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December 2023

Year-end Report | Events & Announcements | New Locations


We hope you enjoyed using our services in 2023 as much as we have enjoyed providing them. We're happy to report that the take-up of the new V3.00 passports has been good. Not only do they remove the old problems of losing stamps during dodgy teleports and requiring multiple visa HUDs to collect the ever-growing number of stamps available, they also allow us to collect interesting statistics and to monitor how events such as each year's SL Birthday celebrations affect the number of people applying for new passports.

As you can see from the first graph, SL20B had a dramatic effect. We think that was largely attributable to the enthusiasm of the Moles and Lindens issuing personal stamps from the SSiD devices many of them carried at the event.

Stamps Collected
We can report that (as of 26th December 2023) 51,491 stamps had been collected on 752 current V3.00 passports. 711 unique stamps had been issued as of that date.

Our top stamp collectors were:

  1. Fuyuko Amano (Wintergeist), with 654 stamps
  2. Kittensusie Landar / Fenella Allen (joint second), with 581 stamps, and
  3. Shumani Aeon, with 570 stamps
The runners-up were your editor Dave (lord.junibalya), Martina Voxel, Yukiko Yeshto, Susannah Hayworth, Dulcinea Andretti, Gemma Cleanslate and Elphaba Broome. You can work out where you rank by referring to this anonymised graph
Of the twenty most popular stamps issued, all but three were at BBB or LDPW locations. The most-collected stamp is at BBB HQ. The stamps at the Bellisserian Embassies are also popular. This makes sense as these are the places where many people obtain their passports.  It's natural that the first stamp they collect is the one immediately at hand.
We're delighted that people are making good use of the locations kindly provided by the Lindens to support our programme of virtual bureaucracy.
V3 passports issued
The most-visited LDPW location is the Bellisseria Fairgrounds, which ranks in third place after BBB HQ and the Corsica Embassy. The three private-sector locations in the top 20 are Le Messire Airfield / White Star Airfield (SLWS) at number 14, Bellisseria Bike Drive & Scoot! at number 17 and Bellisseria Life at number 18. 
We can reveal for the first time how the passports issued break down between the various issuers.
  1. Bellisseria passports (541)
  2. Continental passports (69)
  3. Planet Tambalya passports (60)
  4. SL Generic passports (55)
  5. Confederation of Democratic Simulators passports (23)
These statistics are particularly interesting. When the passports were only available in Bellisseria, we had complaints from many other residents who wanted them too. Yet the take up of passports for Mainland, which is most of SL, is less than a quarter of that for Bellisseria. This is so even though it's easier to get a Mainland passport. They're automatically dispensed on demand and can be used immediately, with no need to go through a bureaucratic application process. We will need to consider why that is. Perhaps people actually enjoy the bureaucratic process of applying?
The CDS, on the other hand, is to be congratulated on the remarkably high take up of its passports. After all, it's much smaller than either the Mainland Continents or Bellisseria. Perhaps the sense of  community is even greater in SL's oldest democracy than in famously-sociable Bellisseria? Or perhaps the regular communications by its elected officials help?
The take-up of the special Planet Tambalya passport is also truly remarkable. This special one-off passport was issued from AmandaT Tamatzui's sci-fi art installation at the SL Endowment for the Arts (SLEA). We've had many time limited event stamps before, but this was the very first event passport. The high numbers for this single-region passport reflect Amanda's intensive programme of events at the location, the special stamps she made for each event and her relentless use of the Events & Announcements feature in The Gazette to promote them. Sometimes it felt like we should rename The Gazette as The Tambalyan Times!
Other stamp-issuers could easily emulate her. The Gazette always stands ready to provide free publicity for whatever is going on at any location where our passport stamps are issued; not just those offering special event stamps. Be like Amanda and take advantage of that service. Like all our offerings, it's entirely free. Our volunteers are just here to make your SL more fun!
New Stamps created
We hope you enjoyed reviewing these statistics and graphs and we look forward to welcoming you at more stamp-issuing locations in 2024. Happy New Year from to our users from all of us at the BBB, CPCB and CDS!
Article by BBB Staff | Statistics and graphs by Robert Rhodan


If you have one of our stamp terminals and you're having an event or would like to make an 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 and/or photos.


