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FOUNDER TO RETIRE FROM BBB

Boo Rojyo, the CEO and Founder of the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy will retire from the BBB at the end of this month. In announcing this to his colleagues, Boo said;

My RL has changed quite a lot in the last year. The time I can dedicate to the BBB, or SL for that matter, has become quite limited. I've really loved all the BBB projects and activities, and the friendships it has brought, however it's time I moved on. I have tried reducing my BBB responsibilities, but I can't stop myself getting involved. I've decided therefore to make a complete break from the BBB. My plan is to cease activities as the 'boss' by the end of February.

Boo's PA Fiona Jogiches will also leave at the same time. The Gazette will publish a tribute to Boo and Fi before they finally leave. For now, all of us at the BBB would just like to thank them for all they've done – for us and for the SL community generally – and wish them well for the future. We are going to miss them. 

At a meeting of the BBB Board this week, Bel (jezebel.bailey) our former CEO was reappointed to that role. The bureaucratic work of the BBB will continue. 


MEET THE AMBASSADORS: JACK VINCENT

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We are continuing our series Meet the Ambassadors. We interview each of them so you can get a feel for who they are and what they do. This week we meet Ambassador Jack Vincent. The series will wrap up next week with a summary article.

Jack is the seventh and final ambassador in this series. The interviews for all seven were done at the same time almost 2 months ago. Since then, some RL stuff has made it necessary for Jack to step down at the end of his first one-year term. But we still want to cover the work he did during his term.

What SL Continent are you an Ambassador for? And where can people find your embassy?

I am Ambassador for the continent of Corsica, located in the region of Timescape. The embassy can be found here 

Please share your favorite thing about this continent. And do you have suggestions for places to visit?

Corsica has some amazing things, such as an elaborate and beautiful Italian Style build.

My favourite feature is the Circuit La Corse, a road that connects the entire eastern part of the continent. I wish the other sections of Corsica could have such an interconnected road.

How long have you been an ambassador now? And what motivated you to become an ambassador?

I have been Ambassador to Corsica for a year now! I was motivated by a desire to learn more about Corsica and its residents and history while at the same time helping to inspire others to want to explore the continents of both Corsica and Bellisseria.

What was the most special event you either held at your Embassy or sponsored for your continent?

My favorite was the opening of The Decks, where I invited Bellisserians and people from other continents. It was a great way to highlight another region of the continent of Corsica instead of just the regions that are traditionally known.

What is your favorite thing about Bellisseria that you tell residents of your continent?

I love to follow the Bellisseria Boat Parade HUD and take tours around different parts of Bellisseria. Even though the group no longer has a regular time everyday that they gather for the parade the HUD is still available.

What do you like to do in your spare time (or when you are not busy with your ambassador duties)?

I love to go listen to DJs and attend art events. Club Nuit's events are usually fun and have great builds that they change for every event. The Vordun Museum and Gallery is a great art gallery.

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

I used to be a “fire fighter” in SL, and we would “put out fires” as a group. That's pretty much all I can say about that!

Do you have anything else you would like to share?

I would just encourage every resident of SL, no matter where you reside, to explore the mainland continents and encourage others to do so as well. It really helps to give people a sense of being connected by and to the land.

Article & Photo by Teresa Firelight


EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you have one of our stamp terminals at your place and you're having an event there or would like to make any other announcement, just let us know and we'll be happy to feature it here. Please drop a notecard on the Editor Dave (Lord.Junibalya) in-world or use the Email the Editor link in the sidebar to send us your information, posters or photos.

Join the BBB!

If you are interested in volunteering to work for the BBB, please contact Bel (jezebel.bailey) in-world.


NEW LOCATIONS

Kot Community Center is located just off Route 9A in Jeogeot. You can enjoy a game of tennis, swim in the pool, watch a movie or do some yoga. There's free parking for four hours, so you can also use it as a base to explore further. We were lucky enough to meet owner Elise Fugazi when we visited to take our photo and she told us; 

I want to show others that community does exist in mainland and that there are many places in Jeogeot and other continents that people can come and enjoy.

The centre is a project of Elise's organisation Beautify Mainland. Apart from her own builds, Elise does design work for other mainland residents. 

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BBB3B | News about Bonniebots | Linden Homes Stats | Meet the Ambassadors | Events & Announcements | New Locations

BBB3B

The first of our passports was issued in January 2020 to our founder, Boo Rojyo. So the BBB is three years old this month. Last year we celebrated BBB2B at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds, but this year the occasion is passing off more quietly.

We're not allowing it to pass unnoticed however. If you visit BBB HQ you will find a special event stamp terminal on the garden terrace to the rear where you can obtain an elegant commemorative BBB3B stamp for your passport.

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And, as they say on the shopping channels, there's more! You can collect different celebratory stamps at each of the Continental Embassies. All the SLURLs you need are in today's New Locations section (below). They'll also be – of course – on your StaFi HUD. So why not see who can be first to collect them all? Let us know in the comments as soon as you've done so. Your date-stamped comment will be proof of your achievement. 

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We at the BBB and CPCB are volunteers. Nobody here makes a Linden penny from our work. We do what we do just to make Second Life® more entertaining and to encourage people to explore this wonderful metaverse of ours. Our stamps are to be found all over the grid. We're happy that our passports are now available to everyone in SL so even more people can join in the fun of touring SL and collecting the stamps to prove it.

Happy birthday to us! We thank you for all your enthusiastic support over the past three years of bureaucratic hijinks. Here's to the next year, and beyond.


NEWS ABOUT BONNIEBOTS

Last week we reported that the BBB is working with the team behind the Bonniebots to use their systems to track our stamp terminals in-world. That way – even if it slips the mind of a landowner to tell us about a moved or deleted terminal – we can keep the Gazette Online Travel Guide (GOTG) and our in-world StaFi (stamp finder) HUD up to date. 

As last week's issue went to press – sooner than we expected – the new system went live. Our stamp team has now toured the locations it flagged up and updated our publications.

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The BBB Stamp Terminal Status Page

We would like to thank the Bonniebots team for their prompt assistance. A link to the stamp terminal status page is now in the sidebar to The Gazette. Our stamp team will monitor it regularly for any changes.

Please check out the Bonniebots' website. You may be surprised what you can learn from the up-to-the-minute, publicly-available data they've collated there.

We are aware the SL Forums have been full of animated discussions about the Bonniebots. Some Residents have expressed concerns and the Lindens have taken an interest. New World Notes reported on Wednesday that Patch Linden – following his own comment on the forums –  met with the Bonniebots team to discuss the service and Residents' privacy concerns.

At that meeting, the Bonniebots team agreed to alter their system to provide certain opt-outs. Until those are in place, they have suspended the avatar search function and removed merchant names from the MarketPlace sales rankings. 


LINDEN HOMES STATISTICS

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People often ask statistical questions about Bellisseria...such as… “How many regions do we have?”, “How many Bellisseria homeowners are there?”, “How much of Bellisseria is unoccupied?”, etc. Now with the aid of the Bonniebots (see previous article) some of this information is finally available.

Lets start with the big picture. As of 5:30 am on January 24th, there were a total of 38,178 Bellisseria homes and 41,724 of the pre-Bellisseria old-style Linden Homes. Of those, 30,616 Bellisseria and 15,103 pre-Bellisseria homes were occupied. That means that 7,562 Bellisseria homes were unoccupied, giving a vacancy rate of almost 20%.

We can't be really specific about Houseboats, Trads and Campers because these three styles are often mixed together on the same subcontinent. Bonniebots report their findings by regions (some of which are mixed) and in summary by subcontinent.

We can determine however that Houseboats, Stilts and Victorians are among the most popular, with a low vacancy rate. As Trads infrequently appear on the Land Page, we can safely assume they are also popular. Trads are mostly on the Old Belli, Squishy Pickle and Pickle subcontinents, which all have extremely low vacancy rates.

The Chalets and Fantasy Homes had the highest vacancy rates (52% and 55% respectively) and Sakurasseria was close behind with 49% vacancy. You could probably have gathered that from the Land Page, because there are always Chalets, Fantasy and Sakura homes available. However you might be surprised to learn that, while Newbrooks are usually available, only 25% of them are unoccupied).

Our source for this article is this Bonniebots page. Please be aware that this is dynamically updated on a daily basis so numbers will change from day to day. Here is a screenshot of the summary report at the time of writing.Bonniebots bellihomes summary

Article & Photograph by Teresa Firelight


MEET THE AMBASSADORS: YUKIKO YESHTO

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We are continuing our series Meet the Ambassadors, in which we interview each of them so you can get a feel for who they are and what they do. This week we meet Yukiko Yeshto.

Yukiko was the ambassador to Sansara at the time of this interview. She has had some demanding RL stuff come up that makes it necessary for her to step down at the end of her first one-year term. She has done an outstanding job and this interview covers her term of office.

What SL Continent are you an Ambassador for? And where can people find your embassy?

I am Ambassador for Sansara and the embassy can be found in the Hennepin region.

Please share your favourite thing about this continent.

