The Bellisseria Post Office Opens | Congratulations to Bellisseria's new Honorary Ambassadors to Corsica and Heterocera | Nominations invited for Hon Ambassadors to other Continents | New Stamp Locations

THE BELLISSERIA POST OFFICE OPENS

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The BBB is proud to announce our latest new and exciting service for you - The Post Office! This is a brand new innovation - the only one of its kind in SL, allowing you to both send and receive mail by Object or Notecard. Right now, we cover all of Bellisseria. We will be expanding to cover the whole grid very soon.

To participate - Teleport to BBB Post Office and choose your free mail box. Follow the included instructions and you are all set! On the counter you will find a basic card-making kit to which you can add your own textures. You will receive regular mail from BBB staff members and we highly encourage you to send personal letters and cards to your friends.

As with all BBB ventures - Everything you need to participate is provided for free. Just add your own creativity and enjoy. We look forward to hearing from you!


HON. AMBASSADORS TO HETEROCERA AND CORSICA APPOINTED 

We offer our congratulations to Their Excellencies Ghostie (theghostofghost.resident) and Jack Vincent (idlingwastrel) on their respective appointments as Bellisseria's Honorary Ambassadors to the mainland continents of Heterocera and Corsica. They will take up their roles immediately and will set about building contacts with local residents. 

The embassy in Corsica opens today in the Timescape region on the Circuit de Corse highway. There will be an opening ceremony (details to follow) on 19th November at which Abnor Mole will hand over the keys to the embassy to H.E. Jack Vincent. The ceremony will be followed by a formal ball (dress code: evening wear).

His Excellency Jack Vincent has homes in both Bellisseria and Corsica. The embassy in Heterocera is under construction and its location will be announced shortly, together with the date of the formal opening ceremony.

We now have 1,024 square metre plots of land on each of SL's mainland continents on which to build permanent Bellisserian Embassies. As a Bellisserian institution, we want to reach out to the rest of SL. Bellisseria is gradually expanding to connect the mainland continents in new ways and we believe that all parts of SL have an important role to play. The strictly non-commercial /residential-only covenant in Belli should give rise to commercial opportunities on the lengthening border with mainland for example.

There's a great sense of community in Bellisseria, but also an openness to participation by all SL'ers in our activities and events. Bellissarians actively welcome visitors from all over SL and we hope our embassies will help develop ever more friendly relationships.

They will also serve as a platform for new services from the BBB to mainlanders. Watch this space for news of that!


APPLICATIONS/NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR HON. AMBASSADOR ROLES

We have yet to appoint Bellisserian Honorary Ambassadors to the continents of Sansara, Satori, Nautilus, Gaeta, and Jeogeot. If you are interested in any of these roles or wish to nominate a suitable candidate, please apply to Boo Rojyo – founder and CEO of the BBB – in-world. 


NEW STAMP LOCATIONS

We have two new LDPW locations this week. Our beloved Moles have placed a stamp terminal on the island of the Leviathan Skeleton – a well known landmark (or is that seamark?) to SL's sailing community. Now you can collect a stamp when next you sail by. They've also placed one at the new Fantasy Community Center, one of the most beautiful places in SL – perhaps the Moles’ masterpiece to date.  Then we have the Litterbox bar and bowling alley and the Friendship Valley Pit Stop – a roadside gas station on Route 1 in Cleora.

Dragon Freight is an elevated rail yard and roadside GTFO! location. It's on Route 1 in Heterocera, which runs around the inner Atoll coast. Explorers are welcome and there's coffee in the cantina! DeyjaVoo's Great Escape is a beautiful location in the Nature category, which offers wonderful photo-opportunities. Finally, there's a new location (but not a new stamp) for Bellisseria's Embassy to Corsica. 

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Corsica Embassy (relocation - no new stamp)
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Honorary Ambassadors | The Social Event of the Bellisseria Season | Mainland train passport tours | New Stamp Locations

AMBASSADORS WANTED

E74F727C-6FA4-4C26-A2BD-7F6B8E60FE9DWe are about to recruit Bellisserian Honorary Ambassadors to the Mainland continents of Sansara, Satori, Nautilus, Gaeta, Corsica, Heterocera, and Jeogeot. We will be opening embassies on each continent Soon®. The first will be on Corsica.

The role of Honorary Ambassador will be an interesting and fun annual appointment. It's official only insofar as it's sanctioned by the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy, which is responsible for running the embassies. The role is open to all current Bellisserian residents.

If not already holders of a Bellisserian passport, Hon. Ambassadors will need to apply on appointment. A special diplomatic passport will be issued in due course.

Each Hon. Ambassador will have access to the Ambassador's Office in their embassy, which will double as a Function Room. They will represent and advocate for Bellisseria on the relevant continent. They'll be expected to get close to local residents and also to become their advocate within Bellisseria. 

For example if that continent has an established railroad system they might want to join all the local and SL-wide Rail Groups to raise their profile. All embassies are accessible either by road or rail. 

