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MOUNT CAMPION HIKING TOUR

Visit at Mount CampionH.E. Dariah Raynier, Honorary Ambassador to Heterocera, visited the Mount Campion Caves National Forest on Heterocera on 13th July 2022. Dariah met with Mar Scarmon, founder of this famous park in Second Life®.
 
62F40501-93A3-4278-B0D3-BD2A107D7220Mount Campion is the highest mountain in mainland SL. The park area covers over 166,000 square metres of park land connected over six regions. Below the mountains is the largest natural cave system in SL. Ambassador Raynier hiked through the park, guided by Mar "Marz" Scarmon and community director and ranger Hex Shining North Star (hextar).
 
Dariah was fascinated by the beauty and details of this natural space on Heterocera. The extensive system of natural caves, miles of scenic trails, meadows, canyons and forests are really worth a visit. After the tour she and Marz agreed to organise a guided tour. She told The Gazette;
I am happy to offer a hiking expedition through the park for all interested SL residents and friends of Nature. We will get a special guided ninety minute tour and I am sure the ranger will show us some most beautiful and relaxing spots and answer our questions. So the motto of this excursion is Hiking - Nature - Learning.
Please, polish your hiking boots, grab your backpack and don't forget your photo equipment and passport.
 
The event is next Saturday, 30th July 2022 and starts at 9AM SLT. The entrance is at route 3 on Heterocera. Please follow the path up to the office hut, where the tour will start.

VISA HUD #8 IS NOW AVAILABLE

HQ Pic by SunWe keep on issuing those stamps and you keep on collecting them. We hope you're all having fun with our pretend- bureaucracy. We certainly are.

If you've been assiduous in your collecting (or if you've picked up any duplicates) you'll be running out of space soon, so Visa HUD #8 has now been issued and is available for collection at BBB HQ – along with the earlier Visa HUDs.

The HUDs are available near both the HQ stamp terminal and the dispenser for the new StaFi HUD announced last week. If you own a qualifying (non-commercial) site and want to get in on the stamp-issuing action, you can get your application form here. 

There's at lot going on at our HQ these days, with a Post Office and editorial offices for the Parade of Homes Review and The Gazette as wall as for the BBB itself. We've improved the signage there to help you find your way around. In a special SL touch, the signs will teleport you directly to the location if you right click and select "teleport".


NEW POST OFFICE ON JEOGEOT

Jeogeot PO imageWe are pleased to announce that the BBB Postal service has launched a brand new post office location! It serves the continent of Jeogeot and is located here. This post office location also comes with a brand new passport stamp, for those of you who enjoy collecting them.

Screenshot 2022-07-20 at 06.28.58Residents of Jeogeot now have their own local post office, where they can obtain their personal mail box. Then they can rez it on their property, and receive email directly at their house. Or, if they prefer, they can skip putting out a mailbox – instead they can collect their mail directly from the PO Boxes located at the post office.

And, of course, they can mail letters and packages (e.g., transferable notecards and objects) directly from the post office as well.

For those of you who dont know what the BBB Postal Service is, it is a community building mechanism that allows residents to communicate and interact with each other. There is nothing that it does that you could not accomplish in IMs, but this way is a bit more immersive and “fun” that simply sending an IM. You can send or receive letters (e.g., notecards). cards or packages (e.g. SL Objects) to/from anyone else in SL. However there is one limitation – anything sent through the mail must have “Transfer” permission.

Anyone who is an SL resident can send or receive mail through BBB’s postal service. You dont even have to own property, because you can collect your mail directly from one of BBB’s post office locations.

Article and photograph by Teresa Firelight. Stamp design by Sun.


WHEEDLE'S VIDEO REVIEW OF SL19B

Wheedle Resident (aka in Real Life – Perry McClusky) has a YouTube channel where he has published SL-related videos since 2018. He visited the BBB stand at SL19B and featured it – and our own dear colleague Sun – in the film he made about the event. With his kind permission, here it is. 


MEET THE TEAM: MR BEEB

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This week we will meet the staff member known for quotes like

I consider myself cruel but fair.

This is the same staff member who sent us post cards from his vacation that said

So glad you are not here! and You must be missing me terribly. Tough!

I guess you might say that our Chief Inspector of Passports is not known for his warmth or interpersonal skills. All the same, he is known and loved (?) by many. Let's learn a bit more about him.

1. How long have you been in SL?

Too long, so many awful people here.

2. How long you lived in Belli?

See response to question one! Some people never even cut their lawns!

3. What is your favorite thing about Bellisseria?

When nobody is around and Mrs Beeb and I can collate my beetle collection in peace.

4. What motivated you to join the BBB team?

Foolishness. What a drunken ill disciplined lot. But luckily they have me to set an example.

