Patch, Derrick & Abnor at the BBB | Fenella leaves | Bellisseria Bus Tour | Beeb on the Mersey beat | New Stamp Locations

PATCH, DERRICK & ABNOR AT THE BBB

On Wednesday we had a meeting of the BBB staff. We were joined by Patch Linden, Derrick Linden and Abnor Mole who sat in on the routine reports to get up to date with our work and to learn, in particular, about a major new product in development by our talented scripting team. It's still confidential,  but good progress is being made and further announcements can be expected Soon®. In the meantime we were much encouraged by their enthusiasm.

We are also pleased to report a final sign off at the meeting on the long-awaited sub-offices to be built around Bellisseria. We showed the prototypes of these – and announced our plans to build them – at SL18B. Now, with this final approval, it should now be "not long" (defined as "sooner than Soon®!") before they appear in-world.

There was also approval in principle of other exciting new plans. More details will follow when the Lindens have worked out the details on their side. For now, let's just say you can expect more (and more permanent) BBB offices and embassies around Second Life®.

In the meantime, applications both for new passports and new visa terminals continue to grow healthily. BBBug is now among the biggest 'invitation only' groups in SL. A conservative estimate of the stamps issued by our visa terminals so far was given as 65,000. 212 different stamps have been issued so far for permanent locations and temporary special events. At the current rate, we expect to have issued 300 stamp designs by the time we celebrate our second anniversary in January 2022.

We are proud of the support our bureaucratic endeavours have earned from the Lindens and Moles. All of us at the BBB very much appreciate the help and encouragement they continue to give us. Patch ended the meeting by saying;

Thank you for all that you are doing!  The community loves it!   

Well, Patch, we love our community right back. As our colleague Teresa Firelight recently put it;

I do this because I love Bellisseria and want to "give back" to it

That (with the possible exception of Mr Beeb) is how all we BBB bureaucrats feel. Vivat Bellisseria


FENELLA LEAVES

Fenella Allen – the founding editor of the BBB Gazette – has left Second Life®. Lord Junibalya, who prefers to be known just as "Dave", has taken over as editor as from this issue. 


BELLISSERIA BUS TOUR

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I decided to go on the Bellisseria bus tour today. The driver and tour guide was Yukiko Yeshto. We started at Red Hook and collected a stamp there before we boarded the bus.

There were a lot of fun people on this tour… nine of us total including our driver. I was impressed that the bus could hold so many and cross so many regions with so few problems. We did lose one passenger at a region crossing, but stopped shortly after and got him back.

We drove through a scenic Victorian area and had a lot of fun as the bus huffed and puffed to get to the top of each of the arched bridges.

Our first stop was Feline Fellowship. We collected their stamp, then continued on our way. Yukiko also gave us some really good information about trains in Bellisseria.

Then we came to Bellisseria Commissary - an SL Public Land Preserve, where we collected another stamp. After that we made it to Tea&Brooks – a cute cafe and it also has a stamp machine, so we collected yet another.

SL was behaving well for us until we got to Lockwood.. where the bus wheels locked and we swerved off the road. Yukiko, our cool-headed bus driver was able to back us out, make quick repairs, and get us going again.

Next we made it to the Bellisseria Gaming Club and collected another stamp. One of us noticed the place has greedy tables, and we almost lost that passenger at that point.. Fortunately, they decided to pass on the greedy game and continue on the tour.

We continued to the final destination: Bellisseria Aeronauts headquarters. There we collected our final stamp, as well as some free boats and hot air balloons. We thanked Yukiko and went about our days.

I really do recommend this tour.. it was a lot of fun as well as a great chance to socialise with fellow Bellisserians.

Article and photographs by Teresa Firelight


POSTCARD FROM THE BEEBS

They're on the move. This week they're in Liverpool, home of the Fab Four. 

Mr Beeb Postcard Liverpool


NEW STAMP LOCATIONS

There are four new locations this week. Two of them are on public land belonging to the LDPW. Our beloved Moles have placed a stamp terminal at their own home – the Meauxle Bureaux. You'd expect it to be one of the cutest builds in SL and you'd be right. As the Winter Sports season begins, they've also placed a terminal at Chalet Linden – "a cozy snow lodge" where you can "Warm your toes by the fire in good company or brave the cold and climb up the nearby slopes to go skiing."

There is a limited edition event stamp available at the latest pop-up art gallery by ART UNBOUND. ReConstruct is an exhibition in a ruined building in Tempelhof in the Ceiram Region where you clamber over rubble to see the art. It opens on October 17th and will run until November 7th.

Finally this week, there is a new café called the Damocles Diner in the Spini region where you can enjoy informal roadside dining. 

