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    Nudists told to take care as SA swelters

    http://www.theage.com.au/news/National/Nudists-told-to-...4/1170523947647.html

    February 4, 2007 - 12:49PM

    Participants in the annual Nude Olympics are being urged to use plenty of sunscreen on Sunday as the mercury in Adelaide heads for 40 degrees.
    The annual event attracts about 1,000 competitors and spectators to Maslins Beach in the city's south for events such as the fun run and three-legged race.

    It was cancelled a fortnight ago due to torrential rain and high tides.

    "Everyone's welcome to either come and watch or participate," a Southern United Naturists spokesman told ABC Radio.

    "If you are coming down we do encourage that you put on plenty of sun screen and obviously put on a hat."

    The temperature in Adelaide has already hit 36 degrees as the city heads for a maximum forecast of 40 degrees.

    According to the bureau of meteorology, the temperature has already hit 38 degrees at Parafield in Adelaide's northern suburbs and Snowtown further north, and it's already 40 degrees at Ceduna on the state's west coast.

    A total fire ban is in place in the Flinders, west coast and eastern Eyre Peninsula areas of the state.

  • #2
    I could use some of that 40-degree heat here in Deepest Oklahoma right about now, if only to get rid of the residual snow in my back yard. (It's about 5 here if we're lucky.)

    (This is, of course, in Celsius. For Fahrenheit, read "104" for "40" and "41" for "5".)

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    • #3
      Just a small pet peeve of mine, but I hate it when people suggest wearing sunscreen when the temps get very hot. When it gets very hot, you bring the water. Sunscreen is for prolonged exposure to the sun.

      Bob S.

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      • #4
        Hair-raising day at Nude Olympics
        Article from:
        http://www.news.com.au/travel/story/...-27977,00.html

        UNLIKE hair-conscious metrosexuals, the men competing at the Nude
        Olympics yesterday were particularly valued for their hairy behinds.

        "Nicely tanned, good overall shape, very firm and nice fuzz,'' said
        judge Jhabel, explaining what she was looking for.

        Her sister judge, Karen Prior, was looking for "a bit of colour and
        nice bum-fluff''.

        While an eventual winner was selected in the men's bum competition,
        the atmosphere was distinctly inclusive yesterday at South
        Australia's Maslins Beach - said to be the nation's first nudist
        beach.

        "We accept people the way they are,'' said Ken, a regular nudist who
        attended with his partner Jenny. "If people are different shapes and
        sizes you just accept that - no one's perfect.''

        Since it was proclaimed by the Labor government of Don Dunstan in
        1975, Maslins Beach has remained a kilometre-long bastion for
        nudists, or "naturists'' as many prefer to be called.

        A five-minute walk from the carpark through cream-coloured cliffs
        offers some privacy, and signs at either end of the beach warn
        unsuspecting tourists the beach is "unclad''.

        The signs urge anyone observing "anti-social behaviour'' to call the
        police on the number provided.

        But what struck the uninitiated yesterday was the sheer banality of
        people standing around starkers. With a sausage sizzle on the go,
        cold drinks sold from a trailer, and a marquee sagging in the 36C
        heat, it could have been a get-together of the Rotary Club.

        As with many clubs and volunteer organisations in recent years,
        membership of the Southern United Naturists is down. Membership
        secretary John Clements said the club was a victim of its own
        success in gaining acceptance in the wider community.

        There was a time nudists bathed in numbers to get protection from
        troublemakers. "Today, with the beach being legal and the Government
        and local council and police all supporting it, people say they
        can't be bothered joining a club,'' Mr Clements said.

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        • #5
          Could do with a nice day on beach naked today, freezing cold here!

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          • #6
            ...people standing around starkers.
            Good article, and at last a reporter who can tell the difference between "standing" and "running."

            But what the heck is a "metrosexual?" (Metro=city.)

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            • #7
              But what the heck is a "metrosexual?"
              A straight man who is stylish and sensitive enough to be gay. Sort of a stereotype breaking stereotype.

              -Mark

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              • #8
                Wikipedia gives an extended description of the term "Metrosexual"

                Wikipedia's description of the term "Metrosexual"

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                • #9
                  AHA! 1994, hey? So recent that I'd never heard of it, so I didn't bother to look it up. I thought it might be another idiom unique to Australia, as all regions of the world have their little idioms, known only locally.

                  Main Entry: metrosexual
                  Part of Speech: n, adj
                  Definition: a heterosexual male who has a strong aesthetic sense and inordinate interest in appearance and style, similar to that of homosexual males
                  Etymology: 1994; blend of metropolitan + heterosexual
                  Usage: informal

                  Another concocted word that bears a strained, if any, resemblance to the meanings of its parts. Like the recently revered "homophobia" (1955-60), which means, literally, "fear of sameness."

                  homo- or hom-
                  pref.

                  Same; like: homotype.

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                  • #10
                    Sunday Feb 4th was quite warm here in Adelaide, I did not attend the Olympics as I work on Sunday afternoons.
                    The Olympics are interesting in the fact that most of the people who participate are club nudists who would otherwise never attend a public nude beach, in fact for the other 364 days of the year would turn their noses up at the thought of going to such a place.
                    Regards. John S.

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