Friday, December 30, 2022

New Years Eve Party



 

You are invited to a night of Celebration in  London City, for the New Years Eve Party on Saturday.

DJ's Bailey and Torric, will take you through New Years Eve and into the New Year from 12pm SL Time (8pm UK).

Torric will be playing all the trashy songs you've ever heard at every New Years Eve party you ever went to as you were growing up, during the "Cheese and Wine" section.  You can collectively vote songs off, by pressing the thumb down button (or thumb up to save).

Madame Bailey will be here to save your sanity at 2pm SL (10pm UK), with proper party sounds taking us well into 2023 ans Big Ben Bongs at midnight UK time (4pm SL).

Hope you can join us!

http://slurl.com/secondlife/London%20City/127/110/23



Sunday, December 25, 2022

Christmas Dinner in London City




Dinner is served from 6am SLT / 2pm UK

If you are online, hurry on over to London City right now. The tables are all set up for Christmas Dinner.

Bring a glass of cheer, something to eat, a cigar and glass of port and have a wonderful party with your online friends.

Happy Christmas!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/77/221/23


Saturday, December 24, 2022

It's Christmas!






Have a Happy Christmas!

Our sincere thanks to everyone who supports London City and for  making it what it is.  It would be impossible without you!

To our friends, the large, extraordinary, dedicated, loyal and skilled team, we offer our deepest gratitude for all that you do;  for smiling in the face of adversity, for offering encouragement and insight and for some of the most innovative ideas on the grid.  

We are so proud of this spectacular crew, the envy of the virtual world. Thank you for making it a pleasure to logon to London!

To the merchants and sponsors, our thanks for your business and your faith in this estate to sell your product and for investing your time and money in London City.

And to the visitors and members that form the London City community,  thank you for making London City the single most popular destination in all of Second Life; always busy, with something always happening. You are at the heart of everything that goes on here.

Substation, Madame Lala's and Worlds End Pub are open through the holidays, but please keep an eye on Group Notices as some times and schedules may vary.

Some of our team are having family time on 24th, 25th and 26th of December, but should you need assistance during these few days, please use the Support option on this blog and we'll respond in a timely fashion to your enquiry.

Have a great time wherever you are and whatever you are doing.   Drop by London City throughout the holidays, the city never sleeps.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!



Support During Christmas




Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

Whatever you're doing this holiday season, have a great time.  We hope you enjoy yourselves and get a chance to visit to London City during the festivities. 

Keep an eye out for the pop-up parties happening throughout the estate and in our bars and clubs.

Like you, our support team with be eating, drinking, sleeping, watching television and logging in to SL.  

We have no set hours for Support during the holidays, so if you find yourself needing help, please use the Support portal above and we will be sure to answer you in a timely manner.


 Christmas Day Dinner in London City

If you find yourself online on Christmas day, bring your dinner over to the hub area in London City where the dinner tables are set up and have a glass of wine and a meal with all your online friends


Party throughout Christmas

Look for group notices in London City Events and London City Entertainment. Our clubs are open throughout the holidays, but may slightly adjust their regular hours.  


New Years Eve

Join us for a Cheese & Wine selection of party songs from the ages from 12pm SLT (8pm UK) with yours truly, then Bailey bringing us up to date and seeing us into the New Year from 2pm SLT (10pm UK)


Have a happy and safe Christmas, from all of us at London City.



Friday, December 23, 2022

Andy Williams Christmas Show - Christmas Eve



No Christmas can be complete without the Andy Williams Christmas show.

On Saturday, Christmas Eve, at 11am SL Time (7pm UK) join us in London City as Christmas time officially arrives and we herald the start of the holidays with the wonderful Andy, crooning carols for us.

Win 250L for the Best in Christmas and join in the party spirit.

The festivities are here: http://slurl.com/secondlife/London%20City/135/108/24


Thursday, December 22, 2022

Get on with your work!




So this is Christmas, well almost.  Thursday should be the last working day we have to endure..

If you thought ahead (in the UK) and booked 29th and 30th December as holiday, then well done you!  With the weekend and bank holidays around Christmas, you get 11 days off for the price of 2, you crafty thing!

To help speed your day along, please follow the 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.

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Let there be light ..






It is the shortest day, the Winter Solstice... but it is going to get brighter from tomorrow.

We can all enjoy some more daylight time starting this week, thanks to Civil Twilight.

Civil twilight is a scientific term, defined as “the period after sunset or before sunrise ending or beginning when the sun is about 6 degrees below the horizon and during which on clear days there is enough light for ordinary outdoor occupations.”

