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9 May 2002, Issue 105

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AHOY! Contents:

1. WHAT'S UP: London for Free, Budget Accommodation, Madonna
2. LONDON DIARY: Arsenal Point the Way to the World
3. ENTERTAINMENT: Theatre, Music, Clubs, Cinema
4. HOTELS: London and Worldwide
5. NEWS: Latest news from London
6. COMPETITION: Romeo and Juliet tickets
7. TALKBACK: Thak you Maria Friedman, Eurostar

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1. WHAT'S UP - What's new on LondonNet

- Today's compie is for three pairs of tickets to see Romeo and Juliet at
the Regents Park Open Air Theatre.
- Scroll down for competition details.


Travelling on a shoestring? We have got together with some of London's best
value accommodation providers to bring you a fine selection of Hostels, Bed
and Breakfasts and Student Halls. Prices start from around 14 UKP per person
per night. Reservations can be made instantly using our secure booking
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only started this service a week ago and have already processed more than a
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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:
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- Arsenal Point the Way to the World


Football has its problems, everyone knows that. Money, marketing and
marauding bands of hooligans have shorn the game of some of its fabled

But in the run up to the World Cup, let's look on the bright side, one that
got a whole lot brighter for London's biggest club, Arsenal, this week when
they won the Premiership title.

The thing about this successful Arsenal side when compared to its
predecessors is that it is based mostly on foreign playing and coaching

But for all the languages now spoken in the Arsenal dressing room, the club
retains its base of local supporters, perhaps representing a kind of
football attempt to flesh out the Think Local, Act Global slogan beloved of
anti-capitalist demonstrators.

Especially given the recent electoral successes of racists, I think the way
the north London crowd have taken to their foreign stars and the way those
stars have developed a fondness for the club is at least some small pointer
to the way things could be.

As long as the foreign contingent keeps delivering the silverware, of

David Clee (mailto:[email protected])



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In the spotlight
- Every now and then West End producers fall for the charm of small fringe
theatres. Theatre impresarios Kevin Wilson and Mark White were wooed to the
well-concealed Pleasance theatre, and they're determined that we share their

Space sweets and earthly alcohol greet any theatregoers who trek down the
Caledonian road. Fortunately, the sounds of high octane Space Family
Robinson will hide the chomps of one too many jelly baby - and the story's
good enough to silence any bored rustlers of sweet wrappers.

Stephen Butler's stonking songs trip from Good Times Are Just Around the
Corner to Rescue Me, with a collection of versatile performers giving it
their all. A cast comfortable enough to make fools of themselves and a set
silly enough to accommodate outlandish gags make this a fun night out.

Buried away in the bus land of North East London, the Pleasance theatre's
unlikely to be right up your street. But if you're after a lavish musical at
a fraction of West End prices, Space Family Robinson could be your cup of
tea. If you have a sweet tooth, that is.

Up and Coming
- Romeo and Juliet
Those star-crossed lovers are at it again, this time outdoors in Regent Park
's theatre. Brave the weather if you dare. (See Competition below for your
chance to win a pair of tickets).

- The Constant Wife, Aldwych Theatre, Covent Garden tube
Somerset Maughham's Edwardian comedy sets husband against wife. Vintage
comedy rings true today.

- Theatre Tickets
Top Three Sellers (25 Apr - 8 May 02)
1) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
2) My Fair Lady
3) The Lion King



Rock and Pop

Gig Preview
- Bob Dylan @ London Arena, Sat 11, Sun 12 May 2002

Limeharbour, Isle of Dogs, E14. Doors: 6pm. 25 UKP.

Seeing Dylan live is to participate in one of life's lotteries. Even the
hardiest of Bob fans are willing to admit that The Never Ending Tour (NET)
has thrown up a contrasting array of performances over the decades.

Being a Bob fan is all about forgiveness though. You forgive the intractable
'religious period', you forgive the sometimes stone-silent, sometimes
people's poet parody that encapsulates the onstage persona. If Bob's up for
a boogie, expect the night to take you by storm, if Bob's on a bad-hair day,
you'll depart confused, depressed and somewhat alarmed.

Most old timers face a dilemna. Do you please the house with a non-stop
greatest hits show? Or do you do the artistic thing and eschew the back
catalogue in favour of your most recent works? Bob's talent is in knowing
where to draw the line in this pleasing versus teasing conundrum.

