Sunday, May 28, 2017

Æther Salon - Royal Ascot! (Edited Transcript)

Introduction




 Baron Klaus Wulfenbach:  Guten Abend, everyone, to the Aether Salon for May. You may sit closer to the front, the speakers do not bite.
 Before I turn the event over to our speakers, there are a few 'housekeeping' points.
 1) To ensure you can hear the speaker, stand or sit on the patterned carpet.
 2) Sit whereever you might like in the provided seating. If you would prefer a wearable chair, please contact me in IM. The director's chairs are for Tinies.
 3) Please remove all lag-feeding thingamajigs you might be wearing.
4) A tip jar is out for our speaker. Do please show your appreciation!
5) Any tips to help support the establishment will also be welcome - just click on one of the support signs or this handsome clank floating above us.
6) If you are not a member of the AEther Salon group, there are signs that will let you join up. You'll be most heartily welcome.
7 ) Edited and unedited transcripts of these proceedings will be posted at http://aethersalon.blogspot.com.
Lastly:
8) Tea and treats are set out - help yourself! Beware of Hatchies guarding the sweet biscuits.

  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Our speakers today always work as a team. Her Grace the Duchess of Trikassi, Liz Wilner and Lady Oriella Charik have spoken here before, and today they join us to present on the English horse race and social event, Royal Ascot.
Duchess, if you might.

Liz Wilner: thank you :)
Welcome and thank you all for coming.  Today, Lady Charik and I will present a history of Royal Ascot. Lady Charik will start us off on the beginnings of Ascot.

Oriella Charik: Hello everyone!
In the year 1711, Queen Anne was out riding near Windsor Castle when she came across an area of open heath that looked, in her words, “ideal for horses to gallop at full stretch”. Her Majesty’s wish was quickly acted upon and the first race over a four-mile course took place on Saturday 11 August 1711. The prize for the winning horse was worth 100 guineas but the name of the winner is lost to us.  The opening race of Royal Ascot is named in her honour the Queen Anne Stakes.


Oriella Charik: Following the Queen’s death in 1714 racing at Ascot seems to have been discontinued until it was revived by George II’s son the Duke of Cumberland in 1749 with a four-day fixture. In 1785 the ‘Straight Mile’ was built, marking the appearance of thoroughbred breeds that emphasized speed rather than stamina. The first permanent stand was erected in 1794, and in 1813 Parliament passed an Act of Enclosure granting the heath to the Crown provided it “shall be kept and continued as a Racecourse for the Public Use at all times”. The Duke’s nephew, who became Prince Regent in 1811, was an important patron of Royal Ascot. The future George IV is best remembered for his profligacy and hedonism, living his life in a whirl of banqueting, gambling and womanising - three activities which came together in his passion for racing.

 A famous satirical print of the time depicted 'His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, with a Lady of Quality, going to Ascot Races' – his companion being plainly neither a Lady or of Quality.


When crowned King in 1820 he ordered architect John Nash to design a new stand, which included a lawn for the exclusive use of guests of the royal family - the origin of the Royal Enclosure. But the greatest legacy George IV left to Ascot is the Royal Procession. There had been grand entrances before but it was in 1825 that the royal party first made a formal procession up the Straight Mile.
To this day the ruling monarch and their family arrive at the racecourse at the beginning of each race day during Royal Ascot and follow the path of the racecourse in a horse-drawn carriage as the Royal Standard is raised.

 Oriella Charik: The Monarch has always appointed a representative to administer the racecourse on their behalf. This role was taken by the Master of the Royal Buckhounds until 1901 when Lord Churchill was selected as King Edward VII’s representative at Ascot and became responsible for running the course.
 Such was the popularity of the course that in 1913, the Ascot Authority Act was passed by Parliament to create the Ascot Authority, a trust whose responsibility it was to: “hold and manage the Ascot Racecourse and Races”.
While Ascot holds a number of high-profile race events throughout the year, the most enduring and well-attended event of the season is Royal Ascot.
This five-day event in mid-June (extended from the original four days in 2002 in celebration of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee) attracts around 300,000 visitors every year. The event comprises eighteen group races, of which seven appear in the prestigious Group One category for racing, and offers nearly £4,000,000 in prize money

 Oriella Charik: There are three enclosures available to guests during Royal Ascot. These include the Grandstand Admission – which stipulates a smart but informal dress code where hats are not mandatory – and the most casual of the three enclosures, the Silver Ring, to which no dress code applies other than the exclusion of bare chests (presumably both male and female!) at any time.
 The third area, the Royal Enclosure, is the most prestigious. Ascot has had a Royal Stand since the 1790s, however, the Royal Enclosure that we are familiar with today was commissioned by King George IV in 1845 and access was restricted to those with a personal invitation from the King.
Attendance to the Royal Enclosure was later opened up on an application basis, which was presided over by His Majesty’s representative. During his tenure as representative Lord Churchill was said to have vetted applications personally, with three separate trays for applications marked ‘Certainly’ ‘Perhaps’ and ‘Certainly Not.’
 Lord Churchill took his job very seriously and was said to roam the Royal Enclosure challenging any visitors he did not recognise and was even granted permission to view the Divorce Registry since those who appeared on the Registry in the early nineteenth century were refused admittance to the Royal Enclosure.

 So much for history, now the Duchess will tell us about hats
 Liz Wilner: It was the Prince Regent and his friend Beau Brummell in the early 19th century who cemented Ascot’s place in high fashion culture, insisting that respectable and elegant men must wear waisted black coats and white cravats with pantaloons when attending the races. As the years passed, this stylish look developed into the popular frock coat.
As the fashions at the horse race began to gain in importance, some men began to adapt the look of the riding coat, known as a Newmarket coat, to make it suitable for formal attire. Eventually, this led to the appearance of what we now refer to as a morning coat.
 Ladies, of course, were never seen in public, particularly anywhere in the presence of royalty, without their best gowns.  As the years went on, attending the Royal races became part of a lady’s social calendar, including the ordering of new dresses and hats specifically for attending
The week of Royal Ascot, beginning with the Queen Anne Stakes, and ending with the Gold Cup, was filled with various events and parties surrounding the race days, each requiring another opportunity to out-fashion other attendees.
 You may notice the image of the finely dressed ladies looking over their race cards to my left
as well as the image of those inside the Royal Enclosure.

 Liz Wilner: During the early days of the races, hats, of course, were obligatory for both men and women, particularly for formal occasions.  By the early 20th century Ascot had become a confirmed fashion fixture and much of the focus was on headwear. For both men and women, the races became a chance to flaunt fabulous hats.
  As the fashion for hat wearing began to fade throughout most of society, Ascot’s dress code continued to maintain high and exacting standards.
 The prestigious, invitation only Royal Enclosure on any race day set the tone for the entire event with strict codes of conduct and dress. Proper headwear has always been an essential part of the formal attire required to gain entry
 The millinery shop of Christys’ & Co Ltd have been manufacturing fine hats in England since 1773 and have supplied thousands of pieces to Ascot attendees, including Sir Winston Churchill.
 Over the last 250 years, they have seen a range of fashions and trends. “Through the late 18th and 19th Centuries, the requirement was to conform,” says the Managing Director
That meant wearing conventional styles and shapes of headwear. As fashion developed, there were a few unexpected changes to the traditional race attire
  In 1797 John Heatherington was put in jail for wearing one of the first top hats in public – and scaring women and children!


