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AHOY! It's the LondonNet Newsletter...
15 March 2002, Issue 100

LondonNet Homepage
LondonNet Homepage: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/
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AHOY! Contents:

1. WHAT'S UP: London for Free, Madonna, AHOY!'s 100th
2. LONDON DIARY: The Only Way is Up
3. ENTERTAINMENT: Theatre, Music, Clubs, Cinema
4. HOTELS: London and Worldwide
5. NEWS: Latest news from London
6. COMPETITION: Blow Up and Milk 'n 2 Sugars club tickets
7. TALKBACK: Cinema

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1. WHAT'S UP - What's new on LondonNet
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LONDON FOR FREE:
Blow Up - Five Pairs of Tickets

It's been one of our favourite clubs throughout the history of Ahoy! So it's
only right that this week's compie features 5 pairs of tickets for club
stalwart Blow Up at The Metro Club. Click Here for competition details.

Milk'n'2 Sugars 7th Birthday - Two Pairs of Tickets
Another of our long established club partners, Milk'n'2 Sugars, are
celebrating their 7th birthday on Friday 29 March. We have two pairs of
tickets to giveaway. Click Here for competition details.

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MADONNA: Up For Grabs Luxury Hotel Offer
Tickets sold out within hours for Madonna's West End debut at the Wyndham
Theatre. However, we managed to keep a few back as part of our special
Madonna Luxury Hotel Package. The deal includes five-star accommodation, a
pair of top tickets for the show, breakfast and a bottle of wine on arrival.
A real splash out. For details see:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/offerstjames.html
or call 020 8949 5363 or email [email protected]

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AHOY!: 100th Birthday Issue: Reader View
"Congrats on reaching this milestone! Even though I'm in America most of the
time, I enjoy reading about what's happening in your fair city. Being a
subscriber has come in handy for getting tips about what to see when I am
lucky enough to visit. Keep up the good work - and I'll keep reading!"

Shirley Pearson
Mountain View, CA

Reply: Thanks Shirley. Good to know our words come in handy and keep you
informed about London's ever changing amenities. We'll try our best to keep
Ahoy! both lively and informative over the next 100 issues.

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2. LONDON DIARY
- The Only Way is Up

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LONDON is the developed world’s fastest growing city, we reported this week.
Within two decades, there’ll be nearly a million extra people within the
city gates. Experts say that means approximately 700,000 extra homes. But
where are they going to be built?

Planning regulations are strict in London, unless you want to put up a DIY
superstore or carpet warehouse, in which case whole districts will be
levelled at your earliest convenience. House builders cannot build outwards,
because we have a Green Belt that protects small towns from city sprawl and,
central London apart, they cannot build upwards because there is apparently
something in our make-up that means we go crazy at altitudes higher than
about four stories.

In London’s recent growth period, builders have got around the conundrum by
using ‘in-fill’ sites. Down my way, they’ve already converted an old cinema

into flats, have their eyes on an old hospital and estate agent rumour has
it they are also looking to redevelop a series of secret nuclear bunkers
near a Tube station.

As that last plan suggests, there must come a time when there is no in-fill
to fill in. At least Mayor Ken Livingstone is aware of the problem and is
now banging the drum for taller buildings, the latest scheme being a tower
near London Bridge that would dwarf even Canary Wharf. That plan may yet
fall on the altar of regulatory vertigo, but similar ideas will keep coming
back as London grows. Okay, I’ve made the rational case for going higher,
but I have to admit the other reason for my stance is that, ever since
reaching adulthood, I have been disappointed that our city does not, at
least in part, resemble the megatropolises of sci-fi comics that I grew up
on.

David Clee, Editor ([email protected])

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3. ENTERTAINMENT
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THEATRE
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre.html

In the spotlight
- Futuristic Electro Rock Dance Theatre, eh? Stop tripping over the words
and scamper on down to Jackson's Lane theatre this Monday 18 and Tuesday 19,
where you'll find a couple of lost angels struggling to stay on their
feet...See:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre.html#spotlight

Up and Coming
- Bedroom Farce, Aldwych Theatre, Covent Garden tube
Alan Ayckbourne’s hit comedy puts married life on stage. Plots and bed
sheets get in a twist in this Scarborough transfer.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_tickets.html

Highlights
- Mamma Mia! The Prince Edward Theatre, Leicester Square tube
Mother and daughter relate through Abba songs.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_mammamia.html

