The reconstruction

The media often presents us with images of destruction in the wake of cataclysmic events, such as war, hurricane or tsunami.

Idyllic locations, from Asia to the Balkans to middle America have been laid waste, and there’s a sense of ‘how to begin again?’

Obviously there’s no comparison between real life horrors and what goes on in an online game, but late last year there was a sense of loss when Eden Naturopolis was ravaged by ‘a takeover’, if I can put it like that, that saw much of its beauty destroyed. Elbag and Brenda’s beautiful build suddenly saw abrupt ends to roads, lighting ripped out (Elbag and Brenda were given incredibly short notice to clear the sims of their stuff, as I recall) and a general sense that Eden now looked like something that had endured a bit of a war (and, in a sense, knowing some of the back story that was reported here on SLN, that’s exactly what had gone on).

SLN’s presence at Eden, many years standing, ended, mainly as a protest against the new owner, and I know many other Eden residents became, like SLN, ‘refugees’ in a sense. We were ‘stateless’ and ‘homeless’, with Howie scrambling around to find some inworld location we could call home. We were present in a skybox for a while, and are currently located at Lake Nekid (which is an equally lovely naturist sim in SL), but there has always been a desire to ‘come home’, and at least have office space located where we feel most at home…Eden!

With Brenda and Elbag now back in control, I dropped into Eden (and -hooray!- you can find a central TP point in the search engine of SL already) to see what’s emerging, the Phoenix rising from the ashes of many months of neglect and abandonment.

There’s a long way to go, obviously, to bring it back to its former glories, and I suspect this will be a long process. What’s nice is that we’ll be able to see it rise again.

It rather looks as though the central TP location has its foundations in, judging from the photo, and does that look like the navvies are getting some roads down?

It’s my intention to provide regular reports during Eden’s reconstruction, as we bear witness to it rising again as SL’s premier naturist location.

Gigi

SL’s naturists (a small gallery)


Nothing more than a few photos I’ve captured of some of the SL naturist community around the grid in recent days. I’ll be trying to get out and around the grid more often in future to capture of naturism within SL, and the breadth of activities amongst like-minded people that are available.

Susie

Major update : majorly excited! News from Howie

I’ve previously read that life, in SL, moves on average 7 times faster than it does in RL. I think this was coined to reflect the ‘dating’ process, but it’s fair to say that SL events can and do turn on a sixpence!

Last week, I was so convinced that naturism in SL had come to the end of the road, a few pockets of resistance notwithstanding, that I decided not to re-new our ownership of the .com web space, and I had already prepared a post which would have said that I’d close this blog in November, when our ownership of our .com space ran out. Then Flo (FlowerFairy) messaged me to say that she was equally struggling to be able to contribute meaningfully, or even find the time to  and resigned her position as co-editor. It seemed to me that SLN might well have run its course, and I know for certain that despite her best endeavours, Gigi was and is struggling for things to write about. I was beginning to share that sense of despair. But what a difference,  as Dinah Washington once sang, a day makes.

Firstly, news came in that Elbag Gable has reclaimed the Eden Naturist Estate and the landscaping of it, back to its original wonderfulness, begins on Monday (see a couple of Eden Naturist group messages, in italics, below). Next, Ella messaged me inworld to ask if I’d seen Elbag’s messages. I had.

In life, sometimes you get nothing if you aren’t prepared to lay your balls on the line. So I laid mine out there and, after a bit of catching up with Ella, threw the question out there. ‘Hey…interested in writing for SLN again?’

An eternity later (i.e. the two minutes it took her to think about it and reply), she responded in the affirmative! 🙂 Now, I stress that Ella is not back as editor. She and Gigi will share the duties to give them both a chance to not feel swamped by the need to keep coming up with the goods on a daily and weekly basis. Hopefully they can share the load and encourage one another to keep writing and keep SLN functioning as a source of naturist news in and out of the SL grid! Both ladies deserve to have a life beyond simply writing for SLN, so I’ve stressed the need for them both to focus on themselves first, SLN thereafter. The quantity of posts may not be as before, but I know enough to know that both will deliver quality news about naturism, on and off the SL grid.

I fully intend to relocate the SLN office back to Eden as soon as it’s humanly (pixelly?) possible. Because, mark my words ladies and gentlemen, this news is a HUGE step forward for SL naturism, and hopefully the shot in the arm required to reinvigorate the blog!