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Sci-Fi Expo special stamp | I got a passport stamp machine | BBB Facebook group | A postcard from Mr Beeb | Seven new Locations

EARLY PUBLICATION FOR SCI-FI EXPO 2021

The Gazette is normally published at one minute past midnight SLT on Saturday, but this week we are publishing one day early to coincide with the opening of SL's Sci-Fi Expo 2021, which is offering a special, limited edition event stamp for your Bellisseria Passport. Full details are below in the New Locations section.

It's a huge science fiction event to benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and The American Cancer Society. It runs from October 8th to 17th and features 70 Exhibitors, 60 hours of entertainment, an interactive quest and more! As a sci-fi fan (an SL Time Lord) and as someone who lost a beloved life-partner to breast cancer,  your editor hopes you will not just collect your passport stamp. Please also enjoy the event and make a donation here and there to an important cause. 


I GOT A PASSPORT STAMP MACHINE

I just went through the experience so am here to tell you how to become a passport stamp...er I mean .. how to become a passport stamp location. It really is easier than I thought it would be.

Step One: Have an interesting place for people to come visit. In my case, I have too many Bellisseria Fantasy Homes.. Two of them. I only need one to live in but I like the other too much to give it up. So I decided to turn it into an art gallery and garden and had a LOT of fun doing it.

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Step Two: Fill out an application.

Before I could fill it out, I had to go get it. So I TP'ed to the BBB office  and found the sign on the wall that said “PASSPORT STAMP LOCATION.” I left-clicked it to get the application form notecard.

The form was simple, but required me to make a couple of decisions. I am one of those people who takes twenty minutes at Baskin Robbins to decide what ice cream flavour I want. So it took a while to decide on the colour and shape of my stamp. The shape options were “Square, Round, Rectangular, Triangular, Etc.” I decided on Etc. Let them decide! That probably wasn't the answer they were looking for, but they were nice about it. As for colour, after changing my mind about seven times, I decided on purple. As for the design itself, they do that for you based on any suggestions you make, unless (like me) you have one of your own you'd like to use. 

Screenshot 2021-10-05 at 16.54.17Step Three: Turn in the completed application form. I had two choices; either to drop it in the post box under the application sign or to IM Dark Sunflower (her calling card is inside the form). I chose the latter and had a very pleasant chat with her.

Step Four: When the stamp machine arrives a few days later, rez it out at your location. That would have been really simple, except once again... there was a choice. They provided me with two stamp machines.. one black and one white. I finally decided on the white.

Step Five: Make sure your parcel is set up for guests. That means the land setting allows visitors and doesnt have a security orb to chase them away. Also make sure that scripting is turned on for “everyone”, so the machine can apply the stamp.

That is all there was to it. If you are not decision challenged, like me, the process is easier than eating your favourite flavour of pie.

Article & Photo by Teresa Firelight


BBB FACEBOOK GROUP

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The BBB now has its own group on Facebook.

Please follow this link to view. We hope you will join it too. 

It is yet another place (along with our Flickr Group) to share photos of your travels with your Bellisseria Passport.

We hope you will also use it to keep in touch with your loyal civil servants here at the BBB and to chat with your fellow-members of the BBB user group.


A POSTCARD FROM MR BEEB

In case any of you are missing him (and to reassure the rest of us that he's far far away) here's a postcard we received from Chief Passport Inspector Beeb on his extended vacation. 

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NEW LOCATIONS

This week we have a bumper crop of seven new locations. A limited edition stamp is on offer for the duration of this years SL Sci-Fi Expo. There are also two more sites on Linden Department of Public Works (LDPW) land this week, placed by our beloved Moles. There's yet another new railway station on the SLRR and a new art gallery in Fantasseria, Finally, in the Other category, we have two memorials to fallen Americans and Native Americans of the United States armed forces. All gave some. Some gave all. 

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Poster Competition | New Stamp Locations

POSTER COMPETITION

Our proposed sub-offices on Linden Department of Public Works land have been eagerly anticipated since the prototypes were displayed on our stand at SL18B. The designs have now been been completed. They are being tested at secret locations in-world. The plan is for our beloved Moles to place them on public land. The date of placement has yet to be confirmed. 

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Fenella in front of one of the prototype sub-office designs at SL18B

Now it's time for you, our readers, to play your part. Every BBB office and Embassy will shortly have space for one new promotional poster. In a competition sponsored by the BBB Gazette we are inviting all residents of Second Life® to design and submit a poster for that space.

All entrants submitting posters that comply with the rules will (if holders of a Bellisseria Passport) receive a unique passport stamp as a reward.

There is no other way to obtain that stamp.

Entrants who don't currently hold a Bellisseria Passport can receive their stamp if they obtain one within 1 month of entering the competition. All they have to do is mention their entry to the competition in their application form. Their new passport, if approved, will then be issued with the stamp already included. 

