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!

BBB Passport Stamp Terminal Flights (1)

  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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Embassy to Corsica | CBB | The Gazette in-world

THE EMBASSY TO CORSICA | CAMPBELL COAST | MAINLAND PASSPORTS

BBB Stamp Locations.003Following the ownership change at Campbell Coast, we must now pay rent to maintain our embassy in Corsica, which is located in the Artists' Village there.

We would like to thank the lovely Owl Dragonash for kindly donating L$200 to pay the first week's rent to help us maintain our (so far) only diplomatic outpost on the SL mainland. A donor who wishes to remain anonymous has offered to pay the rent for the remaining three weeks of our first month, so we are in good shape.

It should not go without saying that we are grateful to our previous anonymous donor, our colleague BJoyful, for all the many free weeks of rental since the Embassy was first established. 

The ownership change seems otherwise to be going smoothly. We haven't heard yet what (if anything) it means for the planned Corsican Bureau of Bureaucracy, which was to have been based there. It was intended to be the first institution on mainland SL to issue passports using our technology. We are well aware there's a strong demand from mainland SL residents for passports, so we hope it still will be!

We don't have the avi-power to accept applications from outside Bellisseria ourselves but we are ready, willing and able to license our tech to any mainlanders who can put together a team to do it – continent by mainland continent. If you live on mainland, would like to found your continent's Bureau of Bureaucracy and think you can assemble and train a team, please contact our CEO.


READING THE BBB GAZETTE IN-WORLD

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Did you know that you can read the Gazette in-world on a screen at the BBB's offices? Make sure you have media enabled in your viewer settings and hover your cursor over the screen. A floating browser bar appears. Click on the home icon and voila! 


ARTICLES FOR THE GAZETTE

If you've a tale to tell about your adventures collecting stamps or anything else with a BBB/Bellisserian angle, please send in your copy to the Editor and we'll be happy to feature it here. Stories about any locations issuing passport stamps are fine, even if the story is not about the stamps themselves. Email the Editor Fenella Allen via the side bar or drop a notecard on her in-world and you may see your name in print here. Remember the BBB Gazette's slogan:

If it wasn't Gazetted, it didn't (officially) happen!


GLASTONBELLI OFFLINE FOR NOW

Due to rebuilding, the Glastonbelli stamp terminal is temporarily unavailable. It's expected to be back online soon. In the meantime, the entry in the online travel guide has been updated to note its temporary suspension.


TECHNICAL PROBLEMS WITH PASSPORT HUD

Some BBBug members have reported losing a recent stamp or stamps in their passports after an untimely region crossing, TP or log out. It's not a very common problem, but of course it concerns us. At worst you are unlikely to lose all your collected stamps, just those added immediately before the incident. Our tech experts are working on this and the Lindens have offered us assistance, for which we are grateful. 

Pending a solution, our recommended temporary fix is only to wear your passport or visa HUD when actually collecting stamps; taking it off once you've acquired them. If you are a Firestorm user, you might like to put your current HUD in your Favourite Wearables so as to make it easy to put on and take off.

We are sorry about this. Even the mighty BBB can't avoid the occasional lightning strike from the bug-gods of SL. In real life you don't walk around with your passport in your hand, so maybe try to think of it as just more realistic role-play?


NEW STAMP LOCATIONS

We have two new locations this week. One is a new music venue for Bellisseria. The other is a garden in which to chill out – barefoot. Here are the details, which also feature in the BBB online travel guide. The latest edition of the guide is always available in the sidebar to the Gazette, so bookmark and check it before you visit a location. It may save you disappointment. 

By the way, if you are running out of space on your passport, there's a new visa HUD available from today at the office.

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Our CEO interviewed on TV | New Stamps to collect

BOO, INTERVIEWED ON "DESIGNING WORLDS"

Our founder and CEO Boo Rojyo appeared recently on the weekly TV programme Designing Worlds. It's a show about design and designers in Virtual Worlds. Boo was interviewed on our lovely stand at SL18B by Saffia Widdershins, whom many of you know from the "Meet the Lindens" interviews at SL events. Fenella picked her up on radar going by at SL18B and shouted an invitation to visit. They had a chat about the BBB, which led to Saffia inviting Boo to appear.

