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Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Sept 11 at Chelsea Jazz Club

The tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001 were remembered in many different ways across the grid last Friday. In Virtual London an informal but touching gathering was held at the Chelsea Jazz Club.

Rails Bailey, Chelsea sim manager, is also an SL Mentor. Every Friday night the mentors hold a “Mentor Protest” party. This past Friday it was held at the Chelsea Jazz Club, to remember the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 and also two SL Mentors who had passed away recently.

The evening began with Doctor Gascoigne speaking about the two SL Mentors, Sumar Morgan and Garth Fairchang, acknowledging the contributions the two had made to SL Mentoring and saying how much they would be missed. A moment of silence was held in their honour.

Doctor Gascoigne then continued, saying “I also would like to pay tribute to the near 3000 people of many nations who died on 9/11 and those who continue to suffer the physical and mental effects of the events of 9/11”. Another avatar in attendance, Puterdoc Devin added “it's said What we do for ourselves, dies with us; What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.”, beautiful words to remember all those who have been lost but whose lifework continues. This was followed by a moment of silence.

Blue and Teagan Linden were amongst those in attendance. Blue started the mentors program in Second Life. He was at the Chelsea Jazz Club he said, to visit, to observe Sept. 11th and also the loss of the two mentors, one of whom, Garth Fairchang he had known since 2003. I asked Blue about the group in the club and her replied that he was a friend of “most of the folks here ... but Rails i single out for special harassment ;)”.

Later in the evening people began to chat and dance. At one point someone decided to flood the club. Suddenly everyone found themselves knee deep in water. Teagan Linden, who was a tiny, almost disappeared, just the top of her head remained visible. However, there was no harm done, the water magically vanished and things returned to normal.

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