The 10 best posters will be featured in the frames in BBB official locations (including any future sub-offices). Here are the rules: 

  • The poster must promote either Bellisseria and/or the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy.
  • By submitting the file, the entrant represents to the BBB that s/he owns all relevant rights to the image.
  • The image file must be square in format and measure at least 1024 x 1024.
  • The image file must be no larger than 2048 x 2048 (the maximum size for an uploaded texture to SL).
  • Each resident may submit one poster only.
  • The content must comply with Linden Labs' Terms of Service as in force on the date of submission.
  • The content must be suitable for display in a region with a maturity rating of General.
  • The entry must be submitted to Gazette Editor Fenella Allen ("the Editor") either in the form of a full perm texture inside a notecard or as an enclosure to an email to bbbgazette.editor@gmail.com.
  • The name of the notecard or the subject line of the email to the Editor should be the contestant's legacy name.
  • Submission of the entry grants the BBB the right to use the image for display in Second Life® and in the BBB Gazette for official purposes. All other rights in the image remain with the entrant.
  • The entry should either feature the entrant's signature or our design team will add the entrant's name to a winning entry.
  • The competition opens today and closes at midnight SLT on October 23rd. 

The contest will be judged by the BBB staff, chaired by Sun – our Director of Design & Distribution. Sun's decision will be final. Get those creative juices flowing! We look forward to seeing your efforts. 


NEW STAMP LOCATIONS

We have a bumper crop of new locations where you can collect stamps for your Bellisseria Passport this week. They include two terminals placed by our beloved Moles on LDPW public land; at Half Hitch on the Blake Sea and at the ANWR Prim Rig Platform – where all the prims for Second Life® construction are extracted.

There are also new locations in Bellisseria itself; a new Book Club, a Gaming Club and a free café.

There's a new stamp to be had at an old location: Bear Castle, where an amazing collection of Linden Bears is housed. 

Collecting the historic first Blake Sea stamp other than by boat, seaplane or helicopter seems like cheating to your editor; an enthusiastic frequent sailor and aviator there. However the BBB makes no official judgments in these matters so teleporting is permitted, if not condoned. Whether you teleport, drive, ride a horse, fly, hike, sail or bike – all of us at the BBB wish you safe travels. Take care of those passports and enjoy visiting the new locations! 

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Stamp Terminals | Teaser Photo | My Partner wants me to get a passport | New Locations

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All readers will recognise our stamp dispenser terminals. They come in black and white.  They’re elegant, low-prim and with our logo on the front they’re easy to recognise.

You may not have encountered all of the other variants yet, so here are some photos

One is unique — the special Bellisseria Slenderman edition. You’ll have to brave his gallery to see that one up close — and he does not make it easy to find! The undersea variant — rusty and flickering — is to be found at Mer locations. Then there’s the latest type — for homes in Fantasseria — the magical sub-continent of Belli.  

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Watch out for all the different styles and always check for our logo before complaining that one doesn’t work. The basic design is available full perm on MarketPlace and others use it too around the grid for various purposes — so that thing you’re clicking with no result may not always be one of ours! 

STOP PRESS: You heard it here first, folks. More new designs of terminals, including wall-mounted plaque-type variants, are in development and will be available Soon®. 


TEASER PHOTO

No clues, but also coming Soon®.

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MY PARTNER WANTS ME TO GET A PASSPORT

Screenshot 2021-09-21 at 03.35.32My friend Daphanie Dolphin phoned me frustrated and wanting to blow off steam. She'd had a fight with her husband Flipper. He wanted her to get a Bellisseria Passport so they could travel together to exotic places of interest and collect interesting passport stamps.

While she loved the idea, she really can't afford a premium account right now. Besides, she lives with Flipper in their lovely houseboat and didn't want to get another home just for the passport. 

She told as much to Flipper. He was not very understanding. He just did not seem to "get" her concerns.

I am not asking you to move out.. just to get a passport.

But getting a passport means I need a Linden Home… which means paying 11.99 a month for a premium account. I just cant afford that.

I never asked you to get a premium account.. just get a passport.

But you can't have a passport unless you have a Bellisseria address... and I don't.

She paused. Then suspicions began to run wild.

Is this your way of saying you dont want me to live with you anymore? Are you breaking up with me?

No I am not breaking up with you! I just want you to apply for a passport so we can travel together. It sounds like a fun hobby and I would like to do it with you!!

I stopped her at that point. Like a good bureaucrat, I put her on hold. I checked with the BBB office for our policy on spouses/partners and passports. The policy is: if your partner owns a Bellisseria home and you are officially partnered in SL, then you qualify for a passport using your their address.

