Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Tartan Delights from Pearse'd & Cut

In addition to our recent expansion of the available tartan range in out mens kilts, we have received requests for a companion piece for the ladies.

So just in time for St Andrew's Day, Pearse'd & Cut is proud to announce it's ladies Bustled Tartan Skirt. Based on the design commissioned by the Duchess of Loch Avie, this skirt also comes with a matching sash. Ideal for Balls and Country Dances.

Alé, Olé, Alé

Sunday afternoon also saw me online at an unusual time of day and I decided to pop over to the most recent match of Caledon FC.

This time round we were up against the Tinies of Raglanshire. Who for such small creatures certainly produce vast quantities of trash talk!

The stands with lots of little anklebiters.

The other stand, with taller spectators.

"The Enemy"

Caledon's intimidating Goalie, who was set upon with all sorts of Saboteurs intent on causing his workings harm.

At half time, yours truly was asked to join as a bench exchange.

Sadly the glory of Caledon was shortlived and we lost 5-2. But it was an interesting day and one I'd be happy to help with again assuming the timezone gods favour my presence.

Another one?

Yes ladies and gentlemen it's that time of the month again. Or at least it seems that Caledon is getting a new sim each month.

Morgaine landed on the weekend with the linkup between Penzance and Wellsian now complete.

The floating island hovers over the Strait of Morgaine due to high deposits of Cavorite.

With Morgaine, Caledon reaches its 2 millionth square metre of virtual land. It was only 7 months ago when we reached the 1 millionth with the arrival of Steam Sky City

I've updated my main map accordingly, though I need to finish the update for the Navigational Hazards Map.

Sunday, 25 November 2007

St Andrew's Day Celebration

This will be a full day of festivities in Loch Avie.

The sim will be filled with the sounds of Celtic music for your enjoyment, and will be decorated for the occasion.
Come learn about St. Andrew and his connections to Scotland and see his Eastern and Western Icons
Please feel free to come at your own time and pace to try the haggis, scotch eggs, Uisge Beatha, and other Scottish delicacies.
You may also try your hand at the Caber Toss, Hammer Throw, or Academy of Arms Weapons System (Claymore, Battle Axe, Short Sword) at your leisure during the day.
Enjoy the sim with it's water, scenic views, water horse, and by that time....maybe a little snow.

  • Caber tossing contest at 1pm SLT (near the pub)
  • Hammer throwing contest at 3pm SLT (near Nellie's inlet)
  • Academy of Arms Tournament for Duchal Champions 6pm SLT (sky arena)
  • Cielidh 7:30pm SLT (Near the Keep)

  • If you are a piper and would care to join in a piping contest please IM, Duchess Loch Avie directly. With enough interest we will hold a Bagpipe concert/contest during the day.

A little information about St. Andrew
Saint Andrew is the Patron Saint of Scotland, and St. Andrew's Day is celebrated by Scots around the world on the 30th November. The flag of Scotland is the Cross of St. Andrew, and this is widely displayed as a symbol of national identity.

The "Order of Saint Andrew" or the "Most Ancient Order of the Thistle" is an order of Knighthood which is restricted to the King or Queen and sixteen others. It was established by James VII of Scotland in 1687.

Very little is really known about St. Andrew himself. He was thought to have been a fisherman in Galilee (now part of Israel), along with his elder brother Simon Peter (Saint Peter). Both became followers (apostles) of Jesus Christ, founder of the Christian religion.

St. Andrew is said to have been responsible for spreading the tenets of the Christian religion though Asia Minor and Greece. Tradition suggests that St. Andrew was put to death by the Romans in Patras, Southern Greece by being pinned to a cross (crucified). The diagonal shape of this cross is said to be the basis for the Cross of St. Andrew which appears on the Scottish Flag.

St. Andrews bones were entombed, and around 300 years later were moved by Emperor Constantine (the Great) to his new capital Constantinople (now Istambul in Turkey). Legend suggests that a Greek Monk (although others describe him as an Irish assistant of St. Columba) called St. Rule (or St. Regulus) was warned in a dream that St. Andrews remains were to be moved and was directed by an angel to take those of the remains which he could to the "ends of the earth" for safe-keeping. St. Rule dutifully followed these directions, removing a tooth, an arm bone, a kneecap and some fingers from St. Andrew's tomb and transporting these as far away as he could. Scotland was close to the extremities of the know world at that time and it was here that St. Rule was shipwrecked with his precious cargo.

St. Rule is said to have come ashore at a Pictish settlement on the East Coast of Scotland and this later became St. Andrews. Thus the association of St. Andrew with Scotland was said to have begun.

