Saturday, April 29, 2017
As part of the launch of this new series of dances, one of the set has been made available FREE for this weekend ONLY!
Hop over to Abranimations to claim your free Bento Rave Dance http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/28/111/24
Friday, April 28, 2017
In concert this weekend, 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.
Well it has been almost a fortnight since the long Easter weekend, and here in old Blighty, we like our days-off, so its another long weekend, to celebrate something or other.
All the pubs and clubs in London City have late licenses this weekend, so get down to Bar Soho, Madame Lala's, Substation and The Worlds End... all open for your delight throughout this holiday!
Monday, April 24, 2017
People are always throwing things away in the litter bins in London City. You never know quite what you will find in there. A useful gadget or even some cash. By walking up to the bin a random gift will be given to you.
You can visit the litter bin in Regent's Park here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/88/205/23
And the reason for this reminder? There is a wonderful Trump Anti-Stress doll for you to shake.
With over a hundred items in the trash can, be sure to visit it regularly!
We asked you if you preferred to go through the full negotiating period (a soft exit) with certain non-negotiable agreements in place, or you fancied taking your chances with a swift (hard) exit from the UK.
65% voted for a hard Brexit, whilst 17% voted for a soft Brexit and 17% were unsure.
Thanks for taking part.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Happy Saint George's Day, the Patron Saint of England.
Today marks the day that a fire breathing dragon was slain. <insert mother in law jokes here>
In old England, brave George is remembered for summoning tremendous strength, courage and determination. He killed the dragon that has been attacking the villagers, destroying their crops and turning their homes into ashes.
He paid for his beliefs when he made a plea to the Emperor Diocletian to spare the lives if Christians. The Emperor decided that if George cared so much for these lowly citizens, then he must also be a devout Christian himself. He was tortured to force him to deny his faith and when this did not yield the desired response, he was beheaded, at the age of 33.
The slaying of the dragon is symbolic of the courage George showed against the Emperor. It is however a little ironic that George did not win his battle, nor did he ever set foot in England. He was born in Turkey and died in Palestine.
Saint George's day was adopted in 1222, when he replaced Saint Edmund the Martyr (King of East Anglia) as England's Patron Saint.
You can visit George and The Dragon here in London City: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/60/236/23
Friday, April 21, 2017
A DISCO SPECTACULAR Event today 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.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Theresa May has called a General Election in the UK for 8th June. The third time in three years that the whole country has been to the polls.
It seems likely she will win and increase her majority in the Commons, and this gives her the mandate to push-on with a swift exit from the European Union instead of a long good bye.
The problem is this. Do we hang around like an old scorned lover, in a broken down relationship trying to get the pots and pans in settlement, or do we just pack our things and sling our hook?
As things stand, a Soft Brexit means we keep paying in to the EU after we leave and continue to permit free movement of people in exchange for access to what used to be "the common market".
Or, do we just leave, stop paying the EU and regain control of our borders? We would have to strike up our own trade deals and forge new friendships and renew acquaintances with the Commonwealth countries. USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand (who we are currently prohibited from trading with under EU law) have all indicated that they would like to strike up trade routes with the UK.
As always, this poll is just for fun.. So which option would you choose?
Vote for a Soft or Hard Brexit here:
Monday, April 17, 2017
Thanks for taking part in the annual Egg n Spoon race. Winners were Nigel, Brett and Coffee (who cheated a bit).
We were going to film it, until we remembered we had a perfectly good video of it from last year, and since its a lot of giant eggs with heads poking out without any names, we thought we would just re-run last years video and hope no one notices:
A couple of days ago, we blogged about the 50% off Premium offer for Second Life.
For this quarter Premium is just US$11.25
It is worth mentioning that you can indeed pay for your Premium account with Linden Dollars by cashing them out and holding them on your account.
Here's how: Log on to your dashboard at Secondlife.com and look for the Linden Exchange panel on the left hand side. Click manage, then click Sell.
The amount you need to sell from your Second Life account is L$3,100 and this will raise US$11.37
You will be asked to confirm your password and then your order will be processed.
At this point, this is usually where you would go to the Process Credit part to request funds to be sent to you in US dollars. But for this method of paying for premium subscription, you leave the money in your account.
