SL Christmas

December 28, 2009

Christmas is all over and it seems to have come and gone really quickly, all the work that people had done with the beautiful snowy sims will soon be melting away with Spring in mind after the new year.  I went wandering quite a bit over Christmas and there were many lovely places to visit, hopping onto sleighs, looking at the fairy lights, walking through crunchy snow and ice skating with the free skates that people kindly left.

 My friends all came into SL over the Christmas, Hibiscus, Drax and Ed and we met up for some fun, I found a giant Santa hat in my inventory I never even realised I had, and I sped around the London streets with Ed sitting on the edge, Hib had gone off in the other direction with hers and I lost her, but she got stuck in a wall somewhere, I wished I’d seen it, I bet it was funny, I had no control over the one I was driving!


Drax and I went over to perhaps the nicest Christmas sim, Old Europe, the music was nice too and you could skate or wander or just chat to the other people who arrived there, it was always busy.

Christmas night was a good night in the Coach and Horses in virtual Mayfair, Ed and I went along to join Torric, Billy and all the others and we ended up jigging to the River Dance, it was so funny to see everyone joining in, a real laugh!

Last night was Torric’s rez day and we headed off to the Coach and Horses again for his party and later on to the Underground Club, so there has been plenty going on.

It has been a nice SL Christmas with everyone popping in whenever they can to say hello to all their friends, funny being in the UGC and at midnight on Christmas Eve and wishing everyone a Happy Christmas, but of course it was only Christmas for people in the UK time zone, we had to wait again to wish all our friends from abroad Happy Christmas a few hours later! 


I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and enjoy your New Year celebrations wherever you are when the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve!


Christmas Story For Pixi

December 24, 2009

I wanted to write a Christmas Story this year and dedicate it to my lovely friend Pixi Piers who has not been able to be in SL for a little while.  I miss bubbly, beautiful Pixi and hope she will be returning soon to write with us again on Virtually London (lite) and Our Virtual Trilogy.  Anyways, you can read my little Christmas story on Virtually London (lite) and I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!  And thank you all for stopping by and reading my blog!

New Porsche Hits The London Streets

December 23, 2009

I picked up a new SL car the other day, I know Hibiscus dreaded me getting my old car out, I still can’t make out why, as I don’t think my driving is that bad! it’s just that the streets are very narrow in Virtual London and the corners are tight to negotiate.  Anyways I went over to a new Amsterdam sim and they had a freebie shop there with lots of goodies like textures and other bits, then I spotted the Porsche.  I decided to get it and went back to our shop in Virtual Kensington where Hib and Ed were chatting.  I told them about my new car and they wanted to see it so I rezzed it outside in the road.  It was all lovely and shiny and new, with great wheels.  I got in and Ed decided to get out his Mini Moke for a race.

I invited Hib to get into the passenger seat, but she couldn’t and ended up on the roof as I took off along the London streets.  I was actually quite surprised, I had a lot more control over the Porsche than I did over my other car and could actually go along in straight lines, well part of the way.  Ed sped past in his Mini Moke and I didn’t see it, but Max the Siamese kitten had tried to follow me and got lost!  Ed had seen him, but although I went back, he was nowhere to be seen. 

Ed finally joined Hib on top of the Porsche roof and we took a trip around Knightsbridge.  I was a little bit worried about passing the Underground Club in case I lost control and landed up inside, however it was ok and I got really good at driving on the wide bits!

Back at the shop Max was still missing and I called him but he never came.  Luckily I found him in my inventory and got him out again, the little cat is clever though, he will follow me anywhere in the sim that I rez him in and only by teleporting out, can I leave him in one spot.  The car was a really good freebie and a lot of fun to drive.

Party at CNN and Exploring Some Role-Play

December 16, 2009

Virtual London has had loads going on this week, live singers and tribute bands and it’s a good job that I have Ed and Hib with me, Ed did a great job of covering the tribute Bon Jovi concert Saturday night, while I covered the live artists Friday and the wonderful Maximillion Kleene earlier on Saturday at the opening of the new Cafe in SL Knightsbridge.  I have been wanting to wander about the grid lately and try out new sims, both Drax and I thought we would look at some of the role-play places again.  We went to a Greek sim and got chatting with a lady there who was very nice and told us a bit about it,  There was actually a battle just starting in the arena so we climbed to the balcony and looked down at the clash between the Greek soldiers and the Ottomans.

