Sunday, June 30, 2019

Sweet Enderfield Memorial Service




Our friend and team member Sweet Enderfield, passed away last Sunday.


There will be a memorial service today at 1pm SL time, with Katty playing Sweet's favourite songs.

If you knew Sweet or would like to show your support for her friends, please come along at 1pm SL time (9pm UK)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/100/159/24

You would be most welcome to share your memories of Sweet with those who attend.

Dress style is Bright Colours.

Only Nixon, could go to China



8.30am

If you had a lay-in this morning, you probably missed this..




..becoming this..




.. as Donald Trump becomes the first serving President to set foot in North Korea at an impromptu meeting with Chairman Kim, who has just been invited to The White House.

That will teach you for getting up late!


Saturday, June 29, 2019

Sweet Enderfield



We have been informed that Sweet Enderfield, a long time member of our London Support team died suddenly on June 23rd.

Sweet was a valued member of the community and popular with the new Residents starting their Second Life journey.

We would like to send our sympathies to her friends and family at this very sad time.


Friday, June 28, 2019

Diana Ross on Saturday







Diana Ross, born 1944 is an American singer, songwriter and occasional actress.  She rose to fame as the lead vocal in the group, The Supremes.

She departed The Supremes in 1970 and embarked on a Solo career and is still recording to this day.

She is best known for songs, Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Upside Down, Endless Love, Touch Me in The Morning, I'm Coming Out, Chain Reaction, When You Tell Me That You Love Me and many more.

Come and enjoy Diana Ross on Saturday at Party in The Park. The party starts at 12pm SLT (8pm UK) with the show an hour later at 1pm SLT.

Location http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/92/104/23


Friday, June 21, 2019

Pet Shop Boys, Saturday



Pet Shop Boys are a British pop due formed in 1981 and still actively performing.

Having sold more than 50 million records world wide, they are the most successful duo in British history and are best known for songs such as,  Go West, It's a Sin, West End Girls, Domino Dancing, New York City Boy, to name but a few.

Performing for the first time ever in London City on Saturday, come and enjoy our tribute to Pet Shop Boys.

Concert area: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/97/108/24

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

Summer begins with the Longest day




Here comes Summer!

Today is the Summer Solstice, when the North Pole is tilted closest to the Sun.

The longest days of the year are here and hopefully go with the extra daylight, there will also be some sunshine.

The Solstice marks the official start of the Summer and the season lasts until the Autumn Equinox on September 23rd.

We can enjoy 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight, with a sunrise at 4.42am and a sunset at 9.21pm. 

Even better, for real daylight hours, look to the civil twighlight hours, when, although the sun has set, we are so close to it, that light still radiates.  For the next 7 days, expect to see bright blue skies all night as the very short perpetual twilight phenomena is visible throughout Great Britain.   Until the June 30th, we will have no real night time!

Civil twilight is a scientific term, and we define it as “the period after sunset or before sunrise ending or beginning when the sun is about 6 degrees below the horizon and during which on clear days there is enough light for ordinary outdoor occupations.”

Although we have dark winters, somehow, being light in the evenings until after 10pm, offers a significant compensation!



Thursday, June 20, 2019

London City Space Race - Second Life Birthday






If the Brits had got to the moon first, tea and crumpets would have been the universal language of space exploration.

Visit the London City Exhibit at SL16B here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL16B%20Incredible/119/175/23

Second Life 16th Birthday




Second Life turns 16 years young this coming Sunday.  To celebrate, the annual celebrations begin today with SL16B.

Twenty regions have been dedicated to this event, five of which contain exhibits from Second Life's finest creators.

We're proud to announce that London City has again be chosen as an exhibitor this year, and our offering, built by Billy Arentire, Elise Banx  (with some meddling by Torric Rodas), is entitled, "If  the Brits Got into Space First".

We are not allowed to give any sneak previews, but SL16B opens today at 10am SL time (6pm UK time).   You can visit London City at SL16B here:    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL16B%20Incredible/96/191/23

Although we cannot officially give any details, Linden Lab has created their own sneak preview video.. pay attention to the images at 33 to 35 seconds into the video :)




Happy Birthday Second Life!

Friday, June 14, 2019

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 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 Moore 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 join us for a rather tongue in cheek cabaret concert, celebrating the superstardom of Miss Dorothy Squires.





Sunday, June 09, 2019

Substation today




Scenes from last night's Pride event, with Erasure in concert.
Today at 11am SL (7pm UK) Join Coffee and Bailey in the Substation for vintage tunes, followed by Katty over on the beach in London City West at 1pm SL (9pm UK) as Worlds End goes to the road.




Friday, June 07, 2019

Erasure Concert on Saturday



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


Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Pride in London City



London Pride runs through June in London City!



