B3B | Do you remember? | New Locations

B3B

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The big SL event of the week is the third anniversary of Bellisseria, celebrated in the form of a village fete at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds. It opened yesterday with a speech by Patch Linden at which (as well as name-checking The Gazette, which pleased your editor immensely) he announced the new Sakura Theme for Bellisseria homes in Japanese style. Please follow the previous link to Patch's Flickr to get SLURLs to the demo regions. For ourselves, we can't wait to see the new Sakura community centre!

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The 3rd anniversary event is continuing throughout the weekend so be sure to go along and take part in the celebrations!

ScheduleThe organisers have commissioned a special event stamp for your Bellisseria, Mainland or Generic SL passport. Don't miss the opportunity to collect that and also to take part in the special flight tours being run during the event. 

Flight tours

You might also like to check out Inara Pey's report on the event and her thoughts on Bellisseria and its future. She mentions the BBB as an example of an active group in the Bellisseria community, for which we thank her. 


DO YOU REMEMBER?

Do you remember your first day in Second Life®? It can be quite a culture shock! I have no statistics for the newbie attrition rate, but "onboarding" (acquiring the skills to move from "noob" to established user) is not easy. It's fair to assume that many SL-curious visitors simply don't return after their first look around.

Many SL veterans have forgotten those difficulties. Most of us try to "pay forward" the help we got as noobs, but still it's easy to underestimate the difficulties new residents face. In some ways they are greater than they were in our day. Before mesh, it was easy to have an avatar as slick (!) as the one used by SL's inventor. Now there's a mountain to climb (and many $Ls to spend) to look as soigné as experienced avatars. Some SL residents can be snooty about noob avis, which does not help. 

We established residents have just as much interest as Linden Lab in making SL a success. The fun, friendship and creativity we all enjoy here depends on new residents both arriving and deciding to stay. So how can we help reduce the newbie attrition rate? 

  1. I make a point of IM'ing anyone I meet who is less than a month old to say "Hi, welcome to SL. How are you enjoying it so far?"
  2. Having struck up a conversation, explain that SL is quite literally what residents choose to make of it. It's not a game where everyone has the same goals and progresses by the same rules. They probably won't enjoy it here until they've found like-minded friends. Ask them about their interests and, if you have useful suggestions for groups to join or places to visit, make them.
  3. Don't assume you are going to be one of those friends. You have found a path in SL to suit your personality, interests and skills. You may sometimes get lucky and make a great new friend but in reality, the chances a random noob will follow the same path as you are small!
  4. By all means tp them to some of your favourite places to show them why you love your Second Life®, but see (3) above!
  5. Before you say goodbye, send them to the experts: the enthusiasts who staff the 25 "Newcomer friendly" places in the Destination Guide. They have learning resources targeted to newcomers and some of them are language-specific. However good our second languages may be, most of us find it easier to learn – especially to learn techie stuff – in our native tongue. 

My personal favourites are the Firestorm Social Island New Resident Help Area and one I first visited to write this article, Door to America. Both have good resources and greeters to sign visitors up to their groups. Both are staffed by volunteers who have dedicated some of their time in SL to "onboarding". They'll do a better job than you will! 

These are my suggestions, but I am sure you will have your own. What is your approach to helping newbies feel at home? Let us know in the comments please!

Article and photographs by Dave.


NEW LOCATIONS

There's a very special new stamp this weekend for the Bellisseria 3rd Anniversary event at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds. As always with events, the stamp will only be there for the duration - in this case, for this weekend. So don't delay! 

The other locations this week are all very different, but have one thing in common – their names are very descriptive. The Folkdance Center is a center for folk dancing, for example. 

There are two new stamp locations in Corsica this week. Firstly there's the Butterfly Conservatory and secondly there's the Corsica Tourist Center. Again, both names rather speak for themselves!

Finally, not a new location but please note that Neural Networks Art Gallery & Café has relocated. The Gazette Online Travel Guide has been updated accordingly. 

Enjoy your virtual tourism and – as always – don't forget to pack your passport!

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Early Publication | Interview with Lethra | New Locations

EARLY PUBLICATION THIS WEEK

Your editor is taking his beloved sports car on a real life road trip this week - the first since the miserable COVID times. He won't be around on Saturday to publish at the usual time, so The Gazette is being released early. Normal service will be resumed next week.


