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AHOY! It's the LondonNet Newsletter...
23 May 2002, Issue 106

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AHOY! Contents:

1. WHAT'S UP: London for Free, Sex Pistols, Madonna
2. LONDON DIARY: Follow the Chelsea Flowers
3. ENTERTAINMENT: Theatre, Music, Clubs, Cinema
4. HOTELS: London and Worldwide
5. NEWS: Latest news from London
6. COMPETITION: Carousel tickets
7. TALKBACK: Tower of London, Kent UFOs

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1. WHAT'S UP - What's new on LondonNet
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LONDON FOR FREE:
- Win a pair of tickets for Carousel performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra
at the Royal Festival Hall on Saturday 16 June 2002. Plus dinner at the
People's Palace restaurant.
- Scroll down for competition details.

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SEX PISTOLS at The Palace
Sat 27 July 2002, 2pm
Tickets: UKP 32.50 plus booking fee
So what of The Pistols 25 years on? It goes without saying that when the
original members were in their summer of hate heyday, they would have
sniffed at this old man's comeback. However, John Lydon, Steve Jones, Paul
Cook and Glenn Matlock (all playing at Crystal Palace) never made any secret
of their penchant for loot making opportunities...
- Full preview and tickets, see Music below or click here:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/rockpoppreviews.html

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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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2. LONDON DIARY
- Follow the Chelsea Flowers

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Bad news for all those who invested in decking for their patios - the latest
thing in the world of gardening is old-style English cottage gardens.

That is the startling message from this year's Chelsea Flower Show where
cottage gardens have taken the major prizes and plaudits. Egged on by an
overgrowth of TV gardening shows, millions of lawns have been torn up and
millions of rose-filled flower-beds have been levelled in recent years as
fad followed fad.

One of the trendiest of all the fads was for Japanese style gardens, but in
one of those bizarre cross-cultural twists, as when Australians show up in
town sporting clothes that were fashionable here ten years ago, it turns out
over in Japan people have been scooping out the little stones and plugging
up the tiny streams and installing well-manicured lawns instead.

What has created this role reversal is anyone's guess, though I suspect
there is some canny importer-exporter behind things. You can imagine him
buying quaint English gardening stuff on the cheap over here, shipping it
out east and bringing back the things ejected by newly green-fingered
secateurs-wielding Japanese types.

Whatever the real reason for the garden-swap, it might be worth pointing the
football authorities in the direction of these strange events. They could
export our own football hooligans to Japan in time for the World Cup and
bring back Japanese fans who would not only sit there clapping politely but
also, given their own high ticket prices, be happy to pay the inflated
charges posted by Premiership clubs, not least Chelsea.

There might even by a nice water-feature running down the stands at Stamford
Bridge which really would be a return to the past, although it wasn't water
in the good old days, of course.

David Clee (mailto:djc@londonnet.co.uk)

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

In the spotlight
- Whatever happened to real Greek theatre? Once the staunch stuff of English
syllabuses, the scribblings of Sophocles have certainly moved with the
times. Now the National's doing the Bacchai with masks, the West End's
recovering from Fiona Shaw's harrowingly modern version of Medea, and school
kids think the Ancients wore trainers.

If it's all Greek to you, the Teatro Technis is the place to pick up
informative tips on how the toga wearers first took to the stage. From this
Monday 27 until June 2, the theatre will be full of food, dance, and a
collection of tributes to Aristotle, Sophocles and Euripedes. From May 27 -
June 2, there will be as much Greek culture as drama on show, thanks to the
theatre's focus on educating as well as entertaining.

But despite the fun, there's a serious fundraising reason for the mini
festival that runs until June 2. With arts council money due to run out next
year, times are tough for the tough little Teatro Technis in Mornington
Crescent. Like Ismene, Antigone's scarcely mentioned sister (and the subject
of my 12 minute contribution to the charity event) the festival celebrates
the strengths of the quiet survivor.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre.html

Up and Coming
- Bombay Dreams, Apollo Victoria, Victoria tube
Andrew Lloyd Webber takes on Bollywood - if you haven't seen the poster, you'll soon hear the tunes.

Highlights
- 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 (9 - 22 May 02)
1) My Fair Lady
2) The Lion King
3) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
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
- Sex Pistols at The Palace, Sat 27 July 2002, 2pm
Tickets: UKP 32.50 plus booking fee:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/rockpoppreviews.html

"You Dirty Old Man. You're a rotter. You Dirty Old Man."

Wise words indeed, first said a quarter of a century ago by a rag tag bunch
of not-so-down-at-heel punks to squirming interviewer Bill Grundy. Grundy
lost his job for letting the Pistols let rip. The Pistols shot to overnight
fame. Having 'swindled' several record companies out of their 'ill-gotten
loot' the Pistols's next target was no less than Her Majesty, God Bless Her.
Their anti-Silver Jubilee track 'God Save The Queen' shot to number one just
as the 1977 festivities hit their peak (Historical note: ok, ok, it
officially only reached number 2 during Jubilee week, but everyone and their
dog knows that that was the real 'rock and roll swindle' of '77).

Having knocked record companies, abused their fans and finally disintegrated
in a tangled heap of in-fighting and bad mouthing, the Pistols disappearance
was as swift as its arrival. Except that wasn't all.

Sid Vicious kept hogging headlines - thanks to a very public heroin habit
and his eventual decline into suicide hell accompanied by girlfriend Nancy
Spungen. He did it his way after all.