Hon. Ambassadors will be expected to organise an official event at least once every two months. This might, for example, be a 'grand ball' in the Embassy Function Room, or an accompanied tour of the continent. The frequency and type of events will be up to them. This is a new role, and they will have the the opportunity to develop it in their own style – as long as they represent Bellisseria in a good light.

Ambassadors will be appointed by, but not employees of, the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy as they need some level of independence. However they will have the full support of the BBB both in spirit and action. We will help with publicity for events and provide support where resources permit.

The salary is identical to that of all BBB staff, i.e. zero! However we can promise a one hundred per cent pay rise every month!! This should be a fun role for residents who enjoy networking and want to know SL better. Hon. Ambassadors  will get the opportunity to dress up, look important, and have a groovy title!

Seriously though, if you are interested in becoming an Hon Ambassador for Bellisseria, watch for announcements in the BBBug Group and here at the BBB Gazette. 

Article and photo by Boo Rojyo, Founder & CEO of the BBB


Riot Hax and Kalia Anatine are celebrating their wedding. It will be the inaugural event at the new Bellisseria Fantasy Community Center region, which opens at 11am SLT today. This very special event will continue until 10pm SLT tomorrow.
 
Everyone is invited and LMs / SLURLs will be distributed today via the following groups: 
  • Bellisseria Citizens
  • Bellisseria Events
  • BBBug
  • Parade of Homes
  • Bellis Blues Café
 
For 14 years their love has grown and been shared in both worlds and now also encompasses the joy of family. After a 9 month SL pregnancy, on January 24th, 2020 they shared with all their friends in Bellisseria the news of the birth of their SL babies Amelia Abigail Hax and Aaron Edward Hax.

Article by Prudence Anton. Photos by Sinful Galaga.


MAINLAND TRAIN PASSPORT TOURS COMING SOON

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At long last, the Heterocera Mainline SLRR track will have a BBB Passport touring leg going through it. It will cover a stretch of about one-quarter to one-third of it, from NorTon John's Biker Bar in Sweet Bay all the way up to SwiftWater Valley in Concinna.

There are 5 stamps to collect in all, and they are evenly spread out, so there will be little chance for boredom, as we pass through the quasi-industrial southwest area, up to the more remote parts of the region. 

All of this in an attempt to recognize what Second Life residents have presented for public consumption on the SL Mainland. 

Incidentally, the Heterocera SLRR main line is the longest stretch of railroad in Second Life.  Stay tuned to the Gazette and the BBBug for more details.

Article and photo by Cranston Yordstorm


NEW STAMP LOCATIONS

You have just one day to collect the first of this week's new stamps. It's a special event stamp for the wedding described in our lead article. This stamp is so ephemeral, it's never even going to make it into the Online Travel Guide! It is available today only so don't miss it. There is no SLURL here as the region will not be released until the wedding starts, so monitor your Bellisseria Groups for the location!

We have a new art gallery / studio in Bellisseria – Shakti Studio. Shakti Adored is an American photographer, acrylic and digital painter. If you'd like to visit more art galleries in Bellisseria, there's a useful guide here – including some that (shame!) don't offer visa stamps to visitors. 

The two new LDPW locations this week, where our beloved Moles have placed stamp terminals on public land, are at Libestus Pier and Seven Chickens Bridge.

[As always, please click on photos and stamp images to see full-sized versions]

Wedding of Riot Hax & Kalia Anatine

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Second Life Blogger Network | BBB Halloween News Flash | Place names in Bellisseria | New Stamp Locations

SECOND LIFE BLOGGER NETWORK
SL_Sub-Logos-BlogsYou may have noticed from the badge in our sidebar that The BBB Gazette has joined the Second Life Blogger Network (SLBN).
 
Clicking on the badge will take you to the SLBN page at the Second Life Community website, where you can see all the currently-featured items.
 
SLBN is a curated showcase of posts from Second Life bloggers and vloggers. Teresa Firelight's recent article about the ongoing Bellisseria Trick or Treat event was the first of our posts to be featured. Congratulations Teresa! We hope there will be many more.

BBB HALLOWEEN NEWS FLASH
The Bellisseria Bureau of Bureaucracy's head office will be open for Halloween. Our normal bureaucratic tendency is to close for all holidays, but the Powers That Be have overruled us on this occasion. Our doors will remain open in the Spirit of Halloween. In fact, we will welcome you with open arms.
We will provide all the usual services, such as our passport and driver's licence applications, travel advice, and – of course – our machine where you can get your passport stamped. If you are into Trick-Or-Treating, we also offer a candy bucket for those participating in It's the Great Trick Or Treat Event Bellisseria.
In addition, we will offer some special Halloween amenities. These will include the opportunity to interact with foreign guests coming all the way from beyond the grave. We also invite you to sit a spell on our back deck and relax. Just don't stay too long, as two of our previous guests did.

Once again, we remind you that Bellisseria Bureau of Bureaucracy will be open for Halloween and invite you to visit.

