Friday, September 22, 2017

Pirates! (Unedited Transcript)

[14:05]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Shall we get started?
[14:05]  Cassie Eldemar (cassiewritereldemar): Hi Ms Eili
[14:05]  Zantabraxus (zantabraxus.aristocarnas): Greetings, Elidh
[14:05]  Wildstar Beaumont: let us
[14:06]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): A few quick points before we start properly.
[14:06]  Charlemagne Allen: please do
[14:06]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): 1) To ensure you can hear the speaker, stand or sit on the patterned carpet.
[14:06]  Tepic Harlequin: Honeymooner's salad! Let us alone! hehehe
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[14:06]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): 7 ) Edited and unedited transcripts of these proceedings will be posted at http://aethersalon.blogspot.com.
[14:07]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): 8) Tea and treats are set out - help yourself! Beware of possible Hatchies guarding the sweet biscuits.
[14:07]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) paid you L$250.
[14:08]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Admiral Beaumont's presentations on various aspects of naval history have become so popular, he is now a Salon institution, and returns every September with new and fascinating information. As Admiral of the Rosehaven fleet, he is well versed on all these aspects, and today brings us the Golden Age of Piracy!
[14:08]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Danke, Herr Admiral, and welcome back.
[14:08]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) applauds
[14:08]  Wildstar Beaumont: thank you Herr Baron !
[14:09]  Wildstar Beaumont: Arr everyone !
[14:09]  Dee Wells (promiscute): Arrrrrrrrr
[14:09]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Arrr.
[14:09]  Wildstar Beaumont: Thanks for coming ! :)
[14:09]  OldeSoul Eldemar (oldesouleldemar): Arrr!
[14:09]  Tepic Harlequin: Arrrrrr Captain!
[14:09]  Cassie Eldemar (cassiewritereldemar): Arrr :)
[14:09]  Wildstar Beaumont: It has become almost a tradition for me to give a naval themed talk in the month of September
[14:09]  Podruly Peccable: arrr!
[14:09]  Charlemagne Allen: wonderful
[14:09]  Wildstar Beaumont: This year the theme focuses on something very popular: the golden age of piracy
[14:10]  Wildstar Beaumont: The golden age of piracy is traditionally considered lasting from the 1650s to 1730s. However, many historians now believe that the majority of plundering and action took place over just a decade from 1716 to 1726
[14:10]  Wildstar Beaumont: This coincides with the end of the Spanish Succession War  (1701-14) when many well trained sailors previously employed in the European navies found themselves out of work
[14:11]  Wildstar Beaumont: Many of the merchant sailors previously used by their country’s navies  and the privateers who had taken payment in the form of the portion of the spoils  turned to piracy.
[14:11]  Wildstar Beaumont: After all the art of plundering was what they knew best
[14:11]  Tepic Harlequin: Transferable skills!
[14:11]  Wildstar Beaumont: During this period  in history there was growing merchant traffic in the Atlantic
[14:11]  Stereo Nacht: Good evening Mr. Jervil!
[14:12]  Vernden Jervil: Evening Stereo
[14:12]  Dee Wells (promiscute) waves to Vernden :)
[14:12]  Wildstar Beaumont: Ships sailed out of Europe carrying weapons and other manufactured goods to the coast of Africa where they were traded for slaves. The slaves were then shipped to the Caribbean where they were traded for tobacco, cocoa and sugar which was then shipped back to Europe. This was known as the Triangular Transatlantic Slave Trade
[14:12]  Stereo Nacht waves quietly as she tries to find a chair without disturbing anyone
[14:12]  Vernden Jervil waves at where he thinks Dee is
[14:12]  Dee Wells (promiscute): ;)
[14:12]  Wildstar Beaumont: These trading routes created prime targets for pirates operating in Caribbean waters.
[14:13]  Wildstar Beaumont: In 1715, a group of pirates swooped on Spanish divers attempting to recover the cargo of a galleon which had sunk off the coast of Florida.
[14:13]  Wildstar Beaumont: This would become the richest raid of the Golden Age as the cargo was gold. The pirates were English ex-privateers Henry Jennings, Charles Vane, Samuel Bellamy, Edward England and Benjamin Hornigold who became known as the Flying Gang.
[14:13]  Charlemagne Allen: hello stereo
[14:14]  Wildstar Beaumont: When they went back to  Jamaica  they found the ports closed to them and the governor was refusing to allow them to spend their plundered gold on the island
[14:14]  Stereo Nacht ponders; "Flying gang wihtout an airship?"
[14:15]  Wildstar Beaumont: This prompted to  create a new island base in the Bahamas. The town of Nassau ,in the island of New Providence, which had a harbour that was too shallow for Royal Navy ships to enter became their new ‘home’ (any “Black Sails” fan here ?)
