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

BUS AND PLANE TOURS ARE NOW AVAILALBLE

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

BBB Passport Stamp Terminal Flights (1)

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

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

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

BBB Passport Stamp Bus Tour (1)

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

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

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

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


Article by Cranston Yordstorm


CHANGE IN LOCATION CATEGORIES

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


SURVEY RESULTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


NEW LOCATIONS 

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

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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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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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Welcome to our New Headquarters and please welcome Sceneris to our staff.

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Our benefactor, Pru, in the garden of our new HQ

Thanks to the generosity of our colleague and benefactor, Pru (Prudence Anton, pictured above), we have a beautiful new HQ. We have vacated the stilt home we formerly occupied and have moved to a property at Winters Elm. The location will be familiar to many BBBug members, who collected the passport stamp formerly issued when it was known as The River House.

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Everyone so enjoyed our secret garden at the SL18B celebrations that our Chief Designer Sun (Dark Sunflower) has created a version of it at our new location. It's absolutely beautiful and a perfect place to de-stress after going through the bureaucratic mill indoors!

If, like Dave in the photograph, you are an SL Time Lord  you will be able to set the time-space co-ordinates of your Tardis time-ship to Belli BB (in the navigation database for Hands of Omega and Novatech Tardises under the "social" category) and land in the corner of that new garden.

We hope that you will all pay us a visit soon and bring your BBB-curious friends. When you've finished exploring our elegant new offices, please remember to help your friend through the processes of obtaining a Bellisserian passport, drivers licence, house address and motor vehicle registration number! The location photo and co-ordinates have been updated in the Online Travel Guide and in the sidebar to the Gazette so you can find your way to us even if you have lost the LM that was sent to all BBBug members in-world. If you need another LM, just IM one of the BBB Staff (also listed in the sidebar).


Speaking of our beautiful SL18B garden, our editor – Fenella – enjoyed her time there so much that she has rented a dacha (she used to live in Russia) on the Campbell Coast just so she can also recreate it. She will be organising a garden-warming party there soon (also to coincide with her 14th Rez Day) and all readers of the Gazette will be welcome. Watch this space for details!


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At last Thursday's meeting of BBB officials, Pru had us pose for this new staff photo for display in our new office. If there were three more of us, we could make it into a clock! The photo will soon need to be updated as our staff is growing. It needs to, because there are exciting new services in the pipeline. Keep reading the Gazette to hear about them here first!

Speaking of growth, please welcome a talented new member of the BBB staff. Sceneris (Pru's partner in Pring Productions, the company that made all your favourite videos about Bellisseria – including the BBB Movie) joins our team of all the talents as Videography/PR Consultant. In addition, Fiona is taking on an additional role as Executive Assistant to our CEO, Boo.

Please check out the updated staff directory under BBB Information in the sidebar for details of everyone's roles. You will find it helpful in identifying the right person to help you with any bureaucratic queries you may have. 


Rosie Helendale featured the Bellisseria Passport at her Second Life Vlog here. Do take a look, enjoy and don't forget to share it with all your BBB-curious friends. We at the BBB enjoyed the video very much. We send our thanks to Rosie, both for a job well done and for her commendable enthusiasm for our work! Rosie, on application in-world to Fenella, we will be happy to issue an "approved publication" licence you can feature on your channel. 

Rosie issued a supplemental update video clarifying who is entitled to a Bellisserian Passport (see next item). Thanks again Rosie.


WHO CAN HAVE A BELLISSERIAN PASSPORT? WHO CAN ISSUE A PASSPORT STAMP?

At our meeting this week we discussed the continuing confusion among SL residents as to who qualifies for a Bellisserian Passport. There were many questions and discussions about it on our stand at SL18B. Our passports are popular and we receive applications from many non-Bellisserians. Some cleverly get into the spirit of our virtual bureaucracy  by trying to claim political asylum for example! We admire their creativity but – in the same spirit – our bureaucratic response is this. Under international law refugees must seek asylum in the first safe place they arrive. That is to say, they must come directly from a place where they are in danger. All of Second Life® is politically a safe place so no arrivals in Bellisseria from SL's islands or its other continents qualify as refugees.

