Saturday, September 20, 2014

QUEEN in Concert - Saturday 12pm SL


Queen Tribute in Concert!

Grab your places early!  Party starts at 12pm SL (8pm UK) with the show at 12.30pm (8.30pm UK) which is half an hour earlier than the usual start time, so don't be late!

It has been a couple of years since this tribute act played in London City, so if you have never seen it before don't miss this dynamic show.

Win 500L for Best in Queen!

See it here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/131/107/24

Sponsored by DX Exchange - Linden Dollars at Best Rates.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Be Shaken, Not Stirred in LC3

 
The names Zond.... DJ Zond !!
 
 
Head on over to the London Victoria sim at 11:30am Friday to be Shaken not Stirred as DJ Aldo Zond and his host Elle take you on a Bond journey.. playing all those classic tunes from the movies.

They have a License to Thrill.. and you Only Live Twice so make sure you come along and show your support as this event is a fund raiser for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Second Life charity.

This is not For Your Eyes Only so share the news with your friends and let us get a great party going for a wonderful cause!

About Making Strides :- Making Strides Against Breast Cancer or MSABC is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting more than 300 communities to finish the fight. Every breast cancer walk and event is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to honor those who have battled breast cancer, raise awareness about what we can do to reduce our breast cancer risk, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with research, information, services, and access to mammograms for women who need them.

The Party begins at 11:30 SLT (7:30pm GMT) .. wear a tux or a cocktail gown, or even come in a nice white bikini!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City3/186/151/23

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Review of the Weekend

Goodness that weekend will take some getting over.

On Saturday Elle's fundraiser for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer raised over L7K to aid the charity.  The theme in London City3's park for a sock hop and you can be sure of another equally popular themed event next Saturday.   A big thank you to everyone who attended and donated.


After the Dorothy Squires concert (Video to come) Juiced was buzzing with a Teddy Bears Picnic theme night.


On Sunday during 'renovations' we said good bye to two of our classic ambience characters, Fanny and Wally, but we gave them a great send off.


Just hours later, grieving residents claimed to have spotted Fanny at Comptons dancing the night away.   We have put this down to mass hysteria.   We would never kill off characters just to bring them back in time for Halloween.   Would we?

Finally a big thank you to Sarah Tremor for sponsoring a super event on Friday night at Bar Soho donating many wonderful prizes to clubbers from her most excellent Edelfabrik clothing store which you can visit here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City3/228/108/24










We'll get the video up as soon as possible.  It's been one of those weekend where the time ran away from us.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sock Hop - Fundraiser for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer


Lets go To the Hop!!

Slip on your socks and poodle dresses, guys pop on those drainpipe trousers and Elvis sideburns and get ready to jive jive jive!

DJ Aldo and host Elle will be holding a Fundraiser Sock Hop in support of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Across Second Life.  There will be kiosks around the diner for you to donate into for this worthy cause.

About Making Strides Against Breast Cancer:
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer or MSABC is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting more than 300 communities to finish the fight. Every breast cancer walk and event is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to honor those who have battled breast cancer, raise awareness about what we can do to reduce our breast cancer risk, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with research, information, services, and access to mammograms for women who need them.

The party will start at 9am SLT on Saturday 13th so make a note in your diary, great tunes, good people, fantastic cause.. see you there!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City3/183/164/23

Friday, September 12, 2014

Dorothy Squires Concert, Saturday 12pm SL

A largely forgotten legend, compared as the British voice of Ethel Merman and all the tragedy of Judy Garland is appearing for the first time ever in London City on Saturday.

The Party starts at 12pm SL (8pm UK) with the show at 1pm SL. 

Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/105/111/23



It is hard to believe that Dorothy Squires, now so forgotten was once the highest paid British singer.

Famous for her belting voice, her outrageous ball gowns and an unbridled and profane temper, Dorothy Squires was a sensation that swept the country in the 1950's and beyond.

In 1953 she married the then unknown actor Roger Moore who was 12 years her junior and used her substantial clout with the right people in Hollywood to get him into movies and television series.

As Roger Moore's career took off, hers began to slide.  Throughout the 1960's she tried to keep her career in momentum, but she suffered from the emerging popularity of the sounds created by new and  younger singers, Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield and Sandy Shaw.

Squires and Moore separated in 1961, when Moore left her to move in with Luisa Mattioli.  Squires refused to divorce him without a substantial settlement and Moore could not re-marry until an agreement was reached and the divorce was finalised 8 years later in 1969.

Now aged 55 she managed to chart one final time with her own cover of "My Way".  New concerts followed at the Palladium, which Squires had hired herself at substantial cost, but her shows sold out in hours and she managed to cover her costs.

By 1971 Dorothy Squires career was almost at and end.   She undertook the first of 30 court cases which would keep her as the focal point in newspapers for the next 15 years.

