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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Visit 1920s Berlin at Second Life’s 13th birthday celebrations

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Only recently the world has re-discovered Virtual Reality, but those of us who are residents of a certain virtual online world have been living it for years!
Second Life is celebrating its 13th (!) anniversary and  that calls for a celebration!

As every year there will be a huge celebration.
17 regions full of displays, exhibits, parties and fun, giving you an idea of what kind of adventures you can find in Second Life.
And as much as there is, it is still only the top of the iceberg of what Second Life has to offer.

The 1920s Berlin is proud to have been invited back and we once again did our best to give everybody a little taste of our little community.
We build a little square and even brought our local bar where we hang out.
During the celebrations we will also spend our daily Happy Hour there.
Every day at 2pm SLT everybody is welcome at our ‘Tanzlokal’, so drop in for your daily dose of drink, dance and chat!
Come raise a glass to Second Life, I serve the best schnaps in Berlin!

The SL13B regions  open to the public on Sunday, June 19th, noon SLT.
And you can find us by clicking the following link;
http://secondlife.com/destination/1920s-berlin-project-sl13b

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Open door & Relaxed rules day!

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As part of our 7th anniversary celebrations we are organising a so called ‘Open door & Relaxed Rules Day’.

As you may know, Berlin has a dress code, we ask visitors to look realistic and authentic for the theme of our sim.
But today, Sunday June 6th, as part of our anniversary celebrations, we are relaxing our rules for one day.
So on this day you are welcome to come and explore our sim without having to appear in a realistic form or wear 1920s clothes.
Any kind of avatar will be welcome, but we do have a few rules;

-Don’t be naked, no naughty bits on display.
-No Nazi stuff, FYI; it is against LL’s Terms Of Service.
-Don’t harass and bother others, be nice.

And to make your visit extra special, some of our local tenants have opened up their doors to the public!
Normally we treat every home like we would in real life; no trespassing or you get locked up!
But today you can enter any home that has an ‘Open house’ sign next to the front door.
Go see how the people of Berlin live, but kindly refrain from going through underwear drawers.

For locals this may be a good day to show Berlin to your friends who have not been here before and may feel a bit intimidated by our rules or roleplay.

For our tenants this is also a special day.
It can be a lot of fun to ‘let your hair down’ in this city and go a bit crazy.
We will allow flying on this day so you can see the city from a whole new angle, but you are will also not be locked up for doing things that are unrealistic or unauthentic.
So the people who normally live here as 1920s Berliner, may choose today to wear something different and do things normally not allowed here.
So don’t be surprised if you see a giant robot roam the streets, a space ship crash into the canal or find yourself in a city wide flood!

Have fun and remember, this is a great excuse to bring some of your SL friends to Berlin who have not been before!

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The 1920s Berlin Project celebrates its 7th anniversary!

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In January 2007 I first joined Second Life, I looked around for a bit, didn’t see anything I liked, didn’t like what I saw and left after a few days.
In February 2009 I decided to run Second Life again, simply to test the ability of my then new computer.
And minutes before I decided that Second Life was not for me and would leave for ever (again) I found the ‘search’ option, tried a few search terms that appealed to me and found the first sim I actually liked; a surreal vintage bar called ‘Flashmans’.
There I suddenly realised that I everything I saw was made by users just like me and that maybe I could create something myself.
And I was doomed lost hooked.
The rest is, as they call it, history.

Within weeks I started working on The 1920s Berlin Project and on May the 30th 2009 I opened the door to a little very basic, noob build bar and let the public in for the first time.
The 1920s Berlin Project was born!

Still a noob who barely knew what she was doing, with no experience whatsoever, I started what would soon grow into a vibrant active community of wonderful people.
In our fantastic neighbourhood people have been extremely creative, active and something great and rare is the result.
I cannot put into words how much the sim and its people means to me and to my delight it means a lot to many of those who live there as well.

On the 30th of May 2016 we’re celebrating the 7th (!) anniversary of our sim and we’re going to celebrate with 7 days of events!

We hope you come and be part of the celebrations, if you don’t want to change your avatar or outfit, don’t worry.
We end our celebrations with a Relaxed Rules day where we have no dress code and everyone (but naked people, Nazis and naked nazis) is welcome.

