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Happy Holidays | 2022 Calendar | It's a Wonderful Life BBB | Tech Upgrades | Nautilus Embassy Opening | New Stamp Locations

SPECIAL HOLIDAY EDITION

BBB Calendar 2022We wouldn't usually publish on a public holiday. Instead, we'd give our journalists and photographers a break and let them spend time with their loved ones. This year, however, we decided to celebrate the Gazette's very first holiday season with a special edition. We hope you enjoy it!

All of us at the BBB would like to wish you and your families the happiest of holidays and the most fortunate of New Years.

Speaking of the new year, H.E. Ghost has made a BBB 2022 calendar for you all to enjoy. It is available (for free) at BBB HQ and at Bellisserian Embassies and Post Offices.


IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE BBB

We all know the story of George Bailey. He was shown what the world would have been like without him and how (unbeknownst to him) his life had actually ended up touching and enriching countless others around him.

Well let’s apply that same storyline to the BBB. What would the Bellisserian world would be like if the BBB was never “born.”

For starters, there would be no place to issue Driver’s Licences or vehicle registration plates. “Not a big loss,” you say? Well it is to those of us who love to explore by vehicle and who enjoy having their licences and their number plates. 

1- No Stamp Machine

But that is not all that would be missing, not by a long shot. There would also be no passport stamp machines, and no passports to collect visa stamps from them. Residents would not know about many exciting places to explore, both in and out of Bellisseria.

And without the stamp machines, there would be no stamp collection tours, such as the bus tours that Yukiko Yeshto offers. There would be no stamp collection rallies, visiting Linden placed stamp machines along scenic paths. There would not be any of those little hand-held machines for collecting personal stamps from Patch and Abnor at Linden-sponsored events.

2- No Bus TourThere would be no post offices. There would be no embassies. There wouldn’t be any of those interesting videos that Pring Productions creates for the BBB.

There would also be no BBB Gazette, sharing important information and interesting stories. There would also be no interesting blogs from BBB fans. There would be no BBB activities and socials… and some of the friendships made at these events would not exist.

3- No Post OfficeThat is a lot of stuff that we would be missing.

Fortunately the BBB does exist. It is staffed by a dedicated group of volunteers – all of whom are motivated to build community in Bellisseria, and to to provide you (and other SL residents) with interesting and fun things to do. 

On behalf of the entire BBB staff, I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday season.4- BBB Merry ChristmasArticle and Photographs by Teresa Firelight


TECH UPGRADES AT BBB LOCATIONS

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Admiring the New Slide Viewers | Click to enlarge
The BBB has replaced the slide viewers in our offices and Bellisserian Embassies with new versions specially scripted by our talented tech team. They are now networked and all images come directly from the BBB's server, rather than being painstakingly updated manually each week.
 
The scripted viewers work more quickly and with less lag. They will also, as we roll out more embassies and (coming Soon®) sub-offices, save your Editor a huge amount of work. He's very grateful to colleague Coal Edge for writing the script and setting up the system, which will not only support the slide viewers but other BBB services.
 
The slides featured are the same ones featured in the Online Travel Guide. They are of all the locations where you can currently pick up visa stamps for your Bellisseria Passport.
 
All the slides are made by your Editor. Once he's reported new locations in the Gazette and added them to the Online Travel Guide, he can now just add them to the server and they will appear on all the slide viewers.

GRAND OPENING OF NAUTILUS EMBASSY

Abnor Mole presented the keys of  Bellisseria's new permanent embassy to the Continent of Bellisseria at a simple ceremony last Wednesday at 12 noon SLT. Abnor said:

I remember building some of the roads here many many years ago, including the road just below us in fact, and how much I enjoyed this continent with its hills and inlets. So I can understand the affinity many residents have for this land. I have no doubt that Freddie will do an amazing job as an honorary representative of Bellisseria acting as a conduit between residents there and residents here, so both may know the particular beauty and nuance unique to each. I declare this Embassy open and I present Freddie with the key. Congratulations.

His Excellency Freddie Harrington, the new Honorary Ambassador accepted the key and invited all inside. A grand ball followed with the great and the good of the two continents represented en masse in their best finery, as can be seen from the pictures below taken by BBB staff photographers Teresa and Dave.


NEW STAMP LOCATIONS

Our two new LDPW locations this week are both in the Snowlands of Sansara. The Bridge of Light in the Durango Region is a major piece of public infrastructure that must have been a chilly build for our hard-working Moles. The Kanin Chairlift will have also been a tough one, but at least they could enjoy downhill skiing and snowboarding when it was finished. Don't beat yourself up looking for the stamp terminal at the landing point, by the way. You'll need to take the chairlift to the top of the slope to find it!