And from 23rd December, it starts getting lighter at night, by just a minute at first, and by up to 2 minutes a day in January. 

This may not sound much, but by the end of January sunset will be 5.23pm, a full 43 minutes more, and at 6.13pm in February.

Sunday, December 18, 2022

Christmas begins..



Some pictures from the legendary Demis Roussos on Ice concert, last night in London City.





Friday, December 16, 2022

Demis Roussos The Christmas Show



You know it's Christmas when Demis takes to the stage!

The last Saturday before Christmas Eve!

The Greek God of Party is here this weekend!

Continuing with our Festive weekend concerts...

On a specially reinforced Ice Stage, Demis Roussos will be performing his magical plate smashing Greek Christmas Show in Regent's Park this coming Saturday.

Come and enjoy an evening with Demis Roussos at 12pm SL this Saturday.


http://slurl.com/secondlife/London%20City/135/108/24



Sunday, December 11, 2022

Genesis Viewer Release #2



There is a new Genesis Viewer Release.

Version 1.2.594

This release is primarily to address the Chromium updates that bring the viewer in parity with Second Life Viewer's media abilities for shared streamed content, in particular, the rise in the popularity of HiVid TV.

HiVid TV media is now supported. 

We added a cache system for Contact Sets to make them respond faster.

The Active Speaker list can now be paused, reactivated and refreshed.

The GenxProfileFloater is a new experimental profile floater that you can opt in and out of by enabling it in Debug.  When fully implemented it will become an option in Preferences, but already, you can upload a profile picture without incurring any upload fees.

Added some hover text help for some ambiguous settings in Preferences.

Added an additional 7 skins for the User Interface. You now have a choice of 11. Check out 'Second Love' if you like extra colourful, or  'Snow White', if you want a Wintery theme.

Developers and Support team can now be identified by "Genesis Viewer Team" appearing in their profile.

The Script editor now uses a mono space font.

A group invitation is offered (once) to the account logging in on the first session of a new install.

Download (or read the release notes) from https://genesisviewer.org





Friday, December 09, 2022

Glen Campbell Country Christmas on Saturday



Glen Campbell's Country Christmas.
Saturday 12pm SL (8pm UK)

Glen will be singing his most famous songs and some carols to get you in the mood for the big day.

Campbell's career spans over 50 years.  Not only is he a famous soup, he is perhaps one of the best known Country singers of all time, with hits, Gentle On My Mind, Galveston, Wichita Lineman, By The Time I Get to Phoenix and Rhinestone Cowboy.

Monday, December 05, 2022

Santa's Grotty returns!



 


Would you sit on this man's lap?

The adorable, slightly randy, alcoholic gentleman who has played Santa for us for many years, has been released from the Betty Ford clinic and returned once again, a bit worse for wear, to spread Christmas cheer to visitors of London City.

Our very own Chris Kringle has been hard at it and is ready to slip you a big surprise if you sit on his lap and tell him about all the naughty and nice things you have done this year.   Santa will invite you to have a rummage in his sack and pull out something big, spectacular and impressive!

You can't really miss his grotto as its peppered with gin bottles and discarded mince pies

Visit Santa's Grotty here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/83/189/23

Sunday, December 04, 2022

Free Exclusive Christmas Outfits, at Freebie Megastore



The lovely people at 'No Shot', have brightened up our Christmas again with these festive freebies.

'No Shot' clothing has created some free 'his' and 'hers' Christmas outfits, exclusive to London City's Freebie Megastore.  These outfits are for a multitude of mesh bodies, including BoM and classic, with alpha layers.

Freebie Megastore:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/108/212/24

No Shot Mainstore:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City%20South/142/172/24

Other Free 'No Shot', Christmas outfits are also available in the store.




Friday, December 02, 2022

Cliff comes to town, Saturday



Merry Cliffmas!  We present Cliff Richard in Concert this Saturday.

If you are a Cliff hanger then you will be thrilled that the British answer to Elvis (minus the pelvis) is appearing on stage singing all of his hits.

Cliff who has enjoyed over 200 years at the top will perform his famous songs (and many more) including, Living Doll, Wired for Sound, The Young Ones, Some People, Carrie, Bachelor Boy(!), Tutti Frutti, Devil Woman -- to name but a few!

Party starts at 12pm SL (8pm UK) with Cliff and his 30 inch waist on stage at 1pm SL (9pm UK)
Teleport: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/122/109/24


 
Stuck for gift ideas this year?  How about a Cliff Richard 2023 Calendar?  Very reasonably priced at around £5.99, or from 99p for a 2022 one, available in any charity shop.