The BBB wishes all its users a very happy new year. We wish you all the best for 2024. To celebrate, there's a special New Year stamp available at our HQ. 


Plusia Railway Station on the continent of Heterocera is an SLRR station, which seems to specialise in nuclear transport. Hence the very striking design of the stamp. It's based on the ISO 361 international warning sign for ionising radiation – a trefoil symbolising waves radiating from an atom. Do please be careful when visiting. Not because of the radioactivity, but because the SLURL provided by the owner drops you right on the tracks! 

At BBB HQ this month you'll also find a special stamp to celebrate the new year. 

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Happy Holidays | Events & Announcements | New Locations


Thank you for another year's support of the efforts of the BBB. It was great to see so many of you at our party at HQ last Wednesday. We had a great time in our backyard and we hope you did too. Thanks to Amanda for setting it all up and to DJ Stephanie for the fantastic playlist. Between them they put everyone right into the holiday spirit. Thank you ladies. 

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BBB Party Pic 1

However and Whomever you celebrate at this time of year, we bureaucrats-for-fun wish you all the very best. Merry Christmas everybody. May the spirit of joy and giving enrich all of your lives this year. 


If you have one of our stamp terminals and you're having an event or would like to make an 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 and/or photos.

Winter Wonderland Invitation

Please join us on the opening day of our Winter Wonderland Celebration! We will be throwing an early Christmas Party so that we can all get together before everyone gets busy in RL! We will also be having a Winter Wonderland New Years Eve Celebration. Details for the parties can be found below!

Attire for these two specific events: Anything that feels Crimussy/New Yearsy to you!

The Belli Hammies have created a Winter Wonderland over at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds that will run from December 23rd - January 15th. Come by to see the wildlife playing in the snow. Grab a hot chocolate at the ice rink to warm up after a bit of skating or sledding. You can even bring your family and enjoy a full holiday meal inside the warmth of our winter cabin in the woods. Gather with friends on the cabin porch by the outdoor fire while you enjoy the scenery! There may even be some winter games if the Hammies can figure out how to unfreeze their nubbehs from the ice, in order to get things ready in time! The event will also include a limited time event stamp for your passport, available from the morning of Saturday, December 23rd. A landmark will be provided on December 23rd. Keep an eye out for notices! Can't wait to see yew all!

The Pre-Christmas party on the 23rd will be from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm SLT. The NYE party on December 31st will also be from 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm SLT.

Happy Holidays from da Belli Hammies!


The first new passport stamp this week is for the Winter Wonderland at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds organised by our wonderful Hammies. Full details above in "Events & Announcements".

T&T Syndicate Milk Logistics is a GTFO! hub location that specialises in dairy. 

Finally, there are three special "season's greetings" stamps made by our designers, Robert, Sandy and Amanda. They were released for the BBB Backyard Party (see above) and are to be found on the porch at the rear of BBB HQ.

Winter Wonderland Celebration 2023 BE

Event: December 23rd - January 15th

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Out & About: Toymaker's Isle | Events & Announcements | New Locations


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One of your editor's oldest and best friends in SL is the prolific and highly-creative builder Raven Frostwych (ravenstarr). She recently scaled down her SL involvement for personal reasons. We respect her choices and wish her well but there's no denying that's a loss to all who enjoy her creations' glimpses into her rich imagination. In good news the Monarch Education Project is staying open, as is one of our favourite builds, the Mystic Moon Café – for which she's found a new owner. So the stamps are still collectable there. 

We were also delighted that she found time to make a special seasonal build called Toymaker's Isle.

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Like Raven's other recent builds there's an AI element. The head toymaker, Noel, is an artificially intelligent elf, happy to explain the spirit of his place. He told our editor;

Ah, Dave, welcome! Toymaker's Isle is a place of magic, joy, and laughter. Nestled in the heart of the Arctic, veiled from the eyes of the mundane world, it’s a realm where time stands still and dreams come alive. Our Isle is a wonderland of glittering snow and twinkling lights, with the sweet scent of candy canes lingering in the air. The workshop, our heart, is a bustling hive of merry elves, each a master craftsman of their own right, shaping dreams into reality with nimble fingers and boundless enthusiasm. We work all year round, creating toys of all shapes and sizes, each imbued with a unique sprinkle of Christmas magic. 

