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13 June 2002, Issue 107

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AHOY! Contents:

1. WHAT'S UP: London for Free, Madonna
2. LONDON DIARY: Football Dummies Make Money
3. ENTERTAINMENT: Theatre, Music, Clubs, Cinema
4. HOTELS: London and Worldwide
5. NEWS: Latest news from London
6. COMPETITION: Lunar Lounge Tickets and Goodies
7. TALKBACK: Pistols, Diana and Eurostar

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

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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.
Remaining Dates:
Fri 21 June: 2 tickets
Fri 28 June: 1 ticket
Fri 5 July: 4 tickets
Fri 12 July: 6 tickets.
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become available. Please email Helenka with your daytime email and telephone
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- Football Dummies Make Money


Madame Tussaud's pulled off a publicity coup this week by placing a waxwork
model of David Beckham on Trafalgar Square's vacant plinth.

The England captain's dummy is now to be hoisted on to the same spot
whenever England take the field, just one example of the public explosion of
World Cup fever that has marked out this year's tournament from previous
ones, at least in England.

Every other car in London seems to have an England flag flying from its
window. Plenty of houses, too, advertise the occupant's patriotic pride and
the other day I saw a pet dog festooned in the red and white of the national

In past years people have obviously been keen for England to do well, but
usually stopped short of displaying their patriotism outside of match time.
At first I thought all this was yet further evidence of the rise of English
nationalism, a phenomenon much vaunted in the media.

But it seems there could be another explanation. One cheeky entrepreneur
realised that people wanted to show their colours but didn't want to pay the
price of flying the flag. Crosses of St George used to go for upwards of
twenty pounds, but now you can pick them up for about three pounds in
newsagents and petrol garages all over the country.

The reason for this is that our importer-exporter friend sources the flags
in China. So, while England fans keep the faith that Beckham and the rest
will emerge as the world's best team, they might like to know that the
country with the World Cup's worst team, China, might play like statues on
the field, but they are no dummies when it comes to turning patriotism into

David Clee (mailto:[email protected])



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In the spotlight
- Ever feel like you're looking at a ghost? If you'd like to, check out some
theatre which aims to bring a graveyard to life. This little piece of drama
takes inspiration from those who respected their past - the toga-wearing
ancients. First developed for the Teatro Technis where it's all Greek to
everyone, 'not me' transfers to the Stoke Newington Festival June 16 as
part of their Write Your Mind event. Shows are at 1, 4 and 5. Expect talking
dead people, living sound systems, live music from Adem Ihlan (FRIDGE) and a
very pretty girl. Like all the best things, it's free!

And if you'd like to hear more from busy musicmeister Adem, his soundscapes
will be chilling the audiences of Lear at Jackson's Lane from June 19. The
play's another collaboration with classical reworkers SPID - but more
of that later...

Up and Coming
- Lear, Jackson's Lane Theatre, Highgate tube
SPID reworks the Bard again. This time Shakespeare relocates to a
journalist's office, where old man Lear wrestles to stay editor in a power
struggle with his chief sub.

- As You Like It, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, Baker Street tube
Regent's Park comes up smelling of roses with a production fine enough to
mark its 70th birthday.

- Theatre Tickets
Top Three Sellers (31 May - 13 June 02)
1) We Will Rock You
2) Phantom of the Opera
3) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang



Rock and Pop

Gig Preview
- 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:

Top Three Sellers (31 May - 13 June 02)
1. Sex Pistols at The Palace, London
2. S Club United, London
3. Manu Chao, London
- Tickets:



Top Two Sellers (31 May - 13 June 02)
1. Madam Butterfly, English National Opera
2. Mixed Bill, Nederlands Dans Theater 1 (NDT1)
- Tickets:



- Film Of The Week

Spider-Man (12)
Director: Sam Raimi
Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe
High school student Peter Parker develops strange powers after being bitten
by a genetically-altered spider. Following a tragic accident involving his
Uncle Ben, Parker vows to use his new found powers for good, ridding the
world of evil. His abilities are soon put to the test by scientist Norman
Osborn, who is changed himself into the villainous Green Goblin.

- Other New Films This Week
Betty Fisher And Other Stories (15)
Cairo Station (Bab el-Hadid) (NC)
Everything Put Together (NC)
Impostor (15)

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Getting Out Of Town
- My first holiday in England

I know this section of Ahoy! usually brings you information about our pick
of the finest hotels in London. However, today I'm going to go a bit off
subject. I have just spent a week with friends in a cottage in Dorset, my
first ever English holiday. Sure, I have gone away for weekends in the
country and stayed at a wide variety of hotels across the land for business
and pleasure. But I have never booked a 'bucket and spade' style week here

We decided that, with two young families to consider, a cottage would best
fit our needs. Now I must confess I didn't know where to start when
researching our accommodation. After a few minutes surfing on Google I had
collected a list of useful sites to explore. In the main these sites were
quite small but the best were clearly managed by some pretty genuine Dorset
folk. My favourite of the bunch was Dorset Coastal Cottages (DCC). They
feature just over 60 properties - all next to or within 5-10 miles of the
coast. Even though we were booking six weeks in advance, the choice of
available cottages was quite limited. I guess that proves their popularity.

I was a bit reticent about what the place would be like. After all I would
be the fall guy if the property was a dud. On arrival, though, it was clear
that my concern was groundless. Our cottage in Charmouth (a mile east of
Lyme Regis) was a delight. Perfectly presented, with newly painted walls,
fresh carpets and a fully loaded kitchen, we felt at home immediately. DCC
claim to offer only the best properties and, with my extensive sample of
one, I would have to agree. The garden was the crowning glory. It looked as
though it had been lifted from the previous week's Chelsea Flower Show and
dumped in Dorset for our delectation.

