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Matelots Sail Again!

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Taking advantage of the wonderful venue Anouk found for my birthday party (wohoo what a show that was! Thank you so much dear Anouk and friends!) the Matelots where quick to devise a sail from the Shack to the new place.

With fair winds and a lovely sunset ahead for all the trip the sail went beautifully!

Party and Beer to close up yet another Matelots adventure!

More to come, so don’t put your boats away!

Here are a couple pics from the sail and party.

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(And don’t forget that if anyone wants to ‘borrow’ either the original party boat, or any of the other rather massive boats that we now have available, just let us know. The boats can only be used as static party locations and vary in size and prim count, but you will need a pretty decent amount of free land and anything from a couple of hundred prims, right up to about 1,500 for the biggest cruiser!)

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Happy Birthday Sword!

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After years of saying that he didn’t want a big fuss for his birthday, I couldn’t stand it any more and had to give in. I decided that it was high time we properly celebrated our beloved club owner, Mr Sword Starfall, so I devised a cunning plan to throw a huge surprise party for him.

Going with the suggestion from Mr G-Winz that we do something with a nautical theme, as Sword is such a keen sailor, I may have gone a little ….overboard….(get it? 🙂  ) and purchased a rather huge party boat for the event. I did some sneaky shopping around and decided against the Titanic (not the most positive venue for a party), or the HMS Phoenix (cool sailing ship but battle enabled and a serious health and safety hazard!), and finally settled on a gorgeous ‘Yacht Island’ sold by the very lovely and helpful Aymec Millet of Build boX – BBX Yachts. Seriously, if you are looking for a yacht or boat, this is the place to go. The customer service is outstanding and the quality of the products is excellent. Great attention to details and lots of cute extras.

Anyway…..I digress……

 After having found the perfect boat, it was then necessary to find the perfect secret location to berth it for the party. And for this, I have to thank Victor Edenfield of D’Vine Eden Real Estate for his patience in helping me find just the right parcel of land to put the large and bulky boat. Victor spent ages with me, looking at different parcels of land, shifting the boat this way and that, until we found the ideal location.

 I then had a super fun time for the next 3 weeks, decorating the boat and preparing it for the party. I sent out secret invitations (individually, one by one) as of course I couldn’t put anything in the group notices or Sword would have seen it. Do you knoooow how long it takes to send 150 odd invites one at a time?!

 I arranged with Sword that on the night of the party, he would take a night off from running the club so I could take him out to relax and enjoy his birthday without having to work, and whisked him away to a lovely Paris sim for a little birthday drink, whilst everyone gathered at the party boat.

 Then at the allocated time, I took him to the boat and unveiled how sneaky, devious and downright underhanded I had been – and SURPRISE! Happy Birthday Mr Starfall!

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We landed on a long wooden dock with a red carpet leading down to the water’s edge, where the party boat floated in the moonlit water, balloons bobbing in the doorway and Sword’s name in lights flickering above the door. You have to understand that for 5 years I have respected his wishes to not do anything for his birthday, so this is a lot of repressed party planning bursting forth here!

 We walked through the boat, taking a glass of bubbly from the lower deck on our way through, and went up to the party deck, where dozens of friends were waiting to welcome the birthday boy and show their appreciation for everything he does. It was wonderful to see so many people turn up to celebrate with us.

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The lovely Magda DJ’d for us with a selection of very fruity sea shanties, and even treated us to her own sexy rendition of Marilyn’s ‘Happy Birthday’. It was a wonderful evening and we partied into the early hours. Sword was very quiet for a while and it seems that there was much plotting between him and G about taking the boat out for long sea voyages – so keep a lookout for a flashing floating disco sailing past!

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So once again – I would like to say a massive Happy Birthday from me, and everyone at Marcel’s, to club owner, sailor, barman, sympathetic ear and my very dear friend – Sword Starfall!download

 

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It’s Carnival Time!

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Special Program!

 

Marcel’s will be presenting a special program for the Carnival weekend.

Each participating DJ will tackle one specific Carnival mood, each within the fabulous background of Anouk’s famed builds.

 

 

Saturday 14.02.2015 – 3pm SL Time

We kick off Saturday with a sail, which is being prepared by our team Captain Gerrard Winstanley, leading Marcel’s flotilla on a sea travel of adventure and discovery. Ending the glorious journey, in which we expect to have the sea debut of our newest Matelot members, DJ Magda Kamenev, who will entertain the group with some finely selected tunes for an evening of dancing and partying.