Sansara is the oldest Mainland continent. It has quite a few historical locations to discover, many active communities and beautiful spots to visit. You can hang out there or live in (and be a part of) them. Sansara also offers a huge winter area named 'the Snowlands'.

Do you have suggestions for places to visit in your Continent?

There are too many to pick from! I'd always recommend you start by traveling along the protected routes and coasts. The best surprises come when you stumble over a hidden gem. Sansara has many of those. 

When you explore, please be careful not to enter private homes by accident. Always check the land description to make sure the place is open to the public.

A few of my personal favorite spots include Moorcroft, Bay City, the Snowlands, Chamonix City, Ipperwash Cliffs National Seashore, Sea of Fables, Bay of Space Pigs, Ice Bay, Mare Secundus, The Point West Waterfront, the L-shaped lake and Micronesia, the ANWR Channel (which connects Sansara with Heterocera), and the Gateway International Airport & Axel Harbor (which connects Sansara with Bellisseria).

How long have you been an ambassador now? And what motivated you to become an ambassador?

I started about a year ago. Before that, I was already working with the BBB for passport stamp collection tours, which enhance my Mainland tours.

I considered the Ambassador position as a great opportunity to combine with my intentions of supporting the SL community spirit by offering exploration tours. I see those as one of countless ways to connect with people by sharing an adventure.

What was the most special event you either held at your Embassy or sponsored for your continent?

I struggle to pick something particular because each event and collaboration has been special in its own way. What all the events have in common and what stands out the most for me is the enthusiasm and creativity that each collaborator and supporter put into offering something fun and unique for the SL community. I love the sparkling joy that each attendant brought to and spread at the events, and the many friendships that have grown over time. It's the shared community spirit that makes every event special.

What is your favorite thing about Bellisseria that you tell residents of your continent?

Again, I struggle to pick favorites, because there is too much to choose from! But I would have a few recommendations as a starting point. For Linden Home owners, especially first-time home owners, I'd recommend the Parade of Homes as a source of inspiration for decorating your house and garden. If you enjoy exploring, join travel groups, visit homes open to the public like cafés, or stop by the themed community centers. Another fun activity is to go on the hunt for the easter eggs hidden by the Moles.

You can learn something about SL history, too (Magellan anyone?), or experience a surprise. For example, have you found out about the talking stone's secret at Molehenge yet? And, of course, you can collect stamps with your BBB or CPCB passport. As an avid traveler, I also enjoy the fact that Bellisseria connects all the Mainland continents.

What do you like to do in your spare time (or when you are not busy with your ambassador duties)?

My spare time activities actually don't differ much from what I usually do. I enjoy exploring, creating, brainstorming event ideas, and connecting with other residents and communities.

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

I would have a hilarious answer to that but it has to remain a secret until the end of my SL days, I'm sorry.

Do you have anything else you would like to share?

I'd like to thank each and every one who puts their time and effort into making the SL community thrive and prosper. It doesn't matter how big or small your contribution is, if you are an event organiser or participant, location owner or visitor, or whatever other constellation you could think of. Every little spark of joy counts, and I'm looking forward to make more lovely memories with the community!


EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you have one of our stamp terminals at your place and you're having an event there or would like to make any other announcement, just let us know and we'll be happy to feature it here. Please drop a notecard on the Editor Dave (Lord.Junibalya) in-world or use the Email the Editor link in the sidebar to send us your information, posters or photos.

Bearpaw Tour in Mt Campion National Park

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The Embassy of Bellisseria to Heterocera invites you to a new nature tour in the Mount Campion National Forest. 

On Saturday, 11 Februrary 2023 at 12 noon SLT, a guided tour will follow the paths of the ancient Bearpaw tribe. The tour takes about 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes) to complete. It visits several parts of Mount Campion National Forest as it traces the migration of the Bearpaw tribe from the flatlands to the higher elevations. It will tell the story of how and why this tribe migrated and it will take you to a number of breath-takingly beautiful locations in the park. And if you are a BBB or Continental Passport holder, there are two passport dispensers along the route where you can collect some passport stamps.

The tour will be guided by a ranger, giving explanations. Please join us at the meeting point a few minutes in advance of the start time. 

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New Parade of Homes change form

You can now modify your entry in the Parade of Homes database easily using this change form. It will allow simple changes to your entry. It also now displays some typical use cases for a simpler understanding.
 
Applying for seasonal category entries • Easter (Mar..Apr) • Halloween (Oct..Nov) • Xmas (Nov..Jan) using the change form will create a duplicate of your permanent entry – just with different photos! Seasonal deco entries will be auto-removed without affecting your permanent listing.
 
Entries listed for the Christmas seasonal decorations section have now been auto-removed. If your permanent entry is missing, sending in the change form will "restore" the entry with different photos.
 
*****SL PoH OH welcomes

... Fay Starlight's Tumbletown Falls
est. 1/2023
Hidden behind the Drunken Mouse Pub, lies a hidden falls where a little chalet stands deep in the forest!

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... Gingir Ghoststar's Linden Newbrooke Modern Home
est. 11/2021
I'll be moving at the beginning of March, so come see before I move again!

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NEW LOCATIONS

The Baseball Exhibit Gallery and Museum is at Sekmet on the Continent of Satori. Having visited both the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the Field of Dreams Movie Site in RL, we can say this SL version captures the spirit of America's Pastime well.

The rest of the new stamps available this week are all time-limited editions in celebration of the BBB's 3rd Birthday (BBB3B), as explained in our leading article (above). Enjoy collecting them all and, once more, thanks for your support of our recreational bureaucracy during the last three years. We hope you've had as much fun carrying our passports and other bureaucratic products as we have had making them for you.

If you have friends who don't have a passport yet, your visits to our HQ and embassies to collect the stamps will be a perfect opportunity to sort that shameful situation out. If they live in Bellisseria, teleport them to our HQ and help them fill out the application form for the full-on bureaucratic experience. If they live on another mainland continent, teleport them to the relevant embassy and they can get one – fully-automated – there and then. If they're rich and live on a private island (or poor and homeless) tp them to any embassy and they can immediately get the generic SL passport.

The fun of exploring our virtual world and collecting stamps to show the cool places you've been is open to everyone in SL. All your friends can be "victims" of the gentlest, kindest bureaucracy ever!

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Meet the Ambassadors: Bel | Bonnie Bots | Events & Announcements | New Locations

MEET THE AMBASSADORS: BEL

We are continuing our series of Meet the Ambassadors. We interview each of the ambassadors so you can get a bit of a feel for who they are and what they do. And this week we will meet Jezebel (Bel) Bailey, who is our newest ambassador. She has taken a few months to really become familiar with her continent and has become passionate about it.

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What SL Continent are you an Ambassador for? And where can people find your embassy?

I am the ambassador for Jeogeot, and you can find my embassy here

Please share your favorite thing about this continent

There are several areas of Jeogeot that I really enjoy. I particularly like the geometry of how Jeogeot was constructed – it is perfect. We have plains along the coastal waterlines, hills in the center landmass and isolated mountains. The ocean floor provides slopes, sand, and oceanic vegetation. It is like a painter's canvas, and it has so much that can be imagined and completed.

Jeogeot was the 3rd continent built, and is known as being the last in the 'Old World'.

Do you have suggestions for places to visit in your Continent?

Pyri Peaks is a great place to visit. It is like taking a walk down the rabbit hole with Alice. Start your journey going through the train tracks into red pulsing light and follow where it takes you. But be careful, as you may run into Explosives that the moles left from when they were building.

As you explore more thoroughly, be careful of moving objects like drifting stones. Come visit for further exploring. We also have an active (semi) volcano.

How long have you been an ambassador now? And what motivated you to become an ambassador?

I have been an ambassador for 4 months. I was previously associated with the BBB, and recently came back to it. This time I wanted to contribute in a different capacity. And the role of Ambassador was perfect for me.

What was the most special event you either held at your Embassy or sponsored for your continent?

I have started Jeogeot Citizens Group, and recruited one of Jeogeots as a co-owner and co-leader. This will help build community among the Jeogeot residents, and I am looking forward to seeing this unfold.

My favorite embassy event was dancing in a beautiful garden area that Boo built for my inauguration ceremony. We all enjoyed the dance so much we stayed there all day.

What is your favorite thing about Bellisseria that you tell residents of your continent?

I love Bellisseria -- it is what made me continue as a premium member. I love the attractions and sights that Linden Lab has put into Bellisseria. I also love that all SL residents can visit and enjoy them, because you don’t have to be a premium member to visit and enjoy the public Bellisseria areas. I love the community that has been built around Bellisseria. In fact, that community is what originally attracted me to the BBB.

I also love that Bellisseria is an option rather than something forced on premium members – because they can spend their land allowance on mainland if they prefer. So the people who live in Bellisseria live there by choice.

What do you like to do in your spare time (or when you are not busy with your ambassador duties)?

I play cards a lot because my sl partner enjoys that. In my other life, I have been building a new addition to the house. I also help take care of and spend time with an elderly lady who got Covid and Shingles and just needed a little support, I help others around the lake and just LOVE where I live.