Thursday, December 01, 2022

London City Christmas begins



With Christmas Shows every week and events every day.  We hope you will come spend some holiday time with us in London City.

World Aids Day




Activists the world over put a spotlight on the AIDS virus on this day.

AIDS has killed 35 million people since the start of the pandemic. Every year, 2 million people acquire the virus, and the U.N. estimates that more than 1 million people die from the virus annually.

A lot has happened since the first World AIDS Day in 1988. Countries in which the topic was once taboo now offer testing and treatment. Mothers with HIV can have healthy babies and live to raise them. Drugs can keep the virus from spreading. More than 18 million people are on lifesaving anti-retroviral drugs that keep HIV in check. And now, scientists are talking about vaccines and a cure.

A large-scale trial of a potential vaccine is underway in South Africa. The study will involve more than 5,400 sexually active men and women ages 18 to 35 in a number of areas around South Africa, a country where more than 1,000 people a day are infected with HIV. The trial will last for four years.

(source: VOA)

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Friday, November 25, 2022

The Ronettes Christmas Concert - Saturday in London City



Kicking off the Christmas Concerts, its The Ronettes!

The Ronettes were an American pop girl group from New York.
The immensely popular Phil Spector sound of the 1960s, had the Ronettes pitched as their primary competition to Motown and the group charted nine times and are best known for Be My Baby, Baby I Love You and Da Doo Ron Ron.

Spector had a way of taking songs and renaming the band for each song even though it comprised of the same singers, (such as The Crystals).
Other temporary members who became famous after performing as backing for The Ronettes include Darlene Love and Cher.

Enjoy The Ronettes here in London City.   Party starts at 12pm SL (8pm UK) with the show an hour later at 1pm SL.

Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/110/107/24

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving




Happy Thanksgiving ya'll.

Thanksgiving commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the pilgrim fathers in 1621.

Wishing our friends across the great pond, a very Happy Thanksgiving, from all of us in London City.





Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Eyes down for bingo at The Worlds End Pub




Come on over and join us for a session of cash prize bingo.  Bingo starts at 11am SLT (7pm UK time). The first person to get a line up wins Lindens.

DJ Katty will be entertaining you with her tunes.  So get your dabbers on the ready and try your luck at winning some bingo!

Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/41/29/23




Friday, November 18, 2022

Our Cilla to play this Saturday



A Christmas Cillabration!

There were two main acts that dominated Britain in the 1960's.   One was the Beatles, the other was Cilla.

Whilst perhaps not quite as tuneful as Dusty or Sandy, Our Cilla had an appeal to those who were waiting for the next big thing to emerge from Liverpool and the Beatles fans catapulted her into super stardom.

Singing all her hits and some that weren't - Don't miss this most famous icon of the 1960s on Saturday in London City.  The party starts at 12pm SL (8pm UK) with the show an hour later at 1pm SL.

Concert area

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/108/105/23

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Worlds End Pub



The Worlds End Pub on Wednesday and Sundays 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!

Cash Prize Bingo today from 11am SLT then Cash for Questions Quiz!

Pop into the Worlds End for warm pint and a cold pie any time!
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/36/12/24



Sunday, November 13, 2022

Remembrance Sunday





Remembrance Sunday is today at  11am (UK time) today, it will be 104 years since the end of World War I.

To commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

A service will be held today in world at the Cenotaph in London City at 3am SL  (11am UK)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/72/137/23

Friday, November 11, 2022

Amy MacDonald on Saturday



Making a welcome return to London City on Saturday is the wonderful Amy MacDonald, a Scottish singer, songwriter and composer, who shot to fame in 2008 with her debut album, This Is The Life. 

Singing her most famous songs accompanied by a full big band orchestra, this concert is one not to be missed!

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

Join us here http://slurl.com/secondlife/London%20City/109/111/24


Armistice Day




Armistice Day is observed every 11th November, to commemorate the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany on 11 November 1918.   This significant treaty brought an end to World War I.

It is marked by two minutes silence at 11am on the 11th November in respect and remembrance of the 20 million people who died during the conflict.

You can visit the Cenotaph in London City to pay respects and to collect a wearable poppy to wear.  



Thursday, November 10, 2022

Genesis Viewer Review by Inara Pey



Genesis Viewer launch party last weekend


Inara Pey, blog journalist for Living in a Modemworld, probably the most widely read independent Second Life blog, has reviewed the the first release of the Genesis Viewer.

Some highlights of the review include: 

"The Change Buttons floater does include a lot of options – far more than is the case with most other viewers, and it would appear a number have been included for those who are particularly keen on viewer performance – useful if you are running on older hardware / a poorer connection and find you need to tweak things. 

