Sunday, 15 December 2013

Bedlam in Babbage: Christmas Edition

It's that time of year again: when the fake snow is stapled to the roofs of warmer cities, where the UK complains about heavy snow, and Canada laughs and thinks about maybe putting on a coat.

Where people wish for peace on earth and goodwill to all men, unless you happen to holding the last discount toy whatsit that you've been driving around all day trying to buy. Then you're prepared to do bodily harm.

And the music. It will get into your head and stay there till February.

So join Edward Pearse at the Clarendon for the annual festive assault or tune it to

Bring lots of Christmas spirit. Double eggnong for me.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Bedlam in Babbage: Winterfest!

All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey, and there's a distinct chill in the morning air.

Winter is Coming!

Join Edward Pearse as we welcome in the chilly months as New Babbage will soon find itself transformed into a glittering jewel. Ice and snow glitter reflecting the light of hundreds of lanterns and hearth fires.

2:00pm - 4:00pm SLT Saturday the 9th of November at The Clarendon.

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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Seraph Club Halloween Party

Join Edward Pearse at the Seraph Club for 2 hours of Dieselpunk Big Band, Jazz and Swing

Prize for best costume.

6:00pm-8:00pm SLT
Wednesday 30th October

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Weird Al Birthday Celebrations!

Join Edward Pearse at the Clarendon as he presents a musical birthday tribute to the musical god who is

Weird Al Yankovic

Wednesday the 23rd of October

5:00pm to 8:00pm SLT

Tune in to to listen remotely.

Twinkie Weiner Sandwiches provided.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Breakfast in Babbage: Spooktacular!

October rolls around and so does the dreaded changeover for Daylight Savings Time!

This will be the last Breakfast slot for the year and next month we change to Bedlam in Babbage with our afternoon edition.

In the mean time, think of something scary. No, scarier than that. Yes scarier than One Direction becoming the new face of Steampunk. OK maybe not that scary.

Anyway join Edward Pearse for an assortment of appropriately themed music eclectica for Breakfast in Babbage at The Clarendon.

8am to 10am Saturday 12th of October.

And somewhere in there will be something mentioning Edward's 7th Rez Day!

Sunday, 6 October 2013

A Piece of the Action for October

Join Edward Pearse for his monthly show at The Seraph Club.

Two hours of Jazz, Swing Revival, Hot Jazz, Electro-swing and the odd movie tune.

6:00pm - 8:00pm SLT

The Seraph Club

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Breakfast in Babbage: Gangsters, Crooks and Hoodlums!

Got a nice dance hall here pal. Be a shame if something HAPPENED to it...

Back when gansters wore suits, not pants around their butts, the bad guys were bad, but they still had style.

Join Edward Pearse at the Clarendon for this month's Breakfast in Babbage.

8:00am - 10:00am SLT

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Sunday, 1 September 2013

Air Kraken migration has arrived

The air-kraken migration over New Babbage has arrived for the year. I don't think they're an endangered species any more.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Breakfast in Babbage:The Apocalypse!

Rapture, Armageddon, The Apocalypse, The End of the World, Dogs and Cats living together, Leonardo DiCaprio winning an Oscar.

Songs about the End of the World. Will we be gone in a flash or will be party like it's 1999?

Come along to The Clarendon and find out. Or tune in to

Friday, 26 July 2013

Memorial for Nix Sands

Last weekend, the typist behind the avatar known as Nix Sands lost his fight with pancreatic cancer. We were never close friends but I loved his creative spirit and he always had a kind word. We'd initially made friends after discovering a mutual interest in historical re-enacting back when he ran his shop called Yestergear.

Part of Nix's Monstro hat
He had a flair for the whimsy and the outrageous that brought a smile to many faces. And I loved his Dieslepunk vehicles, though I'm sad I didn't get all of them. Now I don't have the option.

Some of the attendees at his Memeorial
This is only the third virtual Memorial Service I have attended. Some people just disappear and you never know what happened to them. In Nix's case he'd been quite public about his diagnosis, although he stayed away from things like Relay For Life as it hit too close to home.

Bon Voyage Mr. Sands where ever you fare. Your light going out makes the place seem a little darker for all.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Breakfast in Babbage: 4th Anniversay Special!

Breakfast in Babbage 4th Anniversary
4 years ago this month Edward Pearse began his monthly novelty music event.
Join us this month for a special 3 hour anniversary programme!

