Primsmas for Supporters

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When Father Primsmas handed out the extra prims I decided to be careful and see how many people in Berlin wanted to raise their limits.
After all Berlin has over 100 tenants and if I want to be generous for everyone, we’d soon run out of these new prims.
I just wanted to see how things would go.

After a few days it has become clear that most people are fine with the prims they have and even if more tenants want to take me up on the offer, we’d still have lots and lots of prims left, even though Berlin is not yet finished and I want to build lots of other stuff, we’re not reaching the bottom of the barrel just yet.

So I am now very happy to finally be able to send a Primsmas gift to those Berliners who are Supporters.

Supporters are Berliners who pay an extra L$5000 a month to support the project, in exchange for this they get a portrait at the Amtshall, access to an exclusive penthouse room at the Hotel Adlon, to a little cottage in Tiergarten and they also get 30 extra prims on top of their limit.

These supporters mean a lot to the city, they have provided me and the community with a financial buffer and some security.

But I’ve always felt I wanted to do more to show my gratitude to the Supporters of Berlin, 30 extra prims is of course nice, but thanks to Primsmas I can now raise this number.

From today onwards every Supporter in Berlin will receive 50 prims on top of their rental limit.
That is 20 prims extra to decorate and play with.

If you want to become a supporter, check out the Supporters Gallery in the Amtshaus on Alexanderplatz 1 and click the sign.

Already spent your free prims or the prim raise you added to your rent?
Hold on, there will be more prims related news in a few weeks.

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Stricter opium laws in Germany.

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From December the 10th onwards the laws on drugs in Germany will become a lot stricter.

The use of opium, cocaine and Arabic tobacco has gotten out of hand and situations similar to the infamous opium houses in the East are now familiar in our own big cities.

Although most opiates were already regulated and generally only availabe with a doctors prescription there is also a huge black market and the use of several drugs is very popular amongst almost all layers of the population.
This black market and the trading of legally obtained drugs or drugs obtained through fraud and deception has gone largely unobstructed for years.
This will now have to end.

It will become impossible to legally obtain the prohibited drugs without a doctors prescription for all the drugs mentioned below but those who do try to obtain drugs with fake prescriptions, by pretending to be ill, by stealing prescriptions, those who trade or sell the drugs they obtained via a valid prescription and those who use or sell them without medical necessity risk a harsh punishment, such as a hefty fine or even jail time.

The police will also start looking for opium dens and clubs and bars where drugs are often used in public, and close these down.

In short, you’ll only be allowed to obtain, own and use certain opiates with a personal prescription obtained from your doctor and bought from a certified chemist.

Now in detail the new law;

Opiumgesetzes vom 10. Dezember 1929
(RGBl. I S. 215) listet § 1 Abs. 1

Achtung!

From the 10th of december onwards it will be illegal to buy, sell, own or use the following products:

Rohopium
Opium
Morphine
Kokablätter (cacao leaves)
Rohkokain
Kokain (cocaine)
Ekgonin (Ecgonine)
Indischer Hanf (indian hemp)
Diacetylmorphins (Heroins)
Kokains und Ekgonins.

Some of these products may still be obtained at the Apotheke (pharmacy) trough a prescription from your doctor.

If you break the law you can be fined and even jailed.
Approximate fines and punishments;
-Being caught buying them can get you fined 150L$
-Selling these products can get you fined 500L$
-Owning one of the aboce substances can get you fined 250L$
-Being caught using, or having used them recently, can get you arrested for at least one night in the cell.

'Koks' Emil, selling drugs on the street, Berlin  1929

‘Koks’ Emil, selling drugs on the street, Berlin 1929

Merry Primsmas! Prims for everybody!

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Recently Linden Lab announced that they were going to raise the prim limits everywhere in Second Life.
Rumours quickly spread that this change would happen after Thanksgiving and this indeed turned out to be the case.

Today is Primsmas!

Every sim in SL will have more prims available and this means of course, that we in 1920s Berlin and Tiergarten park will suddenly have more to play with as well.

