Thursday, September 17, 2015

Lab asks you to update your payment info



Today, Linden Lab blogged:

Second Life is transitioning to a new payments processor for credit cards. If you use a credit card for Second Life payments and have not added or updated your billing information since July 7, 2015, we strongly encourage you to re-enter your information to avoid any potential disruption of services. If you use PayPal or Skrill for Second Life payments, no action is needed.

Full story: https://community.secondlife.com/t5/Featured-News/Update-Your-Second-Life-Payment-Info-Today/ba-p/2966060


Monday, September 14, 2015

Spook your friends!




It is amazing what some people throw away. The Regent's Park bin has 60 items to collect, including some cash!

Someone has carelessly discarded two Wearable Voodoo dolls in the trash can.   Be sure to visit and see if you are the proud new owner of one of them.   You can name them and click them to stick pins in. Will there be enough to go around?
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/84/225/24

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Last Night in The City - The Video Review



Enjoy the video of last night's action here in London City.  The video is in Hi-Def, so click that little cog to improve the quality.  See you for Substation at 11am SL (7pm UK)


Friday, September 11, 2015

Neil Diamond set to Rock the Park




This Saturday, enjoy the incredible talents of Neil Diamond as he performs all of his most famous songs from the 70's, in concert here at Regent's Park

Party starts at 12pm SL (8pm UK), with the concert at 1pm SL.


Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/91/105/23


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Avatar Complexity (Render Weight)



A new tool is on its way to Second Life,  "Avatar Complexity".

Currently being beta tested via 'Project Quick Graphics Viewer', the viewer will let you know at logon how complex your avatar is.

20k to 60k is normal.
Linden Lab explains, Avatar Rendering Complexity is a measure of how difficult it is to draw an avatar; it's a number that can range from just a few hundred to several hundred thousand. It is affected by your avatar shape and what you're wearing. Since drawing avatars can be one of the most expensive parts of rendering a Second Life scene, complexities at the upper end of the range can cause severe viewer performance problems. Being aware of your own complexity and that of those around you can be an important part of managing the performance of your viewer and how you affect the performance of others.

Regular visitors to London City will know that Render Weights are already monitored to ensure the protection of visitors from those using highly complex, or badly designed attachments.  High weights degrade the performance for other residents, sometimes crashing their sessions.

For more information see the Resources tab above and also the link to Avatar Rendering Complexity on the Second Life Wiki

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Longest reigning monarch




When Elizabeth II became Queen in 1952, Stalin was still leader of Russia and Truman was President of the USA.

The British Empire, although severely dwindling, still existed. India had become independent just five years before.   The British Empire finally ended in 1997 when Hong Kong was given back to China.

Today, Queen Elizabeth II, becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history.

The 89 year old head of state, surpasses the reign of Queen Victoria, who until her death in 1901, was Queen for 63 years, 7 months, 2 days.

Wishing Her Majesty many more happy years.


Sunday, September 06, 2015

Spiced Up



On Saturday, the Spice Girls stormed the stage and held a captive audience as they performed their most famous hits.  It was standing room only in Regent's Park.

Enjoy the video of this weeks show.




Friday, September 04, 2015

Spice Girls on Saturday



British sensation of the '90s, The Spice Girls are in concert in London City on Saturday.
Spice up your weekend as the girls sing all their famous hits in this musical extravaganza.

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

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Queen's Guard Plush to collect



It is amazing what random gifts you find in the Regent's Park litter
bin.    From cash to an Oculus head set!
And now, someone has carelessly thrown away a lovable Queen's Guard mesh cuddly toy!

Over 50 items now to collect, from the most well stocked litter bin in Second Life.  

The bin is located here:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/90/220/24

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

The Churchill Arms




Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, at 10am SL time (6pm UK), be sure to head over to The Churchill Arms in London City North, where Jon Temple is now in residence.

Jon will be playing a fun mix of old and new party songs to get your spirits on a high before you head off to the clubs.

