Su Casa makeover

Have any of you been over at Su Casa lately? No? Go! Now!

Su Casa has recently undergone a little bit of a makeover. Happily, it is tastefully done, so that the place still feels like Su Casa, but has been freshened up. This is something that sim owners will do from time to time to keep things fresh, but sometimes the temptation is to be too radical so that what has felt comfortable, what has felt like ‘home’ suddenly loses all familiarity.

I’m delighted to say that Gray hasn’t done this. It’s still recognisably the Su Casa we use and enjoy.

One of the things I liked about it is that, like many naturist places in SL, it’s a great promoter of Art. It felt like this patronage has actually been increased with the makeover.

The piece de resistance is, however, the fireworks display. Absolutely adorable!







And…how lovely! A personalised message towards the end of the display, which I thought was a marvellous touch.

I confess I didn’t follow advice -set the light settings to midnight- and my photographs are never that great anyway. What I’ll try and do is to get people who have got a photographer’s eye, Diane or Hugh, to head over there soon, set the light according to instruction, and try and capture the display in its full glory.

A wander around will reveal other little changes but hey, why should I do all the legwork and simultaneously spoil the surprises! Yes, make Su Casa the next thing on your SL ‘to do’ listings.




Textile creep

Canary Beck has an article on her blog about ‘dress codes’ which is, as usual with Canary’s work, an excellent read.

But Canary’s travails with trying to establish a dress code at her sim, Basilique, meeting with resistance, to say the least, got me thinking about similar issues on SL’s naturist sims.

I’ve written about this before, with sims sometimes feeling invaded by those who make no indication that they’re ever going to clamber out of their clothes.

It’s not just a problem limited to one or two naturist sims, but all of them. Unless there’s a sim officer present, reminding visitors of the dress code in place, then people will simply stand around, dressed, in what can often creepily seem like those who visit RL naturist beaches, young males mostly, without having any intention of removing their shorts.

Spanish naturists will take matters into their own hands. If a group of young males do decide to visit the naturist beach and remain dressed, Spanish naturists will begin slow-handclapping them until, shamed, they either undress or flee. In my experience it’s usually the latter. I don’t particularly like it, but I recognise it has to be done, otherwise we reach a point where the ‘purity’ of naturist beach gets diluted. The Spanish response is ‘we’ve got maybe 20kms of naturist beach along the country’s entire coastline, so respect that we want to keep it that way, you in your board shorts have several thousand beaches you can merrily attend, and one not a kilometre from here. So go there’. A robust Spanish response means that naturist beaches remain naturist and not subjected to textile creep.

I tp’ed into one naturist sim earlier today to find six avatars at the central tp point to conduct a little experiment. Of the six of us, four females were dressed, myself included, I wanted to see if I did get a gentle reminder of dress code if any officer was present. Two in bikinis, and two of us fully dressed. Of the two males present, one was fully dressed and the other was one of those beautiful specimens who appears to be colour blind when it comes to matching genitalia colour to skin tone.

Did anyone make any move to undress? No.

Look, the dress code is ‘naked’. Is there any chance people could respect that? Or leave?

abil lighthouse D

Where sim officers are present I have to say that they can be very good in ensuring the dress code remains ‘naked’. In RL the French beach of Arnaoutchot has its own ‘nude police’ who man the beach entrance and insist on any form of clothing being removed prior to entry to the beach. Yes, you probably needed your shorts to drive to the beach, and may still be wearing them when you walk from the car to the beach, but the nude police ensure the shorts come down before you go down to the sea.

I’ve encountered similar in SL, and have been IM’ed about dress code at ‘7 Hills’ and ‘Naked’ to remind me that they’re naturist sims. Sometimes this occurs before I or the geography around me has fully rezzed. I don’t get into a flap about it. ‘Yes, I know’, I’ll respond, adding a smile before my avatar peels off unwanted layers. Should I do a little foot-stomping and scream ‘I’m the editor of SL Naturist!!!! I bet I spend more time naked on the grid than you do, you little jobsworth!!!!’? No. I offer a verbal nod in the direction of the avatar officiating and comply – I was going to comply the instant I got a full rezz anyway – and offer a word of thanks. They’re only doing what’s necessary to enhance my enjoyment of SL.

So it should be elsewhere. Should I tp into Canary’s Basilique sim, nude, and if asked to dress say ‘I’m the editor of SL Naturist. We naturists have rights!!!!!!’? No, of course not. If we, SL’s naturist community, want to be shown respect, we need to provide it too. So a few clothes on for the trip to any non-naturist sim is perfectly fine by me.

In a reply to Canary’s post, I said that dressing up can be a lot of fun too. Our ‘naturist wardrobe’ postings replicate RL naturism. There’s nothing naturists like better than to get dressed up in an evening, which is why Pookes and I reflect RL naturist etiquette and manners with those types of posts. Indeed, even from a blogging perspective, there’s a lot of fun to be had looking at an item on the grid and saying ‘perfect for the naturist evening!’ And if you think there’s something wrong with that, you simply don’t fully comprehend the fullness of the naturist lifestyle. If we as a community lack any sort of exhibitions tendencies by day, by evening we naturist ladies like to step out, dressed up, looking a million dollars. It’s a theme that’s as common in naturism as carrying a towel to sit on.

Caity, over on the Cait’s World blog, clearly has found the issue of dress code as irritating to her SL as ‘textile creep’ is to mine!

I think that we’re all kind of united in our belief that wherever you go in SL, be it a club, a nude beach, a historical sim, land belonging to ‘furries’, Gorean role-play, you will enhance the SL experience for others, and particularly yourself, by dressing the part. So c’mon people….if you’re visiting naturist sims, be nude. Otherwise, don’t visit.









Nous sommes Charlie



At the beginning of the year we briefly commented on, and expressed solidarity with, those slain in the attack on Charlie Hebdo’s offices in Paris.

The attack, on free speech, was an outrage. The claim that it was to avenge cartoons of the prophet was also exposed as a lie when the accomplice of those who carried out the attacks took hostages in a Jewish supermarket, a deliberate act of anti-semitism that lies at the heart of many of those who carry out these sorts of attacks.

What would also be an outrage is if the freedom of speech the entire blogosphere sought to embrace at that time was forgotten.

Earlier this week saw the publication of the final book by ‘Charb’, Stéphane Charbonnier, who died in the attack.

Lengthy extracts are reprinted in The Independent, and I would urge those who expressed shock at the time to read what Charb has to say.



Do nudists and a VW camper van go together?

Thanks to reader Raul, who pointed us at a website wherein the nude was juxtaposed with VW campers vans, which contains more than you might imagine.

It’s quite clear that, in respect of naturism, the VW camper van has been a constant backdrop since the 1960s, through to today.


Not a VW van, but certainly nudity and VW working in advertising. Note the outrageously sexist text to the advert.

The VW Beetle (we’ve all seen the ‘Herbie’ films wherever we are in the world, right?) is another vehicle used with naked advertising and placement, but if you read the text to the advert above you can note its casual sexism.


You can buy your own VW camper van in SL for the incredible price of…..L$1!!!! That’s right, for the sum of one linden dollar you too could be strapping the boards to the roof for a weekend’s naked surfing.

I can name at least a couple of naturist sims where the VW camper is present. Perhaps that’s it! The VW camper is now part of naturist iconography!