Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Virtual Reality Becomes Reality for Second Life Musician

Foresthill, CA - For the first time in history, a virtual avatar has received a real worldwide recording contract. Second Life (SL) blues musician Von Johin has been signed to an artist contract with California based Reality Entertainment, Warren Croyle, CEO of Reality Entertainment, announced today. "Never before has a virtual character been signed to a worldwide recording contract. Von Johin is legendary in the virtual community Second Life for his heart pounding live shows," says Croyle. Second Life resident Pud Puchkina, who in real life is director of operations for the east coast division of Reality Entertainment and Second Life resident Kateyes Wingtips, the virtual representative for Reality Entertainment have been scouting the growing number of live performers in SL for several months and handling the daunting task of choosing the Avatar that fits the ethos of Reality Entertainment - a multimedia, virtual music label, book publisher and film company. Puchkina stated, "It was a hard decision, but Von Johin is the real deal, he is original and plays from his heart. Just the man and his guitar, with just these two instruments and a virtual appeal like no other, he brings crowds to their feet daily." Reality Entertainment plans to release Von Johin’s debut album exclusively on iTunes and then to all digital download outlets worldwide.

And Huffington Post

About Reality Entertainment:
Reality Entertainment (RE) is a diverse multimedia company that specializes in music, books and film. Known for #1 musical acts such as Marcy Playground and KC and the Sunshine Band, RE also is known for #1 best selling books on as well as nationally successful films such as The Extraordinary Voyages of Jules Verne.

About Von Johin: Blues musician, guitarist and vocalist, Von Johin hails from Nashville, TN and grew up playing juke joints across the Midwest. An ardent follower of the blues greats, Von Johin delivers his powerful shows every week in the clubs and dance halls of Second Life. Once you hear Von Johin you never forget him because he is a unique performer who resonates deeply with his audience providing compelling and hypnotizing performances.

About Second Life:
Second Life is a 3-D virtual world created by its Residents. Each Resident participates in a virtual environment via their "Avatar" or second life persona. Since opening to the public in 2003, it has experienced explosive growth and today is inhabited by millions of Residents from around the globe. Recently, live performances have become a viral phenomenon in Second Life with real life musicians performing to audiences within the SL global community.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The Shame of the Algarve

For 14 years, LAPS has tried to bring to the public awareness the shame of the Algarve, the many circus’s coming across their borders with live animals.

Protesting to the owners is a very dangerous business. In my more agile days I have been chased with weapons that at the time were being used to beating the animals.

2 years ago we photographed a polar bear, a leopard and the most heartbreaking sight of all, a small hippo. The first animal from the Artic regions, the second a roamer of the Savannas in its native land and the third an animal which must spend the daylight hours immersed in water until nightfall when it browses on land. Try and imagine the suffering in temperatures of 35 – 40º. These animals in a cage of 9m x 1.5m divided into 3

Last Friday I went into shock as Cardinali Circus in Lagos are advertising a White Lion, only discovered in 1975 and one of the most rare breeds. Maybe the circus owners would explain where this lion were obtained. This animal is also in a cage 3 metres long, animal societies state that this a cruelty in itself.

We have contacted the South African Embassy about this matter and who have helped us with advice and information. But the latest news was that the Embassy could do nothing! This was their response:

Dear Bridget,
I have had a chat with Linda Tucker and Jason Turner and obviously as it is out of our jurisdiction we cannot take any action on our part. But, what would be the most effective way to achieve action on your side, would be to get as much publicity about their situation as possible. The idea would be for a newspaper or magezine to publish an article on the way the animals are housed. The more awareness that is created of their plight the better chance there is of being abel to do something about the situation. I am sure that in Portugal, as in South Africa, people need to fulfill certain specifications with regards to size of property and facilities before they are granted a permit to keep that animals. I wish you luck in your endeavour to help these animals.
Warmest regards,

Anyone willing to help us in this protest contact Bridget Hicks on 282 687 334 or email

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Sunday, August 03, 2008

The Amazing Viking Serpent Revelation

What do the three most evil symbols for Christianity - 666, the pentagram and the snake - have in common? Quite possibly one of the most amazing discoveries of all time, The Viking Serpent reveals an ancient and incredible legacy placed upon the landscape of Norway.

In this film, best selling author Philip Gardiner takes us on a journey into Norway to meet author, Harald S. Boehlke who has uncovered this amazing mystery in the land of the Norse. Travel with us across a beautiful landscape, into the very heart of ancient serpent worship as we unravel the sacred language of our ancestors.

See the amazing serpent Stave Churches up close; walk with us along the sacred pathways of the Celtic Church and discover their unique and clever symbolic devices; journey by boat to the Holy Island and enter a landscape virtually untouched by the ravages of time. The Viking Serpent is a discovery on the scale of the Great Pyramids of Egypt and the Lost Tomb of Jesus, holding ancient truths of wisdom from a lost, yet highly sacred Church.

Prepare to be stunned by the ramifications of this incredible find, and embark on a stunning, visual journey into a forgotten time and land.

"I can assure you that we are as excited by this discovery as you are." Henry Lincoln, co-author, The Holy Blood & The Holy Grail.

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Friday, August 01, 2008

Nirvana Tribute Album Needs YOU!

Reality Entertainment are producing a Nirvana tribute album with the full backing and best wishes of the Kobain family and Courtney Love. We already have 8 tracks laid down:

Something in the Wind, Breed, Blew, Territorial Pissings, Come as you are, Heart Shaped Box, In Bloom, Drain You.

But we need more! Can you do a cover version of a Nirvana song? Would you like world-wide exposure? If you do, then get in touch with Reality Entertainment now!