INTERVIEW WITH LETHRA

Lethra has been in SL for less than four years and yet is already the owner of three airports, including the Gateway International Airport in Sansara, which bills itself as:

The entry point to Sansara and Heterocera for air and sea traffic from all over the mainland.

Gatway InternationalGiven its location, it's also a transport hub for traffic between those mainland continents and Bellisseria. Dave from The Gazette interviewed Lethra about her Second Life®. He asked her how she came to be into SL airports in such a big way and she said that aviation was an RL interest too, but that it is "way cheaper" in SL. 

Asked about the "gateway" role of GIA, she said it was an easy way to arrive in Sansara. by air. 

Easy. Land your plane at Gateway, rezz a car, and follow the signs for the nearby towns. Boom, you're in Sansara. Make your way to the northwest of the continent and you can connect to Heterocera by boat. 

As for the connection to Bellisseria, she said;

If you're asking how the two will be physically connected, I'd say just by sea and air, at least in the Sansara area. It would be cool to have some kind of road/rail tunnel between the continents, but I just don't see LL going for that, given the quiet suburban vibe they're going for in Bellisseria.

We love the idea of an intercontinental tunnel. That would indeed be great - and our friendly Moles have provided tunnels elsewhere so perhaps it's possible – or maybe even a bridge?

Lethra selectLethra continued; 

If you're asking about the interaction between Bellisseria and the other continents, I think organizations like BBB are critical for getting Bellisseria residents to explore the rest of the mainland, and that they should work with groups like Drivers of SL and the Skyward Flying Club, who regularly take their members on excursions through the mainland. That would help residents of all continents appreciate just how much is available outside of the skyboxes and private islands.  

On that point, Dave asked if, as Bellisseria continues steadily to connect the older mainland continents to each other as it grows, if she thought more SL residents would become interested in exploring SL by land, sea and air? Or will most still teleport from place to place without any thought of geography?

She said;

That depends on two things: publicity, and Linden Lab making the mainland as transportation-friendly as possible. I know people who had no idea the mainland existed for years but became enthralled by it once someone took them for a flight, drive, or sailing trip. I was one of those people for about a year and a half, until someone took me flying. Had it been better publicized, I would have done it much sooner. 

The other major impediments to growth, though, are things like security orbs set to teleport people home instantly, and other methods of preventing anyone from entering a parcel under any circumstances without being invited. Even in Bellisseria where the covenant puts clear restrictions on orbs and ban lines, people either don't read or ignore it, or even get visitor trackers and manually ban anyone they don't recognise. Getting randomly teleported home or bounced out of a parcel for doing nothing wrong is no fun, and it turns a lot of people off to the whole experience. Ask anyone who owns an airport outside the Blake Sea!  

Drivers, pilots, and sailors need to advocate constructively, and work with LL on ways to keep the seas and skies (especially the skies) open to everyone who plays by the rules. 

There will always be a certain crowd who join SL exclusively for stuff that doesn't involve recreational transportation, or who will try it once, hit one ban line, and give up. But I find that the more time people spend on SL, the more they want to branch out, and if they're made aware of the mainland as a target-rich environment in terms of places to spontaneously explore, many of them will want to try it out.

Dave asked her about the Greek Theatre she's built at Gateway International. What was the idea of that? Will there be performances there?

Gateway is a flat airport on top of a mountainous region, which lends itself to building things beneath the runway. It actually looks kind of silly if you *don't* build something underneath. And many SL airports connect to nothing in particular, even if they're also accessible by road or water. I decided to shake things up and take advantage of the topography to make Gateway a destination in itself, not just a stop on a journey. So I hopped on the Marketplace and bought myself a Greek amphitheater and a convention center.

We are planning an art exhibition in the convention center soon, and are working on getting some events going for the amphitheater as well (if you're interested, drop me a notecard). It's a great space and can be used for many things--plays, live music, even open-air art displays.

We're grateful to Lethra for agreeing to be interviewed.

Article and Photograph by Dave


NEW LOCATIONS

We have a new coffee-house destination in Jeogeot this week, a treehouse in Nautilus and a volcano in Sansara. The first belongs to Buttacwup Pwincess and the others are LDPW locations build and tended by our beloved Moles. 

