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Monday, 30 October 2017

Janis Keeps The Party Going For Three Fantastic Hours At The Rocky Horror HangOut!

What a lot of fun at the HangOut tonight! The theme was the Rocky Horror Show and the guests really enjoyed wearing their glam outfits for this event.  HangOut owner Janis played tunes from the Rocky Horror Show itself, interspersed with lots of favourite hits which went down really well.  The HangOut looked amazing as did the clubbers; The place was packed and Janis spun her discs for an extra hour, three hours in all, to compensate for the clocks going back in the UK. What a hero! Janis did brilliantly, she must have been exhausted by the end of the evening! Fantastic party!

Janey Bracken

Sunday, 29 October 2017

DJ Ed's Party In The Enchanted Forest

The green mist swirled eerily around the ruins of the old castle, the trees, dark and foreboding, loomed overhead, taking on almost human shapes, their branches looking like long gnarled fingers reaching out to grab anyone who came too close. As the mists cleared the outline of the dancers became apparent, they were the  ghosts and ghouls, the creatures of the night, who had gathered together to hear dj Ed Follet's mystical music. And mystical music it was, dj Ed was playing his set at Zorro's Tavern, Zorro's owner Rob Fenwitch had turned his famous venue into an enchanted forest and everyone turned up in their best Halloween costumes for a great time.  Zorro's hostess Fibi made sure that we were all safe and sound and no dark spells were cast to spoil our wonderful evening!  Thanks Ed, Rob and Fibi, it was a terrific party!

Janey Bracken  

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Rocky Horror At The HangOut On Monday

The theme for the HangOut Club on Monday is Rocky Horror, so sort out your racy outfits for a great time.  The clocks go back tonight in the UK, so don't forget to put your timepieces right!  To compensate for the time change HangOut owner Janis is opening the doors from 1pm to 4pm SLT.

Janey Bracken

We All Wonder Why We Like A Little Bit Of Horror! (But Not Too Much!)

I had fun at the Roadside Philosophers meeting today, we have some great speakers who regularly attend and of course, we have our wonderful Pamala Clift whose group it is, Pam also chairs the meetings every two weeks and she picks some great topics.

This week's debate was about horror, monsters, zombies and death and why we are attracted to those things.  A good subject being that Halloween is just a few days away. We talked about scary movies and people had their personal stories to tell about what shocked or frightened them.  I think one of the speakers was right when he said that we have to have a little fear now and again because we have to be prepared to deal with some of the bad things in life, if we were spoon fed happy stories all the time the shock of something horrible happening would cause us to freeze and we wouldn't be able to cope.  My contribution wasn't much today however, I don't really like horror films or violent movies, I can do without the chopped up bodies and the torture scenes, clever as the special effects are in the films.  That's why Second Life is good for Halloween, the blood and the gore is more cartoonish and the ghosts often look friendly rather than fiendish.

I must admit however, that I like a good ghost story, even though I lived in a big Victorian House in London when I was a kid in real life and it was a bit too creepy.  My mother told me that she had actually seen the ghosts of two children when she slept in a room on the ground floor of the house. She never told us about the ghosts until we had moved away from the area. It was only then that I confessed that I had hated going into that particular room when I was little, there was something frightening about it, although I had never seen  anything, it just felt like someone was in there. My brother too told us that he felt the same way about that room. He had slept in the basement of the house and had in fact seen what he thought were ghosts sitting around a table playing cards one night, although he may have been dreaming, it had been very real to him. My mother told us that the room my brother had slept in had been used for playing cards back in my grandparent's younger days.

Although it shook my brother, he was happier sleeping in the basement with the ghostly card players than thinking about moving into the room where my mother had seen the little ghosts. I did hear odd noises in the house when everyone was out, but maybe it was just the natural movement of the old building, the creaking or floorboards etc as temperatures changed, who knows. There was one thing that spooked me however, it was a mysterious orb of light in my room at night shining from the corner of the ceiling, a tiny glow, but enough to make me put my head under the bedcovers because it looked spooky.  The house no longer exists, they pulled down the lovely old Victorian houses to build a new estate. As an adult I would have been fascinated to go back to that house, to see if it still had an atmosphere of dread that we had felt in certain rooms.  Are there ghosts? I've no idea, but I don't doubt what my mother and brother had told me had been true. I haven't felt the same way about any of the houses I have lived in since I'm glad to say!

Janey Bracken

Monday, 23 October 2017

A Rez Day Party To Remember For Janis With The Phantom Of The Opera Theme

Picture of Janis and Peroni courtesy of Janis Short

Janis Short held her Rez Day Party tonight to celebrate her 10th year in Second Life and what a fantastic party it was!  Based on the Phantom of the Opera, the theme gave the guests a chance to dress up in some gorgeous  costumes for the occasion.  Janis invited us to an Opera House location designed in SL just for the Phantom of the Opera. It was a magical atmosphere which blended nicely with the tunes that she had selected for the night, a set of moving show songs mixed in with some classic rock. The Phantom of the Opera must be one of the best known musical stage productions of all time. Basing the show on the French novel  Le Fantôme de l'Opéra by Gaston Leroux, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe wrote the book for the musical, with Lloyd Webber composing the music, whilst the lyrics were written by Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe. The musical first opened in London's West End in 1986 and then went on to Broadway in 1988. It celebrated its 10,000th performance in Broadway on 11 February 2012, making it the longest running show in Broadway's history. 

The party was amazing, everyone had a brilliant time and I hope Janis enjoyed her special night as much as we did.  (Janis's actual Rez Day is on the 27 October)

Janey Bracken