Sunday, December 29, 2019

Substation today



Last night it was Pan's People's first ever concert in London City, and what mighty fine form they were in!   Despite breaking up over 40 years ago, they had not aged a day!



In case you are all at sea with the days during the holiday, today is Sunday.  That means Substation, the retro club at 11am SL  (7pm UK) with Bailey and Coffee.   (No Worlds End today).



Thursday, December 26, 2019

The Return of The Christmas Stool Chart!



It's Medical Research time again!  and you can be assured of classy Christmas entertainment, here in London City.

It's the holiday season, with lashings of sprouts, turkey, stuffing, chocolates, trifle, cheese and other grotesques..   So in order to discharge our responsibility of  Care in The Community, the seasonal Stool Chart is here once again for you to vote on!  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/74/217/23

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas





Wishing you and your friends and family a very Merry Christmas from all of  us at London City.

Please keep an eye on the London City groups through the holidays for news of parties and special events!



Monday, December 23, 2019

Last chance to sit on Santa's lap!




It is your last chance to sit on Santa's lap and tell him about all the things you're hoping to get for Christmas!   He's a busy man and soon needs to pack-up his grotto and start sorting our his presents!

Sit on his lap, answer his questions and you're sure of a big surprise from his gift sack.  But hurry, he leaves for the North Pole later tonight.

TP http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/70/231/23

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Worlds End - On The Road




Two Christmas Parties today!   At 11am SL (7pm UK) it's Substation in the London City Subway, followed by a Skating Party for Worlds End at the brand new Ice Skating Rink at 1pm SL in the Gateway region.   Join us here:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City%20Gateway/117/179/23



Friday, December 20, 2019

The Holidays are Here!





If you are one of the lucky ones finishing work today for your Christmas break!
Welcome home for the Christmas Holidays!

To help speed your day along, please follow this traditional Christmas timetable:

09.30 Starting time
09.55 Arrive for work
10.00 Have a coffee break
10.30 Coffee break time
11.00 Get ready for lunch
11.30 Go to lunch
12.30 Lunch time
13.30 Afternoon shift begins
14.00 Arrive back from lunch
14.30 Go home
15.00 Going home time

See you all in London City later for a tipple, a natter and then a boogie at Madame Lala's.



Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Get Your Skates On!



Enjoy Ice Skating for everyone (no age restrictions) in the London City Gateway from now until the New Year!

Collect free skates, and click the animator and you too can dance like Torvill and Dean, although most of us will skate more like Tonya Harding.




Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City%20Gateway/117/179/23

Come grab a landmark, Sunday's World End will be held on Ice! :)

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Date for your Diary.. Demis!



A date for your diary!

Next Saturday at the first Christmas weekend, Saturday 21st December at 12pm SL (8pm UK) Demis Roussos will take to the stage for Demis on Ice!   Don't miss this wonderfully popular Christmas Show!


Friday, December 13, 2019

Landslide for Tories




A victory for democracy as Tories take 364 seats compared to Labours 203, sending a clear mandate to Boris Johnson to "Get Brexit Done".

The results of the election saw the Conservative Party in a landslide victory as Jeremy Corbyn stepped down as Labour leader while Jo Swinson also stepped down as leader of the Liberal Democrats.


Thursday, December 12, 2019

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!





With just a week to go until many of you pack up for the holidays, and can settle into your Second Life, here in London, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!




Wednesday, December 11, 2019

UK General Election




Here we go again!  Our fixed term parliament act means that we should only go to the polls every five years, and yet, this will be our third General election since 2015.  Coupled with voting in the European elections, the referendum, and the usual local elections, some of us are beginning to run a groove in the road between our homes and the polling station.

It looks like it will come down to an A or B vote at this General Election, on Thursday in the UK.

The Liberal Democrats who got off to a flying start, somewhat shot themselves in the foot by saying a vote for them would mean a vote for remaining in the EU, without so much as a second referendum.  Although it sounded good at first, people started to feel that it was more than slightly undemocratic to cancel Brexit without asking the people first, and their support soon waned.

The Brexit Party decided they would form an alliance with the Conservatives, without ever establishing if it was reciprocal and their support took a tumble.

So, we are left with the two main parties.   The Conservatives with a strong message of "Get Brexit Done", which is their commitment, should they achieve a majority government, or Labour, who say they will negotiate a new trade deal with the EU, and then vote against their own deal, in a sort of half-in, half-out agreement, with free broadband thrown in everyone in the UK.  Sadly, Government owned (and monitored?) internet doesn't seem to appeal much to the voters.

Whoever you decide to vote for,  good luck with your choice.  Polls open  onThursday at 7am and remain open until 10pm.