 Oriella Charik: And now we would like to mention our own Second Life Ascot
 Liz Wilner: Four years ago, Lady Charik and I were thinking of a unique event we could put together to benefit our Team ACTS and RFL.
We decided on recreating Royal Ascot as close as possible, the last race day of the rl Ascot Week specifically.  Our goal was, and still is, to provide people an event in which all can participate and have fun on a variety of levels.
 Liz Wilner: .  Horse riding and breeding enthusiasts can enter races, horse avatars can race; there is a bit of betting in the form of prizes from sponsors on “betting” via donation kiosks 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places winners of each of the main races, dancing, food, and of course fashion.
 Oriella Charik: and hats
 Liz Wilner: We have been so thrilled Ascot is a “must-do” event on the RFL calendar for so many, with increasing attendance every year.
Liz Wilner: Countess Cassie Eldemar painstakingly recreates each year the Royal Enclosure and the Grandstand Enclosure, as well at the center Heath area, also known as the Silver Ring, where the main stage and dancing area are.  Lord Olde Eldemar tirelessly organizes the promotions, sponsor, and donation kiosks, as well as being an all-around “rock” for this huge event.
 Liz Wilner: Sir Gerrard Winstanley has since the beginning been our Master Of Ceremony for the day, providing the race calling as well as all the music for the after party, ..all live in voice.  It’s wonderful to hear him…it really adds to the entire event.
 Last year, and this year coming in June, Lady Zinda Blake has graciously allowed Ascot to be held on her horse racing sim, Blackhawk Downs.  We were thrilled to have an extra race…a steeplechase!...last year; and we know this year will have many more surprises.  And each year, everyone loves when the tinies race…yes, they have their very own race!  Lol…last year they just kept going!

 Liz Wilner: We do start the event with the Royal Procession, complete with a fine driving carriage, uniformed driver, and well- appointed parade horses.
 Myself, Lady Charik, Countess and Lord Eldemar, and Lady Blake are taken around for the ceremonial lap, while Sir Winstanley plays “Rule Brittania” or the UK National Anthem, and comments on all the fabulous fashions as the carriage makes its way around.
Arriving back at the Enclosures, we all alight the carriage and take our places within the Royal Enclosure.  Then with a many thanks to all who attend and a wave of my hand…Chip Cheerio!  May the races begin!
So please, everyone, do make note on your calendars June 24th, 1-3pm SLT.  Please click on the poster for the LM and dress code notecard.  We do ask that the dress code be abided by…it’s actually quite fun to see all the fabulous outfits and hats 😊
 If anyone with a shop or a service would like to be a sponsor, please IM either me or Lord Eldemar, and we will gladly accommodate.  All sponsors are announced live, as well as shop logos with LM’s displayed in the sponsors area.
 Gift prizes must be transfer, and have ranged from actual merchandise to sailing lessons, and gift certificates.  I am very pleased to have returning sponsors---they have all noticed an uptick in visits to their shops after the event.  So consider becoming a sponsor if you can!  All benefits the most worthy cause of RFL.
 Please click on Her Majesty's portrait for further information about the history of Ascot
See you at the races!


For more information regarding Royal Ascot, please visit these sites:

https://www.ascot.co.uk/

http://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofEngland/Royal-Ascot/

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-berkshire-13695338

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2010/jun/15/ascot-fashion-century

https://www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk/life-and-living/explore/lifestyle/history-of-the-ascot-hat/


Royal Ascot 2017 Second Life
24 June 2017, 1-3PM SLT at Blackhawk Downs

DRESS CODE

Royal Ascot is a very special occasion for those lucky enough to be there. It has always been a traditional British event and that is reflected in the dress code throughout the week of races.  Below are the three areas for viewing.  We hope you enjoy your day at the races!

Royal Enclosure:

Ladies are required to wear formal day clothing whilst within the Royal Enclosure as described:
• Dresses and skirts of a length just below the knee or longer
• Dresses and tops with straps of one inch or more
• If a jacket is worn, the dress or top must still comply with the above standard
• Trouser suits of full length and same colour are welcome
• Hats should be worn; alternatively, a headpiece with a 4-inch base or more is acceptable
Please note the following:
• Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck, spaghetti straps are not permitted in the Enclosure
• Midriffs must be covered

Gentlemen are required to wear either a black or grey morning suit which must include:
• A waistcoat
• A tie or cravat
• A black or grey top hat
• Black shoes
A gentlemen’s top hat may be removed within the refreshment tent, private box or private club.

Grandstand:

Ladies with admission to the grandstand are encouraged to dress as if attending a formal occasion. Please take note of the following:
• A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times
• Strapless or sheer strap dresses and tops are not permitted
• Trousers must be full length and worn with a top that follows the above guideline.
• Jackets may be worn, however, the dress or top it covers should adhere to the above guideline.
• Midriffs must be covered
• Shorts are not permitted

Gentlemen are required to wear a suit with a shirt and tie.

Silver Ring and Heath Enclosure:

Although no formal dress code applies in the Silver Ring Enclosure and Heath Enclosure, race-goers are encouraged to wear smart clothes.

PLEASE NOTE THAT BARE CHESTS ARE NOT PERMITTED AT ANY TIME

Æther Salon - Royal Ascot! (Unedited Transcript)

Greetings:
[13:43] Liz Wilner: as in relog?
[13:43] Fauve Aeon: Hello, Hallo
[13:43] Liz Wilner: greetings Fauve
[13:43] Fauve Aeon: Are the Juleps cold?
[13:43] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Frau Dauphine!
[13:43] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Spectacular.
[13:43] Fauve Aeon: Herr Baron, your Majesty, everyone <3
[13:43] Zantyago Mannonen: how is this for an edwardian era  outfit?
[13:43] Fauve Aeon: oh this little thing? I hardly feel it, the flower is smol
[13:44] Liz Wilner: it's quite fine :)
[13:44] Zantyago Mannonen: :3
[13:44] Zantyago Mannonen: thank you, made it myself
[13:44] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) chuckles at the Dauphine's comment.
[13:44] Oriella Charik: My typist is just going to fetch a Pimms
[13:44] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): About time, you pestiferous machine.
[13:46] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Welcome, Fraulein Majak.
[13:46] Majak: thank you
[13:47] Liz Wilner: greetings Wulfie
[13:47] Liz Wilner: greeting Majak
[13:47] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Greetings Liz!
[13:47] Majak: hello to everyone
[13:48] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Sends her greetings to everyone and finds a seat.
[13:49] Fauve Aeon waves
[13:49] Majak: everyone looks so elegant
[13:49] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Guten Abend, Frau Gräfin.
[13:50] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta) quickly rips off high vis builder's vest and sits on it to hide it
[13:50] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Guten abend Herr Baron, and Fauve, what an incredible hat!
[13:50] Majak: lol it looks nice
[13:51] Fauve Aeon giggles
[13:52] Fauve Aeon: if someone gets some nice photos of everything today, please send them along to me for the blog? fauve.aeon@gmail.com
[13:52] OldeSoul Eldemar (oldesoul): Greetings Countess
[13:52] CountessAdaLovelace: 'greetings, good souls.'
[13:53] Cassie Eldemar (cashew.writer): Hello Countess Ada and Ranulf
[13:53] OldeSoul Eldemar (oldesoul): Good to see you Ranulf
[13:53] Ranulf Falconer: "Greeings -- good to see you."
[13:53] Cassie Eldemar (cashew.writer): smiles
[13:53] Liz Wilner: greetings Olde :)
[13:53] CountessAdaLovelace: 'is this function's dress period appropriate or any century?'
[13:53] Liz Wilner: greetings Cas :)
[13:53] Ranulf Falconer: I think you look perfect.
[13:54] OldeSoul Eldemar (oldesoul): Hello Your Grace and Lady Oriella
[13:54] Cassie Eldemar (cashew.writer): Hello Liz
[13:54] Cassie Eldemar (cashew.writer): Hi Oriella
[13:54] CountessAdaLovelace: 'thank you, rani.'
[13:54] Cassie Eldemar (cashew.writer): Hallo Herr Baron
[13:54] Liz Wilner: greetings Ada
[13:54] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Lady Eldemar, Lord Eldemar, Countess Ada.
[13:54] Liz Wilner: greetings Ranulf
[13:54] Ranulf Falconer: "Greetings."
[13:55] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta) waves
[13:55] Liz Wilner: greetings Kailyn
[13:55] Kailyn Stormraven (kailyn.bravin): thank you, Liz
[13:56] Wildstar Beaumont: good evening !
[13:57] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Admiral!
[13:57] OldeSoul Eldemar (oldesoul): Hello Herr Baron
[13:57] Cassie Eldemar (cashew.writer): Hello Cousin
[13:57] OldeSoul Eldemar (oldesoul): Good to see you Admiral
[13:57] Lady Sumoku salutes
[13:57] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Hallo, Lady Sumoku.
[13:58] Kailyn Stormraven (kailyn.bravin) taps the floor with her boot nervously.... "He is LATE"
[13:58] Cassie Eldemar (cashew.writer): Hallo Wulfride
[13:58] Cassie Eldemar (cashew.writer): Hallo Lady Sumoku
[13:58] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Greetings, Cassie *grins*
[13:59] Liz Wilner: greetings Lady Sumoku
[13:59] Liz Wilner: greetings Andrea
[13:59] Cassie Eldemar (cashew.writer): Hello Ms Eilidh
[13:59] Andrea Jones (andreajonesms): Greetings
[13:59] Liz Wilner: greetings Eili
[13:59] Wildstar Beaumont: hello Miss Eili :)
[14:00] Eilidh McCullough: Hello

