Friday, September 23, 2022

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 21, 2022

World's End Pub - Bingo Night




As events return to normal today in London City, you are invited to the most famous pub in town.. serving warm beer and cold pies.

Join Katty and Coffee at The Worlds End Pub on Wednesday.  It 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



Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Getting back to normality..




The period of National Mourning has now drawn to a close.

London City Events will return to their normal schedules, starting on Wednesday with The World's End Pub music and trivia events.   We hope to see you there.



Monday, September 19, 2022

The Queen's Funeral today in London City



Thank you to everyone who attended the Queen's Funeral today in London City.  It was lovely to be in the company of so many caring people. Let us all hope that this shared experience brings the community even closer together.






Thursday, September 15, 2022

This weekend and public holiday in London City




Our regular events in London City remain changed during the period of National Mourning after the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

On Friday we invite you to a 'get-together' from 1pm SL time (9pm UK) at Madame Lala's with ballads provided by Bailey.   

On Saturday at our concert area, we invite you to an event of reflection, again featuring befitting ballads.

We will not be holding events on Sunday.  

Monday has been declared a public holiday in the UK for The Queen's funeral.  An audio stream will be simulcast in London City throughout the day from 1am SL time (9am UK).  

National Mourning ends on Tuesday 20th September.  London City will resume its events on Wednesday 21st at Worlds End.

Thank you to all our patrons for the kind thoughts that you have shared with us at this sorrowful time.  The book of condolence remains open in London City until Sunday.

A continuous 24 hour live stream of the Queen Lying in State at Westminster Hall is available here on Youtube.




Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Get together at The Worlds End



The Royal Family escorting the Queen's Coffin to lay in state.
 

Katty and Coffee will be hosting a get-together at the Worlds End today at 11pm SL, with a selection of music in an event to bring the community together at this time of national mourning.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/88/208/23



Friday, September 09, 2022

UK begins National Mourning



 


The UK is this morning grieving the death of Queen Elizabeth II, for 12 days.

King Charles III will address the nation today and declare the day of the funeral to be a public holiday.

In London, 96 rounds of gun salutes - one for every year of the Queen's life - will be fired in tribute to the late monarch from 1pm in Hyde Park by The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery and at the Tower of London by the Honourable Artillery Company.  Churches will also toll their bells.

Books of remembrance will be available in town halls and also online on the official Royal site.

On Saturday, Parliament will sit for MP's to take the oath of allegiance to the new King.  Parliament's timetable will be greatly reduced dealing with only emergency matters until the end of the mourning period.

Union flags will go back to full mask as the proclamation of the new King is declared, then return to half mast.

Details of the Queen's funeral will be announced during the weekend.

Please note that London City has suspended its weekend events in a mark of respect for the Queen.  Everyone is welcome to share their stories of her life as we come together in our grief.


Queen Elizabeth Memorial




Thank you to everyone who has already shared their condolences. 

Thursday, September 08, 2022

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II




It is with profound sadness that the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, has been announced.

The Queen who celebrated her Platinum Jubilee earlier this year has been the British head of state for 70 years. 

The monarch, who lost her beloved consort Prince Philip last year,  is also the head of state for Antigua, Australia, The Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and others, including the United Kingdom.

We send our sympathy to her family and all her Subjects who are affected by this terribly unhappy news.

Here in London City, with a predominantly British team, we have decided that as a mark of respect, that this weekend's events should be cancelled so visitors can pay tribute to The Queen.

May she rest in peace.

We have a book of memorial that you are welcome to sign:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/78/223/23


Friday, September 02, 2022

Adele Show on Saturday



Adele is a British singer, songwriter and musician who shot to fame after posting a demo of herself on MySpace (remember that?).

In 2009 she hit the big time with 19, her debut album. The success of this was quickly surpassed with her follow up album, 21, which earned her six grammy awards and Album of The Year.

To critical acclaim she released her album 25 in 2015 which to date is now her best selling collection. Adele has a place in the rich list with an estimated net worth exceeding $100m.

Come and enjoy a night of Adele in Concert as the London City Players perform their tribute act.

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

Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/79/133/24

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Puppetry is coming to Second Life




From Linden Lab's blog:  Wouldn’t it be cool if you could animate your avatar in real time?  What if you could wave your arm and your avatar could mimic your motions?  Or imagine if your avatar could reach out and touch something inworld or perform animations?  Linden Lab is exploring these possibilities with an experimental feature called “Puppetry.”

Whilst still in alpha, your mind can run wild with where this would go as development progresses. It could end up being so much more than simple gestures, waving to your webcam and having this reflected in your SL animations.  Just imagine if you could dance and have your avatar match your movements in-world.  How wonderful would that be?   Taking this even further, perhaps you could even group dance with one person busting their moves in real life and everyone else being animated.   

This feature has tremendous potential for making avatars even more realistic and of course there is obvious comedy value too.  How awesome to know that when someone flips the bird at you, they are doing it in real life too!

Read the full story on the Lab's blog here:

https://community.secondlife.com/blogs/entry/11527-introducing-second-life-puppetry/

September in London City



The Carnival is coming to town..


Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Genesis Viewer for Second Life (New SL Viewer 2022) SKIN CHOICES



Try the new Genesis Viewer for Second Life.  https://genesisviewer.org

Genesis is a feature packed Windows 10/11 based 1.23 style viewer for Second Life.

Blazingly Fast, Low Memory Footprint, Feature Packed, High Performance, Legacy Viewer which is Perfect for Laptops.

It offers feature rich functionality, never seen before in other legacy viewers, whilst offering lightening speed, wonderful graphics and  a low memory footprint, making this viewer the perfect solution for laptops.