I took Daphanie off hold and told her the good news. She let out a squeal of delight, then put me on hold (but forgot to push mute). I guess she isnt a true bureaucrat! I could hear her telling her partner the news and then all sorts of kisses and smooching. At that point I hung up, satisfied that once again bureaucracy had saved the day.

The story shared is true except that the names (and most of the facts) have been changed to protect the innocent. The one part that was not changed: If you are partnered with a Bellisseria Home Owner, and that partnership reflects in both profiles, then you do qualify for a Bellisseria Passport.

Article and photo by Teresa Firelight 


NEW STAMP LOCATIONS

This week there are five new locations where you can collect stamps for your Bellisseria Passport. Red's Mystery Shack and Camp Sasquatch are both in the mainland wilds, in the region of Nagarjuna. Native Whispers is a new location in the Hopalong region of our home continent; a place for the indigenous peoples of the Americas and their friends. Mt. Campion National Forest is another natural location to explore. Finally, in the Fairhaven Redux region, the original builders have made a new version or Fairhaven; an adult beach and music venue with a tropical jungle and "photo opportunities at every turn".

All the information you need, including previews of the stamps you can obtain, are below. As usual, the new locations have also been added to the Online Travel Guide. Enjoy your visits and please do tell all you friends about the Bellisseria Passport. Everything they need to know is in the side-bar to the Gazette and our helpful staff of volunteers (our application process is very hands-on and personal) are always ready to answer any questions applicants may have. 

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Bus and Plane Tours | Change in Categories | Survey Results | Three new locations

BUS AND PLANE TOURS ARE NOW AVAILALBLE

Ever wonder if an immersive multi-stop tour is available to not only collect multiple BBB Passport Stamps, but to also see the way in which numerous stamps are connected via the numerous Linden Department of Public Works (LDPW) roadways, coastal waters or airway flight paths?  Well, wonder no longer!

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  We will begin with the flight tours being offered since they were the first tour type to be developed.  Gemini Ravenwood (paganshadow resident,) a virtual airline pilot and member of the BBB users group, has created two multi-continent mainland BBB Stamp tours.

Tour 1 traverses the Nautilus and Satori continents, begins at White Star Airport, and allows the collection of six stamps upon completion at The Dirty Oar.

Tour 2 travels across the continents of Sansara, Bellisseria and Jeogeot, affording passenger to collect six completely different stamps.

BBB Passport Stamp Bus Tour (1)

Active in many mainland travel tours, Yukiko Yeshto has created an overland route via vintage bus, primarily in the Bellisseria continent, but, once again, two tours available to collect 11 other completely seperate stamps.

The tours are currently running, but are still in development as new stamps are introduced.  As of this printing they happen on Thursdays at 11am SLT, with the Bus and Plane tours alternating weeks, and the individual tours for each travel method also alternating.

Even if you have collected the stamps being offered, it makes for a really delightful couple of hour of exploration and travel around Second Life, not to mention the opportunities for new friendships as the groups embark on their tours.

There are also plans to have a Second Life RailRoad (SLRR) tour as stamp destinations along the routes are discovered.


Article by Cranston Yordstorm


CHANGE IN LOCATION CATEGORIES

As we now have more than one railway station in our stamp locations, the BBB Management Directorate has decided to rename Category 1 in the Online Travel Guide to "Airports / Ports / Railway Stations". The Zany Zen Railway has therefore been moved from Category 5, "Other", to Category 1. This week's new railway station – details under New Locations below – has also been added to Category 1.


SURVEY RESULTS

SurveyMonkey Analyze - BBB Customer Satisfaction SurveyThank you to all who completed our customer satisfaction survey, which is now closed. 

We are pleased to report that 79% of respondents would recommend us to a friend vs 5% who wouldn’t.

92.5% considered our services to be of very high or high quality.

85% said we were responsive or very responsive to questions or concerns.  

The most common way of finding out about our services was from friends or the Bellisseria Citizens Group chat.

PNG imageWe really appreciate the respondents who used the “any other comments” question to thank and praise us. We are volunteers and the occasional kind word is our only reward. Thanks.

If we were to be ashamed about anything in the results, it’s that only one respondent complained about our rudeness! We apologise to fellow bureaucrats  everywhere for this betrayal of the profession's traditions. We promise we will try to do worse better. 

Thanks again for taking the time to let us know your views. In all seriousness we are here to make your Second Life® more fun and we are glad so many of you enjoy what we do.


NEW LOCATIONS 

This week we have three new locations where you can get your passport stamped. They include an impressive hydro-electric power station  – providing energy to Heterocera, as its land info proudly states. There's also a party house and a huge railway station – home of the Virtual Railways Consortium. All the details you need are below. 