The interview features in the second of two special editions about SL18B, focussing on resident exhibits. The BBB segment begins at 32 minutes in. 

DW438 - SL18B Part II from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Those of you who spent time with us in our "secret garden" will enjoy seeing it again. There's also a lovely aerial shot at one hour and one minute in as part of a sequence of photos of resident builds. That sequence brought home just how vast SL18B was this year and made your editor sad to realise just how much of it she missed.

We are glad the word continues to get out about the BBB and the work we do to bring bureaucratic fun (and in the case of Mr Beeb, authentic bureaucratic misery) into the life of SL. Well done, boss and thank you, Saffia! Fenella is glad she overcame her English reserve to shout at you!


BJOYFUL AND GHOST

Two of our colleagues here at the BBB are facing challenges in RL. Sadly, BJoyful, who was the landowner at the six Scottish-themed regions of Campbell Coast and a tireless campaigner for the regeneration of the SL mainland, has serious health problems. She has had to sell the Campbell Coast ownership group, but we understand the new owner – himself a Campbell Coast resident – is committed to the concept. We hope so, as it's lovely.

Everyone who knows BJoyful will tell you she is one of the kindest, most enthusiastic and most delightful people in Second Life. She has never failed to give her colleagues, friends, tenants and even passing acquaintances an encouraging word or a hug when needed. It's our turn to hug her now and send her words of support. All of us at the BBB wish her the best possible outcome and hope to see her back in SL doing her thing as only she does. 

We also send our best wishes to our colleague Ghost, who is taking a break from SL to care for family with health problems. If you're reading this Ghost, our thoughts are with you and we hope to see you back soon. As a Ghost, you don't need anyone to keep your seat at the BBB warm, but it's here for you whenever you're ready. We miss you.


CUSTOMER SERVICE SURVEY

We urge you to complete our Customer Service Questionnaire in the sidebar and to encourage your friends to do so. The replies we have had so far give interesting insights – for example – as to how you found your way to the BBB in the first place.  The more of you who fill out the online form (it only takes a couple of minutes) the more useful it will be.

Our thanks to those of you who have completed it already. Any real-life enterprise would be proud of the approval ratings so far! Any real-life bureaucracy would be indifferent. 


TWO STAMPS RETIRED | FOUR NEW STAMPS

Two stamp terminals were retired this week. Vegas in the Sky and Circus Circus. If you don't have those stamps, alas, you have missed your chance.  The Online Travel Guide has already been updated. Let that encourage you to seek out this week's new locations without delay! Two of them are on the Campbell Coast: a cafe and an aerodrome. Another new location this week is a Water Park at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds. That's a special event, which is already open and runs until August 31st, so pick the stamp up quickly! Finally, an old location returns in a new place and form. The Platypus Beach House is now in a stilt home and you'll find the terminal as a plaque on the wall. 

Photographs, SLURLs and stamp images for all the new locations are below and you will be able to find them soon in the Online Travel Guide (link in the sidebar). As always, click on any image to enlarge it.

Platypus Beach House BBB Stamp Locations 31 Jul 21 Platypus Screenshot 2021-07-28 at 14.26.46
BIG SPLASH Adventure Oasis Water Park  BBB Stamp Locations 31 Jul 21 Big Splash Screenshot 2021-07-28 at 14.28.03
Campbell Coast Falls and Cafe BBB Stamp Locations 31 Jul 21 CC Cafe Falls CC Falls Cafe
Campbell Coast Aerodrome BBB Stamp Locations 31 Jul 21 CC Aerodrome CC Aerodrome

STOP PRESS

Cranston Yordstorm is back blogging about his adventures collecting stamps for his Bellisseria Passport. His latest post is here.


Mr Beeb makes waves | Change of stamp terminal location | 4 New Stamps

Screenshot 2021-07-18 at 23.55.49The most common criticism of our service here at the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy has been that – for bureaucrats – we are unrealistically helpful and friendly. In an attempt to rectify this error on our part, our new colleague, Chief Inspector of Passports Beeb, has been trialing a different approach. 