The Churchill Arms specializes in Live Ales and Jon is on hand to recommend the finest offerings from Newton & Ridley.

Slurl to The Churchill Arms: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City%20North/162/128/25

Bright Canopy - Run SL in your web browser



The successor to SL Go has launched to tremendous fanfare.

It is however proving difficult to blog this story as the situation keeps changing.

Yesterday the site said they were oversubscribed and had to suspend registrations.



It now appears that the service has been suspended whilst cost and usage allowance are recalculated:









We suggest you head on over to their site to catch new information as it emerges.


You can elect to use either the Second Life or Firestorm viewer.

Eclecticmuse writes:

Bright Canopy Just Launched!  For all of the users out there that are missing using SL Go, or have a slow machine or laptop - your wait is over!

"After months of invitation only testing, we have just opened Bright Canopy to the world. You can start your 14 day free trial right now at www.brightcanopy.com and be streaming Second Life or Open Sim in a browser in less than five minutes." states Bill Glover, Founder of Bright Canopy and Long time Second Life Resident.

"We're going to have a big party next weekend to celebrate, but right now we're here for you 24/7...  Be sure to follow @BrightCanopyApp on twitter for updates and news."

I for one have been awaiting this news for months, since the demise of SLGo.  I have been working in Beta testing of Bright Canopy for the last 2 months on an old lap top. If you can access Chrome, you can use Bright Canopy.  Great News for users that have older machines and experience a bit og lag in high traffic areas such as London City in Second Life.

Muse.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Amy MacDonald Concert - Video



Enjoy the video from last night's Bank Holiday concert featuring Amy MacDonald.
Again its in high definition, so click the little cog on the Youtube window to change the quality.




Sunday, August 30, 2015

Bank Holiday Bonus - Amy MacDonald today at 12pm




You will recall that we cancelled Amy recently to pay tribute to Our Cilla.

Well as a special Brucey Bonus, Amy is playing as Part of Substation today at 12pm SL.

Join us for Substation at 11am SL / 7pm UK, with the concert an hour later at 12pm SL.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/80/238/24

Last night in London City..



The plonk was flowing and you all showed yourselves up disgracefully.  I on the other hand, was sober as a judge, a gentleman, witty and debonair.  At least, that is how I remember it, and I'll drink to that.

Enjoy the video of the antics and don't forget Substation today at 11am SL time (7pm UK) where we can carry on, thanks to a long weekend here in the UK.


The video is in hi-def, so click the little cog to change settings.






Saturday, August 29, 2015

Bank Holiday Weekend




In the UK, the Summer Bank Holiday weekend is upon us and all the supermarkets, are offering cheap grog!

Whilst millions of people will try to leave work as early as possible on Friday to get a head start a on the three day binge of barbies and booze, London City will be setting up for Carnival.

On Friday, from 10am SL (6pm UK), Edge and The Crown in London City West, will all be open for an early Bank Holiday knees-up, followed by Bar Soho and Madame Lalas in London City from 11am SL

On Saturday, we have UB40 in Concert.

UB40 are a British reggae and pop band with more than 50 singles in the UK chart since they began in 1978 and are still performing today.

Selling over 70 million records, the band is best known for songs, Red Red Wine, Kingston Town, Falling in Love With You, Breakfast in Bed, Homely Girl, Don't Break My Heart and many more.

Join us on Saturday at 12pm SL (8pm UK) for London City's tribute to UB40
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/101/108/23

Friday, August 28, 2015

Second Life Premium - Equivalent of just 26p a month




It has to be said, the removal of VAT charges for those of us in Europe, is a huge incentive to encourage new Premium Members.

VAT is no longer charged for Premium Membership!

Second Life Monthly Premium Accounts, just got even better with a price reduction from $9.95 to $9.50 per month.

Let us break this down for residents in the UK, although of course it applies to all countries where VAT is charged.

