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Saturday, 24 September 2016

London Calling

It's all too easy not bothering to go out in the evenings, but there is no excuse not to go out in Second Life; The nightlife is at your fingertips.  So although I had been over to Zorro's Tavern just a couple of nights ago, I decided to pop back over there tonight as DJ Janis Short was having a party based on London songs.  Being a Londoner I couldn't resist.   When I got to Zorro's Janis was playing Waterloo Sunset by the Kinks, Waterloo, mainly known for its great sprawling, extremely busy railway station, is not far from Lambeth where I was born.  I still love London, so I enjoyed hearing all the tunes Janis had put together for tonight's party.  There was the Clash with London Calling, Elvis Costello with I Don't Want To Go To Chelsea,  The Jam with Going Underground, The New Vaudeville Band with Finchley Central, Marianne Faithful with Give My Love to London, plus lots more.  And it wouldn't have been a night without Ralph McTell's Streets of London and Gerry Rafferty's Baker Street.  On hearing Baker Street, Taliesin Silverstar said "Am I the only one who hears this song and immediately thinks of Sherlock Holmes?"  Yes, Talie wasn't alone in that thought, the fiction novels about Sherlock Holmes has made a real impact on the real life Baker Street in London.  Zorro Owner Rob Fenwitch looked it up for us, he told us:

"At the time the Holmes stories were published, addresses in Baker Street did not go as high as 221. Baker Street was later extended, and in 1932 the Abbey National Building Society moved into premises at 219–229 Baker Street. For many years, Abbey National employed a full-time secretary to answer mail addressed to Sherlock Holmes. In 1990, a blue plaque signifying 221B Baker Street was installed at the Sherlock Holmes Museum, situated elsewhere on the same block, and there followed a 15-year dispute between Abbey National and the Holmes Museum for the right to receive mail addressed to 221B Baker Street. Since the closure of Abbey House in 2005, ownership of the address by the Holmes Museum has not been challenged, despite its location between 237 and 241 Baker Street."

It was another great night at Zorro's Tavern and London still rocks! Big thank you to Janis and Rob for a fantastic party!

Janey Bracken

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