Some of the existing staff have, to be honest, been a little perturbed. It has to be said, however, that some of you seem to enjoy it! Lines have been forming at our offices for CIP Beeb's particular style of "service" and for the personal stamps he issues (and annotates), which will change each month.

As he has been keen to tell visitors, he is "not here to make friends". We rather suspect he would like to make the BBB's ethos closer to that of an RL bureaucracy; perhaps even training staff to forego cheery interactions with our users. 

We at the Gazette are always keen to hear about your experiences with the BBB. Right now, we're particularly interested in hearing about your meetings with CIP Beeb.

Let us know in the comments or email the Editor using the link in the sidebar. Please feel free to send in photographs too.


FROM THE DESK OF THE EDITOR

A personal thank you from Fenella to those of you who came to her 14th Rez Day party this week. She had a wonderful time in the company of friends and colleagues. Her Rez Day was yesterday. Here's to the next 14 years!


BELLISSERIA PARADE OF HOMES REVIEW / BELLISSERIA LIFE

The BBB has licensed two new publications, which now feature in the Gazette's sidebar. The first is the Bellisseria Parade of Homes Review (licence # 0007). The Parade of Homes is an established Bellisserian institution, publishing lists of personal homes open to the public, as well as resident-owned places of interest like our own offices. The lists were traditionally in notecard form. Prudence Anton, who runs the PoH, has now taken it to the web in style!

What is the BBB connection here, apart from the fact that Pru is a BBB official? You will have to wait for details but discussions are in progress for special stamps to be issued from certain PoH locations. Watch the Gazette (and the PoH Review) for further news Soon™.

The second new approval (licence # 0008) has been issued to Bellisseria Life, a long-standing friend and booster of the BBB. Fenella uses its group to announce every issue of the Gazette and we at the BBB are very happy to do our bit to promote this publication in return. 


NEW LAYOUT FOR THE GAZETTE

Our previous layout worked well on mobile phones for reading the articles, but gave no access to the sidebar links. We hope you like this new design which is more mobile-friendly. Please let us know what you think. 


BBB Stamp Locations SLCG Ahnpyung.001CHANGE IN STAMP TERMINAL LOCATION

We received reports from users that they were unable to locate the stamp terminal for Lower Bellisseria Airport. Fenella Allen contacted Mike Chase of the SL Coast Guard – the owner of the location. The terminal has indeed been moved. It now stands in front of SLCG Station, Ahnpyung. It's still issuing the same stamp so don't make the mistake of obtaining a duplicate!

The entry for the location has now been updated in the BBB Online Travel Guide, with both a new photograph and a new SLURL. Please accept our apologies for time you have wasted looking for the terminal before we became aware of the change. 

We are dependent on location owners and/or BBBug members to inform us of such changes. If you let any member of the BBB staff know about them we will update our records and the BBB Online Travel Guide accordingly.


NEW STAMPS AVAILABLE

We have another bumper crop of new locations issuing stamps this week. Aussie Shores and Evergreen Equestrian are an Australian beach location and an equestrian centre. The Museum for Art is a highly-specialised new gallery in Bellisseria featuring exhibits that tell the history of the owner's home town in the Netherlands. On the subject of art galleries in Bellisseria, BBB Licensed Publication #2, Limoncello News, has recently created a directory of them, which helpfully indicates if they issue a passport stamp or not.

Bear Castle houses the owner's enormous personal collection of Linden Bears as well as others on loan from her friends. Since the beginning of Second Life® it has been a tradition for residents meeting a Linden in-world to ask him or her for a memento of the meeting. Many of these are teddy bears and all of them are now called "bears" even when they're not! The tradition has been extended to the Moles; residents recruited by the Lindens to work professionally on projects for the LDPW – Linden Department of Public Works. The largest such project these days is of course our home continent of Bellisseria.

Linden Bears often reflect the personality of the Linden or Mole concerned. The collection is therefore a fascinating folk-history of SL in cuddly (and not-so-cuddly) toys. Our editor managed almost 14 years in SL before she met her first Linden - Patch – and has only a couple of recently-acquired "bears". The effort that has gone into this collection is impressive and it's worth a visit. 

