Saturday, 31 July 2010
Janey Bracken Editor/Owner
Friday, 30 July 2010
Thursday, 29 July 2010
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
What is it about trivia that gets everyone excited? The trivia nights at the Union Jack pub are a smash hit, we all turn up and enjoy the dancing and the music, but mostly we wait for Seany or Brie to say “here we gooooooo!” and we know the next trivia question is about to be read out! Sometimes it’s a bit confusing with all the people using gestures and people chatting in text, as you look at the screen you hope to read the question really quickly with your fingers poised on the keyboard hoping you are fast enough to type the answer in! Then if you are anything like me, if you know the answer, someone either types it in faster or you make a typo and it comes out all wrong! I actually got a couple of questions right the other night, it was pure guesswork! But it’s such a nice feeling when Seany says “wtg Janey”. The regular crowd are great fun, they have a laugh and a joke as they have all got to know each other. Anyone new who drops in soon realises they are very welcome too and often remark what a nice atmosphere the pub has. Landlady Cutewillow Carlberg always looks after her customers and makes sure no one is left out. We even had snow in the middle of July last week inside the pub, it looked really pretty as the snowflakes came down, someone thought they would add flavour to the Snow Patrol tune that was playing at the time!
If you fancy winning some money, yes it’s 50 Lindens each time you get a question right! Go over to the Union Jack on Wednesday and Friday nights for a lot of fun and a few brain teasers!
Monday, 26 July 2010
Friday, 23 July 2010
Thursday, 22 July 2010
The Police Forces in SL are very popular and many people like to be virtual police officers. I met a constable in Virtual London recently who was spot on with his uniform and he looked very smart. Hash Rieko’s uniform was the best modern day version I’d seen, his avatar had that clean cut look about it too and I was impressed. Hash was very nice and very knowledgeable about both SL and real life politics and we had a great chat, thanks Hash!
Over in the Whitechapel 1888 sim you will find a Police Station from that era which tells a brief history of Frederick George Abberline, a Police Inspector who was brought in to lead the squad in an attempt to capture Jack the Ripper. The Police Station is really well built, complete with wanted posters on the wall and you can walk through to the cells where a drunk called Smith is locked up waiting to appear before the Beak (Magistrate) for being drunk and disorderly!
Being drunk and disorderly would probably have applied to many of the first members of the Metropolitan Police (the very first Police Force in Britain), as many of the officers were an unsavoury bunch of people. The Met Police was created by the then Home Secretary Robert Peel who came into office in 1822. He introduced the Metropolitan Police Act in 1829, creating four Police Inspector jobs and a hundred and forty-four Police Constable posts across 17 areas (divisions) of London. The policemen were nicknamed Peelers or Bobbies after Robert Peel and their uniform consisted of a long navy blue coat and a tall hat (the hat could be used to stand on to see over walls!). They were supplied with a wooden truncheon as a weapon to keep control. The police were very unpopular as many were drunks and bullies and the first officer to be taken on was sacked after only 4 hours for being legless. Only 600 officers kept their jobs from the 2,800 recruited. Over the decades however the Metropolitan Police became a fine example of how a police force should be, gaining admiration and respect from all over the world.
Frederick George Abberline never did catch the Ripper, but you can go over and see what an 1888 police station looked like and don’t forget, if a Peeler sees you are drunk and disorderly you could end up with poor old Smith waiting for his punishment from the Beak!