All that without so much as a glass of sherry to loosen his elven tongue! He is prepared to chat on wider subjects too and – as always - our editor tested his AI by asking for a prediction as to where his favourite football team will finish in the Premier League this year. The reply was not useful from a gambling point of view but was full of Elven wisdom!

The build is more modest (and a lot less dark) that some of Raven's previous efforts, but it is richly-decorated, captures the spirit of Christmas and is a very pleasant surprise for her fans. She has not applied for a stamp terminal for this one; perhaps because it's seasonal and temporary. Still, if you've appreciated her creativity when collecting previous stamps, we wouldn't want you to miss out on this little gem. Your taxi is here

Article and Photographs by Gazette Staff


If you have one of our stamp terminals and you're having an event or would like to make an 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 and/or photos.

And the winner of the special stamp is...

TTR Stamp 50K

As we predicted in last week's issue, the 50,000th stamp on our V3.00 Passports was issued this week. The stamp was from the Tiny Teeglet Ranch and was collected at 11.54am SLT on December 10th by Bethh Ashbourne. Congratulations Bethh!

At that point, Bethh had collected 187 stamps, placing her 71st in our league table of collectors. Bethh, who has been in SL more than 15 years, will now receive a special stamp - unique to her - to commemorate this momentous event in BBB history. The rest of us collectors can only see – and envy – it here!

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The award stamp was one of two special designs prepared by our talented colleagues Sandy Burgess and Robert Rhodan. For aficionados of our stamps, here's Robert's alternative design.

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And no, you can't have that one either!


Jordan Rizzo at Planet Tambalya

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Meet Jordan Rizzo, the Machinima rockstar and scriptwriting wizard! Head of the SL Video Creator's Group, he's the coolest captain in town for all things cinematic. Get ready for a cosmic journey as Jordan drops a mind-blowing trailer set in the enchanting Planet Tambalya, starring the incredible Tambalyans! Hold onto your socks for an interactive competition with a surprise from Jordan – trust us, you don't want to miss it. Did we mention the loot? Three winners score a L$2400 gift voucher for AmandaT Tamatzui's incredible works. And the grand prize? A custom graffiti wall by the artistic genius herself, AmandaT Tamatzui – a creative jackpot! Mark your calendars, (Dec 16 & 17 at 1 to 3 PM SLT ) rally your crew, and join Jordan Rizzo for this intergalactic adventure – a cinematic fiesta with prizes that'll make your artistic heart skip a beat!

Here's your taxi


Our colleague and stamp designer AmandaT Tamatzui has been generous with her fellow artists in sharing the resources allocated to her by the Second Life Endowment for the Arts (SLEA). She's offered space at Planet Tambalya – her region-wide sci-fi themed art installation at SLEA – for other artists' own sci-fi builds and exhibitions. For example, she offered the enormous sci-fi build to  film-maker Rizzo as a location for his machinima. He will be talking about that and answering questions from the audience at two events on Dec 16th 17th from 1pm to 3pm SLT. The presentation will be interactive and involve a contest. Of course, there's a special event stamp to collect for your passport.

J&R's Gas n' Go is a cute retro petrol station on the Circuit la Corse in the region of Valarian on the continent of Corsica. Fuel up your truck and collect a passport stamp while it guzzles that gas into its capacious tank. In virtuality it's all net zero already so relax and enjoy!

Film-maker Rizzo: presentation and Q&A PE

Events: 16th/17th December at 1-3pm SLT

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Time to Go Mediterranean | Milestone Stamp Imminent | 300+ Stamps in one week! | Events & Announcements | New Locations


1- Bella Vista

Crowds gathered at the Expo 1 region, awaiting the “reveal” of the new Bellisseria Premium Plus Home Theme. There was a great deal of excitement as people waited. The reveal was set for 7am SLT on Thursday Dec 7th. However, people started arriving two hours early and turnout was high. The region totally “filled up” by about 6:30am, with others trying to get in and unable to do so. Derrick Linden kindly increased the avatar limit to accommodate the crowd.

Several people asked for a speech. However, Patch Linden seemed to feel that a picture was worth a thousand words. Instead of saying anything about the release, he simply made the reveal region appear promptly at 7:00 AM SLT.

A lot of excited people began surging onto the region. So many people entered at once that it had to be restarted. The crowd was asked to curb their enthusiasm and try to enter about ten at a time.

