Friday, February 17, 2017
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.
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 More 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 enjoy us for a rather tongue in cheek cabaret concert, celebrating the superstardom of Miss Dorothy Squires.
Friday, September 02, 2016
Simply Red the tribute takes to the stage this Saturday.
Simply Red is a British pop/soul group formed in 1985. To date they have sold over 50 million albums.
Their most famous songs include, Money's Too Tight To Mention, Holding Back The Years, Every Time We Say Goodbye, It's Only Love, If You Don't Know Me By Now, Something Got Me Started, Stars, Your Mirror and Fairground.
The Party starts at 12pm SL (8pm UK) with the show and hour later at 1pm SL (9pm UK) at the concert area, located here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/126/106/23
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
London Proms, the most sensational classical and classic rock concert on earth is back on Saturday.
Celebrate the tradition founded in 1895 with this Orchestral Concert in Regent's Park,
This year we are inviting all our guests to be in the proms too. All you need is a turn of the century gown similar to those above and an instrument (not one that makes noise please) and we'll give you a free powdered wig so you can take part in the show!
Alternatively, proudly wave the flag of your country and unite in the universal language of classical music.
Party starts at 12pm SL (8pm UK) with the show an hour later at 1pm SL.
Located here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/99/113/23
Monday, November 17, 2014
Monday, November 10, 2014
Sunday, November 09, 2014
Today is Remembrance Sunday. A day where we commemorate the contribution of the British and Commonwealth servicemen and women in the two world wars and later conflicts.
Remembrance Sunday is held on the closest Sunday to Armistice Day on the 11th November which signifies the anniversary of the end of hostilities in the First World War.
Please join us in paying our respects at the service held at the Cenotaph today at 2.30am SL which is 10.30am in the UK.
Monday, November 03, 2014
What a bumper weekend it was here in London City as the monsters (or as we call them, visitors) celebrated Halloween. Enjoy the video of the highlights and see if you are a film star!
London City - The Most Popular Destination in Second Life
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
As the UK braces itself for the land fall of Hurricane Gonzalo, check out the swell in the Seaside Sim, London Adult as we baton down the hatches for the next 24 hours.
Visit this location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20Adult/156/116/24
Sunday, October 19, 2014
10 Crypts featuring the horrible history of Britain. The train will take you on a tour of Jack The Ripper, The Black Death, Boiling in oil, Highgate Cemetery and other horrors of a bygone age that put the Great in Britain.
Enjoy the video and please visit the Experience.
Visit The London City Dungeon Ghost Train Ride
London City - The Most Popular Destination in Second Life
Playing the latest commercial club music, Muscle Beach for beefy guys and their admirers is back today from 3am SL (11am UK).
Dance, chat and hang out with other guys here in the London Adult region: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20Adult/146/98/19
Friday, October 17, 2014
The late night London Club playing traditional Club Music is holding a Best in Pink Event on Saturday as a charity fund raiser. Starts at 2.30pm SL (10.30pm UK).
Club manager Jon Temple writes, "Saturday 18th at Juiced. Event in aid of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer charity, All proceeds go to this charity so come and have some fun with us with a best in pink event. Please bring a few Lindens with you for the donation box."
Visit Juiced: http://slurl.com/secondlife/London%20City3/76/52/24
Monday, October 06, 2014
Another splendid weekend was had here in London City. Enjoy the video all you film stars!
London City - The Most Popular Destination in Second Life
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Yes, Eyes down tonight at Worlds End Pub here in London City as we hold a Bingo event in support of the charity Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Second Life.
So if you like two little ducks , then get your legs eleven over to the Pub and join the fun!!! We shall provide the music and the entertainment, all you need to do is bring yourself!
Donations for the charity will be welcomed on the night. We start at 11am SLT so come along and support this very worthwhile cause.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Ten Crypts of horrible history, including Jack The Ripper, and The Black Death, Beak Doctors, Haunting and Witchcraft from turn of the century London.
Ride the Ghost Train to visit all ten catacombs:
1. Whitechapel, outside The Ten Bells
2. Traitors Gate
3. Bleeding Heart Yard
4. The Beak Doctor – cures all ills
5. You stand accused
6. Crime and Punishment
7. Graveyard of the Guilty
8. The Black Death
9. The Gallows
10. Highgate Cemetery
Visit The London Dungeon: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City3/112/244/23
Friday, September 26, 2014
EDGE Dancebar is throwing open its door as it re-opens on Friday 26th September.
Catering to the LGBT and Straight Community alike, EDGE is a Gay Nightspot in London City and will feature special events with Live DJ's each Friday.
Come along and join DJ Millionaires as he hosts an opening "Best in Swimwear" contest with Lindens to be won for turning up in your best budgie smugglers. Yes it may be a blatant excuse to party in barely any clothing but hey, who cares!.. Any excuse right!
Party runs 6-8am SLT (2pm UK) Friday 26th September.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Today is the first day of Autumn and London City, by far the most popular London in all virtual worlds, invites you to experience the changing of seasons as we head into the next season..
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Queen Tribute in Concert!
Grab your places early! Party starts at 12pm SL (8pm UK) with the show at 12.30pm (8.30pm UK) which is half an hour earlier than the usual start time, so don't be late!
It has been a couple of years since this tribute act played in London City, so if you have never seen it before don't miss this dynamic show.
Win 500L for Best in Queen!
See it here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/131/107/24
Sponsored by DX Exchange - Linden Dollars at Best Rates.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
Goodness that weekend will take some getting over.
On Saturday Elle's fundraiser for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer raised over L7K to aid the charity. The theme in London City3's park for a sock hop and you can be sure of another equally popular themed event next Saturday. A big thank you to everyone who attended and donated.
After the Dorothy Squires concert (Video to come) Juiced was buzzing with a Teddy Bears Picnic theme night.
On Sunday during 'renovations' we said good bye to two of our classic ambience characters, Fanny and Wally, but we gave them a great send off.
Just hours later, grieving residents claimed to have spotted Fanny at Comptons dancing the night away. We have put this down to mass hysteria. We would never kill off characters just to bring them back in time for Halloween. Would we?
Finally a big thank you to Sarah Tremor for sponsoring a super event on Friday night at Bar Soho donating many wonderful prizes to clubbers from her most excellent Edelfabrik clothing store which you can visit here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City3/228/108/24
We'll get the video up as soon as possible. It's been one of those weekend where the time ran away from us.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Lets go To the Hop!!
Slip on your socks and poodle dresses, guys pop on those drainpipe trousers and Elvis sideburns and get ready to jive jive jive!
DJ Aldo and host Elle will be holding a Fundraiser Sock Hop in support of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Across Second Life. There will be kiosks around the diner for you to donate into for this worthy cause.
About Making Strides Against Breast Cancer:
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer or MSABC is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting more than 300 communities to finish the fight. Every breast cancer walk and event is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to honor those who have battled breast cancer, raise awareness about what we can do to reduce our breast cancer risk, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with research, information, services, and access to mammograms for women who need them.
The party will start at 9am SLT on Saturday 13th so make a note in your diary, great tunes, good people, fantastic cause.. see you there!