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Prim Perfect Coffee Morning

Prim Perfect Coffee Morning

Every September, the UK charity Macmillan Cancer Support holds the biggest coffee morning in the world – and since 2013, we have held our own event in Second Life. The event in 2017 will be our fourth year hosting this.

DJ Elrik Merlin will be spinning the tunes at the Prim Perfect Head Offices from 1 – 3pm SLT.

The cakes will be available from today until Friday 6th October.

This year, our event is joined by the brilliant SL Cheerleaders (who will be baking even more cakes!).

Some of the cakes set out at Cheertopia

Some of the cakes set out at Cheertopia

Cakes will be available from now until Sunday 1st October at Cheertopia – and the Cheerleaders will be hosting a party (with door prizes) from 6pm onwards.

~~~ What is The Biggest Coffee Morning in the World? ~~~
The coffee morning is Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest fundraising event, where they ask people across the UK to hold a coffee morning and raise money for people living with cancer. In 2016, they raised an amazing £29.5 million. In the UK, people bake cakes to sell at coffee mornings that they host at their homes, their places of work, their schools, colleges and universities …

Just some of the cakes (and recipes) available at Prim Perfect's Head Offices!

Just some of the cakes (and recipes) available at Prim Perfect’s Head Offices!

And here in Second Life, people organise coffee mornings too.

Since 2013, we have held a very special coffee morning at Prim Perfect, where we have raised over £540.00 (over US$720) through the sale of virtual cake (packed full of recipes, not calories) – and we will be doing it again this year.

You can read more about Macmillan here – and more about the Cake Against Cancer event here.

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Designing Worlds’ Christmas Ballroom

Designing Worlds’ Christmas Ballroom

The ballroom is decorated, Mr Merlin’s steampunk dj rig is in position, Oscar the Tookie is ready to greet you – and all is prepared for the Designing Worlds Christmas Ball.

All that is missing is YOU!

Designing Worlds Christmas Ball

Designing Worlds Christmas Ball

Join us today for our Christmas Ball from 1pm – 4pm in our special ballroom, high above the Designing Worlds studio on Garden of Dreams! (Please note that you may need to use this teleport link twice – the first time will land you in the store on Garden of Dreams; from there you can teleport to the ballroom).

There will be music – Elrik Merlin will be playing a very special Christmas set. There is also a Christmas tree with gifts set out under it for you to collect. If you would like to add a gift of your own to give to fellow Designing Worlds followers, talk to Saffia – she can help you place your gift.

Oscar the Tookie is ready to welcome you, so put on your finest clothes and come and join us at the Designing Worlds’ Christmas Ball!

Oscar the Tookie is ready to welcome you to Designing Worlds’ Christmas Ball!

Oscar the Tookie is ready to welcome you to Designing Worlds’ Christmas Ball!

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Talks at SL13B

Talks at SL13B

As always, Prim Perfect is running several series of Talks at the Second Life Thirteenth Birthday Community Celebrations (SL13B for short).

This year, in addition to our popular series of Meet the Lindens, Meet the Designers, Meet the Communities, Meet the Artists and Meet the Nonprofits, we will be hosting a series of Meet the Musician talks (in association with MadPea Productions).

Below is our outline program – you’ll see there are still a few gaps, and we’ll be updating this list on the Prim Perfect website, with more details of the speakers, throughout the week.

Come and join us at the Auditorium!

Day Time (all in SLT) Talk Track Guest/s
Sunday 19th June 12 noon Meet the Designer Froukje Hoorenbeek of Dutchie
3pm Meet the Musician Suzen Juel ‘Resistance’
5pm Meet the Community Fantasy Faire (Elizabeth Tinsley and Zander Greene)
Monday 20th June 9am Meet the Nonprofit TBC
12 noon Meet the Designer Eku Zhong of Culprit
3pm Meet the Lindens Brett and Torley Linden
5pm Meet the Community Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA)
Tuesday 21st June 9am Meet the Nonprofit TBC
12 noon Meet the Designers MadPea (Kiana Writer and Kess Crystal)
1pm Meet the Musicians Music Fest Preview
3pm Meet the Lindens Ebbe Linden