She successfully sued the News of The World for a story they printed about her and Moore entitled "When love turned sour".

Her new career of suing people for libel began to turn bad when she dragged actor Kenneth More through the courts for accidentally referring to Mattioli as Roger Moore's wife when Moore was still married to Squires at the time.  She lost the case.

In 1973 she was charged with high kicking a taxi driver when he threw her out of his cab for being disorderly.  The same year she was charged with trying to "bribe" a BBC producer to play her records, but the case was dropped.


In 1974 her house burned down and she managed to escape the inferno clutching her jewels and love letters from Roger Moore.  She moved to a new house in Bray, which flooded three weeks later.

In 1982 she was banned from the high courts.  The high court declared her to be a Vexatious Litigant due to the number of bizarre cases she had taken out against other wealthy people seeking compensation for things said about her.  This move by the courts ended her ability from commencing any further legal action without the express permission of the court.  She never got this permission and she was never able to sue again.

Now broke due to the enormous amount of costs incurred losing nearly all of her court cases, Squires accepted the home provided by an adoring fan in Wales.  She retired there and lived out the rest of her life as a recluse.  She died of lung cancer in 1998 at the age of 83.

She is probably the chief architect of all her bad luck, caused by an obsession of pursuing the fame she had once enjoyed, which had come and gone.  Her refusal to realise that fame is fleeting was perhaps her undoing.

That said, she puts on a magnificent (if not a slightly bizarre camp comedy) show, so we hope you will enjoy us for a rather tongue in cheek cabaret concert, celebrating the superstardom of Miss Dorothy Squires.  





Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Weather System revamp

During the summer we installed the London City immersive weather system.   A pioneering invention that instantly produced rain via a quick rezzing mesh prim instead of the old fashioned particle systems seen elsewhere in Second Life.

We asked if you would like to see it removed as the estate moves into autumn via a pop up poll at the weekend.

Those who expressed an opinion voted overwhelmingly to keep the system.

So for now the rain weather system will remain and we will begin work on the winter system.  

Thanks for sharing your views and observations on how we can improve this experience.



New Destination added to London City Portals

The following locations have been added to the third party Portal Destination in London City.  Walk through the portal to arrive at these destinations.

"That's Italy" located on the MIC region has been added to the destination Portal. This intriguing build lets you explore ancient ruins and scavenge from old cargo vessels listing at sea from the comfort of your hovercraft.

 
Prim Hearts Funfair and Amusements located at Prim Hearts.  Rollercoaster, log plume, ferris wheels, octopus and other funfair amusements.
 
 
Old Time Radio at Wyrd, is a 1940s sitting room parlour playing war time radio programmes in a setting of that era with new re-broadcast shows each week.
 

 
Enjoy these destinations.  To submit a destination please click the Support Ticket option on this blog and state that it is a destination you would like to recommend.


Saturday, September 06, 2014

London City content using Advanced Creator Tools Beta - Update

London City Weather Experience 
London City is part of the Linden Lab closed Beta for Advanced Creator Tools.
 
This is an update of content located in the estate using Experience Keys.  
  
Automatic Dance Floor
 
Animates an avatar upon entering a night club and allows them to cycle through dance via collision or by touching a board.  Animation ends when they exit the club.

Located at:
 
Blog Story:
  
Featured Destination Portals
 
A Teleport portal system that works on collision.  Each portal cycles its destination every minute and displays a hover text in the centre to say where the destination is and on which region.    This is also used to teleport agents to picturesque locations outside of the estate (with the consent of the owners of the featured locations).
Also offers a link back to the original point of TP with an offset of 5m to prevent the agent from landing on top of the portal triggering an unwanted teleport.
 
Located at:
 
Blog Story:
  
Regent's Bitter
 
Demonstration item.   A beer bottle that attaches and can be drunk whilst playing a sound.   This is an item intended to show Experience Tools Proof of Concept only and is an early example.
 
Located at:
 
Blog Story:
  
Other Projects

Treasure Hunt Hud
 
We are working on a HUD device to offer clues to locations of prizes.  When at item is found, clues to the next location will be delivered in a thin, non invasive ticker-tape strap at the bottom of the screen for 10 seconds.  This will be available by end of September.

Auto Brolly!

We're in the final stages of Automatic Umbrellas, triggered by the Weather Experience. This adds an additional layer of fun and realism.  No more getting drenched every time it rains.  Opt in to the experience and get a random coloured brolly to keep your avatar dry for the duration of the shower!

This and more, very soon.


London City - Original and Innovative Inventions


Friday, September 05, 2014

Elvis in town, Saturday 1pm SL

The king himself, Elvis Presley comes to Regent's Park this Saturday in a new concert.

Performing all his most famous songs, Elvis night starts at 12pm SL (8pm UK) with the concert an hour later at 1pm SL.

Sponsored by DX Exchange

Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/102/113/23