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What's up with the Post Office | Enhance Your Experience with a Weekend Tour | New Locations

WHAT'S UP WITH THE POST OFFICE?

This is a relatively new feature and it is still growing and expanding. It is a fun way for SL Residents to communicate with each other by sending transferable notecards and objects to each other. It does nothing that could not be accomplished by IMs, but offers a fun RP aspect.

The first phase was only offered to Bellisseria residents, with a Main Post Office to service Bellisseria. Belli home owners could go to the post office to get their own personal mail box to rez on their property. They had to go to the post office to send mail, but could receive it at their home.

SL Geography_003Shortly after the initial release, the Post Office was expanded to serve all SL residents. We added three further post offices in Horizons, Sansarea and Satori. We also added a second Bellisseria post office, which offers free seasonal cards (Christmas, Valentine’s day, etc).

Now, anyone in SL can use any of our Post Offices. In other words, anyone in SL can get their own personal mailbox and rez it on wherever they call “home.” The mailbox will notify them if they have mail, and deliver it to them.

However, if you want to mail something to another resident, you still have to go to a post office and drop it in the outgoing MailBox. (This is similar to going to a post office in RL to mail a package). Also, each post office has a wall of PO Boxes where anyone can pick up their mail – even if they don't have a mailbox at home. 

We've just added another new feature. It came about because someone asked if they could use their own “cute” mailbox to receive mail from our system. We thought, “What a great idea!" So we started offering scripts that you can drop into your own personal mailbox. Of course, you still have to enable the “BBB Experience” for the script to work.

We also have some Documentation – a book-style Post Office Manual. It is offered at the BBB Headquarters. You can add it as a HUD, or you can rez it. It gives a lot of how-to information about our Post Office service.

There are more exciting plans in the works. There is also the possibility that Linden Lab might send the occasional Official Information/Announcements via the BBB Post Office (in addition to other mechanisms they use to get the word out). Also keep your eyes open for International Friend Appreciation Week. You will hear more about that after the Bellisseria 3rd Anniversary Celebration – coming soon!

Article by Teresa Firelight. Photograph by Dave.


ENHANCE YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH A WEEKEND TOUR

BBB_and_Embassy_Weekend_Tours_FlyerEnhance your passport stamp-collecting experience with the BBB+Embassy Weekend Tours. Or just join them to enjoy exploring and travelling in a group.

Every 1st Saturday each month at 11am SLT, you are invited to join a guided tour around Bellisseria and Mainland continents to visit locations that offer a BBB stamp terminal.
The meeting point is BBB Headquarters

The tours are not just about traveling and collecting stamps: They are to have fun, share an adventure, socialise and, who knows, maybe make some new friends! Also unexpected challenges are to be expected!

We will travel by bus, train, plane, boat, balloon, mini-copters, and more. Subject to alteration, depending on the actual number of tour attendants. The current tour route will be announced in the BBBug and CPCB group notices and chats. Your host is Yukiko Yeshto. It's important for a comfortable trip that you please detach unnecessary attachments and scripts to avoid issues with region crossings.

The next BBB+Embassy Weekend Tour will be today April 2, 11am SLT. We will be visiting the Alpine Regions of  Bellisseria by bus, train and hot air balloon.

Article and photograph by H.E. Yukiko Yeshto, Hon. Ambassador to Sansara

NEW LOCATIONS

The Gianfar Peaks of Pern is a "3d role-play homage to Anne McCaffrey's Pern." If you love dragons, check it out! 

The Nature Collective is a gateway to exploring other locations and is to be found just off Route 3 in northern Heterocera. It is;

a Second Life group created with the goal of cultivating a community around sims, spaces and projects which share a common focus on nature. It is our hope to foster a movement to help people engage and reconnect with the wonder and joy of nature, in the virtual world and beyond.

As well as picking up a stamp for your Bellisseria or CPCB passport, you can get a notecard with details of all the other locations for SL's nature-lovers in the collective.

Corsica South Coast Airfield is another of our old friend Cranston's builds and part of his growing Corsica South Coast empire. There's so much to do and see when you've landed there, especially if you catch a train from the local station. 

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Patch visits | Diplomatic Vacancies | New Locations

PATCH VISITS THE OFFICE

We were delighted to welcome Patch Linden to our new HQ last Wednesday for his first visit. We reported on our regular activities, including the Post Offices and the Mainland Passports, and then discussed other ways we might be able to contribute in future.

