Friday, September 24, 2021

Blondie on Saturday



Forty years ago, waitress Debbie Harry, who had been performing part-time in a folk band, formed Blondie with her friend Chris Stein.

In 1976 they released their first album Blondie and from then on became a huge success in Australia, England and America.

Although the bulk of their hits were in a relatively short timespan from 1978 to 1981, their most successful release, Maria was not until the band reformed, many years later in 1999.

Now regularly touring again, you can enjoy the hits once more at The Blondie Tribute Concert, this Saturday in London City.  The party begins at  12pm SL (8pm UK) with the show an hour later at 1pm SL.

Concert Area: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/123/110/23

Michaelmas Party!



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













It is Michaelmas (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.

Inconveniently, Michaelmas Eve is on Tuesday the 28th September and that means Michaelmas Day itself is on Wednesday.

So we're holding a Michaelmas Event today at Madam Lala's, with DJ Bailey playing her collection of two Michaelmas songs from 1pm SLT, and what is more we'll be holding a special event tomorrow.

Any excuse for a drink eh?   Oh I wish it could be Michaelmas every-daa-aay!




Thursday, September 16, 2021

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.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

World News: The Krankies, Joe Biden and Snake Oil Special!



Here is the weekly gossip that you might have missed, all wrapped up into one handy 3 minute package.
You are up-to-date only with the Newswire.. 



 

Saturday, September 11, 2021

9/11



 


Lovingly dedicated to the memory of the victims and brave souls who lost their lives in an atrocity that shook the world on September 11th, 2001. 



Friday, September 10, 2021

Everly Brothers on Saturday



Appearing  this Saturday: The Everly Brothers.

Don and Phil Everly first became famous back in 1957 with Bye Bye Love and quickly established themselves as Rock n Rollers for the rest of that decade.

 Wake Up Little Susie, Cathy's Clown and Walk Right Back followed successively before they moved into the rock-a-ballad style they later became synonymous with.

In the mid 1960's they chart topped with, Crying In The Rain, Devoted To You, All I Have To Do Is Dream, Love Is Strange, Ebony Eyes, When Will I Be Loved and other softer rock songs.

By the start of the 1970's both brothers had become addicted to amphetamines which lead to a nervous breakdown for Don and the duo stopped recording. By the time both were recovered, disagreements had turned into a feud and the brothers did not perform, nor communicate with each other for a decade and pursued fruitless solo careers.

Thirteen years after the split, they performed some tense reunion concerts together beginning in the UK in 1983 where they had agreed that they would only talk to each other whilst on stage, but only if it was necessary.  Encouraged by the media hype of the reunion, in 1984 they recorded, On The Wings Of A Nightingale which was to be their final song to enter the charts.

By the 1990's the brothers had made peace with each other, but their stop-start careers had eroded their following and they continued to perform one-off reunion concerts every few years until their last appearance in 2004 as featured artists for the Simon & Garfunkel tour Old Friends, Live On Stage.

We invite you to experience their heyday and bask in the incredible love songs penned by these talented and troubled souls.

Party in the Park is at 12pm SL (8pm UK) with the stage show an hour later.
Location:  http://slurl.com/secondlife/London%20City/106/111/24

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Exclusive: Brand New Free Male Clothing and Accessories







Brand new clothing for Signature Gianni, Belleza, Slink and Classic Avatars!

The incredibly generous people from 'No Shot' fashion, have created and donated ten brand new and exclusive Male clothing items to the Freebie Megastore.

This male clothing is exclusive to London City and won't be seen anywhere else in Second Life, and they are available completely Free of charge!

Visit Freebie Megastore to collect these items http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/104/212/24

and please visit the No Shot store for other free items and introductory offers





Thursday, September 02, 2021

London City Community Gateway rebuild




Our builders have been busy rebuilding the London City Community Gateway, from the ground up.

Based on real life Hyde Park, the largest green space in London, the new Gateway build offers a fun way to impart information to new residents, as well as engaging them in various activities to be found in the region.

Hyde Park, built in 1637, is steeped in history, and where possible we have included as many features that you would expect to find in the park, with handy (i)nfo icons that can be clicked for information about each attraction.



We have also included the beautiful Chinese Pagoda, the Diana Memorial, The old Police house and a nod to Battersea funfair, whilst including tours and information boards to assist new residents on their initial visit.




A Handsome Cab (Horse and Carriage) will also take you on a full tour of the region, so that you do not miss anything, but there still remains many secluded spots, off the beaten track, to find for yourself.



