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Letter to the Editor | SL Newser Link | H.E. Yukiko on LabGab | Equestrian Tour | New Locations

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor,

Having had such a lovely time at the BBB2B, I have collected some memories in a 'musical photo-album' ~ I am sending you this for your consideration in the hope that you, your readers and friends may like to look back at the wonderful event and it brings back some nice memories for you.

I was so impressed with the efforts of the whole team to make this second anniversary such a wonderful event in such a beautiful environment and the separate events within, with the music, artists, exhibition, workshops, tours, guests and visitors ~ I just had to make a memory-collection to always be able to go back to. Here is the very short video slideshow.

Hope you enjoy ~ Thank you again for all your efforts! It was marvelous!

Shumani (shumani.aeon)


SLNEWSER LINK

Gemma_BBB home and gazette home_002Gemma Cleanslate has been writing about us again over at SL Newser.

She reported on the opening of our new HQ in Some Events and Places at Bellisseria this week. Thanks, Gemma.

Photo © SL Newser


H.E. YUKIKO ON LAB GAB

Yukiko Yeshto, Bellisseria's Hon. Ambassador to Sansara appeared with Soull Starlight on SL talk show Lab Gab. They gave Strawberry Linden a tour of the Eatonville Living History Museum in Corsica (a BBB stamp location) after discussing other projects they are working on, especially those in connection with Black History Month 2022.

The show premiered at 11am SLT yesterday. 


EQUESTRIAN TOUR

Poster_mainland_tour_moorcroftMoorcroft is an equestrian community in East Sansara. Over the last few months, more land was acquired, and more competitive events established. In collaboration with the Bellisserian Embassy to Sansara, you're invited to visit Moorcroft to explore the village and nearby scenery on horseback, followed by a tour around the eventing area to learn more about the various events. You will even be able to try jumping and racing!

Those who would like the full immersive experience are invited to join the tour at 11:30am SLT for a bus ride from the embassy to Moorcroft Feed & Seed Farm Supply for the official start at 12pm SLT. Don't forget to bring your passports because Moorcroft has a stamp terminal now, too!

You can either bring your own horse, or be provided with one on location. Please remember to prepare a travel outfit with all unnecessary scripts and attachments removed to avoid region crossing issues.


NEW LOCATIONS

We have an interesting selection of new places to explore this week. Moorcroft features above and needs nothing added here. Suffice it to say it's a good place to bring out your trusty steed from inventory for a pleasant hack.

The second location is the charming café at the newly-relocated art gallery of our very own bureaucrat AmandaT Tamatzui (the SL avatar of New Zealand artist Amanda Tomasoa). It's situated on Route 12 in Nautilus (of which more later).

Our third new location is Gateway to the Mainland, an information centre for Bellisserians thinking about relocating (or expanding) to the other Mainland continents of SL. There is a lot of useful information for SL residents there, wherever they may live. If you are new to SL, you could do a lot worse than pick up all the notecards and maps. Your Editor has been in SL for fifteen years this week yet still managed to learn a few things.

Our old friend Cranston Yordstorm has a new stamp location in his whimsical CheddarWorx builds. This is one of your editor's favourite places in SL at the moment. The railways there are great (with some implausible gradients for such small locos to tackle) and there's a great roller-coaster too. Inside Cranston's head must be an interesting place. His SL builds give you a flavour of that! In his usual style, the stamp terminal is not near the landing spot. You'll need to ride the train to find it – and be alert to grab it as you go by – the train doesn't stop nearby! 

Finally we have an interesting new LDPW location. Route 12 in Nautilus traverses that continent but unlike other SL highways does not end where the tarmac runs out. The Moles built a hiking trail that continues into places the highway couldn't reach. If you want a flavour of the at-times-delightful anarchy that is Mainland, lace up your hiking boots (or pick up a mountain bike from a nearby rezzer) and go explore.

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AmandaT Tamatzui Gallery Café NA BBB Stamp Locations 28 Feb 2022.002 Screenshot 2022-02-25 at 06.21.50
Gateway to the mainland  BE BBB Stamp Locations 28 Feb 2022.003 Screenshot 2022-02-22 at 01.19.57
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Our new HQ | Eatonville / Little Kenya Events | New Corsica Airport | Post Office Manual | Nautilus Boat Cruise | New Locations

OUR NEW HEADQUARTERS

BBB HQWith thanks to our very own Pru, who donated the River House at Winter's Elm to be our previous HQ (and indeed to all our previous donors) we are happy to announce that we have now secured a new permanent location.