This will mean that I can make Berlin even prettier/dirtier by adding more details but also by being a little more relaxed about the land impact of the buildings I make.

To celebrate this wonderful holiday I am giving every address in Berlin 5 extra prims on top of what you’re renting, for free.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a long term supporter who lives in a fancy house or someone who only just moved into the city and who is living in a stinky attic room.
You now have 5 extra prims to decorate your home with!

Supporters are given 20 extra prims on top of the 30 prim bonus they already get.
Read more about the supporters bonus by clicking here.

On top of this I am also offering you the option to rent more prims.

Every tenant can now rent 25 prims extra for 100 L$ per week (which will be added to your rent) per address!

Every tenant who is also a supporter has the opportunity to rent 50 prims extra for 200 L$ per week!

Tiergarten tenants all get 20 extra prims for free and if they want they are able to rent another 100 prims extra for 300 L$ per week!

So enjoy your 5 extra prims and if you want to take advantage of the extra prims for renting offer, contact me inworld and I’ll take care of the paperwork.

I’m being a little careful with handing out prims and renting them out because  Berlin has a LOT of tenants and if everyone wants to raise their limit we’ll run out very soon.
And I also plan to spend a few on making the sim better and keep a few in reserve for special events.
But mostly I just want to see how things go first.
If everything goes well and we still have lots of prims left, I may repeat Primsmas.

P.S; Shopkeepers can always contact me about renting more prims, so nothing changes there, besides the 5 extra prims for free😉

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Rain has come to Berlin

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Just before winter strikes, rain reached Berlin.
It goes on for days, making life miserable for many but also cleaning the dirty old city, preparing her for the white blanket of winter.

It will rain in our sim till Christmas eve and then it will start to snow.
Enjoy the autumn look of our city and the neighbouring Tiergarten park.
Setting it up has taken a LOT of time and work but I think it was worth the annual effort.

Come and enjoy this weather while you can, before the city turns white with snow.
Although it doesn’t make Berlin any less laggy, it does make it look amazing and brings with it some fantastic photo opportunities and gallons of atmosphere.

The rain consists of mesh blocks with weather textures on them, they may get in the way of things you want to click, such as doors.
Try getting as close to the door as possible, zoom in or if all that fails, right click in stead of left click.

If your computer finds it all a bit too much and SL slows down beyond what you find acceptable, turn down your draw distance.
And don’t worry, next month the weather system will be removed again.

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Rezzable cars for everybody!

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From now on any visitor who wants to explore 1920s Berlin in style can simply rez one of our 1920s cars for free and drive around!

You can find the rezz sign right outside Station Berlin Alexanderplatz.

Be careful, these cars are temporary rezzed, they will vanish again after about 30 seconds or when you get out.
So they are perfect for a tour around the sim or to get you to a location fast but you’ll have to walk the way back.

For tenants this changes a few things as well.
Due to work pressure and lack of resources, the Police has been forced to stop checking and providing people with driving licenses.
So for now you will no longer need one to be able to drive a car in Berlin.

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1920s Berlin project sponsors a 4th WW2 monument

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In 1920s Berlin we don’t just party and pretend we’re only interested in the fun and glamorous side of history.
We also discuss the poverty, political tensions and the dark clouds of Nazism that are gathering over our beloved city.
We want to experience Berlin before the Nazis took over but at the same time never forget what came next.

As part of our strong connection with RL 1920s Berlin, we have chosen to support an impressive project that commemorates individual victims of Nazism by sponsoring a Stolperstein.

stolperstein sign“Stolperstein” is the German word for “stumbling block”, “obstacle”, or “something in the way.”
Throughout RL Berlin (and many other cities) you can find, or stumble over, thousands of these little brass stones in the pavement.

These memorials commemorate individuals who were consigned by the Nazis to prisons, euthanasia facilities, sterilization clinics, concentration camps, and extermination camps, as well as those who responded to persecution by emigrating or committing suicide.

While the vast majority of stolpersteine commemorate Jewish victims of the Holocaust, others have been placed for Sinti and Romani people (also called gypsies), homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christians (both Protestants and Catholics) opposed to the Nazis, members of the Communist Party and the Resistance, military deserters the physically and mentally disabled and all kinds of victims of the Nazi regime.