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A Day in the Life: Zoe | Bellisseria's Water Taxi | Three new locations

9/11 ANNIVERSARY

As our friends in the USA and 90 countries that lost citizens in the attack remember that sad day 20 years ago, our hearts and minds are with the victims, their friends, families and everyone affected by their loss.


A DAY IN THE LIFE: ZOE

Zoe in her passport_license_plates storage work atticI rode my motorbike to the office; enjoying Bellisseria's beautiful scenery along the way. It's lucky there were not too many people on the roads, as I'd overslept and missed my morning coffee! People who know me will tell you I tend to get a little grumpy without my FIRST COFFEE .....!!

Arriving at our Winters Elm office, I noticed BBB chief Boo wasn't around yet. Lucky me! I could relax a bit while I woke up properly. I made a beeline for our coffee machine and, while enjoying my first sip, walked onto our peaceful patio. What a way to start a new work day, listening to the birds sing as I looked out over the river!

My first job was to empty the passport, drivers license and license plate mailboxes. Seeing the number of applications, I knew I would not be bored today! When the new applications were arranged in no particular order (I am a real bureaucrat!), it was time for my daily house-calls to verify addresses. Only genuine applicants – not mainland refugees – qualify!

I enjoy this part of the job as I get to see so many pretty places. Often I return later to explore them more in my spare time, which starts at 3.30pm (I am a real bureaucrat!). I like checking out applicants' homes through the windows. How nicely decorated many of them are!

Some are committed to their privacy, which I usually discover too late because I was busy admiring their beautiful things. After getting my umpteenth free flight from a security device, I wipe the dirt off my clothes and head back.

Luckily today I didn't have to ask the border police for help. All the applicants were genuine. Having checked their homes, we still needed to check their ID though. It's my job to make sure each gets a personal invitation to our Initiation Office for a full body scan. After sending those out it was time for my lunch break. So much work done already!

Lunch has become more pleasant since Mr Beeb was sent on indefinite leave. I relaxed in our lovely garden with food and a glass of wine (don't tell Boo). I almost forgot it was a working day.

After lunch, I checked how many citizens had visited the Initiation Office in the last two days. Too many alas – more work for me. So it was time to take the bull by the horns and actually make the passports, licenses and plates they'd successfully applied for. I had to make them all within 48 hours – such a hard life.

It's a fiddly job, which requires full concentration to process them faultlessly. Any mistakes in personal information would render the document illegal with all the consequences of that*. I looked at the clock, which showed 3:15 pm and decided to call it a day. The new documents had to be packaged and sent to all those Belli addresses, but luckily the post office is right next door!

I didn't complete all the documents; my day was shorter than the work required. Good bureaucrat that I am, I happily postponed the rest. When I see the boss I will make my routine complaint about overwork and say I really do need an assistant to drink wine with share all those house-calls.

*None at all – it's all for fun. 

Article and photo by Zoe Suki


BELLISSERIA'S WATER TAXI

Did you know that Bellesseria has it’s own Water Taxi? It runs between the Fairgrounds (in Whiskey Bay), the Lighthouse (in Cedarburg), and a lovely trad community at Squishy Squid. You can catch the Taxi at the pier at any of these three locations. It arrives roughly every 10 minutes. Look for a sign that looks like this.

Picture 1 - Water Taxi Sign 2991x2048I caught the Water Taxi starting at the lighthouse. It is such a pretty location and well worth looking around before you board the taxi.

Picture 2 - Water Taxi leaving lighthouse 2985x2048It took me to Squishy Squid where I got off for a delightful little walk around this lovely community.

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Then I hopped back on it and rode it to the Fairgrounds, located in Whiskey Bay.

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The fairgrounds is a great place to visit, by the way. It often has interesting events going on. At the moment, there were no special events, so I hopped back on the Water Taxi and returned to the lighthouse from where I had started my adventure.

Article and photos by Teresa Firelight


NEW LOCATIONS

This week we have a cave system, the headquarters of Bellisseria's largest and most influential group and an arty coffee shop to add to the destinations in the BBB Online Travel Guide where you can collect stamps for your Bellisseria Passport.

The cave system is beneath one of SL's many versions of Stonehenge; on Campbell Coast. The BBB's very own Cranston Yordstorm took a break from his work for us to do some spelunking beneath his land. He discovered that Glastonbelli has its own distinctive cheddar cheese – made and stored for maturation in the caves he discovered. You don't need to spelunk, because he's built a railway you can ride to tour the caves. You may even meet SL's version of Cheddar Man, the oldest known inhabitant of the British Isles who met a violent death in the Cheddar Gorge some 10,000 years ago. SL's version is just as dead but rather livelier, so be warned!

Bellisseria Citizens is the largest and most active of Bellisseria's many groups. Its HQ is a great information resource for Bellisserians old and new – as well as being a relaxed hangout and a place to play games. At some point all or most Bellisserians are going to find their way there and now they can get their passport stamped too. 