8:00am to 11:00am SLT Today!

Join us at The Clarendon

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Friday, 12 July 2013

Riel Conversations Interview

4 years ago I started the first of a regular gig called Breakfast in Babbage In honor of this, Gabriel Riel went behind the scenes to talk with me about the history of the show and what has inspired this wonderful wackiness.

You can listen to the show here or download the .mp3 file by right-clicking this link, selecting Save Link As... and saving the .mp3 to your computer.

Sunday, 30 June 2013

The New Babbage 2013 RFL Pub Crawl

At 2:00pm SLT a large group met inside the Rusty Cog, the oldest existing pub in New Babbage.

Doctors Watson and Kaligawa, and Mr. Holmes had prepared a handy route map for participants.

Starting off with about two dozen of us we immediately got a taste of things to come as Victor forgot which way to get to the next stop and we had a sudden AV jam on the edge of the tram lines. A brief stop at the Red Cat and we headed to Loki's Absinthe Cafe

The revellers reach Lokis.
 Once departing Loki's the group headed south to the Cafe de Paris, and then onward to Rub's Pub. From there west to The Merryman, a remnant of last year's RFL build.

The Merryman of New Babbage
West again into Wheatstone and up to the top of Piermont Landing.  As often happens the process of 20 odd avatars trying to cross the same sim border at once is bound to lead to some interesting side effects. One of the urchins reported finding a bustle left lying about. Scandal!

The Sneaky Vole - out in the open for a change.
 A rather long trek north from the Vole to Ahab's Bane, which had recently suffered a bout of flamingo. It seems to have fully recovered. A tricky manoeuvre up the circular stairs (difficult even when sober) and into the Rusty Pint, where many people discovered that a bar made for petites and tinies is difficult to get into for adult AVs. To cope I let my inner dropbear free. Then on to The Bucket.

Inside the Bucket of Blood.
 Difficult to spot but I'm the dropbear standing on the bar behind Jimmy, about to pull his hat down around his ears. A reviving coffee and Oddson's and a much needed food stop at the Codswollop Fish & Chippery and we were off again. A stop at the Rangoon Pandemonium Bar inside the Waxworks, and then onto the Brass Monkey.

Brass Monkey Pub
 Doing bar duties and correcting the proof reading in my giveaway bottles before heading off to the Mushy Gherkin Goodbye Muirsheen Durkin and then across the road was a brief sober stop.

The CocoaJava Cafe
 The Cafe is now on its third owner and has weathered the storms of SL ownership. Onwards into Clockhaven with a stop at Babbage's smallest pub, the Red Rum Cave (a remnant of Babbage's steampunk Mars build from a few years ago), and then down to the Old Brewery, followed by Vrai Vert and then finally to the Gangplank.

Ganplank Tavern
 By this stage a few of the revellers were having trouble walking straight and Doctor Watson had collected a traffic cone from somewhere and was wearing it as a hat...

The Porthead Tavern
 The crowd had thinned by the time we got to the Porthead Tavern and the conversation was getting green.

The Backroom at the Whitby Cat and Tea Yard
The final stop was the Lotus of the Sea, where all the participants where given their own copy of the map to keep for posterity's sake.
Apologies to those establishments who's picture I didn't take. I was distracted partway through with external business.
Congratulation to those who made the full crawl and well done those who came along for part of it anyway.
I think I'll just drink this bottle of water and some painkillers and stay in a dark room for a few days until the construction work stops.
What do you mean there's no construction work?

Friday, 7 June 2013

Breakfast in Babbage: Beach Party!

Summer has arrived in the northern hemisphere and surf's up! So dig out your beach umbrella and togs and remember that to a seagull, everything is MINE!

Join Edward Pearse at The Clarendon 8:00am - 10:00am June 8th for 2 hours of music that will get sand into places you'll only find out about after you get home.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Breakfast in Babbage: Cowboys!

Bring out yer six guns and mosey on over to The Clarendon for heap o' both kinds o' music! Yessir we got yer Western Special here ta go! Sit around the camp-fire toasting hot schmoes, wearing your 38 litre hat.

Duded-up egg-suckin' gutter trash welcome too.
Join Edward Pearse at The Clarendon 8:00am - 10:00am May 11th

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Breakfast In Babbage: The 80s!

It's Breakfast time again and we're looking at the 80s!