It's in a Victorian house at Swordfish on the channel between West and East Bellisseria. It has the benefit of nearby land and sea Rez Zones, which will be great for future bus tours, helicopter expeditions and boat rallies!

This is now where you can apply for any of our services or raise enquiries with any of our staff. The online indicator boards around the building will show you who is available and the BBB Officials list in the sidebar to the Gazette explains who can help you with what. All necessary application forms, new passport visa HUDs, our house numbering system (so good the Moles incorporated it in the most recent designs of Linden home) and everything else you need from us is available here. 

There's also a photo studio to take your passport photos and the (of course) very chic office of the Bellisseria Parade of Homes and its publication the Review.

BBB Gazette OfficeIn the garden you will find the editorial office of the BBB Gazette, where you can pick up the latest edition, read it in-world on the media display screen or leave a notecard with your articles or photos for the attention of the editor. 

Please feel free at any time to drop in and say hello. Our animesh receptionist is not very chatty but there are boards informing you which other staff are online. We have updated the Online Travel Guide and the directory of SLURLs in the sidebar to the Gazette to reflect the new location.


EVENTS AT EATONVILLE LIVING MUSEUM AND LITTLE KENYA

 
As February is Black History month, Soull Starlight and Yukiko Yeshto (both residents of South Corsica) collaborated for an event around the Eatonville Living History Museum. The museum is named after a fictional Black settlement town described in the book Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston, and is an example of the self-sufficient towns established after the Civil War in the United States.
 
The series of events include a guided tour/performances by spoken word artists at the Museum; a fashion gallery at the Little Kenya Animal Sanctuary with information about characteristic patterns and fabrics, and a formal banquet at Little Kenya Restaurant where attendees can learn more about the African dishes chosen for the virtual menu.
 
While Soull and Yukiko initiated and organised the event, it is actually a community effort supported by various people from different projects, such as the Sisters In SL, the Corsica South Coasters, and the Embassy to Corsica (Hon. Ambassador Jack Vincent).
 
Each of the event venues offers a stamp to be collected for the Bellisserian Passport. Each event (the first of them today) will be staged at two different times to suit visitors from US and European time zones.
 
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EVENT SCHEDULE
 
Saturday, February 19th – 11am and 2pm
SLT Fashion Gallery at Animal Sanctuary, followed by Formal Banquet
at Little Kenya Restaurant Wednesday
 
February 23rd – 11am and 2pm SLT
Guided Tour and Spoken Word Performance
at Eatonville Living History Museum
 

Article by Yukiko Yeshto | Event posters by Soull Starlight | Photographs by H.E. Jack Vincent, Hon Ambassador to Corsica


NEW AIRPORT IN CORSICA

Visitors to—and residents of—the south coast of Corsica will be pleased to know that there is a new airfield in the area. CSC (Corsica South Coasters) Airfield, located in the Sevenfold region, was conceived by our old friend Cranston Yordstorm who saw a need for one after the old aerodome recently closed from restructuring the former Campbell Coast group to the new group, Corsica South Coasters.

Cranston explained that;

Corsica South Coasters is more a group of independent owners, rather than a singular land group...it's what allowed us to do what we're doing.

Long time Corsica South Coast resident and designer Kitten ‘Kitty‘ Mills, whose contribution in the area is substantial, also has an airfield which is closer to the coast line in the region of Novatron, but located at greater altitude. Cranston saw a need for an airfield at ground level. He has also expanded the railroad in the region, thereby creating – as he put it –

more of a destination with travel options.

The new airfield is partly located on the region of Poorlatrice, next to Sevenfold, which is owned by the real estate group Operation Mainland. Belliserrians and all mainlanders are encouraged to enjoy the new airfield and expansion as part of a great experience to be had on the continent of Corsica.

Article and photographs by H.E. Jack Vincent, Hon Ambassador to Corsica


POST OFFICE MANUAL

BBB Gazette Blog Banner Swordfish_001BBB staff member Teresa Firelight has written a manual for our postal service. It's in the form of a book you can rez in-world or as a HUD. You will find it at the top of the stairs in our new HQ, where you can read the public copy or pick up your own. 


