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Published:September 12th, 2010 12:34 EST
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Old Man Fights For His Right To Garden In The Nude

By Robert Paul Reyes


"A British man who says he prefers to garden in the nude says his local council is breaching his rights with plans for homes overlooking his property.

Leslie Howard, 70, of Steeton, England, said he put a fence around his home so he could tend his garden in the naturist fashion but he fears new homes approved by the Bradford Council will have windows that can see into his garden and possibly lead to his arrest, the BBC reported Friday." UPI.Com

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A man`s home is his castle and Howard has a right to walk around buck naked, wearing only stiletto heels, inside his house.

But if neighbors who move into the new homes overlooking the old guy`s property can see him working in the garden in the buff, he should don some shorts. It is an aesthetically and morally wrong for a 70-year-old coot to expose his naked flesh to innocent bystanders.

Gardening and nudity don`t go hand-in-hand, I like to work in my backyard trimming bushes, pulling weeds, planting flowers and watering the lawn. After a couple of hours of toiling in my yard, I`m filthy and in need of a bath. I would be dirty and grimy from head to toe, if I worked nude in my yard.

Certainly a compromise can be worked out; I`d suggest that Howard hire a nubile young lady to tend to his garden in the nude.

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