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    All BN magazines since Autumn 2004, in downloadable PDF format

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    • Guest
      The "What is Naturism" leaflet is out of date and no longer published. It has been replaced with:- https://www.bn.org.uk/store/product/247-your-guide-to-naturism-in-2019/  
    • Guest
      Horses for courses? I see two main functions for BN's literature covering the legality of naturism - in defence, if naturists are confronted by members of the public or the authorities, and in educating members of the public about naturism with the possibility of them trying it for themselves. I endeavour to always carry with me copies of BN's 'What is Naturism' leaflet, the BN Legal Guides and the College of Policing document, to fulfill both of these functions. Based upon my limited experience of the responses of the public during encounters (none of which have been antigonistic) I have arrived at the following thoughts:- The 'What is Naturism' leafllet does not, I think, provide strong enough reassurance to a non-naturist member of the public that naturism is lawful - the leaflet not having caught up with the excellent work recently done by BN with the authorities - the existing statement is not prominent, being secreted away on the reverse side and in white text on a light blue background. The legal guides are good for the defensive function in respect of the authorities. But I think they are too overwhelming with the amount of information for the public to quickly assimilate, either for the naturist to be able to quickly defuse a situation or to easily encourage the public that it's OK to participate in naturism. I also sympathise with nugold's comment re them being a potential source of ammunition for members of the public with strong anti-naturism views. The College of Policing document is similarly too overwhelming to assimilate quickly and it does not print well in black & white. The result of these thoughts is that each document, on its own, is, or was, the right horse for the right course. BUT, I would like to suggest that we could really do with a new issue of the 'What is Naturism' leaflet which, following the aforementioned good work by BN, more prominently incorporates the 'nubs' of both the legal guides and the College of Policing document, so that we have one simple document, which can be quickly assimilated, by the public, to fulfill both functions of defence and encouragement to participate, and which would therefore be a single first choice to call upon (instead of faffing about through three different documents to convey one's message). The overwhelming content of the legal guides and hence the potential ammunition, could then be kept confidential from the public and limited to be used in reserve as our last resort for serious confrontation with authorities. If we're going to 'get out there' and make good use of BN's recent work , with a new found confidence in public, then we need something more compact and 'snappier' for interfacing with the public.
    • Guest
      I've stopped carrying the leaflet around with me when naturist hiking anyway, after reading the suggestion that it gives any anti-naturist person information about how to make life as difficult as possible for any naturist they encounter by, for example, claiming that they had been "alarmed". I have never had an encounter with a hostile person. On the rare occasions when I have met others, I normally cover up and people either ignore it, or make friendly comments. I do carry my BN membership card and, if I do encounter a hostile person in the future, I shall simply say that the law does not regard passive naturism as illegal, and that current police guidance is to take "no action". 
    • Guest
      Originally set up by Malcolm. It was printed and circulated.
      It followed our initiative that we wanted to have something 'on the spot' to prevent arrests. We saw that ignorance was part of the problem. Officers would arrest and take people down to the station, and then start finding out the law. Strategy was (and remains) to prevent interventions and arrests, currently by removing the ignorance by providing information via smartphones.
      I would agree that the content was overblown and too great to fit onto a credit card piece of paper. People carry these sized cards commonly so it was a great idea to make the data fit  this size but a difficulty exists that computer printers generally print only A4. It is a real challenge to typeset but it gives portability. We have simply adapted it to the present day situation and not rewritten it. Generally we don't want to be involved in reinventing the wheel, so the pattern and main content remained. As more people routinely use smartphones, the paper guidance will become obsolete.
      The policing web page still needs to be updated to show officers from each of the UK Countries their own guidance. The paper versions are available for the time being.
      Guidance is split at the moment:
        To the Police from their own website(s)/regions. Members can also access it and display it if necessary.
        To Members themselves with a summary of rights and suggested conduct to remain within the law - can also be displayed to officials & legal representatives.
    • Guest
      I'm not really sure why this document has to have such a complicated layout.  Are we all suddenly incapable of folding a piece of paper?

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