Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Bakes on Mesh Tutorial



Bailey on Mesh
A date for your diary,  Monday October 21st, at 1pm SL (9pm UK)

London Support guru Elise Banx will be holding a tutorial for Bakes on Mesh.

If you would like to try out the tips and tricks during the class, you will need to have updated your viewer to support BoM.

The latest versions of Linden Lab Second Life ViewerFirestorm and Singularity all support BoM.

If you are using a mesh body, you will also need to collect the Bakes on Mesh version from a re-delivery or update terminal.

Elise will show us all how to apply layer style clothing and skins and offer other tips including how this new feature helps for a better experience for all by lowering Avatar Complexity.

Confused?  You won't be, after the Elise Banx Bakes on Mesh Tutorial.   It is being held in the London City Sandbox located here:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City%20West/188/149/23

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Singularity Viewer Bakes on Mesh





Singularity Viewer is now bang up to date with all the latest offerings!
As of yesterday Bakes on Mesh is now included.  (Roughly speaking.. BoM is essentially an updated version of layer style clothing, which allows it to be worn on mesh bodies).

To download the latest build head to Singularity and Alchemy site and then click on the link at the bottom where it says Singularity Installer for Windows.

For those of you who have been using the test versions of Singularity, they have come to an end as the new nightly builds take over, to keep the viewer up to date.   This allows you to dip in at any time and grab the latest version and apply it.

If you are jumping across from the "test" builds and wish to preserve your settings,  you will need to copy the settings file across.  Here's how to do it.

To Open Command Prompt:  WindowsKey + R, then type CMD and press enter.

Now copy and paste these commands one line at a time..

cd  %appdata%\secondlife\user_settings     (Press Enter)

copy settings_singularitytest.xml settings_singularityalpha.xml  (Press Enter)

All done, you have copied your settings for the new Singularity.
One you are happy with the new installation, you can uninstall the old Singularity Test viewer.


London City is the official home of the Singularity store.  If you would like to support the project or get more information and tips and tricks, visit the store here:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/189/196/24

For user to user help, you can join the inworld group:  on the top of the viewer click Help, then Singularity group.


Friday, October 11, 2019

Hazel O'Connor on Saturday



A special treat as we move towards Halloween..

London City's tribute to Breaking Glass, with Hazel O'Connor, from the 1980's Punk/New Wave scene.

The hit film starring Hazel O'Connor and Phil Daniels, and broke the UK box office in 1981.

The film was called Breaking Glass and charted the success of a post-Punk/New Wave singer 'Kate' from humble beginnings, singing in rowdy back street bars, to sudden super stardom and her eventual meltdown.

Hazel O'Connor wrote and performed all of songs from the movie and just like her character in the film, experienced a brief superstardom in the early 80s with songs, Black Man, Eighth Day, If Only, Writing on the Wall, D-Days, Who Needs It and her most famous of all, Will You, which remained in the charts for 14 weeks.

Come and enjoy the show on Saturday http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/128/113/23  

The Party starts at 12pm SLT (8pm UK), with the concert at 1pm SLT

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Signature Mesh Body shop opens in London City




In addition to Altamura mesh bodies which are already available in London City, we welcome Signature to the family, as they set up store in the new Body Shoppe, located just outside of the London City Gateway.

This one stop shop, will in time highlight the very best mesh bodies from various designers for you to compare side by side, before committing yourself to a style and shape that suits you.

You can visit the Body Shoppe here http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/106/239/23


Signature co-owner Raph Dirval, setting up the Alice and Gianni Bodies.

Monday, October 07, 2019

Free Halloween Hat Gift



Halloween Hats (Elise Banx, not included)
Scare your friends with these two exclusive free Gifts from London City's Freebie Megastore in technicolor and gorgeous mesh, created by Billy Arentire.    Rush on over to the store to collect yours! 

They're located at the entrance here:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/102/216/24

Friday, October 04, 2019

The Cranberries, on Saturday



Image courtesy of Soundcloud
Appearing in London City for the first time, we have another Tribute Premier for you.. The Cranberries.

The Cranberries were an Irish rock band. They rose to international fame in the 1990s.

The band remained active until 2018, when lead singer Delores O'Riordan, who was touring at the time, tragically drowned in her bath in a London hotel room.

Their most famous hits include, Zombie, Salvation, Dreams, Ode To My Family, When You're Gone, Pretty, Hollywood, Linger, Dreaming my Dreams and many more.