[14:15]  Wildstar Beaumont grins at Captain Stereo
[14:15]  Podruly Peccable raises his hand
[14:15]  Wildstar Beaumont: Sir Pod ?
[14:15]  Vernden Jervil whispers over to Stereo "They didn't invent airship for at least a few more months...or something"
[14:15]  Dee Wells (promiscute) snickers
[14:15]  Podruly Peccable: Sorry, I'm a fan of Black Sails
[14:16]  Wildstar Beaumont: not until Steam , anyway ;)
[14:16]  Wildstar Beaumont smiles
[14:16]  Wildstar Beaumont: I am too :)
[14:16]  Satu Moreau: Hehe
[14:16]  Wildstar Beaumont: Edward Teach (or Thatch), better known as Blackbeard, is perhaps the most famous pirate of the Golden Age of Piracy.
[14:16]  Wildstar Beaumont: more about him later
[14:17]  Charlemagne Allen: i do hope so
[14:17]  Wildstar Beaumont: However the  of most successful pirate was a captain who became at least five times richer than Blackbeard. His name was Bartholomew Roberts… otherwise known as Black Bart.
[14:18]  Wildstar Beaumont: However the title* of most successful ...
[14:18]  Wildstar Beaumont: Bartholomew Roberts was forced to join a pirate crew after his ship was captured
[14:19]  Wildstar Beaumont: Only six weeks after his capture, Bartholomew Roberts became Captain of Howell Davis’ pirate fleet after the former captain was killed trying to raid a British Island off the coast of Africa.
[14:19]  Tepic Harlequin: blimey.... a good career path then? loads of advancement?
[14:19]  Wildstar Beaumont: Black Bart had adapted quite easily to pirate life and he is quoted to have said : “"In an honest service there is thin commons, low wages, and hard labour; in this, plenty and satiety, pleasure and ease, liberty and power; and who would not balance creditor on this side, when all the hazard that is run for it, at worst, is only a sour look or two at choking. No, a merry life and a short one, shall be my motto.“
[14:20]  Wildstar Beaumont: He went on  to successfully capture over 400 ships, acquiring loot with an estimated value of around £23 million.
[14:20]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) raises his eyebrows
[14:20]  Satu Moreau: Holy cow
[14:20]  Podruly Peccable: Wow
[14:20]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): What would that be in lindens today?
[14:20]  Wildstar Beaumont: He was eventually killed  in 1722 when  HMS Swallow spotted his fleet while most crewmen where drunk celebrating the capture of another ship
[14:21]  Cassie Eldemar (cassiewritereldemar): goodness
[14:21]  OldeSoul Eldemar (oldesouleldemar): wait - Million ?
[14:21]  Wildstar Beaumont: yep ... 23 million pounds
[14:21]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): At the time, or modern equivalent?
[14:21]  Charlemagne Allen: That's usually how it happens
[14:22]  Vernden Jervil: and then his ship sank, cause that is heavy (forgive American humor)
[14:22]  Cassie Eldemar (cassiewritereldemar): equivalent surely
[14:22]  Charlemagne Allen: drum roll
[14:22]  Wildstar Beaumont: that is a good question Herr Baron ... my source did not specify and I wondered myself ...
[14:22]  Cassie Eldemar (cassiewritereldemar): I remember when an ounce of gold was $32
[14:23]  Vernden Jervil: 23 million is possible, the wealth of the world was moved by ship back then
[14:23]  Podruly Peccable: probably wasn't on his tax return
[14:23]  Cassie Eldemar (cassiewritereldemar): :)
[14:24]  Wildstar Beaumont: Many historians believe the death of Black Bart effectively ended the Golden Age of Piracy as it began a trend of expanding the reach of law-enforcing naval ships into previously lawless open seas.
[14:24]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): That would be around L$7,098,327,200.
[14:25]  Wildstar Beaumont: I would not condier that irrealistinc , considering the value of 400 captured ships
[14:25]  Vernden Jervil: So at least a few months tier
[14:25]  Wildstar Beaumont: :)
[14:25]  Cassie Eldemar (cassiewritereldemar): oh my goodness
[14:25]  Charlemagne Allen: Did he stash it somewhere?
[14:25]  Salon Speaker Tipjar: Thank you for supporting the Aether Salon, Liz Wilner!
[14:25]  Wildstar Beaumont: Despite  the golden age of piracy being often associated with the Caribbean, Black Bart’s success and the success of many other pirates may have been inspired by Captain Henry Every, a notorious pirate on the first ‘Pirate Round’ in the Indian Ocean.