Finally, you head over to https://secondlife.com/premium and upgrade your account. Whenever any payments for Premium, Land Tier etc is taken by the lab, it always checks to see if you have US Dollars on deposit on your account and will always take from that pool first, before debiting your credit card. Therefore if you wish to remain as a quarterly premium member, you would need to repeat this process every 12 weeks (selling 6200L). Alternatively, keep an eye out for deals on annual Premium subscription which is an even better offer.
Linden Lab is currently offering 50% off Second Life Quarterly Premium Membership.
We have worked out what this means in sterling:
This month, Second Life has an offer for premium membership at just US$11.25 for 3 months (£8.98). Add back the weekly stipends you will receive, (totalling 3600L) which is worth £11.40 and the 1000L bonus worth £3.17 and you get £14.57 in Linden Dollars for the £8.98 you pay for Premium!
Effectively you get all the following bonuses, plus £5.59 more back (in Linden Dollars) than you pay in!
Just some of the benefits of Premium Membership include:
A Linden Home -or- a 512 sq meter parcel for you to build on supporting 175 prims.
Expanded Support, now including Live Chat
Exclusive Activities including Dune Buggy Racing in Racer's Gulch
Free Premium member gifts
Access to Premium member only Sandboxes
Increase from 42 to 60 groups!
Increase from 25 to 50 offline messages!
*New* Priority Entry to regions that are full!
Other offers and incentives offered constantly.
Don't forget, VAT is no longer applied to European countries. So now is a great time to jump on board.
Head to the Second Life web site here: https://secondlife.com/premium/
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Wishing you a happy and peaceful Easter.
Join us this morning for Coffee and Croissants in the park and for the Giant Egg n Spoon Race this afternoon. Also this evening, the Easter Sunday edition of Substation at 11am SL time (7pm UK) and the Cash For Questions Quiz at the Worlds End pub from 1pm SL time (9pm UK).
Enjoy the highlights from last nights Revival:
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Hurry over to London City for the Easter Party! Vestal and Happy Eater Goodman in Concert with Jessica Hahn, Tammy Faye Bakker and Jan Crouch!
Friday, April 14, 2017
|Jan Couch - Tammy Faye Bakker - Vestal Goodman|
This weekend in London City, we're holding a "Revival". A toe-tapping high tempo, deep south, Gospel concert, starring our versions of Jan Crouch and Tammy Faye Bakker as hosts, with Vestal Goodman (known as Vestal Virgin) as the lead performer in our show.
In America, selling God is a multi-billion dollar, tax free business, raking in wealth for its televangelists, unimaginable even by the most famous of performers.
Each week millions of people tune into crying preachers who offer everything from cures for terminal illnesses to guarantees of making you as rich as them, so long as you send them your hard earned cash on a regular basis.
The premise being that God is a bit strapped for cash and that a mighty oak will grow from the acorn you plant.
Perpetually embroiled in scandals of racketeering, prostitution and embezzlement, it is also a cut throat business with each ministry condemning other ministries and producing evidence on each other, as they compete for the prize fund of your money.
|Kenneth Copeland - Benny Hinn - Robert Tilton|
Top of the tree is Kenneth Copeland, with a tax free estimated worth of over a billion dollars, a fleet of private jets and his own airport, all used for spreading the word of the ministry... and holidays.
Every so often things go wrong, as it did in 1987 for Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, who were the original Satellite Televangelists. Jim was found guilty of mail fraud and sent to prison for 47 years, but paroled just 5 years later. His mistake was to oversell time-share stays at Heritage USA, a city he had built to spread the good word.
Since the Bakkers mistakes, other televangelists have stopped offering tangible assets and instead offer to use their own hot line direct God (who speaks to them constantly) to get you the things you want. Since this cannot be measured, its all perfectly legal and profitable in the extreme!
However, with such extreme stakes involved, the production value of the shows produced by each ministry is paralleled only by Walt Disney studios.
Our Revival concert highlights the very best of the glitz and glamour you can expect as your sins are melted away. It is tongue in cheek, has a free bar with hard liquor, the occasional hooker for our preachers and lots of crying.
We are not poking fun at people's beliefs, we are however aiming to lambaste the highest paying entertainment job in the world.