Always more of a self-server than svengali, manager Malcolm McLaren went all
populist with Adam And The Ants. Spending several years out of the
mainstream, he then resurfaced two years ago as a candidate for the London
Mayoral race. At the time, I infiltrated one of McLaren's campaign HQ
meetings. Expecting talk of never-ending revolution I was disappointed to
learn that the manifesto revolved around establishing a bordello oposite the
Houses of Parliament and planting fruit trees on London's avenues to feed
the populace.

It was left to front man John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) to maintain a
modicum of self-respect. His Public Image Limited stripped away the endless
tom-foolery and returned a series of spectacular urban hymns.

History has been kind to the Pistols's musical legacy, however. Pretty
Vacant still stands as one of the finest pure and simple rock and roll
tracks. Anarchy In The U.K. remains as much fun as it is hopelessly
idealistic. Despite being aurally outclassed by The Clash, the Pistols are
still the definitive punk experience.

So what of The Pistols 25 years on? It goes without saying that when the
original members were in their summer of hate heyday, they would have
sniffed at this old man's comeback. However, John Lydon, Steve Jones, Paul
Cook and Glenn Matlock (all playing at Crystal Palace) never made any secret
of their penchant for loot making opportunities.

And you know, I find it oddly re-assuring that the Pistols have become such
a British institution that they now get wheeled out for such shameless
national shindigs too.
For Sex Pistols Tickets see:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/rockpoppreviews.html
Peter D. Clee (mailto:pdc@londonnet.co.uk)

Top Three Sellers (9 - 22 May 02)
1. Sex Pistols at The Palace, London
2. Elton John, Birmingham
3. Meatloaf, Route of Kings
- 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

Top Two Sellers (9 - 22 May 02)
1. Madam Butterfly, English National Opera
2. Sweeney Todd, Opera North
- 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 Majestic (PG)
Director: Frank Darabont
Jim Carrey, Martin Landau, Laurie Holden
Screenwriter Peter Appleton is blacklisted on suspicion of being a
Communist, suffers amnesia then rediscovers his passion for movies as an
employee at a smalltown cinema. (2001)

- Other New Films This Week
Biggie And Tupac (15)
Hart's War (15)
Not Another Teen Movie (15)
Pollock (18)
Sur Mes Levres (Read My Lips) (15)
Thunderpants (PG)
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

- Club Previews
Hidden Affairs @ Rouge, Friday 7th June
Reel house stuff and deeper afro latin vibes.
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

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4. HOTELS
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LONDON
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Three of The Best
- Top three offers currently available to LondonNet readers:

St James's Club***** (Piccadilly)
- Exclusive discounts make this our most affordable 5 star hotel. Doubles
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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

The Gainsborough Hotel***** (South Kensington)
- Combines the attractive style of bygone days with an easy informality. 4
nights for the price of 3, or 7 nights for the price of 5 (valid throughout
2002). See:
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- London Hotel Chart
Top Three Sellers (9 - 22 May 02)
1) Columbia
2) St James's Club
3) The 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!
Lyon, France: La Tour Rose ****
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It's highly individual, has bags of character and history and has a great
location. In Lyon's old quarter, the hotel has kept many traditional and
Renaissance elements while adding modern architectural and design touches to
stunning effect.
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Budget Hostels:
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5. NEWS: Latest news from London

South Bank Turns to Sydney
- Arts complex gets new chief drafted in from Oz
Queen Musical Under Pressure
- We Will Rock You cancels matinees
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/talk/news/headlines.html

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6. COMPETITIONS

Carousel
- Win a pair of tickets for Carousel performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra
at the Royal Festival Hall on Saturday 16 June 2002. Plus dinner at the
People's Palace restaurant.

HOW TO ENTER: See:
http://www.carouselconcert.co.uk/
NB This is an external competition organised by our sponsor for this issue:
the BBC's Concert Orchestra. Rules and Winners' details will be published
via the BBC not LondonNet. See their site for details.

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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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WINNERS:
Issue 105, 9 May 2002
- Romeo and Juliet tickets Compie
Sabina Lo (London), Kate Parsons (London), Andrea Coope (Bucks)

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7. AHOY! TALKBACK: Readers say their piece

AHOY! Readers say their piece: Send mail to ahoy-talkback@londonnet.co.uk
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 LondonNet,

We won tickets to the Tower of London in August of 2001. While passing
through london last march, we finally got to use them. many thanks! also
please keep reporting on the news & events occuring in the world's greatest
city. regards,

Mike Gresk
Wheaton, Illinois USA

REPLY: Thanks for that Michael. I think The Tower is one of London's finest
attractions, hope you agree. (Ed)

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Dear Ahoy!

Re: Kent UFOs

This is the first time I have told anyone other than friends or family of my
'sighting'.
It was a Saturday night, about 10 pm, and a friend and myself were almost
home from a day at the 1987 NEC Birmingham motor show. We were within about
2 miles from home when we came across what seemed to be a light shining down
on the road from above. I slowed down and stopped the car when we were
actually in the light. I opened my window, thinking it was a helicopter to
look up at it. The light source seemed to be not far away, possibly 200
feet, maybe 2000 feet, but what amazed us was the silence. Not a sound! The
light was the most intense 'beam' of light I had ever seen. So bright that
there were no shadows and everything could be seen so so clearly,down to
twigs and blades of grass on this dark wet night.
After about 15 - 30 seconds the light accelerated away at an unexplainable
speed. Very very very fast.
I'm a 36 year old man with all my faculties, I hope, I don't believe in
ghosts or aliens, but I know what I saw and shall never forget this
unexplained sight.

Dudley Tomlinson.

Location : A227 Gravesend Road, Wrotham, Kent. UK

REPLY: Fantastic. (Ed)
See: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/talk/news/feature-ufo.html

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