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Did you Know?

St Patrick's Day (Lá Fhéile Pádraig) is Ireland's national holiday. People hold parades and festivals to celebrate Irish culture on the day, which is March 17.
Are you Irish perchance!?!
Well, As the saying goes "Everyone is a little Irish on Saint Patricks's Day."

Here are a Few saying you might hear on the day...

  • Erin Go Braugh is perhaps the most common Irish term you will hear. It means "Ireland Forever".
Favorite Sayings:
  • May the road rise up to meet you.
  • May the wind be always at your back.
  • May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
  • May the rain fall softly upon your fields. And the sun shine warm upon your face.
  • Top of the mornin' to you.....(and the rest of the day to 'me self!)
  • May there always be work for you to do.
  • May your purse always hold a coin or two.
  • May the sun always shine on your windowpane.
  • May the hand of a friend always be near you.
With that, we wish you a Happy Holiday.

Fuzzy pic

Fuzzy lay in the sweet spring grass, enjoying the clean air and the peaceful camp. Fuzzy and the gang had traveled to the Yellow Gazette retreat camp. The whole Fuzzybottom Clan had been summoned for Uncle Shamus' birthday. Fuzzy had only recently awakened from hibernation, so at first he wondered if he was dreaming. Now, read on...

Aunt Trudy Hears...

Aunt Trudy

Aunt Trudy provides news and, well, gossip from Yellow citizens. If you have something you want in the Gazette, just contact

Tours of Yellow

Contact Apooka or Ozman if you want a tour of Yellow's fabulous builds.

Yellow Builders steamed up

Everyone seems to be getting really excited about the new developments in Steam City. Now that everyone's awake after hibernation, it looks like things are really going to get hopping now.


Chloe and Rufus, where are you? What has happened? Do tell Aunt Trudy, pretty please?

ActiveWorlds Forums

Did you know that ActiveWorlds has an excellent set of forums? You can visit them by clicking on the URL that appears in the chat box when you first come to Yellow. Be sure to register for the forums. That way you can post and read, rather than just read what others are doing. And be sure to check out the Communities section there; Yellow is one of the featured world communities. It's a very good place to post materials -- other than in the Yellow Gazette, of course!


A friend of mine recently admitted to being addicted to brake fluid. When I quizzed him on it he reckoned he could stop any time.

I went to the cemetery yesterday to lay some flowers on a grave. As I was standing there I noticed 4 grave diggers walking about with a coffin. 3 hours later and they're still walking about with it. I thought to myself, these guys have lost the plot!!

I was at a cashpoint yesterday when a little old lady asked if I could check her balance. Not being one to disappoint I gave her a big push and she fell over.

A new middle east crisis erupted last night as Dubai Television was refused permission to broadcast 'The Flintstones'. A spokesman for the channel said: 'A claim was made that people in Dubai would not understand the humour, but we know for a fact that people in Abu Dhabi Do.'

My son's been asking me for a pet spider for his birthday, so I went to our local pet shop and they were $70!!! I thought, I can get one cheaper off the web.

Statistically, 6 out of 7 dwarves are not happy.

I was walking in a cemetery this morning and saw a bloke hiding behind a gravestone. "Morning.." I said. "No" he replied, "just taking a leak."

My wife was hinting about what she wanted for our upcoming anniversary. She said, I want something shiny that goes from 0 to 150 in about 3 seconds. So I bought her some scales.

Saw my mate outside the Doctor's today looking really worried. "What's the matter?" I asked. "I've got the big C," he said. "What, cancer?" "No, dyslexia."

I start a new job in Seoul next week. I thought it was a good Korea move.

I got some new aftershave today that smells like breadcrumbs. The birds love it!

I was driving this morning when I saw a mobile mechanic's van parked. The driver was sobbing uncontrollably and looked very miserable. I thought to myself that guy's heading for a breakdown.

I've Just been to the gym. They've got a new machine in. Only used it for half an hour as I started to feel sick. It's great though. It does everything - KitKats, Mars bars, Snickers, Crisps, soft drink, the lot.


Steampunk header

Extraordinary devices and ingenious contraptions in Victorian and Edwardian styles, and add to that the old Aviator's style with lots of clockwork and gears, and you have the general label Steampunk.

Really, it's is all about what if's. Steampunk is a slightly altered version of history. Steampunk itself is an aesthetic that can be applied to just about anything. Steampunk tends to focus in the Victorian - Edwardian era, when steam-powered machinery was at its height, and then takes the leap of imagination to the what if world.

Believe it or not, steampunk has been around a long time. A great place to start are books, many of them now are classical reads.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth, or Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne. The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The War of the Worlds, The First Men in the Moon, The Shape of Things to Come all by H.G.Wells. Jules Verne, Hugo Gernsback and H.G Wells has been referred to as "The Fathers of Steampunk/science fiction."

More books that are in the same vein: Titus Alone by Mervyn Peake, or Michael Moorcock's Warlord of the Air, or the The Steampunk Trilogy by Paul Di Filippo.

In a more modern vein, there are always the Comics/graphic novels, such as:

  • Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
  • Steam Detectives by Kia Asamiya
  • Extraordinary Engines by Nick Gevers
  • The Adventures of Luther Arkwright by Bryan Talbot

Books are the best, but for a fast look try films that embrace the concepts.

  • Metopolis,one might argue, is the very first (1927); however, it's very hard to find the original version and sound track. Some easier examples include:
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954, film)
  • The Fabulous World of Jules Verne (1958)
  • The Time Machine (1960, film)
  • Master of the World (1961, film)
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
  • Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1969, film)
  • The Wild Wild West (1999)
  • The Mummy (1999)
  • The 5th Element (1997)
  • Treasure Planet (2002)
  • The Prestige (2006)
  • Sherlock Holmes (2009) and (2012)
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
  • The Time Machine (most all versions)
  • Hellboy (2004), and Hellboy II (2008)

And then there are as well, the anime film Steamboy, and Howl's Moving Castle, and the list goes on and on. Harry potter films, The City of Lost Children, The Warriors Way, and two recent films I personally loved: Franklyn, and Hugo.

The technology included in Steampunk stories may or may not have existed. This is where it enters the realm of "What if?" Steampunk is largely focused in the realm of technology and engineering. In the 1800's, technology had taken a gigantic leap forward. Steampunk takes it one step further and introduces further advanced technology right out of the realm of science fiction. An example of good proto-Steampunk is from the era the Nautilus in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

So let your imaginations run wild, what can you create? A house, a robot, Cyborgs factory, shopping area, bars or club, amusements, ships of land or water or air. A community needs many things so the only limit is your creativity. Join us and help build the foundations of a real Steampunk city.

Throughout the building process, there will be a variety of events and contests that will help you along, and of course, to have lots of fun. In the planning are zeppelin races, a scavenger hunt, and more. To give you some more ideas, read the article below.

We have got some land and some blocks ready for builders to let their creativity loose in doing a community steampunk city.

Remember, everyone is invited to build, novice to master builders are all welcome. To help folks along, we have some specific things we would like to see built. Here is a short list to get you thinking:

  • Flight instruction school
  • Iron works
  • Hydroelectric power plant
  • Saloon
  • A bed an breakfast hotel and houses
  • Laboratories
  • Coal mine
  • Train station
  • Trams and trolleys that go through the village

Telegram Apooka or Ozman to get your lot and nominate what you would like to build. Alternatively, Email the Gazette and let us know.

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