It's always good to see and chat with Patch and it was an opportunity for our newest recruits, Robert and Amanda, to meet him for the first time.


DIPLOMATIC VACANCIES IN HETEROCERA & JEOGEOT

Unless you arrived very recently in Second Life®, you will have lived somewhere other than the less-than-three years old Linden Continent of Bellisseria. Most Bellisserians have an emotional connection with, and knowledge of, other SL continents. For example, your editor bought land on the then-new continent of Satori back in 2007 and still has substantial holdings there for projects that don't fit in (or above) his beloved houseboat.

If your mainland connection is with the continents of Heterocera or Jeogeot, would you consider being an Honorary Ambassador there? Those two vacancies have arisen in our Corps Diplomatique and you are cordially invited to apply for either post. 

Heterocera Embassy
The Embassy in Heterocera | click to enlarge


The role of Honorary Ambassador is to promote Second Life® in general and in particular to build community spirit. It's to encourage exploration, geographical knowledge and social interaction. You would have the use of the local embassy and other assets. You would be expected to organise events at the embassy and elsewhere. You would have the support of our team of ambassadors and bureaucrats - and of course The Gazette.

Honorary Ambassadors have considerable independence and all go about the job in their own distinctive way. They are already growing closer as a team and helping each other out with ideas and mutual support. If you think this could be for you, please apply in-world to Boo Royjo. Drop him a notecard with information about your background and experience in SL and your ideas for what you would do if you were appointed.


NEW LOCATIONS

The delightfully-if-enigmatically named Scandalous Gout on the Cove – is a Bellisseria stilt home open to the public. It has water & road access and "tons of fun activities." 

Our other new permanent location this week is the motorsport/street-racing region of Daikoku. It is a "Car & Drift Community" on a private estate that hosts competitive and community events, such as the annual Daikoku Drift Championship. You'll land in a drab car-park hub location, but use the nearby teleporter to find your way around.

Finally we have the limited-time event stamp for District X - 2042 at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds from March 31st to April 5th. Don't miss it!

As always, please click on the images of locations and/or stamps below to enlarge them. 

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The Road Not Taken | New Locations

THE ROAD NOT TAKEN

Robert Frost's well-known poem ends;

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
SL has always presented itself as bodies of land and water where residents move, interact and build. Yet many of us teleport from place to place without a thought for our virtual world's "geography". We at the BBB and CPCB have a mission to help residents be explorers. We won't judge you if you flip from terminal to terminal without even waiting for the textures to rez, but you're missing out on a lot of fun if you do.
 
Many of us have inventories full of motorcycles, cars, sailboats, locomotives and planes. Some of us even have airships! We could teleport instantly to anywhere we travel, but we enjoy exploring SL's virtual spaces. We're not alone. The marinas, airports and transport hubs in SL exist for a reason. Many residents love hauling virtual goods using GTFO!  Others love going on Drivers of SL rallies, taking part in the Bellisseria Boat Parade or joining our own Yuki Yeshto's guided bus tours.
 
51864810022_a5519a86e1_kYou don't have to do it in a group though. The Pyri Funfair – for example – is a legacy SL destination, where the Moles long ago built a rather sinister game. It's now a passport stamp location, so you can have a memento of your time there. You can teleport in, play the game if you like, collect your stamp and leave. Or you could make an adventure of even getting there. You could sail there from Bellisseria or Jeogeot. You could incorporate a train ride by taking the ZZRR to Little Coverston and then catching the regular ferry to Pyri Peaks and the funfair.
 
So why not take the road, waterway or air route less traveled? Nothing builds friendship in Second Life® like a virtual journey, so  invite a friend along. You may find you make new friends along the way. 

NEW LOCATION

Our new location this week is Saint Aubrey Airfield and Marina. It occupies one of the Du Sud Isles, a group of private estates between Corsica and Nautilus which provide good sailing waters. It's a beautiful spot to visit, even if you're neither a sailor nor an aviator. 

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Bellisseria Origins - Gingir Ghoststar | Mainland Passports on Marketplace | Rally HUD Suspended | New Masthead | New Locations

BELLISSERIA ORIGINS

Gingir's first home
Gingir's first home in Belli | click to enlarge

Gingir Ghoststar will be well-known to many of our readers. She's quite the SLebrity these days, especially in Bellisseria.