Our editor, Fenella is curator of the Limoncello Art Gallery, which has a few locations in Bellisseria and on mainland SL. The latest of these is a cafe in the Elven Falls Art Collective, which opened in July this year and is a growing community of SL Artists. 

All the information you need is below and the Online Travel Guide has also been updated. Enjoy your SL travels and be careful not to lose your passport!

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GlastonBelli is back | Two new members of BBB Staff | Five new locations

GLASTONBELLI IS BACK

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Have you been wondering where the GlastonBelli Pyramid Stage has gone?  Fear not, gentle reader.  It has merely moved to a new location and is now open for you to get that elusive BBB stamp!

In writing about its return, I wanted to get the history right, so I spoke to the people who created it, Bjoyful and Doc Rast. Doc saw a documentary about the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset UK, which had its 50th anniversary in 2020, and was inspired to create an SL build of the iconic Pyramid Stage.

It was used for a successful live music concert at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds in February 2020. Hence its SL name (Glastonbury in Bellisseria = GlastonBelli, get it?) That was followed by another concert festival in June 2020.

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So this isn't the first time that GlastonBelli has moved.  From the Fairgrounds, it went to the Sunstream region on Campbell Coast in mainland Corsica. Due to design changes and the need for more space, it then moved to its previous location in the Erazor region. There it shared space with the Campbell Coast Artist's Village and Aerodrome. Now it's on formerly abandoned land in the nearby region of Sevenfold, landscaped in the fine Campbell Coast signature style of architect/designer Kitten Mills.

The new GlastonBelli Pyramid nestles in the midst of a lush redwood and pine forest, with a mountain overlook featuring a replica of Stonehenge. That ancient monument is part of the traditions of the RL festival as concert-goers often begin their pilgrimage to Glastonbury (or Glasto as the regulars call it) from there. There are hopes that GlastonBelli will again host music concerts in SL.

Article and images by Cranston Yordstorm. Online Travel Guide image by Fenella Allen


PLEASE WELCOME NEW STAFF

Mulder (alex.alas) has joined the secretariat as Design &Distribution Assistant to Sun. He will help her in making stamps, distributing terminals and checking locations etc. Our other new staff member, Teresa Firelight, will initially assist Coal in the development of a secret special project currently in development. Please join us in welcoming them both.


FIVE NEW STAMP LOCATIONS  

The number of places in Second Life where you can have your passport stamped continues to increase. This week, we have three more in the airports and ports category of the Online Travel Guide and two in the other category. The others  in this case are private residences in Fantasseria; our first locations on Bellisseria's fantasy sub-continent.

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BBBug passes 500 members | Fantasy Stamp Terminals

THE BBBUG NOW HAS OVER 500 MEMBERS

We passed this milestone on Sunday, August 22. We don't know the comparitive stats (does anyone?) but that seems like a high number for an invitation-only group. We appreciate each and every one of you, dear BBBuggists. Onwards and upwards to 1,000 members!


NEW STAMP TERMINALS FOR FANTASSERIA

We have already had applications for stamp terminals in the fantasy sub-continent of Bellisseria now known as Fantasseria. Sun, our Chief Designer, anticipated the demand and was ready. If you are issuing stamps from your fantasy home, you will have these options.

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NEW LOCATIONS

There are two new LDPW locations this week. We currently have five new applications for new locations being processed for next week, including the first ones in Fantasseria and three new airports/marinas! 

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Welcome new bureaucrat Cranston | Two Locations move | A Day in the Life: Coal | Gacha Addiction | Mainland Project

PLEASE WELCOME CRANSTON YORDSTORM TO THE BBB STAFF

CranprofileCranston is the author of the BBB-Approved publication Passport to Bellisseria and has been doing a sterling job for some time reporting his adventures exploring Second Life® in pursuit of stamps for his Bellisseria Passport.

Our CEO has now recruited him to combine that exploration with scouting new locations to issue our passport stamps. His job description (to be found in the staff directory headed BBB Officials: Who we are and what we do in the side bar) reads:

I am a Destination Recruiter for the BBB. Using my experience as a travel blogger, it is my job to seek out eye-catching locations for consideration as potential Stamp Destinations and encourage them to apply.

Cranston is a popular performer in SL; singing both at his own club and around the Grid. He says of his new role at the BBB: 

Ever since I discovered the BBB and its passport stamps, I knew I had to be involved.  So I was chuffed when they liked my idea of becoming their "Destination Recruiter." I am looking forward to being part of this talented group.

He is a cheery, helpful, friendly soul and all of us (except Mr Beeb, for whom that is a critique) are delighted to welcome him to our team.