Article and photographs by Teresa Firelight


PLACE NAMES IN BELLISSERIA

BellisseriaReader Bamboo Druth wrote to the editor to ask about place names in Bellisseria; sending in a map showing the route of a recent voyage and asking

I just sailed around the navigable parts of the coast of Bellisseria. About three fourths of the coast now has navigable water outside it, and I'm guessing the rest will soon. Do the different 'islands' of Bellisseria have names? 
Every SL mainland continent has a name; Sansara, Satori, Corsica etc., but usually the only official names within a continent are those for each of its Regions (in the SL sense of that word). Judging by the wacky names borne by some of Bellisseria's regions, the creativity of the Moles and Lindens is quite sufficiently tested in coming up with those! 
 
Parts of Bellisseria have unofficial nicknames. Some think the first part of the continent to be released resembles a dragon. Its head looks down on an island known as The Pickle (because it looks like one). The sandy atoll in front of the dragon’s head is known as The Squishy Pickle. As there's a bar of that name near its centre, that’s at least semi-official.
 
Smaller islands with lighthouses and boat Rez Zones are usually known by the names of the region they’re in (eg Norse Auk). Springhurst Gulf Island is also known as Hermit Crab Island or just  Crabby Island – for reasons obvious to the most casual of visitors. Coral Waters Island (with its pier, airstrip and helicopter pad) was initially announced by Abnor Mole as Dogbone Island Municipal Airstrip.   The Bellisseria Fairgrounds (with their own stamp-issuing terminal – and often event stamp-issuing terminals too) are on an island that bears that name. A special example of a named locale is the SS Galaxymoored in Bellisseria – which occupies three regions.
 
The main land masses of the continent don’t have names however. They’re mostly known by the types of housing they feature, so a resident might say I live in the Stilts/the Chalets/the Log Homes for example. The only locale that does have a name is the fantasy sub-continent – now informally (but universally) known as Fantasseria
 
The BBB has no official role in naming places. These are just names your editor has encountered in his time in Bellisseria. It is not a comprehensive or definitive list. If you know any other Bellisserian place names – or nicknames – please let us know in the comments!
 
Thank you, Bamboo, for asking the question that gave rise to this article.  

NEW STAMP LOCATIONS
It's another bumper week for new visa stamp locations. We have five new places to get your passport stamped, including two new LDPW builds. The prices at Molemart really can't be beaten and as for underwater glass road tunnels, you'd need to go a long way to find another like the Deongseo Tunnel on Route 9.
 
The Whistle Stop Café is a cute little Coffee Bar in the beautiful camper areas of Bellisseria, near to an SLRR Rez Zone. Drinks, food and music are all free and if you don't want to Rez your train, there are horse and vehicle rezzers too. We also have a Biker Bar for you this week and a working farm for you to visit. Enjoy your exploring!

 

Trick or Treat Event | Five New Stamp Locations | STOP PRESS: Hammieween II

IT'S THE GREAT TRICK OR TREAT EVENT, BELLISSERIA

The Lindens are inviting all of Second Life®  to celebrate with a fun Pumpkin Hunt, taking place in Bellisseria from October 18th to November 1st. My guess is that it ends in the wee hours of the morning on November 1st, so I recommend that you play it safe and get your hunting done by end-of-day Oct 31. There is a forum article with more information.

Picture1 - Pumpkin Hunt ObjectThere will be prizes (special Linden bears) for all participants and even more special bears for the top 100, top 35, and top 10 who find the most Trick or Treat Pumpkins. So, how do you get started? The first step is to go get the tools you need for the hunt. There are four locations you can get them at, but the one I personally recommend is Millbank

If you are a Bellisseria resident, I strongly encourage you get a candy pumpkin and put it out at your Linden Home. The more pumpkins that are out, the more fun the hunt becomes for everyone. Also, it means you are guaranteed to find at least one pumpkin that way.

As an aside, if you are a Bellisserian Passport holder, there is a Millbank stamp so  you may as well bring your passport and collect it. Not a Bellisserian Passport holder? Please consider stopping by the BBB Headquarters to apply for one!

Then, whether or not you are a Bellisserian, grab a Hunt HUD. You will need to wear it to record when you find a pumpkin. Just left click the sign and a HUD will be sent to you with ghostly efficiency.

Now you are ready to hunt. The question is… “Where to begin?” I have two recommendations for you. If you have a Belliserria Home, you might want to begin with the pumpkin you put out in your own yard. Then search your own neighborhood in case any of your neighbors put one out.

My other suggestion is to start at the Bellisseria Bureau of Bureaucracy (BBB) Headquarters. (I know we are not supposed to tell you where the pumpkins are, but …. Sh-h-h-h…. There is one at our HQ.)

Also I stopped by my favorite Belliseria art gallery (Reepicheep’s) to pick up a passport stamp, and I found a Candy Pumpkin there… oops.. I wasn’t supposed to tell you where they are located. Rats!

I found some other interesting things as I hunted. You know who Gingir is right? (She founded and runs the Bellisseria Citizens, which is a community chat group frequented by many Bellisseria residents, moles and Lindens. I found her house while hunting… and her pumpkin is guarded by a Pirate Skeleton. I am not going to tell you where her place is. (I couldn’t even if I wanted to, because I did not take a LM and I dont remember.)

