Friday, July 21, 2017

Free Bento Dance from Abranimations in London City




Abranimations has released a new Bento Belly Dance set. Today they have released the first set 'Arabian Drum Belly Dances'. These are high energy dances performed to an Arabian drum beat. The first one in the set is free for the weekend in a crate next to the main vendor. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/29/124/24



Premier: Emmylou Harris Concert



Emmylou Harris is an American singer and songwriter.

Back in the 60s she was spotted by Gram Parsons who recognized her special talent of introducing harmonies that the song writers had overlooked.  After Gram's untimely and bizarre death, Emmylou went solo and carved her own career.

She has recorded with Bob Dylan, John Denver, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Roy Orbison, Neil Young and most recently toured with Mark Knopfler.

In 1995 she diverged from country for a new Indy-style sound for her album "Wrecking Ball", which was panned by critics as career suicide, and yet sold more then 5 million copies.  Since then Emmylou has periodically, continued to dip her toes into this unique style of music.

She went on to win 13 Grammy's and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.

Emmylou Harris appears for the first time ever in London City on Saturday.   The party begins at 12pm SL time (8pm UK) with the concert an hour later at 1pm SL time.
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/100/102/23

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Pools Out for Summer




The Olympic sized swimming pool makes a return to the hub area, for those of you who want to cool down before you visit the beach area in London City West.

Worlds End has their Posh Bingo event today at 11am SL (7pm UK) and why not check out the new corridor at the back of the pub which leads to a lovely patio, beside the seaside, beside the sea.

Worlds End TP: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/37/9/24 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Severe storms about to hit the UK



Brace yourselves, they're on their way and in great British style, the storms will arrive at "tea time".

Where else on the planet, is "tea time" a recognized time of day, except in Blighty?

The Met Office has issued Amber alerts for most of the UK for today and tomorrow, with an inch of rain and hour falling throughout this evening and tomorrow.

Severe thunderstorms are expected to disrupt power networks, so make yourself a flask of tea and some corned beef sarnies and prepare to go back in time tonight and relive the blitz.

If you would like to track the storms progress, this super site shows you all the lightening strikes in real-time.  This presupposes you have internet access and power to your house!
https://www.lightningmaps.org/

So, strap yourselves down and enjoy the wild ride!

Previously in London City.....

Monday, July 17, 2017

Trash or Treasure?



People are always throwing things away in the litter bins in London City.   You never know quite what you will find in there.  A useful gadget or even some cash.   By walking up to the bin a random gift will be given to you.

You can visit the litter bin in Regent's Park here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/88/205/23

And the reason for this reminder?  There is a wonderful Trump Anti-Stress doll for you to shake.

With over a hundred items in the trash can, be sure to visit it regularly!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Free dance from Abranimations



Collect your free "Lyrical Contempory" Dance from the crate next to the vendors.  This dance is available FREE for this weekend ONLY!
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/32/130/24

SUBSTATION with Coffee and Bailey




Coffee and Bailey, the 2 oldest jocks of the Airwaves, are appearing again today at Substation in London City.

Join us for a couple of hours of fun as this accomplished drag act, play their old camp vinyl.
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/27/221/17

Starts 11am SL (7pm UK)

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Drifters - Beach Party on Saturday



Well, Saturday night at eight o'clock, I know where I'm gonna go... To the Drifters Beach Concert in London City!

Spanning fifty years (and counting) and with sixty Drifters members so far, this is America's longest running band.

Their songs include, Saturday Night at The Movies, More Than a Number in my Little Red Book, On Broadway, Kissin' In The Back Row of The Movies, There Goes My Baby, This Magic Moment and many many more.

The Party starts at 12pm SL (8pm UK) and The Drifters are on stage at 1pm SL.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Worlds End Pub



The Worlds End Pub on Wednesday and Sundays is the place to be for Bingo and Pub Quiz fans.  Games are free to join and pay a cash jackpot for the most skilled and often the most lucky!

Last night, The Worlds End had a bumper Bingo Night with no less than ten cash prizes given out during the event.

Pop into the Worlds End for warm pint and a cold pie any time!
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/36/12/24




Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A date for your diary. Emmylou in London City 22nd July



A date for your diary..
Premier: A brand new show on Saturday 22nd July as Emmylou Harris appears in London City.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Heatwave in England



Whatever you're doing today, enjoy the weather and don't forget to drink plenty of fluids, especially lashings of Hobgoblin.

With temperatures in London expected to reach 92F, today is the hottest day so far this year.

If you think this is freak weather, think again, only last year on 1st July it was 98F at Heathrow.

However, back in 2003 temperatures reached 102F which would make today seem positively chilly. If you remember that 8 day heatwave, don't forget to wrap up warm today.