Please tell us one thing about yourself that most people do not know.

I may take a long time to get things done but its usually worth the wait.

Do you have anything else you would like to share?

Here is it – a brand new year. I plan to host events in the Jeogeot Garden and learn more and become more active both in Jeogeot and the BBB. Secondlife is an endless experience of changing ideas and creativeness. If you can imagine it, it can be done.

Article & Photo by Teresa Firelight


BONNIEBOTS 

The BBB recently came into contact with a team of Second Life® residents who are releasing some interesting tools for finding unoccupied Linden Homes, abandoned land, sandboxes etc. Their product is a great addition to the BBB Home Finder HUD, which finds vacant Linden Homes in Bellisseria.

The team is using a special technique they call Bonniebots. As they explained it to me;

The Bonnies are all bots that collectively visit every region at least once per day to gather publicly available information and display it on our website for anyone who is interested. We try not to stick around for too long so we're usually in and out in about 20 seconds!

The data includes popular and trending regions with higher accuracy than the Lindens "dwell" stat offers plus popular and trending attachments, abandoned land on the mainland (to help ordinary users level the playing field with the land barons who have private bots), marketplace purchases, and a text search for profiles of users active within the last few weeks to help find like minded people.

We've recently added a search feature for Linden Homes, which may be of specific interest to residents of Bellisseria, along with a few high level statistics on home ownership for the data nerds out there. You can find the Linden Home search feature here

The idea is that SL is huge, like really huge, and a lot of people joining or returning after being gone a long time might not necessarily know what's up. We hope to alleviate that.

They are keen to stress that, though some people have a knee jerk negative reaction to bots and assume the information gathered will be sold, this is not true.

No information the Bonnies gather is sold, nor is it used for profit in any way. All data gathered is presented on the webpage. It is a completely not for profit project. Some people understandably fear that the Bonnies are stalking them. After all, everywhere you go, there they are. However they have no way of actually doing that. Besides, it would be a waste of the project's resources. If a bot was stalking someone, it wouldn't be able to collect grid-wide data

We see these tools as a valuable resource. We may be able automatically to check whether our stamp terminals are still active, for example. We might even be able to detect relocated terminals, which haven't been notified to us (as sadly sometimes happens). We also plan to apply them to the Parade of Homes Listing in a similar way.

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A Bonniebots search for our editor pulls together all his SL interests


Applied to the StaFi StampFinder (available from the BBB HQ) and the Gazette Online Travel Guide these tools could prevent disappointments in future when our users teleport to out-of-date locations and so improve the quality of StaFi/GOTG and PoH content.

The BBB is very excited to be co-operating with the Bonniebots team. As they said to us,

The reason behind it is to help Second Life thrive by bringing people together.

We couldn't have said it any better. That's pretty much our own mission statement!

Article by Robert Rhodan 


EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you have one of our stamp terminals at your place and you're having an event there or would like to make any other announcement, just let us know and we'll be happy to feature it here. Please drop a notecard on the Editor Dave (Lord.Junibalya) in-world or use the Email the Editor link in the sidebar to send us your information, posters or photos.

 


NEW LOCATIONS

We love a good travel hub location for our passport terminals. Where better to get your passport stamped than at a port or station? We have two new transport locations this week. The first is Fox's Marina at Yurim on the northern coast of Jeogeot, between Bellisseria's Southern houseboats and Fantasseria. It's a GTFO! hub for small ships, helicopters and seaplanes. The second is Smugglers Bluff; an airport on Ice Bay in the Snowlands of Sansara, which is also the home to SL Coast Guard Station Kania.

Finally we have a new location on Bellisseria. The House of Tea & Tarot is a Victorian tea shop so quaint we were tempted to spell it 'shoppe'. As well as enjoying tea and cakes, those of mystical inclination can gain insight into their future with a fully-automated reading of the tarot cards.

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2023 BBB Calendar | Meet the Ambassadors: Freddie | Events & Announcements | Out & About: Butter | New Locations

2023 BBB CALENDAR

The BBB 2023 calendar is available from BBB HQ in Swordfish. You can pick it up from a dispenser sign there. This year's calendar uses the same Media-on-a-Prim (MoaP) technique as the StaFi stamp finder (also available from BBB HQ). The advantage of MoaP is that any updates don't require you to collect a new object. A refresh will always get you the latest version.
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Please note that the calendar prim is one-sided, so you may need to walk around the rezzed object, or rotate it before attaching it to a wall. Please check the instruction notecard which explains how to enable media if you have not already done so. New photos will be added over time. A refresh will show those on your rezzed calendar, with no further action required.
 
You can also use the calendar in an off-world browser window.
 
While you are visiting us at HQ please note the new improved StaFi (StampFinder) dispenser sign. StaFi is still maintained each week. You can wear it with the wonderful new V3 passport HUD; minimising both so as not to disturb your view. So you can easily rampage through SL on a stamp hunting tour; selecting cute stamps via the StaFi, clicking on its SLURLs to TP there, and then stamping your passport. All now (thanks to the V3 passport) without fear of either losing new stamps during teleports or picking up any duplicates!
 
Article by Robert Rhodan, BBB Stamp Team

MEET THE AMBASSADORS: FREDDIE HARRINGTON

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We are continuing our series of Meet the Ambassadors. We interview each of the ambassadors so you can get a bit of a feel for who they are and what they do. This week we meet Freddie Harrington, who is possibly the most musical of the ambassadors. In addition to being an ambassador, Freddie is also an accomplished and popular DJ.

What SL Continent are you an Ambassador for? And where can people find your embassy?

I'm Ambassador for Nautilus and you can find my Embassy here.

Please share your favorite thing about this continent.

Oh, where do I start! I love the sailing, flying, and boating, including the different races and cruises that go on. I really love the surrounding estates and landscaping too. There is always something going on every day. I suspect it's one of the busiest continents.

Do you have suggestions for places to visit in your Continent?

Yes. I have a tour HUD for all the Mole and Linden builds around the continent and I recommend doing those. Also , Nautilus has some under water stuff for the Mers, etc. You can pick these up at my Embassy.

How long have you been an ambassador now? And what motivated you to become an ambassador?

I have been in the position for a whole year now. One of my friends suggested I apply and I was aware of the BBB and what they do, so I thought it would be fun to get involved and meet some new people too. I was a bit nervous as I didn't know Boo or Fiona personally at the time but both are among the best people I have met in-world and all the other BBB crew and Ambassadors are included in that too.

What was the most special event you either held at your Embassy or sponsored for your continent?

In the beginning, I did hold some cruises and parties. But I have found that because Nautilus and Blake Sea are so busy all the time, just getting involved in these activties is a great way to spread the word about what the BBB and Embassies do. I have been involved in putting out the music and even some set up for nearly all the Embassy openings-- but I will be a bit vain and say that my Embassy party was my favorite event on my continent.

What is your favorite thing about Bellisseria that you tell residents of your continent?

I love everything about Bellisseria. I came back to SL after a break of maybe 2 years and got myself one of the old Linden Homes. Then my friend invited me to her houseboat when Bellisseria was smaller. I loved it and I thought, “how do I get one of those?” I had to settle on a Trad though, because homes were in short supply at that time. 

I suggest that people visit one of the many community spaces. My favorites are The Drunken Mouse and Campwich. You can pick up a landmark list from my Embassy, which also includes some fun and also *secret places* in Bellisseria. I do love how easy it is to meet people with shared interests in Bellisseria too.

What do you like to do in your spare time (or when you are not busy with your ambassador duties)?

There are many activities that I enjoy doing in-world. I like to fly, drive, and sail. But I also like to rearrange my furniture, go dancing and get passport stamps. I like to do the “Drivers of SL” drives, and I enjoy taking also cruises by various groups. Sometimes I just want to hang around Bellisseria and chat with friends.

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

Oh that's a difficult one.....come back to me later. *winks*

[Since Freddie declined to answer the (above) question, I will share something for him. I had the darndest time getting Freddie to come in for his Ambassador Photo. It turns out that he is a little camera shy and does not enjoy having his picture taken in SL or RL. But IMHO, he is quite photogenic, and has no need to be camera shy.]

Do you have anything else you would like to share?

My bacon sandwich?

Article & Photograph by Teresa Firelight


EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you have one of our stamp terminals at your place and you're having an event there or would like to make any other announcement, just let us know and we'll be happy to feature it here. Please drop a notecard on the Editor Dave (Lord.Junibalya) in-world or use the Email the Editor link in the sidebar to send us your information, posters or photos.

Public Service Announcement re stamp applications

When applying for a stamp terminal using the application notecard form in-world, please note that it allows you tell us your ideas as to how the stamp should look. You can also provide any logo you may have for your destination that might inspire our design team in creating your stamp.

If you prefer, you can create your own stamp design to the specifications set out in the form. Remember it should look like a passport stamp! We make exceptions for event stamps, which can be more colourful, but permanent stamps should be in one colour capable of being applied sloppily by a bored bureaucrat using inky rubber!