Residents can sail the Serpentine, explore the park and speakers corner, visit the holocaust memorial, Marble Arch and also win some Linden Dollars at the Amusement Arcade, whilst gaining invaluable knowledge.



Residents can visit the Dell Cafe and the Lido with their friends, ride a hot air balloon, and even try taming an eagle!  If they get stuck, specific help boards will assist, can be clicked for more information, and also a link back the relevant knowledge base for expanded help.



Most of the attractions have interactive features, so please come and take a look at the new London City Gateway.   As always, the end of the tutorial leads to our main social region, London City, and the freebie store, where help is on hand to get your avatar looking amazing!



London City Gateway is located here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City%20Gateway/170/189/23


And finally....  we have cleared some space on the ground floor of the Freebie Store, for some brand new Men's clothing arriving this weekend!






Roy Orbison in Concert on Saturday



Join us on Saturday in Regent's Park for Roy Orbison in London City.

Roy Orbison, The Big O, was an American singer/songwriter best known for his songs, Crying, Only The Lonely, Oh Pretty Woman, Running Scared, You Got It and many more hits.

Contrary to popular belief, the reclusive Orbison wore big black sunglasses not  because he was blind or cross eyed.  He adopted them because he suffered terrible stage fright (which prevented him touring) and found them to be a useful shield between himself and the world outside.

Roy died in 1988 aged just 52.  A year later, You Got It became the final song of Roy Orbison's to chart inside the top ten.

He has a brand new Album just released with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, which hit the record stores on 3rd November.

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

Teleport:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/121/111/24


Sunday, August 29, 2021

The Newswire - Everything everywhere this week, in 3 minutes



And now it is time for the news... Everything happening everywhere in under three minutes.  The only news you ever need to see/hear.  Enjoy

Friday, August 27, 2021

Dolly Parton, Saturday



In concert on Saturday: Dolly Parton, the Tribute show in London City.

Dolly Parton, was terribly poor for the first five minutes of her life, and then became wealthy beyond the dreams of Avarice for the next 70 years, but hasn't lost touch with her humble beginnings.

Partly because no one wants to hear songs about a billionaire with tax return problems, when poor and broken hearted sells better. Dolly has endured over the years by reinventing her image over and over.

Come party with us on Saturday from 12pm SL (8pm UK) with the concert an hour later at 1pm SL.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/101/105/23

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Bank Holiday Weekend



London City Gateway

It is another Bank Holiday weekend here in Old Blighty.  

Congratulations to those of you who 'manoeuvred' early and got Thursday tagged on, giving them 4 days of kicking back their heels.

Being the height of Summer (apparently) you can expect some great parties this weekend in London City and even a virtual Barbie (bring your own sausage).

The long weekend begins..

Friday, August 20, 2021

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 15, 2021

This weeks news and gossip!



Here we are again, with the entire world's news and gossip in just 3 minutes!

It is the only news you ever need to see/hear.   

Please like, subscribe, comment and make your feelings known!   Enjoy!

Friday, August 13, 2021

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

Sunday, August 08, 2021

It's the newswire!



Here is this weeks newswire.  Enjoy and sorry about the lack of graphics, real life got in the way :)


The London Riots - 10 years on



2011 - Buildings destroyed in Croydon during London Riots

Today commemorates the 10th anniversary of the London Riots, which lasted from 8th to 11th August 2011.

Living in the London area, this was very much on our doorstep and fellow Londoners will remember just how frightening it was, to see huge gangs of thugs smashing up everything they saw, looting every shop they went past and then torching buildings and peoples homes, massively overwhelming the police for those 5 days.

The protests started in Tottenham, London, following the death of Mark Duggan, a local man who was shot dead by police on 4 August.  He was known to be in possession of a BBM Bruni Model 92 handgun (a blank-firing replica of a Beretta 92 converted to fire live rounds), given to him 15 minutes before he was shot.

Several violent clashes with police followed Duggan's death, along with the destruction of police vehicles, double-decker buses and many homes and businesses, which rapidly gained the attention of the media. 

Overnight, mass looting took place in Tottenham and in nearby Wood Green. The following days saw similar scenes in other parts of London, with the worst rioting taking place in Hackney, Brixton, Walthamstow, Peckham, Enfield, Battersea, Croydon, Ealing, Barking, Woolwich, Lewisham and East Ham.

10 years ago, we made this rather jerky video in London City.  In those vintage pre-mesh days we had to work with the tools we had.  




 

Friday, August 06, 2021

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  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.

Monday, August 02, 2021

Pulling the plug on Gacha's



Our World's Worst Gacha to be destroyed!?