The hottest nighttime on record was back in 1990 when it was 75F, but we're going to get close to that today, with an overnight of 71F.


Sunday, July 09, 2017

Celebrating 50 years since decriminalization




To all those who turned out for the Pride Parade in RL London yesterday, thank you for celebrating this landmark event.

With social attitudes so utterly changed in the UK, where it hasn't mattered a jot in many years who you love, it is sometimes hard to believe that this was once a crime and remained unacceptable long after abolition.

30 thousand people took to the streets of London yesterday to celebrate 50 years since the decriminalization of homosexuality.   Whilst it remained a taboo subject for many years after, the British open and inclusive society we find ourselves in today, has evolved so much in the past 20 years.  One can only hope that these frontiers of freedom will one day be accepted the world over.

The Weekend Show



Last night, London City presented to a packed house, the premier of the Fleetwood Mac show.
Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Join us again today for Substation at 11am SL, and Worlds End Pub Quiz at 1pm SL, and pop in throughout the day, there are always some great people to meet in London City.






Saturday, July 08, 2017

UK and USA new trade relationship



Heralding even closer ties with the UK today, President Trump announces at the G20 summit that the USA and UK will have a trade deal "Very very quickly".

Friday, July 07, 2017

Free Bento dance from Abranimations



Abranimations has released some new 60s dances today with Bento finger motion.   This dance also works with non-Bento avatars.

The '60s Medley 1' dance is free for the weekend in a crate next to the main vendor.

You can collect the Free Bento dance from Abranations in London City  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/29/123/24

As always.. you can collect this dance FREE, This Weekend ONLY!

Premiere: Fleetwood Mac on Saturday



British-American Rock Band, Fleetwood Mac,  appear for the first time ever in London City with a brand new show for the kick-off to the Summer Season.

The band was originally formed in the late 60's, but became world famous in 1977 with their album "Rumours", and had a procession of chart hits with tracks released from that album, including, Sara, Gypsy,  Dreams, Go Your Own Way, Rhiannon and more.

You are invited to the premier performance of the London City Players, performing their tribute to Fleetwood Mac this Saturday.

The Party starts at 12pm SL time (8pm UK) with the band on stage an hour later at 1pm SL time.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Happy Independence Day



Wishing our American friends across the great pond a very happy Independence Day.

On this day in 1776 the United States formally separated from Great Britain.

Thomas Jefferson, penned the Declaration of Independence and later went on to become America's 3rd President.  Nine years later, over breakfast one morning, he drew up the US Constitution, but history recalls it's principal author was actually 4th president James Madison.

Wherever you are, have a great day!


Saturday, July 01, 2017

Abranimations Free Bento Dance



FREE BENTO DANCE:  DISCO MEDLEY
FREE for THIS WEEKEND ONLY in a crate next to the main vendors.

Available from Abranimations in London City:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/34/119/24

Friday, June 30, 2017

Amy MacDonald on Saturday



In concert on Saturday, Amy MacDonald the Scottish singer, songwriter and composer, who shot to fame in 2008 with her debut album, This Is The Life.  Her hits include, Mr Rock & Roll, Poison Prince, Let's Start a Band and Run.

Party starts at 12pm SL (8pm UK) with the concert an hour later at 1pm SL.

Join us here http://slurl.com/secondlife/London%20City/109/111/24

Sunday, June 25, 2017

LONDON CITY PRIDE - The Video



Thank you so much to everyone who participated in London City PRIDE 2017.

With this video, Pride 2017 comes to an end, but what a blast we have had the past five weeks from Margarita Practan in week 1, to Donna Summer and Judy Garland yesterday and Barry Manilow today, and all the other acts in between.

Special thanks to the fantastic team in London City who worked so hard to bring all these multiple events together throughout the month of June.

We hope you enjoyed the festival as much as we did..   So fasten your seat belts and lets have a video review of Pride in London City.   Enjoy!


Take Part in The Pride Parade on Sunday





On Sunday, we have our annual Pride Parade.   To take part, all you need is a wearable car or preferred mode of transport, and attach some pridey bits to your avatar as we make a spectacle of ourselves in London City.   The Parade starts 9am SL time (5pm in the UK).

Check out the Parade from last year and get involved!


Friday, June 23, 2017

Saturday - Pride Day in London City




It is Pride day on Saturday in London City.  Get your Pride outfits on and head over for a great day out in Second Life's most popular destination.

At 9am SL time, Judy Garland takes to the stage with a flagon of  Gin to warble her most famous tunes, including Putting on The Ritz, Rockabye Your Babe, Swanee and Over The Rainbow.

At 11am its all over to Worlds End Pub for their Pride Party, with Katty and Coffee.

At 12pm SL time, its the Pride Party and at 1pm SL time, Headlining the event is the Queen of Disco, Donna Summer.