After watching the combat we got changed and planned on heading into a Gorean sim, stopping off at Murray on the way and who should be there? the naughty but nice Nazna skipping around and still as cute as ever!

We did teleport over to a Gor sim from Murray and it took ages for the buildings etc  to rez.  I followed Drax and we ended up in a wooden building, when the man in there challenged me.  I told him in brackets that we could not see, which means you are talking out of role play, and it seems that the role I played is not allowed in taverns, and this is where I had ended up.  I apologised for trespassing and followed Drax out again, he could not see either on first arriving, however the guy was very snotty and didn’t respond ‘off stage’ so I take it he doesn’t take kindly to strangers entering his ‘patch’ .  I wonder sometimes if they want visitors to their sims as another one we went to had just changed meters (something you wear to tell you your health etc) and when we enquired about getting the new meter we were told we couldn’t, so no role play there then!  Perhaps they find new people a bit of a challenge, maybe they like sticking to the same storylines all the time, who knows!

We will still travel around looking, it’s a bit of fun and you never know what you will find, we had gone to an excellent Medieval one the other week and the people were lovely, all playing their parts very well.  Drax is good at the role play and I am catching up a little bit and saying more, even if I’m not sure what is going on sometimes!   After all the exploring, we had a meeting at CNN Island yesterday  and Nicole quickly ran through some of our week’s stories and then announced that we should party for the rest of the time.  She took us over to the dance floor at the back of the meeting area and we all started to dance around, drinks in hand and Nicole even had the Christmas card I gave her last year for some reason, I think she was really getting into the spirit of things!

Nicole, Ed, Apollo, Hib, Widget and me had fun and it is the last meeting of 2009 so there is a long break till after the new year. 

Nicole said goodbye and Drax arrived for the last few minutes and we had stopped dancing, bit of a relief really, as he likes to do his breakdancing and usually knocks people over with his spinning around!  The conversation went all downhill from then onwards, fish puns!  like ‘you fin you know best’ and stuff like that, so funny!  Anyway it was a CNN meeting with a difference and I would like to wish them all a Happy Christmas and Great New Year for 2010!

Interesting Chat at CNN, Riding the Big Wheel and Stilettos

December 12, 2009

I knew for certain that anything said against the holy grail of global warming would be met with lots of opposition from the ‘I’m better than you at saving the planet’ lynch mobs, as there are many commenters full of hatred and vitriol on the comments pages of CNN’s ireports, who like to try to beat each other with scientific evidence that they have ‘googled’ off the internet,  thinking it sounds good.  So I went over to CNN to see what they thought about the two sides of the argument, especially on damning evidence that the original scientists at Anglia University,who constructed the whole thing, had been manipulating their data and have even destroyed the original raw data on which it was based.  To be honest, I wasn’t really going to go this week, but friend Ed Follet had put his first report on and I wanted to hear about that, well done Ed, it was a great article about the Christmas Tree that Norway give to London each year, and had a nice piece of history included.  Virtual London receive a tree from Virtual Norway, so it’s becoming a good tradition within SL.  There were only a few people at the CNN meeting, Apollo Manga, Any1 Gynoid, Ed Follet, Hibiscus Hastings and myself.  Nicole arrived and took us through the week’s stories and didn’t really have a lot to say about global warming except that it was a ‘hot button’ issue and hard to take one side without alienating.  Nicole, being so busy in real life in the CNN office, had to rush off leaving us in the meeting area.  We normally get up and leave as the meetings finish, but this time we stayed around to chat for a while.  Apollo, who is an absolutely fantastic writer and has contributed quite a few ireports, discussed the global warming thing, and although he is a believer, he thought it was only fair to hear about both sides of the debate, which you can’t say any fairer than that!  We talked about American politics and it was interesting from my point of view as British politics is quite a different set up to theirs.  I think they feel more passionately about their favourite politicians then we do, but share the extreme dislike for the opposition just like us.  Sarah Palen seems a dicey person to talk about, people either love her or hate her, one to watch I would say.  I’m watching the SL global Copenhagen site with interest to see how it all goes this week, at the moment they just seem to be promoting green merchandise and really and truly they are not actually connected to the real conference at all, but quite independent.