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Introduction

[14:02] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Guten Abend, everyone, to the Aether Salon for May. You may sit closer to the front, the speakers do not bite.
[14:02] Oriella Charik looks innocent
[14:02] Andrea Jones (andreajonesms): they they don"t?
[14:02] Liz Wilner laughs
[14:02] Kailyn Stormraven (kailyn.bravin): Welcome, Philip
[14:02] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Before I turn the event over to our speakers, there are a few 'housekeeping' points.
[14:02] Myfanwy Davies is a Methodist, we always sit at the back.
[14:02] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): 1) To ensure you can hear the speaker, stand or sit on the patterned carpet.
[14:02] Zantabraxus (zantabraxus.aristocarnas) apologizes to anybody she accidentally bounced off
[14:03] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): 2) Sit whereever you might like in the provided seating. If you would prefer a wearable chair, please contact me in IM. The director's chairs are for Tinies.
[14:03] Salon Speaker Tipjar: Thank you for supporting the Aether Salon, andreajonesms Resident!
[14:03] Salon Speaker Tipjar: Thank you for supporting the Aether Salon, Myfanwy Davies!
[14:03] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): 3) Please remove all lag-feeding thingamajigs you might be wearing.
[14:03] Fauve Aeon smirks
[14:03] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) eyes the Dauphine.
[14:03] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): 4) A tip jar is out for our speaker. Do please show your appreciation!
[14:04] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): 5) Any tips to help support the establishment will also be welcome - just click on one of the support signs or this handsome clank floating above us.
[14:04] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): 6) If you are not a member of the AEther Salon group, there are signs that will let you join up. You'll be most heartily welcome.
[14:04] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): 7 ) Edited and unedited transcripts of these proceedings will be posted at http://aethersalon.blogspot.com.
[14:04] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Lastly:
[14:04] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): 8) Tea and treats are set out - help yourself! Beware of Hatchies guarding the sweet biscuits.
[14:05] Salon Speaker Tipjar: Thank you for supporting the Aether Salon, Eilidh McCullough!
[14:05] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Our speakers today always work as a team. Her Grace the Duchess of Trikassi, Liz Wilner and Lady Oriella Charik have spoken here before, and today they join us to present on the English horse race and social event, Royal Ascot.
[14:06] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Duchess, if you might.

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Presentation

[14:06] Liz Wilner: thank you :)
[14:06] Liz Wilner: Welcome and thank you all for coming.  Today, Lady Charik and I will present a history of Royal Ascot.
Lady Charik will start us off on the beginnings of Ascot.
[14:07] Oriella Charik: Hello everyone!
[14:07] Charlemagne Allen waves
[14:07] Kailyn Stormraven (kailyn.bravin): Hello
[14:07] Majak: hello
[14:07] OldeSoul Eldemar (oldesoul): smiles :)
[14:07] Ranulf Falconer: "Good afternoon."
[14:07] Cᴀᴘᴛᴀɪɴ Kɪʟʟɪᴀɴ (killianbaileyjameson): hello all
[14:07] Ceejay Writer: Hi!
[14:07] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta) waves

[14:07] Oriella Charik: In the year 1711 Queen Anne was out riding near Windsor Castle when she came across an area of open heath that looked, in her words, “ideal for horses to gallop at full stretch”
[14:07] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) grins at Fraulein Allen
[14:08] Lady Sumoku gesticulates in the manner of greeting.
[14:08] Oriella Charik: Her Majesty’s wish was quickly acted upon and the first race over a four mile course took place on Saturday 11 August 1711. The prize for the winning horse was worth 100 guineas but the name of the winner is lost to us.  The opening race of Royal Ascot is named in her honour the Queen Anne Stakes.
[14:08] Oriella Charik: Following the Queen’s death in 1714 racing at Ascot seems to have been discontinued until it was revived by George II’s son the Duke of Cumberland in 1749 with a four day fixture. In 1785 the ‘Straight Mile’ was built, marking the appearance of thoroughbred breeds that emphasised speed rather than stamina.

[14:09] Oriella Charik: The first permanent stand was erected in 1794, and in 1813 Parliament passed an Act of Enclosure granting the heath to the Crown provided it “shall be kept and continued as a Racecourse for the Public Use at all times”.
[14:09] Luncheon Plate Mk 2: Have some petit fours.
[14:10] Oriella Charik: The Duke’s nephew, who became Prince Regent in 1811, was an important patron of Royal Ascot. The future George IV is best remembered for his profligacy and hedonism, living his life in a whirl of banqueting, gambling and womanising - three activities which came together in his passion for racing.
[14:10] Lady Sumoku: Racy
[14:10] CountessAdaLovelace laughs

[14:10] Oriella Charik: A famous satirical print of the time depicted 'His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, with a Lady of Quality, going to Ascot Races' – his companion being plainly neither a Lady or of Quality.
[14:10] Charlemagne Allen: lewd
[14:10] Salon Speaker Tipjar: Thank you for supporting the Aether Salon, Majak Resident!
[14:11] Oriella Charik: When crowned King in 1820 he ordered architect John Nash to design a new stand, which included a lawn for the exclusive use of guests of the royal family - the origin of the Royal Enclosure. But the greatest legacy George IV left to Ascot is the Royal Procession.
[14:12] Oriella Charik: There had been grand entrances before but it was in 1825 that the royal party first made a formal procession up the Straight Mile.
[14:12] Oriella Charik: To this day the ruling monarch and their family arrive at the racecourse at the beginning of each race day during Royal Ascot and follow the path of the racecourse in a horse drawn carriage as the Royal Standard is raised.

[14:12] Oriella Charik: The Monarch has always appointed a representative to administer the racecourse on their behalf. This role was taken by the Master of the Royal Buckhounds until 1901 when Lord Churchill was selected as King Edward VII’s representative at Ascot and became responsible for running the course.
[14:13] Oriella Charik: Such was the popularity of the course that in 1913, the Ascot Authority Act was passed by Parliament to create the Ascot Authority, a trust whose responsibility it was to: “hold and manage the Ascot Racecourse and Races”.
[14:13] Oriella Charik: While Ascot holds a number of high profile race events throughout the year, the most enduring and well-attended event of the season is Royal Ascot.