To translate these times into UK.. the party starts at 5pm UK.

Don't forget the Pride Parade on Sunday.  Get a wearable vehicle and tart it up by attaching some bits to yourself and sit in your motor.  Easy!

Visit Pride in London City



New Dances from Abranimations and FREE Bento Dance



Abranimations have released two new Bento dance sets today. They include a set of 10 Voguing dances and 14 freestyle dances we have titled urban freestyle.

There is an Urban Freestyle dance available for FREE for this weekend only in a crate next to the main vendors.

Available from Abranimations in London City: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/28/115/24


Madame Bailey's Early Pride Ball



Madame Bailey - Songs to make you go Ooh
Get your PRIDE weekend off to a flying tart with Madame Bailey at LALA'S today at 1pm SLT. (9pm UK)

Madame Bailey will be playing her favourite Pride Anthems tonight in the top tranny club in Second Life where everyone is welcome.

Get your outfits on, get drunk and be outrageous, its time to let your hair down for a weekend of SOLID PARTYING!

Visit MADAME LALAS

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Donna Summer at London City Pride on Saturday



On Saturday, Donna Summer headlines the Pride Event in London City.  An all day event where everyone is welcome.

Check out the video from last year's Pride


Monday, June 19, 2017

Hot and Bothered?



The mercury is rising in blighty and keeps getting hotter and hotter.  It's not even the proper summer season yet.   Let's call this a dress rehearsal?

If you're hot and bothered and need some refreshing conversation and a dip in the Olympic sized swimming pool, head over to the city and come cool your heels.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/85/205/24

Sunday, June 18, 2017

London City SL14B



You can't miss us!  London City Gateway's SL14B exhibit is located on the exit from the main welcome Island at "SL14B Impressive" region, and right next to the labs Governance Linden Teams parcel.

Visit our destination here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL14B%20Beguile/37/104/23




Second Life Birthday Celebrations Begin




It is Second Life's 14th Birthday.  Each year a group of regions is pushed together to form an almighty arena of user-created content, to showcase the amazing wealth of talent that Second Life residents enjoy.

The Birthday celebrations begin today at 12pm SL time (8pm UK) and we hope you will visit London City at SL14B.

For information on events at SL14B please visit the official website: http://www.slcommunitycelebration.info



Friday, June 16, 2017

Pride continues with Erasure on Saturday



Jan loves a bit of Pride.
Back in 1985, singer/songwriter Andy Bell and songwriter Vince Clarke formed the band Erasure.

With the release of the single Sometimes the band established itself as one of the most successful bands in Britain during the 80s to mid-90s.  By the end of the 80s they had broken into the American market and to date have sold over 25 million albums.

Always popular with the LGBT club circuit, the band still performs today to a more mainstream audience.  They are best known for the songs, Oh L'amour, Victim of Love, Blue Savannah and A Little Respect .

Enjoy a tribute to Erasure here in London City on Saturday.  Party starts 12pm SL (8pm UK) with the show an hour later at 1pm SL time.  Teleport: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/95/104/23


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Sansar News



Lab executive, Pete Linden, who leads the marketing team and is also known as Sansar_Peter on Reddit has been answering questions this week about the new Sansar VR platform.

Most relevant to Second Life users, is how Sansar will compare with Second Life.   As the Lab has always stated, Sansar is not intended to be a replacement for Second Life and is certainly not SL2, but its own unique platform, offering the latest cutting-edge technology with a focus on 3D VR.

When asked about VR Headsets and will they be required for Sansar, Pete says:

Great question. No, it's not required - but definitely recommended. Every experience created with Sansar can be accessed with an HMD (currently, Oculus Rift & HTC Vive) and/or via PCs. 

Certainly you can still create, explore, and socialize in PC mode, but the experience is definitely richer in VR, and I'd encourage you to think of Sansar as a platform for VR experiences (that can also be accessed in PC mode) in the near term for a couple of reasons. The VR experience is more engaging, not only visually, but also in terms of interactions with other people and the virtual environment. For example - picking up a sword and having a duel with someone else, or shooting hoops on a virtual basketball court with friends, or even just waving to someone you meet are all a lot of fun in VR and are interactions that don't really make sense (and aren't currently possible) in PC mode. 

Asked about whether SL users will are going to like Sansar, he replied:

To be totally honest, I think there will initially be a mixed reaction from SL regulars. Some will love Sansar and what's possible with this platform from the start, while others will be disappointed that it doesn't (yet, at least) meet their expectations or hopes of what it should be. 

I've seen both reactions from SL creators who have joined preview. Some are excited about what they can create and do now, and what they'll be able to do in the future. Others - particularly if they're expecting Sansar to be "SL2" - can be disappointed about things not working the way they're used to in SL, capabilities that are important to them in SL but not (yet, at least) available in Sansar, etc. 