[14:25]  Salon Speaker Tipjar: Thank you for supporting the Aether Salon, Podruly Peccable!
[14:25]  Salon Speaker Tipjar: Thank you for supporting the Aether Salon, Stereo Nacht!
[14:26]  Wildstar Beaumont: The Pirate Round is a term used to describe a piracy route in the Indian Ocean around the end of the 17th century.
[14:26]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) paid you L$100.
[14:26]  Wildstar Beaumont: Thomas Tew, also known as the Rhode Island Pirate, coined the term after successfully raiding ships off the Cape of Good Hope. His success inspired others, including Henry Every, to operate as pirates in the same area.
[14:27]  Wildstar Beaumont: Tew he joined forces with Every and others to target a ship owned by the Mughal Empire in India. Tew was killed in the raid but Every successfully plundered riches worth at least £325,000.
[14:27]  Salon Speaker Tipjar: Thank you for supporting the Aether Salon, Eden Resident!
[14:27]  Wildstar Beaumont: This led to the British East India Company putting a bounty on his head and appointing William Kidd (more on him later) as a privateer to hunt him down
[14:27]  Salon Speaker Tipjar: Thank you for supporting the Aether Salon, OldeSoulEldemar Resident!
[14:27]  Wildstar Beaumont: After the raid, Henry Every vanished and nothing is known of his whereabouts after 1696. Legend has it that he established a pirate utopia on a tropical island that has never been identified and lived out the rest of his days as the King of Pirates
[14:27]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) paid you L$100.
[14:28]  Tepic Harlequin: were he the original Billy the Kidd?
[14:28]  Vernden Jervil: hee
[14:28]  Wildstar Beaumont: The fact that he evaded capture despite a hefty bounty on his head no doubt inspired many down-trodden seamen to chance their luck aboard a pirate ship in the Golden Age of Piracy.
[14:28]  Wildstar Beaumont: As you may know – or have guessed - have  guessed William Kidd turned to a life of piracy himself.
[14:29]  Wildstar Beaumont: Kidd started was appointed a privateer, to hunt pirates like Henry  Every and also raid enemy ships. The King issued Captain Kidd with written permission to apprehend all pirates of any nationality and granted him special permission to attack and plunder all French ships.  However, it was also made clear in writing that he must not attack any ship that was a friend of the Crown
[14:29]  Wildstar Beaumont: After month s without any booty , under pressure from a disgruntled crew, he turned to piracy.
[14:29]  Stereo Nacht: So, basically, be a pirate against French ships, arrest all other pirates...
[14:30]  Wildstar Beaumont: yep !
[14:30]  Wildstar Beaumont: that's basically a privateer ;)
[14:30]  Vernden Jervil: pretty much the life of a privateer
[14:30]  Tepic Harlequin: if yer got a letter from yer King, it's alright.....
[14:30]  Cassie Eldemar (cassiewritereldemar): :)
[14:30]  Wildstar Beaumont: After capturing a rich Armenian ship and after heading to the West Indies, Kidd discovered he was being accused of piracy and was a wanted man.
[14:30]  Vernden Jervil: or at least a king, no need to be picky
[14:30]  Stereo Nacht: Hm. Do you think the Guv'nah would provide me such a letter? ;-)
[14:31]  Stereo Nacht: (Or maybe the Vicereine?)
[14:31]  Wildstar Beaumont: well ... I have such a letter issued by Miss Serra ;)
[14:31]  Stereo Nacht: Ooooh!
[14:31]  Charlemagne Allen: King of the Pirates!
[14:31]  Wildstar Beaumont: Captain Kidd tried to negotiate a pardon but he was arrested and sent to England to be put on trial. The trial is now known to be  shamelessly flawed but William Kidd was found guilty and hanged .
[14:32]  Wildstar Beaumont: It took two attempts to hang Captain Kidd as the first rope placed around his neck broke and he dropped to the ground still alive. His corpse was then tarred and placed in an iron cage and displayed to all
[14:32]  Wildstar Beaumont: After his death his legend grew, and the belief that pirates buried their treasure gathered strength- fuelled to this day by tales such as Treasure Island.
[14:32]  Salon Speaker Tipjar: Thank you for supporting the Aether Salon, Zantabraxus Aristocarnas!
[14:33]  Wildstar Beaumont: From 1716 to 1718, Blackbeard became the most feared pirate in the Caribbean and on the Atlantic. His reign of terror lasted just two years but his legacy lives on to this day.
[14:33]  Wildstar Beaumont: Blackbeard is thought to have been born in England as Edward Teach or Thatch. Little is known of his early life but it’s believed that he may have developed his skills as a sailor working aboard privateering ships
[14:33]  Wildstar Beaumont: He joined Captain Benjamin Hornigold, of Flying Gang fame, on the island of New Providence around 1716. Soon he captured a large French slave ship, La Concorde, which Teach renamed Queen Anne’s Revenge.
