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

EARLY PUBLICATION FOR SCI-FI EXPO 2021

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

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


I GOT A PASSPORT STAMP MACHINE

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

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

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Step Two: Fill out an application.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Article & Photo by Teresa Firelight


BBB FACEBOOK GROUP

Facebook About Page

The BBB now has its own group on Facebook.

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

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

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


A POSTCARD FROM MR BEEB

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

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NEW LOCATIONS

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

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Poster Competition | New Stamp Locations

POSTER COMPETITION

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

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

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

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

There is no other way to obtain that stamp.

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

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

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

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


NEW STAMP LOCATIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


TEASER PHOTO

No clues, but also coming Soon®.

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MY PARTNER WANTS ME TO GET A PASSPORT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She paused. Then suspicions began to run wild.

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

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

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

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

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

Article and photo by Teresa Firelight 


NEW STAMP LOCATIONS

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

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

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Camp Sasquatch BBB Stamp Locations 25 Sep 2021.002 Screenshot 2021-09-23 at 02.15.40
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Mt. Campion National Forest BBB Stamp Locations 25 Sep 2021.004 Screenshot 2021-09-23 at 02.16.19
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Bus and Plane Tours | Change in Categories | Survey Results | Three new locations

BUS AND PLANE TOURS ARE NOW AVAILALBLE

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

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

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

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

BBB Passport Stamp Bus Tour (1)

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

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

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

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


Article by Cranston Yordstorm


CHANGE IN LOCATION CATEGORIES

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


SURVEY RESULTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


NEW LOCATIONS 

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

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GlastonBelli is back | Two new members of BBB Staff | Five new locations

GLASTONBELLI IS BACK

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Have you been wondering where the GlastonBelli Pyramid Stage has gone?  Fear not, gentle reader.  It has merely moved to a new location and is now open for you to get that elusive BBB stamp!

In writing about its return, I wanted to get the history right, so I spoke to the people who created it, Bjoyful and Doc Rast. Doc saw a documentary about the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset UK, which had its 50th anniversary in 2020, and was inspired to create an SL build of the iconic Pyramid Stage.

It was used for a successful live music concert at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds in February 2020. Hence its SL name (Glastonbury in Bellisseria = GlastonBelli, get it?) That was followed by another concert festival in June 2020.

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So this isn't the first time that GlastonBelli has moved.  From the Fairgrounds, it went to the Sunstream region on Campbell Coast in mainland Corsica. Due to design changes and the need for more space, it then moved to its previous location in the Erazor region. There it shared space with the Campbell Coast Artist's Village and Aerodrome. Now it's on formerly abandoned land in the nearby region of Sevenfold, landscaped in the fine Campbell Coast signature style of architect/designer Kitten Mills.

The new GlastonBelli Pyramid nestles in the midst of a lush redwood and pine forest, with a mountain overlook featuring a replica of Stonehenge. That ancient monument is part of the traditions of the RL festival as concert-goers often begin their pilgrimage to Glastonbury (or Glasto as the regulars call it) from there. There are hopes that GlastonBelli will again host music concerts in SL.

Article and images by Cranston Yordstorm. Online Travel Guide image by Fenella Allen


PLEASE WELCOME NEW STAFF

Mulder (alex.alas) has joined the secretariat as Design &Distribution Assistant to Sun. He will help her in making stamps, distributing terminals and checking locations etc. Our other new staff member, Teresa Firelight, will initially assist Coal in the development of a secret special project currently in development. Please join us in welcoming them both.


FIVE NEW STAMP LOCATIONS  

The number of places in Second Life where you can have your passport stamped continues to increase. This week, we have three more in the airports and ports category of the Online Travel Guide and two in the other category. The others  in this case are private residences in Fantasseria; our first locations on Bellisseria's fantasy sub-continent.

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BBBug passes 500 members | Fantasy Stamp Terminals

THE BBBUG NOW HAS OVER 500 MEMBERS

We passed this milestone on Sunday, August 22. We don't know the comparitive stats (does anyone?) but that seems like a high number for an invitation-only group. We appreciate each and every one of you, dear BBBuggists. Onwards and upwards to 1,000 members!


NEW STAMP TERMINALS FOR FANTASSERIA

We have already had applications for stamp terminals in the fantasy sub-continent of Bellisseria now known as Fantasseria. Sun, our Chief Designer, anticipated the demand and was ready. If you are issuing stamps from your fantasy home, you will have these options.