You can discuss the General Election at our Election Special Voice event in the main hub in London City from 2pm SL time (10pm UK) on Thursday.







Monday, December 09, 2019

Christmas Shows in London City



Keep an eye out for the stars on our tree this year, as each Saturday from now until Christmas, they perform festive concerts to get you in the mood, with a special show on Christmas Eve, starring Andy Williams!



Glen Campbell's Country Christmas, 14th December.
Demis Roussos on Ice, 21 December.
The Andy Williams Christmas Show, Christmas Eve
Pan's People, 28th December

Cheesecake Survey



We ran another scientific user poll this week, to find out if Cheesecake is better baked, or unbaked. 72 people voted, with 31 voting for baked and 41 voting for unbaked.

It was a close call, but in the end 57% of voters decided for the creamy moist unbaked variety instead of the crusty old dry version.

Thanks for taking part,  another earth shattering poll soon!

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Advent at the Worlds End




Rush over to The Worlds End and click the Advent Calendar each day for a wonderful gift.

We only found out about this from a very excited Evie Falconer who flew into the hub area to tell us!

[03:38]  Evie Falconer: I got this out of the Worlds End advent calendar
[03:38]  Evie Falconer: I show you what i got
[03:38]  Evie Falconer: tree
[03:39]  Evie Falconer: toys
[03:39]  Evie Falconer: hat
[03:39]  Evie Falconer: candy cane cupcake
[03:39]  Evie Falconer: and a waitrose bag

The calendar is above the exit, here:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/22/8/24

Friday, December 06, 2019

Second Life Premium Membership Offer



For everyone! - Premium offer for new subscriptions and early renewals

Linden Lab has announced a 10% discount for annual Premium Membership.  Instead of US$99 per year, those upgrading their accounts will be able to enjoy all the benefits of premium for US$89.

What is more, if you are already a premium member, you can still take advantage of this offer by pre-paying your annual subscription by a further year.

Premium membership offers a wealth of services and perks to be enjoyed, including a Linden Home (or a 1024m parcel), free premium gifts, access to premium members only regions, hunts, holiday events and sandboxes, a sign-up bonus of L$1000 and a weekly stipend of  of L$300, live chat support and more!

For details on the offer, see the official blog post here:
https://community.secondlife.com/blogs/entry/3054-holiday-premium-sale-save-10-on-annual-membership/

For more information on Premium see the FAQs https://community.secondlife.com/knowledgebase/english/premium-membership-r346/#Section__1

And to upgrade your account, logon to Secondlife.com and click Account > Premium membership on the left panel.



Sunday, December 01, 2019

Christmas Tree Ceremony



Christmas begins!

On Sunday, the Christmas Tree from Norway was lowered into place in London City.

Each year, a tree is given to the London by the City of Oslo, Norway.  It is token of gratitude to the people of the UK for their assistance during the war of 1940 - 1945.   This ceremony has taken place ever since.

Here is a video of the celebration..

World Aids Day




World AIDS Day, designated on 1 December every year (since 1988), is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease.  https://www.worldaidsday.org/campaign/

Christmas in London City



Experience Christmas in London City.



Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Exclusive Christmas Hat




Be the envy of your friends, as you celebrate this yuletide looking extra cool!

Collect your free and exclusive mesh hat for Christmas, from the doorway of the Freebie Megastore!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/102/209/24

Friday, November 22, 2019

The return of last names



The lab blogged yesterday about changes coming to the grid in January.  These include changes to event hosting, a new level of premium membership, marketplace fees.. and the return of last names!

Premium users will, for an additional fee, be able to change their first and last names!

You can of course choose any first name, but the last name will be from a list curated by the lab.   This is how it originally worked all those years ago.

Old last names from way back will not be available, but a user can select from an exhaustive list of new last names.

Additionally the lab is asking for name suggestions, so if you have one in mind you would really like to see, now would be a good time to suggest it!

You can see the full  official blog post here.



Wednesday, November 20, 2019

New Frock for Altamura from MiNat



Just arrived, this lovely two-tone seasonal party frock for the Altamura body.  This exclusive new freebie from MiNat, is only available in the Freebie Megastore.  Hurry on over and collect yours!

 http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/119/217/24

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

London Houseboats





Affordable waterfront living at Tobacco Dock, London City's newest kitsch community.

Snap up one of these terrific houseboats before they are all gone!

Each parcel features built in privacy, usable personal water and a floating dock for your use (houseboat included).

Make Tobacco Dock your home
today, located in London City South.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City%20South/136/36/19


Monday, November 18, 2019

Trump Trash!



A second offering on the same day?  Surely not!?

