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Tuesday, 23 April 2019

St George's Day 2019















Happy St George's Day everyone. A day to celebrate our pride in our Sovereign England and its people.

Janey Bracken

Monday, 15 April 2019

Sad News As Fire Rages Through Notre Dame Cathedral















My thoughts are with the people of France tonight as a dreadful fire rages through the Notre Dame in Paris.  I hope no one was injured and that the beautiful building can be eventually restored. The well known historical landmark is 850 years old and what a huge tragedy this is. Donations have already started for anyone who wishes to contribute.  People gathered at the Second Life version of the Notre Dame tonight to show their concern. The sim is a lovely replica of Paris and well worth a visit. 

Janey Bracken

Saturday, 30 March 2019

Fairies and Fools at the HangOut this Monday to Celebrate Janis's Birthday.














Janis Short, DJ and owner of the HangOut is celebrating her Birthday at her club on Monday.  It will be a truly enchanting evening, Janis has created a beautiful fantasy garden and the theme will be Fairies and Fools, why Fools? Because the date will be April 1, April Fool's Day! So choose your costumes and book your cab, the party begins at 1pm and goes on until 3pm SLT time.

Janey Bracken

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Severe Restrictions on the use of the Internet Passed by the EU

The EU have just passed Article 11 and Article 13 which severely restricts use of the internet.  It will affect all social media platforms including Second Life. Please take note of the following video which gives you some idea of the new restrictions for people throughout Europe.

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Happy St Patrick's Day for 2019














HAPPY ST PATRICK'S DAY FOR 2019!  I hope everyone is having a great time on Ireland's special day, either in Second Life or in real life!  (Picture taken at St Patrick's Day Town, go and have some fun there!)

Janey Bracken

Friday, 1 March 2019

DJ TXBarbara Bailey to be Inducted into the SL DJ Hall of Fame

















I received an invitation the other day to attend the SL DJ & Host Hall of Fame event on March 3, 2019. There are a list of DJ’s and Hosts who will be inducted into the SL Hall of Fame and amongst them is fabulous dj and friend TXBarbara Bailey.  I’ve followed Barb’s dj career over the years in the virtual world and she very soon blossomed into a professional dj with her natural and spontaneous approach to her audiences, everyone loves Barb and she always plays a great set.  I’m not too sure if I can get to the event, being in the UK, the time zones are a problem, but I’ll try.  Congratulations Barb, you truly deserve to be in the SL Hall of Fame!

Janey Bracken

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Hurry up and Meet the Lindens at the Isle of View for Valentine's Day


Me with Kona Linden

I went over to the Linden’s big Valentine’s Party at the Isle of View earlier.  It was great to see the boys and girls from Linden Labs inworld and mixing with everyone.  They were game for lots of hugs and taking their turn at being dunked, avatars could throw balls to tip their seats up splashing them into the water tank below. Of course, I queued for my hugs, you don’t often get a chance to hug a Linden and they were really friendly and nice.  Poor Garth Linden, I ended up with my arm sticking through his chest as his poses didn’t work, so he had to re-log.  It’s a lot of fun, get on over to the Isle ofView and meet the Lindens.

Janey Bracken 
Me with Patch Linden
Me with Garth Linden
With Kona again in his different avatar

Me with Xiora
Lindens Dancing
Steven Linden in his horse avatar
Lindens being dunked

Lindens being dunked

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Get Set For 2019 Valentine's Day Tomorrow














It’s Valentine’s day tomorrow, time to think about the one you love and to buy him or her that romantic gift and card.  There will be plenty of Valentine’s day parties going on in Second Life this week and there are lots of romantic venues, everything from those fantastic formal Jazz clubs like Franks Place and Sweethearts to great nightclubs like the HangOut, Muckers, Zorro’sTavern and Muddy’s Music Café.  If you want something a little bit different there’s the Linden’s Isle of View, the location is made up of four sims shaped like a heart, each with beautiful lantern lit gardens, pavilions and walks, and you can catch a ‘swan boat’ alone or with your partner and drift along the sparkling river.  Of course, what really draws people to the Isle of View sims, as well as the lovely gardens, is the fact that the Lindens themselves usually drop in on the big day for people to meet them and you may even get a kiss if you are lucky!  So whatever you decide to do, just a have great time in both Second Life and Real life.

