Friday, April 20, 2018

Blondie on Saturday



Forty years ago, waitress Debbie Harry, who had been performing part-time in a folk band, formed Blondie with her friend Chris Stein.

In 1976 they released their first album Blondie and from then on became a huge success in Australia, England and America.

Although the bulk of their hits were in a relatively short timespan from 1978 to 1981, their most successful release, Maria was not until the band reformed, many years later in 1999.

Now regularly touring again, you can enjoy the hits once more at The Blondie Tribute Concert, this Saturday in London City.  The party begins at  12pm SL (8pm UK) with the show an hour later at 1pm SL.

Concert Area: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/123/110/23

Uh oh





The Gypsies have moved in.. so there's either a fairground coming soon, or a robbery.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Here come's the Sun



To think that last week we were shivering in the UK, and wondering if winter would ever end.

In the depths of despair we prayed for something warmer than the gloomy 54F which had been our highest temperature since Christmas.

Everywhere you go, there are people whose skin has not seen the sun in six months, but has now been subjected to intense radiation for the past two days. Calamine sales are bound to peak.

As they say.. Careful what you wish for!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Money Tree



Although having money in Second Life is not essential as there are many freebies out there, it can seriously hamper your game, especially when there are so many "almost free" accessories now available, where you need from 1 to 5 Lindens to purchase them.

We are always going to recommend users to upgrade their accounts to premium and take advantage of weekly stipend payments, live chat support, a free home and 512 parcel), but it is also important to recognize that for a lot of folk, they want to be able to play 'the game' without any financial outlay.

The Money Tree in London City can help newer users to accumulate some linden dollars to pay for these "almost free" items, and playing is simple.  Just click the notes when they fall from the tree, before they disappear and you will instantly receive a linden dollar for each note you click!

Enjoy the London City Money Tree.




Sunday, April 15, 2018

Good Morning!



Another wonderful show with Kate Bush last night. Hope you enjoyed it.
Today at 11am PDT (7pm UK) it is Substation, then at 1pm PDT its all over to the beach with Katty and her music box and Cash for Questions Quiz!

Here's Landa getting squashed this morning... Enjoy!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Kate Bush - Saturday



Out of the blue, at the age of 19, Kate Bush topped the UK singles chart with her debut single Wuthering Heights and was the first British woman to have a UK number one with a song she had penned herself.

She has had a further 25 top 40 hits with songs, The Man with the Child in his Eyes, Babooshka, Running Up that Hill, Wow, Don't Give Up, King of The Mountain and many more.

She had not performed on stage in nearly twenty years, but in 2015 did a brief tour for die-hard fans where tickets are changing hands in excess of £400.

Enjoy the music of Kate Bush this weekend in London City as we pay tribute to one of Britain's icons of the 70s and 80s.

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

Location http://slurl.com/secondlife/London%20City/122/112/23

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Singularity viewer DPI aware




The latest release of Singularity Viewer is now Windows DPI aware.


This means that instead of having to scale the fonts and user interface like you currently do on all viewers, Singularity automatically picks up your font scaling preferences from Windows.

Because I had my (settings) User Interface set to 1.050 (instead of default 1.0) and had  (Debug) FontScreenSize set to 106 (instead of the default 96), when I first ran the new version, I experienced a much bigger interface than I would usually expect.

However on reverting both of these settings to their default, I am pleasantly surprised to see that Singularity now matches my Windows settings (of 105%) exactly.

This further means that any changes I make in Windows will now automatically be carried forward to my viewer!

If for any reason you do not wish to avail yourself of this feature and wish to carry on using your manually tweaked UI and Font settings, you can do this by selecting Override high DPI scaling in the properties box that launches the viewer.

However, I recommend you try the new scaling first.  It's impressive.

Singularity viewer remains our favorite viewer for Laptops, thanks to its lighter than average footprint and quicker performance when compared to other viewers running on laptops.

For more information about Singularity viewer and the settings we use, see (half way down) the Resources page here

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Today in London



A wonderful evening at the Beyonce Event.
Don't forget that today at 11am SL time (7pm UK) that DJ Bailey will be on the decks at Substation and at 1pm SL time, Katty will be on the Beach for the World's End Dance and Quiz.





Friday, April 06, 2018

Beyonce on Saturday



Beyoncé is an American singer and songwriter who rose to fame in the late 1990s as the lead singer of Destiny's Child.

Following the disbandment of the group in 2005, she released her first solo album B'Day to critical acclaim and followed it up with a number of hits taken from the album.

Throughout her 18 year career she has sold over 75 million albums as a solo artist and another 60 million as part of Destiny's Child.

Enjoy the hits of BeyoncĂ© in our tribute concert this Saturday from 1pm SL, here in London City  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/95/104/23

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Trash or Treasure?



One man's trash is another man's treasure..

You never know quite what you're going to find in the Soho Trash Can, but with over 100 gifts, including cash, you might strike it lucky and get something useful.... or useless.

