Happy New Year from the BBB | BBB2B | Reach out and Touch | Gaeta Embassy Opens | All other embassies to open soon | New Locations
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE BELLISSERIAN BUREAU OF BUREAUCRACY
If you have qualifying friends without a Bellisseria Passport, we hope it will be one of your New Year Resolutions to take them to our HQ. All they have to do is fill out the simple form. This movie, shot at our previous HQ, will guide them through the process.
It's all just for fun of course. You don't need our passports to travel or our driving licences (and vehicle registrations) to drive but users seem to love the concept. Many say it encourages them to explore and find places they'd never otherwise see – not just in our home continent of Bellisseria, but across the whole SL Grid.
If you enjoy it, please encourage your Belli friends to share the fun.
Image © Hanna Zasimova
The Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy was founded two years ago this month, when the first passport was issued by our founder to our founder! This month, at the Bellisserian Fairgrounds, we will celebrate that second birthday - BBB2B. Of course, the event will be commemorated with a special visa stamp for your Bellisserian Passport. By happy coincidence (not) it will be the 300th stamp. How many of them do you have?
All our staff and all members of Bellisseria's Diplomatic Corps will be carrying SSiDs (single stamp issuing devices) in the form of tablet computers. Visitors to BBB2B will be able to collect individual signed stamps via a personal passport inspection. We've been having fun devising suitable images to feature on our personal stamps. They will be revealed at BBB2B and will only be available there.
We thought you'd be amused by this behind-the-scenes image from the photo-shoot for your editor's stamp!Dave thought Mercury - wing-footed messenger of the Ancient Roman Gods - would be a suitable emblem for his role in BBB communication!
BBB2B will run from January 23rd to February 1st, 2022. It will open on the 23rd with a boat rally and DJ dance event, followed by a grand Opening Ball and fireworks. Watch the Gazette in the coming weeks for more details of the planned events.
Make sure you have room for all the stamps! If you haven't obtained the latest HUD for your passport, now would be a good time to go to our headquarters to pick it up!
REACH OUT AND TOUCH SOMEONE
When you are at your Belli home, if you see someone on the Nearby tab (People window), try IMing them and saying “hi”. It is really simple to do and most people love to get this type of IM.
For example, the other day I was at my Trad home and saw someone on nearby. I cammed to them and discovered they were only 2 houses away. So I sent them a simple IM:
Howdy. I am your neighbor (two houses down) and I just wanted to say Hello. I think we have both lived here for a while, but this is the first time that we have happened to both be online at the same time. I’m glad that our paths finally crossed.
Or if someone new moves to the neighbourhood and I see them on nearby chat, I say something like this:
Hi there, my name is Teresa and I am one of your neighbors. I see that you have just moved here and I wanted to welcome you to the neighbourhood.
In case you did not know this, you can do an About Land on their parcel and look at the General tab. Near the bottom, it will tell you when the home was claimed, which gives you an idea if they are new or have been there a long time. If the date is near today’s date, they are newish. If the date is from 2019, they have been there for a very long time.
Most people love to get this type of friendly greeting and usually respond in kind. Often it leads to interesting chats. Sometimes they want to friend you. Sometimes it leads to long term lasting friendships. I met one of my best friends in SL this way. We were immediate neighbours on Pier Stilts and I happened to greet her. We started chatting and found we had a lot in common. We continued chatting and got to know each other very well and our friendship grew.
Sometimes you run into people who really want to connect to others in SL but have no clue how to do that. That is when you can tell them about the BBB and all the fun activities it offers. Also tell them about the Bellisseria Citizens because their friendly group chats are another awesome way to meet people.
Anyhow, I encourage you to be proactive – make 2022 the year we Bellisserians reach out and touch our neighbours.
Article by Teresa Firelight. Image © AT&T published under fair use rules.
REPORT ON OPENING OF GAETA EMBASSY
The Key Handover Ceremony at Bellisseria's new embassy to the mainland continent of Gaeta took place last Wednesday. Abnor Mole did the honours, handing the key to our new Honorary Ambassador Fiona Jogiches, after making this speech;
What can we say about Gaeta? The kidney bean of mainland. I once had a home in Gaeta and one of my fondest memories was sailing and being able to circumnavigate the entire continent with lovely wide beaches and sandy green hills in the interior reminding me of a tropical island.
At the furthest point of the contiguous mainland, it is the starting point of the adventurous wishing to embark on a challenge to go from the one end of SL to the other.
Fiona is embarking on her own challenge of sorts, to be a beacon guiding residents of Bellisseria and Gaeta to one another and avoid the rocky shoals of drama, bringing them together in the spirit of mutual understanding and admiration. It is no small task indeed, and we wish her the best. And so... I declare this embassy open and, Fiona, I present you with the key.