I wish to thank Flo for her efforts, and continue to thank Gigi for hers. I was delighted to read, earlier, of her reporting on Tunick’s latest expo in Valencia. Not least because I’m in the photos, somewhere. I’m domiciled in Spain and made the drive to Valencia a couple of days ago. Despite being drivable distance, I’ve never visited it before, so my partner and I (she’s in the photos too!) drove up there on Wednesday evening and spent a couple of days exploring and enjoying a beautiful city.

I wish Elbag and Brenda every success in making Eden the place we knew and loved before, and I hope to reclaim Eden Eagle West, my SL home for many years prior to ‘issues’ that saw Eden change hands a few months ago, in due course.

I also know enough of Elbag and Brenda to know that this will almost inevitably lead to one huge, massive, naturist opening party, or parties, in due course. Welcome back, Eden! We missed you!

Howie

below…messages I received regarding Eden’s imminent phoenix-like return (and hey, Elbag and Brenda, how apt that the Phoenix is a bird too! (all Eden sims are named after birds, for those of you who don’t play SL) Perhaps the next new Eden sim can be called ‘Phoenix’ to reflect this greatly anticipated rising from the ashes!

I am still in negotiations but can tell you all that in a couple of days Eden and The North Sea will be under my ownership; my management team I am sure will all be back too helping me to revitalise and re-establish the Eden Naturist Resort that we all knew and loved previously; we will be re-establshing the North Sea as SL’s premier sailing venue – there is land for sale so come on over and grab your plot before it is all sold!

Hi all
Update time; I think the transfer of Eden and The North Sea to me will be completed sometime Monday. We will start re-landscaping work straight away; rebranding of estate logos is a priority and I hope that the current tier payment method will transfer painlessly to my management quickly as well.
A HUGE thank you to the 10 people who have moved back to Eden over the last 24 hours and I hope to see fewer parcels for sale as more people return home to Eden in the next few days.

Tunick in Valencia

Spencer Tunick has just held his latest happening in Valencia, Spain. There is a huge gallery to view at Valencia Plaza. They’ll be subject to copyright, so I won’t go mad republishing them here, but instead show a couple of the less ‘up close’ variety under ‘fair use’.

What’s noticeable about them is that the Spanish media freely portrays full frontal nudity without any feeling they need to censor, a total contrast with the laced up media (and social attitudes) of the British and American media and public.

 

Gigi

Editorial meeting

It has been a steep learning curve to come to grips with blogging, research, fitting in blogging time around real life and such like, but I think I’ve sort of cracked it now. I don’t see the same volume of posts as Ella used to be able to produce, but hopefully we’re now settled into a relaxed, weekly method of posting.

The three of us got together recently at Lake Nekid’s hot tub to discuss strategy as to how to move forward in terms of the editorial content, after which Howie (SLN publisher) dropped by for the financial meeting.


Yes, Howie bankrolls SL Naturist, so he dropped by to see what cash we might need to improve the SL Naturist experience, either in terms of the blog site itself, or items required for use within SL, props, poses and the like.

A productive meeting as we now aim our blog work towards the forthcoming naturist season.

GG

Mardi Gras, 2019

Here’s a post I had prepared for a couple of weeks back, but slipped through the net as a result of real life getting in the way.

 

Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday.

Or, in that restrained, stiff upper lip way we have in the UK, Pancake Day/Shrove Tuesday.

Yes, while parts of the world go mad as we race into Lent, from the revealing costumes of Rio to the flashing for beads in New Orleans, we get to eat pancakes!

While not a naturist post, I’m taking a cue from Ella reporting various carnivals previously, and in the current social atmosphere I think it’s important to promote any sort of nudity, such is the prevailing sense of conservatism in the world.

At least in the context of carnival the entire Free The Nipple movement is acceptable.

Within SL there’s a place to get free beads, assuming you want your avatar to ‘flash’ the Mardi Gras crowds. And there’s also a full blown Mardi Gras parade to enjoy.

My guess is that many of the women who do flash their breasts in New Orleans during Mardi Gras aren’t typically the type who would ever contemplate such behaviour at any other time of year, but are caught up in the spirit of it all. Which leads me to ask the question, if women are prepared to do it, and the police (see the last photo) can tolerate it during Mardi Gras, why not at all other times of the year, and in all locations?

GG