We try to be as clear as we can in repeating that Sansar isn't intended to replace SL nor to be a sequel version of it. I'd encourage SL regulars to check out Sansar from that perspective and to bear in mind that even when we open creator beta, there will still be many features and further functionality yet to come.

All that said, creators in preview have already made some awesome social VR experiences with Sansar, and some of my personal favorites have been made by SL users, so I'm eager to see the swell of creativity when we open creator beta and even more creators join.

Sansar is due for open Beta release during this summer.

To find out lots more information about Sansar, check out the Reddit forums



 Pete Linden visits London City

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Eyes down for bingo at The Worlds End Pub




Come on over and join us for a session of cash prize bingo.  Bingo starts at 11am SLT (7pm UK time).  And it runs for 2 hours.  The first person to get a line up wins Lindens.

DJ Katty will be entertaining you with her tunes.  So get your dabbers on the ready and try your luck at winning some bingo!

Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/41/29/23




Happy Birthday Mr President



It's The Donald's Birthday today and he is 71 years young.   We thought it would be nice to throw him a party and place a guest book where you can leave him a personal Birthday message.   What could possibly go wrong with that idea?

It's just for fun, keep yourselves nice!

Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/70/228/23

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Second Life Birthday - SL14B



Happy Birthday to Second Life, the worlds largest user-created interactive 3D experience.

Second Life turns 14 years old this week (and we're still waiting for our shoes to rez.. yup same joke we tell every year).

Each year, the finest builders in Second Life are invited to exhibit content in parcels that stretch ten regions.   We are thrilled to announce that as with the past 4 years, London City is the official (and only) representation of London in Second Life at  the SL14B celebrations.

The event starts at midday SL time (8pm in the UK) on Sunday, and we hope you will come and see us making an exhibition of ourselves.   We'll post the location to the event later in the week.


Keeping your account secure




To keep you safe in Second Life, Linden Lab issued a reminder:

It is important that if you are not using the official viewer, to only use those listed on the Third Party Viewer directory: http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Third_Party_Viewer_Directory

The full text can be found here:
https://community.secondlife.com/blogs/entry/2186-account-security-tips-password-edition/


It’s recently come to our attention that there has been an increase in the use of third party tools that gives account credentials and control over a Resident’s account to another Resident. This and similar products can change an account password and/or details, such as email address, which could prevent an owner from accessing an account, or even from being able to recover the account.
 
We want to remind everyone that giving another Resident access to your account or account information, by any means and for any reason, is both dangerous and not permitted by the Terms of Service. An account is intended to be used solely by its creator, and keeping your account details secret and secure helps you keep it that way.
 
We’d like to provide you with some quick tips on how to keep your account secure:
 
Choose a secure password with upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, spaces, and symbols, and avoid common dictionary words or phrases. For instance, “password” is not a good password, but “wh4tAr g@t4P55!” is much better (though you shouldn’t use that last one either, now that all of Second Life just read it, too).
 
Choose a secret security question answer. To keep your information extra secure, choose an answer that you will remember, but that no one else could possibly guess. For example, answering “What is your favorite vacation spot?” with “Potsdam, Pennsylvania” isn’t secure if you have that listed as an interest on your social media accounts. Answering “The Wide Wide World of Sports” might be much more secure!
 
Keep your password and the answer to your security question secret from everyone, regardless of their relationship to you. Only you should know this information; not your significant other, family member, casual acquaintance, person with an honest look in their eye, or anyone else.
 
Keep your password unique and special to Second Life. Reusing the same password across different platforms or websites makes your account vulnerable if one of those sites suffer a data breach.
 
No Linden will ever ask for your password. Likewise, there is never a reason for you to enter your password to unlock an item, receive a discount, or anything else.
 
Use only the official Second Life Viewer, or a Third Party Viewer from the Third Party Viewer Directory. If the viewer does not allow you to log directly into your account for any reason, the viewer is NOT secure.
 
You can read more about keeping your information secure on the wiki at Linden Lab Official: Password Protection
 
If you have any problems accessing your account—especially if you believe that your password or security information may be known to anyone other than you—please contact the support team by opening a support case.
 
Thanks for keeping your account secure!
-Governance Linden

Monday, June 12, 2017

London City - Seaside





On Sunday, CoffeeQueen, Landa and me, went to the London City Pier for an adventure on the rollercoaster, a paddle in the water and a donut (or two).


The seaside in London City West, is a great place to chill-out and perhaps to escape the busy city life of our main region London City.


You can take a boat out on the water, or ride around the seaside and surrounding areas on a nifty Butlins style bike with your friends.


So next time, you want a break from it, head to London City West and explore the new seaside area and enjoy a free ice cream on the pier, but watch out for the gulls.


Visit the seaside here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City%20West/210/79/24