She founded Bellisseria Citizens – the largest and most influential of Bellisseria's many groups and the origin of many of the others (including BBBug).

She kindly talked to Dave of The Gazette about those early days.

First she referred us to this article by Daniel Voyager in 2016, which might have been the first hint that Linden Labs had something in the works. If so their plans were three years in the making!

Three years later, this article in New World Notes quoted Gingir on the need for something like Bellisseria;

I've said for years that if SL would provide a maintained PG to PG13 area that it would thrive. I get it, it would be work, possibly [cause] increased cost of living and [provoke] the argument "nobody wants to be told how to live" but I beg to differ. Linden Lab thrives on all the private sims that they're paid to host that are then locked down with strict land rules, building rules etc and people pay through the NOSE to live on these super landscaped country club like estates. There is a market for it. If LL could create a continent and build it up like an actual city and enforce land/build codes I can almost guarantee that it would fill up in a heartbeat.

"Fill up in a heartbeat", it did and has been expanding ever since. Gingir told us;

I made the Bellisseria Citizens group to chat with a few friends and make new ones on the opening day of Bellisseria – April 15 2019. I never expected it to grow so large.

We were all exploring the new continent and wanted a way to chatter amongst ourselves as we all tried for a new home. The first year was kind of a fluke. There were growing pains but there was also an awesome community spirit. There were parties, tours, events and so many groups to see, join and attend. 

Our first official group event was our Julyfest. We had been planning to do an event at the lighthouse at Cedarburg, it was one of the few places we could imagine getting a large crowd and being able to set off fireworks.

Thankfully, Patch came to us and let us know that the fairgrounds were coming. We got to see them before anyone else.

We had such a blast at that first event. Fireworks, live singers, DJs, dancing, rides – everything that you might see at a summer fest. We even had a dunking booth! North Crannock made a turtle game that was a lot of fun too. He and his wife Bebe were – and are – pillars of our community.

The Launch of the Fairgrounds, there were many stinky bombs
The Launch of the Fairgrounds, there were many stinky bombs | click to enlarge

After that, we started a planning committee. Those folks ran with it; they brought us many fun events that year. By December though, I think many of us were teetering on burnout. Others from Belli stepped in and, together with other groups, helped to take that all over. They are the minds behind most of the events at the Fairgrounds nowadays and I don't think they could be in more capable hands.

The original Belli Bus Tours
The original Belli Bus Tours | click to enlarge

We rang in 2020 with a Ruth Run; everyone in Ruth/Roth avatars with either fig leaves or other things to hide their bits (or not!) They all ran through Belli on a course we made.

The Original Pickle Party 
The Original Pickle Party | click to enlarge

The best thing to come out of Bellisseria is just that; the community. There are so many helpers who would give you the shirt off their back if  you needed it. There is a place for everyone; even multiple places! Any interest you have, there is probably a group for it. If there isn't a group for it yet, there is plenty of room to add another!

Thank you Gingir. It's fascinating to learn how so much we now take for granted in Bellisseria came about.

Gingir was interviewed by Dave. All photographs © Gingir and reproduced here with her kind permission.


MAINLAND PASSPORTS NOW AVAILABLE ON SL MARKETPLACE

Screenshot 2022-03-10 at 20.32.04Last week's big announcement was that passports are now available for all residents in SL to collect stamps from the locations in The Gazette Online Travel Guide. Those new passports are available, free of charge, from the various embassies listed in the sidebar to The Gazette under the heading SLURLS. They are issued and administered by the Continental Passport Control Board and its group is open to all. 

Residency is not tested as it is for the Bellisseria Passport but you can choose one for any of the seven continents where there are embassies or a generic one for anywhere else in Second Life®.

The new passports can also now be obtained, still free of charge, from the Continental Passport Control Board's store on the Second Life Marketplace. Anyone and everyone can now take part in the fun of collecting passport stamps and we really couldn't make it any easier. 

Once you've obtained your new passport, we'd encourage you to visit the relevant embassy anyway to see what activities are planned. Introduce yourself to the Hon. Ambassador (see the Diplomatic List in the sidebar) and stay in touch! 