In a decision bound to cause severe upset,  Linden Lab has blogged that the immensely popular Gacha systems used by thousands of  content creators, will cease to be allowed beyond August 31st.

Gacha's really took off when the gaming rules became much stricter, preventing 'games of chance'.

Arguably, although a prize is won every time, some are or more value than others, making Gacha's a game of chance too.

Being the mainstay of so many shopping events, it is inconceivable that this news could possibly be received well by the community and this is bound to be a very interesting thread to follow.

The post reads:

Due to a changing regulatory climate, we’ve had to make the difficult decision to sunset a very popular sales mechanism for content in Second Life.  It’s widely known as "gacha", and is defined by a chance-based outcome as a result of a payment.  

We know that creators plan their content releases far in advance and will need to re-tool their products, so to mitigate the impact to those affected, we are giving a 30-day grace period, until midnight SLT on August 31.  After that time, selling content via gacha machines will no longer be permitted in Second Life.  Enforcement won’t start until September 1; after that date an Abuse Report for “Gaming Policy Violation” will be the preferred method of reporting this content to Linden Lab.  

We will continue to allow any sales where a payment is given for a known item, which means that items that had been purchased as “gacha” will be allowed to be re-sold as long as the buyer knows in advance the item and quantity they will receive. We will, of course, still allow fatpacks, and any other currently-allowed distribution mechanisms. 

We did not make this decision lightly and we understand that it will impact creators as well as event organizers and certainly the shoppers! We look forward to fun creative ways of engagement that will come instead. 

We realize that this announcement may leave the community with questions.  This forum thread is going to be monitored and we will answer any related questions in there.

Click the link above to see the post on the Lab's blog.


It's a Heatwave!



Get those summer costumes on, its the Heatwave and BBQ season!

 

Sunday, August 01, 2021

This weeks Newswire: Drink-a-long Diane Abbot. Tom Daley's lunch. Dr Fauci is shrinking!



It has been a mad week in the world and impossible to keep up with changing events.  So here it is, The Newswire, with all the gossip and the world news condensed to just 5 minutes.   The only news you ever need to hear!

Happy Sunday!    Enjoy!

Friday, July 30, 2021

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 


Sunday, July 25, 2021

Alternative Fact News for this week!



Here is an alternative look at this weeks World News, courtesy of the London City News Bureau.
Listen live every Saturday, or catch up here on Sundays!

Have a lovely weekend and see you at Substation in London City from 11pm SL (7pm UK) and Worlds End from 1pm SL time


Saturday, July 24, 2021

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 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Warm Enough?



Great Britain, where it is either 10 below freezing, or 100 Fahrenheit. 

GB is currently "enjoying" a heatwave with the mercury hovering around the 90+ mark.  This may not sound exceptional to many in warmer climates, but you need to remember that in the UK where it is "never hot" or it "never snows", not only do we not possess a single snow plough, but we are still waiting for Air Conditioning to be invented.

This little island of ours crammed with 68 million people is melting.  It was with some relief that we could all enjoy a dip in the Olympic sized swimming pool yesterday in London City.  We also broke out the fans to keep the visitors nice and cool, and what a fun time we all had, talking for hours, without hardly a moan about the weather (he lied).

Come chill your heels here whenever you wish.  Drink plenty (of water!) and bask in the sunshine.




Monday, July 19, 2021

Freedom to infect?



I cannot let this 'go', without passing comment..

Today is the so called "Freedom Day", in England.

It is the day where social distancing is no longer required, facemasks are no longer mandatory and all venues, clubs, pubs, restaurants, sports events, require no additional measures to protect people against Covid-19.

This reckless action is set against the backdrop of a new surge of infections, whilst our new Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who has been in post for just three weeks, is currently out of circulation with Covid.

Our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, our Chancellor of the Exchequer and our Health Minister are all now missing out on "freedom day", as they need to self-isolate with many other government officials in Whitehall.

What kind of madness is this, where we throw out our protection, just as the third wave grabs Great Britain by the throat?  

Is this herd immunity, or the acceptance of collateral damage, where a certain amount of the population is considered expendable?

It is widely considered that in abandoning face masks, large group management, hand sanitizers and social distancing, that the government can encourage this third wave to strike at a more convenient time, i.e. during the summer school holidays, instead of September when everyone is back to work.

The world's press are quite rightly aghast at our actions, especially as this will almost certainly lead to many more mutations as infection rates soar.  We already know that the Delta variant is partially resistant to vaccines and all that is required now, is for the strain to improve upon itself and become fully resistant and we will be right back to where we started 18 months ago.