Perhaps more likely than the tale of St. Rule's journey is that Acca, the Bishop of Hexham, who was a reknown collector of relics, brought the relics of St. Andrew to St. Andrews in 733. There certainly seems to have been a religious centre at St. Andrews at that time, either founded by St. Rule in the 6th century or by a Pictish King, Ungus, who reigned from 731 - 761.

Whichever tale is true, the relics were placed in a specially constructed chapel. This chapel was replaced by the Cathedral of St. Andrews in 1160, and St. Andrews became the religious capital of Scotland and a great centre for Medieval pilgrims who came to view the relics.

There are other legends of how St. Andrew and his remains became associated with Scotland, but there is little evidence for any of these, including the legend of St. Rule. The names still exist in Scotland today, including St. Rules Tower, which remains today amongst the ruins of St. Andrews Cathedral.

It is not known what happened to the relics of St. Andrew which were stored in St. Andrews Cathedral, although it is most likely that these were destroyed during the Scottish Reformation. The Protestant cause, propounded by Knox, Wishart and others, won out over Roman Catholism during the Reformation and the "idolatry of catholism", that is the Saints, relics, decoration of churches, were expunged during the process of converting the Roman Catholic churches of Scotland to the harsh simplicity of Knox's brand of Calvanism.

The place where these relics were kept within the Cathedral at St. Andrews is now marked by a plaque, amongst the ruins, for visitors to see.

The larger part of St. Andrew's remains were stolen from Constantinople in 1210 and are now to be found in Amalfi in Southern Italy. In 1879 the Archbishop of Amalfi sent a small piece of the Saint's shoulder blade to the re-established Roman Catholic community in Scotland.

In 1969, Gordon Gray, leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland was in Rome to be appointed the first Scottish Cardinal since the Reformation. Pope Paul VI gave him further relics of St. Andrew with the words "Saint Peter gives you his brother". These are now displayed in a reliquary in St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cathedral in Edinburgh.

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

New releases from Pearse'd & Cut

After much pestering from various people Pearse'd & Cut is proud to announce the release of eight additional tartans to our existing kilt range, just in time for the St. Andrew's Day celebrations.

A selected sampling of the now eleven tartans


The Black Watch

Royal Stewart


The full range stand at present as Black Watch, Caledon, Chattan, Ferguson, Gordon, Kerr, MacAlister, MacDonald of the Isles, MacPhearson, Priest and Royal Stewart.

Salute to the Troops and a Pre-Thanksgiving Ball

Steelhead's Salute to the Troops started out well. Sadly the morning activities were outside of my timezone but the afternoon activities went well.

The infantry parade consisting of Elizabethan, American Civil War, and Highland regiments. With myself and Maklin Deckard representing the Caledon Highland Regiment.

The troops lined up for inspection.

The Caledon Highland Regiment was awarded second place.

Later in the day the cavalry regiments paraded through the street.

The Caledon Lancers. (Picture courtesy of Loch Avie)

(Picture courtesy of Loch Avie) I had initially ridden through with the Lancers but in a cheeky move I rode back round and changed uniforms to the Carntaigh Cuirassiers, with Mr. Deckard again joining me. I seem to have had a few enquiries about the Cuirassiers this week. I may have to organise a group and start scheduling some events.

Back in Steelhead that evening was the Salute to the Troops Ball. Sadly on arrival my composure was rather taken aback. Rather than the advertised "Veterans Appreciation Event *Honoring Gettysburg, WWI Armistice Day, and All Soldiers From All Eras!" I was greeted me was a plethora of red, white and blue bunting with flags from all branches of the United States Military (including one for an MIA group that I'd never heard of) but NOT ONE SINGLE FLAG FROM ANY COUNTRY FROM ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD! Now I know that there are Americans who only know of the existence of other countries because the illegal immigrants obviously come from somewhere else. However if you're going to promote your event as something from "all troops from all eras", then a casual dismissal of "I thought it was for US Veterans' Day" does not suffice. Nor does telling me I'm welcome to put out flags if I want. I realise that the owners of Old Glory were major organisers for the event (and I'm not going to get into the spectre of "American Civil War" vs. "Civil War" again just at the moment) but really people, you need to remember that SL is an international area.

Deciding not to say anything further and thereby keeping my temper I headed to Loch Avie to join the Caledonians for the Social Season's Pre-Thanksgiving Ball.

Here I danced and calmed down somewhat. Her Grace of Loch Avie has collected a far better sampling of pictures than I had the heart for on the night.

I am missing my dear Christine all the more at times like this. Thankfully her travels will bring her back to me this week.

Mad Science in Steelhead

Friday's theme for the Steelhead dance this week was mad science. Having been rather busy of late I decided to go with the cliché and find myself a lab coat. Which turned out to be a lot harder that I imagined. While Miss Vandeverre's offerings were nice, they weren't what I was looking for. Another of the labcoats for sale was, in my humble opinion, complete junk ("sexy scrubs" or not). The best one I found turned out to have a flipper script inside it which thankfully could be removed.