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NEW LOCATIONS

There are two new LDPW locations this week. We currently have five new applications for new locations being processed for next week, including the first ones in Fantasseria and three new airports/marinas! 

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C.I. Beeb's First Day | Why we love being bureaucrats | New locations

NOTES FROM A BUREAUCRAT: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF CHIEF INSPECTOR EUSTACE BEEB

The name is Beeb, Eustace Beeb, I'm the new Chief Inspector of Passports for the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy, and I'm licensed to stamp.

When Great Aunt Beeb told me she was pressuring the founder of the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy into giving me employment at that esteemed institution I was overjoyed. Of course Great Aunt Beeb tends toward un-Beeb like exaggeration. I'm sure what she actually meant was that she was persuading the founder of my unique skills and natural bureaucratic abilities. Her being on the board of the BBB wasn't a factor at all either. My skills shine through regardless.

I can tell you Mrs Beeb and I were overjoyed when we heard I'd got the job. Merriment reigned in the Beeb household. There were extra biscuits with our evening Horlicks that night! Were it not for the relaxing and therapeutic attributes of collating and indexing our beetle collection of an evening I'm not sure Mrs Beeb and I would have slept a wink the night before I joined the BBB.

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Mr Beeb at leisure with his beetle collection

It saddens me to say my initial introduction to the Bureau was rather disappointing. The total lack of rigour was astounding. Worst still there were no uniforms! Casual dress is their "modern" approach. Fortunately I have my own uniform and I'll wear that until I persuade them of the error of their ways.

Being introduced to all the staff was an excellent opportunity to educate them all on proper methods and approaches. I certainly did my utmost to rid them all of that the 'customer is always right' nonsense. I gave them some useful instruction on a rigorous and unyielding approach to all aspects of bureaucracy.

After my day with the other staff the founder, not a man of great intellect, did at least have the insight to admit my unique skills were wasted on teamwork. He insisted my duties should be as distant from other staff as possible. He obviously saw the danger of their lax, shoddy ways polluting my bureaucratic purity. Nevertheless I believe my short encounters with the team planted seeds of bureaucratic perfection.

I was to be what I'd modestly describe as an elite, shock tactic soldier for the BBB. Not for me the daily "customer facing" drudgery of my colleagues. "Customers?!" At best they are users; subservient to the might of the BBB.

I was stationed at the BBB HQ. Not at a desk like some ordinary bureaucrat, but in a mobile role. Mostly in the garden, weather permitting. Imagine the shock on the faces of the subservients at my shock tactic passport controls the moment they entered the garden area!

Yes it is a little galling I'm to spend as little time in the office itself as possible, and time can drag a little hiding behind bushes for hour upon hour. The joy of stamping a passport however is what I imagine a fisherman feels when hooking a prize fish.

The passport users though are a shockingly shoddy lot. I like to add what I think are instructive notes in their passports. They sometimes appear to be under the insane delusion I'm there to make friends. I'm here to add rigour to their lives.

My mission may be long and lonely, but bureaucracy is my life!


NEW LOCATION FOR BELLISSERIAN EMBASSY TO CORSICA

The lovely Bijoux offered us a new location in the Campbell Coast Harbour at Emyniad and we have moved our embassy there. We look forward to welcoming you and to continuing to represent our home continent to its friends in mainland Corsica.

BBB Gazette Editor, Fenella, is particularly delighted by the move as the new embassy is a short walk from the offices of the other publication she edits – The Limoncello News.

The BBB Embassy entry on the destinations database for SL Time Lords will now take you to the new location, though the old embassy remains open until our lease expires. The old location now features on your Tardis navigation systems as Artists' Village. That will probably disappear when the old embassy finally closes.

In even better news, we have also received a very generous donation of L$5,000 to cover the embassy's future rent. The BBB is grateful to our anonymous donor for this much-appreciated gift, which secures the embassy's future. 


IF YOU WONDERED WHY WE BECAME BUREAUCRATS FOR FUN, HERE'S YOUR ANSWER (FROM FUTURAMA)


NEW STAMP LOCATIONS

We have two new and one updated location this week. The new ones are Linden Department of Public Works (LDPW) public spaces built by our beloved Moles and will appear on a new page of the online travel guide. The first is the beautiful treehouse in Randelsham Forest – one of those public areas in Bellisseria not used for events as often as they should be. We really recommend you don't just TP in and grab the stamp here. The Moles have done a wonderful job of creating a peaceful, restful, rustic environment. There is much for you to enjoy.

