Monday, June 13, 2016

Hillary trumps Trump



In March we assumed that it would be a Trump v Clinton race to the White House and asked you to cast your votes.   At the time it was Trump 64 (43%), Clinton 85 (57%).

Now that it is definitely a Trump v Clinton election, we polled you again at the weekend to see if your opinion had changed.

Almost no change at all in your opinions with Trump scoring 62 (42%) and Clinton scoring 87 (58%).

It is worth noting that Trump seems to score much better in the middle of the night UK time which would be USA prime time.  This could indicated that he is more popular in the USA than in the UK.



Victims in Orlando Florida



It is with great sadness we learn of such a shocking event in Orlando Florida.  Our thoughts are with the victims and families and everyone affected.







Sunday, June 12, 2016

Pride in London City



Pride runs through June here in London City.    Next week is the main event with Judy Garland in the afternoon, Pants People, One Night in Heaven and Donna Summer in the evening!


Friday, June 10, 2016

This weekend at Pride in London City: The Bee Gees




Enjoy a night of Disco around the Pride theme, as we welcome the Gibb Brothers, Barry, Robin and Maurice, better known as the Bee Gees.


Apart from the hundreds of songs that they are so famous for, the Bee Gee's have also written for other artists including Barbra Streisand, Dolly Parton, Celine Dion, Dionne Warwick, Diana Ross, and the musical scores for films, Saturday Night Fever, Grease and Titanic.





Selling more than 220 million records, it is estimated that the brothers, wrote just short of one thousand songs and scores, averaging one a fortnight for  40 years.

The Disco begins at 12pm SL (8pm UK) and you can enjoy the Bee Gee's concert here at 1pm SL on Saturday.

Win 250L for Best in PRIDE

Tammy also sings!

Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/100/110/23



Sunday, June 05, 2016

A look back at London City at Second Life Birthday





London City is the official London of the Second Life 13th Birthday celebrations.  This is our seventh year at SLB.   Here are some of our previous exhibits:  SL13B opens 18th June.


Wednesday, June 01, 2016

'Project Bento' now on the Main Grid



Project Bento has been in development for over a year and  since the end of 2015 the lab has been rigorously testing this new system enhancement.

Yesterday they announced a much wider test.  See the blog announcement here.

The addition of 90 extra bones to the skeleton will mean a revolution in realism for the avatars. Also, 30 extra face bones which can be  tied into appearance sliders will make for super realistic expressions.

Initially you will need to use the Project Bento viewer until these changes are implemented in the viewer of your choice.

Although it is still in testing, the rolling of the code to the main grid, indicates the project is nearing completion.

See the video below for more details:


Monday, May 30, 2016

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Second Life Birthday "SL13B"




London City is delighted to have been invited to take part for the 7th consecutive year, at the event that celebrates Second Life being the worlds largest Virtual World experience.  This year Second Life is 13 years young.

Second Life Birthday "SLB" gives a flavour of the wealth of content available for all residents to enjoy throughout the grid, by showcasing exhibits in many parcels, over 17 regions.

London City is the official London at the Second Life Birthday celebrations.  This year, the lovely people at SLB have given London City one of just  a handful or large parcels to showcase the estate, Our building team are hard at work to make this the best experience yet.

SL13B opens to the public on Sunday 19th June.


Friday, May 20, 2016

European Union, The result



Since November 2014, we have polled London City visitors 3 times, to see how they felt about Britain in the European Union and if they wanted to be In or Out of the EU.

November 2014  Out: 60%  In: 40%
February 2016    Out: 46%  In: 54%

We polled you again this week, directly after the Eurovision song contest thrashing to see if you had changed your minds. More than ever, you want Britain to remain a part of Europe.

May 2016          Out: 38%  In: 62%

It is worth remembering our poll is only of a hundred-fifty people each time, and those outside of the UK are also voting.  It does however still demonstrate that those who visit London City are keen for the UK to remain part of the European Union.

It costs the UK £16 Billion a year to be part of the EU (US $23 Bln).

Whether or not these votes indicate that Brits think the EU is good value at £55m a day, or if it is those from other countries wanting us to stay, remains to be seen.

The UK gets to vote in an In/Out referendum on 23rd June.

For more information on remaining in the EU see: http://www.strongerin.co.uk/
For more information on leaving the EU see: http://www.voteleavetakecontrol.org/

Whatever happens, remember to vote.
This is not like an election where we get to change our minds every five years.  This is one vote, one time and we will never be asked this question again.... unless we vote 'Out' (and if that happens, expect a second referendum).   Should we vote 'In', we are in forever.  Choose wisely.


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Eurovision, The usual result



Why do we put ourselves through it?

Our song this year was not bad at all.

Probably not good enough to win, but surely a great deal better than many others.  And yet, as usual in recent years, we came twenty-third out of twenty-six.   We're beginning to think that some of the other countries don't much care for us.

But spare a thought for poor Australia, the clear winner by hundreds of points, right until the very end, when a bizarre new voting system cut in for the very first time, suddenly awarding over 400 extra points to the Ukraine, catapulting them at the last moment to the winners of the 61st Eurovision song contest.

As long as we can see it for what it is, a political barometer that pays little attention to the talents of its entrants, and laugh it off at the end of the show as we always do, and appreciate it for all its splendor and gaudiness, then long may it  reign.

Talking politics, Britain goes to the polls next month to vote In or Out of Europe.
Now is as good a time as any, to resurrect the voting booth, which is just for fun.. and asks you, should the UK stay in Europe or Leave?
Visit the voting booth in London City to have your say.