[14:14] Oriella Charik: This five day event in mid-June (extended from the original four days in 2002 in celebration of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee) attracts around 300,000 visitors every year. The event comprises eighteen group races, of which seven appear in the prestigious Group One category for racing, and offers nearly £4,000,000 in prize money
[14:14] Fauve Aeon: that's a lot of hats

[14:14] Oriella Charik: There are three enclosures available to guests during Royal Ascot. These include the Grandstand Admission – which stipulates a smart but informal dress code where hats are not mandatory – and the most casual of the three enclosures, the Silver Ring, to which no dress code applies other than the exclusion of bare chests (presumably both male and female!) at any time.
[14:15] Charlemagne Allen: too many hats!
[14:15] Oriella Charik: The third area, the Royal Enclosure, is the most prestigious. Ascot has had a Royal Stand since the 1790s, however the Royal Enclosure that we are familiar with today was commissioned by King George IV in 1845 and access was restricted to those with a personal invitation from the King.
[14:15] Oriella Charik: Attendance to the Royal Enclosure was later opened up on an application basis, which was presided over by His Majesty’s representative. During his tenure as representative Lord Churchill was said to have vetted applications personally, with three separate trays for applications marked ‘Certainly’ ‘Perhaps’ and ‘Certainly Not.’
[14:15] Ranulf Falconer chuckles
[14:15] Charlemagne Allen: Enclosure sounds like a place for animals. Do not bite the royals.
[14:16] Ceejay Writer: :D
[14:16] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) chuckles
[14:16] Lady Sumoku knows which tray she would fit in.
[14:16] Oriella Charik: Lord Churchill took his job very seriously and was said to roam the Royal Enclosure challenging any visitors he did not recognise and was even granted permission to view the Divorce Registry, since those who appeared on the Registry in the early nineteenth century were refused admittance to the Royal Enclosure.
[14:17] CountessAdaLovelace: ...and so they should.
[14:17] Ceejay Writer: Wow.
[14:17] CountessAdaLovelace: */me whispers

[14:17] Oriella Charik: So much for history, now the Duchess will tell us about hats
[14:17] Charlemagne Allen: Real bulldog
[14:17] Liz Wilner: It was the Prince Regent and his friend Beau Brummell in the early 19th century who cemented Ascot’s place in high fashion culture, insisting that respectable and elegant men must wear waisted black coats and white cravats with pantaloons when attending the races. As the years passed, this stylish look developed into the popular frock coat.
[14:18] Liz Wilner: As the fashions at the horse race began to gain in importance, some men began to adapt the look of the riding coat, known as a Newmarket coat, to make it suitable for formal attire. Eventually, this led to the appearance of what we now refer to as a morning coat.
[14:18] Liz Wilner: Ladies, of course, were never seen in public, particularly anywhere in the presence of royalty, without their best gowns.  As the years went on, attending the Royal races became part of a lady’s social calendar, including the ordering of new dresses and hats specifically for attending
[14:18] Liz Wilner: The week of Royal Ascot, beginning with the Queen Anne Stakes, and ending with the Gold Cup, was filled with various events and parties surrounding the race days, each requiring another opportunity to out-fashion other attendees.
[14:19] Liz Wilner: you may notice the image of the finely dressed ladies looking over their race cards to my left
[14:19] Liz Wilner: as well as the image of those inside the Royal Enclosure
[14:19] Ceejay Writer: (does not make a crack about race cards)
[14:20] Charlemagne Allen: race cars!
[14:20] Liz Wilner: heh
[14:20] Liz Wilner: During the early days of the races, hats of course were obligatory for both men and women, particularly for formal occasions.  By the early 20th century Ascot had become a confirmed fashion fixture and much of the focus was on headwear. For both men and women, the races became a chance to flaunt fabulous hats.
[14:20] Andrea Jones (andreajonesms): Yes great gran lost the winter house that day in a bad bet
[14:20] Liz Wilner: As the fashion for hat wearing began to fade throughout most of society, Ascot’s dress code continued to maintain high and exacting standards.
[14:21] Liz Wilner: The prestigious, invitation only Royal Enclosure on any race day set the tone for the entire event with strict codes of conduct and dress. Proper headwear has always been an essential part of the formal attire required to gain entry
[14:21] CountessAdaLovelace coughs
[14:21] Liz Wilner: The millinery shop of Christys’ & Co Ltd have been manufacturing fine hats in England since 1773 and have supplied thousands of pieces to Ascot attendees, including Sir Winston Churchill.
[14:21] Ranulf Falconer gently pats Ada's back
[14:21] Liz Wilner: Over the last 250 years they have seen a range of fashions and trends. “Through the late 18th and 19th Centuries, the requirement was to conform,” says the Managing Director
[14:22] Liz Wilner: That meant wearing conventional styles and shapes of headwear. As fashion developed, there were a few unexpected changes to the traditional race attire
[14:22] Lady Sumoku: You shall be assimilated.
[14:22] Liz Wilner: In 1797 John Heatherington was put in jail for wearing one of the first top hats in public – and scaring women and children!
[14:23] Liz Wilner: apparently it was too tall
[14:23] Charlemagne Allen: That's a rather terrifying top hat.
[14:23] Wildstar Beaumont: :)
[14:23] Salon Speaker Tipjar: Thank you for supporting the Aether Salon, OldeSoul Resident!
[14:23] Lady Sumoku: Egads!
[14:23] Ranulf Falconer: "Goodness."
[14:23] Cassie Eldemar (cashew.writer): :)
[14:23] Andrea Jones (andreajonesms): puts hand to throat and gasps

[14:23] Oriella Charik: And now we would like to mention our own Second Life Ascot
[14:24] Liz Wilner: Four years ago, Lady Charik and I were thinking of a unique event we could put together to benefit our Team ACTS and RFL.
We decided on recreating Royal Ascot as close as possible, the last race day of the rl Ascot Week specifically.  Our goal was, and still is, to provide people an event in which all can participate and have fun on a variety of levels.
[14:24] Ceejay Writer points and shouts IT IS HAAAAT
[14:24] Liz Wilner: .  Horse riding and breeding enthusiasts can enter races, horse avatars can race; there is a bit of betting in the form of prizes from sponsors on “betting” via donation kiosks 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places winners of each of the main races, dancing, food, and of course fashion.
[14:25] Oriella Charik: and hats
[14:25] CountessAdaLovelace: 'what a wonderful idea!'
[14:25] Liz Wilner: We have been so thrilled Ascot is a “must-do” event on the RFL calendar for so many, with increasing attendance every year.
[14:25] Charlemagne Allen puts all on Mr. Whiskers
[14:25] Fauve Aeon only knows one SL horse person, quadruped, that is
[14:25] Liz Wilner: Countess Cassie Eldemar painstakingly recreates each year the Royal Enclosure and the Grandstand Enclosure, as well at the center Heath area, also known as the Silver Ring, where the main stage and dancing area are.  Lord Olde Eldemar tirelessly organizes the promotions, sponsor and donation kiosks, as well as being an all-around “rock” for this huge event.
[14:25] Ceejay Writer: I'm learning SO MUCH today. I know the American races but this is all wonderfully new to me
[14:25] Liz Wilner: Sir Gerrard Winstanley has since the beginning been our Master Of Ceremony for the day, providing the race calling as well as all the music for the after party, ..all live in voice.  It’s wonderful to hear him…it really adds to the entire event.
[14:26] Liz Wilner: Last year, and this year coming in June, Lady Zinda Blake has graciously allowed Ascot to be held on her horse racing sim, Blackhawk Downs.  We were thrilled to have an extra race…a steeplechase!...last year; and we know this year will have many more surprises.  And each year, everyone loves when the tinies race…yes, they have their very own race!  Lol…last year they just kept going!
[14:26] Stereo Nacht: That's tinies for you! ;-)
[14:26] Liz Wilner: We do start the event with the Royal Procession, complete with a fine driving carriage, uniformed driver, and well- appointed parade horses.
[14:26] OldeSoul Eldemar (oldesoul): :-)
[14:27] Liz Wilner: Myself, Lady Charik, Countess and Lord Eldemar, and Lady Blake are taken around for the ceremonial lap, while Sir Winstanley plays “Rule Brittania” or the UK National Anthem, and comments on all the fabulous fashions as the carriage makes its way around.
[14:27] Liz Wilner: Arriving back at the Enclosures, we all alight the carriage and take our places within the Royal Enclosure.  Then with a many thanks to all who attend and a wave of my hand…Chip Cheerio!  May the races begin!
[14:27] Lady Sumoku: Woo!
[14:27] Liz Wilner: So please, everyone, do make note on your calendars June 24th, 1-3pm slt.  Please click on the poster for the LM and dress code notecard.  We do ask that the dress code be abided by…it’s actually quite fun to see all the fabulous outfits and hats 😊
[14:27] Fauve Aeon: very exciting business
[14:28] Cassie Eldemar (cashew.writer): smiles
[14:28] OldeSoul Eldemar (oldesoul): and fun too
[14:28] Liz Wilner: If anyone with a shop or a service would like to be a sponsor, please IM either me or Lord Eldemar, and we will gladly accommodate.  All sponsors are announced live, as well as shop logos with LM’s displayed in the sponsors area.
[14:28] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Dangerous request of the Dauphine.
[14:28] Ceejay Writer: I shall try my best to be there!
[14:28] Liz Wilner: Gift prizes must be transfer, and have ranged from actual merchandise to sailing lessons, and gift certificates.  I am very pleased to have returning sponsors---they have all noticed an uptick in visits to their shops after the event.  So consider becoming a sponsor if you can!  All benefits the most worthy cause of RFL.
[14:28] [Second Life: Ladies in hats owned by Oriella Charik gave you 'Ascot links'  ( Babbage Palisade (246,43,106) ).]
[14:29] Liz Wilner: Please click on Her Majesty's portrait for further information about the history of Ascot
[14:29] Liz Wilner: See you at the races!

