From the archives

ella-towel_001We celebrated our third birthday, without any fanfare, on November 10th. Over 1000 posts later, and a quarter of a million site views, we’re still here, still going strong.




So I looked back to the very beginning of SLN and found that the photo (above) was the very first photo of me to appear. I’m pleased to see that the sim where it’s situated, Eden Naturist, is still going strong thanks to the sterling support for SL naturism courtesy of Eden’s owners, Elbag & Brenda. I know exactly where this was shot, it’s on the road out towards Eden’s airport.

The next photo of me that appeared was the one below.



This was taken at a short-lived naturist sim, The Lost Garden. I was sorry to see it go because it was a beautifully built natural looking sim, unencumbered by clutter. In the interim we’ve seen lots of naturist sims come and go, and reported from many that no longer exist. Good to see, also, that three years ago I was happy with the SL skin I was in, and my look hasn’t changed a bit. After all this time in SL I’m rather comfortable in Ella’s skin and she’s very much an extension of the RL me.

I look forward to seeing what changes take place over the next three years. Yep, I really do hope to be blogging from our wonderful virtual world in November 2017.


Naked Parkour/free running

I picked this up from The Independent newspaper earlier today. ‘Free running’, across London. Naked. You can buy prints of the resulting photographs, some of which look ‘classical’ in delivery, here. I’ve not put up any of the original photos as they’ll be subject to copyright, but they do look fantastic.dickfreerunning1_001b

Does it sound like fun? I think so. Nakedness and photography, ideal for us to send an avatar out onto the grid to replicate the theme of ‘Man & Mortar’, even if the avatar isn’t quite free running.

“There was quite a lot of the time when we would do it on rooftops and we would look down and there would be hundreds of people walking underneath you around Bond Street and not one person would look up,” (model Tim) Shieff said, “we managed to get away with it with not too much trouble and no one was offended.”dickfreerunning2_001b

That was an experience our model, Rick, found replicated in SL.dickfreerunning3_001b

‘I went to busy sims. As the original series of photographs were taken in a busy London, I went to the London City sim, which isn’t naturist. What Tim Shieff says in the Independent was more or less my experience. Too many avatars focused on what was going on at ground level to even cam upwards. No one was offended in SL either’, he laughs.




Trafalgar Square, London City sim


 Cleopatra’s Needle, The Embankment, London City sim