Boobs, Bums and Lady Gardens AKA The Naked Calendar

We all remember calendar girls – back then the naked calendar was somewhat taboo.  Yet now everyone seems to be doing them. A great way to make money, especially as it gives everyone the chance to have a giggle – even if it is at your own expense.

So of course on Saturday morning I found myself walking in the torrential rain to the University Students Union to bare all for charity.  At about 10.22am I am beginning to question why I agreed to this, however at this point I was already there – so turning back was no longer an option.  Radio broadcast on the other hand was.

In my bag were two cuddly toys to cover my lady parts, thankfully they were large enough for the task despite my failure to check beforehand.  Before I knew what was going on the clothes were off and poses were being struck.  A fairly liberating experience yet intensely bizarre – one of those things to cross of the bucket list, even if like me, you’re not 100% sure it was on there in the first place. One more thing tried, one less thing to do, one more thing to be embarrassed about!

Schubert and Sergei used to cover my lady parts

Despite the embarrassing laugh I had at my own expense, talking to others I found that some people are certainly not keen on the naked calendar idea.  T would seem there are concerns that people would be intimidated by others bodies and perhaps bullying would occur.  In my mind this is not the case.  We’re not posing for page 3 after all – you can’t see anything, in my own experience two cuddly toys were covering my top half whilst Bridget Jones style knickers were covering everything else – so very far from sexy, I’m hardly going to be the centrefold of next weeks playboy magazine!

Concerns aside the naked calendar continues to be a money maker and popular fundraiser for charities.  If people will buy the calendars and people will take part in them – why not?

Has the naked calendar had its day?  Do they promote the wrong ideas about body image?  Or are they just a great fundraising idea and a bit of a laugh?

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Humans no longer need food and water! Well that’s gonna save me some monies!

Apparently people can now live off sun light alone. Well slap my ass and call me a plant then! If apparently I can photosynthesise, then my years of education have most certainly been in vain!

Having said that never needing to buy food again would save me some pennies – Although I do live in Wales! The likelihood of me coming into contact with enough sun to live off is unlikely in the extreme. I might have to have a little search on Google and find me a rain diet – that might suit my circumstances a little better!

This diet was brought to my attention after reading in the news that a woman in Sweden died (unsurprisingly) after following the ill-judged Sunshine diet. According to the diet, we can all live exclusively on sunshine. All the nutrients we need to survive can be absorbed into our bodies from the sun and through meditation.

If that’s true, then why do any governments or charities send aid to Africa or any other starving nation? God if we can all live off sunshine alone, then why don’t we just send across meditation teachers instead and be done with it?
Why? That’s right because your body needs food. And a point to mention, the sunshine diet not only advocates no food but no water either. Now even a plant needs water!

But amidst this ridiculousness there are those who have claimed to have lived years without food or water. Apparently through meditation the brain produces the essential nutrients and fats necessary for survival.

Now I’ve heard of a placebo effect and do not deny that the brain is a truly incredible thing, it produces thoughts, dreams, hallucinations etc etc! But to produce actual physical nutrients and fats is something quite different! Sounds like magic, but maybe me being the simple muggle (and yes I did slip in a Harry Potter reference there) that I am cannot comprehend such a thing.

Call me a sceptic, but I cannot and will not believe we can live our lives without food and water, absorbing everything we need to survive from the sun!

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