The second is the Ring of Fire volcano. The stamp for that location is our 100th and the design reflects that milestone moment. Treat the volcano with due respect please. Try not to get too close. The Moles' sense of realism, coupled with their sense of humour, has led them to ensure such rashness will have consequences!

Legal Note: The BBB accepts no liability for injury, loss or embarrassment arising from your visit to this (or for that matter to any other) location.

The third location this week is our new embassy in Corsica. There is no new stamp as the terminal has simply been relocated from the old embassy. Collect the stamp if you don't have it, but visit anyway. We like our new home on the mainland and hope you will too. It may just be in the most bucolic setting for an embassy in diplomatic history.

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Embassy to Corsica | CBB | The Gazette in-world

THE EMBASSY TO CORSICA | CAMPBELL COAST | MAINLAND PASSPORTS

BBB Stamp Locations.003Following the ownership change at Campbell Coast, we must now pay rent to maintain our embassy in Corsica, which is located in the Artists' Village there.

We would like to thank the lovely Owl Dragonash for kindly donating L$200 to pay the first week's rent to help us maintain our (so far) only diplomatic outpost on the SL mainland. A donor who wishes to remain anonymous has offered to pay the rent for the remaining three weeks of our first month, so we are in good shape.

It should not go without saying that we are grateful to our previous anonymous donor, our colleague BJoyful, for all the many free weeks of rental since the Embassy was first established. 

The ownership change seems otherwise to be going smoothly. We haven't heard yet what (if anything) it means for the planned Corsican Bureau of Bureaucracy, which was to have been based there. It was intended to be the first institution on mainland SL to issue passports using our technology. We are well aware there's a strong demand from mainland SL residents for passports, so we hope it still will be!

We don't have the avi-power to accept applications from outside Bellisseria ourselves but we are ready, willing and able to license our tech to any mainlanders who can put together a team to do it – continent by mainland continent. If you live on mainland, would like to found your continent's Bureau of Bureaucracy and think you can assemble and train a team, please contact our CEO.


READING THE BBB GAZETTE IN-WORLD

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Did you know that you can read the Gazette in-world on a screen at the BBB's offices? Make sure you have media enabled in your viewer settings and hover your cursor over the screen. A floating browser bar appears. Click on the home icon and voila! 


ARTICLES FOR THE GAZETTE

If you've a tale to tell about your adventures collecting stamps or anything else with a BBB/Bellisserian angle, please send in your copy to the Editor and we'll be happy to feature it here. Stories about any locations issuing passport stamps are fine, even if the story is not about the stamps themselves. Email the Editor Fenella Allen via the side bar or drop a notecard on her in-world and you may see your name in print here. Remember the BBB Gazette's slogan:

If it wasn't Gazetted, it didn't (officially) happen!


GLASTONBELLI OFFLINE FOR NOW

Due to rebuilding, the Glastonbelli stamp terminal is temporarily unavailable. It's expected to be back online soon. In the meantime, the entry in the online travel guide has been updated to note its temporary suspension.


TECHNICAL PROBLEMS WITH PASSPORT HUD

Some BBBug members have reported losing a recent stamp or stamps in their passports after an untimely region crossing, TP or log out. It's not a very common problem, but of course it concerns us. At worst you are unlikely to lose all your collected stamps, just those added immediately before the incident. Our tech experts are working on this and the Lindens have offered us assistance, for which we are grateful. 

Pending a solution, our recommended temporary fix is only to wear your passport or visa HUD when actually collecting stamps; taking it off once you've acquired them. If you are a Firestorm user, you might like to put your current HUD in your Favourite Wearables so as to make it easy to put on and take off.

We are sorry about this. Even the mighty BBB can't avoid the occasional lightning strike from the bug-gods of SL. In real life you don't walk around with your passport in your hand, so maybe try to think of it as just more realistic role-play?


NEW STAMP LOCATIONS

We have two new locations this week. One is a new music venue for Bellisseria. The other is a garden in which to chill out – barefoot. Here are the details, which also feature in the BBB online travel guide. The latest edition of the guide is always available in the sidebar to the Gazette, so bookmark and check it before you visit a location. It may save you disappointment. 