[14:34]  Wildstar Beaumont: At the end of 1717 Hornigold retired from piracy and he accepted the King’s Pardon (he had never attacked British cargo even as a pirate). Edward Teach continued to terrorise the seas and his fearsome appearance led to him becoming known as Blackbeard.
[14:35]  Wildstar Beaumont: A man of considerable size, he made himself larger than life by wearing a crimson red coat, long boots and a wide hat, under which he would wear more burning ropes fastened into his hair.
[14:35]  Wildstar Beaumont: So, his reputation alone was enough to make most merchant ships surrender without putting up any sort of fight…
[14:35]  Wildstar Beaumont: Once a ship was captured, all of her crew and passengers would be taken hostage while the cabins were stripped of any jewellery, gold, silver and coins that could be found. Blackbeard was cunning, fearless and ruthless but despite his reputation for cruel treatment, no written or verified record exists of him ever murdering or harming any of his captives.
[14:36]  Wildstar Beaumont: However, there are many legendary tales surrounding his behaviour.  It is told that once he shot and killed his own first mate, then saying to his crewmen, “If I don’t shoot one or two of you now and then, you’ll forget who I am.”
[14:37]  Wildstar Beaumont: Blackbeard lived in the pirate haven of Nassau and had bases in the Bahamas and the Carolinas.He did not welcome the arrival of Royal Governor Woodes Rogers in Nassau or the King’s Pardons he offered to all pirates living there. He chose to settle in North Carolina, where,, despite the informal protection of the local governor, he the attention of the Governor of Virginia, Alexander Spotswood, who didn’t like the fact that such a ferocious and notorious character lived nearby.
[14:37]  Stereo Nacht: (INteresting. A pirate who only killed pirates... Of his own ship.)
[14:38]  Wildstar Beaumont: Spotswood hired two small sloops capable of sailing in Blackbeard favourite shallow waters and put them under the command of Lieutenant Robert Maynard.
[14:38]  Wildstar Beaumont: On the evening of November 21st, Maynard and his sloops found Blackbeard’s sloop anchored off the North Carolina coastline. After a day of pursuit and close engagements  (Maynard and Bleakbeard were close enough to exchange heated words)  one of the two sloops was hit hard with a surprise broadside attack
[14:39]  Wildstar Beaumont: After Maynard tricked Bleakbeard to board his other sloop, it all ended with Maynard and Teach themselves fighting with their swords. Eventually Bleakbeard died of blood loss. loss. Maynard then cut off his head and hung it from his bow.” It is said  that Blackbeard had over 20 stab wounds and five gunshot wounds before he died.
[14:40]  Tepic Harlequin: cor! they was tough blokes!
[14:40]  Wildstar Beaumont: In 1996, the sunken remains of a ship believed to be Blackbeard's Queen Anne’s Revenge were discovered off the coast of North Carolina and thousands of tourists now visit each year.
[14:40]  Stereo Nacht: Maybe he was a construct?
[14:40]  Satu Moreau: You'd be surprised what some people can manage with.
[14:40]  Wildstar Beaumont: Despite  Bleakbeard’s fame  he’s not considered the most ruthless pirate of them all.
Edward Law holds this questionable title.  His red skeleton flag struck terror into the hearts of all who saw it approaching
[14:41]  Vernden Jervil: Could be , the story I heard tells of how he kept swimming after his head was removed
[14:41]  Dee Wells (promiscute): 0.O
[14:41]  Wildstar Beaumont: Captain Edward ‘Ned’ Low was an active pirate in the Caribbean towards the end of the Golden Age. Born in England into poverty, he moved to New England and switched from pick-pocketing to piracy around 1720. He became a notoriously violent pirate who captured over 100 ships in his three-year career
[14:41]  Wildstar Beaumont: His story is retold less often than those of the likes of Blackbeard or Black Bart. The most likely reason for this is his reputation for brutality against his captives and his crew, making him a cold-hearted murderer rather than a romanticized folk hero.
[14:42]  Wildstar Beaumont: Unlike Blackbeard who cultivated a murderous image but apparently never actually harmed any of his captives, Edward Low did harm his captives by violently torturing them before killing them. He is known for his "mutilations, disembowellings, decapitations, and slaughter" more than his acts of piracy.