My first Bob night was back in the late eighties. A draughty Birmingham
NEC - Bob's played all the fanciest cow sheds don't you know - was the venue
and front row tickets should have set the scene for a stormer. Not so, Bob
was feeling bad and his stony silence said it all. A few years later I
caught up with the NET at the Brixton Academy - my favourite London venue -
and things were looking and sounding a load better. Bob was on fire and the
audience lapped up the tight, energising experience. I last saw Bob in 1998
at Wembley Arena during the promotional tour for the acclaimed Time Out Of
Mind album. Despite the soulless surroundings, the Nashvilled up support
band boosted Bob's repertoire with a pumped up country style. Two good, one
not so good. Not a bad ratio for Bob.

And so time moves on to the latest instalment of the NET; London Arena this
weekend. Once again I've wangled some front row seats. Last time this
happened was that disappointing night in Brum some 14 years ago. This time
I'm feeling more hopeful though as Bob's latest offering Love and Theft (his
43rd album) is certainly one of his best, featuring his regular touring band
who play as sharp as a knife. Unusually, Bob produced the recordings of
these all-new songs himself. Expect immaculate blues, swing ballads, banjo
vamps, fiddle, and of course some great Bob lyrics. I can hardly wait.

Peter D. Clee (mailto:[email protected])

Top Three Sellers (25 Apr - 8 May 02)
1. Neil Diamond, London
2. Sophie Ellis Bextor, London
3. The Herbaliser, London
- Tickets:



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

Top Three Sellers (25 Apr - 8 May 02)
1. Swan Lake, English National Ballet
2. La Vestale, English National Opera
3. A Masked Ball, English National Opera
- Tickets:



- Film Of The Week

Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones
Director: George Lucas
Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor
The story continues with teenage Anakin Skywalker beginning to appreciate
the complexities of his Jedi powers and encountering the deadly allure of
the Dark Side. However, the young Jedi feels the wrath of his mentor,
Obi-Wan Kenobi, when he begins to fall in love with beautiful Queen Amidala.

- Other New Films This Week
Dark Blue World
Dog Soldiers (15)
Dust (18)
I Am Sam (12)
Sex & Lucia (Lucia Y El Sexo) (18)
Slackers (15)
Tosca (PG)

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



- Club Previews
Fri 10 May: Soundsheavenly @ Pacha London
Exotic dance flavours...

- Club Venues and Listings



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

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- London Hotel Chart
Top Three Sellers (25 Apr - 8 May 02)
1) Columbia
2) Lincoln
3) Halcyon


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5. NEWS: Latest news from London

Arsenal Win Premiership at Old Trafford
- Fans take to the streets in celebration
Aitken Makes a Comeback
- Maria returns to the West End



Romeo and Juliet
- Today's compie is for three pairs of tickets to see Romeo and Juliet at
the Regents Park Open Air Theatre.

Question: Who wrote the play Romeo and Juliet?

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do to enter is send an email with the correct
answer and subject header "Romeo and Juliet Compie" to:
mailto:[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 3 correct answers out of the Editor's hat win the
prize, details will be sent to the winner. The Editor's decision is final.
Closing Date: 13 May 2002


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.


Issue 104, 25 April 2002
- Maria Friedman Compie
Lisa Elliott (London) - see thank you letter below


7. AHOY! TALKBACK: Readers say their piece

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Dear LondonNet,

Re: Maria Friedman

Hi there,

Thanks for the tickets. My friend and I had never heard of Maria Friedman,
but after Saturday, she has two new fans. I really enjoyed the show, so
thanks very much for picking me!

Lisa Elliott

REPLY: Thanks for that Lisa, we are glad to hear that the tickets found
there way into the hands of a new fan. (Ed)


Dear Ahoy!

Re: Eurostar Campaign

Regular travellers into Waterloo will be only too aware of the vast
quantities of empty seats on outgoing Eurostars, not least in the many
first-class accommodation areas. They could, if they chose, render the ferry
obsolete for foot passengers at least, but can't see their way to selling
UKP 20 or UKP 30 day return tickets which would undoubtedly sell out at
weekends if not during most weekdays too. I almost always avoid purchasing direct
from Eurostar if I go to Paris as the package from agencies like the Paris
travel service (and, to be fair, Eurostar's own package company) represents
incomparably better value and indeed indicates the likely true cost of
transportation to the company. Has anyone complained of the derisory
Eurostar facilities at the Gare du Nord, by the way? Cramped to the point of
commercial cynicism, staffed and administered by bureaucratic pygmies. Ah,
well; just a thought.


REPLY: Will they ever listen? We live in hope. (Ed)
See: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/talk/news/eurostar.html



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