MOLE BUILD NAUTILUS BOAT CRUISE

On Wednesday 23rd February at 10AM SLT we'll be cruising around Nautilus and looking at some of the Mole builds dotted around the sea there. This is a completely casual cruise so there will be no pressure to keep up with the lead boat. The cruise is in two parts due to access issues at the top of the continent. Rez here for the first part and here for the second part.

Please pick up the tour HUD from the Bellisserian Embassy in Nautilus, where you can also find other tour HUDs. If the time isn't convenient for you, you can take the tour at your own leisure, using the HUD. 

There is no dress code for the party at the end of the cruise. Come as you are!

Freddie Harrington, Hon. Ambassador


NEW STAMP LOCATIONS

If you are well-travelled, you may be running out of space for your visa stamps. If you need a new visa HUD, the sixth one is now available at our new BBB Headquarters announced above and listed below. This is the first of four new locations this week, but there is no new stamp to be obtained there so be careful not to get a duplicate. 

The second new location is a fishing lodge in a peaceful waterside location in Bellissaria. It's cozy and comfortable and very inviting. Rather than grab your visa and run, you might like to relax for a while. As the Welsh poet WH Davies almost said,

 What is this SLife if, full or care,

We have no time to stand and stare? 

The third is a living history museum of the African-American experience It's moving, thought-provoking and well worth a visit (see article above about events there). 

Finally, there's a location for the SL history buffs - the historic Pyry Fairground, where there's a rare Linden game to play. SL is not a game, but it can host them!

BBB Headquarters BE

[NB New location, but NOT a new stamp]

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Grand View Fishing Lodge BE BBB Stamp Locations Feb 5 2022.001 Screenshot 2022-01-31 at 22.36.36
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Pyri Funfair JE
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Valentine's Day at the BBBPO | Exploring Jeogeot | Mole Day Report | New Locations

VALENTINE'S DAY AT THE BBB POST OFFICE

Valentien Post office (2)The BBB Postal Service has set up a special office for Valentine's Day.
 
Teresa Firelight and Boo Rojyo have created a range of 11 different Valentine cards. You can get them for free from the special office to send via BBB’s Postal service to your friends, lovers and would-be valentines.
 
You can add your own message which 'local chats' on touch. You'll need to take your card home to rez and personalise it. Simply rez it, write your message in the description section using the SL editor, then take it back into inventory to send. 
 
We also recommend you rename it; such as “To Suzy from Fred [Rez Me]”  The way SL works, if you wear/add the card to change the description field, it wont “stick” and your message will be lost, so be sure to rez it.
 
To send it, as usual,  drop it on the red British-style post box at any BBB Post Office. Your Valentine doesn't need a BBB Postal mailbox to receive it. If they do have one, it will notify them of incoming mail and allow them to collect it at home. If they don't have a mailbox you will have to nudge them to check for mail at any BBB Post Office.
 
The service works across SL. So show the love on 14th Feb!
 
Article/Photos by Teresa Firelight and Boo Rojyo

EXPLORING JEOGEOT

Poster_Bellisserian_Embassy_Jeogeot_Charley_MayneThis week, we're putting on our travel boots and hiking around Jeogeot to visit three tourist hot-spots recommended by H.E. Charley Mayne to begin your study of that fine continent.

Our first stop is at one of your editor's favourite builds in Second Life®, the Zany Zen Railway. The ZZR is one of the few Multi-region narrow gauge railways in Second Life.

Your editor grew up in Wales – the land of song, rugby and cute little railways. The owner and builder of the ZZR, Zen Swords-Galway, used to take her family holidays in Wales as a child. This great little railway of SL is based on her memories of those happy times. 

Since first we visited, development around the railway has burgeoned. Just as in the 19th Century in real life, development has been stimulated by the presence of the railway. People want to build alongside it so although Zen has reached her limits in terms of her SL tier, she's served as a catalyst for others to expand the build.

Our visit happened to coincide, for example, with the open day for the new fire station in Seogyeo, which was very well attended.  

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The ZZR is a brilliant little build made from prims by Zen and converted to mesh. There are stations in four regions and goods and passenger trains run 24/7 at regular intervals. The full round trip takes about twenty minutes and is – in our humble opinion – one of the most fun SL experiences. Give it a try!

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The next attraction is an impressive piece of LDPW infrastructure; the suspension bridge that carries Route 9 across the the war-torn Jeogeot Gulf. It tests the limits of SL draw distance to capture a good photograph of this massive structure, let alone to take in the naval traffic and barrage balloons as well as the planes (and airships!) taking off and landing at Jeogeot Gulf Airport nearby. It really is worth a visit to experience it yourself.