I recommend that you do the hunt. You will see a lot of interesting things. Some of the homes have amazing Halloween decorations out. My personal favorite was a pumpkin guarded by a skeleton guard dog (pictured above).

Have fun and Happy Hunting!

Article and photos by Teresa Firelight


NEW STAMP LOCATIONS

You can collect visa stamps for your passport in five new locations this week. There are two new Linden locations placed by our beloved Moles on LDPW land – Moley's Fruit Stand at the farmers' market on Route 11 in Corsica and Lastness Marina on the mainland continent of Gaeta I.

On our home continent of Bellisseria there's the Switching Post – a modified Linden home generously dedicated by its owner to be a public travel nexus for land, rail and water. Rezzing is available and, with its bar and lodgings, is a location for "mercantile role play". Also in our own dear Belli, at Float Alone, is the House of Midnight – an attractively-located stilt-home that is currently (like many Bellisserian homes) somewhat spookified. This is a special Halloween event stamp and will be available only until November 1st. 

Finally, at Bryggen – the gateway between Blake Sea and the Second Norway estate – there is a new restaurant, bar and events space called The Florence

All the details and SLURLs you need are below and all locations have – as always – also been added to the Online Travel Guide. Enjoy your exploring!

STOP PRESS: Now open until October 31st, it's Hammieween II at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds. 

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Patch, Derrick & Abnor at the BBB | Fenella leaves | Bellisseria Bus Tour | Beeb on the Mersey beat | New Stamp Locations

PATCH, DERRICK & ABNOR AT THE BBB

On Wednesday we had a meeting of the BBB staff. We were joined by Patch Linden, Derrick Linden and Abnor Mole who sat in on the routine reports to get up to date with our work and to learn, in particular, about a major new product in development by our talented scripting team. It's still confidential,  but good progress is being made and further announcements can be expected Soon®. In the meantime we were much encouraged by their enthusiasm.

We are also pleased to report a final sign off at the meeting on the long-awaited sub-offices to be built around Bellisseria. We showed the prototypes of these – and announced our plans to build them – at SL18B. Now, with this final approval, it should now be "not long" (defined as "sooner than Soon®!") before they appear in-world.

There was also approval in principle of other exciting new plans. More details will follow when the Lindens have worked out the details on their side. For now, let's just say you can expect more (and more permanent) BBB offices and embassies around Second Life®.

In the meantime, applications both for new passports and new visa terminals continue to grow healthily. BBBug is now among the biggest 'invitation only' groups in SL. A conservative estimate of the stamps issued by our visa terminals so far was given as 65,000. 212 different stamps have been issued so far for permanent locations and temporary special events. At the current rate, we expect to have issued 300 stamp designs by the time we celebrate our second anniversary in January 2022.

We are proud of the support our bureaucratic endeavours have earned from the Lindens and Moles. All of us at the BBB very much appreciate the help and encouragement they continue to give us. Patch ended the meeting by saying;

Thank you for all that you are doing!  The community loves it!   

Well, Patch, we love our community right back. As our colleague Teresa Firelight recently put it;

I do this because I love Bellisseria and want to "give back" to it

That (with the possible exception of Mr Beeb) is how all we BBB bureaucrats feel. Vivat Bellisseria


FENELLA LEAVES

Fenella Allen – the founding editor of the BBB Gazette – has left Second Life®. Lord Junibalya, who prefers to be known just as "Dave", has taken over as editor as from this issue. 


BELLISSERIA BUS TOUR

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I decided to go on the Bellisseria bus tour today. The driver and tour guide was Yukiko Yeshto. We started at Red Hook and collected a stamp there before we boarded the bus.

There were a lot of fun people on this tour… nine of us total including our driver. I was impressed that the bus could hold so many and cross so many regions with so few problems. We did lose one passenger at a region crossing, but stopped shortly after and got him back.

We drove through a scenic Victorian area and had a lot of fun as the bus huffed and puffed to get to the top of each of the arched bridges.

Our first stop was Feline Fellowship. We collected their stamp, then continued on our way. Yukiko also gave us some really good information about trains in Bellisseria.

Then we came to Bellisseria Commissary - an SL Public Land Preserve, where we collected another stamp. After that we made it to Tea&Brooks – a cute cafe and it also has a stamp machine, so we collected yet another.

SL was behaving well for us until we got to Lockwood.. where the bus wheels locked and we swerved off the road. Yukiko, our cool-headed bus driver was able to back us out, make quick repairs, and get us going again.

Next we made it to the Bellisseria Gaming Club and collected another stamp. One of us noticed the place has greedy tables, and we almost lost that passenger at that point.. Fortunately, they decided to pass on the greedy game and continue on the tour.

We continued to the final destination: Bellisseria Aeronauts headquarters. There we collected our final stamp, as well as some free boats and hot air balloons. We thanked Yukiko and went about our days.

I really do recommend this tour.. it was a lot of fun as well as a great chance to socialise with fellow Bellisserians.

Article and photographs by Teresa Firelight


POSTCARD FROM THE BEEBS

They're on the move. This week they're in Liverpool, home of the Fab Four. 

