The English naturist village of Spielplatz (German for ‘play place’) is the subject of a documentary on UK TV channel More4 on December 11th, and UK paper The Daily Mirror has written an article on it, the usual dumb hack puns in place. The Metro paper manages to just do with one.

In 2014, is there any valid reason why ‘journalists’ (does their training simply involve copying decades old articles from their paper’s archives?) indulge in this lazy nonsense any more?


Iseult Richardson, daughter of Spielplatz’s founder, still lives in the grounds and has written a history of the village (originally published in 1994) called ‘No Shadows fall’, and it’s a remarkable tale of the 12 acre estate’s development.

Spielplatz, ‘The Naked Village’ airs on More4 on December 11th at 9pm.

The Mirror also ran a poll clickbait which asked the question, ‘Would you like to live in a naturist village?’ Rather remarkably, the results were (at time of publishing this post):


One third of Mirror readers like the idea! I didn’t expect the figure to really be quite so high.

While SL has numerous naked sims, none really fill the role of naturist ‘village’. Eden Naturopolis is the closest we’d have in terms of community, but it’s spread out across an archipelago of islands. Lupe’s is beautifully turned out in a manner that evokes naturist village rural living, without dwellings. In the past, there have been locations where a sense of ‘village community’ has been tried, and worked, within SL. From my perspective, it’s maybe a gap in the market that can be filled if anyone has plans to open up any new naturist sims in the near future.



Ella adds: I’ve just spotted that the Daily Mail also have an article on this

Do my tits bother you?

Ho hum. Another day, another 24 hours of press hypocrisy.

I’ve picked this story up from the Irish edition of the British paper The Daily Mirror. 



Presumably some sort of reaction to her Instagram account being suspended subjected to server error, Rihanna appeared at some sort of awards ceremony (do any of us even care about a bunch of people congratulating one another?). Clearly her music’s not really for my demographic, but I ain’t going to criticise her for it. Viewed from a distance, it appears she knocks out at least an album a year, which is, in today’s work-shy music world, a punishing, almost 1960s release schedule.

Note how the paper is quite happy to show her t*ts, but can’t even bring themselves to spell the word out in full, as if we’ll all be confused by that errant asterisk. Anyway, more power to her as, yet again, celebrities ‘normalise’ the female breast. I think how celebrity tattoos helped normalise the (hideous) things in the world -my opinion being that there isn’t a man or woman alive who looks better for having one- and if this trend continues there’s a distinct possibility that the diaphanous and see-through mat yet hit the High Street.

I’m rather intrigued by this sudden rash of skin-related stories/incidents. Why, it’s as if the summer and the traditional media ‘silly season’ gets earlier every year.