By the way, if you are running out of space on your passport, there's a new visa HUD available from today at the office.

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Our CEO interviewed on TV | New Stamps to collect

BOO, INTERVIEWED ON "DESIGNING WORLDS"

Our founder and CEO Boo Rojyo appeared recently on the weekly TV programme Designing Worlds. It's a show about design and designers in Virtual Worlds. Boo was interviewed on our lovely stand at SL18B by Saffia Widdershins, whom many of you know from the "Meet the Lindens" interviews at SL events. Fenella picked her up on radar going by at SL18B and shouted an invitation to visit. They had a chat about the BBB, which led to Saffia inviting Boo to appear.

The interview features in the second of two special editions about SL18B, focussing on resident exhibits. The BBB segment begins at 32 minutes in. 

DW438 - SL18B Part II from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Those of you who spent time with us in our "secret garden" will enjoy seeing it again. There's also a lovely aerial shot at one hour and one minute in as part of a sequence of photos of resident builds. That sequence brought home just how vast SL18B was this year and made your editor sad to realise just how much of it she missed.

We are glad the word continues to get out about the BBB and the work we do to bring bureaucratic fun (and in the case of Mr Beeb, authentic bureaucratic misery) into the life of SL. Well done, boss and thank you, Saffia! Fenella is glad she overcame her English reserve to shout at you!


BJOYFUL AND GHOST

Two of our colleagues here at the BBB are facing challenges in RL. Sadly, BJoyful, who was the landowner at the six Scottish-themed regions of Campbell Coast and a tireless campaigner for the regeneration of the SL mainland, has serious health problems. She has had to sell the Campbell Coast ownership group, but we understand the new owner – himself a Campbell Coast resident – is committed to the concept. We hope so, as it's lovely.

Everyone who knows BJoyful will tell you she is one of the kindest, most enthusiastic and most delightful people in Second Life. She has never failed to give her colleagues, friends, tenants and even passing acquaintances an encouraging word or a hug when needed. It's our turn to hug her now and send her words of support. All of us at the BBB wish her the best possible outcome and hope to see her back in SL doing her thing as only she does. 

We also send our best wishes to our colleague Ghost, who is taking a break from SL to care for family with health problems. If you're reading this Ghost, our thoughts are with you and we hope to see you back soon. As a Ghost, you don't need anyone to keep your seat at the BBB warm, but it's here for you whenever you're ready. We miss you.


CUSTOMER SERVICE SURVEY

We urge you to complete our Customer Service Questionnaire in the sidebar and to encourage your friends to do so. The replies we have had so far give interesting insights – for example – as to how you found your way to the BBB in the first place.  The more of you who fill out the online form (it only takes a couple of minutes) the more useful it will be.

Our thanks to those of you who have completed it already. Any real-life enterprise would be proud of the approval ratings so far! Any real-life bureaucracy would be indifferent. 


TWO STAMPS RETIRED | FOUR NEW STAMPS

Two stamp terminals were retired this week. Vegas in the Sky and Circus Circus. If you don't have those stamps, alas, you have missed your chance.  The Online Travel Guide has already been updated. Let that encourage you to seek out this week's new locations without delay! Two of them are on the Campbell Coast: a cafe and an aerodrome. Another new location this week is a Water Park at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds. That's a special event, which is already open and runs until August 31st, so pick the stamp up quickly! Finally, an old location returns in a new place and form. The Platypus Beach House is now in a stilt home and you'll find the terminal as a plaque on the wall. 

Photographs, SLURLs and stamp images for all the new locations are below and you will be able to find them soon in the Online Travel Guide (link in the sidebar). As always, click on any image to enlarge it.

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BIG SPLASH Adventure Oasis Water Park  BBB Stamp Locations 31 Jul 21 Big Splash Screenshot 2021-07-28 at 14.28.03
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STOP PRESS

Cranston Yordstorm is back blogging about his adventures collecting stamps for his Bellisseria Passport. His latest post is here.


Mr Beeb makes waves | Change of stamp terminal location | 4 New Stamps

Screenshot 2021-07-18 at 23.55.49The most common criticism of our service here at the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy has been that – for bureaucrats – we are unrealistically helpful and friendly. In an attempt to rectify this error on our part, our new colleague, Chief Inspector of Passports Beeb, has been trialing a different approach. 