Enjoy The Cranberries show here in London City, with DJ Santis presenting Party in The Park at 12pm SL time (8pm UK) and the show an hour later at 1pm SL.




Thursday, October 03, 2019

Exclusive Freebie time again!



Last week, we blogged about the new range of clothing for the free Altamura bodies now available for everyone in the Freebie Megastore.  Hopefully you collected the male or female body and the clothing on offer.

Today the lovely people at No Shot clothing have made these stunning his and hers Halloween Hoodies available for everyone to enjoy.

They contain multiple versions to support nearly any body type, including classic and Altamura and many others.

Rush on over the Freebie Megastore to collect the latest exclusive gift!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/111/211/24

Hurricane Lorenzo and Oktoberfest




Britain is braced for its first country wide hurricane in 32 years, making landfall early Friday morning, with gale force winds today from mid-afternoon.

What better time is there to make plans for an early weekend, seeing as you won't be able to go to work tomorrow?

Whilst sheltering from this hurricane of the century, why not pop along to Madame Lala's from 1pm SL time (9pm UK) to enjoy Oktoberfest.  Oodles of grog and yodelling are bound to take your mind of the carnage going on outside.



Oktoberfest at Lala's, from 1pm SL on Friday (9pm UK)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/241/38/23


Whatever you decide to do, stay safe and keep a beady eye on the weather channel.


Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Firestorm releases BoM update



Firestorm viewer has today launched their Bakes on Mesh update.

There is a lot of information available on it if you care to wade through the BoM discussion on the Second Life Forums but in a nutshell:    Bakes on Mesh is a new feature to allow system avatar baked textures to be shown on mesh attachments.

Here I am with my gorgeous male model, Mr Billy Arentire, who is setting up his body to accommodate this new feature.   It's early in our morning and my model is still a bit grumpy and swearing at it a lot.   This is a good sign however, it shows his determination in getting it right!

Have fun, and if you see Mr Arentire wandering around looking confused, dressed in a blue top and yellow trousers, don't laugh at him.  Well, not to his face anyway.

You can download and upgrade your Firestorm viewer for the new Bakes on Mesh, here: https://www.firestormviewer.org/downloads/


Halloween in London



A spooky time for all in October in London City


Sunday, September 29, 2019

The Halloween Cemetery





Uh-Oh the Halloween Season is upon us and we will be adding a fright a day, all the way up to Halloween!

Check out the Cemetery in the place formerly known as the Voice Lounge.. but keep your eyes peeled for ghostly goings-on, something is happening in there!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/103/176/23


Saturday, September 28, 2019

Michaelmas Eve



Oh my goodness, here we are again at one of the most exciting non-events of the year.  It's Michaelmas Eve!

Happy Michaelmas everyone!













It is Michaelmas Eve (pronounced mickle-mas).
The feast of the Saints and the start of the season leading up to Christmas.

So here in London City, we'd like to be the first people to wish you season's greetings for a great Michaelmas Day tomorrow!

What's more, there is a very special Michaelmas event today at Substation, with CoffeeQueen playing all her favourite tunes featuring Michaelmas... yes, both of them. Starts 11am SL time (7pm UK).



Friday, September 27, 2019

Dusty Springfield Premiere on Saturday



Perhaps one of the most iconic looks of the 1960's belongs to singer Dusty Springfield, with her white backcombed hair and thick eyeliner.  It was a look that so many have tried to emulate.

Dusty, hit the charts in 1963 with I Only Want To Be With You, and from that moment on both sides of the Atlantic, a star was born.  She followed her first hit up with many more, including Wishin' and Hopin', I Only Want To Be With You, I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself, You Don't Have To Say You Love Me, and Son of A Preacher Man and many many more.

Dusty is appearing for the first time ever in London City on Saturday (Michaelmas Eve!) and the party starts at 12pm SL time (8pm UK), the the show an hour later at 1pm SL time.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Free Altamura dress from Mel!



The lovely Melstore has given a fabulous heart dress to The Freebie Megastore.
This is another beautiful item of clothing available completely free, with your free Altamura body!


Collect your outfit and your free body here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/108/213/24



And this is the gorgeous Jaq.  He uses the Romeo Altamura body, which gives you a good idea of how delicious your avatar can look using this brand..




Friday, September 20, 2019

Passenger Concert on Saturday



Passenger was originally a Brit folk/rock band formed in 2003.

When they split up in 2007, lead singer Mike Rosenberg continued his career as a solo artist under the name of Passenger, busking his way around Europe and appearing at fringe festivals.