Groups
- The next booking period for The Lion King (from 1st October 2002 until 2nd
February 2003) has gone on sale. Mon-Thurs eves, Wed mats, excluding school
holidays £7.50 off top three prices. For group booking details see:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_groups.html

- Theatre Tickets
Top Three Sellers (1-14 Mar 02)
1) My Fair Lady
2) The Lion King
3) Mamma Mia!
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_tickets.html

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MUSIC
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/

Rock and Pop

Gig Preview
Ciccone + Action Heroes @ The Metro Club (Friday, March 15th)
No, tonight's band has nothing to do with the infamous Miss Ciccone-now Mrs
Ritchie. But their sound, a mix of Blonde, Buzzcocks and new wave, does
recall a time when Madonna was less electronica and more "Lucky Star." Plus,
this band just got signed, so if you see them tonight you can claim you were
into them before they got huge. Action Heroes provide support.
For more info and tickets see:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/rockpoppreviews.html

Top Three Sellers (1-14 March 02)
1. Bob Dylan, London
2. Billy Bragg & The Blokes, London
3. The Herbaliser, London
- Tickets:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/rockpoptickets.html

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Classical

Swan Lake, Albert Hall (12-22nd June 2002)
- 'The world’s most popular ballet is closer and more intimate than ever
before, at times deeply tender and romantic, at others unfurling a
magnificent choreographic kaleidoscope which fills the vast arena of the
Royal Albert Hall.'
Call our classical ticket desk on
020 8949 5363.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/classical_swan_lake.html

Madame Butterfly, Sadlers Wells (Ends 23 March 2002)
- 'Romance and heartbreak where eastern and western cultures collide in
turn-of-the-century Japan.'
Madame Butterfly has been completely re-staged for David Nixon's debut
production for Northern Ballet Theatre. Call our classical ticket desk on
020 8949 5363.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/classicaltickets.html

Top Three Sellers (15-28 Feb 02)
1. Madame Butterfly, Northern Ballet
2. St John Passion, English National Opera
3. St Matthew Passion
- Tickets:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/classicaltickets.html

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CINEMA
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/cinema.html

- Film Of The Week

The Royal Tenenbaums (15) *****
Director: Wes Anderson
Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow (2001)
The most likeable character in Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums is a man
who cheats on and abandons his wife, tells his adopted daughter that she
isn't really part of the family, steals money from his son and teaches his
grandchildren how to gamble. But unlike the other characters Royal Tenenbaum
(Gene Hackman) at least seems like he's having a good time...click below for
full review:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/cinema_new.html

- Other New Films This Week
Fatma (NC)
Thir13en Ghosts (15)
Warm Water Under A Red Bridge (15)
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/cinema_new.html

- Listings
By Cinema: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/cinema/index.html
By Film: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/films/index.html

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CLUBS
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/clubs.html

- Previews
Passenger's 4th Birthday @ FORM (Sat 30 March 2002)
4 years young and feeling sprightly, Passenger has travelled the earth far
and wide - well at least to some of the coolest places in London anyway...
Death Disco (every Thursday), Poptones and former boss of Creation Records
Alan Mcgee brings a riot of punk rock to the Golden Jubilee year...
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/clubs-previews.html

- Club Venues and Listings
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/clubs-venues.html

- Club Advertising and Competitions
Want to push your club/event that little bit harder? Contact Iain for
targeted media planning and rates. Additionally we always welcome new
partners for our Club Competitions, as regularly featured in Ahoy! Email: [email protected]

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4. HOTELS
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LONDON
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/hotel-shop.html

I spent a highly enjoyable evening at Hazlitt's hotel last Thursday. They
have just completed a refurbishment programme. Everything is as beautifully
kooky as ever but now features all mod cons under the hotel's skin too -
laptop connections etc. The location in the heart of London's Soho is as
good as it gets. Plus right now we have an ongoing discount and some great
seasonal offers too. See:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/offerhazlitts.html

Three of The Best
- Top three offers currently available to LondonNet readers:

The Halcyon Hotel***** (Holland Park)
- We have just obtained some extraordinary rates for the contemporary and
stylish 5-star Halcyon in Holland Park. Junior Suites from just UKP 152.75
incl VAT (usually UKP 411). See:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/offerhalcyon.html

St James's***** (Piccadilly)
- Exclusive discounts make this our most affordable 5 star hotel. Doubles
from 135 UKP
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/offerstjames.html