The stones are dug into the pavement outside the houses where these people used to live.
A very moving and emotional monument to a single person can sometimes leave a bigger impact then a monument to thousands.
When I fist stumbled upon such a stone during my visit to RL Berlin, I must confess I had not heard about them and found it hard not to burst into tears on the spot.

It seems suitable that our 1920s Berlin Project, created to remember what the city was like before 1933, should be involved with the Stolpersteine.

We have been in contact with the artist Gunter Demnig and other people involved with this great way to remember who and what was lost, and they are very excited about what we do here in Second Life.
We, in turn, are of course in awe of their great undertaking.

So we decided to sponsor this initiative by placing a donation meter at our Teleportplatz.
And in 2012 we were able to pay for the first Stolperstein to be installed.

This is the stone we supported back then, you can see it on the Rykestrasse 54 in RL Berlin;

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We decided to sponsor two more and we also reached that goal very quickly!

And recently we filled up our donation sign once more so now we can support another Stolperstein.

That makes 4 monuments to individuals sponsored by our community!

Thank you very much everyone who made the donations, especially Maureen B (Hucuba Stratten) who made one very generous donation that filled the meter instantly.

Unfortunately it takes a lot of work and time for these stones to be made, they are made by one man who then personally travels around Europe to install them.
It can take years for the stone to actually be placed, especially if you insist on them being placed in a certain location.
I’m still waiting for the 2 we sponsored earlier to be installed and now a third one is added to the waiting list.
I don’t mind, it is a wonderful thing and I can be very patient.
However, after sponsoring 4 of these stones we may switch to another history and Berlin related cause to collect for while we wait for the stones to be installed.
Because sometimes it is just very nice to see what your donations can achieve right away.

So, for the time being, we’re looking into other places and causes we want to collect money for.
Maybe a little Berlin museum, restoration of a landmark, an anti-Nazi cause, etc.
If you have any ideas or suggestions, let us know!

After a while I hope to return to the Stolperstein project though, because the idea helping an individual victim being remembered is really poignant and then going to RL Berlin and actually seeing the stone is indescribable.

Anyway, I will contact the artist again and have another name added to our list!

 

Eldorado Drag Contest

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Eldorado Drag Contest – Rules and Requirements

The World Famous Eldorado Kabarett invites men and women and everything in between to enter as contestants in its annual Drag contest, where we will crown Miss and Mr. Eldorado on September 24th, 1929 (aka 2016) at 2pm SLT. The event will be hosted by Dora Duchamp & Hansi Sturm, with guest appearances by last year’s Miss Eldorado, FloriAnne Blaisdale and Mr. Eldorado, Sasa Steigerwald.

CRITERIA
For this year, we will focus on authenticity in creating ensembles in the spirit of Weimar Berlin’s vibrant drag scene. We encourage you to do historical research, which you may feel free to post on this events page.

HOW TO ENTER
1. Check our Facebook Event Page where we will post historical information about Drag in Weimar Berlin: http://tinyurl.com/EldoradoDrag2-2016
2. The photo entry requirement is now optional. If you wish to enter, please send a private message to Dora Duchamp (doraduchamp) no later than Midnight Sunday September 18. Please indicate if you are using a special name to compete.
3. Contestants will be invited join the inworld group Eldorado Drag Contest.
4. All contestants will be asked to check in at the Eldorado Stage Door (behind the venue) at 1pm SLT, on 24 September “entering through the rear” stage door, as is fitting of a drag contest at the Eldorado.
5. All entrants will receive a special gift. Miss & Mr. Eldorado will each receive their choice of a specially designed woman’s dress or a man’s suit by Sonatta Morales. The final winners will also be eligible to perform with the Flapperettes in their Eldorado show on 22 October.

ELIGIBILITY
* Prior winners may compete, but not winners from the previous year.
* Anyone may enter (including current or past Eldorado employees) regardless of their gender(s), provided they are dressed as a gender different from their own.

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