Friday, June 27, 2008

Live @ Tribute [from SecondLife]

Louis Volare playing live, NOW, his tribute to John Lennon on Tribute Island in Second Life - [SLURL]

TONIGHT: Louis does Lennon

One of the lasting memories for me, of childhood, was the morning after John Lennon died. I grew up near Liverpool and I remember we had a special assembly at school. Mr Lazenbury (I wonder what he's doing now) the drama teacher told us that the pervious night, the 8th of December '80, Lennon was shot and killed in New York in the entrance hallway of the Dakota. He played 'Imagine' on a tiny little record player. I'll never forget it.

Tonight, at Tribute Island (the Lasting Tribute sim), the well-known avatar Louis Volare (real-life musician Louis Landon of will be playing his live tribute to John Lennon and raising L$ for the American Cancer Societies 'Relay for Life'. This will be followed by a 2hr tribute to John by our good friend Gabi Riel of the online rado station Radio Riel. I'm quite a fan of Louis actually, I've been to a few of his gigs in the past, and I'm rather looking forward to this :-)

This is the first in the Tribute Island series of live gigs, in association with Prim Prefect Magazine & Radio Riel. Live musicians performing tributes to their heroes and to those who have inspired them ranging from Eva Cassidy and Syd Barrett to Elvis and Marilyn Monroe.

Just follow this URL to get to Tribute Island [SLURL] for the event. It promises to be a crakin' night, and a big step on from our previous run of music evenings that went down a storm earlier this year. So, 27th of June, 1PM-4PM SLT (9PM-12PM GMT), at Tribute Island. Get here early, as the sim is bound to fill up quick!

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Afghan 100

So, 100 UK soldiers dead in Afghanistan as of Sunday.

This somewhat morbid milestone comes as a suicide bomber detonates a large device killing 3 young soldiers of The Parachute Regiment on a routine foot patrol near their base in Helmand province. This is the biggest single loss of life suffered by troops in the country since last August, when three men from 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment were killed when a US fighter dropped a 500lb bomb near their position. It's a crazy world.

I've reedited the video, adding quotes from the Afghanistan 100 on the Lasting Tribute website. Alas, probably due to the length and size of the file, YouTube compressed the arse out of it and it looked like a bag of spanners so I had to go back and spend an hour taking out the fades and dissolves and all the thinks that didn't make it look like a half-arsed PowerPoint presentation. Even now, the YT re compression in the embedded viewer is goobering up the text.


Incredible though. Amazing we somehow let this happen. All so young...