The Ritz***** (Piccadilly)
Even bigger savings on your favourite deluxe 5 star London hotel. More than
40 per cent off selected rooms/dates exclusively for LondonNet readers. See:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/offerritz.html

- London Hotel Chart
Top Three Sellers (15-28 Feb 02)
1) Columbia
2) La Reserve
3) Gore
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/hotel-shop.html

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WORLDWIDE
New additions and highlights from our sister site Hotelgenie.com.
http://www.hotelgenie.com/

NEW!
Bangkok, Thailand: Grand President Hotel *****
Safe, well-stocked to suit your needs and close to Bangkok's centre, Grand
President offers a great place for leisure travel or for an even a longer
stay.
http://www.hotelgenie.com/bangkok/grand_president.shtml

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5. NEWS: Latest news from London

Cannabis Grows on Police
- Met concentrates on hard drugs as pot heads for lighter legal touch
All Change At The Almeida
- Small theatre shows its worth
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/talk/news/headlines.html

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6. COMPETITIONS

NEW! Competitions Page
- Details of some of the best free competition sites on the web. Register
today for your chance to win cash, cars and lots, lots more.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/competitions.html

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Blow Up - Five Pairs of Tickets
It's been one of our favourite clubs throughout the history of Ahoy! So it's
only right that this week's compie features 5 pairs of tickets for club
stalwart Blow Up at The Metro Club. Scroll down for competition details.

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do to enter is send an email with the
subject header "Blow Up 100 Compie" to:
[email protected]
NB Include email, telephone number and postal address (which will only be
used for this compie-guaranteed). If you don't include your details we can't
send you info about the prize!

RULES and INFO: First five out of the Editor's hat win the prize,
details will be sent to the winners. The Editor's decision is final. Closing
Date: 20 March 2002

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Milk'n'2 Sugars 7th Birthday - Two Pairs of Tickets
Another of our long established club partners, Milk'n'2 Sugars, are
celebrating their 7th birthday on Friday 29 March. We have two pairs of
tickets to giveaway.

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do to enter is send an email the
subject header "Milk 'n 2 Sugars Compie" to:
[email protected]

NB Include email, telephone number and postal address (which will only be
used for this compie-guaranteed). If you don't include your details we can't
send you info about the prize!

RULES and INFO: First two out of the Editor's hat win the prize,
details will be sent to the winners. The Editor's decision is final. Closing
Date: 20 March 2002

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- SONY COMPIE: Win a Home Entertainment System
The Sony VPL-HS1 projector provides the ultimate "giant screen" experience -
ideal for films, sport and games. Think World Cup, think World Cup, think
World Cup....
Click here for competition details

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WINNER:
Unfortunately the guy with the winner's list is off sick! So we'll publish
details of the winners of last issue's competitions (Cossacks + Catch) in
the next issue of Ahoy! Sorry...

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7. AHOY! TALKBACK: Readers say their piece

AHOY! Readers say their piece: Send mail to [email protected]
Notes: The Editor reserves the right to amend your contributions for reasons
of elegance, space, legality and plain sheer bloodymindedness. The following
letters have been received direct here at Ahoy! Talkback or on our News
Talkback forum. Join the diverse debate by sending us an email or posting a
message on the forum: http://talkback.londonnet.co.uk/
We welcome your views on any subject, questions about your visit and of
course feedback about the newsletter or website.

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Dear Ed:

My family and I were on tour in France, when our tour guide pointed out
the exact direction of travel, and column where Princess Dianas vehicle had
collided in the tunnel. I took a picture of the column, and upon developing
the photo I discovered the clear image of a skull on the column itself
looking directly at me. I have shown the photo to numerous people, and the
skull is directly unexplainably noticed. The photo has not been modified, or
tampered with. I have the photo, and negatives for any proof needed. If this
interests you, please contact me at [email protected]

Terence LeBlanc

REPLY: How Bizarre. (Ed)
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/talk/news/diana_conspiracy_theories.html

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Dear LondonNet,

Parliament square:
Two weeks ago I visited the square and stood near Big Ben, I was surprised
to see a statue of Abraham Lincoln. I was surprised but very happy as I am a
big Lincoln fan. Could you please tell me the history of this monument,
thanks a million.
Julie
REPLY: Any ideas? Email us, cheers. mailto:[email protected] (Ed)

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