Starts 12pm SL (8pm UK) with 'The Hungry Goodmans' on stage from 1pm SL time.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Stop by the Grog shop on your way home tonight, the very long weekend is finally here!
Four days of eating, drinking, dancing and sunshine is ahead of us.
No Easter is complete without getting completely blasted, so don't miss out on these stunning beer deals especially designed to make your liver turn to the size of a walnut before Tuesday.
As part of our public service, we have trawled the supermarket sites to ensure you get the best deals as sobriety is somewhat indecent at this time of year.
Tip up, cos from 11am SL Time today (7pm UK) the weekend starts here in London City and runs until Tuesday!
And don't forget, the exploding easter egg hunt, a certain distasteful annual race and the jewel in the crown this weekend... The Jebus Revival on Saturday at 12pm SL time.
Monday, April 10, 2017
Well goodness wasn't it fantastic here in old Blighty yesterday? All the promise of the Summer to come. Traditionally it usually rains during the Easter holidays, but here's hoping!
London City has a packed schedule of Events for you to enjoy this Bank Holiday, whatever the Weather, and prim-rain permitting there might even be a Barbecue on Easter Monday!
Friday, April 07, 2017
The Seekers are an Australian up-tempo folk/pop quartet, formed in 1962.
They were the first Australian pop group to achieve major chart and sales success in the United Kingdom and the United States.
The group had Top 10 hits in the 1960s with I'll Never Find Another You, A World of Our Own, Morningtown Ride and Georgy Girl. "The Carnival Is Over" is still one of the top 50 best-selling singles of all time in the UK.
Reformed in the late 1990's, The Seekers were still regularly performing until last year. However due to the ill health of lead singer Judith Durham, the band has just ended their farewell tours. This year a new show on Broadway called Georgy Girl and telling the musical story of the band has reignited interest in the group.
Enjoy The Seekers in London City on Saturday as the start of our Easter Shows. Party starts at 12pm SL time (8pm UK) with the show an hour later.
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
On 3rd April, the lab began testing new server code and invited London City Estate, to be a part of this test.
The new code increases the capacity (maximum agents) allowed on each region.
It does this in a very specific way, it allows Premium members to enter, even when the region is already full. Also, Region owners and Estate managers can always enter a region, no matter how many avatars are in the region.
This is how the new code will increase region capacity:
Full Regions by 10% (100 to 110)
Homesteads by 25% (20 to 25)
Open Spaces by 20% (10 to 12)
The new entry capacity limits are however available only to Premium members. For Basic accounts the limits remain unchanged. For example, a full region that supports 110 users, but currently has 105 users on it, will report at full to basic users and prevent them entering, whilst a further 5 Premium accounts will be able to enter.
As many of our visitors will know, there are times, particularly at the weekends, when our regions reach capacity and this new code will add an extra layer of privilege for Premium members.
Linden Lab have just released this blog about Region Capacity
Information about Premium accounts can be found here: https://secondlife.com/premium/
We have reviewed Premium accounts many times on this blog, search "Premium" in the box at the top. Also check out this story we ran about discounted premium membership and watch for similar offers.
Sunday, April 02, 2017
Friday, March 31, 2017
Check out the revamped Abranimations store in London City. A brand new crisp layout featuring their most up-to-date products including the awesome Bento Dances.
This week Abranimations released two more Bento dance sets. They include some Bhangra dances & some Tutting Dances.
Free this weekend only is one of the Tutting Dances, located in a crate next to the Tutting demo. Buy it for 0L and enjoy!
Visit Abranimations: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/31/143/24
The band was formed in 1980 with little fanfare, but burst onto the scene with Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) in 1983 and went on to have many major chart topping hits including Here Comes the Rain again, There Must Be An Angel, Who's That Girl, Love Is A Stranger, When Tomorrow Comes, Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves, I Saved The World Today... and many many more.
The duo split ten years later in 1990 but have reunited a few times since then to release singles, their last being I've Got A Life in 2005
Enjoy the music of the Eurythmics this Saturday in London City with our tribute band.
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/95/105/24
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Today is the day that Britain files Article 50, it's formal notice of intent to withdraw from the European Union. By triggering this Article, Britain agrees to leave the bloc by 29th March 2019.