5pm Meet the Community Writers
Wednesday 22nd June 9am Meet the Nonprofit TBC
12 noon Meet the Designers Designing Dance (Aelva, Amethyst Dovgal and Shadow Tarber)
2pm Meet the Musicians Geo
3pm Meet the Lindens Landon and Oz Linden
5pm Meet the Community Historical Roleplay
Thursday 23rd June 9am Meet the Nonprofit TBC
12 noon Meet the Designers Second Life Berlin (Jo Yaedley)
1pm Meet the Musicians Saintless Iarnia
3pm Meet the Lindens Pete and Xiola Linden
5pm Meet the Community Firestorm (Jessica Lyon)
Friday 24th June 9am Meet the Nonprofit TBC
12 noon Meet the Designers TBC
3pm Meet the Lindens Patch and Dee Linden
5pm Meet the Community Bloggers (Saffia Widdershins, Kess Crystal, Katya Valeska; and
Caitlin Tobias)
Saturday 25th June 12 noon Meet the Designers Patron and Rustica (Eliza Wierwight and Maxwell Graf)
1pm Meet the Artist TBC
5pm Meet the Community Second Life Kids
Sunday 26th June 12 noon Meet the Designers La Vian
1pm Meet the Musicians Talleysin
3pm Meet the Artist TBC
5pm Meet the Community Fantasy Roleplay

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The Theatre at the Home and Garden Expo

The Theatre at the Home and Garden Expo

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we pay the first of two visits to the Home and Garden Expo in Second Life– is now on the web.

Sadly, the Expo is now over, but show you some of the amazing things that were on display there, and which also took place during the Expo. And our brilliant photographer, Wildstar Beaumont, will show yet more!

The Theatre at the Home and Garden Expo

The Theatre at the Home and Garden Expo

In this first show we talked to the three organisers of the Expo, Reven Rosca, Kaerri Rae and Cain Maven about the backbones of the Expo. We also talked to SisterButta about the innovation of including art installations, and to Eku Zhong for Culprit about her display this year.

Prim Perfect at the Home and Garden Expo

Prim Perfect at the Home and Garden Expo

And we explore the Prim Perfect build created by Eliza Weirwight – and the beautiful lantern release ceremony that took place each day at 4pm.

The Lantern Release at the Home and Garden Expo

The Lantern Release at the Home and Garden Expo

 

 

 

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Cake Against Cancer at Prim Perfect Head Offices

Cake Against Cancer at Prim Perfect Head Offices

The cakes are set out at Prim Perfect’s Head Offices and Meshopotamia (and what a really gorgeous three (count them, THREE) tables full of cake we have this year!

And this is because today is the Biggest Coffee Morning in the World, organised by Macmillan Cancer Support UK.

Come along to our Virtual Coffee Morning and you can buy cakes for 50 Lindens.  Sometimes, you will get a slice of virtual cake – but you will always get a recipe so that you can bake these delicious cakes in the real world too. And your money goes to support Macmillan’s vital work to support cancer patients and their carers (as you can read below, the personal story of one longterm Second Life resident).

But that’s not all – because we are having a series of special events for our special Cake Against Cancer too!

The Night Theater performs on LEA2 at 12 noon SLT

The Night Theater performs on LEA2 at 12 noon SLT

Firstly, the Night Theater invite you to a very special Coffee Day event at 12 noon SLT in an enchantingly coffee themed woodland grove on LEA2.

Then, at 1pm, the music moves to Prim Perfect’s Head Offices, where from 1 – 3pm, Elrik Merlin will be spinning the tunes, followed by Victor Mornington from 3pm – 5pm SLT.

It’s going to be a great day to support a vital charity.

Cakes are available at Meshopotamia too

Cakes are available at Meshopotamia too

About Macmillan Cancer Support – a personal story

Last year, I was contacted by a long term resident of Caledon, Mr Alastair Whybrow, who found Macmillan Cancer Support invaluable. He gave me permission to quote from our conversation.

He said: “I’ve had a great deal of involvement with the MacMillan organisation lately, and they’ve been absolutely marvellous, so I’m heartened to think that my friends here have managed to give something back in return … I’m not overdramatising but it is not a small thing. The role and capabilities of the MacMillan organisation are easy to underestimate, as I myself did. They continue to surprise me with the realistic, practical help that can be given and are almost entirely responsible for my own course of pain management, which has involved a course of radio at Mount Vernon, amongst other things.  And from my point of view, I’ve found it to be no exaggeration that the sheer goodwill from others really has helped, even when hospitals, tests and medications fall short. It really has been quite sobering, and moving, to experience for oneself how much difference it makes to one’s own attitude simply knowing that others are out there caring in their own way.