If you choose to go that route, there is a separate place in the application form to send us your own stamp design. This is a completely separate thing from any logo or other image you may choose to send for inspiration. Please be careful not to confuse the two.

If you don't provide your own stamp texture, our design team will happily create one for you. That's how most of our stamps are made. They will ask for your approval before programming the terminals.

Please remember that the stamp team are (like all our bureaucrats) unpaid volunteers giving cheerfully of their time to provide a free-of-charge service and generally make SL more fun for you and your visitors.

We're proud of our results, which you can check out here.

Robert Rhodan | BBB Passport Stamp Team

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SL PoH OH welcomes

... Bella Slade's House of Tea & Tarot
est. 1/2023
Victorian Tea House with a magical twist. Enjoy some afternoon tea with a Mole cream puff and a Tarot reading with working tarot cards.

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OUT & ABOUT: BUTTER

This week, The Gazette's roving photo-journalist visited the Homestead Region of Butter. Its slogan is You Butter Come Back! and the owner, Mona Molinaxil, has done her best to ensure that you will. As she said in the Destination Guide earlier this month;

Things are always changing. New items are added, and areas that I get tired of or don’t like are changed. Being limited by LI limits forces some choices to be made. And that is not a bad thing, really. If you want something new, you might have to remove something old.

So you'll have reasons to go back to see what she's been up to!

The region is a small seaside town with a variety of areas maximising the scenic return from 5,000 prims. It has its own blog, with a handy map.  The blog states definitively that there are no rentals or private areas, but there were ban-lines around the farmhouse during our visit. This is probably the area that the Destination Guide reports is currently closed for construction so should reopen soon. Butter Image

There's a delightful little bistro, with inside and outside seating. The coastline has cliffs, beaches and rocky outcrops. There are a variety of buildings to explore and a campsite too. For SL photographers, it's a succession of excellent backdrops! On our second visit with a photographer friend, she took more photos than we spent minutes!

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Photojournalism is hard work

It's an ideal, non-commercial, location for one of our passport terminals and we understand the suggestion has kindly already been made by one of our BBBug members so – fingers crossed. Stamp or not, it's well worth a visit.


NEW LOCATIONS

We have two new locations from our friends at The Nature Collective this week. TNC Off the Rails is a railway station and GTFO! Hub in a natural setting that meets the TNC criteria. You are encouraged to:

Come tend to the shared farm/garden, relax at the Railcar Coffee Co., and when you're done, rez your train and explore!

Gallery TNC is located on Route 2 on the Northern coast of Heterocera. It showcases TNC member locations as seen through the lens of artists and photographers.

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Happy New Year | Meet the Ambassadors: Bijoux | Events & Announcements | Out & About | New Locations

HAPPY NEW YEAR

2023TheYearToSee

Happy New Year! 

Someone said that 2023 is the YEAR TO SEE. In this spirit, we hope to see massive improvements in both our RL and SL lifestyles. We can't address the Real-Life improvements here, but we do wish people the best in areas like improved job opportunities, less pandemic sickness and fewer restrictions, etc. But we can take a look at some of what lays ahead for Second Life® in 2023.

Linden Lab has been working hard to make SL more exciting for residents. One of those areas has been in making land ownership more accessible to people with limited finances. They introduced the Plus membership in mid-November of last year, and the expectation is that in 2023 more people will begin to own their own homes on mainland. The Plus membership gives a resident a 512 m2 mainland tier allowance, plus a weekly stipend of L$150. The Plus member can own any size mainland if they are willing to pay the tier for it. The Plus membership is only $5.99 per month or an annual rate of $65.99 per year – substantially less than a Netflix subscription.

Along with that, they lowered the monthly tier price for everyone on the larger mainland parcels, starting with 1/8 of a region (8192 m2) and above. The 1/8 of a region used to be $37.00 US a month, and it dropped to $31.00 US. That is a savings of $6.00 US per month or $72.00 USD per year. This will make it possible for more people to own larger parcels in 2023.

There has also been speculation (and a lot of excitement) that sometime early in this year, LL will make the 2048 m2 Bellisseria homes available to the Premium Plus members. Linden Lab has not said anything definitive on this, but they have dropped a few hints. There is an active thread on the Linden Homes forum on this topic, and from what I can tell, people are very eagerly awaiting this release.

And Linden Lab has announced plans for upcoming non-land improvements to Second Life®. This includes graphical improvements (Physical Based Rendering or PBR) which will allow creators to make some amazing materials in their products. It will even support actual real mirrors that reflect avatars and surroundings. There will also be new/improved capabilities that will allow scripters to give us even more realism and fun gadgets.

We can also look forward to performance improvements, and it should become easier to customize our avatars. Linden Lab also wants to give us new community building tools for specific interest groups, which they are calling new centralised hubs.

As you can see, SL will offer us some great things in 2023.

Article & Photograph by Teresa Firelight


 MEET THE AMBASSADORS: BIJOUX

Ambassadr Bijoux

We are continuing our series of Meet the Ambassadors. We interview each of the ambassadors so you can get a bit of a feel for who they are and what they do. And this week we will meet Bijoux Barr, who is possibly the most artistic of all of the Bellisseria ambassadors.

Here is what she had to say:

What SL Continent are you an Ambassador for? And where can people find your embassy?

I am an Ambassador for the Satori Continent. Our embassy is in the region of Gangkhar at this location

Please share your favorite thing about this continent.

My favorite thing about Satori is its proximity to Bellisseria, Nautilus and the Blake Sea! You can explore the continent through its roads. You can hop on a boat or plane (or any vehicle you want) and then explore away!

Do you have suggestions for places to visit in your Continent?

Here are my Top 2 Places in Satori:

1. Mole Village:

Meauxle Bureaux is the home of the Linden Department of Public Works, a program focused on improvements related to the experience of living in and visiting the Linden Mainland. This intricate build was lovingly crafted by resident experts for all to enjoy, so come see the ultimate in shared creative spaces!

2. GTFO World Headquarters

GTFO World Headquarters, & Drivers of SL HQ. Located just three sims from the Blake on the north edge of Satori. It provides route 8 road access along with boats, sea planes, and aircraft! Come peruse the shops and load up some freight!

When I think of mainland exploration, Bruissac Bay would be the first place I can think of as a starting point. Whether by land, sea or air, a great adventure starts here!

How long have you been an ambassador now? And what motivated you to become an ambassador?

I have been an Ambassador for almost 1 year now. I love what the BBB represents and how each person is fostering Bellisseria and mainland connections. I see the hard work and dedication of the members and staff and it is a joy to have the opportunity to give back or contribute to the team's efforts.

What was the most special event you either held at your Embassy or sponsored for your continent?

The most special event up-to-date for me is the Embassy opening event which we were given the opportunity to hold it at the Belli Fairgrounds. A little bit hard to top that one, but more ideas will come!

What is your favorite thing about Bellisseria that you tell residents of your continent?

It's always been the community in Belli. I love how everyone comes together to celebrate each other, and foster friendship, creativity and music.

What do you like to do in your spare time (or when you are not busy with your ambassador duties)?

If I'm not working in RL, usually I play games, or read, or paint or draw. I was able to grab (hoard really!) a lot of online art courses last Black Friday sale so I'm going through them to further develop my skills in art.

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

Gosh this is hard. For those that I am connected to on social media, they would already know. But for the sake of this interview, maybe it's my love for art and music? I grew up in a family of artists, from my grandmother, to my mother, to me, then to my daughter. We immensely enjoy all different aspects of it from traditional painting, pencil art, graphic art, music (my tastes range from classical music to NU Metal), and the spoken word.

Do you have anything else you would like to share?

Our embassy is open to events you'd like to promote in Satori! I'd love to be able to collaborate with the residents, so please feel free to contact me if you have any event you'd like for us to partner with.

Article & Photograph by Teresa Firelight


EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you have one of our stamp terminals at your place and you're having an event there or would like to make any other announcement, just let us know and we'll be happy to feature it here. Please drop a notecard on the Editor Dave (Lord.Junibalya) in-world or use the Email the Editor link in the sidebar to send us your information, posters or photos.

News from the Nature Collective

We at The Nature Collective would like to share some exciting news! Due to our unprecedented growth in 2022, we've taken on several additional properties, including TNC Off the Rails in Gluphisia, which offers a DFS Community Garden and also serves as a GTFO! Hub. 

To kick off 2023, we have partnered with the Mainland Community Alliance to bring you Rails, Trails and Sails, a monthly series of explorations across the mainland by land and sea. 

RAILS! sets off from various points along the Linden rail system and travellers can chat, play games, learn about the history of the area, and explore GTFO! hubs. Rides happen the second Saturday of the month at 6pm SLT. 

TRAILS! meets at a different TNC mainland member location on the third Saturday of the month at 6PM. Explorers can ride horses as a group, or bikes or even just walk the trails, as we explore the countryside. 