[14:42]  Charlemagne Allen: How pleasant
[14:43]  Wildstar Beaumont: The fate of Edward Low is unclear but one belief is that his crew mutinied after he murdered a sleeping crewman and that he was cast adrift without food or water. After being rescued by a French ship, his identity was discovered and he was hanged in Martinique in 1724. However, others believe that he was never caught and lived the rest of his life in Brazil
[14:43]  Wildstar Beaumont: It is rather known that not all pirates were men. Two female pirates were known to be active in the Golden Age of Piracy and both sailed with Captain John Rackham, better known as Calico Jack. Their names were Anne Bonny and Mary Read.
[14:44]  Wildstar Beaumont: Calico Jack had little impact as a pirate in the Caribbean compared to the likes of Black Bart and Blackbeard. However, he did make his mark in history as a brave and daring man.
[14:44]  Wildstar Beaumont: At a point Calico Jack and his pirate crewmen eventually accepted the royal pardon. He met Anne Bonny, the wife of a small-time pirate. They became lovers and she fell pregnant with Jack’s baby and went to Cuba to give birth. Soon after, she returned to Nassau without the child; no-one is sure what became of it.
[14:45]  Liz Wilner: goodness
[14:45]  Wildstar Beaumont: Calico Jack soon got restless on land and made the decision to return to a life of piracy. Anne Bonny joined his crew along with several other ‘retired’ pirates bored of life on shore. One of them was  Mary Read, who was dressed as a man.
[14:45]  Wildstar Beaumont: Both women soon gained themselves a reputation for being tough, capable and often ruthless pirates. They were known to fight, drink and swear every bit as well as the men and accounts given by fellow crewmen state that Anne and Mary were bloodthirsty and violent.
[14:45]  Dee Wells (promiscute) waves to Edda :)
[14:46]  Edda Borrelly (edan.borrelly) grins :)
[14:46]  Wildstar Beaumont: In the October of 1720, Calico Jack’s ship was tracked down by bounty hunters , the whole pirate crew was captured and taken to Jamaica to stand trial.
[14:46]  Wildstar Beaumont: Calico Jack and all his men were hanged in November, but the execution of Bonny and Read was postponed as both women declared they were pregnant.
[14:47]  Wildstar Beaumont: According to legend, Bonny saw Calico Jack one last time before his hanging and said, "I'm sorry to see you here, but if you had fought like a man, you need not have hanged like a dog."
[14:47]  Stereo Nacht: o.O
[14:47]  Wildstar Beaumont: It’s known that Mary Read developed a fever and died in prison a few months later but the fate of Anne Bonny is a mystery
[14:48]  Wildstar Beaumont: No one knows for sure what became of her but some believe she was eventually freed and, where she became a respectable wife and mother until her death in old age. The only thing that’s known for sure is that there is no record of her execution
[14:49]  Wildstar Beaumont: ... and moved to Virginia* where she became a respectable wife and mother ...
[14:49]  Wildstar Beaumont: sorry about the missing words
[14:49]  Wildstar Beaumont: Thank you for your attention.
[14:49]  Vernden Jervil: is ok we like playing mad libs
[14:50]  Edda Borrelly (edan.borrelly): It's a fascinating subject :)
[14:50]  Stereo Nacht: The admiral had his words plundered by literate pirates! O.O
[14:50]  Salon Speaker Tipjar: Thank you for supporting the Aether Salon, Tepic Harlequin!
[14:50]  Wildstar Beaumont: Much was left out  since it could not make into a one hour presentation. We haven’t touched  the pirate code, the pirate lifestyle, ships and tactics, weapons and ammunitions. We haven’t discussed the jolly roger and the other various flags.
[14:50]  Stereo Nacht:  `*.¸.*´ APPLAUSE `*.¸.*´APPLAUSE `*.¸.*´
[14:50]  Liz Wilner whispers...welcome, darling :)
[14:50]  Salon Speaker Tipjar: Thank you for supporting the Aether Salon, Vernden Jervil!
[14:50]  Wildstar Beaumont: So, be back in September 2018. I am sure we will have more to tell
[14:50]  Oriella Charik claps
[14:50]  Wildstar Beaumont: :)
[14:50]  Salon Speaker Tipjar: Thank you for supporting the Aether Salon, Eilidh McCullough!
[14:50]  Wildstar Beaumont: Arrrr !
[14:50]  Edda Borrelly (edan.borrelly) applauds
[14:50]  Podruly Peccable applauds
[14:50]  Eden:             ★(`'·.¸:•.•:*¨*☆•☆*¨¨*:•.•:¸.·'´)★
[14:50]  Eden:             ♬♬♬,.-:*   APPLAUSE   *:-.,♬♬♬
[14:50]  Eden:      ★(¸.·'´(¸.·'´:•.•:*¨*☆•☆*¨¨*:•.•:`'·.¸)`'·.¸)★
[14:50]  Zantabraxus Aristocarnas applauds
[14:50]  Liz Wilner applauds
[14:50]  Dee Wells (promiscute): Excellent. Thank you, Admiral :)
[14:51]  Salon Speaker Tipjar: Thank you for supporting the Aether Salon, SelenaAnansi Resident!