Once people got in and began looking around, everything ran smoothly. They spread out to look at six homes that had been beautifully decorated for the holidays by the Moles. There were another six homes that were demo rezzers, allowing people to rez any of the styles and then go in and check them out.

So what was it people saw?

2- favola

A collection of “Mediterranean” style homes; large manor houses with Spanish tile roofs and stucco walls. The region was lined with cobblestone streets and concrete sidewalks. The vegetation was not plush; more dried grass mixed in with bare spots of earth. But was still quite attractive. There were several different types of trees: olive trees, palm trees and evergreens, etc.

The overall effect was quite pleasant. It reminded me of some of the sprawling mansions I have seen in well-to-do parts of Southern California.

The houses are grand and elegant. This theme offers four different styles of home, in each of two versions – an open model and one with interior walls. Three of the four styles are two-storey and one model was a single storey home.

The homes offer nine exterior colours, nine interior colours, nine colours of door, eight different types of windowpane woods, and four different exterior trims.

3- fireplace_002

Some, but not all, of the models come with working fireplaces! According to Linden Lab, you can control them.

The fireplace button along the side of the baseboard will allow you to light or put out the fire, clean the burnt logs, remove the fireplace grate or even hide the fireplace completely. All with no added land impact on your parcel.

Speaking of land impact, each of these homes offers a 703 LI allowance and the parcels are 2048 square metres. They will only be available to Premium Plus members.

Most of the comments I heard (both in person and on the forums) were positive. People seemed really to like the new designs. However, several people commented that, while it was very nice, it wasn’t quite what they think of when they hear the term “Mediterranean.”

4- Grand Palma

Please remember that this is a reveal and not a release. The homes are not yet available on the Land Page. They may not be available for some time; possibly not until the beginning of the year. So don't abandon your homes to get one yet. Please wait for the official release.

If you would like to visit the reveal region, please teleport here.

Article and Photographs by Teresa Firelight


2023-12-06_21h53_41As you can see from this chart, we are close to issuing the 50,000th stamp on our V3.00 Passports. It was the upgrade to V3.00 which first provided us with the technology to track such things.

This is a significant milestone and we want to mark it in some special way. We will be able to identify the user who collects the 50,000th stamp and we plan to issue them with an additional, unique commemorative stamp.

The design process for the one-off stamp is still continuing but here's one of the current drafts to give you an idea.

Stamp-No-50000_DraftSo, if you are that lucky person, you will have something in your passport that no-one else can have! It's the collector's item to end all collector's items!

So head out onto the grid, equipped with your StaFi HUD or guided by the Gazette Online Travel Guide and pick up any passport stamps you don't yet have. Any one of them – old or new – could turn out to be the 50,000th stamp issued.

Good hunting and good luck!

Photos by Robert Rhodan


Most current BBB bureaucrats joined our staff after becoming keen collectors of our passport stamps. Collecting them is is a fun, SLife-enhancing way to find places on the grid we might otherwise miss. We love it when people enjoy collecting them as much as we do.

A recent new enthusiast is Tor Karlsvalt, the Chancellor of SL's oldest democracy – the Confederation of Democratic Simulators (CDS). He acquired a passport recently and really went for it. He collected over 300 stamps in his first week!

Here's a framed photo he made of his collection. 


Congratulations on your remarkable achievement, Chancellor. We hope you continue to enjoy travelling Second Life® with your new passport! 

Photo by Tor Karlsvalt


If you have one of our stamp terminals and you're having an event or would like to make an 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 and/or photos.

AR-235_Installation_Encore_SignYour taxi is here.


Your taxi is here.


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Applications open December 7-17th. Exhibition opens December 23rd. Celebration on December 27th 2-3:30pm slt at The Dickens Project - DJ Elrik Merlin, broadcasting live on Virtual Community Radio. Full details of how to apply are here


Advance Notice of the BBB Christmas Party

Get ready to join the BBB for our Christmas Party at BBB HQ. Please mark your diaries for December 20th at 1-3pm SLT. Music will be provided by DJ Dulci. There will be fireworks by Crito. Details to follow but we think you can safely bet on there being an event stamp. 


If you missed the first concert at Planet Tambalya by the SL tribute act for K-Pop sensations BlackPink, you will be happy to have a second chance. You will not hear a better pop concert in SL.