SAILS! takes off on the fourth Saturday of the month at 6PM SLT from various ports off of SL waterways, with routes created by the SAILS! team. A navigation hud is free for participants of any level of experience, from beginners to experts, and may start and/or end at GTFO! hubs with stops along the way.  

Also new to the TNC events lineup is the Coffee Collective, on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 10am SLT.  We will be choosing different TNC member coffee houses to visit for a relaxing and low-key social meet-up.

Additionally, the TNC Book Club has found a home in the Bay City Library! Run by moderators Catori Mistwalker and Ayame Kitsungi-Moon (Stable.Mum), the TNC Book club meets monthly to discuss our monthly reads, and to vote on the next book on the list. Interested book-lovers can reach out to Catori or Ayame for more information. 

We hope you will come to some of our events, and explore all that The Nature Collective has to offer. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, Kestrel Evergarden, at any time.


OUT AND ABOUT

Our thanks to resident Nika Talaj for drawing our attention in the Second Life® forums to the Moles' latest doings at SSPShell Yeah.

Shell Yeah_001 The Gazette Airship_001This new region in Bellisseria is developing into quite the transport hub. As you can see from the Moley-markers in shot, this is still a work in progress. However it already has two airstrips, a helicopter landing pad and two docks – all with the necessary rez zones to make them useful. Our staff photographer launched The Gazette airship from there very comfortably for some aerial shots.

There's also a cool refuelling station and parking places for two further planes.

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The complex is in the newest maritime area to the far North of Bellisseria – just across the void from Satori.

Screenshot 2023-01-05 at 15.15.31We won't join in the speculations rife on the forums as to whether our ever-friendly and industrious SL talpidae will connect the waterways/airways of Belli to those of Satori, but hey, those coasts are now tantalisingly close!

The new areas provide interesting opportunities for sea, land and air-based exploration of SL. Check them out but please be careful. Shell no_001We know that the first law of SL aviation is that landings are harder than take-offs, but do try to handle your approach better than this resident did.

At least, if you don't get your landing right, please respect the signage and take your trashed craft home!

Shell no mo_001

Article and photograph by The Gazette staff


NEW LOCATIONS

This week's new location is a boathouse in a gloriously messy and anarchic part of mainland Nautilus. It boasts it serves "all your maritime needs". You can launch your own boat in its Rez Area and it has 7 Seas Fishing. It is also a GTFO! hub for those of you into SL shipping. It's a great place to start your exploration of the local waters and now it offers a very cute stamp for your passport in bright pink ink. 

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New Improved Passports V3 | New from Parade of Homes | Meet the Ambassadors: Dariah | Events & Announcements | New Locations/Holiday Greetings

NEW IMPROVED PASSPORTS V3

We have fantastic passport news, which many of you will have been hoping for. We are pleased to announce a huge improvement in our Bellisseria Passport HUDs. We've listened to what you like, and don't like, and addressed your concerns.

Screenshot 2022-12-19 at 07.48.31You reported frustration at occasionally losing stamps after a crash or a bad TP.  It wasn't our fault. It was  just one of SL's little gremlins. Remembering always to take off the HUD while travelling reduced the problem, but was not ideal. After a lot of research, we've found a solution.

Another issue was having to add more HUDs as your passport filled up, sometimes ending up with duplicate stamps. We've found a solution to that too.

When you collect stamps with the new V3 hud, they are saved on our database and linked uniquely to your passport. If you crash, have a bad teleport, or suffer any other glitch, you will NOT lose your stamps, Not even if you were wearing the passport at the time. The V3 HUD “talks” to our database and knows exactly which stamps you have collected. It also knows if  you already have the stamp, so you won't get any more duplicates.

If you lose your V3 passport and apply for a new one, your stamps will all be there. You need do nothing to recover them. That isn't even true for an RL passport, so is a big improvement!BBB Passport Upgrade Board_001All new Bellisserian passports will – from now on – be version 3.00. If you want to upgrade from version 2.00, there will be (of course, because where would we be without it?) some bureaucracy involved.

Please keep in mind, that we have only one volunteer to take care of making and sending out all personalised passports. So it will take time for you to receive yours. Everyone applying will receive one, but most likely not within the usual five working days. In the meantime, you can still collect stamps on the current Passport. You will be able to transfer them all when your new passport arrives. Please remember to continue detaching your old huds to minimise the risk of losing stamps. It would be frustrating to lose any just before you receive your safe new version!

Please go to our HQ and click on the upgrade board. It's been there for a while, but we didn't make it prominent as we were testing the system. Besides, we didn't want our sole passport-issuing bureaucrat to be swamped! Please fill out the form the board gives you and drop it in the usual mailbox (both indicated on the photograph). 

When you receive your V3.00 passport, you can transfer stamps from your old Passport and Visa Extension HUDs yourself. We've created a simple and speedy technique for this. The V3 HUD comes with stamp readers, which will add your stamps to our database – detecting and removing any duplicates in the process. Full instructions are included in the package.

The passport has a new look and feel. It's now a one page HUD,  showing your passport and a visa page together. Beneath the visa page are buttons to scroll through your pages of stamps. The button to minimize/hide the hud remains the same.

Heartfelt thanks to our Chief Scripter, North for being such a genius in devising this massive upgrade. Our thanks also to BÓÒ, the BBB CEO, for founding our bureaucracy and bringing passports to SL.

We hope you will share our enthusiasm for this new passport. We think it's a real game changer!

If you're carrying one of the Mainland or Generic SL passports issued by the Continental Passport Control Board, please don't feel left out. We plan to update your passports to V3.00 as soon as we possibly can.

Article and photograph by the BBB Passport Department | additional photo by The Gazette staff photographer


NEW FROM PARADE OF HOMES

There's a new article about Christmas fantasy decor in our sister publication, Parade of Homes Review. Check it out here.


MEET THE AMBASSADORS: DARIAH

This is the second in our series Meet the Ambassadors. Today we meet Dariah Raynier, the ambassador to Heterocera. I was particularly excited to meet Dariah because her work as ambassador has had a strong positive influence on my own Second Life®. She organized a tour of Mount Campion National Forest that sounded fun, so a friend and I went along. We both ended up falling in love with the park and are still enjoying Mt Campion months later.

Dariah
I had no idea that Heterocera had such amazing places until Dariah showed us. She has organised other tours that show off the beauty of the mainland. This inspired me to purchase my dream parcel alongside the Sea of Fables, and am now a happy mainland owner.

QUESTION: What SL Continent are you an Ambassador for? And where can people find your embassy?

I am ambassador for the continent Heterocera. Our embassy is located here in the Tersa region, which belongs to Hiraya Town. The SLRR station Tersa is by the Embassy so visitors can reach us by public transport or explore the continent by rail from here.

QUESTION: Please share your favorite thing about this continent.

I have worked in transport since 2009, so I always look at every continent from that perspective. What fascinates me most about Heterocera is the density of the railway network. All parts of the continent can be traveled by rail. When I have time, I also like to drive my Land Rover over the roads, whose network is also well developed.

When I think of my ferry routes around Heterocera, I must emphasize that some stretches of its coastline are not quite so easy to navigate. Unfortunately, there is a gap in the connection at one point on the west coast. There is exactly one water region missing between the Tiger and Togata regions. If this gap could be closed, it would make the west coast and the entire continent even more attractive.

QUESTION: Do you have suggestions for places to visit in your Continent?

First, of course, I would like to promote Hiraya Town. I walked through this town one evening in my early days as an ambassador and was pleasantly surprised by the many details, the houses and the winding alleys. Whoever planned and built all this deserves the highest respect. I encourage Bellisserians to visit Hiraya Town and explore the variety of this community.

A second highlight for me is the national park around Mt Campion. Hiraya Town is an example of urban design on Heterocera. Mt Campion Park is the highlight for nature lovers in Second Life®.

QUESTION: How long have you been an ambassador now? And what motivated you to become an ambassador?

I have been an official ambassador since my inauguration on 28 May 2022. We had a very nice ceremony in which many visitors took part. It was a special honour that the Mayor of Hiraya Town, H.E. Mrs. Yuriko Kimura attended our event.

QUESTION: What was the most special event you either held at your Embassy or sponsored for your continent?

So far, I have been able to organize two events: the visit to Mt Campion National Park and the tour to the Great Wall of Heterocera. Both events were highlights for me, because both were very well attended -- we had a lot of fun on the tours and we learned new things. Any kind of event organized by our embassies is always special. I don't want to forget our dance party at my inauguration day. We had a DJ, Mandy Dorfler, and she played very good modern tunes.

QUESTION: What is your favorite thing about Bellisseria that you tell residents of your continent?

Of course, I always introduce myself personally and explain my function. In my conversations I promote Bellisseria as a continent with a wealth of activities. I share that it is certainly special as a tourist destination. I share about the BBB Passport Program, and how the community leaders and landowners can benefit from participation in it. I think that way both sides benefit from working together

QUESTION: What do you like to do in your spare time (or when you are not busy with your ambassador duties)?