England being England, the weather was, well, rather English. Yes - it
rained just about most days. But the good news for my friend Mike and I was
that this precipitation seemed to occur mainly in the morning. This meant
the stay at home during showers happily coincided with the plethora of
matches played out during the opening week of the World Cup. The afternoons
cleared up leaving us to amble on down to the beach a quarter of a mile away
or take a drive around the gorgeous Dorset countryside.

So, whether you are a Londoner like me looking for a painless escape from
the city throng, or a visitor seeking to combine a trip to the capital with
a taste of the country, I can wholeheartedly recommend a trip down to

Holiday Notes:
Dorset Coastal Cottages is run by local residents Charles and Jennie Smith
who moved to the county after enjoying many holidays in the area themselves.
I found their advice and service impeccable. And no this is not an advert
for DCC - they don't know (yet) about this feature. I do believe that if you
find something good you should share it.
http://www.dorsetcoastalcottages.com/ or call 01305 854 454
West Dorset Tourist Info:

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5. NEWS: Latest news from London

Bourne Again Christmas
- British choreographer revamps the Nutcracker
Big Ben Was September 11 Target, Claims New Book
- Al-Qaeda 'planned to blow away Houses of Parliament'



Lunar Lounge
- We've got together with London club night Lunar Lounge to offer one lucky
winner a pair of tickets and other Lunar Lounge goodies. This winner takes
all prize includes the tickets, a copy of the James Bond Picture Disk (only
800 in circulation) and....wait for it, a copy of top tv themes; the much
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Question: What is James Bond's numerical codename?

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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.


Dear [email protected],

I must say, your column on the Sex Pistols was excellent....Ahoy,
LondonNet...May 24,2002...thoroughly enjoyable indeed.

Keep up the great work, you are a joy to read ! What a great gift
you've been given.


REPLY: Wow thanks Bonnie. It's nice to know that a) someome reads my stuff
and b) likes it too. (Ed)


Dear LondonNet,

Re: Diana

I think you people, whoever you are, are absolute tripe and deserve to be
flogged as the hounds that you are and are absolute rubbish.

Can you people not let sleeping dogs lie and let life go on? Charles has
made his choice and (if I may say so a pretty good one) so should we not all
agree to welcome her to the fold and make the best of things.

best wishes


REPLY: Hooray, someone talking sense about Diana for once. Woof, woof. (Ed)
See: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/talk/news/diana_conspiracy_theories.html


Dear LondonNet,

I, as many others, loved and felt sorry for Dianna until we started seeing
well known sports celebrities involved, and i thought COME ON.. theres
NOTHING more dangerous to get involved with than politicals or big
business..Royalty included.

I watched a cracker of a conspiracy theorists chat show at 4am one
Some of it was..questionable to say the least. Dianna was SEEN walking away
from the crash site immediately after and whisked away by another car? There
was a radio blackout for those crucial two minutes, plus i`m told the video
coverage of the area wasnt working? A French colleague of mine knew the area
well. I`M told by someone who lives nearby Althorpes place, that the funeral
procession drove in one end and out the other without stopping? That the
water level on the island is too high TO have anything `buried` there, or
is it a surface tomb? OF COURSE something `happened`... I just got damned
annoyed with her for getting involved with THE most politically incorrect
family in the country..or was it to just aggravate certain people? IF she
lives she can still see the boys through the press? BUT THESE PEOPLE ARENT
PART OF THE REAL WORLD ANYWAY!! Aristocracy.... my american cousin LOVES
the fairy tale.. shes anglo american..from the 50`s..we have to agree to
disagree.. the press would find out..OH SURE..apollo wasnt a scam, they
wouldnt get away with it. Monroe ASKED for trouble with the Kennedys..I read
the coroners reports of both her and JFK.. full of contradictions..When
something needs covering up..theres ALWAYS too much hoo ha...even ROSWELL.
Unless we are THERE on the spot..and mere mortals wont get to the moon yet
anyway..WE CANT KNOW!!

Regards, and not a bad site. Keith.

REPLY: I was sort of with you for a while Keith. Then Roswell and Diana. Is
there really a link there? (Ed)
See: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/talk/news/diana_conspiracy_theories.html


Dear LondonNet,

Eurostar trains run from Ashford to London 90% empty because people who
live in Kent are not allowed to use the Eurostar to commute to and from

Is this the company's excuse for imposing such high charges, to make up the
deficit created by empty seats?

A return journey London to Brussels or Paris costs more than a return
journey London to Frankfurt by train - how can the
French/German/Swiss/Belgian railways offer an economical ticket price for
passengers that includes a Eurostar journey but not Eurostar itself?

Eurostar is in fact imposing a tax on all travellers to help it to meet its
loan commitments to various bank and share prices to shareholders, in
addition to the indirect taxation levied for the company by the British

In medieaval times a tollgate was a source of revenue for the King and
income for the gatekeeper - Eurostar is operating de facto a discriminatory
system by allowing only the "price is no object" section of society to
leave this country by train. Discrimination by price as a method of
limiting the free passage of EU citizens is illegal under several UK and EU
law and signed conventions.

Open the tunnels to ALL european rail companies and let us have competition
instead of a monopoly as elsewhere in Europe.

Name Supplied

REPLY: Well argued indeed, sadly I don't expect our chums at Eurostar to
take a blind bit of notice though. (Ed)
See: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/talk/news/eurostar.html



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