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Finally this week, we visit H.E. Charley's third recommendation; YavaScript - Castell Yavanna. This was Yavanna Llanfair's first land in SL in 2007 and is  the original home of her much-loved pod tours system. This is where she opened her very first pod station in 2010 and you can still board seven different guided tours of Jeogeot here. 

Coincidentally, there's another connection with your editor's RL homeland here. Yavanna's SL surname Llanfair is a clue, as is the name of this parcel. Castell is Welsh for castle, so Castell Yavanna is is Yavanna's Castle. Her profile says "Siarad â fi yn Gymraeg", which means "speak to me in Welsh".

There are few SL'ers who have not taken one of Yavanna's pod tours. Most of us have lost count how many. They are an SL institution and a great way to get to know your way around as they provide a commentary along the way. As the world returns to the idea of metaverses, SL is beginning to seem old. Yet it still seems pompous to write of its "history". There's no denying however that this build is historically significant. Take a look and take a tour!


MOLE DAY @ BAY CITY

Mole Day dancingYou can plough a lonely furrow in Second Life® if you want to. There are SL hermits who build or create alone. For most of us though, it's all about community. Bay City's Moles Day, an annual celebration of the LDPW contractors we know as "the Moles", is a good example of an SL Community coming together. It was held last Sunday at the Bay City Fairgrounds. 

The Moles built, yes Bellisseria, but so much more besides. Their first project was Bay City, which makes it the perfect place for an event to celebrate their contributions.

Our Bear Collection
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Many Moles attended so residents had chance to talk with them, dance with them, thank them in person – and ask them for their bears!

Linden Bears are a cute SL tradition begun by Nicole Linden. When you meet a Linden or Mole in-world, you can ask them for their bear. (The first was a  teddy bear so – whatever form they take – that's what they're called).  One of our stamp-issuing locations, Bear Castle, has a vast collection you can visit.

H.E. Yuki Yeshto led a group expedition to the BC fairgrounds by helicopter and bus. A wonderful time was had by all.

Congratulations to Bay City's citizens for organising such a great day out in the very best traditions of SL. Once more, we offer thanks to our Moles for all they do to make our old metaverse special.


NEW LOCATIONS

The first new location this week demonstrates – following all the recent openings of Bellissarian embassies to the other mainland continents – that diplomacy is a two-way street. It is an embassy to Fantasseria from the Sansara region of Ross, which claims to be "the magnetic centre of the mainland". We are delighted to welcome it to Bellisseria's friendly shores. There will be an open house hosted by His Excellency Hopalong Kerensky, the ambassador of Ross, today – Saturday, February 12  – from 12 to 2pm SLT. Music will be provided by DJ Suzen Juel.

The next stamp-issuing location is a travel agency; an LDPW build in Jeogeot run by the firm of Mole & Mole. The SL Moles being involved you'll notice a very high-tech approach to virtual travel. Click on a leaflet or poster and you'll be offered an LM to visit later, or an immediate TP. Match that, real life travel services!

There's a cool new party place on the Corsica coast called The Decks. It's a cliffside location on a series of – you guessed it – wooden decks. Your editor had partied there with friends before but when returning to photograph it for the BBB Online Travel Guide took the chance to explore. Apart from the main party deck, there are spa, jacuzzi, sauna, clubhouse and media decks. There's also a dock with access to public waterways.

Finally, an old location has been relocated and reclassified. If you already have the Stonehenge stamp, please note this is the same one so be careful not to get a duplicate. It has also been moved from the Nature to the Leisure & Activities section of the Online Travel Guide.

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Mole & Mole Travel Agency JE
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The Decks CA
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BBB2B Report | Exploring Gaeta | Mole Day in Bay City | New Stamp Locations

BBB2B REPORTOscar the Owl at BBB2B_001
Our Second Birthday Party at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds – BBB2B – came to an end on Monday. We hope Oscar the BBB Snowy Owl found a safe home somewhere.

Our winter landscape was home to our teams of diplomats and bureaucrats for a while. We will miss it now it's gone and several of you have told us you will too. Don't forget you can revisit it by watching the BBB2B Movie from our friends at Pring Productions. 

Final Day of BBB2BGemma Cleanslate over at the SL Newser has been reporting comprehensively on BBB2B. You can read her enthusiastic thoughts on our birthday party here and here. Thanks, Gemma. I was only teasing when I said you were making me, as editor of the Gazette, redundant but you certainly made this article a lot shorter than it would otherwise have been!