[14:51]  Satu Moreau claps
[14:51]  Rowan Derryth waves a bottle of rum in appreciation
[14:51]  Vernden Jervil: applauds
[14:51]  Ranulf Falconer: "Well done."
[14:51]  Eilidh McCullough: ♩♪♫♬  APPAWS! ♩♪♫♬
[14:51]  Cassie Eldemar (cassiewritereldemar): ¸♥`*•.¸ APPLAUSE ¸.•*´♥¸
[14:51]  Edda Borrelly (edan.borrelly): *.:。✿*゚αρρℓαυѕє ‘゚・✿.。.:*
[14:52]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) paid you L$100.
[14:52]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Splendid work, as always.
[14:52]  Zantabraxus (zantabraxus.aristocarnas): (Be right back)
[14:52]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) applauds
[14:52]  OldeSoul Eldemar (oldesouleldemar): a job well done sir !
[14:52]  Salon Speaker Tipjar: Thank you for supporting the Aether Salon, Ancasta Resident!
[14:52]  Zantabraxus (zantabraxus.aristocarnas) is Offline
[14:52]  Salon Speaker Tipjar: Thank you for supporting the Aether Salon, promiscute Resident!
[14:52]  Princess Selena (selenaanansi): I am so sorry I missed it :((
[14:52]  Ancasta applauds  - fascinating talk, thank you
[14:52]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): We have some good transcriptionists on board now, Highness.
[14:52]  Liz Wilner: well done :)
[14:52]  Podruly Peccable: Very interesting Admiral
[14:54]  Wildstar Beaumont: questions anybody ?
[14:54]  Zantabraxus (zantabraxus.aristocarnas) is Online
[14:54]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Perhaps vexillology next year?
[14:54]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) bows over Zanta's hand
[14:54]  Princess Selena (selenaanansi): could you redo the talk now that I a, jere?
[14:54]  Princess Selena (selenaanansi): * am here
[14:54]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) chuckles
[14:54]  Wildstar Beaumont smiles ... that would be fascinating Herr Baron
[14:55]  Wildstar Beaumont: we can organize a private session in our Library Princess :)
[14:55]  Princess Selena (selenaanansi): oh nice!
[14:55]  Liz Wilner: the Admiral's talk was very informative
[14:55]  Princess Selena (selenaanansi): i am sure it was wondreful
[14:56]  Wildstar Beaumont: and remember .. the 19th is "talk like a pirate day"
[14:56]  Wildstar Beaumont: but I am sure you all know :)
[14:56]  OldeSoul Eldemar (oldesouleldemar): Arrr!!!
[14:56]  Princess Selena (selenaanansi): yarrr!
[14:56]  Eilidh McCullough: yarrr
[14:56]  Vernden Jervil: yarrr
[14:56]  Wildstar Beaumont: SL is very much pirate oriented this weekend :)
[14:56]  Edda Borrelly (edan.borrelly): Arrrrrr!
[14:56]  Cassie Eldemar (cassiewritereldemar): Very enjoyable, Admiral :)
[14:56]  Charlemagne Allen: Wonderful lecture
[14:56]  Vernden Jervil: what day is it anyways I lost track
[14:57]  Wildstar Beaumont: even the snails races as pirates yesterday ! ;)
[14:57]  Charlemagne Allen: How true is the legend of the lost pirate gold? How did that get started?
[14:57]  Wildstar Beaumont: the 19th of September
[14:57]  Edda Borrelly (edan.borrelly): I'll practice my "Arrrrrh!"  until then :)
[14:57]  Wildstar Beaumont: many legends were born around lost gold
[14:57]  Satu Moreau: Hehe
[14:58]  Charlemagne Allen: Friday, Vernden
[14:58]  Wildstar Beaumont: around Henry Every for instance
[14:58]  Wildstar Beaumont: or William Kidd
[14:58]  Zantabraxus (zantabraxus.aristocarnas) is Offline
[14:58]  Satu Moreau: XD Sunday
[14:58]  Oriella Charik: The book about all this is by Captain Johnson
[14:58]  Oriella Charik: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_General_History_of_the_Pyrates
[14:58]  Wildstar Beaumont: basically every Pirate was said to have hidden gold
[14:59]  Princess Selena (selenaanansi): it not like they could walk into a bank or anything
[14:59]  Liz Wilner: lol...nooo
[14:59]  Edda Borrelly (edan.borrelly): Sunken ships and wishful thinking, I suppose?
