Monday, 31 December 2007

New Years Eve Ball

Celebrate the New Years as it slowly takes hold around the world.

The Caledon Gaiety Company, Prim Perfect Magazine, Radio Riel and Riel Events cordially invite you to celebrate New Year's Eve in the Independent State of Caledon at the:

Gilded Age Masqued Charity Ball
The Gaiety Theatre - Caledon Penzance

Join us for an all-day extravaganza of formal balls, live auctions, silent auctions and "best dressed" contests! Let's celebrate the new year and give to a worthy cause - "Gardens of Hope"!

* 4:00AM - 6:00AM SLT - Sydney/Melbourne New Year's Eve Ball
* 2:00PM - 3:00PM SLT - Live Charity Auction
* 3:00PM - 5:00PM SLT - London New Year's Eve Ball
* 8:00PM - 10:00PM SLT - New York New Year's Eve Ball
* 10:00PM - 11:00PM SLT - Live Charity Auction
* 11:00PM - 1:00AM SLT - San Francisco New Year's Eve Ball

The Silent Auction will run for 24 hrs starting at 1:00AM SLT December 31st. You can view, and bid on, the items for the Silent Auction in the glass pavillion just south of the Theatre.

Attire: Formal gowns and suits from 1850 - 1910 with masques
Or whimsical, yet tasteful, Victorian period costumes with masques

$500 L awarded to both Best Dressed Lady and Gentleman at each event

The event hosts are donating all auction proceeds to "Gardens Of Hope", an organization that builds greenhouses, tree nurseries, and more in Lesotho, Africa. These gardens are then used as a source of food, firewood and income for several communities in this Southern African nation.

For more infromation visit Better World Island in SL or .

In case of Sim crash or unbearable lag, we will have Coughton Court in Caledon Carntaigh open for the event as well. Guests can enjoy the simulcast of the event, view pictures of the Silent Auction items, and dance free of lag!

Saturday, 29 December 2007

The hussar uniform - finally!

Waaaaaaay back during the SLRFL events there was a little RP called the Neualtenburg War. As part of the activities, our beloved Guvnah commissioned me to create two uniforms for the Caledon Militia. One was the familiar Red tunic, the other was a blue attila favoured by cavalry units.

Earlier pictures may be found in the description of ranks here and in Ordinal Malaprop's recruitment kinoscope.

At the time I had held off putting it on sale until the war was over. But as with many of these things, the war so much as didn't happen as took too long to co-ordinate and people got sick of it and moved on to other things.

However, recent enquiries have lead me to finally finish the uniform in its glory.

Special thanks to Jaeger Edelweiss, former worthy opponent, for assistance with the pelisse.

Disclaimer: Pearse'd & Cut can not be held responsible for swooning, strutting or bravado that may result from the use of this uniform. Horse and Long Weapon not included.

Very amusing

Normally I wouldn't post quiz type things here but I found the answers far too amusing not to share.

Your Superhero Persona
by couplandesque
Your Name
Superhero NameThe Scotsman
Super PowerIrresistable Sexuality
EnemyMartha Stewart
Mode Of TransportationMotorcycle
WeaponBaseball Bat

Monday, 24 December 2007

Santa comes to Caledon

Recently I was happy to get an early visit from Father Christmas and his reindeer as they made sure the sleigh was ready for its exertions in the following days.

Recorded for posterity is a very SL looking collection of reindeer, as well as the old fellow himself.

Merry Christmas, Happy Channukah, Fabulous Festivus, and Joyous "insert mid summer/winter festival of choice here."

And hope to see you for the New Year's Eve party in Penzance.

Monday, 17 December 2007

Raising funds in Steelhead

Saturday evening after finishing some RL commitments I was back in Steelhead to help raise some money for the upcoming Steelhead Harbourside

The sim is nearly completed in its prebooking and to help along the finances, the Men of Caledon were put on display as a fundraiser, with the announcement that they'd go topless if the donations reached the L$20,000 mark.

We were shirtless within 20 minutes.

No I'm not sure that it implies that the visiting women were a pack of perverts or that they were overly generous in their funding. Possibly both :-)

Hawc Decosta shows his sash.

Baron Wulfenbach displays some rather garish shorts

Myself and the non-furry Sheriff

My dear wife flashing a bit of thigh

Nice Chest

By the end of the night we had raised over L$75,000 and all sort of people were in all states of undress (including Tensai, who went topless once we reached L$60K, but I'll refrain from publishing the photos).

Great night and great fun and hopefully well on the way to launching the next stage of Steelhead.

Happy anniversary

Saturday also marked the 6 month anniversary of the handfasting of myself and my dearest Christine.

