Sunday, February 27, 2011

Surely Bassey?

Dame Shirley Bassey will play Mainland London on Saturday 5th March at 4pm SLT.  Not to be missed!

Neil Fills Lala's

On Saturday night a crowd packed Madame Lala's London Revue to capacity throughout the evening, long before the star turn, Neil Diamond even arrived.  People were standing on the neighbouring Soho sim to catch a glance of this legendary entertainer.

To a house packed to the rafters, Neil Diamond sang his most famous of show stopping songs whilst the revellers danced into the small hours.

As if that wasn't enough, Madame Lala introduced a brand new resident entertainer, the larger than life Ruby Babylon and told everyone to be sure to come next week to see Ruby performing stand-up.  Lala then went on to sing her latest song from the forthcoming album and was accompanied by her famous Barbette staff as she wowed the crowd with her rendition of Blanket On The Ground.

This fabulous night was pure joy for the Mainland London crew who watched both sims fill to bursting point and stay that way for the whole evening. 

Thank you for everyone who attended and for those who were not able to get into the sims, don't worry, Neil has said he will do an encore performance again soon.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Wonder No Longer - Support Tickets

Although you can always contact the team in-world for support, we have added an extra layer to our support coverage via this blog for when you are unable to be inworld for whatever reason.
Just click the Resources tab on the top menu to submit a support ticket for any issues within Mainland London.  A member of our team will answer the same day.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Neil Diamond at Madame Lala's on Saturday 26th February

We are thrilled to announce that Neil Diamond will be appearing at Madame Lala's London Revue in the West End, this coming Saturday 26th February at 4pm SLT (Midnight UK).
Doors open at 3pm, so be sure to arrive early!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

What Did You Do This Weekend?

What a weekend it has been and still is for that matter.   At this very moment there are lots people in latex dancing out the Sunday in Bar Soho with the excellent DJ Rolday.

Saturday was an absolute blast.  Bar Soho had a fabulous Beach Party with some truly bizarre costumes, my favourite being PC Skizm's mankini. Not everyone can carry off that look, especially in lime green.

Then it was time to get ourselves over to Madame Lala's for an evening of show tunes with Lala's Barbettes entertaining the customers ahead of the main event of the evening, Barry Manilow in Revue.

Barry sung his most famous songs whilst the crowd cheered and sung along.  Afterwards there was another treat as Madame Lala took to the stage to sing her latest offering from her forthcoming album, which has been 20 years in the making.

With a new act this coming Saturday at the same time,  follow this blog for the latest information.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Madame Lala's Makes Destination Guide!

Madame Lala's London Revue

Madame Lala's LGBT club features a nightly revue with live singers, tribute acts and other amusing shows. Between acts, the club plays songs from West End musicals. Madame Lala oversees the events, while her staff (known as The Barbettes) keep the customers entertained.
Visit in Second Life


With Madame Lala's showing on the splash screen of the destination guide, Miss Judy Garland decided an encore performance was in order. As show time approached the cue at the door had begun to stretch down the pavement towards Soho, the crowds energy and enthusiasm was contageous and the Barbettes - along with Madame Lala - sprang into action.

The night began with a selection of show tunes as well as a few fun and quirky songs. Some of Second Life's most noteable residents were on hand including MANDY Veleeva, PC Skizm and Tegan Emerald. "Miss Mandy Veleeva is an amazing clothes designer and her frock was nothing less than exquisit." Noted Madame Lala

Madame continued by commenting "Mr Barry Manilow has agreed a revue of his most popular numbers today at 4pm SLT. Madame had the opportunity to work with Mr Barry Manilow some time back but was unable to attend as I was being fitted for a new frock."

Tonights show will be nothing less than spectacular and we are expecting Standing Room Only for this one of a kind revue at Mainland London's very own Madame Lala's London Revue!

Lucy Has True Grit

To celebrate the UK release of True Grit, a film originally starring John Wayne in 1969 as Marshall Rooster Cogburn, The Curzon Cinema in Soho is showing a classic episode of The Lucy Show.

Starring Lucille Ball and Guest Starring John Wayne, this is a 'must see' for any fans of The Duke and features some terrific comedy performed by both.

Although nominated for many Oscars throughout his career spanning 122 films,  True Grit earned John Wayne his only Academy Award for Best Leading Actor at the age of 62.

To see When Lucy Met John Wayne, visit The Curzon Cinema

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Real Life Mainland London Merchandise

Mainland London launches its initial Real Life product line with these 2 designs now available on Mugs and on T-Shirts.  See Cafepress Mainland London Store

Saturday: Barry Manilow at Madame Lala's

This coming Saturday, 19th February at 4pm SLT (Midnight UK) the legend that is BARRY MANILOW will be performing in Revue at Madame Lala's, West End, Mainland London.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Star & Garter Pub is Hiring

Mainland London has three distinct venues for visitors to the sims.