Mr Beeb Postcard Liverpool


NEW STAMP LOCATIONS

There are four new locations this week. Two of them are on public land belonging to the LDPW. Our beloved Moles have placed a stamp terminal at their own home – the Meauxle Bureaux. You'd expect it to be one of the cutest builds in SL and you'd be right. As the Winter Sports season begins, they've also placed a terminal at Chalet Linden – "a cozy snow lodge" where you can "Warm your toes by the fire in good company or brave the cold and climb up the nearby slopes to go skiing."

There is a limited edition event stamp available at the latest pop-up art gallery by ART UNBOUND. ReConstruct is an exhibition in a ruined building in Tempelhof in the Ceiram Region where you clamber over rubble to see the art. It opens on October 17th and will run until November 7th.

Finally this week, there is a new café called the Damocles Diner in the Spini region where you can enjoy informal roadside dining. 

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Sci-Fi Expo special stamp | I got a passport stamp machine | BBB Facebook group | A postcard from Mr Beeb | Seven new Locations

EARLY PUBLICATION FOR SCI-FI EXPO 2021

The Gazette is normally published at one minute past midnight SLT on Saturday, but this week we are publishing one day early to coincide with the opening of SL's Sci-Fi Expo 2021, which is offering a special, limited edition event stamp for your Bellisseria Passport. Full details are below in the New Locations section.

It's a huge science fiction event to benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and The American Cancer Society. It runs from October 8th to 17th and features 70 Exhibitors, 60 hours of entertainment, an interactive quest and more! As a sci-fi fan (an SL Time Lord) and as someone who lost a beloved life-partner to breast cancer,  your editor hopes you will not just collect your passport stamp. Please also enjoy the event and make a donation here and there to an important cause. 


I GOT A PASSPORT STAMP MACHINE

I just went through the experience so am here to tell you how to become a passport stamp...er I mean .. how to become a passport stamp location. It really is easier than I thought it would be.

Step One: Have an interesting place for people to come visit. In my case, I have too many Bellisseria Fantasy Homes.. Two of them. I only need one to live in but I like the other too much to give it up. So I decided to turn it into an art gallery and garden and had a LOT of fun doing it.

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Step Two: Fill out an application.

Before I could fill it out, I had to go get it. So I TP'ed to the BBB office  and found the sign on the wall that said “PASSPORT STAMP LOCATION.” I left-clicked it to get the application form notecard.

The form was simple, but required me to make a couple of decisions. I am one of those people who takes twenty minutes at Baskin Robbins to decide what ice cream flavour I want. So it took a while to decide on the colour and shape of my stamp. The shape options were “Square, Round, Rectangular, Triangular, Etc.” I decided on Etc. Let them decide! That probably wasn't the answer they were looking for, but they were nice about it. As for colour, after changing my mind about seven times, I decided on purple. As for the design itself, they do that for you based on any suggestions you make, unless (like me) you have one of your own you'd like to use. 

Screenshot 2021-10-05 at 16.54.17Step Three: Turn in the completed application form. I had two choices; either to drop it in the post box under the application sign or to IM Dark Sunflower (her calling card is inside the form). I chose the latter and had a very pleasant chat with her.

Step Four: When the stamp machine arrives a few days later, rez it out at your location. That would have been really simple, except once again... there was a choice. They provided me with two stamp machines.. one black and one white. I finally decided on the white.

Step Five: Make sure your parcel is set up for guests. That means the land setting allows visitors and doesnt have a security orb to chase them away. Also make sure that scripting is turned on for “everyone”, so the machine can apply the stamp.

That is all there was to it. If you are not decision challenged, like me, the process is easier than eating your favourite flavour of pie.

Article & Photo by Teresa Firelight


BBB FACEBOOK GROUP

Facebook About Page

The BBB now has its own group on Facebook.

Please follow this link to view. We hope you will join it too. 

It is yet another place (along with our Flickr Group) to share photos of your travels with your Bellisseria Passport.

We hope you will also use it to keep in touch with your loyal civil servants here at the BBB and to chat with your fellow-members of the BBB user group.


A POSTCARD FROM MR BEEB

In case any of you are missing him (and to reassure the rest of us that he's far far away) here's a postcard we received from Chief Passport Inspector Beeb on his extended vacation. 

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NEW LOCATIONS

This week we have a bumper crop of seven new locations. A limited edition stamp is on offer for the duration of this years SL Sci-Fi Expo. There are also two more sites on Linden Department of Public Works (LDPW) land this week, placed by our beloved Moles. There's yet another new railway station on the SLRR and a new art gallery in Fantasseria, Finally, in the Other category, we have two memorials to fallen Americans and Native Americans of the United States armed forces. All gave some. Some gave all. 

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Poster Competition | New Stamp Locations

POSTER COMPETITION

Our proposed sub-offices on Linden Department of Public Works land have been eagerly anticipated since the prototypes were displayed on our stand at SL18B. The designs have now been been completed. They are being tested at secret locations in-world. The plan is for our beloved Moles to place them on public land. The date of placement has yet to be confirmed. 