5. What are your BBB responsibilities?

The boss said my skills lay more in a roving inspector role. Apparently my amazing skills caused jealously in my colleagues so better if I worked alone.

6. What is the most fun thing you have ever done as a BBB staff member?

When I went on an extended holiday.

7. Tell us one thing about yourself that most people do not know.

I'm not quite as cheery as I am in public.

8. Do you have anything else you would like to share?

I'd like to share discipline and a sense of duty but it's wasted on most of you.

Article and photograph by Teresa Firelight


A COMMUNITY RESOURCE

A stamp-issuing location that has not had much coverage in The Gazette is the BBB headquarters building itself. Maybe you visited long ago, when you applied for your passport, driving licence or registration plate and haven't been back since? You should take another look. Though we say so ourselves, it's a great community resource – and not just for Bellisserians.

In the Events Room on the ground floor of the main building, for example, there's information about what's going on in Bellisseria and beyond. You can pick up LMs and information about ferry services, bus tours and DJ Far's long-running Friday Parties, for example. If you've a not-for-profit event or service you'd like to publicise, why not let us have a poster to place?

On the other side of the ground floor, at the back of the building, is the BBB Office itself. Say "hi" to our receptionist while you're there. She's not very chatty alas.

At the front of the building is the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy User Group (BBBug) Room. Here you can find group gifts and all the resources and information you need to apply for and continue to use our services. There's also information about our sister organisation, the Continental Passport Control Board, which issues the passports for the Mainland continents of Second Life® and generic SL passports for residents of Private Estates and the homeless.

These two rooms are what you'd probably expect, but there is so much more to be found!

Upstairs is our Embassy Room with information about attractions on the Mainland Continents, our Diplomatic Corps and LMs to take you to our embassies. There's a coffee machine and light refreshments. Here, as throughout the building, there's comfortable seating. Unlike in the offices of Real Life bureaucracies – you are very welcome to hang out. 

Also upstairs are the elegant offices of another BBB service; the Bellisseria Parade of Homes (PoH). You'll not have read much about it here at The Gazette, because it has its own publication – the Bellisseria Parade of Homes Review (the Review). PoH publicises open houses around Bellisseria, where proud owners make visitors welcome to check out their interior decor and gardens. They're all in the official listings in the side bar to the Review. If you're decorating your own home anywhere in SL, visiting open houses is a good way to get some ideas. The Review majors in interior design tips and shrewd recommendations for furnishings, decor and gardening.

The third upstairs room is our fully-equipped photo studio - open to all for taking passport photos. 

To the left and right of the main building respectively, are the HQ Post Office and the offices of The Gazette. If you want to deliver copy and/or photographs to our editor in person, you are more than welcome to visit. If he's not in, there's a mailbox for the purpose. Of course you can always pick up the latest edition from the traditional US-style vending machine out front. Also in front of the editorial office is the landing spot where SL time lords are welcome to park their Tardis.

The HQ Post Office has mailboxes for you to post or collect your letters or parcels using the BBB Postal Service. It also has the resources you need to learn about the service, which is a fun way to stay in touch with your SL friends. If you want to receive mail at home, you can get a personal mailbox here. Whether you have one or not, you can always check for mail at any of our post offices. 

There are lovely gardens around our buildings. Not far from the front entrance is a vehicle rez zone. At the rear, you'll find a charming terrace overlooking the gardens. Feel free to make yourselves at home and relax or, if you're ready to leave us, follow the signs to the boat rez zone and sail off to explore this lovely coastal region.

Whether you are a member of BBBug, a customer of the CPCB or not, you are most welcome to visit. We're very proud of our offices and want you all to enjoy them. Please come over and make yourselves at home. 


NATURECON 2022

You'll be hearing more about NatureCon here shortly but in the meantime, here's a link to a blogpost by our old friend Becca Ordinary. 


NEW LOCATIONS

As reported above, the new Post Office in Jeogeot is opened and issuing – not just virtual postage stamps – but a passport stamp too.

Another new location this week is Buffalo Springs Airfield in the alpine chalet homes area of Bellisseria. This serene sylvan location looks like a simple country airstrip, but is one of the most useful transport hubs on the Linden Continent. It provides not only a place where you can land or rez your aircraft but a boat rez dock and a road vehicle rez zone. From here you can fly, sail or drive around Bellisseria. Even better; you can fly or sail to the nearby mainland continent of Satori. This is one of the places where the Linden Continent is bringing the separated mainland continents together, so if you're serious about your Second Life® exploring, it's an important place to grab an LM that you will use again and again.

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Buffalo Springs Airfield BBB Stamp Locations 1 v2.00.001 Screenshot 2022-07-20 at 09.40.18

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