Her Excellency Fiona responded;
Firstly I would like to thank Abnor Mole for opening the fourth Bellisserian Embassy here today. I will be honored to be the Honorary Ambassador here on Gaeta V and Gaeta I and look forward to meeting and working with the community. Gaeta is one of the lesser known continents and it will be my pleasure to do what I can to raise its profile in Bellisseria and SL generally.. When not working here you can find me in my deep sea diving suit at Squall Public Beach (free suits provided by a well known celebrity.
Secondly I would like to thank you all for coming and welcome you to look around the Embassy and collect the latest Passport Stamp. We have dancing and champagne in our separate Embassy Ballroom to the rear of the Embassy.
After the speeches were over, the assembled dignitaries retired to the embassy's splendid separate ballroom, where much virtual booze and a classic music playlist animated much virtual dancing. There was a lot of sparkling conversation to which the Bellisseria Slenderman contributed – as usual – only by his stimulating presence. Your editor was more than usually un-nerved by the Slenderman's appearance at the ball as he's working on his tax returns at present and Slendie always reminds him of his tax inspector. Brrrr.
Don't forget to click and scroll through our photo galleries. There are more images than you see in the previews. If you would like to see all of our own dear Teresa's splendid photographs of the occasion, you can find her galleries on Flickr here and here.
The new Ambassador told the Gazette afterwards;
I am really looking forward to mixing with the local community and chatting with them about the Gaeta Embassy, its purpose, the BBB and Bellisseria.
If you couldn't make the event, we hope you'll visit the new embassy soon and get to know this continent better.
ALL REMAINING BELLISSERIAN EMBASSIES WILL OPEN THIS MONTH!
Mark your diaries, get your evening wear dry cleaned and bag yourself a glamorous date! Following on from this week's opening of our embassy to Gaeta, all remaining Bellisserian Embassies to SL's Mainland continents will open this month. Given that BBB2B and its many events are also in January, we hope you will agree that the BBB is getting 2022 off to a highly-sociable start!
Mr. Beeb remarked that we'd save a fortune on alcohol as so many people have a Dry January detox after the holidays. Such cynicism! We assure you that the pixellated bubbly will flow freely so prepare for a virtual hangover. Don't forget that all SL food is not only meat-free but calorie-free. To be fair, SL dancing doesn't burn any calories either, but you can't have everything.
Her Excellency Charley Mayne will welcome her first guests to the new Embassy to Jeogeot at Midnight SLT on Wednesday 12th Jan. We hope this will allow some people from different time zones to attend. H.E. Yukiko Yeshto's Embassy to the Old Continent, Sansara, officially opens on the 19th of January. H.E. Bijoux Barr's duties as Hon. Ambassador to Satori will begin with the opening of our embassy to the Japanese Continent on January 26th – actually during BBB2B. Both of those events start at noon SLT.
Abnor Mole will attend all three events [STOP PRESS: correction — he won’t be able to come to the Jeogeot opening after all because of the time zone issue] to present the keys of the new embassies on behalf of our dear Moles. We hope to see as many of you there as possible. As usual, evening wear (tuxes/DJs, ballgowns/national dress/dress uniforms) are recommended but not required.
The Gazette interviewed H.E. Bijoux Barr, Hon. Ambassador to his home continent of Satori, in advance of her opening and she said;
In my SL exploring, Satori is the continent I spent most time. Driving along its roads and discovering wonderful builds is very relaxing. Sailing along the coast and seeing so many hubs, airports and seaports brings a whole new sense of adventure. It has many RP, art and music communities and even our very own Mole Village! It's an honour and a privilege to represent this vibrantly rich continent to our beloved Bellisseria and vice-versa.
Please watch out in the BBBug group for your official invitations. We hope to see you all there. Even if we do say so ourselves, for a bureaucracy the BBB throws a pretty good party!
We have three new LDPW locations this week. To hell with Dry January - two of them are inns. In the Meauxle Bureau complex in Satori is Ye Olde Abnor Mole Pub. We assume that Ye Olde refers to the pub, rather than the gent himself. As you will have seen at recent embassy openings, Abnor is quite a youthful-looking chap!
In Nautilus, there is the End of the Line Inn. There's a sign outside that will give you its interesting back story before coming into LDPW ownership. The third location is a beach, which – along with End of the Line Inn (above), Seven Chickens Bridge and Dead Moles Curve – completes all the Route 14 Landmarks in Nautilus.
Our fourth location is a Sansaran roadside facility: The Cape Blanco Truck Stop & Café, which bills itself as;
The gateway to the Sea of Fables, which includes diving, swimming & exploration of nearby Linden islands and structures
Finally, of course, the new Bellisserian Embassy to Gaeta began issuing entry visa stamps to that fine continent this week. Enjoy!
|Ye Olde Abnor Mole Pub ST|
|End of the Line Inn NA|
|Cape Blanco Truck Stop & Café SN|
|Sandy Trunks Beach- Start route 14 NA
|Gaeta Embassy GV|