The rules are simple. You can have a passport from us if the avi in whose name you are applying owns a Linden Home on the continent of Bellisseria. We don't recognise alts. If your alt has the Premium account, then that alt – not you – is entitled to the passport. If you opted to use your land allowance on mainland SL instead of in Bellisseria, you do not qualify. Someone sharing your Bellisserian home with you may qualify (even if they don't have a Premium Account) but only if officially partnered in-world.

Locations anywhere in Second Life® can apply for a terminal to issue passport stamps. However the location must be non-commercial. Shops or land rental businesses don't qualify, for example (although a rented home, gallery or other non-commercial venue in such a region might). Again, we have many applicants trying to by-pass this rule. The BBB is a Bellisserian institution run by volunteers on a not-for-profit basis. We abide by Bellisseria's rules, which forbid commerce, so we can't and won't issue stamps to residents who wish to use them to promote their business. 

Zoe has final discretion in these matters, so if you are asking her to consider an application that does not fit squarely within the rules, be sure to be extra-specially nice to her! We have also introduced a formal appeal procedure. If your passport or stamp terminal application has been rejected, you may appeal to Ghost. Trust us, not many people "appeal" to Ghost in any sense of the word, so expect a prompt, terse and impersonal rejection response.


CUSTOMER SATISFACTION SURVEY

We are volunteers and we know from all your kind remarks at SL18B that you are reluctant to bother us with issues. However we are keen to make sure you are happy with our services so would be grateful if you could complete this survey. We are particularly keen to know how you first found out about the BBB so that we can reach more customers in future. Thanks in advance for your cooperation. 


There are no new locations to report this week. We have approved some applications but the location-holders have not yet placed their terminals in-world so we don't want to send you on a wild goose chase. There are also many new locations in the pipeline on LDPW land in Bellisseria. That's in the hands of our friends and beloved benefactors, the Moles. So, when you ask us when that will happen, we can only give Patch's standard response to such questions – Soon™


SL18B draws to a close. Bel Leaves the BBB

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SL18B ends in three days so don't miss your final opportunities to collect both the special commemorative passport stamp for the event and the ten personal stamps from our SSiD-carrying staff on the BBB stand. 

We make announcements in the BBBug chat when members of staff come onto the stand so be sure to monitor it when you're in-world. We enjoy meeting you all and look forward to you stopping by. Even if you don't have a Bellisseria Passport (shame on you, pick up a form while you're here) come visit us anyway. Our Chief Designer Sun and her team have made one of the event's most beautiful builds.

We are going to miss our secret garden when SL18B ends.


IMG_1435We are sorry to report the sad news that Bel (jezebel.bailey) is leaving the BBB. She's been with us almost since the beginning. She has been a great colleague and a cheerful, teasing, uplifting leader to us more recent recruits.

She's planning to revive her old SL clothing brand and is busy acquiring the mesh skills necessary to do so. Knowing her determination and application as we do, we are sure she will succeed and look forward to wearing her creations! On that subject, our colleague Ghost said; 

I would wish Bel luck but I know she won't need it if she approaches her new venture with the same passion, skill and eye for detail that she dedicated to the BBB for so long. I know she will do so well, and keep making SL an even more beautiful place every day.

Our CEO Boo said

Bel has been with us pretty much since the BBB poked its bureaucratic head into the world. In part the BBB owes its continued existence to Bel. She has always been generous and enthusiastic and I think her optimistic outlook is what I'll miss most. I wish Bel well in her SL future!

Our headquarters were in Bel's Linden stilt home but our very own Pru (prudence.anton) kindly offered us a new – and very elegant – home.  The details are in the new locations below and we'll also be sending out a new LM to BBBug members.


