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.   

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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!