Then suddenly in 2013 year he exploded onto the scene with three chart topping songs in quick succession,   Let her Go, The Wrong Direction and Holes.

Having written over 200 songs, Passenger is receiving the critical acclaim that eluded the band for so long. 

Party in the Park starts on Saturday at 12pm SL (8pm UK) with Passenger tribute band on stage an hour later.

Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/133/114/23

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Even MORE FREE Altamura clothing!



STOP PRESS... 6 more EXCLUSIVE outfits just added to the ALTAMURA range in Freebie Megastore!!


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

New Exclusive Altamura Clothing Gift



The lovely designer MiNat has made two exclusive new clothing gifts available for Altamura users available in the London City Freebie Megastore.

An outfit for men and another for women are available on the Altamura wall on the back wall, as you enter the building.  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/107/212/24


Check out NiMat's other Altamura clothing on her MP store:  https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/177242

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Exclusive, Male Altamura Starter Pack



Thanks to the lovely "No Shot" people, there is now a brand new and exclusive, FREE male starter pack, especially for the Altamura body.

No more will we see lots of gorgeous naked Altamura men running around.. instead they will now be able to hide their modesty with these free shoes, t-shirt, tank, jeans and jacket.   Everything the new Altamura gentleman needs to make the right initial impression!

Collect it from the Freebie Megastore here! http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/108/212/24 

Monday, September 16, 2019

Lucy wore a wig!



Its a question that millions of people over the years have asked themselves.   Did billionaire actress Lucille Ball own her golden locks, or were they bought?

We all knew she added a bit of colour, but the question that has preoccupied the world for years, is, does that hair belong to her, or is it from the Desilu props department?

Well according to a survey of London City visitors, we can reveal that the consensus by 56% of them, is that Lucy was indeed wearing a wig!

It needs to be mentioned however, that a lot of you vehemently defended Lucy and felt most strongly that her carrot top was her own!

Thanks for taking part.  Another world-stopping survey again soon!





Sunday, September 15, 2019

New Tanks and Shorts, exclusive Gift





Freebie Megastore presents a Brand New exclusive design.
Male and Female versions of Blue tanks (female is glitter effect) and union jack shorts.
For all body types: Altamura, Maitreya, Slink, Belleza, Signature, Adam, .. you name it, its here... including Classic body.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/106/212/24

Friday, September 13, 2019

The Drifters on Saturday



Well, Saturday night at eight o'clock, I know where I'm gonna go... To the Drifters 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.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Pinball, Play for free and Win L$



The Crown Wine Bar in London City is a little oasis for new residents who need a few Linden Dollars to get their adventure off to a flying start.

Today, we have added Pinball.   Completely free to play, and pays any resident who sets a new high score 5 Linden Dollars!   Whilst here, also try the lucky chair,  Play Your Cards Right and the Quiz Machine.   All games are free to play and pay cash Prizes.

Enjoy!


Friday, September 06, 2019

The B-52's on Saturday



Appearing for the first time ever in London City this Saturday, it's the B-52's.

The B52's are an American New Wave band, that formed in 1976.

Although the line-up has changed over the years, they have managed to stay true to their original sound.

The group has had many hits over the years, but are best known for  "Rock Lobster", "Planet Claire", "Private Idaho", "Whammy Kiss", "Party Out of Bounds", "Wig", "Love Shack", "The Time Warp" and "Roam".

You can enjoy them this Saturday at London City.   Party in the Park begins at 12pm SL time (8pm UK), with the show an hour later at 1pm SL time.
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/100/100/23


Wednesday, September 04, 2019

London Support - We're Hiring!





Four years ago, London City became the first of the Linden Lab Official Community Gateways, with new residents 'born' directly into the estate, and starting their adventure in Second Life.

We have a  trusted team of specially trained residents known as London Support, helping new users acclimatise to the virtual-world.

We are currently looking to increase our team of Support Agents, (particularly from 2pm to 9pm Second Life Time).  A shift is typically a few hours and is semi-regular, 3 or more times per week.

We have a familiar faces policy, which means we recruit from the community of visitors and tend not to hire people that we do not know.  It is better for all concerned if we get to know each other first.

You do not have to be an expert, but you do have to be friendly and engaging.

If you are a born helper and like the idea of giving back some of your skills to the new users, and you are able to work within a police guidelines, please see the information contained in the tab Our Team  at the top of this page.



September in London



Enjoy the new season here in London City.

Monday, September 02, 2019

The Asylum




It's the internet, where anyone in the world can access it, and consequently, some are more balanced than others. 