BBB Sub-offices
Fenella in front of one of the prototype sub-office designs at SL18B

Now it's time for you, our readers, to play your part. Every BBB office and Embassy will shortly have space for one new promotional poster. In a competition sponsored by the BBB Gazette we are inviting all residents of Second Life® to design and submit a poster for that space.

All entrants submitting posters that comply with the rules will (if holders of a Bellisseria Passport) receive a unique passport stamp as a reward.

There is no other way to obtain that stamp.

Entrants who don't currently hold a Bellisseria Passport can receive their stamp if they obtain one within 1 month of entering the competition. All they have to do is mention their entry to the competition in their application form. Their new passport, if approved, will then be issued with the stamp already included. 

The 10 best posters will be featured in the frames in BBB official locations (including any future sub-offices). Here are the rules: 

  • The poster must promote either Bellisseria and/or the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy.
  • By submitting the file, the entrant represents to the BBB that s/he owns all relevant rights to the image.
  • The image file must be square in format and measure at least 1024 x 1024.
  • The image file must be no larger than 2048 x 2048 (the maximum size for an uploaded texture to SL).
  • Each resident may submit one poster only.
  • The content must comply with Linden Labs' Terms of Service as in force on the date of submission.
  • The content must be suitable for display in a region with a maturity rating of General.
  • The entry must be submitted to Gazette Editor Fenella Allen ("the Editor") either in the form of a full perm texture inside a notecard or as an enclosure to an email to bbbgazette.editor@gmail.com.
  • The name of the notecard or the subject line of the email to the Editor should be the contestant's legacy name.
  • Submission of the entry grants the BBB the right to use the image for display in Second Life® and in the BBB Gazette for official purposes. All other rights in the image remain with the entrant.
  • The entry should either feature the entrant's signature or our design team will add the entrant's name to a winning entry.
  • The competition opens today and closes at midnight SLT on October 23rd. 

The contest will be judged by the BBB staff, chaired by Sun – our Director of Design & Distribution. Sun's decision will be final. Get those creative juices flowing! We look forward to seeing your efforts. 


NEW STAMP LOCATIONS

We have a bumper crop of new locations where you can collect stamps for your Bellisseria Passport this week. They include two terminals placed by our beloved Moles on LDPW public land; at Half Hitch on the Blake Sea and at the ANWR Prim Rig Platform – where all the prims for Second Life® construction are extracted.

There are also new locations in Bellisseria itself; a new Book Club, a Gaming Club and a free café.

There's a new stamp to be had at an old location: Bear Castle, where an amazing collection of Linden Bears is housed. 

Collecting the historic first Blake Sea stamp other than by boat, seaplane or helicopter seems like cheating to your editor; an enthusiastic frequent sailor and aviator there. However the BBB makes no official judgments in these matters so teleporting is permitted, if not condoned. Whether you teleport, drive, ride a horse, fly, hike, sail or bike – all of us at the BBB wish you safe travels. Take care of those passports and enjoy visiting the new locations! 

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Stamp Terminals | Teaser Photo | My Partner wants me to get a passport | New Locations

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All readers will recognise our stamp dispenser terminals. They come in black and white.  They’re elegant, low-prim and with our logo on the front they’re easy to recognise.

You may not have encountered all of the other variants yet, so here are some photos

One is unique — the special Bellisseria Slenderman edition. You’ll have to brave his gallery to see that one up close — and he does not make it easy to find! The undersea variant — rusty and flickering — is to be found at Mer locations. Then there’s the latest type — for homes in Fantasseria — the magical sub-continent of Belli.  

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Watch out for all the different styles and always check for our logo before complaining that one doesn’t work. The basic design is available full perm on MarketPlace and others use it too around the grid for various purposes — so that thing you’re clicking with no result may not always be one of ours! 

STOP PRESS: You heard it here first, folks. More new designs of terminals, including wall-mounted plaque-type variants, are in development and will be available Soon®. 


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MY PARTNER WANTS ME TO GET A PASSPORT

Screenshot 2021-09-21 at 03.35.32My friend Daphanie Dolphin phoned me frustrated and wanting to blow off steam. She'd had a fight with her husband Flipper. He wanted her to get a Bellisseria Passport so they could travel together to exotic places of interest and collect interesting passport stamps.

While she loved the idea, she really can't afford a premium account right now. Besides, she lives with Flipper in their lovely houseboat and didn't want to get another home just for the passport. 

She told as much to Flipper. He was not very understanding. He just did not seem to "get" her concerns.

I am not asking you to move out.. just to get a passport.

But getting a passport means I need a Linden Home… which means paying 11.99 a month for a premium account. I just cant afford that.

I never asked you to get a premium account.. just get a passport.

But you can't have a passport unless you have a Bellisseria address... and I don't.

She paused. Then suspicions began to run wild.

Is this your way of saying you dont want me to live with you anymore? Are you breaking up with me?

No I am not breaking up with you! I just want you to apply for a passport so we can travel together. It sounds like a fun hobby and I would like to do it with you!!

