2023 BBB Calendar | Meet the Ambassadors: Freddie | Events & Announcements | Out & About: Butter | New Locations
2023 BBB CALENDAR
We are continuing our series of Meet the Ambassadors. We interview each of the ambassadors so you can get a bit of a feel for who they are and what they do. This week we meet Freddie Harrington, who is possibly the most musical of the ambassadors. In addition to being an ambassador, Freddie is also an accomplished and popular DJ.
What SL Continent are you an Ambassador for? And where can people find your embassy?
I'm Ambassador for Nautilus and you can find my Embassy here.
Please share your favorite thing about this continent.
Oh, where do I start! I love the sailing, flying, and boating, including the different races and cruises that go on. I really love the surrounding estates and landscaping too. There is always something going on every day. I suspect it's one of the busiest continents.
Do you have suggestions for places to visit in your Continent?
Yes. I have a tour HUD for all the Mole and Linden builds around the continent and I recommend doing those. Also , Nautilus has some under water stuff for the Mers, etc. You can pick these up at my Embassy.
How long have you been an ambassador now? And what motivated you to become an ambassador?
I have been in the position for a whole year now. One of my friends suggested I apply and I was aware of the BBB and what they do, so I thought it would be fun to get involved and meet some new people too. I was a bit nervous as I didn't know Boo or Fiona personally at the time but both are among the best people I have met in-world and all the other BBB crew and Ambassadors are included in that too.
What was the most special event you either held at your Embassy or sponsored for your continent?
In the beginning, I did hold some cruises and parties. But I have found that because Nautilus and Blake Sea are so busy all the time, just getting involved in these activties is a great way to spread the word about what the BBB and Embassies do. I have been involved in putting out the music and even some set up for nearly all the Embassy openings-- but I will be a bit vain and say that my Embassy party was my favorite event on my continent.
What is your favorite thing about Bellisseria that you tell residents of your continent?
I love everything about Bellisseria. I came back to SL after a break of maybe 2 years and got myself one of the old Linden Homes. Then my friend invited me to her houseboat when Bellisseria was smaller. I loved it and I thought, “how do I get one of those?” I had to settle on a Trad though, because homes were in short supply at that time.
I suggest that people visit one of the many community spaces. My favorites are The Drunken Mouse and Campwich. You can pick up a landmark list from my Embassy, which also includes some fun and also *secret places* in Bellisseria. I do love how easy it is to meet people with shared interests in Bellisseria too.
What do you like to do in your spare time (or when you are not busy with your ambassador duties)?
There are many activities that I enjoy doing in-world. I like to fly, drive, and sail. But I also like to rearrange my furniture, go dancing and get passport stamps. I like to do the “Drivers of SL” drives, and I enjoy taking also cruises by various groups. Sometimes I just want to hang around Bellisseria and chat with friends.
Tell us one thing about yourself that most people do not know.
Oh that's a difficult one.....come back to me later. *winks*
[Since Freddie declined to answer the (above) question, I will share something for him. I had the darndest time getting Freddie to come in for his Ambassador Photo. It turns out that he is a little camera shy and does not enjoy having his picture taken in SL or RL. But IMHO, he is quite photogenic, and has no need to be camera shy.]
Do you have anything else you would like to share?
My bacon sandwich?
Article & Photograph by Teresa Firelight
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
|If you have one of our stamp terminals at your place and you're having an event there or would like to make any other announcement, just let us know and we'll be happy to feature it here. Please drop a notecard on the Editor Dave (Lord.Junibalya) in-world or use the Email the Editor link in the sidebar to send us your information, posters or photos.|
Public Service Announcement re stamp applications
When applying for a stamp terminal using the application notecard form in-world, please note that it allows you tell us your ideas as to how the stamp should look. You can also provide any logo you may have for your destination that might inspire our design team in creating your stamp.
If you prefer, you can create your own stamp design to the specifications set out in the form. Remember it should look like a passport stamp! We make exceptions for event stamps, which can be more colourful, but permanent stamps should be in one colour capable of being applied sloppily by a bored bureaucrat using inky rubber!
If you choose to go that route, there is a separate place in the application form to send us your own stamp design. This is a completely separate thing from any logo or other image you may choose to send for inspiration. Please be careful not to confuse the two.
If you don't provide your own stamp texture, our design team will happily create one for you. That's how most of our stamps are made. They will ask for your approval before programming the terminals.
Please remember that the stamp team are (like all our bureaucrats) unpaid volunteers giving cheerfully of their time to provide a free-of-charge service and generally make SL more fun for you and your visitors.
We're proud of our results, which you can check out here.
Robert Rhodan | BBB Passport Stamp Team
... Bella Slade's House of Tea & Tarot
Victorian Tea House with a magical twist. Enjoy some afternoon tea with a Mole cream puff and a Tarot reading with working tarot cards.
OUT & ABOUT: BUTTER
This week, The Gazette's roving photo-journalist visited the Homestead Region of Butter. Its slogan is You Butter Come Back! and the owner, Mona Molinaxil, has done her best to ensure that you will. As she said in the Destination Guide earlier this month;
Things are always changing. New items are added, and areas that I get tired of or don’t like are changed. Being limited by LI limits forces some choices to be made. And that is not a bad thing, really. If you want something new, you might have to remove something old.
So you'll have reasons to go back to see what she's been up to!
The region is a small seaside town with a variety of areas maximising the scenic return from 5,000 prims. It has its own blog, with a handy map. The blog states definitively that there are no rentals or private areas, but there were ban-lines around the farmhouse during our visit. This is probably the area that the Destination Guide reports is currently closed for construction so should reopen soon.
There's a delightful little bistro, with inside and outside seating. The coastline has cliffs, beaches and rocky outcrops. There are a variety of buildings to explore and a campsite too. For SL photographers, it's a succession of excellent backdrops! On our second visit with a photographer friend, she took more photos than we spent minutes!
It's an ideal, non-commercial, location for one of our passport terminals and we understand the suggestion has kindly already been made by one of our BBBug members so – fingers crossed. Stamp or not, it's well worth a visit.
We have two new locations from our friends at The Nature Collective this week. TNC Off the Rails is a railway station and GTFO! Hub in a natural setting that meets the TNC criteria. You are encouraged to:
Come tend to the shared farm/garden, relax at the Railcar Coffee Co., and when you're done, rez your train and explore!
Gallery TNC is located on Route 2 on the Northern coast of Heterocera. It showcases TNC member locations as seen through the lens of artists and photographers.
|TNC Off the Rails|
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