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Museum for Art BBB Stamp Locations 24 Jul 2021.002 Screenshot 2021-07-23 at 10.11.32
Evergarden Equestrian BBB Stamp Locations 24 Jul 2021.003 Screenshot 2021-07-19 at 01.00.40
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Video tour of the new office | New staff | Many new locations!

VIDEO TOUR OF OUR NEW OFFICE

Many thanks to Pru and Sceneris, our in-house videography team, for this tour of our new premises.


FROM THE OFFICE OF THE CEO: WELCOME TO MR BEEB

I'd like to take this opportunity to warn you, or rather advise you, of the arrival of a new member of staff in the BBB fold. Of course the reason I'm writing this article rather than the BBB Gazette Editor Fenella Allen is not because this particular new employee has already antagonised her in some way. What a ridiculous concept.

Mr Beeb Just doing his job
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Our new employee, Mr Beeb (eustacebeeb), will I think bring a little more rigour and rigidity into the BBB ethos. So many times people say we are all too nice and amenable to be bureaucrats. I am confident that Mr Beeb will change that perception.

The role to be filled is Chief Inspector of Passports. This is a roving position, making 'spot checks' on all our passports for the good of the community. The nature of this role is in no way just a means to keep this individual away from everyday BBB affairs, so not further alienating colleagues.

I'd like also to 'nip in the bud' unsubstantiated rumours that this individual's Great Aunt is a major benefactor of the BBB and we are finding employment for him in some disingenuous manner.

We hope you'll have the possible pleasure of meeting our new Chief Inspector of Passports very soon.

Anyway, new blood. Onwards and upwards!

Boo Rojyo, Founder and CEO.



WELCOME COAL EDGE

Screenshot 2021-07-12 at 00.13.23Also joining the BBB this week is yet another new team member, Coal Edge. Coal came forward as a volunteer during SL18B. He is a 16 year+ veteran of SL and has a lot of relevant experience in scripting.

The BBB's services require clever code and we have several projects in the pipeline that involve scripting. Coal will help out with those, reporting directly to our Head Scripter, North Crannock. 

Please welcome Coal to the team.


OUR EDITOR'S REZ DAY CELEBRATION

All readers of the BBB Gazette are welcome at Fenella's 14th Rez Day party at 1pm SLT on 21st July. It is a garden party in her own version of the BBB's secret garden at the SL18B celebrations recreated at her dacha in Campbell Coast. Music will be provided by DJ Female. Dress code is smart casual.

An invitation was included with the in-world notices announcing the publication of this week's Gazette. Please RSVP directly to Fenella in-world. 


NEW STAMP LOCATIONS

We have a bumper crop of six (!) new locations for you to visit with your passport this week. There's a special limited edition stamp to be collected from Lido – the second pop-up art gallery in the ART UNBOUND® series from Infinite Productions and the Limoncello Art Gallery.

Two Bellisseria institutions sharing a location are offering one stamp each. They are Bellisseria Life and Bellisseria Bike, Drive & Scoot! We learned from having so many stamps issued close together at SL18B that you need to wait for one stamp to appear before clicking to get another. So be careful not to clickety-click too quickly at this two-stamp location!

The Republic of Titania has opened a consulate in Bellisseria and will stamp your passport on application. Le Messire Airfield provides our aviation fans with a new place to land their 'planes. Finally, you can pick up a stamp with a touch of Southern Style at the modelling agency of that name.

It's a busy week for you passport-toting Bellisserians, so get your travel gear on, pack your camera and get going! Don't get behind with your collecting because there are another four locations already in the pipeline for next week – including an amazing collection of Linden Bears.

If you take photos at these (or any of our) locations, please be so kind as to share them with us at our Flickr Group Page.

Lido - an ART UNBOUND pop up art gallery
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Bellisseria Bike, Drive & Scoot! BBB Stamp Locations 17 July 2021.001 Screenshot 2021-07-13 at 03.25.38
Bellisseria Life BBB Stamp Locations 17 July 2021.002 Screenshot 2021-07-13 at 03.18.27
Honorary Consulate of Titania BBB Stamp Locations 2.001 Screenshot 2021-07-13 at 03.37.54
Le Messire Airfield BBB Stamp Locations 17 July 2021.007 Screenshot 2021-07-13 at 03.44.02
Southern Style
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