I stopped her at that point. Like a good bureaucrat, I put her on hold. I checked with the BBB office for our policy on spouses/partners and passports. The policy is: if your partner owns a Bellisseria home and you are officially partnered in SL, then you qualify for a passport using your their address.

I took Daphanie off hold and told her the good news. She let out a squeal of delight, then put me on hold (but forgot to push mute). I guess she isnt a true bureaucrat! I could hear her telling her partner the news and then all sorts of kisses and smooching. At that point I hung up, satisfied that once again bureaucracy had saved the day.

The story shared is true except that the names (and most of the facts) have been changed to protect the innocent. The one part that was not changed: If you are partnered with a Bellisseria Home Owner, and that partnership reflects in both profiles, then you do qualify for a Bellisseria Passport.

Article and photo by Teresa Firelight 


NEW STAMP LOCATIONS

This week there are five new locations where you can collect stamps for your Bellisseria Passport. Red's Mystery Shack and Camp Sasquatch are both in the mainland wilds, in the region of Nagarjuna. Native Whispers is a new location in the Hopalong region of our home continent; a place for the indigenous peoples of the Americas and their friends. Mt. Campion National Forest is another natural location to explore. Finally, in the Fairhaven Redux region, the original builders have made a new version or Fairhaven; an adult beach and music venue with a tropical jungle and "photo opportunities at every turn".

All the information you need, including previews of the stamps you can obtain, are below. As usual, the new locations have also been added to the Online Travel Guide. Enjoy your visits and please do tell all you friends about the Bellisseria Passport. Everything they need to know is in the side-bar to the Gazette and our helpful staff of volunteers (our application process is very hands-on and personal) are always ready to answer any questions applicants may have. 

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Bus and Plane Tours | Change in Categories | Survey Results | Three new locations

BUS AND PLANE TOURS ARE NOW AVAILALBLE

Ever wonder if an immersive multi-stop tour is available to not only collect multiple BBB Passport Stamps, but to also see the way in which numerous stamps are connected via the numerous Linden Department of Public Works (LDPW) roadways, coastal waters or airway flight paths?  Well, wonder no longer!

BBB Passport Stamp Terminal Flights (1)

  We will begin with the flight tours being offered since they were the first tour type to be developed.  Gemini Ravenwood (paganshadow resident,) a virtual airline pilot and member of the BBB users group, has created two multi-continent mainland BBB Stamp tours.

Tour 1 traverses the Nautilus and Satori continents, begins at White Star Airport, and allows the collection of six stamps upon completion at The Dirty Oar.

Tour 2 travels across the continents of Sansara, Bellisseria and Jeogeot, affording passenger to collect six completely different stamps.

BBB Passport Stamp Bus Tour (1)

Active in many mainland travel tours, Yukiko Yeshto has created an overland route via vintage bus, primarily in the Bellisseria continent, but, once again, two tours available to collect 11 other completely seperate stamps.

The tours are currently running, but are still in development as new stamps are introduced.  As of this printing they happen on Thursdays at 11am SLT, with the Bus and Plane tours alternating weeks, and the individual tours for each travel method also alternating.

Even if you have collected the stamps being offered, it makes for a really delightful couple of hour of exploration and travel around Second Life, not to mention the opportunities for new friendships as the groups embark on their tours.

There are also plans to have a Second Life RailRoad (SLRR) tour as stamp destinations along the routes are discovered.


Article by Cranston Yordstorm


CHANGE IN LOCATION CATEGORIES

As we now have more than one railway station in our stamp locations, the BBB Management Directorate has decided to rename Category 1 in the Online Travel Guide to "Airports / Ports / Railway Stations". The Zany Zen Railway has therefore been moved from Category 5, "Other", to Category 1. This week's new railway station – details under New Locations below – has also been added to Category 1.


SURVEY RESULTS

SurveyMonkey Analyze - BBB Customer Satisfaction SurveyThank you to all who completed our customer satisfaction survey, which is now closed. 

We are pleased to report that 79% of respondents would recommend us to a friend vs 5% who wouldn’t.

92.5% considered our services to be of very high or high quality.

85% said we were responsive or very responsive to questions or concerns.  

The most common way of finding out about our services was from friends or the Bellisseria Citizens Group chat.

PNG imageWe really appreciate the respondents who used the “any other comments” question to thank and praise us. We are volunteers and the occasional kind word is our only reward. Thanks.

If we were to be ashamed about anything in the results, it’s that only one respondent complained about our rudeness! We apologise to fellow bureaucrats  everywhere for this betrayal of the profession's traditions. We promise we will try to do worse better. 

Thanks again for taking the time to let us know your views. In all seriousness we are here to make your Second Life® more fun and we are glad so many of you enjoy what we do.


NEW LOCATIONS 

This week we have three new locations where you can get your passport stamped. They include an impressive hydro-electric power station  – providing energy to Heterocera, as its land info proudly states. There's also a party house and a huge railway station – home of the Virtual Railways Consortium. All the details you need are below. 

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A Day in the Life: Zoe | Bellisseria's Water Taxi | Three new locations

9/11 ANNIVERSARY

As our friends in the USA and 90 countries that lost citizens in the attack remember that sad day 20 years ago, our hearts and minds are with the victims, their friends, families and everyone affected by their loss.