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Afterwards

[14:29] Cᴀᴘᴛᴀɪɴ Kɪʟʟɪᴀɴ (killianbaileyjameson): thank you very much!
[14:30] [Second Life: Ascot 2017 owned by Oriella Charik gave you 'Ascot 2017 Dress Code'  ( Babbage Palisade (254,36,108) ).]
[14:30] Salon Speaker Tipjar: Thank you for supporting the Aether Salon, KillianBaileyJameson Resident!
[14:30] Lady Sumoku claps
[14:30] Salon Speaker Tipjar: Thank you for supporting the Aether Salon, Ceejay Writer!
[14:30] Majak: thank you
[14:30] Liz Wilner: Please take an invitation...the large poster to my right :)
[14:30] Cassie Eldemar (cashew.writer): ¸♥`*•.¸ APPLAUSE ¸.•*´♥¸
[14:30] Salon Speaker Tipjar: Thank you for supporting the Aether Salon, Lady Sumoku!
[14:30] Ranulf Falconer: "Thank you very much. This was wonderful -- informative and vastly entertaining."
[14:30] Liz Wilner: thank you so much for coming :)
[14:30] Stereo Nacht: I swill have to shop for a new dress... I can't wear the same outfit twice in two years, that is so... Last year! ;-)
[14:30] Salon Speaker Tipjar: Thank you for supporting the Aether Salon, Wildstar Beaumont!
[14:30] Liz Wilner: we can entertain questions...if anyone has any?
[14:31] Charlemagne Allen: It was wonderful
[14:31] Salon Speaker Tipjar: Thank you for supporting the Aether Salon, Stereo Nacht!
[14:31] OldeSoul Eldemar (oldesoul):  (¸¸.•´ ¯¨•.¸¸`•** (•.•)  **•´ ¸¸.•¨¯`•.¸¸)
[14:31] OldeSoul Eldemar (oldesoul): (¨*•.¸´•. :: APPLAUSE!!! :: ¸.•´¸.•*¨)
[14:31] OldeSoul Eldemar (oldesoul):  (¸¸.•´ ¯¨•.¸¸`•** (•.•)  **•´ ¸¸.•¨¯`•.¸¸)
[14:31] Ceejay Writer: I have been a pirate so long... I must shop, tis life or death
[14:31] Salon Speaker Tipjar: Thank you for supporting the Aether Salon, Cashew Writer!
[14:31] Majak: lol
[14:31] Lady Sumoku gasps
[14:31] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Danke, Duchess. Have there been any hat scandals?
[14:31] Kailyn Stormraven (kailyn.bravin): I got one question if you please
[14:31] Fauve Aeon sideyes
[14:31] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) raises benign eyebrows at the Dauphine.
[14:32] Stereo Nacht uses the question time to wave to everyone
[14:32] Majak: waves back
[14:32] Ceejay Writer waves back
[14:32] Kailyn Stormraven (kailyn.bravin): has the ascot been used in any detective story, book or tale, like, for example, sherlock holmes?
[14:32] Fauve Aeon: I do burn easily, there are REASONS
[14:32] Lady Sumoku waves
[14:32] Liz Wilner: oh yes...in recent years some ladies have taken hats to an unearthly limit...hats formed into baskets of fruit, or plates of bangars and mash...to entire tropical trees!  most astounding
[14:32] Ceejay Writer: Plates of food?  Oh nice, I will definitely attend, and will bring my appetite.
[14:32] Charlemagne Allen: What was the most extravagant hat in history?
[14:32] Salon Speaker Tipjar: Thank you for supporting the Aether Salon, Zantabraxus Aristocarnas!
[14:33] Liz Wilner: in My Fair Lady, the musical is prominent with Ascot
[14:33] Charlemagne Allen: Of the Ascot, naturally.
[14:33] Cassie Eldemar (cashew.writer): *thinks of Fuzz Ortega's hat :)
[14:33] Fauve Aeon: I saw a rl English fryup on a hat...I was going to do something more elaborate today but I will have something in time for the actual races ;)
[14:33] Oriella Charik: We must appoint a hat inspector Duchess
[14:34] Liz Wilner: yes...I think we must
[14:34] Lady Sumoku: Fauve will need an extra sim just for the LI
[14:34] Cassie Eldemar (cashew.writer): grins
[14:34] Ceejay Writer: Grim Bros has many hats that might suit if that's helpful to know
[14:34] OldeSoul Eldemar (oldesoul): It is filmed each year
[14:34] Salon Speaker Tipjar: Thank you for supporting the Aether Salon, Serafina Puchkina!
[14:34] Liz Wilner: there have been those who rebuke the strict dress code and come in clothing that is rather questionable
[14:34] Salon Speaker Tipjar: Thank you for supporting the Aether Salon, Callidus Waydelich!
[14:34] Cassie Eldemar (cashew.writer): We are hoping to have a "Hat Gotcha" at the event
[14:34] Lady Sumoku: Scandalous ruffians
[14:34] Ranulf Falconer: "Testing the envelope as it were."
[14:34] Liz Wilner: they are usually removed...but not before being photgraphed for the papers
[14:35] OldeSoul Eldemar (oldesoul): laughs
[14:35] OldeSoul Eldemar (oldesoul): laughs
[14:35] OldeSoul Eldemar (oldesoul): I thought it was - "to the heath"
[14:35] Liz Wilner: one man decided that since short-shorts were not allowed for females in the 1970's...HE would don them
[14:35] Liz Wilner: most unfortunate sight
[14:35] Ceejay Writer: Gasp!
[14:35] Cassie Eldemar (cashew.writer): laughs
[14:35] Charlemagne Allen: TMI
[14:35] Ceejay Writer: Too Much I....nnerthigh
[14:36] Cᴀᴘᴛᴀɪɴ Kɪʟʟɪᴀɴ (killianbaileyjameson): haw haw
[14:36] Liz Wilner: oh yes...and the knee high socks he chose for said outfit were...well...unfortunate
[14:36] Oriella Charik: Her Majesty's granddaughters usually have 'unusual' hats
[14:36] Liz Wilner: with sandals, I might add
[14:36] Lady Sumoku gasps!
[14:36] Fauve Aeon: I think since HugoBoss is overseeing the sartorial things this year RL it will go well
[14:36] Ceejay Writer: I really must keep up on this event from now on
[14:36] Charlemagne Allen: Aether Salon is always a good time.
[14:36] Kailyn Stormraven (kailyn.bravin): I´d like to have my question answered... ¿know of any book or novel which has taken place at the ascot?
[14:36] Liz Wilner: oh yes...Eugenie and Beatrice do favor the unusual...but they do stay within the measurements bounds
[14:37] OldeSoul Eldemar (oldesoul): Pygmalion
[14:37] Liz Wilner: I do not know of any book or novel
[14:37] OldeSoul Eldemar (oldesoul): which is the play that My Fair Lady derives from
[14:37] Liz Wilner: yes...Pygmalion the play...later known as My Fair Lady
[14:37] Ceejay Writer: Oh I meant Royal Ascot.... Salon has been a good time since eons ago!
[14:38] Liz Wilner: Ceejay...I promise you will have a wonderful time
[14:38] Fauve Aeon: Well everyone should keepup on the Salon too :)
[14:38] Liz Wilner: June 24th...be there!  lol
[14:38] Kailyn Stormraven (kailyn.bravin): My fair lady... excellent
[14:38] Sera (serafina.puchkina): It sounds like great fun.
[14:38] Ceejay Writer: :)  I have already added it to my Outlook calendar.
[14:38] Ceejay Writer: And oh do I have hats.....
[14:39] Liz Wilner: do remember...the dress code also is about clothing
[14:39] Fauve Aeon: huzzahfor hats
[14:39] Stereo Nacht: Big Tiny hat shopping ahead!
[14:39] Liz Wilner: the dresses for the ladies are as much the statement as the hats
[14:39] Ranulf Falconer: "The combinations are striking."
[14:39] Ceejay Writer: I have about 100 hats in SL and nary a chance to wear them.
[14:39] Liz Wilner: and of course, the men in their morning suits and top hats...wonderful to see
[14:39] [Second Life: Charlemagne Allen gave you Drunkenness.]
[14:39] OldeSoul Eldemar (oldesoul): Lady Tea Gupte always sports lovely hats
[14:39] Liz Wilner: do remember...the dress code also is about clothing
[14:39] Fauve Aeon: huzzahfor hats
[14:39] Stereo Nacht: Big Tiny hat shopping ahead!
[14:39] Liz Wilner: the dresses for the ladies are as much the statement as the hats
[14:39] Ranulf Falconer: "The combinations are striking."
[14:39] Ceejay Writer: I have about 100 hats in SL and nary a chance to wear them.
[14:39] Liz Wilner: and of course, the men in their morning suits and top hats...wonderful to see
[14:39] [Second Life: Charlemagne Allen gave you Drunkenness.]
[14:39] OldeSoul Eldemar (oldesoul): Lady Tea Gupte always sports lovely hats
[14:40] Lady Sumoku can imagine