Wwe would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of everyone at the BBB, to wish our beloved Moles the very best for the holiday season. Second Life® is based on resident-made content and of course the Moles are residents. Before they became Moles they were regular SL Joes like you and me. They bring a special contribution to making our virtual world (not least our home continent of Bellisseria) the wonderful place it is for our imaginations to run wild. Thank you, Abnor and Co.

An unusual art venue joins the many in Second Life® that now issue our passport stamps. This "gallery" however is a dumpster that offers a free artwork at random once a day. It's well worth visiting. Art for free. What's not to like?

Of course, following the grand opening reported above, you can now pick up your Nautilus Entry Visa from our new embassy there.

Finally, here's advance warning of a Special Event at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds from December 31st to January 2nd. It's a New Year celebration called Reveillon! and a special stamp will be available. As the organisers explain it:

Réveillon is the Brazilian NYE party traditionally celebrated by the sea shore, wearing white (meaning peace) and making wishes to Yemanjá (a powerful sea goddess from the Brazilian African-based religion known as Umbanda or Candomblé).

It sounds good fun and we hope to see you there. Don't miss this time-limited opportunity to pick up the stamp! 

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NYE 2022 - Reveillon!
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New Ambassador to Satori | BBB2B | Port Emyniad | New Stamp Locations

NEW AMBASSADORIAL APPOINTMENT

HE BijouxHer Excellency Bijoux Barr, art aficionado and SL style icon, has been appointed as Bellisseria's Honorary Ambassador to the great mainland continent of Satori (a.k.a. the Japanese continent).

H.E. Bijoux is a friend of H.E. Ghost, Bellisseria's Hon. Ambassador to Heterocera. It was she who first suggested that Bijoux apply for this position. 

Bijoux told the Gazette;

I've always loved exploring mainland continents and this passion grew when I started to play GTFO. It was wonderful to see all the different builds when travelling from one Hub to another. I've spent a lot of time exploring air, sea and land routes from Bellisseria to Corsica (via Satori).

When I became involved with the SL art community, I met awesome gallery owners baed in Satori too. My first exhibition of my family's art was at United Artists of SL, which is also a Satori location.

As a Satorian himself (and a long-time admirer of Bijoux, whose enthusiasm shines through in all her SL endeavours) your editor could not be more delighted by this appointment.

We at the BBB wish our Continent's newest Ambassador all the best in her new role.


PLANNING UNDERWAY FOR THE CELEBRATIONS OF THE BBB'S SECOND ANNIVERSARY – BBB2B

In January it will be two years since our founder, Boo Rojyo, established the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy. The first Bellisseria passport was his own and is dated 1st January 2020. In that first month, we issued passports to Fiona Jogiches, Jezebel Bailey, Prudence Anton and Cian Wycliffe. As the news spread, people loved the idea. Before too long it really took off. Patch Linden obtained his passport on 10th April 2020.

Pru leads the meeting
Pru leads the meeting / click to enlarge

The largest meeting in the BBB's bureaucratic history took place last Wednesday at the Bellisserian Embassy to Gaeta. The purpose was to plan for the BBB2B celebrations, which will take place at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds from January 23rd - February 1st next year.

The Mistress of Ceremonies will be our very own Pru (Passport Number BE-100000106). She led the planning discussions from a mock-up of the fairgrounds in the centre of the meeting hall. 

The event will have a winter theme. There will be a light railway connecting the various locations and paths to get around on foot. There will be a replica embassy, a functioning Event Post Office (from which visitors can send the special second anniversary postcards our very own Teresa has made) and a BBB information office. It will be possible to apply for a passport on-site. There will also be a Refreshment Centre and a cinema to screen our videos.

We are also exploring the possibility of staging an art exhibition at the event, with a theme of travel and exploration. 

BBBug members who enjoyed our pavilion at SL18B should enjoy this as much if not more. All our staff will be carrying SSiD tablets as we did during SL18B. Visitors with Bellisserian Passports will be able to get personal passport controls on site, obtaining individual stamps specific to the event. Bellisseria's Honorary Ambassadors will also be carrying SSiDs. We may issue a special HUD (like the one used for our DoSL / BBB Stamp Rally) for those without our passports. That would allow them to collect the event stamps too – and transfer them to a real passport if they apply during the event.

BBB Light Rail - image © Prudence Anton
BBB Light Railway / click to enlarge

A BBB Lag Commission composed of our expert scripters (nicknamed the Laggards) is tasked with ensuring the event runs as smoothly as possible. They will screen all scripts to be used on-site and veto any that would lag the place up. We think this is best practice for SL events and should be more widely adopted.

A full programme of entertainment is being planned, including singers and DJs. The opening event will be a BBB Boat Rally to collect special stamps on the way to a dance party at the Fairgrounds. There will also be several Bus Rally Tours, ending with a transfer to the Fairgrounds by boat or plane.  

