Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Worlds End Cash Bingo and Cash for Questions Quiz



It's Wednesday and it's time for Worlds End music, quiz and bingo night.   Come on over to the Worlds End for this immensely popular event.  Starts at 11am SL time (7pm UK) and runs 3 hours.
Tunes by Katty!



The only pub in the British Isles that still serves fried chicken and chips on a red serviette in a basket.  Scampi is also available, as well as Betty Turpin's Hot Pot.

Sunday, August 09, 2020

It's like a heatwave...



Join our famous drag artist couple, Bailey and CoffeeQueen today for Substation in the London Subway from 11am SLT (7pm UK) for some more retro music and a good gossip about who's doing what with whom, as we collectively stick-it-out in this monstrous heatwave that has engulfed the UK.
Then at 1pm SLT, hope on over to the beach with Katty, who will be cooling you down with some summer breeze music and some dodgy cocktails.

Here are some pictures from Emmylou last night..





Friday, August 07, 2020

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

Thursday, August 06, 2020

The weekend weather is on its way!



RL London Forecast
This urgent newsflash is to remind you to get down to the off-licence or supermarket and stock up on essentials, such as beer, spirits, mixers and junk food.  This weekend is going to be super-heated and you will need lots and lots of grog to remain hydrated and happy whilst you party with us in London City.  Probably best to get some bottled water too, to wash it down with, even if it does taste like medicine.


The Beach in London City West - Party every Sunday at 1pm SL (9pm UK)


Sunday, August 02, 2020

Subs and Worlds End today



Last night was the kick-off for the Bluegrass season in London City, and it was great to see all you Cowgirls and Cowboys, especially the more risque outfits!

Today its Substation from 11am SLT (7pm UK) and Worlds End on the Beach from 1pm SLT.

Here are some pictures from last nights event..


Friday, July 31, 2020

Willie Nelson on Saturday



Everyone loves a bit of Willie.  He has always been popular as part of the Highwayman concerts, but this weekend, he's out on his own appearing in London City.

Songs written and performed by Willie Nelson include, On the Road Again, Always on my Mind, Crazy, City of New Orleans and Pancho and Lefty.

Come and yeehaw with the great man himself!

The Party starts at 12pm SL (8pm UK) and Willie takes to the stage at 1pm SL.

Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/115/109/23

Thursday, July 30, 2020

It's the weekend!



To think we were all grumbling about the rain and temperature only a week ago.  If ever there was a case of being careful what you wish for, it is tomorrows forecast.

Here in London we are set for 34c, which is around the mid 90's in old money, or closer to 100F indoors if you do not have aircon.

Being a responsible estate, we urge you to invest in copious amounts of grog for this coming weekend which is likely to be very thirsty work, with all the partying we will be doing.

We recommend Asda this week for their posh bottled beer offer and at only 42p a bottle, what's not to like?

A reminder to please drink responsibly, because I won't be, and you might need to get me home again afterwards.

Happy weekend, and here come's the Sun!



Update.. they got it wrong - and it's hotter than they thought

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Substation and Worlds End today



Here are some pictures from last nights party.  A reminder the Substation and Worlds End parties are on Sunday starting at 11am SL time (7pm UK).







Friday, July 24, 2020

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


Monday, July 20, 2020

London Support - We're Hiring!





Four years hence, 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. A shift is typically a couple of hours or more if you wish, 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 comfortably within a team, please see the information contained in the tab Our Team  at the top of this page.



Sunday, July 19, 2020

Substation today



So here we all are at the Disco and Abba show last night.   And a reminder that the party continues today at 11am SL (7pm UK) with Substation and then Worlds End on the Beach from 1pm SL (9pm UK).




Friday, July 17, 2020

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 

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Substation and Worlds End today



Don't forget that it is Substation today at 11am SLT, followed by Worlds End at 1pm SLT.
Meanwhile here are some pictures from last nights party.






Friday, July 10, 2020

Disco Bee Gees on Saturday!




A DISCO SPECTACULAR Event today at London City.

Disco Party from 12pm SLT (8pm uk) and the Bee Gees in Concert!

The Bee Gees were a pop music group formed in 1958. Their line-up consisted of Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. The trio were successful in all decades of performing, but the height of their fame was in the the 1970s Saturday Night Fever era.

Prolific song writers who wrote on average a song a fortnight for 50 years, they also has success writing for many other artists including, Dolly Parton, Diana Ross, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand and many others.

Enjoy their music again as London City invites you to The Bee Gees in Concert this Saturday.
Disco Party starts 12pm SL (8pm UK) with the concert an hour later.

Linden Research Inc to be acquired





Subject to approval from the financial regulators in the U.S., Linden Lab and its Tilia Subsidiary, are to be acquired by an "investment group led by Randy Waterfield and Brad Oberwager".

“We’re excited for this new chapter to begin. We see this as an opportunity to continue growth and expansion for Second Life and our money services business Tilia,” says Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg. “We're grateful for the ongoing support from our community, business partners and investors. Now more than ever, there is increased recognition of the value and utility of virtual worlds to bring people together for safe, shared, and social online experiences.”

At this time the lab has no comments to make, other than the press release on their corporate page

According to Google:  The main reason why small businesses want to be acquired:
Proof that the company has been successful and is profitable. It increases exposure for the company. It provides more security for the company. It will lead to more growth for the company.

