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Monday, 28 February 2011

Great First Night In the HangOut Lounge Bar

The ever popular HangOut club had its official opening of the bar area on the first floor of the venue on Thursday night, and a great time was had by all. The tiny club hits the right note with the balance of brilliant music, played by dj and owner Janis Short (and dj Seany Blinker on certain nights) and the warm welcome you will always get there. The club already has an established set of regulars and the group list is vast and growing all the time, as new people drop by, coming back again and again. The bar adds another dimension to the club, you go up the spiral staircase and the bar is on your left behind the comfy lounge area and small dance floor on the right. You can just sit and chat if you don't want to dance. Janis has installed a 'Truthball', a good way of breaking the ice with acquaintances or having fun with your friends. The Truthball has a set of questions, each person who touches it gets asked something and has to answer honestly - if they dare! Thursday proved to be a really lovely night, Truths Marder went behind the bar to greet us all with our favourite tipple and the lounge bar looks like the ideal place to bring your friends, even when the dj's are not performing, a cosy place just to sit and chat and enjoy the ambiance! Congratulations on the new bar Janis, let's hope the Lindens spot you for their Destination Guide soon, they will be missing out if they don't!




Janey Bracken





















Saturday, 26 February 2011

Happy Rez Day Starbuck

Virtually London (lite) would like to wish Starbuck Jinx a very Happy Rez Day. Starbuck was celebrating his first Rez Day in the Dark Rose Club in Little London with all his friends last night. Hoping you a great Rez Day Starbuck, and may you have many more of them!!
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Janey Bracken

Friday, 25 February 2011

Steam Punk Goth at the West End Club

I had no idea what Steam Punk Goth was when the theme at the West End Club was announced. I knew Steam Punk was based on the Victorian age of steam, which lots of people appear fascinated with in SL. Some of the sims dedicated to Steam Punk are wonderful, plus you get to dress in those lovely turn of the century clothes, all so romantic! I put a costume together that I thought was a bit Victorian with a hint of Goth, but I was very wrong. I went over to the club and there were some fantastic outfits worn by the people who knew just what Steam Punk Goth meant. Goggles, belts, tall felt hats, lots of gadgets attached to theatrical clothes, woollen stockings and heavy boots, what a spectacular sight it was. Clive had cleverly transformed the club into a very beautiful Victorian city, the great music was supplied by dj Janis Short looking unique in her stylish outfit and hostess Cute looked glam as she kept the crowd happy. I’d had SL problems most of the day and suddenly I crashed without being able to get back on, which was a real shame! Janis told me that the club had around 40 people in the end and it was a brilliant night. I hope they do it again soon!! See Roberto Highfield's fabulous film of the night - Steam Punk West End















Janey Bracken

































Thursday, 24 February 2011

Tribute to Doctor Who Actor

We heard the sad news yesterday about the death of Nicholas Courtney, one of the great actors who stared in many of the Doctor Who episodes. New London put on an impromptu tribute to Nicholas and it was a touchingly solemn affair as people constantly arrived at the sim to pay their respects. See my CNN report for more details.







Janey Bracken

Virtual London Fashion Week Begins


It was the first day of the Virtual London Fashion Week yesterday and the sim was packed out with people. There had been a street party to celebrate early in the evening and then the catwalk shows began with some classy and amazing designs from Fellini Couture and White Widow. This looks like an exciting week in Virtual Kensington, so check the London Sims blog for the daily schedule, it's one not to miss!





Janey Bracken

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

EddieGuitar Dagger in New London on Saturday

There is a chance to see that great live singer EddieGuitar Dagger in the New London sim on Saturday. Eddie is doing his SL World Tour 2011 and New London is part of it. So be sure to be there at 1pm (SLT), that's 9pm (UK) for a great show!!


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Janey Bracken

New Picture Post Out This Week

Journalist Teddy Darbyshire has brought out issue No 9 of his fantastic Picture Post, which is all about New London. You can pick up a copy in-world from Teddy's stall. It's full of fun packed photos and news, so get your copy today.