Oh yes indeed, and this one you cannot possibly live without..   It's an Impeachment Special!  The Trump 2020 campaign hat!  Grab it now before he's tossed out of office, and impress your friends with more fine grot, straight out of the London City trash-can.

Collide with the bin to win a truly fanastic prize every time!


Thank you Wolfgang for this wonderful donation!

Christmas Antlers - Trash or Treasure?




Get a head start on Christmas with these antlers and magnificent balls!

You never know quite what you're going to find in the Soho Trash Can, but with over 100 gifts, including cash, you might strike it lucky and get something useful.... or useless.

It's always worth a rummage in the bin!  Today, we've added  Two sets of CHRISTMAS ANTLERS

Good luck in winning the latest prize!  Just walk into the bin and it will hand you your present!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/86/204/23

Friday, November 15, 2019

Premiere: Gossip on Saturday



Gossip is an American Indie Rock band formed in 1999, that first charted in 2006 and fronted by singer Beth Ditto.

They are best known for their songs, Heavy Cross, Move in The Right Direction, Standing in the Way of Control, Love Long Distance and Perfect World.

You can enjoy a concert by Gossip performed by London City Players on Saturday.  Party in the Park begins at 12pm SL time (8pm UK) with the show an hour later.

Party in The Park:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/100/100/23


Friday, November 08, 2019

Simon & Garfunkel, Saturday



After a two year absence, the boys are back in town, this Saturday.

Formed in the 60's Simon and Garfunkel are one of the most enduring harmony acts still performing to this day.   Their hits include, Bridge Over Troubled Water, I Am a Rock, The Boxer, Mrs Robinson and the list goes on and on.

Join us for this sensational Concert here:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/117/117/23  The party starts at 12pm SL (8pm UK) and the Concert is at 1pm SL.

Friday, November 01, 2019

Early Bonfire Night at Lala's



Enjoy some glitz and some fabulous party tunes today at Lala's.

Madame Bailey has sprung from her own private means, for a box of Benwell Fireworks and some Sparklers, so we can all enjoy an early Bonfire Night at Lala's today.

Safety goggles will be provided.

The event is at 2pm SL time (9pm UK) http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/241/38/23

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween!




Happy Halloween! 

Celebrate Halloween at Madame Lala's today at 2pm SL time (9pm UK) with DJ DeSantis playing spooky tunes!  Come on over for a right scary time!
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/241/38/23



Wednesday, October 30, 2019

No Halloween Brexit Party



We have an event posted for a Brexit Party on Halloween evening. 

Needless to say, we were naively optimistic at the time of posting, and the UK isn't going anywhere this year.

In the meantime the UK is set to have yet another General Election on 12th December.  If you need to know which way to your polling station, just follow the groove made in the road by the public on their umpteen trips to the polls in the last couple of years.

Our Halloween party will be held at Madame Lala's on 31st October at 2pm SL time (9pm UK) with DJ DeSantis.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Darrius Gothly



It is very sad to have to let you know that Darrius Gothly, the programming talent behind "Rental Beam" and DGP4SL has died quite suddenly and unexpectedly.

Darrius  had battled ill health for several years, but was mostly present in Second Life, continuing to work on his products.  Moreover, he was an extremely decent man, friendly and very helpful.  He always went the extra mile for his clients and friends.

For those estates using The Rental Beam service add-on for CasperLet, his management team hopes to keep the service running.   They ask that for now, customers do not use the ticketing system and reach out directly to Mysti Nowles who is overseeing the project and its transition.

Darrius was a friendly jolly chap, and an amazingly gifted programmer.  He will be missed.




Monday, October 28, 2019

Bakes on Mesh



Last week we had a Bakes on Mesh lesson in London City.

Finally we all understood how useful it will be for adding/removing things like tattoos and hair bases just by clicking the item in the inventory, like in the olden days.

A world free from appliers! bring it on!

Another BoM lesson soon. Watch the blog for details.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Last nights invasion



Scenes from the amazing War Of The Worlds Show on Saturday.

A reminder that European clocks went back one hour last night, so until the rest of the world catches up on the time change, all events in London City will be an hour earlier than usual in SL time.






Saturday, October 26, 2019

Free Altamura Halloween Outfits



The lovely designer, MiNat has given the Freebie Megastore, a his and hers Altamura outfit especially for Halloween, as a FREE GIFT!

Get on your broomstick and fly on over to the Freebie Megastore to collect your scary 2019 constume.  They are located at the entrance: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/103/210/24

Also, please have a look at MiNat's Altamura Market Place store.  Wonderfully crafted clothing at stunningly low prices!  https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/177242


Monday, October 21, 2019

Bakes on Mesh tutorial today



A reminder for today:  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.

It is being held in the London City Sandbox located here:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City%20West/188/149/23



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.


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

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/