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Philippa’s Blog

Once again, I’m recording material for a BBC World Service series about naturism, presented by Dr Keon West and this time we’re in Germany. On the face of it, this particular location didn’t sound like much of a challenge – it’s an easy-going liberal country, pretty famous for its acceptance of nakedness. In fact, one…

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It isn’t often that you find yourself, in my experience at least, in Francophone sub-Saharan Africa, drinking tea, naked. Even more strange, this was Senegal – a country with a pronounced (if not proud) sense of modesty. It is a predominantly Muslim country and, although you do often see women in beautifully tailored, figure-hugging traditional…

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So naked swimming is fun. This is my newsflash. Well before the Brighton World Naked Bike Ride, I had arranged to record at a naturist swimming group in Haddington, on the outskirts of Edinburgh and the timing was hard on the heels of the bike ride. I think this was probably for the best –…

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The body is a palimpsest of the events of life. As I lay in bed, wakeful, the night before the Brighton World Naked Bike Ride, I mused on the story my body told. The paleness of my skin was testament not just to my ethnicity, but also to my habit of covering it. My forearms…

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I’m getting naked a lot this summer. In public. All around the world: from the south coast of England to the Casamance in Senegal. I’ve not done it before…and I’m not sure I ever would have, except that I’ve been commissioned to make a two-part series about the benefits of nakedness. And I don’t even…

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