[14:59]  Charlemagne Allen: of course
[14:59]  Edda Borrelly (edan.borrelly) grins
[14:59]  Vernden Jervil: reports say they pretty much threw away their money like drunken saliors
[15:00]  Wildstar Beaumont: by the way ... if interested , I took much material from this book
[15:00]  Salon Speaker Tipjar: Thank you for supporting the Aether Salon, SelenaAnansi Resident!
[15:00]  Wildstar Beaumont: Auerbach, Patrick. Pirates: The True and Surprising Story of the Pirates of the Caribbean
[15:00]  Stereo Nacht: Good night Admiral Beaumont, Mr. Moreau, Ms. Charik, Ms. Cole, 'Ti Eilidh, Ms. Moon, Sir Podruly, Admiral JErvilPrincess Selena, Mr. Derryth, Ms. Allen, Ms. Eldemar, Mr. Eldemar, Baron Wulfenbach, Ms. WIlner, and everyone! Off to the dulcimer I go!
[15:00]  Satu Moreau: Night, Ms. Nacht
[15:00]  Vernden Jervil: night!
[15:00]  Liz Wilner: goodnight, Stereo :)
[15:00]  Princess Selena (selenaanansi): Good nigth
[15:01]  Edda Borrelly (edan.borrelly): g'night!
[15:01]  Eilidh McCullough: Night all, I'm off too
[15:01]  Wildstar Beaumont: and also this : Johnson, Captain Charles; Defoe, Daniel. HISTORY OF PIRATES – True Story of the Most Notorious Pirates: Charles Vane, Mary Read, Captain Avery, Captain Teach "Blackbeard", Captain Phillips, Captain ... Edward Low, Major Bonnet and many more
[15:01]  Wildstar Beaumont: good night everybody
[15:01]  Wildstar Beaumont: thanks for coming
[15:01]   Єɗℯɳ ℳợợղ  (eden): Goodnight all :)
[15:01]  Satu Moreau: Thanks for the interesting talk, Mr. Beaumont
[15:01]  Podruly Peccable: Goodnight all, thanks for the talk
[15:01]  Liz Wilner applauds the Admiral
[15:01]  Charlemagne Allen: Thank you very much
[15:01]  Charlemagne Allen: need to poof
[15:01]  Charlemagne Allen: Wonderful lecture
[15:02]  Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta) waves to those leaving
[15:02]  Suellen Cole (suellencole): Thank you for the talk admiral.
[15:02]  OldeSoul Eldemar (oldesouleldemar): Thank you so much sir - it was very interesting
[15:02]  Cassie Eldemar (cassiewritereldemar): Thank you again, Wildstar :)
[15:02]  Princess Selena (selenaanansi) claps and give a little arrrrr
[15:02]  Cassie Eldemar (cassiewritereldemar): take care everyone :)
[15:02]  Salon Speaker Tipjar: Thank you for supporting the Aether Salon, SuellenCole Resident!
[15:02]  Cassie Eldemar (cassiewritereldemar): ~ faerie hugs ~
[15:02]  Liz Wilner: you did slendidly, my dear :)
[15:03]  OldeSoul Eldemar (oldesouleldemar): take care everyone
[15:03]  Wildstar Beaumont: thank you :)
[15:03]  Vernden Jervil: Ok time for me to move along, good to see everyone
[15:03]  Oriella Charik: farewell, all!
[15:03]  Dee Wells (promiscute): Take care :)
[15:03]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Danke, everyone for attending.
[15:03]  Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Take care
[15:03]  Liz Wilner: goodnight all :)
[15:04]  Edda Borrelly (edan.borrelly): Hey, Jed! :)
[15:04]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) bows
[15:04]  Jedburgh Dagger (jedburgh30.dagger): Hi
[15:04]  Ranulf Falconer: "Greetings!"
[15:04]  Wildstar Beaumont: here's Miss Jed who hid herself while talking about sails ;)
[15:04]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Princess, I am glad you came no matter how late.
[15:04]  Liz Wilner: hi Jed :)
[15:04]  Satu Moreau: Take care, everyone.
[15:04]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Hallo, Commodore!
[15:04]  Jedburgh Dagger (jedburgh30.dagger): oh wait, was it antique day again?
[15:04]  Satu Moreau: And thank you, Mr. Beaumont. Thank you, Baron.
[15:04]  Jedburgh Dagger (jedburgh30.dagger): Hi!
[15:04]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) chuckles
[15:04]  Ranulf Falconer: "I am not that old."
[15:04]  Wildstar Beaumont: heheh
[15:04]  Liz Wilner: lol
[15:04]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Danke, Highness.
