Buying and selling big chunks of land in Caledon appears to be continuing at its frenzied pace. Perhaps it's just my imagination, or perception warped by experience and the passage of time, but it seems to me that there wasn't nearly as much large-scale land churn when I first came to Caledon - say, prior to the Openspace sim debacle. In my experience, there was always a fair amount of buying and selling individual parcels - people came to Caledon and wanted land, left Caledon and sold land, moved to a different part of the realm, or wanted more land (read: additional prims) where they were, and hence acquired parcels as they became available. I don't recall many duchies changing hands, however.
Nowadays, it's practically a non-event. You, too, can be a Duke or Duchess for a week! I've joked about the Curse of Rothesay before - and Rothesay itself was a result of the Openspace fallout - but things have gotten out of hand. In the past week or so: Miss Urquhart sold the duchy of Westmoreland to Mr. Michigan; the Nachts sold the duchy of Cafall to Mr. Goode, and I heard that Miss Marenwolf acquired enough land to merit the duchess title. This follows on the heels of several other island duchies rising from the depths around Caledon, along with at least two others who have become cumulative land-holding lords and ladies.
This is not a criticism, mind you. As a user of the skies and water around Caledon, I appreciate the willingness of civic-minded folk to pay the tier on these open areas, and those who accumulate large land holdings generally use that land for purposes all can enjoy.
It becomes difficult to remember all these titles, however, and which of our fellow citizens is Lady Piddlepuddle this week. (Indeed, if it were not for the name tags floating gently above everyone's head, acting as the electronic equivalent of a loyal aide whispering names into his master's ear, I would often be grasping for names, much less titles.) More to the point, these frenetic land movements may signal an unhealthy restlessness among the natives that does not bode well for the longer-term survival of our fair nation.
Along those lines, I'll note that Miss Virrginia Tombola announced that she is closing her long-standing shop in Eyre, Cheval Verite, and seeking her fortune on distant shores (i.e., leaving SL). Although I prefer the comforts of motorized vehicles - and I prefer transportation that requires no cleanup afterward - Miss Tombola's horses are magnificent creatures, and we will miss both her presence and her talents.