My 2 cents:

Given the surge of SL during covid and the forthcoming uplift to the cloud, it is likely that it's success has piqued the interest of investors; especially as it bucks the trend where multiple similar platforms have failed.  This could be a good thing in terms of growth.   First order of business however, is usually to restructure, which obviously causes some turbulence.

One thing you can absolutely guarantee is that the Residents of Second Life will want to know, what if any impact this will have on Second Life.. and they will want to know soon.




Wednesday, July 08, 2020

High Fidelity flies a kite



Arguably a little late in the day when products like Zoom have already taken the lions share of live meetings during the Covid crisis, but High Fidelity has relaunched as an hybrid meeting VR/RL meeting place.

CEO Philip Rosedale explains,

"High Fidelity started out in 2013 hoping that VR hardware would be as ubiquitous as the mobile phone by 2020. 

 Turns out, we’re far from that reality. Our mission from the beginning has been to serve humanity by building technology that helps people be together, in the most natural way possible, from anywhere in the world. 

 So we have spent the last several months optimizing our patented 3D audio technology to work on nearly any device. It’s designed for crowds -- you can hear 3D surround sound of everyone near you and hear others who are in the distance."

This new version of High Fidelity is cloud-based and works using a browser. Everyone in your family, all of your friends and colleagues, have a device that should be able to use it. People can use it to connect with each other for a wide variety of reasons — from listening to live music, to family gatherings, hosting parties, networking at conferences, big festivals, political rallies, classrooms, happy hours, or anything else you can dream up."


It is an interesting concept where you can appear as a moving icon against any background you choose, together with your friends and family.  If this has been launched at the start of the global lockdown it may have gained some traction.  Whether it still will now that everyone is venturing out into the big wide world again, remains to be seen.   It's appeal to me is limited, since it makes no mention of screen sharing for the all important "countdown" round in our family quiz on Zoom.




For more information head here https://www.highfidelity.com/


Saturday, July 04, 2020

Happy Independence Day



Wishing our American friends across the great pond a very happy Independence Day.

On this day in 1776 the United States formally separated from Great Britain.

Thomas Jefferson, penned the Declaration of Independence and later went on to become America's 3rd President.  Nine years later, over breakfast one morning, he drew up the US Constitution, but history recalls it's principal author was actually 4th president James Madison.

Wherever you are, have a great day!


Friday, July 03, 2020

Boney M on Saturday



It's DISCO time with BONEY M

Boney M is a 4 part vocal group. 
Liz Mitchell and Marcia Barrett from Jamaica, Maizie Williams from Montserrat and Bobby Ferrell from Aruba. The band  formed in 1975 in Germany and they gained popularity through the disco era of the late 70's.

Boney M take to the stage at 1pm SL (9pm UK) singing their most famous of songs, including, Daddy Cool, Ma Baker, Gotta Go Home, One Way Ticket, Rasputin, Rivers of Babylon, Brown Girl in the Ring, and many more!

TP to http://slurl.com/secondlife/London%20City/108/109/23 


Tuesday, June 30, 2020

It's a heatwave!



It was a hot afternoon, the last day of June, and the sun was a demon...

 

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Summer Begins



Today at 11am SL time (7pm UK) join us all in the Substation for more retro sounds from Bailey and Coffee, and then 2 hours later, join sun kissed Katty on the beach for music and  cash for questions quizzes!

Pride Season draws to a close today, to make way for the Summer Season.  Here are a few pictures from last night's Donna Summer Concert..






Saturday, June 27, 2020

Pride Finale with Donna Summer on Saturday



Concluding London Pride and leading us rather neatly into the 'Disco Season', Saturday's finale is Donna Summer.

Five times Grammy Winner, Donna Summer was the first international artist to have three albums in the chart at the same time.

After her death in May 2012 she was posthumously named the "undisputed queen of the Seventies disco boom".

If you like Pride/Disco, then this is the event for you!

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

Come and enjoy Donna Summer the Disco Sensation here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/134/105/23

Friday, June 26, 2020

London Pride Weekend





All things being equal, this weekend we were due to have a tie-in event to London Pride in RL.  As you know, all organised events are currently cancelled in the Real World, so we will have to amuse our virtual selves in Second Life.

London City invites you to camp it up with us and wear your Pride colours with, urm, Pride!

Throughout the weekend we have some great entertainment lined up for you, kicking off this afternoon (Friday) with our first Pride Weekend Party and Madame Bailey's Gay Anthems in Lala's from 1pm SL time.

On Saturday the main Pride Party will feature Party Anthems and Donner Kebab-Summer in Concert right after Worlds End (On The Road) from 11am SL.

All we need is your gorgeous selves to join us.  Please bring copious amount of alcohol, cos this is going to be thirsty work!


Goodbye Margarita




It is hard to believe that only 2 weeks ago, the legendary Margarita Pracatan was still performing on her twitter account, and in London City, at the starting event for our Pride Festival and sounding her normal chirpy self.

We were all saddened on Wednesday to learn that she passed away suddenly, aged 89.  Thank you Margarita Pracatan for all the fun over the years.

See the BBC News Story here




Sunday, June 21, 2020

Let's Party



Today at 11am SL time (7pm UK) join us all in the Substation for more retro sounds from Bailey and Coffee, and then 2 hours later, join sun kissed Katty on the beach for music and  cash for questions quizzes!

Here are a few pictures from last night's Erasure Concert..