No, not the 1880s, but the 1980s: the decade when disco and flairs were out and perms and shoulderpads were in. Back when Transformers were still cool, Deloreans were the choice of time vehicle and Michael Jackson was black.

Join Edward Pearse at The Clarendon for 2 hours of novelty and nostalgia.

Saturday MORNING 13th of April.

8:00am - 10:00am

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Seraph City's Third Birthday!

Join us this evening to help celebrate the 3rd anniversary of Second Life's Dieselpunk sim, Seraph City.

Dress in your best and catch a cab to the Seraph Club for 3 hours of Revival and original Swing, Jazz, and an assortment of tunes as only Edward Pearse can.

Saturday 6th of April
6:00-9:00pm SLT

Or if you can't make it along in person, tune in to

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Bedlam in Babbage: Pirates!

Who's a pirate's favourite Star Wars droid?

Arrrgh two dee two!

And there'll be plenty more where that came from!

Strap on your parrot and buckle up your swash and join Cap'n Pearse for two hours of piratical tunes from Boris Karloff to Kevin Kline.

Setting sail at The Clarendon, 2-4pm SLT

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Swing Dance at the Seraph Club

Edward Pearse brings you two hours of Swing Revival, Vintage Jazz, and Electroswing.

Join us Saturday night at the Seraph Club

Or if you can't make it, tune in from 6-8pm SLT to

See you there!

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Happy Rez Day Mr. Gears

Congratulations to Mr. Gears for winning the third (mixed) race of the Annual New Babbage Pancake Races. And also a belated happy Rez Day as well. A finer valet a man could never ask for!

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Bedlam in Babbage: Sports Edition!

Born to Run? Or perhaps you're more into Kung Fu Fighting? Can you last The Distance?

Join Edward Pearse for a musical foray into the realm of sport. I realise sport maybe something of a mystery to the typists behind your AVs but dig out your football gear or strap on your padding (or for Americans, do both!).

Join Edward Pearse at the Clarendon and take one for the team!

Tune in to 2-4pm Pacific Daylight Time (10pm GMT)

Monday, 4 February 2013

Radio Riel HQ rebuild

Previously the building that was the headquarters for Radio Riel was built some 5 years ago for Caledon Penzance. It moved twice more before coming to rest in Seraph City. While I am proud of what I did with the building at the time I felt it needed an upgrade.

Originally the new building was going to be based on the WJR Radio transmitter building in Detroit. But some discussions about the influence of Egyptian Revival on 1920s & 30s architecture inspired me to go for another look. So far I haven't seen any other 1920s sims that have an Egyptian Revival building. I'd certainly enjoy seeing more, even if not in so flamboyant a style.

This building has taken inspiration from Egyptian movie theatres as well as Egyptian style Masonic Temples. The Egyptian Theatre in Boise, Idaho being the most direct influence on the colour scheme. It's not completely finished yet: the power room needs some work and I plan on upgrading the broadcast booth.

But I'm quite pleased with things like the mesh railing around the stairs. 2 prim land impact for the section above!

Remember to check out the hieroglyphics in the foyer! Radio Riel Headquarters

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Slime City rises again!

Waaaaaaay back in 2007 I stumbled across Slime Square, a Ghostbusters RP sim. Like so many things on SL it eventually disappeared.

However it now seems that one of the sim's original creators has paired with some new blood and they're creating a new version of Slime Square.

New York Public Library


Oh yes they'll be totally discrete

Ray's Occult Books makes a return
Ghostbusters' HQ

Sculpt Ectomobile. Looks nice.

You KNOW what happens when Dickless shuts off the containment unit

Vigo the Carpathian's portrait is on display

The slime river running under New York

Phillies Cafe from Hopper's famous Nighthawks


Spook Central

The Gatekeeper and the Keymater

The Traveller Has Come!

Gozer the Destructor!

While I don't have time to join in the sim for full time RP it's a great build with lots of things to find while you explore. And, as a nice change, you don't get bombarded by a million "Thou Shalt Not" pop ups when you enter the sim. If you're a fan of the movies or even if you just appreciate a great build, drop by for a look!

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Bedlam in Babbage: Flight Edition!

Look! Up in the Sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... seriously? You can't tell the difference between a bird and Superman?

From Airship Pirates to Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines, join Edward Pearse as he explores the weird and wonderful music of the air.

Join us at the Clarendon from 2:00 - 4:00pm SLT on Saturday the 12th of January or tune it to