From then on, treaties that govern membership of the EU will no longer apply to Britain.
The terms of exit will be negotiated between Britain’s 27 counterparts, and each will have a veto over the conditions.
After the Brexit, Britain will be able to self govern again, create its own trade routes, control its borders, and will no longer be required to pay into the EU, which currently costs £50m per day.
Since joining the EU, Britain has been largely prohibited from trading with countries outside of the European Union.
It is hoped that the UK will re-open trade routes with the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth is the remnants of the original British Empire and is a voluntary association made of 52 sovereign states, including Australia, New Zealand, Cyprus, Malta, Canada, Jamaica, Trinidad, India and Pakistan.
You can listen live and debate the exit, in London City today from 12pm UK time (4am SL) and enjoy the street party and VE dances.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Singularity updated their Second Life viewer today to version 1.8.7 (6937).
You can download it here:
A reminder of some of our favourite settings for Singularity:
Not seeing things that you know are there?
CTRL+SHIFT+V will reset the vertex buffers and redraw the area.
CTL+SH+ALT+C for Avatar Cost. Cost and Weight can be toggled via Debug, see below.
Some useful Debug settings:
CTL+P > System > Security autoteleport when region is restarting (drop LM in here)
LiruShowTransactionThreshold = 2 Do not pop up a notification box for amounts less than this value.
UISndRestart = UUID of sound to play on restart (replaces Torley Linden)
AlchemyRegionRestartShake = true Shake the screen when region restart is imminent
ShortDateFormat for European format: %Y-%m-%d change to %d/%m/%Y
LiruLegacyLandmarks = true/false Landmark saved with position e.g. (22, 258, 23)
LiruSensibleARC = False Show new style render Weights not Costs
ShowSimChannel = True Shows the Server name on About land top bar next to region name
LiruMapShowAvCount = True Map shows amount of avatars on sim next to region name
AvatarNameColour = override the default name colours, you can still colour friends in vanity
LiruShowLastNameResident = Turn on or off last names ending in 'Resident' (on CTL+P too)
LiruNewARCLimit = Change threshold colour on Av Weight (suggest 120k value for >230kARC)
FontScreenDPI= (default is 96.0) try 104.0 for slightly bigger lettering
RadarNameSystem=3 Show Legacy (display)
FriendNameSystem = 3 Legacy (display)
GroupMembersNameSystem = 3 Legacy (display)
IMNameSystem = 3 Legacy (display)
The new UK pound coin comes into circulation today. It was last changed 36 years ago, and it is estimated that of the 155 billion in circulation, £47 million are fake!
It is a nightmare for Tesco, the supermarket giant in the UK who failed to get coin discriminators in trolleys changed in time, forcing them to leave all trolley's unlocked. At £150 per trolley, thats a lot of unprotected rolling stock out there.
The new 12-sided pound coin has a laser etched design where the "£" changes to "1" as you tilt the coin in the light. It is hoped that the new design will eliminate forgeries. Time will tell.
The round pound will cease to be legal tender in 6 months, so start splurging your old ones today and do your bit to help spend our way out of austerity!
Monday, March 27, 2017
During the last election in the USA, Ronald Reagan, once a Democrat who defected to the Republicans, was used by both sides of a shining example of what a President should be.
It was common throughout the campaign for both sides to quote him, posthumously second guessing his thoughts on their tactics, and hail him as the best ever modern leader of the free world.
With that in mind, at the weekend we ran a poll. Would you like to add Ronald Reagan to Mount Rushmore?
36% said Yes, 60% said No and 4% were undecided.
It is worth noting that during discussions, some who voted no, said that they had done so as they believe the monument should remain unaltered. Others said in 200 years, whilst Washington and Lincoln would still be relevant, Reagan might be forgotten... and others just plain didn't like the idea.
Thanks for taking part.
Friday, March 24, 2017
Concluding a month of Irish and Folk concerts, The Highwaymen are in Concert on Saturday.
American folk and country music is derived from the original Irish folk music, long ago transported across the great pond.
Singer Songwriters, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristopherson and Waylon Jennings unite to perform their most famous songs in one amazing concert in London City.