A DAY IN THE LIFE: ZOE

Zoe in her passport_license_plates storage work atticI rode my motorbike to the office; enjoying Bellisseria's beautiful scenery along the way. It's lucky there were not too many people on the roads, as I'd overslept and missed my morning coffee! People who know me will tell you I tend to get a little grumpy without my FIRST COFFEE .....!!

Arriving at our Winters Elm office, I noticed BBB chief Boo wasn't around yet. Lucky me! I could relax a bit while I woke up properly. I made a beeline for our coffee machine and, while enjoying my first sip, walked onto our peaceful patio. What a way to start a new work day, listening to the birds sing as I looked out over the river!

My first job was to empty the passport, drivers license and license plate mailboxes. Seeing the number of applications, I knew I would not be bored today! When the new applications were arranged in no particular order (I am a real bureaucrat!), it was time for my daily house-calls to verify addresses. Only genuine applicants – not mainland refugees – qualify!

I enjoy this part of the job as I get to see so many pretty places. Often I return later to explore them more in my spare time, which starts at 3.30pm (I am a real bureaucrat!). I like checking out applicants' homes through the windows. How nicely decorated many of them are!

Some are committed to their privacy, which I usually discover too late because I was busy admiring their beautiful things. After getting my umpteenth free flight from a security device, I wipe the dirt off my clothes and head back.

Luckily today I didn't have to ask the border police for help. All the applicants were genuine. Having checked their homes, we still needed to check their ID though. It's my job to make sure each gets a personal invitation to our Initiation Office for a full body scan. After sending those out it was time for my lunch break. So much work done already!

Lunch has become more pleasant since Mr Beeb was sent on indefinite leave. I relaxed in our lovely garden with food and a glass of wine (don't tell Boo). I almost forgot it was a working day.

After lunch, I checked how many citizens had visited the Initiation Office in the last two days. Too many alas – more work for me. So it was time to take the bull by the horns and actually make the passports, licenses and plates they'd successfully applied for. I had to make them all within 48 hours – such a hard life.

It's a fiddly job, which requires full concentration to process them faultlessly. Any mistakes in personal information would render the document illegal with all the consequences of that*. I looked at the clock, which showed 3:15 pm and decided to call it a day. The new documents had to be packaged and sent to all those Belli addresses, but luckily the post office is right next door!

I didn't complete all the documents; my day was shorter than the work required. Good bureaucrat that I am, I happily postponed the rest. When I see the boss I will make my routine complaint about overwork and say I really do need an assistant to drink wine with share all those house-calls.

*None at all – it's all for fun. 

Article and photo by Zoe Suki


BELLISSERIA'S WATER TAXI

Did you know that Bellesseria has it’s own Water Taxi? It runs between the Fairgrounds (in Whiskey Bay), the Lighthouse (in Cedarburg), and a lovely trad community at Squishy Squid. You can catch the Taxi at the pier at any of these three locations. It arrives roughly every 10 minutes. Look for a sign that looks like this.

Picture 1 - Water Taxi Sign 2991x2048I caught the Water Taxi starting at the lighthouse. It is such a pretty location and well worth looking around before you board the taxi.

Picture 2 - Water Taxi leaving lighthouse 2985x2048It took me to Squishy Squid where I got off for a delightful little walk around this lovely community.

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Then I hopped back on it and rode it to the Fairgrounds, located in Whiskey Bay.

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The fairgrounds is a great place to visit, by the way. It often has interesting events going on. At the moment, there were no special events, so I hopped back on the Water Taxi and returned to the lighthouse from where I had started my adventure.

Article and photos by Teresa Firelight


NEW LOCATIONS

This week we have a cave system, the headquarters of Bellisseria's largest and most influential group and an arty coffee shop to add to the destinations in the BBB Online Travel Guide where you can collect stamps for your Bellisseria Passport.

The cave system is beneath one of SL's many versions of Stonehenge; on Campbell Coast. The BBB's very own Cranston Yordstorm took a break from his work for us to do some spelunking beneath his land. He discovered that Glastonbelli has its own distinctive cheddar cheese – made and stored for maturation in the caves he discovered. You don't need to spelunk, because he's built a railway you can ride to tour the caves. You may even meet SL's version of Cheddar Man, the oldest known inhabitant of the British Isles who met a violent death in the Cheddar Gorge some 10,000 years ago. SL's version is just as dead but rather livelier, so be warned!

Bellisseria Citizens is the largest and most active of Bellisseria's many groups. Its HQ is a great information resource for Bellisserians old and new – as well as being a relaxed hangout and a place to play games. At some point all or most Bellisserians are going to find their way there and now they can get their passport stamped too. 

Our editor, Fenella is curator of the Limoncello Art Gallery, which has a few locations in Bellisseria and on mainland SL. The latest of these is a cafe in the Elven Falls Art Collective, which opened in July this year and is a growing community of SL Artists. 

All the information you need is below and the Online Travel Guide has also been updated. Enjoy your SL travels and be careful not to lose your passport!

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