Finally, there will be at least one grand formal ball so start polishing your dancing shoes and dry-cleaning your very best tuxedo or ball-gown! 

We look forward to welcoming you all to the celebration!


THE BEAUTY OF PORT EMYNIAD

As your new Bellisserian Honorary Ambassador to Corsica, I have been traveling around this beautiful continent, meeting residents and rediscovering—it has been my home on and off since 2017 — all that it has to offer. Allow me to introduce you to one such place.

Snapshot_720proOff the southern coast of Corsica is where Port Emyniad can be found. This port location has a public rez zone with no auto return. I was able to relax for as long as I liked without losing my vehicle!

The newly-installed BBB passport stamp terminal is against the port wall. Surfboard and Motorboat rezzers are available nearby. To the east there is a fire pit with plenty of seating for visitors to gather. Up the stone stairs is a very charming stage for performances.

There is also a small rest area where you can enjoy various ales, which is perhaps my favorite spot to take in the scenery of this seafaring location.

Snapshot_727proThe port is also home to Samaniego Art, which includes various indoor art galleries and an artwalk. The artworks range from contemporary to animated 3D pieces, as well as photography.

Her Excellency Bijoux Barr, Hon. Ambassador to Satori (see article above) is the founder of the group which owns both this location and the next region over to the east called Majistral Harbor. That harbour also has a rez zone with no auto return. 

Snapshot_729proIf you follow the trails north in back of the galleries they lead to a nice little artist hangout. Or you can walk east and cross the wooden bridge where you will find a horse rezzer. Either way, these trails lead eventually to the other areas of Campbell Coast, which extend well past Circuit La Corse to the north. Campbell Coast's multiple regions are a shining example of what is possible on the mainland when individuals collaborate for its beautification and development. Bellisserians and all residents of Second Life would do well to visit and explore all it has to offer.

Make sure to read the BBB Gazette often for future articles about my travels through the awesome continent of Corsica!

Article/Photographs by H.E. Jack Vincent, Honorary Ambassador to Corsica. 


NEW STAMP LOCATIONS

Located in the chalet regions in Bellisseria, Breathing Space is H.E. Bijoux Barr's quaint boutique gallery with exhibits from various artists. The port of Edge Walker is a gritty, practical environment in Satori and a GTFO hub.

Our two new LDPW locations this week are both in Bellissaria: Fishtail Point and one of our favourite locations to visit when sailing – Springhurst Gulf. The former is a perfect example of the phenomenon we wrote about some weeks ago: a Belli location with a popular place name that's reflected nowhere on the World Map or Land Menu. The latter was also mentioned in our article on place names and is affectionately known (for reasons obvious on landing there) as Crabby Island.

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Nautilus Embassy Opening | Using the BBB Post Offices | Horizons and Satori Post Offices Open | New Stamp Locations

NAUTILUS EMBASSY OPENS

H.E. Freddie HarringtonThe latest addition to Bellisseria's Corps Diplomatique – new ambassador for Nautilus, His Excellency Freddie Harrington – will receive the keys to his new embassy on December 22nd at 12 noon SLT.

Here's the SLURL to the embassy (take the elevator/lift!) but watch out in the BBB User Group (BBBug) for your official invitations. Formal wear is encouraged for the grand ball that will follow to celebrate the occasion. 

This is our nearest event to Christmas this year, so feel free to go full glam!


USING THE NEW BBB POST OFFICES

This holiday season I’ve been using the new post box system from the BBB. I picked up a free mailbox from the Bellisseria Post Office some weeks ago and placed it outside my Bellisserian home.

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I chose the small wall-mounted version. It suits my Victorian Linden home pretty well, but there are other styles available. These past few days I’ve been using the free greetings card kit kindly supplied. The cards come with readymade Christmas textures, but you can use your own to make them more personal and reflect how you celebrate the holidays. You can also write your own message.

Just like in RL you need to find a post box to mail your gifts and cards. For me that meant a trip to the Smuggler’s Inn PO where I found a very British red post box and simple instructions for mailing goodies.

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You might say “Hey I can just send my friends things over chat”. Yes it’s true but it’s nowhere near as fun as arriving home to find you have mail then collecting it by touching your mail box. The system checks all of the post offices, including those on the mainland. 

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Today I have a nice card from a friend for my mantelpiece.

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I’m an advocate of more “immersion” in Second Life – I’m  a guy who'd rather boat, fly or drive than teleport. I think this simple, fun system adds to that.

Article and photographs by H.E. Freddie Harrington, Hon Ambassador to Nautilus


NEW POST OFFICES OPEN IN HORIZONS AND SATORI

Two new BBB Post Offices open this week. The first is in Horizons and the second is in Satori. Both offer their own visa stamps. Their locations and images are in this week's "New Stamp Locations" section below. 