RALLY HUD SUSPENDED

Regular readers will know that, while most currently-available stamp-issuing locations are to be found in The Gazette Online Travel Guide, there are a few that can only be found (unless you're very lucky in your exploring) by taking a rally around a special course, guided by a Drivers of SL HUD. That HUD is temporarily unavailable. We hope to have it working again in a few weeks.

Please keep reading The Gazette for further updates.


NEW MASTHEAD FOR THE GAZETTE

One of our new artist bureaucrats, AmandaT Tamatzui, has kindly reworked the masthead to The Gazette in a far more creative way than your humble editor could. We hope you like it. Thanks, Amanda!


NEW LOCATIONS

Unusually, all three new locations this week are in Bellisseria. The first of two new LDPW locations is the Franklin T. Rex – a fossilised dinosaur skeleton in the rocks alongside the railway track in the Franklin region. It's one of our favourite features around Bellisseria. The second location is the pretty little railway station at Bridle Path, the arrival of which was hinted at, as the sharp-eyed readers will have noticed, in last weeks edition of The Gazette.

The third location is in the new Newbrooke region of Dooright. Its owner Jolie Jinglepaw has declared it an Embassy for Peace & Human Rights. Noble causes indeed – and more than ever in all our minds during the shocking conflict in Ukraine. Thank you Jolie for giving up your lovely home for such a purpose. 

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At last! Mainland Passports | A Day in the Life: Robert Rhodan | New Locations

AT LAST! MAINLAND PASSPORTS

The Bellissarian Bureau of Bureaucracy was founded as a quirky idea to build community on the then-new Linden Homes continent. From the beginning other SL'ers asked if they could have passports too, but we just didn't have the staff. Now however we are delighted to announce a solution!

As from today, there are terminals at or near our embassies where local residents can obtain that continent's passport. It's issued automatically and completely free of charge by a new group, the Continental Passport Control Board (CPCB) using tried and tested BBB technology.

A CPCB Passport Dispenser
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Each passport bears the applicant's Rez Day, a unique identification number and the date of issue. A setup menu allows the passport holder to add the name and photo of their choice and to change them as often as they wish.

If you don't live on the Continents where we have embassies (e.g. you have your own private island or rent a place on a private estate) you have the option of obtaining a generic Second Life® passport.

Your editor's (a dual national of Bellisseria and Satori) new passport
Your editor's (a Bellisseria/Satori dual citizen) new passport / click to enlarge

CPCB passport holders can collect stamps at all the locations in the Online Travel Guide. All of these locations are curated to include places of interest built by SL residents or our beloved Moles.

To new readers unfamiliar with our passports, anyone can apply for a stamp terminal anywhere in SL. We design a unique stamp for you unless you wish to design your own. We provide the stamps and terminals free of charge (but not to drive traffic to commercial locations). The idea is to encourage exploration, knowledge of SL geography – and fun!

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The mainland passports are a new service provided free of charge to all comers. They are supported in-world by a small CPCB team via a new user group open to all. The group will provide technical support. Information about locations and events is available here every week from the Gazette and 24/7 in the Online Travel Guide.

What does this mean for Bellisserians? They no longer have to disappoint friends who want to join in the fun! They can direct them to the relevant embassy (SLURLs are in the sidebar and the Official Locations section of the Online Travel Guide) to get their own passport. They can also encourage them to contact the Hon. Ambassador to their continent, whose job it is to bring Mainlanders and Bellisserians together for cool events and activities.

They will continue to receive weekly updates in-world and to have access in BBBug group chat to support from the BBB team.

What does this mean for people with BBB Stamp Terminals on their land? More potential new visitors and friends! 

What does this mean for the BBB Gazette? Check out our new masthead at the top of the page! As the main channel of communication with mainland passport holders, we get a new name – we're now simply The Gazette – which is what most people call us anyway!

We get to serve all SL residents and we're happy about that. We look forward to welcoming new readers. Our editor, Dave, has also joined the CPCB staff as an administrator, so feel free to contact him through the group, the email link in the sidebar or the mailbox at The Gazette's office.

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Passport Dispenser Terminals in production | click to enlarge

What does this mean for SL in general? We hope the new passports will further promote SL tourism and encourage more SL'ers to get to know our wonderful virtual world (and each other) better.

Welcome mainlanders! Have fun with your new passports!!