[14:40] [Second Life: Ascot 2017 owned by Oriella Charik gave you 'Ascot 2017'  ( Babbage Palisade (254,36,108) ).]
[14:40] [Second Life: Ascot 2017 owned by Oriella Charik gave you 'Royal Ascot @ Blackhawk Heights'  ( Babbage Palisade (254,36,108) ).]
[14:40] OldeSoul Eldemar (oldesoul): Your Grace Liz, I have a question about this year, is a particular colour being sported this year
[14:40] Liz Wilner: and the races are so fun...if any riders out there or horses to enter a race...please see either myself or Olde after this salon
[14:41] Liz Wilner: ah...colors
[14:41] OldeSoul Eldemar (oldesoul): I am not good at keeping up with the trends
[14:41] Liz Wilner: attendees are free to choose a color of their choice
[14:41] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) is not much for the wearing of hats.
[14:41] Charlemagne Allen wants a pony
[14:41] Oriella Charik: Plainly whatever I choose to wear is fashionable!
[14:41] Liz Wilner: yes I know Baron...but once a year one can ease ;)
[14:42] Majak: lol
[14:42] Ceejay Writer: BAron, I have a HEllo Kitty hat that might suit you?
[14:42] OldeSoul Eldemar (oldesoul): the tinies ride ponies
[14:42] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) glares at Fraulein Ceejay
[14:42] OldeSoul Eldemar (oldesoul): smile :)
[14:42] Liz Wilner: Oriella and I always coordinate for colors...the year's "royal colors"...revealed when we arrive :)
[14:42] Lady Sumoku offers the Baron this hat: http://wordwenches.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c84c753ef014e88fd6493970d-popup
[14:42] Ceejay Writer beams a smile back
[14:42] OldeSoul Eldemar (oldesoul): then *chuckles
[14:42] Cassie Eldemar (cashew.writer): Cometh the Hour: Book Six Of the Clifton Chronicles ... Rouge, Louisiana, who's in England to see his horse run at Royal Ascot. ...
[14:43] Liz Wilner: oh wonderful Cas!  thank you!
[14:43] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): I found a note about one of the James Bond novels with Royal Ascot featured.
[14:43] Ceejay Writer: Nice find!
[14:43] CountessAdaLovelace whispers,  'rani, there's that mr mannonen.  when did he sneak in?'
[14:43] Liz Wilner: Cassie is our intrepid builder...so much detail she gives to the entire event
[14:43] CountessAdaLovelace whispers,  'rani, there's that mr mannonen.  when did he sneak in?'
[14:43] Liz Wilner: Cassie is our intrepid builder...so much detail she gives to the entire event
[14:43] Liz Wilner appluds Cassie
[14:43] Ranulf Falconer: "A bit ago."
[14:43] Kailyn Stormraven (kailyn.bravin): excellent, bond too
[14:43] Ceejay Writer: The Writer clan is good folk.
[14:43] Liz Wilner: *applauds
[14:44] OldeSoul Eldemar (oldesoul): yes they are Lady CeeJay
[14:44] Cassie Eldemar (cashew.writer): :)
[14:44] Ceejay Writer: :D
[14:44] CountessAdaLovelace whispers,  'he's hired a new clerk, you know.  his business must be booming,'
[14:44] CountessAdaLovelace applauds with the rest of the crowd
[14:44] Fauve Aeon: A Hat Gacha or dispenser sopunds fun
[14:45] Fauve Aeon: *sounds
[14:45] Ceejay Writer: Well, I should be going. I must whip together a dinner in the next hour, to be ready to see Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus's final performance.
[14:45] Liz Wilner: oo!
[14:45] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Gute Nacht, Fraulein.
[14:45] Callidus Waydelich: Oh, my.
[14:45] Fauve Aeon: is it broadcast or are yougoing?
[14:45] OldeSoul Eldemar (oldesoul): wonderful
[14:45] Ranulf Falconer: "This was most impressive."
[14:45] Liz Wilner: thank you for coming Ceejay :)
[14:45] Charlemagne Allen: This was wonderful
[14:45] Ceejay Writer: Broadcast in various online venues.  Here!  https://www.ringling.com/
[14:45] Stereo Nacht: Good night Ms. Writer!
[14:45] Charlemagne Allen: And you can't have enough hats.
[14:45] Cassie Eldemar (cashew.writer): yes, Thank you so much Liz and Oriella :)
[14:45] Cassie Eldemar (cashew.writer): ¸♥`*•.¸Take Care & Merry Paths¸.•*´♥¸
[14:45] Kailyn Stormraven (kailyn.bravin): thanks
[14:46] Ceejay Writer: Thank you, I have learned SO much about a tradition I was unfamiliar with. I really appreciate that.
[14:46] Majak: thank you all
[14:46] Zantabraxus (zantabraxus.aristocarnas) regrets that it is a final performance for Ringling
[14:46] Liz Wilner: thank you all for coming...hope to see you at the races!
[14:46] OldeSoul Eldemar (oldesoul): Thank you everyone !
[14:46] Sera (serafina.puchkina): I must leave as well. RL is calling rather loudly. Thank you, ladies for a most entertaining presentation.
[14:46] Lady Sumoku shakes fist at RL.
[14:46] Cᴀᴘᴛᴀɪɴ Kɪʟʟɪᴀɴ (killianbaileyjameson): have a lovely evening/day, all. Thank you for the presentation.
[14:46] Stereo Nacht:  `*.¸.*´ APPLAUSE `*.¸.*´APPLAUSE `*.¸.*´
[14:46] Eilidh McCullough: Most informative and engaging - I must also depart.
[14:46] Wildstar Beaumont: :)
[14:46] CountessAdaLovelace: 'thank you so very much, misses wilner and charik!'
[14:46] Callidus Waydelich smiles
[14:46] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta) applaids
[14:47] Zantabraxus (zantabraxus.aristocarnas): Wonderful talk, Duchess  *smiles*
[14:47] Ranulf Falconer applauds
[14:47] Salon Speaker Tipjar: Thank you for supporting the Aether Salon, Fauve Aeon!
[14:47] [You paid Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) L$250.]
[14:47] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta) nudges in an extra U
[14:47] Zantabraxus (zantabraxus.aristocarnas) applauds
[14:47] Liz Wilner: :) thank you
[14:47] Salon Speaker Tipjar: Thank you for supporting the Aether Salon, Ancasta Resident!
[14:47] OldeSoul Eldemar (oldesoul): Thank you so much Ladies
[14:47] Callidus Waydelich: A fine presentation indeed. Time to go!
[14:47] Oriella Charik: Thank you everyone, have a fine evening
[14:47] Lady Sumoku claps some more.
[14:47] Stereo Nacht: Good night Duchess Liz, Admiral Beaumont, Countess Ada, Mr. Falconeer, Ms. McCullough, Lady Sumoku, Ms. Blitzen, Baron Wulfenbach, Queen Zantabraxus, Ms. Aller, Ms. Aeon, Ms. Majak, Mr. Mannonen, Mr. Eldemar!
[14:47] Stereo Nacht: And anhyone I am missing, but looks like I missed most departing while typing...
[14:48] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta) waves to those leaving
[14:48] Wildstar Beaumont: good night Captain Stereo
[14:48] Lady Sumoku waves and waves again.
[14:48] Liz Wilner waves to everyone
[14:48] Charlemagne Allen: need to run
[14:48] Charlemagne Allen: mwah
[14:48] Fauve Aeon: *hugs, Charl*
[14:49] Stereo Nacht curtsies
[14:49] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Danke, those leaving, for your attendance.
[14:51] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Your Grace, your tips.
[14:51] Liz Wilner: thank you, Baron :)
[14:51] Liz Wilner: I hope you think it went well?
[14:51] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): A bit shorter than usual, but everyone seemed to enjoy it. Ware the doors.
[14:58] Ranulf Falconer: "Thank you for a wonderfu salon."
[14:58] CountessAdaLovelace: 'yes, thank you very much, everyone.'
[14:58] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Danke for your attendance, Herr Falconer.
[14:58] Liz Wilner: thank you for coming :)
[14:58] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Countess Ada.
[15:00] Liz Wilner: thank you Baron...we enjoyed doing this :)
[15:00] Oriella Charik: Yes indeed
[15:01] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Danke. I was hoping it would be a little more in depth, but it was enjoyed by the audience.
[15:01] Oriella Charik puts hat on her shopping list