A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A BUREAUCRAT: COAL EDGE

Our editor, Fenella, interviewed Coal – a recent recruit.

F: What’s the ebb and flow of your work? Is there typically a busiest day or is it spread evenly?

55EB48A4-B0A9-4C2C-9233-696CEF1D26EDC: I work on upcoming projects and tech stuff behind the scenes. There isn't a "busiest day" as I spread out the hard and fun work evenly! Not everyone finds coding fun, but I get a sense of wonder when I've made someone's life easier by writing them a little gadget. My goal is to add a little something to anything I work on and have fun!

F: So when you log in on a typical day, what’s the first thing you do?

C: I check if anything new is going on in the community. I don't just jump straight into a script and ignore the world. Just like in any office, you stay connected by starting at the water cooler to catch up on what you missed! I may not always be in the spotlight chatting but I hear what people are saying. The BBB is always hopping – just like Bellisseria itself! Once I am up to speed, I turn up some music and get to typing code like a madman.

F: What then?

C: Depending on how inspired I feel in that moment I keep coding or go exploring for inspiration. Bellisseria residents have creative minds so just picking a random spot to ride a bike can get me feeling ready for anything. I enjoy riding the rails and since most of what a coder does is in our noggin, I just find me a rez zone to put down my train and explore. My world is all about imagination and figuring out how to make something happen. A joy ride before getting back to writing lines of magical code is a good bit of "rinse and repeat".

F: Your work seems not to involve much contact with BBBug members. Would you like more?

C: I would love it. I can chat with a cloud about the weather so random is never a problem! I am not much for the spotlight and my getting too technical can make peoples' eyes glaze over <grin> but I love to help folks and will chat with anyone, even if its about something other than what I usually do. Want to talk about the newest works of the amazing Moles? Hit me up! Want to chat about how to get started in scripting/coding? I am here for that also! I have done just about everything in Second Life and enjoy learning others' tricks and sharing my own.

F: What motivated you to join the BBB? How did it come about?

C: I heard about it from my girl. She said it was an amazing community so I got my passport and started exploring. A quick talk with some of the bureaucrats and I was hooked! After chatting with Boo, I saw ways I could contribute some cool things (even if unseen right now) to help it all grow. Second Life and Bellisseria are nothing without community. I joined to contribute to that.

F: The pay and benefits are non-existent and the boss is sarcastic at best or often plain rude. What’s in this for you?

C: I knew it would be volunteer work and that's fine. I want what I do to make something better for someone and my role with the BBB does just that. Mr. Beeb may wear the judging scowl of the hardcore bureaucrat but even he is ok once you learn to look past that clipboard. I may have a demerit or two, but I think he secretly likes me! I would say there's a lot in it for me because my reward is knowing I made someone smile. The BBB gives me lots of room to find things to tweak and expand. I love it because its a unique, Linden and Mole-fostered, community and we get to make it our own. I joined SL in 2005 and have been scripting pretty much since I joined. I love all things technical and program in multiple languages but I do a bit of role play as well. Second Life is nothing without the amazing people that add in their own stories to the mix. You, the person reading this interview, are why I am here. Anything I can do to make it more enjoyable for you makes my day!

F: Thanks, Coal.


THE TOOTHSOME WENCH AND THE PLATYPUS BEACH HOUSE HAVE MOVED

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Speaking of Cranston, his medieval pub in Bellisseria – The Toothsome Wench – has a new location. Its details have been updated in the Online Travel Guide, which as always can be found in the side bar. There is no new stamp as he's simply moved the dispenser to the new premises, but go take a look. It's a nice spot for some mead and a brawl. 

BBB Stamp Locations Platypus 3.001Also at a new location is the Platypus Beach House and once again, the Online Travel Guide has been updated. There's no new stamp but why not check it out anyway?


NEW LOCATIONS

We have two new locations this week; both in the Other category in the Online Travel Guide. The first is another from the SL Public Land Preserve; a treatment centre for gacha addicts! We assume they're preparing for an influx of new patients when this form of in-world gambling becomes illegal at the end of the month. The second is the headquarters of Operation Mainland, a group committed to making

...a more community-driven and beautiful mainland Second Life grid.

Look out for the photographic gallery of images of mainland locations and for educational materials on subjects ranging from good practice in mainland development to how to be a good mainland neighbour.

Watch out next week for more releases of passport stamps for LDPW locations by our friendly and creative Moles. We have many such locations in the pipeline and – given all the excitement this week about the release of the new Fantasy Homes – are now looking into the possibility of fae or elvish designs for our distinctive stamp-dispenser terminals!

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C.I. Beeb's First Day | Why we love being bureaucrats | New locations

NOTES FROM A BUREAUCRAT: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF CHIEF INSPECTOR EUSTACE BEEB

The name is Beeb, Eustace Beeb, I'm the new Chief Inspector of Passports for the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy, and I'm licensed to stamp.