I run DR Ferry Services, with 28 routes on all continents. This is 40-49 hours of work per month. I also work as Harbor and Land Manager for the Snug Harbor Estate (Blake Sea). Here I mainly take care of the marketing. And once a year I contribute as a volunteer stage manager to the Linden Music Festival and the Second Life Birthday music events.

I have recently built a new house in Snug Harbor and I am in the process of decorating. If I finish that before Christmas, then I'll rest for a while. Leisure time can also be work!

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

Now come the very private things: I collect teddy bears, especially the Lindens' and the Moles' bears. At every Second Life Birthday, I nag the Lindens and Moles to ask for a bear. And they always give me one.

Unfortunately, I didn't manage to get a bear from the late Ebbe Linden. The only thing I remember is a good conversation with him. I told him that all Lindens and Moles have done a good job. This may sound a bit emotional, but it was. I started SL in 2009, after a critical health crisis. SL gave me back some confidence and happiness.

QUESTION: Do you have anything else you would like to share?

I somehow lost my two SL dogs: My Cutie McPie (husky) and Rosie Flowers (Chinese crested). I always walked with both of them in Bellisseria, took them to events or they joined me on my ferries. At some point, they must have run away. So if you see them, please let me know.

Article and photo by Teresa Firelight


EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you have one of our stamp terminals at your place and you're having an event there or would like to make any other announcement, just let us know and we'll be happy to feature it here. Please drop a notecard on the Editor Dave (Lord.Junibalya) in-world or use the Email the Editor link in the sidebar to send us your information, posters or photos.

SL PoH OH welcomes

... Anja von Basten/Yana Nova's 1313 Mockingbird Lane
est. 12/2021 A Christmas feeling

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... Ingrid Ingersoll's House
est. 12/2021 Need some Christmas ambience? Come on over!

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NEW LOCATIONS / HOLIDAY GREETINGS

 It's the holiday season and so, understandably, there are no new locations this week.

Let us take the opportunity here – on behalf of all the volunteers at the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy and the Continental Passport Control Board, as well as the entire Bellisserian Corps Diplomatique – to wish all readers of The Gazette happy holidays and all the very best of health, happiness and luck in the New Year!

Thank you for your support this year.

The Gazette will return, if the fates allow, on January 7th, 2023. Until then, please enjoy the holidays, take delight in your friends and families and come back to Second Life® refreshed in 2023 for our virtual world's twentieth year.


Meet the Ambassadors: Fiona | Please help us keep up to date | Events & Announcements | News from Parade of Homes | New Locations

MEET THE AMBASSADORS: FIONA JOGICHES

This is the first in our series of Meet the Ambassadors. We are interviewing each of the ambassadors so you can get a bit of a feel for who they are and what they do. I should mention that the order in which the ambassadors are being interviewed is completely random, as no ambassador is more or less important than any of the others.

Today we will start with Fiona Jogiches, who is the ambassador to Gaeta I and Gaeta V.

Fiona Jogiches
Question: What SL Continent are you an Ambassador for? And where can people find your embassy?

I am the ambassador for the continents that compose Gaeta. My embassy is located here.

Question: Please share your favorite thing about this continent.

It's quirky, and also includes an unfinished and isolated sister island which has it's own feel.

Question: Do you have suggestions for places to visit in your Continent?

There are many wonderful locations on both of the Gaeta continents. Let me share two of them with you:

  1. Lundy Art Gallery and Museum is located right on the far edge of Gaeta 1. It is worth a visit, as it has some great sculptures and more. It is located here.
  2. You may also want to check out the new BVLA HQ and Test Center (Bellisseria Vehicle Licence Agency). It is new addition to Gaeta 5, with links to Bellisseria. It is located here.

QUESTION: How long have you been an ambassador now? And what motivated you to become an ambassador?

I've been ambassador about 11 months now. I took the role to introduce mainland people to Bellisseria, and vice versa.

QUESTION: What was the most special event you either held at your Embassy or sponsored for your continent?

The inauguration was fun, but I've enjoyed helping set up the new BVLA HQ in our wonderful continent.

QUESTION: What is your favorite thing about Bellisseria that you tell residents of your continent?

Community – I love how Bellisseria has built a wonderful community.

QUESTION: What do you like to do in your spare time (or when you are not busy with your ambassador duties)?

I like making homes special.

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

Sorry, I'm an open book. But I can tell you something about Gaeta maybe people don't know. The main island is actually Gaeta 5, the incomplete island is Gaeta 1. Gaeta 2, 3, and 4 never made it off the drawing board, and as such don't exist!

QUESTION: Do you have anything else you would like to share?

I'd like to say that the Honorary Ambassador role isn't easy. Sometimes relationships between Mainland and Bellisseria can be strained and misunderstood, it takes diplomacy and patience to help improve that.

Article and photo by Teresa Firelight


PLEASE HELP US KEEP UP TO DATE

On the initiative of Her Excellency Yukiko Yeshto, Honorary Ambassador to Sansara, our stamp team has been reviewing some lapsed locations in the Gazette Online Travel Guide. The following places no longer have a stamp terminal and have been removed from the guide. 

Name Location
Hedwig BE
SLRR Obscure Station and Rest Stop HE
Bjarkavik - Rungardvik's Sailing Outpost BS
Dragon Freight HE
Feline Fellowship BE
Calypso Bay PE
Breathing Space Art Gallery BE

We apologise to any readers who have been disappointed in visiting these locations. Change happens and we embrace that, but we have no way of knowing a stamp terminal is no longer in-world unless the owners of the land or you, our readers, tell us. If you experience such a disappointment in future, please let Robert Rhodan know by IM or (better) notecard in-world. Or email us using the link in the sidebar. Thanks in advance for your help.


EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS 

If you have one of our stamp terminals at your place and you're having an event there or would like to make any other announcement, just let us know and we'll be happy to feature it here. Please drop a notecard on the Editor Dave (Lord.Junibalya) in-world or use the Email the Editor link in the sidebar to send us your information, posters or photos.

AMANDA'S FINAL PARTY AT SLEA

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AmandaT Tamatzui's time at the Second Life Endowment for the Arts (SLEA) is coming to a close on the 26th of the month. For those of you unfamiliar with the SLEA, it's an arts institution supported by Linden Labs, who provide a number of regions to be allocated to SL's artists for special art exhibitions, installations and events. Artists apply to SLEA for grants of land, setting out their proposals as to how they would use them.

Amanda's proposal was to build a 3D version of her real life artwork in SL, so that visitors would walk inside her imagined world and become part of the art themselves. She's opening her fourth (and final) art installation with a party on Sunday (18th December) Please see the image for details. She hopes to see you there.

A new stamp for your passport will be available.


NEWS FROM PARADE OF HOMES REVIEW

POH imageIn last week's "Parade of Home welcomes .." announcement, we reported two new locations with Christmas decorations: Stella Carver's Stella's Place and Spediye Chrome's JoyFull. Teresa Firelight has written articles about each of these homes in our sister publication Parade of Homes Review. You might like to check them out if you're looking for decorative inspiration. Teresa commented;

If you want to get some ideas for subtle but highly effective Christmas decorations, I recommend you come check out Stella’s Place.

The Christmas Seasonal Decoration section in Parade of Homes will stay open until the end of January, so if you're proud of your Christmas decorations, it's not too late to send in your application! 

Photograph by Teresa Firelight


NEW LOCATIONS

Three existing locations have moved this week. One, the Limoncello Space Station, has taken its existing stamp with it. Its slide image and location have been updated in the Gazette Online Travel Guide (GOTG) and the in-world Stamp Finder HUD (StaFi).

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 The other two are the Airship Limoncello and The LG Tower – both locations for the Limoncello Art Gallery. They featured the name of their old region on their previous stamps, so will be issuing new ones. They therefore appear here as new locations.

Another New Location this week is Port Caletta Airport and Docks – the gateway to Heterocera. The new stamp reflects this transport hub very well, featuring its air, sea and rail connections. 

Finally our very own AmandaT Tamatzui, stamp designer in SL and artist in both SL and RL, is opening her fourth and final art installation at the Second Life Endowment for the Arts (SLEA) this weekend. You can not only obtain the new event stamp shown below, but the three previous stamps are also there if you missed them. All are available until her time at the SLEA comes to an end on December 26th.

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Event from 18th to 26th December

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Limoncello News | Meet the Ambassadors | Events & Announcements | New Locations

LIMONCELLO NEWS

Long-time readers will remember that The Gazette began as a supplement to Limoncello News, the (then) weekly magazine of the Limoncello Art Gallery. The gallery's home base is in Bellisseria – above gallery-owner (and your editor) Dave's houseboat – but it has existed since 2007.

It began on one deck of an airship moored above the region of Nanga in Satori. It was a personal collection open to the public and, in particular, the tenants of the apartment rentals on the ground below, the cabin rentals in the airship itself and the space station above it. Eventually the rental business died, but the gallery, by then numbering hundreds of artworks, lived on.

