Monday, May 30, 2022

Platinum Jubilee, Pride and the Long Bank Holiday



Whether you are a staunch monarchist or proud republican, there is no getting away from the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. 

From Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5 the UK is enjoying a bumper four-day bank holiday weekend to mark Elizabeth II's historic 70 years on the throne.  The RL Platinum Jubilee Pageant and Concert at the Mall will take place on Sunday 5th June and is open to everyone. It will be live-streamed online across the world.

Here in London City we will be celebrating London Pride and the Queen's Platinum Jubilee from Wednesday evening (UK time, noon SL time), as the very long weekend gets off to a flying tart!

Congratulations if you were savvy enough to book 3 days annual leave from Monday to Wednesday, giving you a delightful nine day break!

Please drink responsibly at the Drink-a-thon, but make sure you have plenty of grog.  It is essential and her Majesty would approve of such shenanigans. 



The Queen's Platinum Jubilee - What to watch




The four day national Holiday to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, begins on Thursday,  or Wednesday evening for those counting the minutes!

As exhaustive as this list may appear, it is only a fraction of the programming on British television this weekend marking the event.  Programmes not listed here include, how to make a jubilee picnic, the Queens favourite food and how to make them and a multitude of movies about the Empire and the Queen during the war.

However, these are likely to be the most watched and attended parts of this Jubilee weekend..


Thursday BBC1 10.00am - 1.15pm  TROOPING OF THE COLOUR

Starting off the special extended bank holiday jubilee weekend, live coverage of the platinum jubilee Trooping the Colour. This year, the 1st Battalion Irish Guards will troop their colour on Horse Guards Parade to celebrate the official birthday of HM the Queen. The morning’s events culminate with the annual appearance of the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for a special jubilee flypast to celebrate the Queen's 70 years on the throne.



Thursday BBC1 8.00pm - 10.00pm PLATINUM BEACONS LIGHTING OF THE JUBILEE

Coverage of the beacons being lit around the UK and Commonwealth to celebrate the platinum jubilee of Britain’s longest serving monarch.  Outside Buckingham Palace, the senior members of the royal family will light the principal beacon. 



Thursday BBC1 10.40pm - 11.40pm 70 GLORIOUS YEARS

Recalling an extraordinary period in British history. From the transformation of Empire to Commonwealth. Narrated by Julie Walters, this warm and evocative programme is a reminder of how much the UK has evolved and developed during the Queen’s reign



Friday BBC1 9.15am - 12.30pm  A SERVICE OF THANKSGIVING

A national service of thanksgiving from St Paul’s Cathedral, acknowledging The Queen's dedicated service as monarch in the presence of senior members of the royal family.



Friday BBC1 7.30pm - 8.30pm  THE CROWN JEWELS

Documentary: The Kohinoor is the most famous - and infamous - diamond in the world, but it’s only one of tens of thousands of jewels and numerous crowns that make up Britain’s most valuable treasure, the Crown Jewels.



Saturday BBC1 4.40pm - 7.30pm JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS including:

Documentary: Queen Elizabeth Unseen Footage
Documentary: The Coronation



Saturday BBC1  7.30pm - 10.30pm  PLATINUM JUBILEE CONCERT

The third day of the platinum jubilee celebrations continues with a spectacular evening of entertainment. The concert at Buckingham Palace features a glittering array of global stars and performers from the worlds of music to celebrate 70 years of HM the Queen’s reign.



Sunday BBC1 1.00pm - 5.30pm  THE PLATINUM JUBILEE PAGEANT

A spectacular parade that brings together dancers, military displays, musicians, key workers and communities to mark HM the Queen’s 70-year reign. All of the Queen's subjects are welcome to attend The Mall.  Also, coverage of the best of the street parties from the UK. Commentary on the pageant is provided by Clare Balding.




Friday, May 27, 2022

First Aid Kit - A new show



Appearing for the first time in London City, Swedish Duo "First Aid Kit" will be here this Saturday.

The Swedish band formed in 2012, but it was not until their breakthrough single "Emmylou", that they received fame and interest in their back catalogue.

They have released four albums, four EPs and several singles. In 2015, they were nominated for a Brit Award as one of the five best international groups and were nominated again in 2019.  They are a musical women's activist group, who specialise in clever and alluring vocal harmonies. 

The Party in the Park begins at 12pm SL (8pm UK) with the Concert an hour later. 


 

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Blipvert for London City



Blipvert trailer for London City inSL


London Gateway Facelift



Here are some pictures of the newly designed London City Gateway region.

Based on the Royal Parks of London, the London Gateway has a Second Life tutorial for beginners and clickable information boards for tourists who wish to learn more about the attractions in SL and RL London.












Friday, May 20, 2022

Saturday - Billy Joel Party in the Park



A tribute to Billy Joel, american singer, songwriter and musician who shot to fame in the early 1970's with Piano Man and who followed it up with a dozen more hits, is here in London City this weekend.

Join us from 12pm SL (8pm UK) for Party in The Park, with Billy Joel in Concert at 1pm SL.

The Party is here  http://slurl.com/secondlife/London%20City/113/116/24

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Eurovision 2022 in London City inSL




Well done to the Ukraine for winning the Eurovision Song Contest.

Congratulations to the United Kingdom for winning 1st place from the jury and winning 2nd place over all.