A DAY IN THE LIFE: ROBERT RHODAN

Screenshot 2022-03-01 at 13.38.09There is nothing much more relaxing than drinking my morning tea on the garden bench of my Belli home; looking at the Sakura trees move in the breeze, and watching my beloved red fox Fix roam the garden.  Always under the eye of Hypatia the owl, whom an old friend was kind enough to give a new home with me.

Next I look into my inbox to see if my BBB boss Sun has asked me to create new passport stamps for interesting locations. I enjoy making these, though I am always tempted to create unconventional designs, as pictured here.

I have been happy to learn I have some artistic freedom – kudos to Sun for her tolerance.

As I love to hike through beautiful landscape regions, I spend quite some time checking out such places. This is one thing I love about SL; the amazing creativity of many land owners. I am also deeply grateful that SL allows us to be what we wish to be. We can hike and climb mountainous terrain even if elderly or infirm in RL. We can create an avatar of a lost loved one, and give her/him a second life again. That possibility was one reason for me to return to SL many years after I canceled my old account in mourning (so don't take my displayed rez date too seriously).

Screenshot 2022-03-01 at 14.00.08Being retired and living alone in RL, I often use my ample spare time to compose neo-classical and new age music. Our boss of bosses, Boo, when kindly introducing me to the BBB staff wrote "he has a hankering to produce a Bellisserian Anthem." Yes, I do and I will!

The exceptional day of happiness in my renewed Second Life was when my beloved Petal said "yes" to my SL marriage proposal. She is the warm sunshine rays in my mornings when I start my SL day, and the enchanting "Clair de Lune" in the evening before I log off.

Please be lenient with me, my fellow Bellisserians. As the new kid on the block I am learning and listening at the moment. In my new role I shall always be trying to put a smile on your face in the morning, to last for the rest of the day!

Article and photos by Robert Rhodan, the newest member of our bureaucracy.


NEW LOCATIONS

We have two new LDPW locations this week ,neither of which your editor had seen before. He enjoyed visiting them to take photographs for the Gazette and the Online Travel Guide. We're sure you'll enjoy visiting them too.

The first is the Sand Castle at Valenza in Nautilus. You've seen a sandcastle before, you say? Not on the scale of this one you haven't! Our dear Moles went to town on this one and it's amusing to imagine them all at work with their buckets and spades.

The second is the Second Life Railroad (SLRR) station at Neumoegen on Heterocera. It's a whimsical, hippy-ish build, unlike any RL station we've every seen. We love the SLRR and your editor had fun exploring. He brought out a train from his inventory at the Rez Zone there and managed to drive it all the way to our Embassy, which has its own station.

The other new stamp is for an event at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds which takes place today and tomorrow. So if you want to grab that one, you'll need to be quick! The event is the 2nd anniversary of the Bellisseria Entertainers & Events group. They've been bringing music to Bellisseria for two years and they're bringing more to the fairgrounds to celebrate. It should be fun! As always, if you click on the images below you'll get an enlarged version so you can see all the details.

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

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor,

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

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

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

Shumani (shumani.aeon)


SLNEWSER LINK

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

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

Photo © SL Newser


H.E. YUKIKO ON LAB GAB

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

The show premiered at 11am SLT yesterday. 


EQUESTRIAN TOUR

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

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

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


NEW LOCATIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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Our new HQ | Eatonville / Little Kenya Events | New Corsica Airport | Post Office Manual | Nautilus Boat Cruise | New Locations

OUR NEW HEADQUARTERS

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

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

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

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

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

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


EVENTS AT EATONVILLE LIVING MUSEUM AND LITTLE KENYA

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

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


NEW AIRPORT IN CORSICA

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

Cranston explained that;

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

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

more of a destination with travel options.

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

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


POST OFFICE MANUAL

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


MOLE BUILD NAUTILUS BOAT CRUISE

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

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

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

Freddie Harrington, Hon. Ambassador


NEW STAMP LOCATIONS

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

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

 What is this SLife if, full or care,

We have no time to stand and stare? 

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

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

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[NB New location, but NOT a new stamp]

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Valentine's Day at the BBBPO | Exploring Jeogeot | Mole Day Report | New Locations

VALENTINE'S DAY AT THE BBB POST OFFICE

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

EXPLORING JEOGEOT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


MOLE DAY @ BAY CITY

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

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

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

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

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

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


NEW LOCATIONS

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

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

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

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

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