NEW LOCATIONS

Something magical is going on at Invoke – our new location this week. We're not too sure what it is but if you fly in to check it out, bear in mind that broom parking is 25c per hour. Our new HQ also appears below, but technically it's not a new location as it's handing out the same stamp as before.

By the way, for those of you who were disappointed last week, Fenella spoke to Jexxan, the owner of The Beehive.  It opened and closed in the space of a week because, sadly, there was a family emergency in RL. When things have settled down, perhaps next year, Jexxan plans to reopen and the stamp will become available again. In the meantime, best wishes to her from all of us at the BBB. It was a lovely build while it lasted and we look forward to seeing it back on the grid in due course.

Three other stamps were discontinued this week: Time Lost Art, Time Lost Cafe and The Platy Beach House. So, if you have collected them already, congratulations. For everyone else, sadly it's too late.

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SL18B continues / Three new stamp-issuing locations in Bellisseria

image from www.flickr.comWe are enjoying meeting BBBug members (and potential members) on our beautiful stand at SL's 18th Birthday Party (SL18B). People really seemed to enjoy our new movie premiered at the event and it was delightful to hear from so many of you in person what fun you have with the passport. Several people said it takes them places in SL they wouldn't otherwise find. We put a lot of work into our virtual bureaucracy and – while we enjoy doing it – it's a joy to know it's entertaining you.

Fenella's morale was much raised by those of you who kindly told her you enjoy reading the Gazette. Until SL18B, she wasn't sure anyone was reading it at all! 

As well as the BBB Movie, we launched a short instructional video at SL18B, also made by our talented colleague Pru. It's called Adwyn Applies for her Bellisseria Passport and takes you through the process, step by step. If you have a friend thinking of applying, save yourself the trouble of long explanations by sending them a link, which can also be found (with other helpful stuff) under BBB Information in the sidebar. 
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It has also been great for BBB colleagues to spend serious time together building our esprit de corps. It's really time we organised a staff party. Perhaps when SL18B is over, we can take over a venue in Bellisseria and let our hair down.

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If you haven't visited the stand already, please do. It's the location for the terminal issuing the official SL18B commemorative stamp and you can pick up the special personal stamps of the BBB staff you meet there by clicking on their SSID tablets – like the one Fenella, our editor, is carrying in the picture above.


One visitor to the stand had had trouble at the Initiation Office. His group application had failed with an "Inviter not online" message. We tested it and it's working perfectly now. Everything is set up correctly and we can only assume that the bot who issues the invitations had briefly gone offline. If you have a problem of this kind, you can find which BBB official is online by checking the indicator board at the back of the main BBB office. IM any of us and we can issue an invitation immediately.

Several of you said when chatting on our stand that you don't like to bother us with "complaints" as you know we're volunteers. That's considerate of you, but we do want all the systems to work though. Please don't be shy to let us know so that we can help you and/or fix any issues. If not for that conversation at SL18B, we wouldn't have known there had been any problem. 

You may like to visit the Initiation Office, which only the more recent members of BBBug will have seen. We BBB officials are all too pleasant, friendly and efficient to be realistic bureaucrats but we do like to create an intimidating procedure or two!


Screenshot 2021-06-20 at 09.55.41This week there are three new locations where you can get a passport stamp and, of course, the limited edition SL18B stamp is still available on our stand. As are the ten personal stamps from staff members carrying SSiD tablet computers. Like gachas, there are "common" ones – from those of us junior staff who spend hours on the stand – and "rares" from the senior staff and consultants, who are more elusive! We make announcements in the BBBug Group Chat when a staff member comes on duty or stops by, so watch out for those.

All three new locations this week are on our home continent of Bellisseria. The Beehive Museum, Gallery and Hangout is a space for people to learn more about the awesomeness of bees and how important they are to our world. [Sadly, since publication, the Beehive has been abandoned. We've removed it from the Online Travel Guide]. The Neural Networks Art Gallery and Cafe and the Bellisseria Commissary are both locations in the SL Public Land Preserve Group set up "to preserve SL wilderness and beautiful builds for the enjoyment of the general public."

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