we are, two people who only know each other through SL, in the same real world location at the same time. It was obvious that we’d be meeting up face to face.

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An editorial meeting between Pookes and Ella, an event that sometimes includes a bit of tip-sharing on free items from around the grid.*

We don’t always meet pixel to pixel even if we’re both online together. Conversations often occur while we’re otherwise occupied on the grid. Quite often Ella’s presence is nominal, and she’s got SL running in the background while undertaking some blogging stuff. But on this occasion we met up while online.

Plans progressed at this in world meet, and it transpired we’d be there for a week while Ella would only be there for about four days. Still, imagine us actually meeting face to face. How exciting. My husband and I opted to stay at the naturist hotel, as we’ve never been to the area before, while Ella and her husband had booked into one of the naturist estates dotted around the area.

Well, I’m sorry to say that it appears this has been cancelled. I’ve only found out about this on a forum of which I’m not a member, and therefore can’t access full details of the reasons why, but I’ll be seeing if I can discover more.



I’ve just emailed Ella this news, and stated our intention to continue with our holiday plans. I’m not sure, at the time of writing, whether she’s even received this email yet. I’ll try and discover more this evening on why it has been cancelled and report back. 😦



* Yep. Ella arrived in a free dress from one of SL’s many give-aways. I liked it, tp’ed away briefly to ‘buy’, and then changed into it.




I’m not sure where to begin with this one…hahaha.

I ran into Brenda at Eden one day and, before I knew it, we’d concocted the idea of a ‘Hello!’ magazine style spread for SLN between us. And Brenda rather kindly agreed to show me around her skybox and explain the ethos behind Eden Naturopolis.

A ‘Hello!’ styled spread requires a ‘Hello!’ styled cover, hence the photo above. And because what starts out as a simple idea can snowball, I’d added in a couple of other ‘cover stories’ to create a cover ‘in full effect’ as it were. From there it was a simple step to decide that, yes indeed, our new friend Issuu should be a format we’d use for this, and actually round out the magazine with those stories. I had a stand-alone blog post with Guillaume lined up, as well as another doing a bit of reflection on my expectations for my forthcoming vacation. In three weeks, I’ll be in Spain, reporting back from a RL naturist vacation and, as usual, attempting to provide some flavour of the experience through the prism of Second Life.

The photo, above, will be the front cover for ‘SL Hello!’, on Issuu, and from where I am now, I think Thursday, June 5th, will be the publication date, probably later than earlier in the day.

I’m also, for the first time, going to double-format the magazine, replicating the stories in the Issuu version as posts here on the blog.

I’m not a web designer, so the cover is merely an amateurish take on doing a spoof magazine cover. My apologies to all of you out there who are dab-hands at Photoshop and see this as the work of a rank amateur. That’s exactly what I am out of my comfort zone!

As a result of new skills coming to play, it has taken me off the grid (again!) to try and do something a bit different and keep SLN fresh and entertaining. So there will be few, if any, SLN posts between now and Thursday, followed by another flurry of activity.

I’d also ask any SL naturist sim owners, or just SL naturists, if they’d like to keep this SLN concept going and make it a meme of sorts, to get in touch.