A favourite in danger

My favourite nude beach is under threat and I’m not happy about it. It’s never been an official nude beach but has been accepted as a nude beach long before I started going there nine or ten years ago. Rangers went around a couple of weeks ago warning everyone that fines will be issued soon if they are caught nude on the beach. I’m not sure why the sudden crack down but they threatened it a couple of summers ago but nothing eventuated. I hope this fades away too!

A catalogue of silence

You have a few days left to catch Ross Watson’s exhibition in Sydney for Mardi Gras. This exhibition showcases his “Silence” paintings and his “Catalogue XXVIII” photography. It’s at Danks St Depot Gallery in Waterloo, Sydney from 11 am and finishes this Saturday 8th. I’m actually heading down this morning.

Happy Mardi Gras everyone!

 

Well, the time has arrived and it’s gay christmas here in Sydney today. It’s less than four hours til our float is meeting at our designated spot and the closer it gets the more excited and nervous I get. It’s going to be a wild night with a sold out dance party afterwards and rumours of all sorts of stars making an appearance on stage. Forgive me if I don’t blog tomorrow, I’m going to be curled up in bed starting the recovery process!

Happy Mardi Gras everyone!

Gods of Sport

The Naked For a Cause calendar has been a very successful project for Pedro Virgil and he’s building on the success of those shoots with the upcoming release of the coffee table book “Gods of Sport” to be released very soon!

These Australian Rules and Rugby League players all look stunning and damned hot in this 224 page collection of unseen images bound in a beautifully presented book which I’m sure is going to fly off the shelves!

Summer is over

 

Sydney has just finished it’s wettest summer in years. We haven’t had a lot of beach weather and I’m sure there are a few tourists here for Mardi Gras a little annoyed. Forecasts for next summer predict a long hot dry summer next year, fingers crossed. I want to do much more nude swimming next summer than I’ve managed this one.

Silver surfer at burning man

Just another reason why I want to go to Burning Man. Some people obviously just like to have a laugh and be creative. A motorised surf/skateboard, how cool and a great way to get around! I bet the sand stuck to his paint though!

Three more sleeps!

Last week at rehearsal we turned up to find a photographer from the local media waiting to shoot us for a cover story. Now when I did several years of patrols not once did the entire patrol group stand around in a line with our hands up to our forehead, nor did we all jump and cheer in unison. Maybe I was working on a dull patrol but I think it’s more the photographer didn’t know what to do with us.

It’s now only 3 more sleeps til the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and everyone is enthusiastic about it and there is a great vibe about the party. Given that it’s the 30th anniversary, it’s been especially popular and tickets are sold out, with numbers like 18,000 and 22,000 being thrown around. Rumour has it they are releasing another 1,500 tickets by the end of the week!

Frolicking in Seattle

This is DJ. He’s one of the exhibitionist boys over at Frisky Frolic. These photos might not contain any snow but they assure me in Seattle it’s cold! I guess that’s why he’s wearing socks? Thanks for the shots DJ!

Harbour party success!

Yesterday saw the first Harbour Party, now known as Sol Y Luna run by Mardi Gras itself instead of another promoter and I have to say it was a success! For the first time in weeks the Sydney weather turned it on hot and strong and so did the boys. It’s always the party with the highest percentage of eye candy. I was one of the few people not partaking in recreational substances but a couple of times walking through such a mass of beautiful boys in the darkness and strobe lights once the sun went down, it felt like I might have been a bit drunk on pretty.

I will say, the 80’s flouro retro revival thing really should be left to the baby-gays. Late 30’s means you were there the first time and it shouldn’t be done again!

This is what to expect

For anyone visiting for mardi gras for the first time and going to the after party which is officially sold out for the first time in years, this video gives you a good impression of what to expect.

I’ve heard rumours of all sorts of performers, Olivia Newtown-John, Cindy Lauper, George Michael, Scissor Sisters and Bear Force One. Who will actually turn up? Who knows!