2014 in review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 25 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


Marcel’s Bistro featured in the Sim Street Journal

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About Sim Street Journal


Sim Street Journal defines the virtual life culture and what it reveals about first life. Released online, this journal explores the relevance of the virtual to the real. Discover the experiences of those creating and achieving in Second Life® and why it relates to all culture.”

Sword and I were recently interviewed in-world by the Editor and creator of Sim Street Journal, Eleanor Medier, in respect of being virtual club owners, and all that entails.

Here’s the link to the main article:

“The Crafted Welcome – by Sword Starfall and Anouk Koray of Marcel’s Caffeine Nights

It was a fun interview and Eleanor asked some very interesting and thought-provoking questions. It made us really have to consider some of the reasons we do what we do.

Thank you to Eleanor for taking the time to come and chat with us, and to give us such a great write-up in the magazine!  🙂

As the quote from the magazine below states, there is the online version, with a link to the front page here, or you can pick up an in-world version from various vendors (we have one at the bistro if you want to come and grab one).


The magazine is Published in complimentary versions: in-world and online.

— The in-world magazine has topics that relate to those who understand the virtual context, including photographs, parallel articles. It has tabs for information landmarks, and web links.

— The online magazine expresses what the virtual world offers the real one. It is a mirror that reflects parallel articles, hot topics, and provides more links.

Some great SL related blogs

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So, this post isn’t anything to do with Marcel’s or the Caffeine Nights group, but over a period of time, I’ve collected a bunch of other SL related blog addresses, mostly written by folks on the SL Universe forum.

Some are general SL gossip, but a lot are focused on the fashion world of Second Life. There are some great blogs which point you in the direction of some excellent freebies and promotional offers, so I thought I would share these with you.

In alphabetical order:

Astalianda – by Sonya Marmurek

G’s Steaming!

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Even if it was a day off at the bistro, Marcel’s gang got a whistle from G to join him on ride on his choo-choo train. I had to run to get in, but finally got a place in the middle of the coal!

As Kala puts it… WOOT!

G steaming


Check out the group’s Facebook page for more pics and comments!


Wow! Caffeine Nights Lisbon set has been voted as a Favourite Virtual City in the GuardianWitness!

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I am incredibly flattered to announce that our recent Lisbon set has been entered by the very lovely mister G-Winz into the GuardianWitness’s ‘My Favourite Virtual City’ article!


See our entry here: GuardianWitness – Caffeine Nights Lisbon set 

I must admit, I hadn’t heard of the GuardianWitness before today, but this is what it is:

What is GuardianWitness?

GuardianWitness is the home of user-generated content on the Guardian. You can contribute your video, pictures and stories, and browse all the news, opinions and creations submitted by others. Posts will be reviewed prior to being published on GuardianWitness, with the best pieces featured on the Guardian site.

So wow! Thank you very much G, for adding our little set to the entries. You made my day!   🙂

And here is a link to the main article, so you can see some of the other fabulous virtual locations that have been entered:

GuardianWitness – Favourite Virtual Cities

Santo Antonio Festival – Lisbon

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To celebrate the annual festival held in Lisbon every June, in honour of Portugal’s patron saint, Santo Antonio, Caffeine Nights hosted a special fado themed show this weekend.

Santo Antonio is considered to be many extraordinary things, most commonly the keeper of lost things. However in Portugal he has a specific yet vast role, including that of a defender of animals, a healer, the guardian of good marriages and the protector of the souls of purgatory.


And in case you’re not familiar with Portugal’s national music style, here’s a little history on the story of Fado:

FADO, a type of Portuguese singing, traditionally associated with pubs and cafés, that is renowned for its expressive and profoundly melancholic character, is an urban folk music, originating in the port city of Lisbon, where many cultures met and merged over centuries, and combines elements of Portuguese country folk music with Moorish and African influences, among others.

The singer of fado (literally, “fate”) speaks to the often harsh realities of everyday life, sometimes with a sense of resignation, sometimes with the hope of resolution. The music is performed by either a female or a male vocalist, typically to the accompaniment of one or two guitarras (10- or 12-string guitars), one or two violas (6-string guitars), and perhaps also a viola baixo (a small 8-string bassviola).

The Lisbon style emerged in the 19 th century in the city’s Alfama district, a socially and economically marginalized area that was a nexus of Iberian, South American (particularly Brazilian), and African peoples and traditions. A diverse array of dance traditions circulated within this milieu, including the Afro-Brazilian lundum;; the fofa, which was common both in Portugal and in Brazil; and the Spanish fandango. Also popular at the time was the modinha, a type of Portuguese and Brazilian art song that often was accompanied by the guitar.

The popularization of fado in the 1830s is widely attributed to Maria Severa, a tavern singer in the Alfama district and the first famous fadista (singer of fado). To the accompaniment of guitars, Severa sang of real-life woes in the harmonically predictable, notably improvisational, and strikingly mournful manner that came to characterize the Lisbon style. The dark shawl that she wore during her performances, moreover, became a standard accessory for subsequent generations of female “fadistas”.

In the late 1930s Alfama native, Amália Rodrigues, appeared on the scene. Renowned for her passionate performances, Rodrigues pushed the Lisbon style in new directions, incorporating Spanish and Mexican rhythms and tapping contemporary poets for her lyrics. (When she died in 1999, the country honoured her with three days of official mourning.)

The late 20th century brought an ebb in fado’s popularity, but by the early 21st century there was renewed interest in the music. Many artists, including Carlos do Carmo, Christina Branco, and Mariza, had begun to expand the traditional guitar accompaniment to include piano, violin, accordion, and other instruments.

So there you have it. Not only do we provide music and entertainment, but you get to learn something too!       😛

And now, here are some photos of the evening….

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And finally, some more kind words from our guests of the evening:

 ‘Wonderful place Anouk’

  • Alexiasul Americana

‘Loved the work. Always wonderful to see Lisbon again Anouk’

  • Valdez Lauria

‘Thank you for another lovely venue, Anouk. I want to see Portugal now. :)’

  • Niamh Gedenspire

‘Lovely as usual, Anouk – really evokes the feel of a seaside town.’

  • Rhiannon Colclough

Next themed show – June 7th!

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Following the outstanding success of our first themed show for Caffeine Nights, we’re on a roll and have another great event planned for Saturday 7th of June. We’ll release more details closer to the time, but mark the date in your diaries and make sure you’ll be available! 🙂