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AHOY! It's the LondonNet Newsletter...
27 June 2002, Issue 108

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AHOY! Contents:

1. WHAT'S UP: London for Free, Madonna
2. LONDON DIARY: Reclaim the Streets (from dogs)
3. ENTERTAINMENT: Theatre, Music, Clubs, Cinema
4. HOTELS: London and Worldwide
5. NEWS: Latest news from London
6. COMPETITION: Essential Festival 2002 Tickets and Ed Case CDs
7. TALKBACK: Eurostar and Diana

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1. WHAT'S UP - What's new on LondonNet
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LONDON FOR FREE:
- The Essential Festival 2002 are giving away 2 pairs of weekend passes
(worth 75 UKP a person). In addition we have 5 SIGNED copies of the new Ed
Case single. The single features ex Skunk Anansie lead singer Skin.
- Scroll down for competition details.

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BUDGET LONDON ACCOMMODATION:
Our new Budget Accommodation section has taken off far quicker than we could
ever have imagined. In just two months it has become the one of the most
popular sections of the site. There are some sound deals to be had and best
of all, confirmed reservations can be made online securely in just a few
minutes. One reader booked 70 consecutive nights at a hostel yesterday. We
know that London is a great city but that is some holiday...oh to be young!
See:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/accomm/budget.html

Budget Hostels:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/accomm/budget_hostels.html
Bed and Breakfasts:
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Apartments:
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2. LONDON DIARY
- Reclaim the Streets (from dogs)

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In the good old days London's pavements used to be full of doggie-do but now
they're full of people.

I'm not just talking about shopping streets on a Saturday afternoon, either.
Any street with a bar and a kebab shop now attracts, up until the early
hours, the kinds of crowds once associated with extras in a DW Griffith
movie or refugees at the other end of the Channel Tunnel.

Everywhere you look there's homo-sapiens seemingly enjoying not just the
arriving but the getting there as well. The typical walking posture of
average Londoners used to be head down with a walk part-borrowed from the
military. Now, more and more lope along in laid-back mode, arms lazily
languid, permanently on the point of slapping the back of their pals.

The sudden outbreak of summer may have a bit to do with it, but I think
there's something deeper going on and that's the changing pattern of work.
This week one report claimed at least 10 per cent of London's workforce do
their jobs from home.

Suddenly, getting out of the office and fleeing for the sanctuary of home
loses its appeal because for those stuck half way between the spare
room/study and the kettle in the kitchen, their own house is the last place
they want to be when it's clocking off time.

Projections of a further exponential increase in home-working bode well for
an even more vibrant street-life to come. One word of caution, though, for
all you street-newbies. You might not be able to see it, what with all the
feet in the way, but the doggy-do is still there. I'll show you the soiled
soles of my otherwise excellent new trainers if you don't believe me.

David Clee (mailto:[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
- 'Much enjoyment is to be derived from this clever synthesis between Lear
and the original ' - so say Time Out of my latest Shakespearean rework.
Their theatre critic also wonders how the Lear set will survive the transfer
to Camden People's theatre, and believe me the cast and crew been wondering
too.

I'm not questioning director Patrick Nielsen's decision to send his actors
off with a slam of the door between the scenes. And having watched the show
every night whilst it was at Jackson's Lane, the technical director assures
me the set is almost as sturdy as the performances. After all, Henri Landon
as the seductive Cordelia certainly earns her FHM place amongst Africa's top
25 attractive women. What's more, Phil Philmar ('a fascinatingly wizened and
strained editor') and Chris Hastings ('who performs well as the ambitious
chief sub') make a thoroughly convincing duo as the modern Lear and Edmund
respectively. So would it really matter if the walls of Lear's world came
crumbling around him?