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Links, dates and LM for SL Royal Ascot

For more information regarding Royal Ascot, please visit these sites:

https://www.ascot.co.uk/

http://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofEngland/Royal-Ascot/

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-berkshire-13695338

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2010/jun/15/ascot-fashion-century

https://www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk/life-and-living/explore/lifestyle/history-of-the-ascot-hat/
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Royal Ascot 2017 Second Life
24 June 2017, 1-3PM SLT at Blackhawk Downs

DRESS CODE

Royal Ascot is a very special occasion for those lucky enough to be there. It has always been a traditional British event and that is reflected in the dress code throughout the week of races.  Below are the three areas for viewing.  We hope you enjoy your day at the races!

Royal Enclosure:

Ladies are required to wear formal day clothing whilst within the Royal Enclosure as described:
• Dresses and skirts of a length just below the knee or longer
• Dresses and tops with straps of one inch or more
• If a jacket is worn, the dress or top must still comply with the above standard
• Trouser suits of full length and same colour are welcome
• Hats should be worn; alternatively a head piece with a 4 inch base or more is acceptable
Please note the following:
• Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck, spaghetti straps are not permitted in the Enclosure
• Midriffs must be covered

Gentlemen are required to wear either a black or grey morning suit which must include:
• A waistcoat
• A tie or cravat
• A black or grey top hat
• Black shoes
A gentlemen’s top hat may be removed within the refreshment tent, private box or private club.

Grandstand:

Ladies with admission to the grandstand are encouraged to dress as if attending a formal occasion. Please take note of the following:
• A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times
• Strapless or sheer strap dresses and tops are not permitted
• Trousers must be full length and worn with a top that follows the above guideline.
• Jackets maybe worn, however the dress or top it covers should adhere to the above guideline.
• Midriffs must be covered
• Shorts are not permitted

Gentlemen are required to wear a suit with a shirt and tie.

Silver Ring and Heath Enclosure:

Although no formal dress code applies in the Silver Ring Enclosure and Heath Enclosure, race goers are encouraged to wear smart clothes.

PLEASE NOTE THAT BARE CHESTS ARE NOT PERMITTED AT ANY TIME


























Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Æther Salon - Asylums! (Edited Transcript)

Most of you know me as Beryl Strifeclaw.  I keep the asylum here in New Babbage afloat when I'm not off on some insane quest or other unexpected madness.

Let me begin this by saying how this journey began for me and the reason that I began taking an interest in asylums and mental hospitals, long before I joined SL. It had nothing to do with a fascination with the past.  I met someone who actually worked in a hospital treating those in need.  I would soon learn something from them that you aren't going to see in a history book or a newspaper.

Everyone probably has or had a friend, or at least seen depicted on TV, where someone cannot stand how their profession is depicted on screen.  Real lawyers who hate how slimey they are represented, Doctors who despise being compared to their television actors (Patch Adams), Cheerleaders as the brainless bullies, and soldiers complain the truth is never accurately depicted. My friend had similar complaints about mental institutions, except theirs was that in all forms of media the asylum or hospital was never there to actually help anyone.  It was always a backdrop for some twisted location where no one listened, people experimented uncarringly upon patients, or delighted in torturing their victims.

To them every asylum or mental hospital represented in stories was always the backdrop of a 'torture porn' where those who worked there had no redeeming qualities at all.  The most recent examples of these I've spoken to them about was American Horror Story: Asylum and the psychiatrist in American Horror Story: Murder House. She despised both of these depictions as it only further serves the negative perception in the public mind toward mental health facilities.  The worst part for her was when the psychiatrist in Murder House called therapy a sick joke and no one was ever helped by it. She found that offensive to everything she represented. Often when people speak of mental hospitals and asylums this picture of torment and torture is brought to mind first.  Sadly it is just another thing, like the social stigma and mockery surrounding medication or needing therapy, that adds to the anxiety that make many people forgo the help that they could get.There is no getting around that terrible things happened in these places, and the manner of their corruptions might still surprise you.

However, if you take nothing else out of this, I hope it will be to realize that there are still people working in these facilities, which have much better practices today than even twenty years ago.  For every uncaring individual wanting their pay-check, or corrupt practitioners, there are people who want to help those in need and nothing I say today should stop you from seeking them out.
With that said lets go back to the earliest asylums...

In 872, Ahmad ibn Tulun built a hospital in Cairo that provided care to the insane, which included music therapy.  Bimaristans were Islamic institutions that were later described by European travellers who wrote about their wonder at the care and kindness shown to 'lunatics'. Despite this medical historians would say, "They were a drop in the ocean for the vast population that they had to serve, and their true function lay in highlighting ideals of compassion and bringing together the activities of the medical profession."  (Roy Porter 1997 The Greatest Benefit to Mankind: A Medical History of Humanity)

In Europe during the medieval era, the 'mad' were housed in a variety of settings. Monasteries, towers (fools' towers), hospitals and more. The ancient Parisian hospital Hôtel-Dieu also had a small number of cells set aside for lunatics, whilst the town of Elbing boasted a madhouse, the Tollhaus, attached to the Teutonic Knights' hospital. Dave Sheppard's Development of Mental Health Law and Practice began in 1285 with a case that linked "the instigation of the devil" with being "frantic and mad". The level of provision for the care and control of the insane remained extremely limited at the turn of the 18th century. Madness was seen as a domestic problem, with families and parish authorities central to regimens of care. Parish authorities would often provide financial support, the provision of parish nurses and, where family care was not possible, lunatics might be 'boarded out' to other members of the local community or committed to private madhouses or workhouses.