This is a new viewer based on the original Snowglobe 1.23, but brought up to date for 2022 and packed with awesome brand new features, never seen before in a Legacy style viewer. Development is ongoing, so we  hope you will feed back to us in the inworld group and help us make this a truly astonishing viewer.

Friday, August 26, 2022

Johnny Cash and The Highwaymen - Saturday



Dust off those chaps and put your spurs on for Johnny Cash and The Highwaymen, appearing here in London City!

Singer Songwriters, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristopherson and Waylon Jennings unite to perform their most famous songs in one amazing concert.

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

Location:http://slurl.com/secondlife/London%20City/114/115/24

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Bank Holiday!





It is another Bank Holiday weekend here in Old Blighty.  

Congratulations to those of you who 'manoeuvred' early and got Friday 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).



Thursday, August 18, 2022

Emmylou Harris Concert



The perfect voice of Emmylou Harris.

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

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Eyes down for Bingo, at The Worlds End Pub



It's that time of the week again for a session of cash prize bingo at The Worlds End Pub.

Starting at 11am SLT (7pm UK), we will be playing bingo for 2 hours, with DJ Katty on the decks entertaining us with her wonderful selection of tunes.

The game is free and easy to play.  It's all automatic, and the first person to get a line wins the Lindens.

With our fine selection of beers and wines, good company, great music and money to be won, what better way to round off your Wednesday?

Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/37/20/24

Friday, August 12, 2022

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 and he will be off his face.

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

Friday, August 05, 2022

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 01, 2022

Genesis Viewer for Lappy's



Another fabulous night in London City as Boney M performed to a packed house.

The pictures were taken using the new Genesis Viewer a high performance, yet incredibly low footprint client that will put some pep into your laptop for Second Life.

 







Friday, July 29, 2022

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 24, 2022

A soft launch for Genesis Viewer



We have been working on a new project,  The Genesis Viewer.


This 1.23 style viewer already offers features only seen in v6 style clients, but we are adding features all the time to make this viewer the 'go-to' for laptop users who need high performance and low footprint to get the best experience in Second Life.

We are still in initial development, but this is where you can help.   The latest version is already robust, but now we need your input as users, to hone us in the right direction for the needs of the many..

We currently only have an original legacy skin, but rest assured that although we intend to always offer support for this style, our own unique Genesis skin is on its way.

There is an inworld group and a Discord for those of you who would like to help with testing or offering ideas for features.   Get on board now and see your name in lights :)

Please see the GENESIS tab at the top of the blog for more information or to download the viewer.

Sunday Sunday



Good morning!  

What a tremendous show that was last night with Abba.  The region was packed to the rafters as we all donned our flares and partied with the Swedes in the penultimate Disco season show.

Next week Boney M will round out the festival before we move into a bit of Country!

Don't forget that today, its Substation Retro with Bailey and Coffee from 11am SL, and Katty on the Beach with World's End at 1pm SL.

Have a Lovely Sunday.







Friday, July 22, 2022

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 

Wednesday, July 20, 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!

Last night, The Worlds End had a bumper Bingo Night with no less than ten cash prizes given out during the event.

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



Friday, July 15, 2022

Disco Bee Gees on Saturday!




A DISCO SPECTACULAR Event 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.

Friday, July 08, 2022

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

Monday, July 04, 2022

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!


Saturday, July 02, 2022

Pride turns 50



Today, 1st of July, we are marking an incredible 50 years since the first Pride rally took place in the UK.

A million people are expected to join the Pride Parade in London today, making it the worlds largest ever Pride March.

Here in London City, our Pride party starts at 12pm SL time (8pm UK) with Donna Summer in Concert.

Wherever you are, have a Happy Pride Day.



Thursday, June 30, 2022

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

Fleecing the Flock




I was a little bit concerned when I first heard of Event Regions and Premium Plus enhanced membership.

I wondered if the performance of a regular region might be downgraded and I wondered if regular premium members would see facilities removed and see them slide over to Premium Plus, giving less value for money for those who did not upgrade.

At $99 dollars a year for regular Premium, I think that is enough to be giving any hosting service. 

So far no downgrade to the original premium service has happened, but that is not to say that it will not happen.

A case in point is that Linden Lab now offers Event Regions.  These regions have a much higher performance than regular regions, but they are also at a significantly higher price.

My hackles rise when a service that has always been included in regular tier fees, i.e.  The ability to request a region roll back, has been removed from the standard package and moved into the Elite package.   

Those people paying $229 per region per month, will now have to pay an additional $25 on top each time they wish their region to be rolled back.

I am all for adding new services and charging for them accordingly, but I question the business savvy of taking a once included service, out of that package "Monthly Maintenance Fee" and moving it to one with a much higher tariff.   To me, this seems to make dreadful business sense as it can only serve to alienate those of us who have been in SL for the long haul.

To encourage growth, a company needs to reach out, entice and grab new users and encourage them to invest in their services. Exploiting your existing userbase in a pincer movement to raise revenue is a horrible business move.

You can see the post from Linden Lab here: https://community.secondlife.com/blogs/entry/11081-event-regions-new-pricing-and-offerings/  

However, comments are turned off.  Probably for the best.


But does it offer the same value?


Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Summer in The City



Get ready for the greatest Season of them all...  Summer in the City with Disco Spectacular.  Starts this weekend.

This Saturday we have Donna Summer as a Pride / Disco season cross over!






Sunday, June 26, 2022

This week in pictures



We had just a laugh last night at the expense of tragic Dorothy Squires in concert singing every song, not matter how softly it was intended to be, at volume 11.    We found ourselves waiting for the gear change half way through and to the delight of the revellers, she delivered each time, bang on cue.

See you today from 11am SL for Substation!