[15:04]  Wildstar Beaumont: afk a second
[15:05]  Princess Selena (selenaanansi): If you cant make use of any of that feel free to toss
[15:05]  Edda Borrelly (edan.borrelly): I just wish I'd gotten here sooner.
[15:05]  Princess Selena (selenaanansi): me too Edda
[15:05]  Liz Wilner: the transcript should be up soo...yes?
[15:05]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): We will have it posted as soon as our transcriptionists can manage.
[15:05]  Wildstar Beaumont: back
[15:06]  Liz Wilner: wb :)
[15:06]  Edda Borrelly (edan.borrelly) smiles, "I'll look for it"
[15:06]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): I will need copies of the images from the presentation.
[15:06]  Wildstar Beaumont: thank you herr Baron
[15:06]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Bitte, Herr Admiral.

[15:07]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Very kind.
[15:07]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Excellent.
[15:07]  Liz Wilner smiles
[15:07]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) looks through both new folders with interest
[15:09]  Liz Wilner: so...we are off to the Pirate's Ball now?
[15:09]  Wildstar Beaumont: that's the plan :)
[15:09]  Liz Wilner: :)
[15:10]  Liz Wilner: I should change...I fear i'm overdressed...lol
[15:10]  Edda Borrelly (edan.borrelly): Pirate's Ball, that sounds fun
[15:11]  Wildstar Beaumont: @ 2:30 PM - PIRATES SUNDAY Continues:  DANCE, YOU SCALLIWAGS! - Pirate Sunday continues at the Holly Kai Pavilion featuring rocking piratical and nautical tunes from DJ Dano Bookmite.  Buckle on your swash and join us, to benefit Kenya Feed-a-Smile.  Holly Kai Estates (47,147,23)
[15:11]  Edda Borrelly (edan.borrelly) smiles, "Thank you!"
[15:12]  Princess Selena (selenaanansi): opps, I am back
[15:12]  Wildstar Beaumont: good night everybody ! thank you for having me again, Herr Baron
[15:12]  Rowan Derryth: So sorry! I was keeping an eye on your talk and writing for Saffia in my other window!
[15:12]  Princess Selena (selenaanansi): blasted RL distracted me
[15:12]  Princess Selena (selenaanansi): Night Wild and Liz
[15:12]  Liz Wilner: ok...changed...not my usual "go-to"...but this should do ;)
[15:12]  Wildstar Beaumont: RL does that :)
[15:12]  Rowan Derryth: It was a great talk :-)
[15:12]  Rowan Derryth: Lovely the Lady Pirates
[15:13]  Wildstar Beaumont: thank you :)
[15:13]  Rowan Derryth: Loved, too
[15:13]  Wildstar Beaumont: good night everyone !
[15:13]  Edda Borrelly (edan.borrelly): night :)
[15:13]  Liz Wilner: ni ni all :)
[15:13]  Princess Selena (selenaanansi): I shall head out as well
[15:13]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): I have a concert that dovetails with the Salon, so I will bid you all a gute Nacht.
[15:13]  Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Night, folks, have a good week
[15:13]  Edda Borrelly (edan.borrelly): Gute nacht, Baron
[15:13]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) lifts a hand in farewell and relocates
[15:14]  Liz Wilner waves to all
[15:17]  Ranulf Falconer: "I surrender Edda."
[15:17]  Edda Borrelly (edan.borrelly) laughs
[15:18]  Jedburgh Dagger (jedburgh30.dagger): hmm
[15:18]  Edda Borrelly (edan.borrelly): Looks good, Ranulf
[15:18]  Ranulf Falconer laughs
[15:22]  Ranulf Falconer: "That is  a large sword!"
[15:23]  Jed Hud: gun.
[15:23]  Ranulf Falconer: "Jed looks ready."
[15:23]  Edda Borrelly (edan.borrelly) shrugs, "It's only for show, this sword won't hurt you."
[15:23]  Ranulf Falconer: "This only hurts in CCS."
[15:24]  Jed Hud: gun.
[15:24]  Edda Borrelly (edan.borrelly): Arrrr, let's rampage!
[15:24]  Jed Hud: gun.
[15:24]  Ranulf Falconer: "See -- Jed cuts to the chase --- firepower."
[15:24]  Edda Borrelly (edan.borrelly) grins
[15:26]  Jedburgh Dagger (jedburgh30.dagger): shall we?
[15:26]  Edda Borrelly (edan.borrelly): let's!
[15:26]  Ranulf Falconer nods
[15:27]  Edda Borrelly (edan.borrelly): if not there, then we'll find a pirate ship somewhere!
[15:28]  Ranulf Falconer grins

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