Happy Anniversary my love!

The Caledon-Wintefell Ball

Saturday afternoon was the first joint ball between Caledon and the "Victorian Gothic" themed sims of Winterfell. Hosted by Her Grace of Carntaigh, Gabrielle Riel, and the Senechal of Winterfell, Serra Anansi.

I wasn't able to make it to the start of the ball, originally being held in Winterfell Keep. It seems the combination of high prim jewellery, high prim gowns, AOs, HUDs and a high number of AVs in the sim was too much for Winterfell to bear and it fell over.

The reassembled dancers opted for the recently formed sim that was the cause of the celebrations, Caledon Cape Wrath. And with a quick scattering of dance balls and the tuning of the parcels to the right music, the Ball was under way again.

The dancers reassemble on Cape Wrath

The Senechal of Winterfell, Miss Serra Anansi

Miss Cornelia and Mr. Hassanov

Possibly the largest Ballgown in SL

Myself and Miss Emilly

Sadly time zones and RL commitments prevented me from staying for much more than an hour, but it was nice to see the coming together of the two communities. I look forward to seeing what it brings.

Around Steelhead in 80 Days

Steelhead's recent dance themes have been running the gamut of Victorian Scientific Romances and this week was no exception.

Around the World in 80 days brought an assortment of attire out of the cupboard and onto the dance floor, with a variety of modes of transportation to help them get there.

Balloons, trains and automobiles

My dear Christine in her Middle Eastern attire.

Dia in a wonderful oriental gown.

Lumina in a Christmas themed outfit

Eva in oriental attire

"Come on , shake your body baby, do the conga"

And because you can't travel the world without Daleks.

LordAlbert Heron in one of his rare visits to Steelhead.

Fabulous night was had by all.

Saturday, 15 December 2007

The Duchies anniversary

Last Friday saw the first anniversary of the arrival of the original four Duchies in Caledon. Lionsgate, Carntaigh, Primverness and Loch Avie were the first void sims in Caledon and also the first sims to be held in trust by an individual rather than a group of people.

To celebrate the event Her Grace of Primverness hosted a Renaissance Ball.

Her Grace of Lionsgate (Her Lyoness), Her Grace of Primverness and Her Grace of Carntaigh were in attendance.

His Grace of Murdann, resplendent in his Tudor gown.

Myself and the Lady Primbroke waltz for the evening.

Miss Widdershins, publisher of Prim Perfect magazine

Sadly the Duchess of Loch Avie was unable to join in the celebrations due to RL commitments, however we certainly had a fabulous evening all the same.

May they rule for a further year in peace.

Des is on a roll!

It seems our Beloved Guvnah is on a roll to get himself sorted for before the New Year.

It was only this week that I managed to snap a picture of the newly terraformed Caledon Brigadoon when I here over the aether that yet another sim was being landed as we spoke!

Caledon Bridagoon, now divested of ice, but awaiting snow cover.

Caledon Cape Wrath. Winterfell and Caledon are now linked.

Myself and over a dozen spectators watched as the sea was parted and the earth was given form, before a mad dash ensued to be first across the new sim.

We're now now officially linked to Winterfell. Just mind their security devices when you dash across. Some of the Absinthe residents are a little zealous in their deployment of security orbs.

Caledon now stands at 33 sims with more than 2,160,000 square metres of virtual real estate. That's almost a square mile (and you wonder why it takes so long to get around Caledon now).

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

The Airship Destroyer aka Battle in the Clouds (1909)

And special thanks must go to Tas at Yours in a White Wine Sauce! for the heads up about The Airship Destroyer being online and available for download.

It's of interest to both early film and historical flight enthusiasts.

To watch the film or download it, point your browser here. The file is .mpg format.

Kircher Society Essential Library of Automata

If you're not already acquainted with The Proceedings of The Athanasius Kircher Society, I highly recommend adding it to your blog links. It's... eclectic in the most wonderful way. From Death Masks, Vladimir Demikhov's medical experiments, mortal remains, underground caverns and a host of the weird, wonderful and unusual can be found in its pages.

Recently a link of interest to Miss Cornelia and Mr. Hassanov (and Mr. Chaplin were he still with us) was the Essential Library of Automata.

Listing 10 books on historical Automata, there is enough material of interest to either the historian, the toy collector or the robot aficionado.

Monday, 10 December 2007

Pearse'd & Cut Penzance

Pearse'd & Cut are proud to announce the acquisition of a fine location in Caledon Penzance to offer a more convenient shopping spot for residents to the north.

When completed the Penzance location will utilise the OnRez vendor system.