Despite his sentimental connection to Nanga, Dave has taken the plunge and accepted two of Linden Lab's current offers. They're waiving setup fees for private regions this month and they're offering Premium Plus residents the opportunity to buy a Homestead Region, without first buying a full one. So Dave has bought his own private island – named Nyunanga – and will move his gallery there.

Nyunanga  new home of the Limoncello Art GalleryThe Satori Post Office will remain at Nanga as Dave is keeping the small plot on which it stands. The recent stamp for his space station will move – with the station itself – to a geostationary orbit over Nyunanga. There will, however, be new stamps for the LG Tower and the Airship Limoncello gallery as both designs feature the Nanga name.

The new stamps will feature in our New Locations section when the move is complete and Nyunanga is open to the public. You might also like to keep an eye on our Events & Announcements section for news of the region-warming party!

Dave is a huge fan of SL Mainland and loves its quirky, anarchic feel. However he's also loving an environment free from sky-clutter! No domes, no sight screens and a bit less lag. If you're a Premium Plus member in particular the current deals are sweet. We recommend you go grab an island of your very own and – of course – place one of our passport terminals there!


MEET THE AMBASSADORS SERIES: AN INTRODUCTION

You probably know that SL has multiple continents, but did you know that most of them have Honorary Ambassadors? They are not Linden Lab employees and nor are they chosen by LL. But they are encouraged as a resident-sponsored community-building activity. The Lab supports the project by providing a small parcel of land for each Embassy and Abnor Mole has regularly participated in grand opening ceremonies; handing the keys of the Embassy to the new Honorary Ambassador.

So what does an Ambassador do once they have been given the keys to their Embassy? That is what this series will explore.

Let me start by giving you a bit of general information about the role of Honorary Ambassador. The Bellisseria Bureau of Bureaucracy (BBB) is responsible for overseeing the seven Embassies, which represent Bellisseria to each of the continents. Ambassadors work with the BBB but are not BBB Staff. The one exception is Fiona Jogiches, who was already on the BBB staff before she became an ambassador.

The Honorary Ambassadors are unpaid volunteers, looking to make SL better for its residents, just like the BBB Staff.

Bellisseria embassy 11The actual number of mainland continents is open to debate. The Second Life Wiki lists fourteen of them (four  of which are old-style Linden Home continents in the slow process of being replaced by Bellisseria; a continent that is still not listed there!) So, for the purposes of this article, I am assuming ten mainland continents, plus Bellisseria.

At present Bellisseria has seven Ambassadors serving eight continents, as Gaeta 1 and Gaeta 5 share the same embassy.

The Ambassadors' jobs are bi-directional. They represent Bellisseria to their continent and their continent to Bellisseria. The way they do it depends on each ambassador's personal style and interests. Some may choose to have party events where music and socializing are the theme. Others may organize outings and tours. Still others may do art or educational activities, etc.

The goal of this series is to interview each of the seven ambassadors and learn about them, their embassies and the continents they represent. We will meet one ambassador a week for the next seven weeks.

Article & Photo by Teresa Firelight


EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you have one of our stamp terminals at your place and you're having an event there or would like to make any other announcement, just let us know and we'll be happy to feature it here. Please drop a notecard on the Editor Dave (Lord.Junibalya) in-world or use the Email the Editor link in the sidebar to send us your information, posters or photos.

SL PoH OH welcomes

... Jolie Jinglepaw's A Room with a View
est. 11/2022 A Christmas feeling

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... Stella Carver's Stella's Place
est. 10/2022 My Continental: A little mid-century, a little traditional, all decked out for a cozy christmas.

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... Nova Morgan's Linden Home (Fairy Fantasy)
est. 12/2021 Now decorated for christmas.

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... Spediye Chrome's JoyFull
est. 12/2022 A Joyful holiday scene for you to enjoy.

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... Gemma Cleanslate's Peace Houseboat
est. 12/2022 Now setup for Xmas. My home has been decorated with treasures from over the years of collecting (mostly freebies ).

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ASTRONAUTS & ALIENS PARTY

The costume party aboard the Limoncello Space Station on 11th December at noon SLT is now (see article above) also a "farewell to Nanga" party for Dave. We hope you'll join him and Amanda to celebrate before the new station fires its manoeuvring thrusters to relocate. If you don't have them already, you might like to collect the two stamps from his art galleries below before they're replaced with new ones. 

Don't forget there's no life support on the dance floor, so if you need to breathe – come equipped!


NEW LOCATIONS

An historic (by SL standards) destination for romance is now issuing passport stamps to its visitors. Hypnotic Romance was established in 2012 and has seen its share of dancing and smooching since then. Collecting a passport stamp on a date may seem odd but – hey – looking for the terminal will fill those awkward moments before the ice is broken, right? There are also beautiful natural surroundings to talk about. Our staff photographer said she struggled to do justice to the beauty of this location.

There's an event stamp too this week; for Amanda & Dave's Astronauts & Aliens costume party (see Events & Announcements above). The event only lasts for an hour or so, but if you miss it the stamp terminal will be in place until the 18th December.

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Astronauts & Aliens Party, ST

Event 11-18 Dec

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New Licence Plates | Holiday Card Exchange | Candlelight Processional | Black Friday Confessions | Events & Announcements | New Locations

NEW LICENCE PLATES FOR YOUR SL VEHICLES

The New Year 2023 will start with an expansion of our transport licensing services and a full facelift for the already existing driving licence. The new vehicle licence plates for 2023 have already been available to you (on application) since October.

From January 2023, our new driving licences will also be available. They have also looked the same for years, so it was time to give them a fresh new look.

Not only that, but more licences are coming your way. After all, Bellisseria has not just drivable roads, but sailable waters and flyable air! So we felt the need to expand our licensing services by issuing licences for boats and aircraft.

They will have the same "look and feel" as the driving licences, but with one minor difference. While the driving licences feature your full address, the boat and air licences will feature the licence-holder's title instead. Whether you are a Boat Master, Captain, Pilot, Steward or Chopper Jockey, make sure to fill in your title of choice.

As we still only have a one person production team, please be careful when choosing your title. We can't issue updates too often. Please choose wisely!

To give you all an idea how the new licenses look, here are examples of all three. I hope you enjoy them and I look forward to receiving your applications as from of January 2023.

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Article and photographs by Zoo Suki


CHRISTMAS/HOLIDAY CARD EXCHANGE

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Bri, the organiser of the festive exchange.

Bri (Brianne Slade) is making interesting use of our postal service. She's organising a Christmas/ Holiday card exchange. She's currently making a list of Bellisserians who want to participate. If you'd like to take part, please send her a notecard by December 8th, with your full legacy name. She plans to share the names with those taking part by Dec 10th and they will then have until December 24 to mail their cards.

She sent out a notecard via the Bellisserian Citizens Group with a link to our main post office in Bellisseria and a copy of our free greeting card starter kit. The kit comes with a few holiday textures but she's encouraging residents to get creative and make their own texture for the exchange.

We think this is a great idea and encourage readers to take part. We've included her notecard with our in-world group notices for this week's edition of The Gazette.

We love a great resident initiative to use our technology so thanks, Bri, for coming up with this festive scheme! 


CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL TRIBUTE 2022

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This event has become an SL tradition. It's a tribute to Disney's Candlelight Processional at the Epcot Center in Disney World. The SL version takes place at SL's Wedcot and yesterday, your editor attended the first performance for this year. It put him right in the holiday mood, taking him back to the happy, innocent Christmases of his youth. More performances are scheduled so do take the chance to go along if you can. 

December 5 2pm SLT Wedcot, the American Gardens Theatre
December 9 10am SLT Wedcot, the American Gardens Theatre
December 19 4pm SLT Wedcot, the American Gardens Theatre
December 22 6pm SLT Xeorealms

We don't have a SLURL for the last location, which will open specially for the performance. If you want to go to that one, please watch for notices in the usual groups in-world or head over to Wedcot and join their group to be sure of getting the information.

In the meantime, here's a link to a gallery of photographs of the event.


BLACK FRIDAY: CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC

Shopping clipartI think the concept of "a Sale" was invented as a clever way to separate people from their money, and get to them to spend on things they otherwise might not buy. At least that is the effect it has on me.

Black Friday through Cyber Monday sales have wound down now, and I find myself substantially more broke than I was before.

I began shopping early Friday morning, and did so until late Monday night. I saw friends pop online, but instead of socializing with them, I ignored their presence so I could spend my time frantically buying items that were on sale. Many of them things I would not have otherwise purchased.

There were some things I wanted to buy and waited for the Black Friday sale – such as high-quality mesh bodies for my six alts. If I stopped there, I would have been wise. But I couldn't stop… I mean, really nice heads were also on sale for 50% off. So, my alts got lovely new heads -- some of which required new skins or new shapes.

Then some really-nice clothes stores had 50% off sales – so my alts got some new outfits (and so did my main). Most of these new clothes are in my “To Be Unpacked” folder. I may actually get around to unpacking and wearing them by year end, but it will probably take me longer that. 

