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The Sun, London, 30 January 2017

5 February 2017

Coincidentally this session came just two days short of a year since I last modelled at The Sun in Clapham. There had been a couple of postponements in that time, but once again I was back working for The Moon and Nude at their south London venue. Arriving early, I spread my freshly-washed white sheet over cushions in the middle of the floor upstairs and changed into my robe.

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I opened with 6-minutes in a standing twist, one arm stretching back, then continued: 3-minutes squatting down; 1-minute kneeling with hands raised; 10-minutes standing and leaning back with hands crossed upon shoulders; 15-minutes sitting on the floor, hugging my thighs with knees raised; 20-minutes sitting side-saddle on the cushions. This sequence took us up to a break.

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During the interval, organiser Aless offered treacle flapjacks and chocolate cornflake snacks to her artists and model. While enjoying these treats I noticed a stray helium balloon – the remnant of some bygone party – nestled high upon the colourful ceiling fresco. I stood on a chair and reached up to retrieve it, resolving to incorporate it into the first pose when we resumed.

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I started the second half reclining for 30-minutes, with one hand on my chest holding the balloon’s string to add a vertical dimension. Next, I stood with both arms painfully ill-positioned for 10-minutes, and finished up on one knee for 5-minutes. It had been a quiet, pleasant evening, sufficiently comfortable not to need a heater. I felt pleased to have made it back here.

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