Bar Soho is a nightclub playing current commercial club music and is open 7 nights a week from 1pm SLT.  Bar Soho is our most established venue and runs a nightly themed event with prize.

Madame Lala's is open on Saturdays from 4pm SLT and playing show tunes, with a weekly Revue from a famous act.  Lala's is a popular hang out for other performers and is open right through the small hours.

Star & Garter is a new pub, replacing the Drunken Duck.  This public house trades like any real life pub, with people hanging out, quizzes, music, games machines and regular themed nights.  The pub opens from 11am SLT each day to coincide with residents in the UK arriving home from work.  The pub is open until at least 1pm SLT when Bar Soho opens.

Star & Garter is currently seeking Barmen, Barmaids and Management staff who can work on a regular basis for 2 hours a day from 11am SLT, three times per week.  For more information, visit the pub inworld.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day Is Here - So Is The Hunt!

Love it or loathe it, Valentine's Day is here!

In the real world, many see it as a way for greedy shops to cash-in and make huge fortunes selling you things you would not buy at any other time of the year.

The beauty of Second Life is the many Valentines Hunts throughout the grid where you can collect FREE prizes just by hunting down a hidden object.

Here in Mainland London, as featured in Destination Guide "Valentines Hunts", we are running the Valentines Flower Power Hunt, which starts in Bar Soho.  Go to the bar and click the little heart shaped vase on the counter to collect your first prize.  Then visit all our merchants and have a look around in the stores on sim.  30 stores also have hidden vases with spectacular gifts from the store owners, made specially for this hunt.

There are also many additional items hidden around the sims, particular in Regents Park.  Its amazing what prizes can be won by clicking the most innocuous looking objects.

This evening, why not pop to Bar Soho for a night of soul and lurve?

For those of you who want to get away from it, we have a romance free zone in Star & Garter pub this evening playing sounds of the 80s, no love guaranteed.

We hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day and thank you for choosing to share it with us here in Mainland London.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Bette Does Lala's

At 4pm SLT (Midnight UK) on Saturday, Madame Lala put out her signature message, "Bonsoir, Guten Abend and Good Evening from MADAME LALA's Club Extraordinaire", announcing that Bette Midler was going to be arriving shortly.

Guests arrived immediately to dance and listen to some high class camp Show Tune sounds until the Revue began.  Bette's show was the usual combination of wonderful songs and hilarity and she performed superbly.

As an additional "treat" for guests, Madame Lala herself took to the stage after the Revue to show off her lovely new frock and to entertain us with her own version of "Sing Me And Old Fashioned Song".  What a voice... or maybe by that point, we had all imbibed a little too much weekend cheer.

With a new Revue each week, Madame Lala's in West End looks set to become a key venue in Mainland London.

Friday, February 11, 2011

SATURDAY ~ Bette Midler at Madame Lala's

On SATURDAY at 4pm SLT (Midnight UK)
WEST END, Mainland London.
Don't miss it!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Star & Garter: Opening Night, 11am SLT Thursday

London's newest Pub opens its doors tonight for the first time.

The Star & Garter is a traditional pub in the WEST END sim of Mainland London, with features and quizzes throughout the week.

Join us at 11am SLT (7pm UK) for the 'Name The Celebrity Quiz'.  Will you be able to identify famous faces from photo's of how they look now?

This fiendish quiz pays anything from 5 Linden to 50 Linden per correct answer depending on level of difficulty.   
Star & Garter: 1980's tunes, good company, proper english beer. Chilled and fun!

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

New User Experience: Calling The Park Greeter Within

Mainland London REGENTS PARK requires HELP from those who will try their best to ensure NEW RESIDENTS receive the SUPPORT they need to in order to PROGRESS and learn the SKILLS to assist them in this virtual environment, whilst maintaining a FUN and INFORMATIVE ATMOSPHERE ensuring that MAINLAND LONDON remains at the heart of NEW USER EXPERIENCE.

Some visitors will use the service as a drop-in centre for information and catch-up and require little assistance. Our main thrust of tuition will be to offer support to those who would benefit from a more step-by-step tutorial until FULLY PROFICIENT.  We will be tolerant and patient above all other qualities.

For this role, you need to be immensely patient, fun, friendly, spontaneous, level-headed, knowledgeable and be able to juggle these skills and competencies to impart vital information.

If you are someone who thrives on challenges and possess a sense of humour which allows you to smile at irony and not be wound up by the classroom clown, then this could be a mutually beneficial relationship with you and Mainland London.