Janey Bracken













 

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Zorro's Tavern Celebrates Its 5th Anniversary and Happy Birthday to Cat!














I’ve just heard that Zorro’s Tavern celebrated its 5th Anniversary on the 24th January. Zorro’s owner Rob Fenwitch has worked hard and made the Tavern a legend in Second Life, it’s always a very  popular venue and Rob’s always had a great line up of DJ’s, including Minxy Woodsheart, Brain Woodsheart, Ed Follet, Barbara TXBailey, Janis Short and Rob himself!  Everyone has been very well looked after with Zorro’s Hostesses Catriona and Fibi who always make us very welcome.  The Grand Opening of the Tavern was on the 24th January 2014 and one of the first DJ’s to play his great tunes there was Brain.  I heard it was Catriona’s birthday a few days ago too, I hope you had a lovely day Cat, Happy Birthday! 

Always a brilliant place to party and have a good time, I’m sure Zorro’s Tavern will be around for many more years to come. Well done Rob!


Janey Bracken 
Rob

Cat

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Spring Comes Early to My SL Land
















Christmas and the New Year’s celebrations went past in a flash, it’s always sad to take those decorations down, but then again, it’s always like new beginnings when you do finally pack all the tinsel away.  I’d kept my Christmas SL theme traditionally until the 12th Night, including the snow, it was making me feel a little bit shivery in the end so I was glad get back to the virtual grass.  I’d put large prims over the terrain for the snow, as I couldn’t alter the terrain texture and when I removed the snow base I had loads of big pools of water all over the place where I’d lowered some of the land under the snow prims.  I used the land tool to level it all out, I’m not that good with the ground tools, but I got there in the end.  So then came the good bit!  I began to design my land for an early SL Spring. 

I wanted to put some paving down this year with a few town houses instead of the theme being completely rural.  I found an amazing SL store called Maya’sArchitecture which sells really high quality houses and other designs for very low prices.  I soon picked out the elegant town houses I wanted and a Café as well. The first thing I did after flattening the site was to carve away an oblong pond so that I could put my ducks and swans out, they look so pretty swimming around and the signets and ducklings follow the parent birds, such great SL scripting. 

I soon set the houses and Café that I’d bought at Maya’s where I wanted them and I  enjoyed putting some flowers and grasses out too to soften the paving.  I’d realized a while ago that to make buildings look a little more realistic you have to join them in some way, by using paving, a path or a road from structure to structure so each building doesn’t look like it’s  `plonked down’ in the middle of a field looking isolated. There are so many places to buy some lovely paths and dirt roads in SL that you are spoiled for choice.  Always in my mind is how many prims they use though, as being in a quarter of a homestead I try to use my 1250 prims wisely. It must be wonderful to own a whole sim so you could put more detail into everything, but I’m pleased with the amount I have to work with. My first little plot of land only had 250 prims, so I learned to make them go a long way. Mesh is brilliant as it uses so few prims for such spectacular creations. 

I still have my favourite house in the sim that I purchased from LAQ and this is set away from the built up area where the town houses are. Next to the LAQ house I have a raised cliff which leads down to a small beach, this cliff and beach are from Two Moon Gardens and it’s very clever, it’s compact and it doesn’t have to have a massive area, plus you can remove a few of the plants to help with your prim count, but the whole thing is beautifully done.  Just across the way from the beach I have my dance pavilion where I’m hoping avatars can dance the night away if they want to.  My houses are all free to visit and for people to sit and chat and for newbies to be able to change their outfits in private.  I remember as a new avatar trying to find an empty sims to change my virtual clothes. 

I’m happiest when I’m putting everything together for a new SL season and I love shopping to see what’s new each time.  I’m hoping my land has a little bit of everything this Spring, the beach, the dancing, the town houses and the  café. There’s also the Skippo card game table way up on the cliff overlooking that sparkling Linden ocean, and I can even make the sun shine. even if it’s grey and cold outside in the real world.

Janey Bracken