We look forward to seeing you at Pirate Kings Road in Penzance.

Thursday, 6 December 2007

Exploring the grid

On Monday evening Lady Primbroke and I decided to take a little time out for ourselves and just have a wander through the grid to places we'd heard of but never seen.

Our first stop was Flashman's. A rather run down Pub that would be right at home in parts of New Babbage. It sort of combines the feel of a Prohibition Speakeasy with a seedy London opium den.

The exterior


Then on to a Dealey Plaza. A virtual recreation of the surrounds of one of the most infamous events in history. For people of the 60s it was such a shock that people around the world would later be able to recall what they were doing when they heard JFK had been assassinated. Added to that the controversy surrounding his death and the "magic bullet theory" the event is one that has grown to something of a cultural heritage.

The book depository

A view from the window

A view from the "Grassy Knoll"

While the sim doesn't offer any suggestions as to who or how many people may have been involved with Kennedy's death, it's thought provoking none the less.

From there we changed attire into something more tropical and headed to Africa.

Stunning waterfalls and trees.

Lady Primbroke chats with a rather talkative toad.
The Africa sim has a lovely collection of native animals and (with the exception of the aerial shopping strip) is a wonderful setting for an evening stroll.

Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Tagged memage

Having been tagged by Emilly and Baron Bardhaven and now Lunar I suppose I should set out what this is.

The rules of tagging are simple, and as follows.
(1) Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
(2) People who are tagged need to write a post on their own blog (about their eight things) and post these rules.
(3) At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
(4) Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog

So, eight points? Hmmmm.

1. My human has a Bacon Factor of 2. He was in Queen of the Damned with Stuart Townsend. Stuart Townsend was in Trapped with Kevin Bacon

2. Edward Pearse in named for Sean Connery's character Edward Pierce in The Great Train Robbery. His facial hair is based on Sean Connery's sergeant Dravot in The Man Who Would Be King.

3. I have two other alts.

4. My human is an avid reader and has a large collection of books. As they had to be catalogued for insurance purposes, they're now on an Excel file. Currently 1,925 books at last count, though additions will be made this evening.

5. My human is also an avid historical re-enactor. Currently portraying English Civil Wars.

6. My knowledge of Photoshop techniques has vastly improved from my early days in SL 12 months ago. I still prefer starting with actual photographs.

7. I have a been fascinated by language since I can remember: the differences between accents, the etymology of words and *why* various slang phrases have come into and then out of being.

8. Pearce'd & Cut sold its first wares in November of 2006 at the New Designer's Exhibition. The first shop went up in Victoria City in December of 2006. That site is now in its third building.

Tagging people may be the biggest consideration. Let me see if I can tag some who have not already produced a Meme. Thus I Tag:
Christine McAllister
Cornelia Rothschild
Gabrielle Riel
Elrik Merlin
Iason Hassanov
Rafael Fabre
Zoe Connolly
Hypatia Callisto

Monday, 3 December 2007

What's Black and White and Red all over?

Scarier than a room full of Nuns with rulers

Dia and Mr. Offcourse get some correctional treatment

Christine and I find dancing is something of a habit.

Lunar doing his best Whoopie Goldberg impersonation

Adso Krogstad shows off his Orthodox dance moves

Ah Steelhead :-)

Alba gu brath

Friday was the night I had been looking forward to for many months, when myself and the the Duchess of Loch Avie jointly presented the St. Andrew's Day festival for Caledon.

Sadly I was unable to make the Caber toss due to timezone differences (and having been up rather late the night before). But I had managed to twist Professor Avalanche's arm into coming up with a Hammer Throw to compliment it.

Hammer throwing.

However once potential throwers realised if you skittered the hammer along the ice it didn't register until it hit the ground at the end, the game soon devolved into a version of curling.

Next saw the Champions' Tournament. Acting as Champion for the Duchy of Carntaigh, I was defeated in the first round by the eventual winner of the Day, Miss Alex Fitzsimmons. I redeemed myself in the massed combat by making three kills before being finally eliminated.

Once darkness arrived out came the music and I set along a many and varied set of Scottish tunes for a great céilidh.

An assortment of Scottish delights including Scottish tablet, IRN BRU, deep fried Mars bars, Scotch eggs and uisge-beatha.

Revellers in kilts and tartan

More flinging

Even Steelhead's Sheriff Ortega found himself bekilted.

Even the wild haggis found themselves drawn to the festivities.

Some stray sheep wandered into the clearing wondering what all the noise was about

And then strange things like cats with buttered toast strapped to their backs started appearing.

I had a great night and it was my great pleasure to be able to co-host this wonderful event.

Slainte Mhath!