Please get in touch with Torric Rodas, or click one of the recruitment boards in Regents Park for more information.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Bar Soho: Themed Every Night

Tuesday night was a Pirate Theme Night in Bar Soho with the regular excellent sounds of DJ Plastique Munro.
Join us in Bar Soho, open 7 nights a week from 1pm SLT (9pm UK) As featured in the Second Life Destination Guide > Pub and Club Hotspots.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Madame Lala: Proud Of Opening

Opening Night at Madame Lala's, West End.  Mainland London.

At Midnight UK (4pm SLT) Madame Lala's Revue Club opened to critical acclaim to a mass of brand new faces as well as regulars in the Mainland London Comminity.

A hush came over the audience as the presence of Lala herself was felt as she walked seductively into the brand new Nightclub and simply said "Hello, I am Madame Lala, enjoy the carabet".

The night got off to a great start with everyone dancing and singing along to West End and Broadway show tunes, whilst chatting and flirting with the scantily dressed Bar Staff, known as "Barbettes".

At 1am UK (5pm SLT) the deminutive form of Judy Garland dressed in her trademark black leggings and bright oriental style jacket, took to the stage and sang for her supper and how how hard she sang.  Belting numbers like Putting On The Ritz, to demonstrating her tenderness and refrain whilst singing "The Man Who Got Away"

Judy enjoyed a wonderfully warm reception by the audience and afterwards had a couple of bottles of Gin with her adoring fans then slipped away into the night.

The audience continues to party well into the night and were still going strong at 4am when Madame Lala packed up for the night.

Friday, February 04, 2011

Regent And Lala Are Set For Big Night

The top brass of Mainland London, namely Regent and newcomer Manager, Lala are all set for Saturday's big event, the Grand Opening of Mainland London's third venue, Madame Lala's.

Madame Lala's is a Showbiz Revue venue, playing show tunes and where new and emerging acts are invited to perfom in a nightly revue act of about 30 minutes. Additionally many well known stars who don't wish to do full sets are invited to do a "turn" on the stage and perform to their peers.

Opening on Saturday and in Revue is Judy Garland singing her most famous songs.

Madame Lala opens on Saturday at Midnight UK time, which is 4pm SLT.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Madame Lala's in West End!

MADAME LALA - REVUE based in West End, Mainland London.
Written by Torric Rodas

Madame Lala's is based upon, Madame Jojo's 8-10 Brewer Street, Soho, London W1 - circa 1986-1990.

In the lates 1980's, Revue Bar owner, Paul Raymond opened Madame Jojo's, named after its Filipino manager, female impersonator Jojo.

By the early nineties, Paul Raymond and its Manager, Joho, had parted company, but the name lives on to this day.

Madame Lala's is based upon the era of 1986 to 1990, when Jojo's was a "Club Extraordinare" with a nightly Revue act ranging from live singers to amusing cheap budget shows featuring the staff of the club.

There was nothing dirty going on in the club, everything was innuendo, but tasteful.

The bar was staffed with what was then termed as gender-benders. Male staff wearing leotards, Fishnets, High heels and lots of make-up. It was not permitted to wear a wig, nor a dress as this was considered drag. Drag was only ever performed by hired female impersonators during some shows.

The staff were known as Barbettes. Their job was to ensure you had a great evening. They would approach tables of people with silver platters in hand and deliver drinks as ordered or an expensive but small prawn cocktail. They would sometimes sit with lone gentlemen and keep him company for a while after delivering drinks. The gentleman would usually tip the Barbette into a glass filled with tens and twenties on their platter. The interaction between staff and clientele was always professional. Phone number were never exchanged, nor did staff ever arrange to meet a client outside of the club.

For the most part, the club was a well to do, expensive but classy night out, particularly for straight middle aged or married men who could in effect talk to a feminine guy and then claim afterwards that they had thought it was a woman. It was also an extremely popular with ladies who could enjoy a night out without being hassled. Open way into the small hours, it was a favourite haunt for many top celebrities appearing in West End shows, who would be given VIP entry and complimentary drinks whilst they sat and unwound after their performances and watched the Revue show of the night, usually at 1am... and usually the same show 6 nights a week for 12 weeks.

Whilst it is true that rent boys would come into the club, it was discouraged. If anyone was openly touting for a pick-up they were ejected from the club. However, anyone buying drinks for anyone else and spending money, were encouraged to stay.

Madame Lala in West End is based on this era of Madame Jojo's complete with Barbette staff. It is an accurate portrayal of the nightclub at this time, including the decor. Any topless acts are purely for the glamour of entertainment and no sexual act is to be inferred nor implied. Our staff will conduct themselves professionally at all times.

This is an occasional club. Open for Revue, small bands, stand-up and other cozy entertainment intended for open minded, non judgmental adults of all persuasions.

(c)2011 Mainland London, Torric Rodas ~ All rights reserved.