I am one of 544,431 people in the world who pass on books to others, for free.
O.K.. People will still want to read and sell books but it's a bit like being in that minority still, here, in my suburb, in south-western Sydney who bring along the cloth bags to the local supermarket.
Yes. Yes. Every bit helps.
I clicked on the News from Nudist Day link and read:
"Sun and Health uses the same name as a nudist magazine that ceased publishing more than three years ago. According to Scriven, the owner of the defunct magazine de-registered the business name in 2005.
I have decided to organise next year's bike ride for Brisbane, seeing as I have had so much fun doing this this year - and I'm delighted to see that the effort I went through paid off. Some of you might be incredulous at this, but this is the best turnout for ANYTHING that I've planned since my 18th birthday!
Anyway, I would like to garner some thoughts and ideas for next year's bike ride from you lovely guys and girls.
1) Would you like the ride to be in a more contained environment (e.g. at a nudist/naturist club or resort) as opposed to a public urban setting?
These days, not many naturists seem to smoke, or do smoke on our free beaches; and those who do light up are usually pretty good in bringing their pocket ashtrays and in taking their cigarette butts back to a bin to dispose of properly, considering the fragile marine environment.
However, we know about Manly's Smoke Free Zones and that "Council’s initial Council resolution regarding Smoke Free Zones was taken on 17 May 2004 Manly Council, at its Ordinary Council Meeting, where it was resolved to ban smoking on: [amongst other areas] Manly's ocean and harbour beaches."
"I was just thinking about the group who are opposing the event. I once read a quote that went something like "if you argue with idiots all you get is two idiots arguing". Lets respect their right to oppose us. After all we more than anyone can see that their opposition is based on fear and misinformation. I for one, am really trying to be tolerant and respectful towards them - in a sense they are unwittingly providing us with much valuable publicity."
Well, it's now 19 hours till the Brisbane World Naked Bike Ride. A point of order: the police escort who's going to be there on the day has now demanded that everyone wear at least a g-string or some swimming shorts for the event or else they will be making arrests. It seems like that they've caved into the demands of the gymnophobes instead of giving the participants and the media what they want. The police officer said that he finds nudity offensive, especially around kids, yet he calls himself the 'friendliest officer' out there. Basically, anyone who doesn't empathise or sympathise
In the editorial of Issue 3, of (the new) Sun and Health magazine, I read: "Why are we limiting ourselves by only campaigning for nude beaches? There are many other public areas that could be designated as nude."
Sarah had been on a trip 'across' Australia and found that in many parts she was in places ( in camping spots, in national parks) where there was no need to put clothes on, in the morning.
I've just got the word from a film-maker friend who is covering the event that she spoke to the cops about the bike ride.
They are sending out an escort on the day to keep a watch on the event, and have stipulated that *EVERYONE* bring a pair of bathing shorts or a g-string to the ride. If they don't, then they will forcibly call off the event.
Elsewhere on this site, I have responded to the challenge of enumerating the benefits of naturists / nudists nominating beaches in this competition.
The naming of this competition is often discussed. In my opinion, it would work better in Dutch (or German?) because Schoonste Strand translates not only as cleanest beach but also as most beautiful beach.