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Monday, 22 November 2010

A Beautiful Snowfall In New London

It looks so beautiful, the snow on the roads, the frost glistening on the pavements, the feeling of calmness that you only get with newly settled snow, the quietness before a footprint disturbs that amazing white blanket that transforms a city overnight. And the New London Village & Doctor Who Zone has been transformed into a winter wonderland by Kat Kassner and Laredo Lowtide, once again showing their eye for detail. Many years ago the Thames froze over in real life and people actually had Frost Fairs on London’s main water thoroughfare. The first Frost Fair was recorded in 1608, although it is thought that the river froze over many times before this date. The Fairs consisted of stalls and sideshows and in 1813 there were merry-go-rounds and donkey and horse and wagon races. Quite amazing events considering how cold it must have been to freeze the Thames enough to take the weight of such things. At that time it was even recorded that an elephant was led across the river below Blackfriars Bridge! One of our famous monarchs, Henry VIII, travelled from Central London to Greenwich by sleigh in 1536 and Elizabeth I walked upon the icy Thames in 1564. SL’s New London has a frozen River Thames too, where you can skate to your heart’s content! (you can pick up some free skates there as well!).

Just recently the West End area of the New London Village has been re-developed and the streets are looking brilliant with their little bow fronted shops and quality houses. It has the feel of the Charles Dickens era, especially now the snow is on the ground; the shops and houses are in high demand, this bustling virtual London is always busy with avatar traffic!

You may have noticed the name change from The Doctor Who Zone – New London Village to the New London Village & The Doctor Who Zone! This has been deliberately re-named by owner Kat Kassner who, whilst still maintaining the Doctor Who theme, also leans towards the London Capital as a main focus. You couldn’t really see a better London in SL, both Kat and Laredo are craftspeople to the highest standards and their love for their sim is obvious in the buildings and warmth they show to their residents and visitors. So if you are a Doctor Who fan or just love London, you will be made to feel that you belong in the New London Village & The Doctor Who Zone! If the Doctor Who fans are in any doubt, the last pictures show Kat and Laredo with another resident doing a bit of street sci-fi! When I asked what they were doing Kat told me that they were weightless, I suppose I should have guessed, this is a London where people have fun!!!

Janey Bracken


Hibiscus said...

How interesting to learn about the Frost Fairs! Thanks for writing about that, Janey. And New London does look beautiful with the snow. You know, even in rl, when it gets a bit icy there is a brief moment of weightlessness, before gravity re-asserts itself! I think I prefer it in SL, though.

Janey Bracken said...

That is very interesting Hib, about the weighlessness! that must be the split second before I slip over on the ice! and gravity doesn't half hurt!!! ouch!!