Many furniture and landscaping stores also had ½ off sales. I did a bit better with those.. but only because I ran out of time and could not shop as much as I might have liked. All the same, I bought a beautiful log cabin that I have absolutely no place to rez, and some other stuff that I probably won't get around to unpacking for 3 or 4 months. I did not buy because I needed them; I bought because they were at a great price.

So here I am tired and broke. But I can take great satisfaction from the fact that I got some amazing deals and some beautiful stuff that I one day might have a use for.

Was my Black Friday Weekend shopping successful?? You bet it was!!

Article by Teresa Firelight


EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you have one of our stamp terminals at your place and you're having an event there or would like to make any other announcement, just let us know and we'd be happy to feature it here. Please drop a notecard on the Editor Dave (Lord.Junibalya) in-world or use the Email the Editor link in the sidebar to send us your information, posters or photos.

SL PoH OH welcomes

... Bebe Bunny's Bunny's Lil Burrow
est. 10/2022 Bebe tried to balance decorations outdoors and indoors to make the house look alive and a mix of modern and cozy

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... Zo Harcourt's The Float
est. 1/2021 Like a remembered beach house with comfortable old furniture and a shabby kitchen. Changeable space for holidays and parties. There's always coffee and food in the kitchen.

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... Brianne Slade's Victorian Christmas
est. 11/2022 Victorian home with decor of the era

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... Luna Datura's Luna's Place
est. 11/2022 cozy country Log Home with Xmas decor

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Parade of Homes / Open Homes Listing Application Form for Seasonal Decorations

It's this time of year again when many of you beautify their already amazing homes with Christmas decorations. To share this, PoH-OH Listings offers to display your embellished rooms, gardens, and houses with an additional entry under a seasonal category – Xmas – from now on until end of January - without losing your existing entry.

To use this, simply fill in this online form.  The same form will also work for Easter and Halloween themes.

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Bellisseria Bike, Drive & Scoot presents its 4th Annual Winter Wonderland Holiday Dance Party!

HolidayParty2022 Invitation
Come join us for this magical event in your best holiday festive attire! The dance is on Sunday, December 4th at 12pm - 3pm SLT. This year includes freestyle ice skating and a Wonderland photo scenes! Come and take your winter photo pictures among several photo opportunities around the Wonderland area. Open through December 8th!

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Astronauts & Aliens Party 11th December 2022 at 12 noon SLT

Astronauts & Aliens Party Logo 2022All readers of The Gazette are cordially invited aboard the Limoncello Space Station for editor Dave & stamp artist Amanda's holiday season sci-fi costume party.

There's life support and artificial gravity throughout the station, but if you're going to dance with us on the shuttle bay launch pads, you will need a space suit. Unless of course you're from an alien species comfortable in the vacuum of space!

The party is at noon SLT on Sunday 11th December. Music will be provided by DJ Vivi. The dress code is Astronauts and Aliens.

You can come aboard using the SLURL above or you can use the transporter booth at the LG Tower, take the space elevator from the Limoncello Gallery's workshop, or arrive in real style by landing your small space craft in our shuttle bay.

However you arrive, Amanda & Dave look forward to welcoming you. Follow the corridor through the airlock next to the space station's Passport Stamp Terminal and suit up before walking out through the force field!


NEW LOCATIONS

As hinted last week, the Moles have placed a stamp terminal at the new Chippewa Town Hall. This is an excellent new community resource in Bellisseria (reviewed by Teresa Firelight in last week's edition) and we're delighted now to be issuing a passport stamp there. 

The second new stamp this week is issued at the request of Hazel Silvermoon, whose café is listed in the Parade of Homes as a Resident-owned Place of Interest. Since Robert Rhodan updated the PoH listings and made the PoH connection with us more explicit, more owners of listed locations are choosing to reward their visitors with a passport stamp. Visiting open houses and Resident-Owned Places of Interest is already great fun. It's great to see how design-minded fellow residents decorate their homes – and steal their ideas! Collecting passport stamps at the same time is a bonus. 

Robert is particularly proud of his stamp design for Hazel, which is based on original drawings licensed from Sketchily/Canva by Art Tomasoa Team (the RL studio of our BBB/CPCB artist/stamp designer AmandaT Tamatzui).

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Drivers Ed Comes to SL | New Community Centre in Belli | Events & Announcements | New Locations

DRIVER'S ED COMES TO SL

Any self-respecting bureaucrat would be horrified by the free-for-all of driving in SL. You can rez a huge truck and barrel down the highway; knocking over any residents who get in the way.  What are the consequences? None! So perhaps it's surprising that our latest project was suggested by someone outside our SL bureaucracy. Three cheers for responsible SL citizenship!

The delightfully-named Persephone Emerald dropped a note in our suggestion box at HQ. She wrote;

I'd like to suggest adding a short written driving test to the driver's license process. I like that we have to do a few things and then wait a couple days to get a passport. (Anticipation makes it more rewarding.) I think there should be a bit of bureaucracy involved with getting a driver's license too.

The SL rules of the road are obviously more lax than in RL, but maybe we could have a few suggestions in the form of a written driving test? For instance, driving into someone's home is an obvious no no, but it's probably ok to cut across the corner of their yard when one comes to a sharp corner.

Our team went to work and, as we announced in the 5th November issue of The Gazette, a written driving test was promptly introduced. Never let it be said that we bureaucrats don't listen to the citizens we "serve". When you call the wolf from the forest of bureaucracy, however, don't expect him just to howl and move off! Mission Creep is inevitable. We are about to introduce a Drivers' Education system and a practical driving test. In addition (of course) to the written exam. 

We are in the process of building our Vehicle Licence HQ and Test Centre – the BVLA (Bellisseria Vehicle Licence Agency). It's right by a rez zone on SL Route 7 in Gaeta V.

Building work continues, but as you see from the photograph album, good progress has already been made. You are welcome to visit. 

Model citizen Persephone, caller of wolves from forests, asked some good questions in her original notecard in the suggestion box. 

  1. What is the speed limit in Bellisseria? Is it legal to drive while intoxicated?
  2. Is it legal to run over other avatars?
  3. May one drive a train on the roads or should trains only be driven on railway tracks?
  4. May one drive a semi truck with trailers in residential zones?
  5. Do avatars need a commercial license or motorcycle license for these types of vehicles?
  6. What is the proper response when one drives into another vehicle? a body of water? or into a house?

All these questions and more will be answered by your instructor and tested by your examiner in due course. The un-regulated mayhem of almost 20 years is coming to an end soon, thanks to Persephone and your diligent bureaucrats.


NEW COMMUNITY CENTRE IN BELLISSERIA

1- Town Hall
Town Hall

On November 22, Linden Lab announced upgrades to Traditional Style Linden Homes and a new Community Center/Region at Chippewa Junction. Technically, Chippewa Junction is not a new region, but was revamped and converted into a Traditional-themed Community Area. (I used to live right next to it in Wooremal, and I can tell you it has changed quite a bit.) It was nice before, but now it is even more scenic and impressive.

The community centre is located in Bellisseria, but all SL residents are welcome there.

The community centre is beautiful inside and out. The area has a Train Junction (complete with junction tracks, loading tanks and a ticket office), and a large Town Hall building. It also has scenic landscaping and small natural lakes. There is even a waterfall and a lovely fountain.

5- Lobby Entry and Stairs
Lobby Entry and Stairs

The town hall building has a very commanding entrance with a double spiral staircase. The lower level has a lobby and a small wedding chapel with cute white benches. It also has a large reception area with a bar, a dance floor and 10 round tables that each seat about eight guests.

The middle level is a very large meeting room, which could be used for anything from a convention to a concert to a large lecture hall. There is a refreshment area at the back of this lecture hall with two large tables that will seat about 24. And there are some desks and work stations on both sides of the hall.

The upper level is a massive library and reading area.

8- Upstairs Library
Upstairs Library

So what can you do at the community centre? First there is the obvious – catch a train, or walk around to enjoy nature and the scenic landscaping. In addition you can book sections of the town hall for weddings, conferences, large meetings, or parties. If you would like to reserve an area or book an event, here is the form for that.

Article and photographs by Teresa Firelight

And in breaking news...

Screenshot 2022-11-24 at 00.50.46There's a chance you'll be able to get a stamp for your passport at the new community centre Soon®. There's no terminal there yet, but here's a sneak preview of the stamp design.

Watch this space for further details in due course.


EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you have one of our stamp terminals at your place and you're having an event there or would like to make any other announcement, just let us know and we'd be happy to feature it here. Please drop a notecard on the Editor Dave (Lord.Junibalya) in-world or use the Email the Editor link in the sidebar to send us your information, posters or photos.

SL PoH OH welcomes

There are no new additions to the Parade of Homes this week. If you'd like to add your own home – inviting SL residents to visit – then you can find the application form here.


NEW LOCATIONS

There's another new hangout for you at the Sea of Fables this week. It's a land-based location close to the mer grotto we reported on last week. If you see the merfolk from the dock there, give them a friendly wave!

There's a new airport location issuing our passport stamps, but the Township of Daybreak is much more than its airport so do take a look around when you stop by passport control. 

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