When Great Aunt Beeb told me she was pressuring the founder of the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy into giving me employment at that esteemed institution I was overjoyed. Of course Great Aunt Beeb tends toward un-Beeb like exaggeration. I'm sure what she actually meant was that she was persuading the founder of my unique skills and natural bureaucratic abilities. Her being on the board of the BBB wasn't a factor at all either. My skills shine through regardless.

I can tell you Mrs Beeb and I were overjoyed when we heard I'd got the job. Merriment reigned in the Beeb household. There were extra biscuits with our evening Horlicks that night! Were it not for the relaxing and therapeutic attributes of collating and indexing our beetle collection of an evening I'm not sure Mrs Beeb and I would have slept a wink the night before I joined the BBB.

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Mr Beeb at leisure with his beetle collection

It saddens me to say my initial introduction to the Bureau was rather disappointing. The total lack of rigour was astounding. Worst still there were no uniforms! Casual dress is their "modern" approach. Fortunately I have my own uniform and I'll wear that until I persuade them of the error of their ways.

Being introduced to all the staff was an excellent opportunity to educate them all on proper methods and approaches. I certainly did my utmost to rid them all of that the 'customer is always right' nonsense. I gave them some useful instruction on a rigorous and unyielding approach to all aspects of bureaucracy.

After my day with the other staff the founder, not a man of great intellect, did at least have the insight to admit my unique skills were wasted on teamwork. He insisted my duties should be as distant from other staff as possible. He obviously saw the danger of their lax, shoddy ways polluting my bureaucratic purity. Nevertheless I believe my short encounters with the team planted seeds of bureaucratic perfection.

I was to be what I'd modestly describe as an elite, shock tactic soldier for the BBB. Not for me the daily "customer facing" drudgery of my colleagues. "Customers?!" At best they are users; subservient to the might of the BBB.

I was stationed at the BBB HQ. Not at a desk like some ordinary bureaucrat, but in a mobile role. Mostly in the garden, weather permitting. Imagine the shock on the faces of the subservients at my shock tactic passport controls the moment they entered the garden area!

Yes it is a little galling I'm to spend as little time in the office itself as possible, and time can drag a little hiding behind bushes for hour upon hour. The joy of stamping a passport however is what I imagine a fisherman feels when hooking a prize fish.

The passport users though are a shockingly shoddy lot. I like to add what I think are instructive notes in their passports. They sometimes appear to be under the insane delusion I'm there to make friends. I'm here to add rigour to their lives.

My mission may be long and lonely, but bureaucracy is my life!


NEW LOCATION FOR BELLISSERIAN EMBASSY TO CORSICA

The lovely Bijoux offered us a new location in the Campbell Coast Harbour at Emyniad and we have moved our embassy there. We look forward to welcoming you and to continuing to represent our home continent to its friends in mainland Corsica.

BBB Gazette Editor, Fenella, is particularly delighted by the move as the new embassy is a short walk from the offices of the other publication she edits – The Limoncello News.

The BBB Embassy entry on the destinations database for SL Time Lords will now take you to the new location, though the old embassy remains open until our lease expires. The old location now features on your Tardis navigation systems as Artists' Village. That will probably disappear when the old embassy finally closes.

In even better news, we have also received a very generous donation of L$5,000 to cover the embassy's future rent. The BBB is grateful to our anonymous donor for this much-appreciated gift, which secures the embassy's future. 


IF YOU WONDERED WHY WE BECAME BUREAUCRATS FOR FUN, HERE'S YOUR ANSWER (FROM FUTURAMA)


NEW STAMP LOCATIONS

We have two new and one updated location this week. The new ones are Linden Department of Public Works (LDPW) public spaces built by our beloved Moles and will appear on a new page of the online travel guide. The first is the beautiful treehouse in Randelsham Forest – one of those public areas in Bellisseria not used for events as often as they should be. We really recommend you don't just TP in and grab the stamp here. The Moles have done a wonderful job of creating a peaceful, restful, rustic environment. There is much for you to enjoy.

The second is the Ring of Fire volcano. The stamp for that location is our 100th and the design reflects that milestone moment. Treat the volcano with due respect please. Try not to get too close. The Moles' sense of realism, coupled with their sense of humour, has led them to ensure such rashness will have consequences!

Legal Note: The BBB accepts no liability for injury, loss or embarrassment arising from your visit to this (or for that matter to any other) location.

The third location this week is our new embassy in Corsica. There is no new stamp as the terminal has simply been relocated from the old embassy. Collect the stamp if you don't have it, but visit anyway. We like our new home on the mainland and hope you will too. It may just be in the most bucolic setting for an embassy in diplomatic history.

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