Sunday, 10 June 2018

Relaxed Rules Day in Berlin

The 1920s Berlin sim celebrated its 9th anniversary last week, and one whole day was the designated Relaxed Rules Day, during which visitors and residents do not have to follow the usual requirements (such as period clothing etc.).

Three years ago I attended as a futuristic space warrior, in 2016 I showed up as a medieval monk. Last year is a total blank for me - if I don't blog about something or save a ton of snapshots, I tend to forget about it! Anyway, this year I went in a Space Cowboy suit designed by my friend Marco Falconer, while Duncan came in his lovely, flowery kimono.

Duncan and I arriving at the station

In front of the Brandenburg Gate

This year, the RRD celebration (at least by the time Duncan, Ciska, and I got there) was held at the top of the Adlon Hotel, with a nice dance podium, but also a huge roller coaster, which was a lot of fun!

Once we finished with the ride, the rest of the evening we did a lot of dancing. Practically every year the party quickly turns into a sort of gay pride event, which is great! It was also time to drop the space suit down to something more comfy... The DJ was ChiChi Fredericks, and she did a great job!

Around midnight came the customary massive flood, leaving us all under water!

Duncan cooling down from the hot weather

The party went on but it was already past bedtime for me, so I sailed straight to my RL bed...

Happy anniversary, 1920s Berlin! Here's to many more!

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Silent movie nights in May 2018

I am delighted to present the May schedule of silent movies that will be featured in the Odie Cinema in Second Life. This month we'll be entering an uncharted territory, with our first ever exploration of the silent cinema of India! (Well, technically, British India...)

So, get your sarees or sarongs, and join us on any or all of the following Fridays from 1 pm SLT.

4 May 2018
Kaliya Mardan (The Childhood of Krishna, 1919)

Directed by Dadasaheb Phalke, the father of Indian cinema. It shows the playful and mischievous nature of Krishna - one the key characters of Hindu mythology.

Dadasaheb Phalke

11 May 2018
Prem Sanyas (The Light of Asia, 1925)

This silent film interestingly belongs to the cinema of both Germany and India - it was directed by Franz Osten and Himansu Rai and co-produced by Great Eastern Film Corporation and Münchner Lichtspielkunst AG, starring actors from India: Himansu Rai, Seeta Devi and Sarada Ukil. It is an adaption of the book "The Light of Asia" by Edwin Arnold, telling the story of Siddharta Gautama - the Buddha.

Seeta Devi and Himansu Rai

18 May 2018
A Throw of Dice (1929)

Another Franz Osten - Himansu Rai work, considered the best out of 19 movie Osten filmed in India. It tells the story of two gambling-prone kings fighting over Suneeta, the beautiful daughter of a hermit (another role played by Seeta Devi).

25 May 2018
Jamai-Babu (1931)

A silent comedy directed by Kalipada Das (who also wrote and starred in it). A country bumpkin goes to visit his in-laws in Calcutta and ends up having a lot of adventures in the big city.

I hope you will be able to join us! To reach Odie Cinema in Second Life, please follow this SLurl.

Kyo Odori event in Second Life

Last Saturday, 28 April, Duncan, Ciska and I had the pleasure of attending another fantastic event in the Kyoto sim in Second Life. This time it was the annual Kyo Odori spring dance.

Upon arrival, we were first offered wagashi followed by usucha tea. Each visitor also received a hud with the event programme.

While we were enjoying the sweets and the tea, Kikutsuru-san shared the following about the traditional Japanese tea ceremony: "The Japanese tea ceremony (chanoyo, literally 'tea hot water') is a multifaceted traditional activity strongly influenced by Zen Buddhism, in which powdered green tea, called matcha, is ceremonially prepared and served to others. A tea practitioner should strive to be knowledgeable if not an expert in the wide range of disciplines and traditional arts that are integral to chanoyo. For example, the production and types of tea, kimono, calligraphy, flower arranging, ceramics and incense in addition to his or her school's tea practices. Because of this the tea ceremony is virtually endless."