We also plan to add extra freebies to our teleport area so if you like free stuff… at least check those out!

Below you’ll find the schedule of events.
Please note that certain events, times and dates may still be subject to change.
Feel free to join us in the Berlin group chat to stay up to date.

All times are Second Life time.

Monday, May 30th
13:00 Special dinner at the Nussbaum restaurant.
14:00 SLT – 7th Anniversary Dance at the Pariser Platz (At the foot of the Brandenburger Tor) with a show by Sonatta Moralesta Morales and with DJ Myron Byron.

Tuesday, May 31st
14:00 happy hour at the Volksbad!
Join us at the public baths for a wild party in the pool.
Swimming suits will be provided.
16:00 Little gathering at the exclusive penthouse in the Hotel Adlon for supporters.

Wednesday, June 1st
14:00 Happy Hour at the Biergarten
15:00 Open stage at the Odeon theatre!
Want to sing, read a poem, dance, or do some magic?
This is your chance, step up and earn some tips!
16:00 Special Church service
18:00 Late night extra festive dance at the Hotel Adlon’s ball room.

Thursday, June 2nd
2:00 “Tiki” themed party at the Spree, with a bar in a small park near the Spree behind the department store and with “Floating Ring Race” in the Spree with prize and 1920s submarine toy for everyone.
13:00 Car rally around Berlin!
Prizes for the winner!
14:00 “Tiki” themed Happy Hour with a bar in a small park near the Spree behind the department store.

Friday, June 3rd
14:00 Festive dinner followed by Tango themed dance at the Hotel Adlon’s ball room.
Submissions for photo contest close!
15:00 LIVE performance by musician Joaquin Gustav!
16:00 Several groups representing the Berlin community march through Berlin in a wonderful parade.
17:00 Join us in the wonderful bar in the Hotel Adlon basement for the enjoyment of the best cigarettes, pipes and cigars during Smoking Hour.
18:00 Special festive version of the weekly “Herrenclub” party… 18+ only!

Saturday, June 4th
11:00 Tea dance at the Hotel Adlon with announcement of Photo contest winner.
12:00 Miss Berlin Contest! Who will be Miss Berlin 1929? Amazing prizes by famous designer Sonatta Morales and Herr von Rosenheim of ‘Gustav’s’!
More information can be found by clicking here.
13:15 Soapbox Airplane race for kids!
14:00 Very Special Cabaret show at the Eldorado!
17:00 Extra festive class at the school for all kids.

Sunday, June 5th
All day: Open Door Day & Relaxed rules day
On this day everyone is welcome to visit our sim and take a good look around and see more of the sim than you’re usually allowed to see.
Several of our tenants will also the doors to their private apartments and an ‘Open House’ sign will show you where you can enter and explore how the people in the city live.
We also relax our dress code so you can come in modern clothes or as a non-realistic avatar.
13:00 SLT Sport and Health Class at Hindenburg Schule
14:00 SLT – Special freebie hour at the Biergarten with a free gift for every visitor!
15:00 PM SLTish; We let our hair down! Without dress code we look the other way while the locals go a bit crazy and rez whatever they want.
Don’t be shocked if you see King Kong climb the Brandenburger Gate, space ships flying over Alexanderplatz or people shooting cake at each other.

You can find our sim here;
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/1920s%20Berlin%20Project/242/224/1929

We also have a photo contest!

The theme is; “People of Berlin”.

You can choose any subject you like as long as the person or people, and our city here are in the frame. Use your imagination, show everyone the kind of adventures, fun or just daily chores visitors can experience in our sim.

The rules;
-You can adapt, improve or play with the snapshots in photoshop or with other software.
-No nudity, adult subjects or anything that is against SL rules.
-No modern (post 1920s) subjects, clothes, objects, etc.
-Snapshot must be taken in the 1920s Berlin Project sim.
-Photo may be used by us for PR.

-Contest closes on June 3rd, pictures received after this date will not be judged.
-Winner will be anounced on June 4th at the Adlon Tea Dance.

The first prize is L$1000, second prize is L$500!

 

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