In the late 17th century, this model began to change, and privately run asylums for the insane began to proliferate and expand in size. Already in 1632 it was recorded that Bethlem Royal Hospital, London had "below stairs a parlor, a kitchen, two larders, a long entry throughout the house, and 21 rooms wherein the poor distracted people lie, and above the stairs eight rooms more for servants and the poor to lie in".  (Allderidge, Patricia 1979 Management and Mismanagement at Bedlam). Inmates who were deemed dangerous or disturbing were chained, but Bethlem was an otherwise free roaming building. Its inhabitants could wander around its confines and possibly throughout the general neighborhood in which the hospital was situated.  In 1676, Bethlem expanded into newly built premises at Moorfields with a capacity for 100 inmates. Practices such as leeching the patients and restraints such as the 'Tranquilizer chair' were used during this era.

This, is the tranquillizer chair. The idea was that they couldn't see, hear or otherwise get any stimulation. The bucket was for what you think it was for. The mad were more likely to go more insane in these conditions. But that was because they weren't interested in treating the patients. Privately run asylums quickly got a reputation for caring more about profits than care for their patients.  The August 19, 1858 edition of The Times printed an editorial about three cases of wrongful confinement. The editor used those accounts, which were filled with detailed descriptions of greed and corruption leading to these confinements revealed the subpar regulations in place. People were bribing doctors to wrongfully commit relatives in order to receive their inheritances early among other things.

According to the editor any man or woman could, without much difficulty, be incarcerated in a Private Lunatic Asylum when fully within the realm of reason.  Private asylums like these would have been employed by the upper class, as they were expensive, but in the case of inheritance it was sometimes worth the cost. The corruption went further.  Sometimes Asylum directors were bribed to ensure better care was given to one specific patient. Someone who wanted to lock up their sister or mother but ensure nothing bad happened to them.  The fear of abuse made the Doctors even more influential because even judges and politicians had to use their services for members of their family.

By failing to place a relative who was thought to be insane or problematic to the status quo into an asylum, families were opening up the possibilities of “immediate danger, disgraceful scenes, and exposures” to the public and ruining their family image. (Monroe, Henry Articles on Reform in Private Asylums. Deviance, Disorder, and the Self.) In this era where your image was everything, incarcerating anyone who shamed your family on the surface was important to your own welfare. There were asylums for 'hysterical women' and 'drunkards' and women who were guilty of 'infidelity'.  Here are just a few things that could get one involuntarily committed:  Insanity caused by anxiety, Epilepsy,  Insanity caused by childbirth, Insanity caused by overwork, depression, inebriation, and infidelity (known as 'Moral Insanity')

Even their opinions were enough to get women incarcerated.  The men who were in charge of these women, either a husband, father, or brother, could send women to mental institutions stating that they believed that these women were mentally ill because of their strong opinions.  Between the years of 1850-1900, women were placed in mental institutions for behaving in ways the male society did not agree with. "These men had the last say when it came to the mental health of these women, so if they believed that these women were mentally ill, or if they simply wanted to silence the voices and opinions of these women, they could easily send them to mental institutions. This was an easy way to render them vulnerable and submissive."  (Packard, E.P. (1873). Modern persecution, or, Insane asylums unveiled as demonstrated by the report of the Investigating Committee of the Legislature of Illinois.)

However, not everyone was corrupt.  And even the corrupt ones did not stand in the way as things were changing for the better as the world was getting ready for Sigmund Freud's theories.  Even decades before his studies into psychotherapy things were becoming more humane during the Enlightenment and 'Optimistic' asylum periods. Attitudes towards the mentally ill began to change. It came to be viewed as a disorder that required compassionate treatment that would aid in the rehabilitation of the victim. When the ruling monarch of the United Kingdom George III, who suffered from a mental disorder, experienced a remission in 1789, mental illness came to be seen as something which could be treated and cured.

Therapeutic Optimism in asylums ran from about 1830 to around 1860 and were at its height in the 1840s. Asylums built under the 1808 and 1828 County Asylums Act tended to be left to the management of doctors. As the theories and techniques of managing lunatics in asylums developed, so did the belief that this asylum treatment itself was the correct, scientific way to cure 'lunacy'. Signs of the therapeutic change can be seen in the changing legislation. The 1828 Madhouses Act, unlike the 1774 Act, was concerned about conditions in asylums. These included the 'moral conditions'. Official visitors were required to inquire about the performance of divine service and its effects. In 1832, this inquiry was extended to include "what description of employment, amusement or recreation (if any) is provided". This was not much, but it was a start.

In May 1839 John Connolly visited Lincoln Asylum where Robert Gardiner Hill had abolished mechanical restraint of patients in a small asylum. On appointment to Hanwell, Connolly proceeded to abolish it in a large asylum. Several English asylums were practising non-restraint by 1844. Doctors were already recognizing that chains and restraints were worsening the patients conditions instead of helping them recover.  To paraphrase the friend I mentioned at the beginning, 'because real life isn't a horror story where doctors are soulless monsters, they did what scientists are supposed to do and changed their practices to fit the science.'

Iron chains, mercury pills, and Tranquillizer chairs were being abandoned for more humane treatments and eventually most were discontinued completely in the 1850's as a failed experiment along with bleeding the patients. Outdated treatments, there were many: Instead they began to utilize actions and the freedom to move around their tiny rooms.  When left with nothing to do but live in the tiny space patients often went mad even when they were sane before but activities were being introduced.  Painting, reading, and game activities. So while you might have found devices like the tranquilizer chair in the old asylum in Babbage, the Dunsany, it was considered archaic to Professor Rance or Solsen 'today'.  However, we would be starting to use Steam boxes, hydrotherapy, lobotomies, and radium therapy instead.

The steam box. Basically using water and sweat to calm people. The science showed them it might work and for some it did, especially in inebriates asylums.  But...In our era, 188X, focus had shifted from incarceration and chains to treatments.  Some of these treatments were misguided or fundamentally flawed.

Treatments would continue to improve after Freud as people tried different techniques in their quest to help.  However conditions were still far from perfect and corrupt practices still had rational, innocent people taken away to private asylums. Journalists would soon begin exposing this world in more depth.  Unsurprisingly there were very few who would check themselves in during the era of the Tranquillizer chair.  Now exposes would become more frequent as more journalists began to feel safer committing themselves to get their stories, and the rampant abuse, terrible conditions, and corruption would be exposed.

The Victorian era, our era, actually set the stage for modern mental hospitals with the advances we made. Reforms would continue and eventually bedlams would abandon some of their morals due to overcrowding and more unstable patients.  Asylums would eventually fall out of favor and be replaced with mental hospitals

To cover everything that covers asylums would take far more than an hour could possibly contain, so here are a few resources you can use:

http://studymore.org.uk/mhhtim.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_treatment
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-2141741/Sent-asylum-The-Victorian-women-locked-suffering-stress-post-natal-depression-anxiety.html

But really it takes only a few seconds of research these days to find the abuse.  It's much harder to find the humanity hidden in there.

I will finish off by saying this. There is help, and you should not let anything I say or reveal during this salon stop anyone from seeking assistance should they need it.  Even if some psychiatrists got their license from a cracker jackbox, and others mock those who need help or medication, do not let that stop you from seeking needed assistance. Unless someone is a mental health specialist themselves, they have no right to comment upon your mental health in any way.

Fin~