Kikutsuru-san continued: "For the Japanese the tea ceremony is and has always been a form of art. In the 16th century only men could perform it. It was meant for samurai only and it took years to learn, years and years of training and cleared mind. Like everything the Japanese do, close to perfection. The four virtues of tea are called wakeiseijaku. Wa means harmony. Kei means respect. Sei means purity. Jaku means tranquility."

More was being said about the tea ceremony, and once we finished the tea, we took our seats in the theatre hall.

We had a chance to see beautiful dances and hear the accompanying poems, after which there was a lovely short play about two girls, one from Kyoto, the other from Osaka. They each set on a journey aiming to discover what the other city was like.  Meeting half-way, they mistakenly come to realization that the two cities are practically identical and not worth the visit, and so each returns to her home town, oblivious to what she'd missed... Unfortunately, I don't have any snapshots from the play itself, but I'm hoping some will be available on the Hanafusa Okiya blog.

This is the 6th time Kyo Odori has been organised in SL, but for me it was the first one I've ever attended. As with each event done by the wonderful ladies of Kyoto, the attention to detail is stunning, not to mention the love and passion with which they transport the spirit of old Japan and Kyoto's geisha district into Second Life.

To reach the Kyoto sim, you can follow this SLurl.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Silent cinema moves back to Odie

On Friday, 20 April, regular weekly movie nights moved back to Odie on the mainland continent of Nautilus. With the nice, warm weather outside, I thought it would be a good change, after months of weekly gatherings in the basement of my castle in Second Norway.

The new build has a nice, outdoorsy feel to it. Its size is just about right for our small group or regulars, and there's room for drinks and snacks.

On our first movie night since the move, we were watching three silent Mickey Mouse cartoons, and had a few drinks afterwards.

If you happen to drive along Route 12, do stop by and have a look. You can also join us on Fridays from 1 pm SLT for a silent movie screening!

To reach Odie Cinema, please follow this SLurl.

Silent movie nights recap: December 2017 - April 2018

I've been a bit lazy about the blog lately, and I realized I haven't posted anything about our silent movie nights in Second Life since last November!

Here's just a brief recapitulation, so there's a record of the movies we'd seen during those five months - with a solemn promise that I would get back on track with regular updates here on the blog.


1 December 2017
Frau im Mond (Woman in the Moon), dir. Fritz Lang

8 December 2017
The Gold Rush, starring Charlie Chaplin

15 December 2017
The Birth, the Life, and the Death of Christ, dir. Alice Guy

22 December 2017
Good Cheer, dir. Rober McGowen

29 December 2017
The Bells, dir. James Young


5 January 2018
Japan: Kamakura, Nagasaki, Nikko (held as part of the opening of the Goh Mishima exhibition)

12 January 2018
What Made Her Do It, dir. Shigeyoshi Suzuki

19 January 2018
The Water Magician, dir. Kenzi Mizoguchi

26 January 2018
Jiraya the Brave, dir. Shozo Makino


2 February 2018
The Sheik, dir. George Melford

9 February 2018
The Eagle, dir. Clarence Brown

16 February 2018
The Conquering Power, dir. Rex Ingram

23 February 2018
The Son of the Sheik


2 March 2018
- Gertie the Dinosaur
- Felix in Hollywood

9 March 2018
Aschenputtel (Cinderella), dir. Lotte Reiniger

16 March 2018
- Charlie on the Farm
- Mouse's Bride

23 March 2018
- Diagonal-Symphonie, dir. Viking Eggeling
- Vormittagsspuk (Ghosts Before Breakfast), dir. Hans Richter

30 March 2018
Buried Treasure


6 April 2018
- All Wet
- Trolley Troubles
- Tall Timber
- Rival Romeos

13 April 2018
- Steamboat Willie
- The Gallopin' Gaucho

20 April 2018
- The Barn Dance
- Plane Crazy
- The Opry House

27 April 2018 (yet to be held)
- When the Cat's Away
- The Barnyard Battle
- The Karnival Kid