Old Monthly Price $9.95 plus 20% VAT = $11.94   =  £7.74 per month

New Monthly $9.50  = £6.16 per month
Quarterly $22.50  (with VAT £17.50)  now without VAT £14.58
Annually $72.00 (with VAT £55.98) now without VAT £46.65

Also, you receive 300 L$ every week when you are a premium member.  This is the equivalent of £3.35 per month.

You also receive a one off 1000 L$ bonus, applied to your account after 30 days of being a Premium member worth £2.59

This is a total of  16,600 L$ that you will receive credited to your in-world balance over the course of the year, or in real money £43.56.

So if we take off the money you receive back from being a Premium Member, the equivalent monthy payments for a Premium account become:
Monthly   £2.53
Quarterly 97p
Annually 26p

Benefits of Premium Accounts:

A Linden Home -or- a 512 sq meter parcel for you to build on supporting 117 prims.
Expanded Support, now including Live Chat
Exclusive Activities including Dune Buggy Racing in Racer's Gulch
Free Premium member gifts
Access to Premium member only Sandboxes
Increase from 42 to 60 groups!
Increase from 25 to 50 offline messages!
Other offers and incentives offered constantly.

In conclusion,  If you regularly buy Linden Dollars for purchasing goods, it most definitely worth your while in upgrading your account because of all the added extras you get.  If you regularly purchase more than 1200 L$ in any given month, you could be missing out by not having a Premium Account!

You also significantly benefit all of Second Life.  Subscriptions bring in a regular income for Linden Lab and the team of Developers, but also places another 300 L$ into the virtual economy, per premium member, per week, ensuring that there is a healthy influx of new cash entering the grid on a regular basis.

 For more information and to check out the upgrade options, visit https://secondlife.com/premium

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Destinations in London City




The destinations tab on this blog has been updated to reflect the new attractions now available throughout the London City estate.   Happy clicking!      Destinations and Landmarks

Sunday, August 23, 2015

ABBA in London City - The video



For one night only ABBA returned last night, to London City.

Abba the Movie it 'aint.   Why oh why did I try to be clever and watermark it? :(
Enjoy the video of Saturday night in London City.   Sorry it's a little rough.


Saturday, August 22, 2015

London City Weekend



Here is the video of Friday night in London City.  Bar Soho and Madame Lala's are also open throughout the week.  

Today at 11am SL time (7pm UK) join Coffee and Katty in Worlds End Pub, then hop over to Party in The Park at 12pm SL, with ABBA on stage at 1pm SL.    Right afterwards, Bar Soho will be taking us through to the early hours of Sunday morning.


Friday, August 21, 2015

ABBA on Saturday



The amazing ABBA show comes to London City on Saturday for Party in The Park.

Singing all their top tunes, this most famous band of all time will have your avatars dancing in the aisles.

Classic Disco at 12pm SL (8pm UK) and the main concert is at 1pm SL (9pm UK). This is a very popular event, so claim your space on the dance floor early!

TP to Concert area 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Cilla Black's funeral today



The funeral of Cilla Black will take place today at 1pm at St. Mary's Church in Woolton, Liverpool.

More than 4,000 people have signed a book of condolence, following her abrupt death on 1st August whilst on holiday in Spain, aged 72.

Fans are expected to line the 2-mile cort├Ęge route and Liverpool will observe a two minute silence in remembrance of this icon.

So if you are reading this at lunch time.  Spare a thought for Our Cilla.



Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Firestorm: New Release



The eagerly anticipated update for the popular Third Party viewer, Firestorm is now available.

This is a significant release, bringing the viewer in-line with the latest code available from the Lab and includes numerous fixes and enhancements to Firestorm's previous versions.

The viewer now offers full support for Experience Keys, which means users will now see the full permissions request dialogue instead of the truncated version that non Experience Key viewers currently display.

London City was an early closed-beta tester of Linden Lab's Creator Tools, see our stories for more information about Experience keys:   London City Advanced Creator Tools     Creator Tools Portals and Creator Tools in Singularity

Firstorm also now fully supports Viewer-Managed Marketplace.