The BBB staff are exhausted after putting in long hours at the Fairgrounds, but it's a contented exhaustion. We do what we do for fun – ours and yours – and hard work though it was, BBB2B was fun! 

All that remains to say on this subject is a heartfelt "thank you" to all our visitors. It was great to meet you all and we hope you enjoyed yourselves. You and your enthusiasm made all our effort worthwhile. 

The BBB has more up its sleeve for you. Bookmark the Gazette and watch this space for all the news that's coming your way of new locations and new products. 


EXPLORING GAETA

Poster_Bellisserian_Embassy_GaetaV+I_Fiona_JogichesVisitors to BBB2B seemed to enjoy the posters in the Fairgrounds Embassy for the seven other mainland continents where Bellisseria has embassies.  Each featured three locations recommended by the Hon. Ambassador; not necessarily ones that feature in the BBB's Online Travel Guide. In the coming weeks, we're going to visit them all. 

Fiona Jogiches, Hon. Ambassador, suggested three places to begin your explorations of Gaeta. Motru Airfield is, as she says in her guide, a close neighbour of the embassy. You can rez your own aircraft there so it's a good way to pay her a visit.

It's a nice build, with better landscaping than most severely practical SL airports. It's small but the facilities are attractive, as befits an airfield set up for private aviation. It is owned and operated by Virtual Air Airlines™, which bills itself as:

offering completely first class flights and a variety of travel services to the SL community for businesses, guided tours, charters, and daily commuter flights.

Gazette- Motru Airfield GA_002We took off in the editor's helicopter for some aerial shots of the embassy before being rudely ejected by a neighbouring farmer's security orb. Such is SL aviation!

A better pilot, focussed less on his photography, might have more sensibly hovered over nearby Route 7!

Fiona's next recommendation is the Lundy Art Gallery; one of the largest and best-known in Second Life®. Proprietor Lee1 Olsen is an SL veteran, having first rezzed just months short of eighteen years ago. His huge private collection of art is the heart of the gallery, supplemented by the exhibitions of invited artists. The sign at the entrance says:

WARNING: You are about to enter someone else's dream

In a sense that's true of of every build in Second Life® but Lee's dream is one in which you could – if you have the slightest interest in art – lose yourself for hours.

Fiona's final introductory suggestion is already known to many readers as it has long featured in our Online Travel Guide. The Shhh! Silent Movie Theatre dates from the days when movies were both monochrome and silent. The build itself is in black and white!

As Fiona comments; 

it's a fun atmospheric place showing classic films, and every Wednesday there's an 8pm SLT Matinee also a Featured Film of the Week and it's all free.

You can also collect a stamp for your Bellisserian Passport there.


ANNUAL "MOLE DAY" IN BAY CITY

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The annual "Mole Day" in Bay City will take place tomorrow, beginning at 11:00 a.m. SLT. This year’s event will feature DJ GoSpeed of KONA stream followed by a live performance by Ve Joyy at 12:00 p.m. SLT.  It's at the Bay City Fairgrounds in North Channel and is open to all Second Life® members who appreciate our wonderful Moles and want to celebrate their contributions to our world.

Bellisseria's diplomatic corps is organising a tour to the event, departing at 10am SLT from the airstrip at Kremer in Sansara. All are invited to join this trip to the Bay City Fairgrounds by air and land under the expert guidance of experienced tour leader H.E. Yukiko Yeshto.

As always on such vehicular expeditions, please be careful to remove all unnecessary HUDs and other scripted accoutrements, as that will increase the chances of a safe region crossing for the aircraft and road vehicles involved. 


NEW STAMP LOCATIONS

Those of you exhausted from pursuing all the stamps available during BBB2B may be pleased to know that we only have three further new locations to visit today. They are all in our native Bellisseria so you don't even have far to travel.

To end this issue as we began – with a snowy owl – we first have Hedwig: a Fantasseria tribute to Harry Potter named for that young wizard's mail-delivery bird.

Then we have two new LDPW locations. First is Skunk Creek Overlook, a wonderfully scenic coastal overlook in the Log Homes regions. Your editor is SO returning there with his motorbike to explore those dirt tracks! Finally we have the picturesque Gigglesnort Falls among the camper homes. It's well worth a visit on your next nature ramble or dirt bike expedition.

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