The Kokopelli was appropriately decked out with lightning generators, phase balls and tesla coils. Stuff to make your inner Mad Scientist swoon.

In Mad Science Mode

Baron Wulfenbach in a rather nicely designed apron and toolbelt

Miss Weatherwax as a lab experiment

Steelhead's very own Mad Scientist who adopted an artificial arm for the evening. Really she's mad enough.

Lumina in her electric suit

The Duchess of Loch Avie in full Madgrrl mode

Miss Laval as a small but still dangerous Mad Scientist

O'Tool who seems to have had pasta for dinner before coming to the dance.

Maev Ceawlin (I think) as some sort of experiment gone wrong.

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Tribute Island

Nikk Huet has been pimping his company's current efforts in SL with the remarkable "Tribute Island".

Memorial to British Military Personnel

Memorial to the two shuttle disasters

Tribute to A.A. Milne

An impressive recreation of the Muppet Theatre offices as a tribute to Jim Henson.

The main concept is allowing Residents to submit tributes for anyone who has died since 1950. The memorials will be rotated as the number exceeds the space. I highly recommend visiting.

Clowns, Jesters and Idiots

As mentioned here, several of the new arrivals in Steelhead decided to throw a party as a celebration/housewarming.

I had been asked to find some music in line with the theme. Some was pretty obvious, like songs from The Court Jester, or tracks like, "Tears of a Clown", "Be A Clown", and "Cathy's Clown". I also discovered that Shakira had a song called "Costume Makes The Clown" and Alice Cooper's "Can't Sleep, Clowns Will Eat Me". I had a great time putting the music together.

Zoe Connolly and CeAire DeCosta get into the spirit with some colourful outfits.

Hawc DeCosta was there with bells on

An unintentional Abbey Road moment.

Myself and Baron Wulfenbach.

I think the turkeys have heard rumours about the upcoming American Thanksgiving...

Aaaaall my friends are getting ooooolder!

Friday afternoon SLT (or Friday evening GMT or Saturday morning AEDT) saw a combined Rez Day bash for many of Caledon's inhabitants. Oolon Sputnik, Terry Lightfoot, Alfonso Avalanche, Fuschia Begonia, Exrex Somme, Lapin Paris, Vi Paravane, Otenth Paderborn, Jess Patton, Kirawill Collingwood and probably others all have their anniversaries in November.

So, big party.

The theme for the party was Robotz and had some impressive outfits.

Inside the walls of Coughton Court, the walls had started closing in.

With Mechanicals, clockworks, automatons and their friends, all dancing to the funky tunes

Miss Emilly manages to catch my good side while DJing. Elrik Merlin and I covered the music with a little intercontinental handover.

Mechanical Alfonso.

Smilin' botz.

Saturday, 10 November 2007

Clowns, Jesters and Fools!

Join me this evening in Steelhead for an evening of painted faces big shoes and hat with bells. I've managed to track down some interesting clown themed songs so it should be great fun. If you can't make it listen in at

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Remember Remember

Sadly the anniversary of Guy Fawkes Day seemed to go unnoticed. The only reference I say myself was the bonfire burning in front of The Odditorium.

If any of these 'orrible little conspirators try to blow up our Benevolent Dictator we'll be ready for 'em.

Titanic in SL

After seeing a post on Miss Jewell's aetheric journal about a Titanic build I decided to investigate.

My human avatar was bitten by the Titanic bug some 25 years ago and spent many weekends discovering how the State Library catalogue system worked (back in the days when they still had catalogue cards) poring over microfiche readers.

There have been a couple of build purporting to be the Titanic but they've been rather generic ship more than anything else.

The exterior of the RMS Titanic. This is a well put together construction with the overall aspects of the great liner noted and present.

The Grand Staircase

Sadly what could have been an amazing build has been reduced to a themed shopping complex. Floor after floor of vendors selling hugely inappropriate goods really killed the sense of wonder I started out with.

Bikinis, naked women, strappy shoes... Must be a shopping centre.

I had originally thought this might all be done to offset the tier cost, but at the little museum in what was the Officer's Quarters says, the land was donated to him to place the Titanic in.

If you want to see for yourself, head to Cay/172, 167, 23

Monday, 5 November 2007

Caledon Cay Mooring Tower

Way back in July I started on my goal of acquiring the plot to the south of Davaar for building expansion. After many delays and setbacks it was finally mine and the building commenced. Now finished, the Caledon Cay Mooring Tower (or as Lady Primbroke has started referring to it as, "The Garage") is open for use.

At this stage it only caters to dirigibles and flying vessels, but once the Radio Riel building is completed for Penzance I will be adding in facilities that will provide maritime access for both submersible and surface craft.

I may even host a party or two.