Visit the Firestorm Viewer page to download the updated product.

Project Sansar: Closed Alpha now underway



Linden Lab announced via a press release on Tuesday that the next generation of Virtual World reality, known during its development cycle as Project Sansar, is now in the closed alpha testing phase.

Due for release to the public in late 2016, the closed alpha currently has a small number of content creators trying out the platform for the first time, with more being invited later in the year.

The lab is keen to point out that Second Life is not going anywhere and that Sansar will run alongside their existing flagship product.

See the press release here

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Last night in the City



Yesterday was our 6th Birthday.  Thank you to everyone who came and partied with us to the sounds of Steps.


Here's a video of the drunken antics at Party in The Park and Bar Soho, Enjoy!


Thursday, August 13, 2015

New Schedule: Bar Soho, Madame Lala's and The Worlds End



Bar Soho makes its return on Friday!   The first club London City ever opened is making a welcome return to number 1 Soho Square.

We have taken this opportunity to simplify the club opening times so you never need to miss an event again.

Other regions in the estate with clubs Edge and The Crown are unaffected and will continue with their regular schedules, but in London City(1) you can now enjoy entertainment throughout the evening at these new regular times each day.

This new schedule also increases Madame Lala's trading days from one to three times a week. 

So whenever you logon during the UK evenings from 7pm UK, there is always something happening!

This new schedule begins on Friday!














Tuesday, August 11, 2015

How it began...



Historians note..
Six years ago on a little 8192 parcel on the mainland, we built this tiny street "Soho Square", with just 8 shops and Bar Soho nightclub.  The buildings have improved somewhat over the years, but they are "of the time".  This road ultimately spread out to become London City.

We hope you will come and celebrate our 6th Birthday with us this coming weekend!

Also, we have a brand new schedule for the clubs starting this weekend  - news on that very soon.

Bar Soho, the first club of London City

Lala's was one of the 8 shops before it became a club.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Last night in London...



An amazing show with Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.  If you weren't there, you missed some incredible dance choreography.  Completely mesmerizing and bringing an extra element of life to the show. 


 

And we also had a great send off for Juiced!


 

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Bon Voyage to JUICED!



Today heralds the end of an era for the chameleon nightclub JUICED!

Juiced first opened its doors in July 2012 and after three years of serving the community it has earned its place in London City history.

With a rapidly changing scenery every week, Juiced is the ultimate in themed parties and tonight for its final outing a jungle theme has been created so we can all be transported on safari in an instant.


Jon and MJ who have been running Juiced for two years are not leaving London City, they will still continue with excellent sets and contests, but feel that Juiced should go out on a high and to that end, have decided to bring the curtain down for this final show.

The club is unique in changing its surroundings each week and was the brainchild of RubyJones, who opened it in London City3 in 2012.    It has had far too many interiors to picture them all, but here are some of the ones we enjoyed.







Visit Juiced! today at 2.30pm SL time (10.30pm UK) to bid a fond and affectionate farewell to a club that has always been at the heart of the community.  

Thanks to everyone who has been a part of Juiced!

Juiced TP:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/198/203/24

Vintage ad:




Next week, a new chapter in London City clubbing begins....  stay tuned for news!


Friday, August 07, 2015

EDGE dancebar




Prime Rump for your delight at EDGE

Edge the Gay Dancebar for men has settled in to its new home in London City West.

Being in an adult region, clothing is entirely optional and if you want to have a great night out with some beefy fit guys, look no further than this all male bar, playing club, house and trance music.

Today at 10am SLT (6pm UK) head over to Edge for a great set by our newest DJ on the block, DJ DirtyB

Edge is open at this regular time, Sunday through Friday.

Visit here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City%20West/107/60/24

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Cilla in London City - The Video



By popular request, here is a re-run of Cilla's first outing to London City in February this year.

Cilla died suddenly on Saturday night, whilst on holiday with her family in Spain.
She will be missed.