NEW STAMP LOCATIONS

You can collect visa stamps from several new locations this week, including the two new post offices mentioned above and two new LDPW locations. In addition you can visit picturesque Port Emyniad on Corsica's Campbell Coast or drop in on a new Pacific-themed lush tropical airfield in Nautilus. 

STOP PRESS: Two new seasonal event locations were added at the last moment – after the Gazette had gone to print. The first is Sense of Snow, a "rustic holiday cabin" in the Snowland of Sansara that you are welcome to visit during the holiday period until January 15th 2022. The second is Snowhaven 2021, a winter event at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds that will run from 10th to 29th December. If you're not in the holiday spirit yet, we recommend a visit to either. It will de-Scrooge you! 

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Campbell Coast - Port Emyniad CA
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Peleliu Field NA
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Heterocera Embassy Opening | New Diplomatic Passports | Post Office Locations | Visa HUD #5 | New Locations

HETEROCERA EMBASSY OPENING

HET KEY GHOSTIE PRU
Photo © 2021 Prudence Anton

Her Excellency The Ghost (theghostofghost) welcomed Abnor Mole and other distinguished guests to the new embassy in Heterocera at 12 noon SLT last Thursday for its official opening. Abnor presented her with the keys to the building after a speech in which he observed that transport infrastructure had been an important part of the design of Heterocera – on the understanding that connections build community. That had been "a large influence" on the design of Bellisseria too. He added;

Although Bellisseria will always be different from mainland, the lesson of the importance of the connecting influence this type of infrastructure provides was not lost on us. Today we are here to celebrate another connection, connecting the residents of Heterocera to the residents of Bellisseria. Just as roads and bridges connect the residents on a continent, it is our hope that these embassies will act as a bridge to connect communities of residents between continents.

The Hon. Ambassador responded by thanking everyone present, revealing that she had been born in Heterocera and saying;

As I love Bellisseria for its beauty and harmony, so I love Heterocera for its excitement and sense of movement and industry. The main purpose of the BBB has always been community building and human connection, so please, let's go inside, raid the bar and enjoy each others' company!

A delightful party ensued during which the CEO of the BBB revealed that Freddie Harrington had just been appointed as Bellisseria's Hon. Ambassador for Nautilus. 

HE Harrington joins Yukiko Yeshto in Bellisseria's Corps Diplomatique – she having already been appointed as Hon Ambassador to Sansara. Both new embassies are currently under construction so watch the Gazette for details of their grand openings in due course! 


DIPLOMATIC PASSPORTS

Screenshot 2021-11-30 at 04.01.11The design of Bellisseria's new diplomatic passports has been approved. These will be carried by Bellisseria's Honorary Ambassadors.

Their excellencies Jack Vincent and The Ghost have already taken up their positions in Corsica and Heterocera respectively. Watch out for further announcements here in the Gazette as to future appointments.

Incidentally there was a nice piece by Gemma Cleanslate in the SL Newser on the opening of our embassy in Corsica. 

If you are interested in serving a term as Honorary Ambassador to one of Second Life's mainland continents, please contact our Founder and CEO, BÓÒ (boo.rojyo) in-world.


POST OFFICE LOCATIONS

The BBB Postal Service has been well received and this week's list of new locations – below and in Suη (dark.sunflower's) weekly notecard to our user group BBBug in-world – includes our post offices opened to date. Expect to see more opening soon. 

Each post office now issues its own distinctive visa stamp for the Bellisseria Passport.


VISA HUD 5 NOW AVAILABLE

BBB Visa HUD 5
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If you have been diligent in collecting all the visa stamps (including special event stamps and other discontinued ones) you will now have run out of space on Visa HUD 4.

Don't despair – our diligent bureaucrats have the matter in hand. You can get a new HUD from the BBB HQ at Winters Elm. You'll find the sign that issues the HUDs inside the front door (on the wall to the left) as you enter. 


NEW LOCATIONS

You can collect visa stamps for your Bellisseria Passport at six new locations this week, including three BBB Post Offices.

There are also stamp issuing terminals placed by our esteemed Moles at two new LDPW locations. The first is a cute little island in the Mare Secundus on the Sansara continent, which is home to a flamboyance of flamingos. The second is a secret hangout (we're giving nothing away here - that's in the land description) at the Pump Station of the hydro-electric dam serving the Brighton Power Station. You'll have to find the hangout yourself – and for once our beloved Moles have not placed the stamp terminal near the landing point either. Have fun exploring!

Finally, as reported above, our new embassy to Heterocera is open for business – and there's an entry visa stamp to collect!

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