For this journalist's drama thrives on stress and sends judgement calling in
the form of a particularly stressful press day. My version of Shakespeare's
craggy classic relocates in the offices of a Sunday paper, where young
Edmund is slogging away and his boss Lear worries he's never printed
anything of worth. As you may have guessed, my 'tabloid take on Lear' (to
quote Time Out's distinguished hack) draws on experience. Now that's all
from me - it's back to the subbing...
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre.html

Up and Coming
- The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Garrick Theatre, Leicester Square tube
Martin McDonagh's hard hitting drama transfers to the West End.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_lear.html

Highlights
- 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.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_lear.html

- Theatre Tickets
Top Sellers (14 -27 June 02)
1) Bombay Dreams
2) Phantom of the Opera
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
- Essential Festival 2002

Sat 3 & Sun 4 August 2002, Hackney Marshes
Tickets: UKP 37.50 plus booking fee Per Day
Call 020 8949 5363 for tickets
Or Email: mailto:[email protected]
The Essential Festival returns to the capital for what looks set to become
an annual event for the city of London with an expected 30,000 people
attending per day. Taking place over the 3rd and 4th August with a Dance and
Roots Day respectively, the line up is as strong as ever with the biggest
names from across the dance and roots reggae world...
- Full preview and tickets, see Music below or click here:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/rockpoppreviews.html

Top Three Sellers (31 May - 13 June 02)
1. Sex Pistols at The Palace, London
2. Essential Festival 2002, London
- Tickets:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/rockpoptickets.html

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Classical

Top Sellers (14 -27 June 02)
1. Madam Butterfly, English National Opera
2. Mixed Bill, Nederlands Dans Theater 1 (NDT1)
- 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

Birthday Girl (15)
Director: Jez Butterworth
Nicole Kidman, Ben Chaplin, Vincent Cassel
Mild-mannered bank clerk John buys a mail order bride from Russia. Gorgeous
and statuesque Nadia arrives soon after and she seems perfect: attentive,
loving and eager to please John however she can. Unfortunately, she also
brings two heavies with her, whose presence rather shatters any illusion of
a fairy-tale marriage. All is not what it appears, and John hesitantly
embarks on a perilous adventure in which the prize might just be everlasting
love, and the penalty, his life.
(2001)

- Other New Films This Week
Beijing Bicycle (PG)
Big Fat Liar (PG)
Lawless Heart (NC)
Murder By Numbers (15)
Rollerball (15)
To Sleep With Anger (12)
The Way I Killed My Father (Comment J'ai Tue Mon Pere) (15)
What's The Worst That Could Happen? (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

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

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The Savoy, The Strand
- One of London's finest hotels joins our selection

The Savoy is one of the world's most famous hotels. Since opening in 1889 it
has become a byword for exceptional quality and impeccable service. Oscar
Wilde took up residence here at the height of his career. Indeed, the list
of dignitaries and stars who have checked in over the years reads like a
who's who of the 20th Century. On my first visit I shared a lift with Gene
Kelly and his glamorous young assistant!

Whether visiting for business or pleasure the Savoy has one of the most
convenient addresses in town. The majority of West End theatres are within
easy walking distance, the shops of Bond Street and Knightsbridge are short
cab journeys away as are business appointments in The City of London.

Many public and guest rooms have delightful views overlooking the Embankment
riverfront of the Thames. On the other side of the property, the hotel has
its own road leading onto The Strand. It is the only thoroughfare in the
United Kingdom where vehicles drive on the right hand side of the road.

Art Deco is the order of the day. Sumptuously restored rooms combine today's
technology with many of the hotel's original features. For a supplement,
riverside rooms and suites are available upon request.

Dining at the Savoy is a pleasure everyone should experience at least once.
Choose the Riverside restaurant for long, cordon bleu blow outs. Or try the
Savoy Grill, famous for its make or break power lunches and heirachical
table geography. If you get a wall-side table either you are somebody
important or they think that you are. Best of all the entire compliment of
the Savoy's kitchens are at your disposal for room service. If you are lucky
enough to reside in a river suite our tip is to hole up in your room, order
the silver served room service and relax as the bustle of London drifts by
on the Thames.
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Available for instant online booking now at:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/offersavoy.html

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
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

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:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/offergainsborough.html

- London Hotel Chart
Top Sellers (14 -27 June 02)
1) Columbia
2) Abbey Lodge
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!
Lausanne, Switzerland: Lausanne Palace & Spa

