This week, as we approach the 100th anniversary of the maiden voyage and sinking of the RMS Titanic following its collision with an iceberg in the North Atlantic, Designing Worlds visits a series of re-creations of this famous ocean liner in different Virtual Worlds. Elrik Merlin explores the oldest and best-known of several Titanics in Second Life and talks to an expert on the vessel and the events that befell it, as well as visiting a poignant memorial; while Saffia visits Kitely and an OSGrid virtual Belfast, home of the Harland & Wolff Shipyards where the vessel was built, and explores a fascinating underwater representation. Why does the Titanic hold such a deep fascination for so many people? What are some of the untold stories behind the disaster? What's it like to stand on the great central staircase, or on the bow of the vessel with your partner and wave your arms about? Find the answer to these and many other questions in this extended edition of Designing Worlds - the last in the current series.

Designing Worlds takes to the air - literally! - again in late April.

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Images of Casa, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontImages of Casa, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 28th July at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a visit to a new initiative in the home and garden market - Casa.

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Join us today, Monday 21st July at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for the second (and final) part of our discussion about Second Life’s continued viability and the ways in which Linden Lab might attract existing communities to their new platform.

The Discussion, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontThe Discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Join us today, Monday 14th July at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a discussion about Second Life’s continued viability and the ways in which Linden Lab might attract existing communities to their new platform.

The Discussion, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontThe Discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Resident Builds at SL11B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontResident Builds at SL11B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 7th July at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a viewing party of our latest episode as we pay the last of our two visits to the amazing SL11B Community Celebration!

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SL11B CC Cake Stage, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontSL11B CC Cake Stage, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 30th June at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a viewing party of our latest episode as we pay the first of two visits to the amazing SL11B Community Celebration!

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Join us today, Monday 23rd June at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a viewing party of our latest episode as we visit the town of Flotsam, encounter the Nautilus and Captain Nemo's underwater observatory, contemplate a trip to the moon and a voyage to the centre of the earth - and undertake an amazing underwater journey - all courtesy of the fabulous creative Aley!

The Freeport Township of Flotsam in Blake Diego photographed by Wildstar BeaumontThe Freeport Township of Flotsam in Blake Diego photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Fanci’s Deep and the Safe Waters Foundation, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontFanci’s Deep and the Safe Waters Foundation, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Join us today, Monday 16th June at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a viewing party of our latest episode as we visit the waters of Fanci's Deep - above ... but mostly below the waterline.

And for one of our audience, there's a chance to win a fantastic prize!

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Biochemistry Lab at Aalto UniversityBiochemistry Lab at Aalto University

Join us today, Monday 9th June at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a viewing party of our latest episode. This week, we’re looking at three fascinating educational projects, created by two Finnish designers, which demonstrate that Second Life can be used for education on a variety of levels.

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Firestorm - symbol and classroom, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontFirestorm - symbol and classroom, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 2nd June at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a viewing party of our latest episode. This week, we're not visiting a place so much as we're looking at a phenomenon - the Firestorm Viewer.

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Second Life Retention Discussion, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontSecond Life Retention Discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 19th May at 2pm at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a viewing party of our latest episode as we discuss the problem of Second Life retention.

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saffia

Hello everyone!

Welcome to the new website and the new forums! I hope we can see people in here discussing the shows - the issues - and what they'd like to see on forthcoming shows!

wiznord

Saffia!!!! So brave you are, making the first forum post! I hope you like the new setup, and there are still more things coming, but I think we got things to the point where we felt things were "mostly working". Keep an eye out for bugs, and if you find them, our mission will be the squash em!

elrikmer

Our new season starts this week, and we have an exciting selection of topics lined up. We do hope you'll enjoy them. And don't forget, if you know somewhere that will be of interest to us or our listeners, on any grid, do let us know.

lacombe

Saffia! I am so glad to see that you have procured this forum! I watched a couple of the videos of DW here on the TreetTV site, and they work marvelously well. I really enjoyed the Christmas show in Rothesey. My doesn't Elrik have a lovely home there!

Aisling

Hi everyone! What a great new forum for us to gather and talk about the show. Elrik's right, we do have some really interesting places to take viewers this season, and the first one is...well, that would be telling. But I wonder, might giraffes be involved?

Nimh20

My question is if InWorldz is OpenSim than why isn't it on the OpenSim grid list?? http://opensimulator.org/wiki/Grid_List. There are other OpenSim grids that are not on this page besides InWorldz like Openlife.