Friday, October 23, 2020

Michael Jackson in Concert on Saturday




The legendary Michael Jackson is appearing in Concert at London City Party in The Park on Saturday.

With Halloween rapidly approaching, we thought you might enjoy something strange.. This week, the theme is Halloween, win 250L for being the Best!

The party starts at 12pm SL (8pm UK) with Jacko on stage at 1pm SL.

http://slurl.com/secondlife/London%20City/127/114/24


Wednesday, October 21, 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, October 18, 2020

Yesterday in the City



 Here we all are at last nights Hazel O'Connor concert, keeping it all safe and virtual!









Friday, October 16, 2020

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

Monday, October 12, 2020

London City Uplifted



This will not come as a surprise to the astute regulars at London City. We were moved into the cloud two weeks ago. 

We kept it quiet because we wanted to know about any issues out of the ordinary that we should report back to the Lab.  As we are sure you are aware, making this known early on, could have resulted in a lot of erroneous errors being reported, which are nothing to do with the cloud system.

What we know so far about our life in the cloud is that the region's performance and general health is exceptional and out performs the non-cloud regions.

We are actively feeding-back to the developers and they are working tirelessly behind the scenes to get the whole system perfect, with a challenging end of year target.

A couple of problem things you may have noticed during our testing is, profiles being slow to load, teleport in/out issues, and sometimes failing to attach a Hud or clothing when changing outfits in London City.

To workaround these issues, if teleport fails, walk into one of our connecting regions and try again, and the same with changing clothes.  It has never been a great idea to change outfits in a very busy region, so walking across to one of our others, is best practice anyway.

These issues are being worked on, and it is why we wanted to help with the testing phase.  

We hope this answers your questions.

This story has been published with the agreement of Linden Lab.




Sunday, October 11, 2020

Spooky



Here's some pictures of last nights Frightmare in London.  Thanks to the team for putting on this wonderful show whilst I was away having my ears permed.

Don't forget today at 11am SL (7pm UK) its Substation with Coffee and Bailey, and then it is Worlds End on the London City North beach from 1pm SL (9pm UK).






Saturday, October 10, 2020

World Mental Health Day



Have you noticed how much more open people are about their concerns, as we all pull together to help each other through this turmoil?  

If there is one benefit to this sudden new world of ours to take forward with us, it is this wonderful community spirit and support that being a Resident in Second Life, has given to us all.

All of us have been profoundly affected this year. At times our brains have felt like a burnt out old walnut, but we plough on.  World Mental Health day is for everyone, more so than ever this year.

Have a great day, and let us celebrate our solidarity and the care we have shown each other.

Friday, October 09, 2020

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.




Monday, October 05, 2020

And the winner is..



Last week we asked you to vote in our fictitious Election poll, to decide who should be President.

We included one-term Jimmy Carter as the only living former president who could in theory have another term in office.

Jimmy was added as a protest vote.  A candidate you could vote for, when the alternatives were lacking.

We knew that some people would feel so strongly for Trump or Biden, that they would log Alt's to vote twice, but we seriously doubted anyone would feel so strongly to log an Alt to vote Carter.  

With this in mind, these are the results of the London City, Presidential Election.

136 votes were counted before the machine jammed.. of which:

Trump: 47  (35%)
Biden : 54  (39%)
Carter: 35  (26%)

So with 39% of the votes Biden wins our election, even if some people did use some skulduggery in their voting.

It also speaks volumes that so many voted to give Jimmy another chance. Presumably they thought that neither of the real candidates is up to it.

Thanks for taking part.  Another fun poll soon!


Sunday, October 04, 2020

Substation today



More scary goings on with Bailey and Coffee at Substation today at 11am SLT and Worlds End at 1pm SLT.  

The ghoulish Dorothy Squires was last nights show and here's some pictures from the event..









Friday, October 02, 2020

Dorothy Squires Concert, Saturday 12pm SL



A largely forgotten legend, compared as the British voice of Ethel Merman and all the tragedy of Judy Garland is appearing in London City on Saturday.

The Party starts at 12pm SL (8pm UK) with the show at 1pm SL. 

Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/105/111/23



It is hard to believe that Dorothy Squires, now so forgotten was once the highest paid British singer.

Famous for her belting voice, her outrageous ball gowns and an unbridled and profane temper, Dorothy Squires was a sensation that swept the country in the 1950's and beyond.

In 1953 she married the then unknown actor Roger Moore who was 12 years her junior and used her substantial clout with the right people in Hollywood to get him into movies and television series.

As Roger Moore's career took off, hers began to slide.  Throughout the 1960's she tried to keep her career in momentum, but she suffered from the emerging popularity of the sounds created by new and  younger singers, Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield and Sandy Shaw.

Squires and Moore separated in 1961, when Moore left her to move in with Luisa Mattioli.  Squires refused to divorce him without a substantial settlement and Moore could not re-marry until an agreement was reached and the divorce was finalised 8 years later in 1969.

Now aged 55 she managed to chart one final time with her own cover of "My Way".  New concerts followed at the Palladium, which Squires had hired herself at substantial cost, but her shows sold out in hours and she managed to cover her costs.

By 1971 Dorothy Squires career was almost at and end.   She undertook the first of 30 court cases which would keep her as the focal point in newspapers for the next 15 years.

She successfully sued the News of The World for a story they printed about her and Moore entitled "When love turned sour".

Her new career of suing people for libel began to turn bad when she dragged actor Kenneth Moore through the courts for accidentally referring to Mattioli as Roger Moore's wife when Moore was still married to Squires at the time.  She lost the case.

In 1973 she was charged with high kicking a taxi driver when he threw her out of his cab for being disorderly.  The same year she was charged with trying to "bribe" a BBC producer to play her records, but the case was dropped.


In 1974 her house burned down and she managed to escape the inferno clutching her jewels and love letters from Roger Moore.  She moved to a new house in Bray, which flooded three weeks later.

In 1982 she was banned from the high courts.  The high court declared her to be a Vexatious Litigant due to the number of bizarre cases she had taken out against other wealthy people seeking compensation for things said about her.  This move by the courts ended her ability from commencing any further legal action without the express permission of the court.  She never got this permission and she was never able to sue again.

Now broke due to the enormous amount of costs incurred losing nearly all of her court cases, Squires accepted the home provided by an adoring fan in Wales.  She retired there and lived out the rest of her life as a recluse.  She died of lung cancer in 1998 at the age of 83.

She is probably the chief architect of all her bad luck, caused by an obsession of pursuing the fame she had once enjoyed, which had come and gone.  Her refusal to realise that fame is fleeting was perhaps her undoing.

That said, she puts on a magnificent (if not a slightly bizarre camp comedy) show, so we hope you will join us for a rather tongue in cheek cabaret concert, celebrating the superstardom of Miss Dorothy Squires.