The Lausanne Palace & Spa offers a great view of beautiful Lake Geneva and
the Alps. Inside, luxury is the watchword, with all the top-class facilities
and levels of service to be expected from a well-run five-star
establishment.
http://www.hotelgenie.com/lausanne/lausanne_palace.shtml

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BUDGET LONDON ACCOMMODATION:
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
pages.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/accomm/budget.html

Budget Hostels:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/accomm/budget_hostels.html
Bed and Breakfasts:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/accomm/bandb.html
Apartments:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/accomm/apartments.html

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5. NEWS: Latest news from London

Cruise Crashes Samba Party
- Movie star and Brazil fans come together on Leicester Square
Breath Of Life For West End
- Hare's new play comes to town
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/talk/news/headlines.html

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6. COMPETITIONS

COMPIE 2
- The Essential Festival 2002 are giving away 2 pairs of weekend passes
(worth 75 UKP a person). For full details on live acts and DJs at this
year's festival see:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/rockpoppreviews.html

Question: Where is the Essential Festival taking place this year?

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do to enter is send an email with the correct
answer and subject header "Essential Festival 2002 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 2 correct answers out of the Editor's hat win the
prize, details will be sent to the winners. The Editor's decision is final.
Closing Date: 4 July 2002

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COMPIE 2
- We have 5 SIGNED copies of the new Ed Case single.

On 8 July 2002, Ed Case drops his new single "Good Times" featuring ex Skunk
Anansie lead singer Skin. "Good Times" is the 2nd track to be released from
Ed's eagerly anticipated debut album "Ed's Guest List" which is released on
1st July 2002. Skin comments "Eds's a joy to work with, like all great
creators Ed kinda makes it up as he goes along which was fun, refreshingly
unpredictable, and very productive. He knows when he's got it and so knows
when to stop without leaving the music in too innocent a state, resulting in
fresh beats cuddled by a very sexy riddim."

Question: For which ape-like cartoon band did Ed Case do a hit remix last
summer?

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do to enter is send an email with the correct
answer and subject header "Ed Case 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 five correct answers out of the Editor's hat win the
prize, details will be sent to the winners. The Editor's decision is final.
Closing Date: 4 July 2002

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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 107, 13 June 2002
- Lunar Lounge tickets Compie
Question: What is James Bond's numerical codename?
Answer: 007
Anne Grant (London NW8)

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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 LondonNet,

I agree that eurostar should offer cheap tickets for budget travellers. My
friends and I are keen to travel by eurostar but cannot afford to. Sharonw.

REPLY: Short and to the point. (Ed)
See: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/talk/news/eurostar.html

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Dear LondonNet,

Re: Diana

Perhaps Princess Diana's quest to have landmines banned could have been a
contributing factor in her death along with all the other factors?

Could she have been a victim of the same forces that Assasinated President
Kennedy? The Military Industrial Complex, because of her quest to have
landmines banned? She was making progress on that effort, and had former
Presidents full support, when she was killed on August 31,1997? After her
death the issue died with her, and not another word was mentioned?

Maybe the ones to ask would be Ret. "Col Flechter Prouty" who was the
Pentagon's Laison to the CIA , and Oliver Stone Director of the film JFK ?
Prouty was the one who was referred to as Mr. X in JFK . Maybe Oliver Stone
will eventually make a movie about Diana's death?

Vern

REPLY: My $ is on a CON between Mr Y and Mrs Z who were seeking to KO
Princess D. This straightjacket is sure making me itch. Nurse! NURSE! (Ed)
See: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/talk/news/diana_conspiracy_theories.html

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Dear LondonNet,

This conspiracy is sooooo obvious! Camilla wanted Charles so badly for
herself (and Diana was so sick of the Media) that her and Diana concocted
Diana's car crash to look like an accident...she,in advance, paid off a
bodyguard to wisk Diana away from prying eyes and ears. Diana knew her boys
would be ok; it's not like the Royals gave a hoot about her as mother or
human being anyway. after the "funerals" (of which we saw no bodies)
Camilla and Charles would be free to date, Dodi was free of his enemies.
Diana and Elvis could now live happily ever after. :)

~Donna

REPLY: I am the Walrus. Coo Coo Ca Choo. (Ed)
See: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/talk/news/diana_conspiracy_theories.html

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