Some of the existing staff have, to be honest, been a little perturbed. It has to be said, however, that some of you seem to enjoy it! Lines have been forming at our offices for CIP Beeb's particular style of "service" and for the personal stamps he issues (and annotates), which will change each month.

As he has been keen to tell visitors, he is "not here to make friends". We rather suspect he would like to make the BBB's ethos closer to that of an RL bureaucracy; perhaps even training staff to forego cheery interactions with our users. 

We at the Gazette are always keen to hear about your experiences with the BBB. Right now, we're particularly interested in hearing about your meetings with CIP Beeb.

Let us know in the comments or email the Editor using the link in the sidebar. Please feel free to send in photographs too.


FROM THE DESK OF THE EDITOR

A personal thank you from Fenella to those of you who came to her 14th Rez Day party this week. She had a wonderful time in the company of friends and colleagues. Her Rez Day was yesterday. Here's to the next 14 years!


BELLISSERIA PARADE OF HOMES REVIEW / BELLISSERIA LIFE

The BBB has licensed two new publications, which now feature in the Gazette's sidebar. The first is the Bellisseria Parade of Homes Review (licence # 0007). The Parade of Homes is an established Bellisserian institution, publishing lists of personal homes open to the public, as well as resident-owned places of interest like our own offices. The lists were traditionally in notecard form. Prudence Anton, who runs the PoH, has now taken it to the web in style!

What is the BBB connection here, apart from the fact that Pru is a BBB official? You will have to wait for details but discussions are in progress for special stamps to be issued from certain PoH locations. Watch the Gazette (and the PoH Review) for further news Soon™.

The second new approval (licence # 0008) has been issued to Bellisseria Life, a long-standing friend and booster of the BBB. Fenella uses its group to announce every issue of the Gazette and we at the BBB are very happy to do our bit to promote this publication in return. 


NEW LAYOUT FOR THE GAZETTE

Our previous layout worked well on mobile phones for reading the articles, but gave no access to the sidebar links. We hope you like this new design which is more mobile-friendly. Please let us know what you think. 


BBB Stamp Locations SLCG Ahnpyung.001CHANGE IN STAMP TERMINAL LOCATION

We received reports from users that they were unable to locate the stamp terminal for Lower Bellisseria Airport. Fenella Allen contacted Mike Chase of the SL Coast Guard – the owner of the location. The terminal has indeed been moved. It now stands in front of SLCG Station, Ahnpyung. It's still issuing the same stamp so don't make the mistake of obtaining a duplicate!

The entry for the location has now been updated in the BBB Online Travel Guide, with both a new photograph and a new SLURL. Please accept our apologies for time you have wasted looking for the terminal before we became aware of the change. 

We are dependent on location owners and/or BBBug members to inform us of such changes. If you let any member of the BBB staff know about them we will update our records and the BBB Online Travel Guide accordingly.


NEW STAMPS AVAILABLE

We have another bumper crop of new locations issuing stamps this week. Aussie Shores and Evergreen Equestrian are an Australian beach location and an equestrian centre. The Museum for Art is a highly-specialised new gallery in Bellisseria featuring exhibits that tell the history of the owner's home town in the Netherlands. On the subject of art galleries in Bellisseria, BBB Licensed Publication #2, Limoncello News, has recently created a directory of them, which helpfully indicates if they issue a passport stamp or not.

Bear Castle houses the owner's enormous personal collection of Linden Bears as well as others on loan from her friends. Since the beginning of Second Life® it has been a tradition for residents meeting a Linden in-world to ask him or her for a memento of the meeting. Many of these are teddy bears and all of them are now called "bears" even when they're not! The tradition has been extended to the Moles; residents recruited by the Lindens to work professionally on projects for the LDPW – Linden Department of Public Works. The largest such project these days is of course our home continent of Bellisseria.

Linden Bears often reflect the personality of the Linden or Mole concerned. The collection is therefore a fascinating folk-history of SL in cuddly (and not-so-cuddly) toys. Our editor managed almost 14 years in SL before she met her first Linden - Patch – and has only a couple of recently-acquired "bears". The effort that has gone into this collection is impressive and it's worth a visit. 

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