Of course we need to be able to move around and enjoy the summer as much as possible, but is it really such a hardship to keep ourselves and others safe by using the most basic protection, such as a mask?

The Government seeks to steer the path of a virus that they do not understand and it is our health that they are gambling with.

Wear a mask, keep your distance when possible, wash your hands often.  This virus does not respect the boundaries of your social life and this is going to get a lot worse as the virus evolves and mutates due to an irresponsible dereliction of duty by the English Government.


- Editorial by Torric






 

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Drink Plenty



The heat was phenomenal in Old Blighty and is set to be even hotter today and tomorrow.  Keep yourself hydrated, turn the aircon up, and come paddle in the pool at London City!

Last night, 70's dancers, Pan's People, took to the stage and gyrated to sounds of disco era 'pop' groups, performing their original hits from the 1970s, in the 2020's.

The bands and Pan's People have aged extremely well considering their limelight is almost 50 years old!




We hope you enjoyed a nostalgic night of entertainment, which of course all of you are far too young to remember the first time around!

The weekend continues with Substation today at 11am SL time (7pm UK) and Katty drunk as a skunk on the beach afterwards with the World's End crew, from 1pm SL. 





Thursday, July 15, 2021

The Night of 100 Disco Stars!



Join us today as we celebrate the music of over 100 disco stars, performed by Pan's People!

Pan's People was a British female dance troupe most commonly associated with the BBC chart show, Top of the Pops, until the mid-1970s.  They appeared on many other TV shows in the UK and elsewhere in Europe and performed in nightclub cabaret. Due to their weekly exposure on British television the group acquired a high profile. The 'classic' line-up which existed from 1972 to 1974 is still widely recognised today.

Join us for an unforgettable night of leggy dancers and top tunes and disco singers of yesteryear re-enacting their hits as of 2021.  Let's hope they can all still carry a tune! 

The Party begins at 12pm SL (8pm UK)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/100/100/23




Wednesday, July 14, 2021

World's End Pub - Bingo Night





The Worlds End Pub on Wednesday, is the place to be for Bingo and Pub Quiz fans.  Games are free to join and pay a cash jackpot for the most skilled and often the most lucky!

Bingo and a dance, every Wednesday at 11am SL (7pm UK)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/36/12/24



Sunday, July 11, 2021

England Football UEFA Euro Final - Newswire Soccer Special Report



In case you were not aware, "Football is coming home", today as England battle it out with Italy for the UEFA cup.  The first time England have been through to a major final in 55 years.   So long ago in fact that the Cup Final they won in 1966 has recently been colourised to make it more appealing to the majority of fans who were born after the match!

Here is the weekly Newswire - The only news you ever need to listen to!

C'mon Engerlaaaand!


Friday, July 09, 2021

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.

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

England through to the Finals!



Congratulations to England on their victory over Denmark this evening 2-1. England is through to the final on Sunday. The first time they have got this far in 25 years.


Billy and me cheering them on


Sunday, July 04, 2021

Weekly Newsreel 4th July 2021



A very happy 4th July to our friends over in the USA!   We hope you enjoyed the "4th of Disco", party last night.

Here is the weeks News.. The only news service you ever need to listen to..

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 02, 2021

STEPS in Concert



The Summer Season begins, with STEPS!

STEPS, the UK band with smash hit covers including Tragedy, Last Thing On My Mind, Better Best Forgotten and Dancing Queen are here in London City on Saturday!

Party starts at 12pm SL (8pm UK) with STEPS on Stage at 1pm SL.

Location:  http://slurl.com/secondlife/London%20City/110/119/23

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Newswire - PRIDE SPECIAL




Last night in London, it was a fantastic turn out of all of the beautiful people from everywhere on the grid, flocking to London City to show off their wares.  Some had more wares to show than others, but a wonderful time was had by all. 

We hope you enjoy this video of Pride finale featuring the lovely gorgeous Donna Summer, you the sexy visitors and of course, a skewed look at the weeks news!

This was a crossover event signalling the conclusion of pride and the beginning of the summer season!
It is disco all the way in July. Enjoy, dance, and drink until and fall off your chair. 

Thank you for making it a Pride to remember!





Saturday, June 26, 2021

HAPPY PRIDE DAY!



 


A very Happy Pride Day throughout the world to everyone!

We hope you will join us today in London City as we reach the climax, with gay anthems, Donna Summer in concert, the cash grab, and more hunky men and beefy women that you can shake your stick at.

It all kicks off at 11am SL time (7pm UK)  Wear your Pride Colours!

See you all later!





Friday, June 25, 2021

Pride Finale - Donna Summer on Saturday



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 70's 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