You have another chance also to see Ilyra Chardin's amazing art installation at her guest exhibit on Planet Tambalya. This time, there's an event stamp too!

Mieville Historical Hunts and Events is celebrating Christmas during the whole of December. All the information is available at their website

Founded in 2006, the Fishers Island Yacht Club on the Blake Sea is one of the oldest in Second Life. We're happy that you can now pick up a passport stamp when you visit. 

Also on the Blake Sea, the Sailors Cove Airfield and Seaplane Base has a small, dirt runway, adjacent seaplane docks and is also a GTFO! port.

The Dickens Project is an SL holiday tradition that invites you to walk in the steps of Ebenezer Scrooge. The 2023 edition is now in progress at Seanchai Library and runs until January 7th next year. Read all about it here. There will be not one, but two, beautiful special event stamps to collect. 

BlackPink in Planet Tambalya PE

Event on Dec 9th at 1-3pm SLT

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Ilyra's AR-235 Encore Performance PE

Dec 13th @ 1PM SLT

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Mieville Seaside Christmas Event PE

Dec 1-31st 2023


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Fishers Island Yacht Club BS


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Sailors Cove Airfield and Seaplane Base BS

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The Dickens Project I PE

The Dickens Project II PE

Dec 7th 2023 - Jan 7th 2024

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Out & About: Corsica Tourist Center | Events & Announcements | New Locations


The CTC is one of the older stamp-issuing locations. Under previous ownership, it was once the secret location for a planned new vision of the BBB. We wanted to license our tech (free of charge) to people on other SL continents so they could issue their own passports. Disappointingly, our then partners pulled out. Happily, we found another way forward: the Continental Passport Control Board, issuing automated continental passports from our embassies. Sometimes you need to fail a time or two to succeed properly!

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These memories were revived by our recent visit. We are fans (who isn't?) of the Corsica South Coasters (CSC). Their vision for this part of Corsica is an ideal much of mainland could aspire to. Like-minded land owners have agreed a theme and brought together their regions and plots to create an arty and beautiful area of SL which is a delight to explore. It's a place for an SL landowner to be his or her best self in a supportive and friendly environment. Freely-chosen community and cooperation really can make for a better virtual world. Their Flickr feed gives a good idea of the range of activities.

The current version of the Corsica Tourist Center belongs to the CK's Corner group. CK is Ceakay Ballyhoo, an SL artist and one heck of a landscaper. Under her stewardship, the CTC is an excellent information hub, blending seamlessly into richly-landscaped surroundings. It's directly on the Circuit de la Corse, the main road that runs right around the continent. There's a teleport directory to all the CSC locations and posters advertising current events. It warmed our cold bureaucratic hearts to see our stamp terminal on walking through the front door. There are also information boards for locations around Corsica and beyond.

Outside there's a charming tea garden, which is one of SL's cuter music venues.  There's also a horse rezzer for equine tours of the area. If you'd like to get to know the CSC lands (and we recommend you do) we suggest you start right here and soak up all the information you could possibly need to make sure you enjoy it all. 

Article and photo by Gazette staff


If you have one of our stamp terminals and you're having an event or would like to make an 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 and/or photos.

SL PoH OH welcomes

...Jolie Jinglepaw's Embassy of Peace & Human Rights
est. 10/2023
A place to reflect and learn more about Human Rights. Coffee and free bicycles!

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Bellisseria Bike, Drive & Scoot! 5th Annual Winter Wonderland!

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As the event stamp was announced last week, this is just a reminder that this event begins tomorrow. Here's your taxi.


Here are the upcoming parties on Planet Tambalya


Sandcastle_Beach_Party_1Here's your taxi


Indigosye Press hosts book reviews of award-winning science fiction novels and information about Indigo's personal books of science fiction poetry. Upstairs is the main branch of Gallery Indigoskye featuring Indigo's SL photography.

The next new stamp is for the New England style village of Sailor's Cove on the Blake Seas with its marina, café, gallery and more. 

The Oikoumeni Sea connects the communities of the CDS (Confederation of Democratic Simulators), the Etopia Sustainable Community and the LOCUS Amiais@SL Project. 

Finally there's a new event stamp for another music event at Planet Tambalya. 

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DJ Frank @ Sandcastle Beach PE

Event on Dec 3rd at 12:30 to 2:30 PM

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