 

Sunday 15.02.2015 – 4pm SL Time

DJ Rhia will lead the marching band through Boubon Street, celebrating the famed New Orleans Mardi Gras! Be ready for some awesome tunes and that vodoo she does so well….

 

Monday 16.02.2015 – 3pm SL Time

DJ Lorah’s turn to lead the Rio Carnival set with the hot tunes from the most wild and famous Carnival in the world! Prepare for great dancing, samba steps, and exotic plumage on a very sexy evening done South American way.

 

Tuesday 17.02.2015 – 3pm SL Time

As our holiday comes to an end, we’ll have last but not least DJ G-WINZ setting to music the canals of Venice, where masked figures will evolve on a mysterious weave of sophisticated charm and vibrating beats!

 

So grab your feathers and sequins and come and join us to samba the nights away!

 

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Sword bids adieu to 2014

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The final months of 2014 where a a busy time for Marcel’s and the Caffeine Nights group, .

One of the most important changes was the move from the platform recreating a Parisian street and square (la Place des Cerises…), to the sea level, which gave the whole build a bigger sense of space outside, and wonderful views, while keeping the intimate cosy feel inside that our friends have enjoyed so much as they discovered the bistro.

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We arrived by the end of Summer, which still allowed for some nice outdoors activity. fishing_001

But soon Fall was upon us, and fallen leaves suddenly where everywhere (inside the bistro too!) and allowed Anouk to add a moody feel to the whole set, (which reminds me of a perfect tune to watch these pictures by, a song about the passing of time and the changing of seasons by Sandy Denny.

Everyone tried to stay outside for quiet evening chats at Marcel’s terrace as long as there where some warmth left and before the snow settled in.

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Eventually Halloween arrived and Marcel’s rose to the occasion with some great sets from our dj’s and yet some more awesome decorations by Anouk!

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The Matelots where also active, and in true pioneer fashion sailed out to discover new lands, and were treated by team Captain (G-WINZ) to some wonderful routes, sampling all the seasonal beauty of SL’s winter wonderland. There was also an unusual trip to the Great Wall of China, where we were kindly hosted by Selena Nirvana of the Heartbreakers Entertainment group, and her wonderful Chinese pavilion venue which held the cruise party.

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And we finally got to Holiday season. Anouk once again showed her skills in decorating Marcel’s and all of Croissantville, and all ye merry group enjoyed a time of warm friendship inspired by outstanding musical shows which conveyed according to each dj’s style the spirit of the season.

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So here is 2015!

We can’t wait to see what it will bring to Marcel’s and the Caffeine Nights group, and take this chance to wish you all, once again, a Happy New Year!

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Marcel’s Sailing Regatta

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‘Twas a bright and breezy evening as Team Marcel gathered on the quay at the Canadian ‘Dancing Waters’ Sailing Centre and rez zone.

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The numbers worked well as we had five boats and ten sailors.

Sword and Alexia were in ‘Becky’s Baby-Sloop’, Niamh and Kalanite were in a class40 Saph, Lorah and Valdez were in Motor Loon’s Oceanic yacht, Jeff and Susse in a Loonetta and G and Rhia likewise.

Sadly after the first few waypoints we never saw Lorah and Val again as they disappeared over the horizon, although they were at the Blue Pelican for the after-sail dance

 

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The rest of us though, managed to stay together with Niamh lowering the sails of her very nippy boat so we could all catch up – and Jeff performing elegant looping manoeuvres to rejoin the group further back.

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Unfortunately he ran aground on some lighthouse rocks at a tricky turning later on and with G noticing and waiting for them to get free, the line stretched out for a while before we regrouped at waypoint 11.

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A little further on from there, we all hit a bad sim and took off into the air before a relog and re-rez at a conveniant LCC rez area. The line then stretched out again poor Niamh and Kala were hit with more dodgy sims while the rest of us limped on to the Blue Peiican – where Sword, Lorah and G have moorings and small houses at the nearby Sunbird Marina.

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Club owners Benny & Runa were there to welcome us and a few other group members turned up as G hit the decks with some nautical-tropical tunes and Sword handed out participation trophies as we gathered for a group photo in the Team Marcel T-shirts provided by Caffiene Nights & Marcel’s venue creator and landlady, Anouk.

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Watch this space – or don’t click away your notices – for information on the next cruise – which we’ll now be having monthly!

Gerrard Winstanley