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!






 

Friday, June 24, 2022

Dorothy Squires Concert, Saturday 12pm SL



A largely forgotten legend, compared as the British voice of Ethel Merman and all the tragedy of Judy Garland is appearing in London City on Saturday.

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

Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/105/111/23



It is hard to believe that Dorothy Squires, now so forgotten was once the highest paid British singer.

Famous for her belting voice, her outrageous ball gowns and an unbridled and profane temper, Dorothy Squires was a sensation that swept the country in the 1950's and beyond.

In 1953 she married the then unknown actor Roger Moore who was 12 years her junior and used her substantial clout with the right people in Hollywood to get him into movies and television series.

As Roger Moore's career took off, hers began to slide.  Throughout the 1960's she tried to keep her career in momentum, but she suffered from the emerging popularity of the sounds created by new and  younger singers, Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield and Sandy Shaw.

Squires and Moore separated in 1961, when Moore left her to move in with Luisa Mattioli.  Squires refused to divorce him without a substantial settlement and Moore could not re-marry until an agreement was reached and the divorce was finalised 8 years later in 1969.

Now aged 55 she managed to chart one final time with her own cover of "My Way".  New concerts followed at the Palladium, which Squires had hired herself at substantial cost, but her shows sold out in hours and she managed to cover her costs.

By 1971 Dorothy Squires career was almost at and end.   She undertook the first of 30 court cases which would keep her as the focal point in newspapers for the next 15 years.

She successfully sued the News of The World for a story they printed about her and Moore entitled "When love turned sour".

Her new career of suing people for libel began to turn bad when she dragged actor Kenneth Moore through the courts for accidentally referring to Mattioli as Roger Moore's wife when Moore was still married to Squires at the time.  She lost the case.

In 1973 she was charged with high kicking a taxi driver when he threw her out of his cab for being disorderly.  The same year she was charged with trying to "bribe" a BBC producer to play her records, but the case was dropped.


In 1974 her house burned down and she managed to escape the inferno clutching her jewels and love letters from Roger Moore.  She moved to a new house in Bray, which flooded three weeks later.

In 1982 she was banned from the high courts.  The high court declared her to be a Vexatious Litigant due to the number of bizarre cases she had taken out against other wealthy people seeking compensation for things said about her.  This move by the courts ended her ability from commencing any further legal action without the express permission of the court.  She never got this permission and she was never able to sue again.

Now broke due to the enormous amount of costs incurred losing nearly all of her court cases, Squires accepted the home provided by an adoring fan in Wales.  She retired there and lived out the rest of her life as a recluse.  She died of lung cancer in 1998 at the age of 83.

She is probably the chief architect of all her bad luck, caused by an obsession of pursuing the fame she had once enjoyed, which had come and gone.  Her refusal to realise that fame is fleeting was perhaps her undoing.

That said, she puts on a magnificent (if not a slightly bizarre camp comedy) show, so we hope you will join us for a rather tongue in cheek cabaret concert, celebrating the superstardom of Miss Dorothy Squires.





Sunday, June 19, 2022

Pride, Week 3



Pictures from last night's show.  See you at 11am SL today for Substation Retro with Bailey and Coffee.











 

Friday, June 17, 2022

New Show:: Queen + Adam Lambert



Poor Freddie left us for a higher plain in 1991 and ever since, the band Queen has hosted various guest artists including George Michael, to sing a variety of their songs in a somewhat ongoing eulogy to the late singer.

Back in 2014, Adam Lambert came to the attention of Brian May and Roger Taylor for his amazing vocal performance of Queen songs on XFactor USA, which Lambert went on to win.

Adam Lambert had enjoyed a reasonable career ever since, but has been catapulted into the stratosphere as Queen's new front man in various tours over the past five years.

He opened HM The Queen's Platinum Jubilee concert in June 2022.

We are hoping you will join us for the show this Saturday, with all the classic Queen songs performed by Queen and Adam Lambert.  

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Second Life Birthday



The Second Life Birthday festivities have begun as the Social Platform celebrates 19 years!



It is SL19B.  Any event about Second Life just would not be the same without a speech from Patch Linden about the vision, achievements, where SL has come from and where we should all be going with it.   Catch Patch's talk at 12pm SL at the SL19B Arboretum region.    

As always, there will be numerous opportunities to meet the celebrity employees, who run the world and make all the decisions, so hop over and see if you can get them to engage with you.

London City is exhibiting as we always do, on the region Astound  where the theme this year is Steampunk.

Have a great Birthday.






Friday, June 10, 2022

Pet Shop Boys, Saturday



Pet Shop Boys are a British pop due formed in 1981 and still actively performing.

Having sold more than 50 million records world wide, they are the most successful duo in British history and are best known for songs such as,  Go West, It's a Sin, West End Girls, Domino Dancing, New York City Boy, to name but a few.

Performing for the first time ever in London City on Saturday, come and enjoy our tribute to Pet Shop Boys.

Concert area: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/97/108/24

Party in the Park begins at 12pm SL (8pm UK) with the concert an hour later at 1pm SL.

Sunday, June 05, 2022

Holding a magnificent ball



We hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we all did with the Queen's Jubilee and Pride concert last night here in London City with Pracatan!





Her Majesty's Jubilee Pageant is at 1pm UK today, rounding off 4 days of Jubilee Celebrations.

You can watch it on BBC1 or anywhere in the world on Youtube on the Sky News Live stream. 

Enjoy!





Friday, June 03, 2022

Pride: Pracatan on Saturday: "I lub ewe"



Something camp to kick off Pride!

This week it's Margarita Pracatan  a Cuban singer and gangster who found unexpected success in the 1990s.

Her big break came on the Clive James TV show where each week Margarita would play out the show, singing  her own unique rendition of famous songs, but performed on a Casio electronic organ, often with an unusually fast beat, and often playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order.

Now, in London, she  performs a breath taking show with an unusual orchestra provided by a Casio organ.

A show not to be missed!  Trust us!

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