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Janey Bracken

Party at the HangOut Lounge Bar on Thursday

I’m told it was Margarita day yesterday in some parts of the world, I haven’t heard of it in the UK, but maybe it was going on here too! I know it’s Hibiscus’s favourite drink because she carries her own giant Margarita glass around in her inventory and we share a toast sometimes in SL. Well there’s a great place to drink your cocktails with a bit of style and lots of comfort. Janis Short, the owner of the HangOut club has installed a lounge bar above the dance area and it’s the sort of place where you can go and chat and enjoy a pint of virtual beer at the same time. There are some nice places to sit, you can take a seat by the blazing fire in the corner (whilst eating your salt and vinegar crisps) or you can take a comfy seat gazing out of the window at the brilliant view of Tower Bridge. Of course some people just enjoy propping up the bar and you can do that too whilst Janis pours your favourite tipple. There are some lovely picture displays on the walls created by Robyn Pastorelli, and the bar itself is very nicely installed. Janis is celebrating the opening of the lounge bar by having a party there tomorrow night, The doors open at 12pm SLT on Thursday, so go along and have a great time at the HangOut lounge bar! (Many thanks to Delvo Resident who didn’t mind me taking his picture as Janis poured him a drink!)




Janey Bracken





Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Club Underground A Sure Fire Hit!


He knows exactly what the people want, that dj with it all, Seany Blinker had an astounding first night at the opening of his new venue Club Underground. As he opened his doors last night, from the minute the evening started, the place was alive and rocking and people poured in all evening to see this sparkling new club. Seany's range of music suits most people's tastes, a mix of old and not so old favourites with his talent for spotting new songs to add to his set. Congratulations Seany, timed right too, you are fitting the slots in the week so people can party non-stop!! Club Underground is here to stay!













Janey Bracken













Monday, 21 February 2011

Ziggy Stardust Tribute Rocks London


Ziggy Stardust was playing Virtual Kensington last night, well a great tribute band rocked London big time in the style of pop legend David Bowie! The band put on a great show, and the colourful and well lit stage made a great backdrop to the lookalike band avatars as they leapt about the stage and then danced with the audience who loved it. Ziggy was played by DOC Sideways, Trevor Bolder by Delilah Questi, Mick Woodmansey by Fenice Carlucci, Mick Ronson by Buster Atlass and Mike Garson was played by Kriss Woodget. The concert was a big hit and Kensington was packed with happy people!
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Janey Bracken

Some Good Neighbours!


I’m pleased to announce that Whitechapel 1888 has been restored to its original size with all its great little streets and alleyways set in the Jack the Ripper days of the East End of London. Spooks Blackburn had to move locations a few times because of bad luck with sim estate managers and SL must have tested his patience to the limit, but he has bravely started again, to bring us this wonderful informative site about the history in the East End.

The good news for me is that I now have Spooks as a neighbour. The original sim was shared by Spooks, Cliff Chesnokov who has a business called CC Home Designs, Whisper Fearne and our very own Hibiscus Hastings who had her gallery there. They were all left homeless for a while. Spooks recently moved to a small parcel of land, but it proved to be too tiny for what he wanted Whitechapel to look like. Then a couple of days ago I got a message from Spooks asking me if I would be interested in sharing a homestead with him and the others, so now I own my own quarter of the homestead and it’s very exciting for me too, as I’ve never owned such a big site before.

Cliff searched around for a homestead for us all, and we got one with a great name: Jamaica Inn. So I have set about recreating the tavern, although mine looks different to the real thing. I’m calling it ‘artistic licence’, although it may be because I’m not a very good builder! I’ve been watching Whitechapel take shape and Spooks has worked his socks off over the last few days. Hib’s land looks great with her gallery already there in place, and Cliff and Whisper have a pretty woodland area with Cliff’s business centre set in a meadow.
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Congratulations to Spooks for getting his Whitechapel back and congratulations to me for getting such great neighbours!





Janey Bracken