Monday, 31 January 2011

New releases from Pearse'd & Cut

A set of vintage cricket whites for the sportsman in the colours of the I Zingari Amateur Club. Perfect for Players or Gentlemen.

A uniform for the law enforcement types. Inspired by several uniforms of the 1920s it's been designed with Seraph City in mind for RP but, being mod, can be adapted to other areas.

Both these items are available from Pearse'd & Cut's flagship location in Babbage Palisades

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Come along and join the fun

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Old Skool @ The Seraph Club

Friday 21st of January join Edward Pearse at Seraph City's most stylish club for an evening of classic tunes and entertainment.

7:00pm - 9:00pm SLT

Bedlam in Babbage: Space Edition

Space, the Final Frontier. To boldy go where no Gentleman has gone before!

Join Edward Pearse at the Clarendon for a few hours of science fiction related musical discovery.

Saturday the 15th of January from 2pm to 4pm SLT

Monday, 3 January 2011

Downton Abbey

Thanks to a little tip off from Miss Cornelia, the Duchess of Teslace, I've been made aware of a TV miniseries called Downton Abbey.

Written by Julian Fellowes who seems to make a speciality of Edwardian drama, having written the screenplay for Gosford Park as well as portraying people such as Winston Churchill and George IV during his acting, again brings the lives of the aristocracy vs. their servants into scrutiny.

The Earl of Grantham, his wife, three daughters and a multitude of servants currently live in Downton Abbey. The first episode opens with news that the Earl's cousin, the Heir Presumptive, and his son are both among those lost aboard the Titanic. It turns out that under the inheritance entailment that whoever becomes the new Earl will also inherit the entirety of the Estate. The miniseries follows the twists and turns of the family up until the start of World War 1.

English inheritance law has been the subject of drama before, most notably in Dickens' Bleak House. Viewing numbers for the ITV production were impressive to the point where it has been confirmed a second series will go into production. However executives at PBS, who have bought American screening rights, are a little concerned that the detailed plot might be too much for their audience and plan to cut 2 hours out of the 8 hours of the series. Rebecca Eaton, an executive producer for the PBS network admits that American audiences demand a 'different speed' to their shows. And because they're taking an axe to it PBS also believes its audiences will need an American to outline the key themes of the show so Laura Linney is going to give an introduction to the series.

I'm surprised they haven't added subtitles to help poor American audiences cope with the Northern accents of the servants.

Frankly I would urge potential American viewers to contact PBS letting them know that despite a seemingly endless supply of "reality" shows you do not have the IQ of a goldfish and would prefer to see the series in its entirety.

Exploring SF on the grid: Starbase 11

I used to be a big Star Trek fan. I still am in many respects though Deep Space 9 was where I started losing interest. However I'm enough of a fan to recognise the amount of work that has gone into building Starbase 11.

Starbase 11

Starbase 11 from the Original series episode "Court Martial" (retouched from the rerelease DVD collection)

Star Trek has been pretty big on SL. Though sims have come and gone over the years you can always track down a Trek RP sim somewhere.

View from the orbiting shuttle dock.

Transporter room (with the NOMAD probe from the episode "The Changeling")

Living quarters on Starbase 11 are finely detailed

The local flora has been recreated to match.

Screen with an image taken from the Star Fleet Medical Reference Manual a fan publication from the 80s.

Even down to getting the food from the original series correct.

There's even a Starship Enterprise for you to explore.

Enterprise corridor

The famous bridge of the starship

Scotty would be proud.

It's an impressive build and certainly helps for setting the scene for any Trek based role-playing. Even if you're not a hard core Trek fan the sim is worth exploring. The build is top notch. Kudos to all the people who have helped to put it together.