Renew your membership early at this year's price





If you are a Premium Member, don't forget that if you renew your membership early this year, you can prepay another year's membership at the old annual price of US$72.  You need to do this before June 24th, when annual membership increases to US$99.   Billing will then resume on your regular date the year after.

Head to Secondlife.com and click Account > Premium membership on the left panel.

Monday, June 03, 2019

State Visit - Trump in the UK





Welcome to the UK, Mr President.

Donald Trump arrives today in the UK for an official state visit, by invitation of Her Majesty, The Queen.

Although the Queen has met all US Presidents, President Trump will be only the third US President to be accorded the honour of a full state visit.

His visit will be an interesting one, as Trump is often viewed as an enabler of Brexit, by supporting the democratic vote of the UK nation.   President Obama and Hillary Clinton, both visited the UK with dire warnings of consequences we would face if we voted to leave back in 2016.  In fact Obama said the "UK would be at the back of the queue for deals", with the USA.
Crazy Hillary threatens UK if they leave EU

This week Trump has made some amazing overtures to the UK about the potential benefits for both countries.  Upon leaving the EU, the UK will be free to trade with the USA and set its own taxes and import duties.  America has long complained about the unfairness of heavy levies on their goods exported to Europe.

There is no doubt that the Remainers will view this as terrible Trump, interfering in UK domestic policies, by offering us hope.  We can expect some trouble from these positive vibes the President is sending us.  This is because the Remainers, so entrenched in their ways, want to paint a bleak picture of this country outside of the EU.  They most certainly do not want hope of a prosperous life outside of the union, and Trump's positiveness flies in the face of this doom and gloom.

The President, will be hosted by outgoing Prime Minister May (who leaves 2 days after his visit) has already indicated he wants to meet Tory party hopeful, Boris Johnson, and Brexit winner Nigel Farage on his visit.   More on that story here https://news.sky.com/story/donald-trump-could-meet-good-guys-nigel-farage-and-boris-johnson-during-uk-trip-11731717

Additionally, National Security Advisor, John Bolton, could not speak in a language any clearer when he spells out the hopes of an Anglo American trade deal.  See here: https://news.sky.com/story/donald-trump-looking-forward-to-fully-independent-britain-says-us-national-security-adviser-john-bolton-11731711

It should be an interesting few days in Blighty!   Welcome, Mr President!



Saturday, June 01, 2019

Tina at Pride





Starting off a month of London Pride, is Tina!

Born Anna Mae Bollock and best known as Tina Tuna, her musical career got going in the 1940s.

Tina and loving husband Ike Turner had a string of notable hits, River Deep Mountain High, Nutbush City Limits and Proud Mary and enjoyed their success with cigarettes and whisky and wild wild  women.

However, behind the scenes Ike was knocking seven shades out of poor old Tina and they split up in 1976.  Five years later, after getting rid of her junkie husband, Tina hit super-stardom with Let's Stay Together, Private Dancer and What's Love Got To Do With It.  A legend came into being.

Enjoy Tina's most famous hits this weekend, here in London City.


Tina Turner in Concert.  Party starts 12pm SL with the Concert an hour later at 1pm SL
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City3/177/159/23


A Linden Launch for Pride 2019




Last night, The London Pride 2019 launch party was held in Madame Lala's.  Wonderful to see so many of you sporting Pride colours to get the festival under way.


Thank you to some of our Linden friends who helped get this season rocking. Patch, Kristin and Dottie got London City's Pride off to a flying start.

 
 
London Pride moves to the main Concert area today at 12pm SL time (8pm UK) for the start of the Saturday shows, beginning with Tina Tuna for Pride!

The contest is unsurprisingly, Best in Pride!





Lab reconsiders change to group limits for Basic Accounts





On 29th May, Linden Lab blogged some changes to Basic and Premium accounts.   You can see the original story we posted here.

Whenever there is a fee or feature modification, it is inevitable that some Residents will be displeased.  However one change in particular caused mass upset, and that was the proposed reduction of Groups for Basic accounts (from 42 to 35).

A few hours ago, the Lab reversed this specific change due to "strong and specific feedback".  Although offline messages will still reduce their cap from 25 to 15, the main cause of disquiet, the group reduction, will now remain unchanged.  Basic accounts will continue to be able to join up to 42 groups.

Premium members will still see their group limits increased from 60 to 70 and their capped offline messages raise from 50 to 80.

You can see the new official post here: https://community.secondlife.com/blogs/entry/2559-group-limits-update-no-changes-for-basic-members/

Fun fact.. As a premium member did you know that if you save your weekly 300L stipend, it would average out at US$60 a year.  These linden dollars can even be converted to US dollars and held on your account to offset next years Premium by that amount!   For information about Premium accounts see here: https://secondlife.com/premium/