It's always worth a rummage in the bin!  Today, we've added this cute lil Siamese wearable cat.  Good luck in winning the latest prize!  Just walk into the bin and it will hand you your present!
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/86/204/23


Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Hidden Gems



Thanks to the longevity of London City, as it has evolved, it has become feature rich in content. There are many hidden pockets of fun, for the keen explorer to discover as they look around.

In this busy estate of 3,000+ unique visitors each and every day, you will still be surprised at just how many places exist where you can still get a bit quiet time to reflect.

Here are just some of the places you might have overlooked..


The Roof Garden http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/111/62/60


The Pool House http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/194/9/55


The Hot Tub http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/211/4/62


Lyon's Tea Room http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/152/140/24


There is so much more to explore in London City.   So next time you logon, maybe after you have said hello to your friends in the Hub, explore some of the other facilities on offer.



Sunday, April 01, 2018

Easter at Substation



Hope you're having a lovely Easter Sunday.  On now is Substation, then Worlds End on the Beach.




Dance off Sunday



Good Morning and Happy Easter!

Dance your way over to London City now for Easter Sunday.. its what Jebus would have wanted!



Happy Easter



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).


London City Spring



Spring has sprung, come have some fun in the City!


Saturday, March 31, 2018

Friday, March 30, 2018

The Jebus Revival, Saturday in London City





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 to 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.

Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/87/107/23



Thursday, March 29, 2018

Easter Begins!



Jesus and Jan
Stop by the Grog shop on your way home tonight, the very long weekend is finally here!
Four days of eating, drinking, dancing and  rain 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.


Sunday, March 25, 2018

Keep Dancing



Last night was the conclusion to our Irish and Folk/Rock events as The Boss took to the stage to wow the crowd.

Next week, its the long bank holiday, so join us for 4 days of Weekend, beginning Thursday evening.

Don't forget, today from 12pm PDT (8pm UK) Coffee and Bailey will be going through their old cassette tapes in Substation, and Katty will be holding the Cash for Questions Quiz on the Beach from 2pm PDT.



Friday, March 23, 2018

Bruce Springsteen on Saturday



On Saturday, our tribute band performs a Brucie Bonus.

Bruce Springsteen an American singer/songwriter, also known as The Boss, made the song Born To Run in 1975, but had to wait another decade before becoming internationally famous in the mid-80s with Born in the USA.

He has sold more than 64 million albums and more than 120 million records worldwide and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.

Join us in London City for our tribute to The Boss, on Saturday.  Party starts 1pm SL (8pm UK) with the concert an hour later at 2pm.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Lost your Voice?



An interesting tip from the Firestorm people..

For those who find when they login, that voice will not work for them and subsequently have to relog multiple times:

Firestorm suggests disabling voice by going to settings <CTRL+P > <sound and media> <voice> and unticking Voice, as the last thing you do (when voice has been working) before you logout.

When you login, wait until you are rezzed, then do the same process again in reverse, this time enabling voice. Voice should then work.

So.. Does it work, because if so, in theory, it should work on all viewers?

Please comment below (anonymously if you wish) and tell us if this is a successful workaround (or not).

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

15 New Reasons to Celebrate 15 Years



Some exciting news out of the lab today,  as CEO Ebbe Linden, blogged 15 news items to help us all celebrate 15 years of Second Life.

It is truly gratifying to see such a level of continual reinvestment in the Second Life platform, with new ideas, performance improvements and pricing restructure,  to keep up with the times, and the evolving virtual world.


The full story can be viewed on the Second Life blog here

Ebbe Linden writes:


  1. Lower Mainland costs - Did you hear the news? We’ve reduced Mainland costs by over 10 percent. This change is part of our continued commitment to move toward a healthier economy, with more balance between costs and fees associated with land ownership, Premium subscriptions, commissions and transaction fees. For more information and context on this and other pricing changes, see the section “Updates to Mainland Costs & Other Pricing Changes” below.
  2. Double Mainland tier - We also recently announced that Premium members get DOUBLE the Mainland allotment! That’s twice as much space to build, create and design your own home, business or experience in Second Life at no extra charge!
  3. More Value for Premium Members - In the coming months, we’ll be announcing new features for Premium subscribers — including brand-new advantages that will add more value for Merchants, Creators and Landowners. There’s never been a better time to upgrade to Premium!  
  4. Environment Enhancements (code name: EEP!) - Soon you’ll see a series of new customizations in the environment rendering system (also known as Windlight). Creators will have more control over the sky, water, lighting and atmosphere. You'll be able to adjust the number of real-world hours in the Second Life "day" to match that of a real world location; the cycle can be as short as the 4 hours it is now - or up to 7 real world days long. These changes will give more value, flexibility and marketability to land. Environment settings will also become tradable assets, so that they can be bought and sold in the Marketplace, creating another avenue for residents to profit from their creativity.
  5. More exclusive games and experiences - Last week, we unveiled“Linden Realms: The Wrath of Ruth” — a fiery update to a familiar classic that awards skilled players with unique prizes. There are more exclusive experiences on the way, including something special for our 15th anniversary celebration this summer.
  6. Themed Learning Islands - Getting connected to people who share your interests will be easier than ever with “Themed Learning Islands.” Soon newcomers may start their adventures in one of several themed areas, so their first experience in SL will be among Residents who share similar interests. This new initiative is in addition to our existingCommunity Gateway program which empowers independent communities to develop their own newcomer-friendly experiences.
  7. The return of Last Names - You’ve asked for it (a lot!), so we will provide a way to customize your last name in Second Life! More details will be available later this year.
  8. Gridwide Experiences - Currently, Creators can use the increased scripting capabilities of an Experience only in a region or parcel whose owner has explicitly enabled their Experience. One of the new Premium abilities will be an Experience that is enabled anywhere on the grid unless the landowner has blocked it.
  9. Auctions - We are updating our system for conducting Land Auctions. The new auction system will be integrated with Place Pages, providing much richer possibilities for describing the land for sale. Most importantly,Residents will be able to create an Auction to sell their land.
  10. Linden Homes improvements - We're bringing newer and better Linden Home designs this year.
  11. Marketplace updates - We've got a number of improvements to Marketplace in the works, too! We’re integrating many long-requested features that will help to reduce clutter and improve the functionality of listings as the Marketplace gets a facelift later this year.
  12. Improved performance -  We're working on a number of improvements to performance, from faster rendering in the viewer to reduce client lag, to changes in the simulator designed to allow more objects, scripts, and avatars.
  13. Animesh - Last year, we introduced Animesh in beta available to all Creator participants. This year, with diligent and invaluable input from the community, we plan to roll out this exciting new feature for everyone!
  14. Bakes on Mesh - Extends the Viewer and the Avatar Baking Service to allow wearable textures (such as skins, clothing and tattoos) to be applied directly onto mesh body parts as they are on system avatars. To do this, you'll 'wear' the textures as you would for the system avatar, and then edit the mesh body part to indicate the body part that should be used on each of the mesh faces; the corresponding system body part is then automatically hidden for you. This project also increases the supported resolution of wearable textures by 4 times (from 512 pixels square to 1024 pixels square).
  15. Migration to the Cloud - Finally, a huge effort is underway to move our Second Life infrastructure to the cloud. This update aims to enhance the quality and performance of Second Life for all Residents, but it will be of particular value for those who are far across the world from us. We look forward to exploring new products and more flexible pricing possibilities once this migration is complete.

Spring!



It seemed quite a short winter, until it reached the end, when it would not let go.
As we still wrestle with the prospect of even more snow in the UK, the troops are on the horizon as spring finally reaches the Northern hemisphere.

Today is the first day of spring, where for the first time in 6 months there is as much light as there is dark, with the lighter days gradually increasing through the coming months.

In this country, during the winter, the daytime ends around 4pm when it suddenly becomes night time.   However living almost equidistant between the North Pole and the Equator has an upside too.  For it means that in the spring and summer, we enjoy a great deal more light than dark, and all the Brits come out of hibernation.

With the clocks going forward by one hour as we go to bed on Saturday night, there will be a feeling of all the promise of spring to come as we finally enjoy long days and short nights.

By the end of April, Sunrise will be at 5.30am and Sunset will be at 8.20pm and will keep increasing each day until the end of June.

So embrace the Spring, plant your potatoes and start decorating!




Sunday, March 18, 2018

Party Aftermath



Thank you everyone who came to the Party last night.. how is your head this morning?

What a great excuse it was to get tanked and sing along to songs we didn't know the words to.  What  a blast!




Saturday, March 17, 2018

Exclusive - FREE Irish Themed Mesh Dresses!




Brand New and Exclusive to London City:
MESH SHAMROCK DRESS in all sizes...
Also...  MESH CHARM DRESS.
available in Freebie Megastore TODAY!
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/110/212/24

Friday, March 16, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Outfits at TIGHT



Looking for a brand new outfit for St. Patrick's day?

Look no further than the brand new TIGHT store, that opened today in London City.
Quality outfits for all mesh body types (and standard).  Visit the store and grab yourself a party outfit!
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/199/106/24


Dubliners on Saturday



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 Saturday 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 1pm SL (8pm UK) with the show at 2pm SL.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/97/110/23

Here is a quick recap on last years St Patrick's Days Weekend

Saint Patrick's Day Weekend





Well here it is!   The first Saint Patrick's Day weekend since 2012, with the 17th March occurring on the Saturday.

Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Grog, so we thought it only proper to look out for the best deals in the supermarkets.


Three great deals out there, including 8 cans from Tesco for £9, or 8 cans from Asda for £8.. or the best offer coming from Lidl's at 4 cans for £4.

With parties throughout the London City estate all weekend, there may well be a grog drought this weekend, so for heaven sake, get to the off-license in plenty of time!  That is the end of this public service announcement.

Irish Outfits




Don't forget you can collect free Mesh Irish Costumes from Freebie Megastore here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/104/211/24

Also a full range of Irish Merchandise for men and women is available at the Tight shop, here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/197/114/24

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Tuesday, March 13, 2018