High time, we offered a counselling service in London City.  Presenting:  The Elise Banx Lunatic Asylum.  Head warder Elise, who is famous for her empathetic skills, will dish out useful and practical advice, in the calm Bedlam like surroundings of our comfy sanitarium.




You can visit the Asylum here (but please don't feed the inmates or poke bananas through bars)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/21/139/24

Friday, August 30, 2019

Gordon Lightfoot on Saturday!



For the first time ever in London City, singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot will be performing his most famous songs!

The Canadian born performer is perhaps best known for his songs rather than his performances of them.  His material has been recorded by (to name but a few), Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Herb Alpert, Harry Belafonte, Scott Walker, Eric Clapton and Glen Campbell.

His most famous songs include, "For Lovin' Me", "Early Morning Rain", "If You Could Read My Mind", "Sundown", "Carefree Highway", "Rainy Day People" and "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" 

Still performing to this day, Gordon Lightfoot remains one of the most poetic and evocative song writers of all time.

Enjoy his concert here in London City.  The event is on Saturday at 1pm SL time (8pm UK), with the concert at 2pm SL time.




Wednesday, August 28, 2019

London City Maintenance



London City is undergoing some lab end maintenance today, which will result in our old location being reflected on the map, until it updates in the next 24 hours.

Until this time, please use landmarks to access the estate as Maps and Slurls may fail.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Bank Holiday!



London City North

Yet again, its a long weekend in Great Britain as we celebrate the Summer with another Bank Holiday.

It is extremely important that you to rush down to the local supermarket and invest in lashings of delicious cold beer as the mercury is set to soar!    But hurry! stocks are limited because I've just come back from shopping.

Join us in London City throughout this wickedly hot long weekend!





Johnny Cash on Saturday



There are few recording artists who are considered an example of  'cool' throughout their careers and remain there long after their death, but Johnny Cash is one such person.

The American singer-songwriter was one of the top selling music artists of all time, selling more than 90 million records worldwide.

Drug and alcohol abuse featured prominently in his early career until he met and fell in love with June Carter, who was independently famous as part of the bible singing Carter Family.  Cash said he had an epiphany when meeting Carter and his devotion for her made him clean up his habits and embrace the teachings of the Lord.   (Everyone say Hallelujah!)

Johnny Cash is best know for songs, Hurt, A Boy Named Sue, Ghost-riders, Folsom Prison Blues, Ring of Fire, When The Man Comes Around, Jackson and Walk The Line.

He is appearing as a solo act for the first time ever in London City with a brand new show on Saturday and you are invited to spend some time with this great icon.

The party starts at 12pm SLT (8pm UK), with the concert an hour later at 1pm SLT.

Friday, August 16, 2019

A tribute to Glen Campbell - Saturday




Glen Campbell's career spans over 50 years.  He is perhaps one of the best known Country singers of all time, with hits, Gentle On My Mind, Galveston, Wichita Lineman, By The Time I Get to Phoenix and Rhinestone Cowboy.

In 2011 he announced that after many years of suffering short term memory loss, it was in fact the effects of Alzheimer's disease and that his ability to perform and record music was coming to an end.

Throughout 2012 and 2013, Glen Campbell performed a worldwide Goodbye tour for all his fans to enjoy his music one last time. 

Join us here in London City at 12pm SL (8pm UK) this Saturday for a Concert, celebrating the career of the Rhinestone Cowboy as he rides off into the sunset.


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Free London Merchandise to celebrate 10 years



To celebrate 10 years of London City, merchants are setting up their stalls next to the concert area with Free and almost Free gifts :)

"No Shot", has an array of mesh outfits featuring the Union Jack, including a FREE outfit for Men and for Women:



Also, this Dog Tag featuring the London City logo is available completely free


Melstore are also offering themed merchandise and Free Gifts!


To collect you gifts, visit: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/115/112/23




Monday, August 12, 2019

Render Weights explained



Here is a particularly useful video from the lab, explaining all you need to know about render weights and how you can control what you see versus performance of your viewer.


Sunday, August 11, 2019

Substation today



Last night, country goddess Emmylou Harris wowed the crowd with her pearl like voice.  Here are some pictures from the event.

A reminder that today it's Substation at 11am SL (7pm UK) followed by a drunken Katty on the Beach with her quizzes, from 1pm SL (9pm UK).





Friday, August 09, 2019

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 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

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Enjoying a bit of Willie



Willie was on show last night at London City.   The octogenarian stoner was in fine fettle as he entertained the crowd with his most famous songs..