Now I have bored you all with the global warming and politics, I will cover a couple of other things.  Virtual London has a brand new area that has been added in the last couple of days, the old Chelsea sim has been renamed Westminster and moved next to Mayfair and I’m really looking forward to seeing that being developed.  I had loved my apartment in Chelsea and Hibiscus loved hers too, we had lots of happy times there before the sim was altered and the rents increased so that the other tenants moved out.  They could not afford the 150% increase on the rent for less prim allowances.  Hib and I had our apartments rent free because we promoted virtual London on Virtually London (lite), but it soon became a bit of a ghost sim living there.  Once I decided to close the blog too (which I am glad to say is up and running again as matters have been resolved!), I thought it was best to move on, that’s when we rented out great little shop in virtual Kensington, a beautiful sim created by TD Reinard!  Last night there was a party in the new Westminster and they had live British singers appearing and a funfair outside.  Hib and I went over earlier and sat chatting on the giant ferris wheel, makes me wonder if they are going to include the London Eye wheel at some time too.

I didn’t know what to wear to the party, but opted for a skirt and top plus my lovely stiletto shoes that I got for free.  I had a call from friend TXBarbara Bailey one day, and she told me that Stiletto Moody Shoes, who sell the most wonderful shoes in SL, were giving a pair of their shoes away because it was their anniversary and I went over and got them.  I treasure them dearly, as they charge large amounts of Lindens for their shoes, prices averaging L$1,400, but they are very very nice.  I haven’t branched out and bought any yet, but may well treat myself one day, well I think I need at least a couple of pairs to keep me going!!

Heavyweight Global Warming To Role Play In Gor

December 6, 2009

Most of my attention has been drawn to writing stuff on CNN this week, I have been invited to go to the in-world Copenhagen climate change conference by the organiser, as fellow ireporter Vickie Maistone had told him about me, but I had to IM the organiser back and say although I am accepting the invitation, which was really nice, I am also a sceptic and I have been writing about the leaked emails belonging to the top scientist Prof Phil Jones who it seems has been manipulating the data because the planet isn’t warming up at all.  See Global Warming or a Scam, An Update on Global Warming and Global Warming, when the Truth is Really Inconvenient.  I realised that I would be in for a lot of stick because people are pretty fanatical about green issues, calling sceptics ‘deniers’ or ‘flatearthers’ as it’s treated like a religion and I think if this had been going on in the 17th Century the Save the Planet brigade may have even hunted sceptics down and burned them at the stake, but I just think the truth should be out there, the media are doing a great job of covering the leaked emails up.  I will try to get to most of the in-world conference as it is linked straight into the real world one, who knows they may even have a balanced debate, but I doubt it somehow.   

The nice thing about SL is that you can take your mind off of stuff like Global Warming for a little while and just enjoy wandering around.  I took my Arabian horse for a ride around virtual London, Brie and Torric and their London team have been putting up the Christmas lights and it looks a treat.

Later on Drax and I took to the skies on the tarn again, he is getting really good at controlling the giant bird.  We flew back over to the Gorean City of Thentis and made a very smooth landing in one of the streets there.  The tarn really dislikes me, as every time I get off him he tries to bite me, I had a meter attachement on that shows when I am in danger and the tarn was having a right go.  I think he has bonded with Drax and doesn’t like anyone else, what a nasty bird!

We looked around the city and found some people sitting around a big fire and we asked if we could join them.  We sat and chatted for a while and I tried a bit of role play as a free woman.  I am still a bit rusty with it all, but I enjoyed having a go and exchanged questions with the others at the fireside.  It made a real change to real life politics and was a bit of fun.

Happy Rez-Day Drax!!

December 1, 2009

Wishing a very happy rez-day to Drax!  It’s his second SL birthday and he doesn’t look a day over one!

I took him to New Brighton the other day to show him what a typical English sea-side looked like, as he is from America.  We went on the pier and they had those things that you put your heads through to take photographs.  Well we had a really good time, it was a lot of fun.

I’m not sure about his swimsuit in the picture below, but  at least it looks like he bought a good pair of shoes at last!

We finished up buying a doughnut each and sat down for a while to eat them, it was a brilliant day, I’m still not too sure about that Mankini though, hehe!