"Genesis viewer is building towards supporting all of the capabilities offered directly by Linden Lab as the “core” viewer  code base, and also folds into to the more popular options offered by TPVs.

..in the time I subjectively tested and used the viewer of the weekend, I will say that I found Genesis to be at least as performant as any v6/x viewer I routinely use."


We believe Inara's comments to be fair and we look forward to including all of the items mentioned in the review and a great many more over the coming weeks and months, whilst preserving the great performance of the Genesis Viewer.



To download Genesis or to see video tutorials, please head to https://genesisviewer.org





 

Sunday, November 06, 2022

Genesis Viewer for Second Life. The launch party.




Video of the launch party for Genesis Viewer, last night in London City.   Thanks to all who came. it was an excellent night and we could not have wished for a better launch for Genesis Viewer.  We hope you enjoyed the experience!

Filmed whilst running Genesis Viewer, filming it, streaming the music, drawing in 50 avatars and launching fireworks.

Download Genesis here: https://genesisviewer.org

Saturday, November 05, 2022

Genesis Viewer Release



The first full release of Genesis Viewer is now available from https://genesisviewer.org

Please read the Release notes to see which version is best for you.

We hope you enjoy this new viewer built especially with laptops in mind.


Genesis Viewer is part of Linden Lab's Third Party Viewer program:

https://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Third_Party_Viewer_Directory



Gunpowder, Treason and Plot




Guy Fawkes - Loved to Party
Today is the 5th of November, the anniversary of the old rogue Guido Fawkes' (now rebranded as Guy Fawkes) attempt to blow up the King on England!

Here is a potted history...

5th November, also known as Bonfire Night

Back in 1605, Guido Fawkes and his cronies wanted to protest on how Catholics were treated.

So they decided that they would try to blow up the Houses of Parliament, in particular the House of Lords, by smuggling in hundreds of gunpowder kegs into the cellar for a firework display of their own and try detonating them on 5th November as the King (James I) was opening Parliament.

Unfortunately for Guy Fawkes, one of his gang was a lag and would blab when he got smashed and word soon spread all over town about this amazing party they were planning. They were caught in the act without so much as a roman candle going off.
Penny for the Guy?

In those days execution was considered as a fitting punishment for minor crimes like stealing a loaf of bread.  So they decided on a more fitting punishment and decided to chop Guy Fawkes into bits, hang him for a couple of minutes, disembowel him and do other unmentionable things to embarrass him whilst he was still alive.

Since petty crime only resulted in the severing of limbs and sometimes being boiled in oil, this gruesome torture of being 'hung drawn and quartered' was reserved exclusively for traitors. 

Whilst Guy Fawkes was a bit of a shit, he is also widely regarded as a person who knew how to Party. 

This is still observed on 5th November every year, when people of Great Britain, literally burn money they don't have and cheer as they see it go up in flames and whoosh into the air and erupt as fireworks.. whilst those who are more sensible collect old logs, burn and effigy called a Guy and create a massive bonfire to roast their chestnuts.

Join us for a firework show today 12pm SL time (8pm UK)

Wednesday, November 02, 2022

Saturday show and Genesis Viewer Launch Party




On Saturday it will be Guy Fawkes night (also known as Bonfire Night) in the UK, where copious amounts of  Chilli Con Carne will be consumed.

It is also the launch day for the new Genesis Viewer for Second Life, the blazingly fast 1.23 style viewer, brought up to date with all the bells and whistles.

https://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Third_Party_Viewer_Directory/Genesis

Our show this week is "The Night of 100 Stars",  featuring all the bands from the late 70's and early 80's  who had disco hits, 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 

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/100/100/23


Tuesday, November 01, 2022

November in London City



With the spooky season now over, our attention turns to the beginning of the next season and we all know what that is, but we're holding back on using the "C" word because many people get a little cross if it gets mentioned too soon!  

Join us through November for the festival of light!

Monday, October 31, 2022

Happy Halloween!




Happy Halloween! 

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



Sunday, October 30, 2022

Surviving the martians



It looks like we thwarted another invasion by those pesky Martians.  Earth is safe once more and in time for the Halloween party today at Substation from 11am SL time.





Clocks go back in UK and Europe



As British Summer Time and Daylight Saving ends in the UK and Europe, our clocks went back by 1 hour this morning, October 30th.

So what was 8pm UK and 12 noon in SL, will be   8pm UK and 1pm SL Time.

This means for US Residents, events in London City will appear to be one hour earlier than usual (and hopefully not one hour later because everyone gets so confused at this time of year).

American clocks will go back (for the very last time) on November 5th and we will all catch up again!