A truly astonishing result for the UK who have been booed for years and accepted 'Nil points' for a decade.

Eurovision has long been, half about the song and half about the politics.  The year UK left the EU, canned applause and cheers were played to drown out the booing.  

In the UK, we are used to sitting back and calling it a farce as we get awarded sweet Fanny Adams, year in, year out.  It was amazing atmosphere in London Second Life, as the Eurovision fans were so totally shocked as the results started to pour in.  

Coming first place by the jury was wonderful and winning 2nd place overall was fantastic.   I still maintain, the only thing worse than UK getting nil points, would have been if UK had narrowly beaten Ukraine.   All in all, it was the best possible result we could have hoped for.

The UK song with Sam Ryder was very good, but the additional ingredient was that we received several cheers and comments of thanks from performers for our support of the people of Ukraine.   No longer hampered and delayed by the committee that is the European Union, UK proudly stands out as a country very involved in supporting our European neighbours, with swift action and assistance.   It is also worth pointing out that the main powers in the EU, which have been so very slow to act, were severely punished.  

Germany finished last with nil points and just above them was France.  Interestingly both France and Germany gave their 12 points to United Kingdom.  Was this a guilty conscience for being underwhelming with their assistance to the Ukraine and a nod of thanks to the UK for helping to sort out 'problems' they should be far more  involved with?

A thrilling night, made extra special by the visitors to London City who added a great atmosphere.  Many of whom stayed for the entire six hour marathon.  Now that is dedication!

Thanks to the London City team for all their hard work in making this event possible.   

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Eurovision begins!



 


Warm up show from 10am SL.

Come as you are or enter the contest, Best in your country's colours.

Contest starts 12pm SL time, 8pm UK http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/108/102/23

Exclusive Freebie Flag Dresses




Looking for something to wear for Eurovision later today?

'No Shot' have designed two exclusive ladies dresses for all types of bodies.   A Union Jack dress and a Mini Flag dress with all European Countries.   

Hurry on over to Freebie Megastore to collect these items!

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Eurovision Song Contest, Live from London City




World's End Pub is on the road tonight, broadcasting Live from the Eurovision Concert area in London City from 10am SL Time (6pm UK) then from 12pm SL time, we start the Eurovision show!

We'll play you a brief summary of the songs coming up tonight, a choice of best previous Euro entries, then the live show itself.

Throughout the show don't forget to vote Yes or No for each song and we will tabulate how London City has voted.  Our winners will be announced during the Half-Time Show, and the London City Players will perform Bonnie Tyler.

Then its back to the live show for the winners.  Plus your chance to win 500L for best in your countries colours!

This year the live show can be seen worldwide on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/eurovision

We hope you can join us.  It all starts at 10am SL time.
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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Europe Sings!



Get ready for the roar of the greasepaint and the smell of the crowd..

Set a date in your diary for Saturday 10am SL time for the warm up party with the show starting at 12pm SL.  (or 6pm and 8pm if you are in the UK), it will be time to be entertained, horrified, amused and united. It's The Song Contest!

PS: Bring a bottle and a sarnie.  It's going to be a long night.


Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Enjoy the Eurovision Song Contest, May 14th at London City in Second Life




You are invited to The Eurovision Song Contest 2022, this Saturday!

You can enjoy the grizzly spectacle of the campest show on earth, The Eurovision Song Contest, in London City on Saturday.

From  11am SL (7pm UK) get your space on the dance floor as we celebrate by-gone British entries, then listen to this year's hopefuls as they each croon their way into the inevitable oblivion that awaits them.

Our half time show this year features Bonnie Tyler making a spectacle of herself.  And win some cash, "Best in your country's colours".

 

Friday, May 06, 2022

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - Saturday



This Saturday Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons will be on stage in London City.

Known for smash hit songs including, Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry, Beggin', Working My Way Back To You, Grease and many many more chart toppers, Frankie Valli is an enduring phenomenon and has been performing for over fifty years.

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

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Thursday, May 05, 2022

Eurovision Song Contest 2022 - Who for Half Time?




A date for your Diary!

Saturday 14th May 2022 from 12pm SL time (8pm UK and Europe)

Here at London City, we hold an inworld Eurovision Song contest party where Residents are encouraged to "tune in" and party in the virtual world.  Residents also vote on who they would choose to give their 12 points to.. and who to give their nil point to.

During all the halftime crap where we see the history of the host country, the history of Eurovision, someone dreadful twirling around in chiffon for 20 minutes etc..  we put on a tribute act, an 'homage to  former British contestants.

Please let us know in comments here, or in-world, who you would like to see for those 20 minutes.

Choose from:
Bucks Fizz (winner 1981)
Brotherhood of Man (winner 1976)
Bonnie Tyler  (2013)

We're expecting it to be a particularly interesting year, vote-wise. so if you find yourself watching the contest on your own, or if you are outside of Europe or if you just want to enjoy the banter,  come see us in London City! 

other info..

Try Second Life, a great way to socialise:   https://www.londoncitysl.com/

Wednesday, May 04, 2022

Exclusive: Brand New Free Summer Clothes!





The lovely people at No Shot have done it once again, with this lovely spring/summer set of clothing for male and female avatars.  All bodies are catered for, so give yourself a new spring look, "on the house".