Macmillan Coffee Morning logo

Macmillan Coffee Morning logo

“MacMillan have done things that have surprised me. Clinical dosage (thanks to them my painkillers are now starting to work), organising treatment (especially where the NHS is dragging its heels)  and help with benefits – not to mention their counselling … The amazing thing to me is that they  ARE a charity! I’m not entirely sure how the organisation itself slots into the NHS but they seem to work with it as a semi-autonomous part of it. And yes, the NHS is paying for these things but it’s MacMillan who got it all organised so quickly, even down to helping me organise the transport; there’s no way I can drive to Mount Vernon like this. Their main role administratively seems to be pointing one in the right direction but things are so complicated that that on its own is a big help, and there are people who can’t handle admin very well, they’re happy to stand over your shoulder … Another factor which some’d find helpful is state benefits. MacM are very au fait with what’s available and how to get it. If a hospital visit’s costing £10 in taxis each time, that becomes very helpful.

“They look at the whole picture of how cancer affects not just you but your family too. They’re happy to speak to your family individually, according to what everyone wants. They don’t just leave you to pass on bad news. I’m lucky in that my family and I discuss everything without holding back, but it’s a comfort to know that McM are there as impartial ears.”

He also added: “What I would be glad to see is more men having themselves examined as a precaution – especially men over 50. Prostate cancer is cunning and can lurk for years before ballooning out.  If my own example can persuade one person to get themselves diagnosed in time, then I’ll be very pleased.”

Mr Whybrow passed away earlier this year, supported throughout by Macmillan.  Please join us today to help make it possible for them to support more people.

Cakes will be on sale at the Prim Perfect Head Offices until the end of Friday, October 3rd. Or you can simply make a donation directly through our Just Giving page, or directly to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Cake Against Cancer is today!

Cake Against Cancer is today!

 

 

 

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Avi Choice Awards - The Arts

Avi Choice Awards – The Arts

The final nominees for the 2015 Avatar Awards have now been announced, and the voting is open until February 23rd.

We are thrilled that three of Prim Perfect’s productions have been recognised: Prim Perfect itself (in the Favorite Magazine, Newspaper or Periodical category), and Designing Worlds and Happy Hunting! (both in the Favorite SL TV Show category).

And we’re also thrilled to see the names of so many people we have featured or worked with over the years also appearing in the list of nominees!

Are your favourites up for awards this year? Head over to the nomination site, and give your votes for the people that give you art, entertainment and more!

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – our second (and final) visit to the Home and Garden Expo – is now on the web.

We talk to Cain Maven of Maven Homes and Quantum Luxury Homes, Aki Shichiroji of Organica, Marcello Law and Bee Caudron Law of M.Law Designs and Bee Designs, BB Woodford of Exquisite Eye Designs, and pay a visit to the Prim Perfect Castle, designed and landscaped by our director, Aisling Sinclair.

Home and Garden Expo 2014: Cain Maven's homes, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo 2014: Cain Maven’s homes, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And there is a chance to see the beautiful lantern ceremony we held each day.

Home and Garden Expo 2014: the Lantern Ceremony at the Prim Perfect Castle, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo 2014: the Lantern Ceremony at the Prim Perfect Castle, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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