The Party starts at 1pm SL (8pm UK) with The Highwaymen on Stage at 2pm SL.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
This brand new eye catching store in London City, contains stunning animated textures for your home, your club and even your garden or forest (if you are lucky enough to have one).
Owner/Creator Sanna Jupiter works wonders with some truly amazing animated graphics. Finely crafted, reasonably priced, mesmerizing and full perm!
Visit Sanna - Science and Art here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/172/95/24
and check out the video below to see just a small sample of Sanna's work.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Sunday, March 19, 2017
We hope you have had a great weekend with us in London City and that the Saint Patrick's celebrations haven't left you feeling too delicate.
In case you missed the Dubliners last night, here is a quick video highlight. And a reminder that Substation carries on with the party today at 12pm SLT (7pm UK).
Saturday, March 18, 2017
The lovely people at Abranimations have released more brand new dances with Bento fingers today.
They include a set of Cabaret Dances. One is set for FREE this weekend ONLY!. You can find it in a crate in front of the new dance vendors set to sale for 0L in the London City Store.
You do not need Bento to use these dances, they will work fine on all avatars. However with Bento you will also see finger animations.
Try out the dances on the dance pads and collect your free Bento dance here:
Friday, March 17, 2017
It is the St. Patrick's Day Weekend, the biggest piss-up since New Years Eve!
Get down to the shops early to make sure you get all the grog you need. With St. Pat's being a Friday this year, you can be sure of long queues in the Guinness isle!
Join us in London City for Irish jigs, Irish Pub Songs and Folk Songs and The Dubliners!
The Dubliners are here in concert (so they are). Drinks will be flowing, (so they will), the fife will be playing (so it will) and we'll all be singing along to famous folk music. If you don't know the words, the just keep supping-up until you do.
Party in The Park starts at 12pm SL (8pm UK) with the show at 1pm SL.
Here is a quick recap on last years St Patrick's Days Weekend
Happy St Patrick's Day!
Join us in London City to wet the head of St. Pat and enjoy some great parties.
At 12pm SLT / 7pm UK head to Bar Soho for their Irish Parade http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/186/197/24
And from 2pm SLT / 9pm UK, Bailey at Madame Lala's is entertaining the Irish with her own brand of luck. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/241/38/23
Tomorrow is our main party, with a brand new Dubliners concert especially for the day at Party in the Park from 1pm SLT.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
The Irish Festival is in full swing this week as we work towards the climax on Friday and Saturday. All the bars and clubs are themed for your enjoyment. And so you know what to expect, here's a recap from last years St. Patrick's events (with Irish singer, Joe Dolan). This year, a brand new Dubliners show on Saturday!
Friday, March 10, 2017
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 as a solo act for the first time ever in London City with a brand new show 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.
Thursday, March 09, 2017
Congratulations to our very own Billy Arentire for winning the sl-stuff.com award for best Booth of The Month as part of the Stuff Style Monthly Event.
As well as being the builder of London City, Billy is the owner of his own clothing and accessories brand, Boyberry for Aesthetic bodies.
See the story here: https://sl-stuff.com/stuff-styles-best-booth-march/ and see the Boyberry blog
You can visit the Boyberry Mainstore in London City: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/169/56/24
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
The only pub in the British Isles that still serves fried chicken and chips on a red serviette in a basket. Scampi is also available, as well as Betty Turpin's Hot Pot.
The pub is open throughout the week and features many themed events, including Bingo on Wednesdays from 11am SL (7pm UK), Saturday Night Knees up from 11am SL (7pm UK) and a Cash for Questions quiz every Sunday from 1pm SL (9pm UK)
POSH BINGO TODAY at 11AM SL
Visit The Worlds End here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/36/21/24
Linden Lab have released an advert for Sansar, giving potential users their first proper glimpse of this new platform which will run side by side with Second Life
Sunday, March 05, 2017
Pro Club Bento Dances and Free Pro Club Dance #1
Weekend Gift! Free BENTO dance from
Abranimations in their London City Store.
FREE this weekend ONLY!. You can find it in the crate in front of the new dance vendors set to sale for 0L in the London City Store.
Friday, March 03, 2017
Everyone loves a bit of Willie. He has been popular as part of the Highwayman concerts, but this weekend, he's out on his own appearing in London City as part of our Folk Festival.
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.