Monday, August 03, 2015

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Our Cilla - The Tribute



Thank you for coming to the special Tribute show for Cilla Black.    We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.   Here's to ya chuck!

Our Cilla, went before her time

Cilla Black



Some very sad news today, Cilla Black has died aged just 72.

The iconic star from the 1960's onwards, began as a cloak room girl at the Cavern in Liverpool when The Beatles were first starting out and rapidly rose to fame after being spotted as an emerging talent.

We were due to bring you the second Amy MacDonald concert this evening at 11am SL time (7pm UK) but in tribute, The London City Players will now perform "Our Cilla" in Concert.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/90/241/24

Amy MacDonald, Encore at 11am SL



Last night's Amy MacDonald concert was a sell-out.   Some great news if you missed the big band concert,  Amy will return today at 11am SL time (7pm UK) for her second show and her alternative concert.   Don't miss it!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Concluding the Authorized L$ reseller program



Today is the last day you can buy money from a 3rd party system as Linden Lab terminates the
Reseller pilot program.

For many years, third parties were able to buy and sell Linden dollars to other residents.  Last year, a change of agreement by Linden Lab permitted only the selling of L$ by a 3rd party and not the purchase of excess L$ from residents.  However, just 8 weeks ago the Lab announced that it was discontinuing the pilot scheme completely and that Resellers had until 1st August to wrap up their businesses.

For the past two months, Resellers have been campaigning for a stay of execution at least until the end of this year, but to no avail.

DX Exchange one of the largest Third Party Money Resellers says on their site:

"We almost run out of our L$ stock. LL did not respond to the petitions. It's the end of an era.
We still have a small stock for those who just bought and still have to withdraw their L$.
We advice you to do it now, so you won't be disappointed. We are not allowed to buy L$ to replenish
"

So if you have cash on deposit, today would be a good day to collect it.

Having had a long and happy association with TeleLinden and DX Exchange, we here at London City, wish both companies well in whichever direction they now choose to direct their business activities.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tres Blonde - A new name on the block



We all enjoy it when a new content creator comes to SL.  Tres Blonde Fashion is brand new to Second Life.

It is the creation of Sofie88, who has begun designing her own mesh clothing for women, and is now selling her creations grid wide.

With more content added each week, this may well be the next emerging brand in Second Life.

Visit her shop here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/136/76/24





Monday, July 27, 2015

Nikotin - For smokers who want to Vape



Even those with a forty a day habit are giving it a go.

It was once unthinkable that anything could come close to making a dent the cravings of the hardened smoker for their delicious cigarettes.

The NHS tried issuing free patches, lozenges, nasal sprays and none of these alternatives made much of a difference.

Then the e-cigarette came along and was quickly eclipsed by vaping devices.   Take a look in any high street and you will notice that for every 4 or 5 smokers you seen enjoying their smoke, you will see a trendy person with a vape.

Could it be that soon, smoking of cigarettes will become so highly unfashionable that those of us who still love a toke, move over to Vaping?

Nikotin in London City is the first brand in SL to exploit this new trend amongst smokers, offering various paraphernalia and gadgets to accessorise your Second Life avatar and equip it for vaping.

Check out their store here:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/150/136/24

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Saturday Show



We hope you enjoyed the Blondie Show last night.    A different concert every Saturday here in London City.    If you would like to be part of the band on a regular basis, please contact Rubyjones in world.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Eyes down for bingo at The Worlds End Pub





It's bingo time 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).  The hat and card are provided free of charge and the game is played automatically.

The first person to get a line up wins Lindens.  Our DJ will be entertaining you with her tunes.  So get your dabbers ready and try your luck at winning some bingo!

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




Saturday, July 18, 2015

London City West - Attractions



With new places and features being added every day.  Visit London City West, the new region for adults.


Have you visited?

For a list of all Landmarks, click the Destinations tab at the top of grab a list in-world here:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/102/222/24