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AHOY! It's the LondonNet Newsletter...
12 July 2002, Issue 109

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

1. WHAT'S UP: London for Free, LondonNetDotCom, Budget Accomm Availability
2. LONDON DIARY: Crash Into a Cannabis Future
3. ENTERTAINMENT: Theatre, Music, Clubs, Cinema
4. HOTELS: London and Worldwide
5. NEWS: Latest news from London
6. COMPETITION: Ascot Racing
7. TALKBACK: Cinema Listings, LondonNetDotCom

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1. WHAT'S UP - What's new on LondonNet
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LONDONNETDOTCOM STORMS TO MAIDEN TRIUMPH
LondonNetDotCom, this website's very own racehorse, won on her first trip in
the European Breeders Fund Maiden Fillies Stakes at Kempton Park Wednesday
night.

She sat comfortably in second from the off before easing through in the
final two furlongs to claim an assured two length victory beating off
fancied competition from Henry Cecil trained Play That Tune and Richard
Hannon's Zither.
For the full story, photos and reaction see:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/londonnetdotcom.html

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LONDON FOR FREE:
- To keep in tune with this week's racing theme we have 3 Pairs of
Grandstand and Paddock tickets worth UKP 30 a pair for Ascot's Hong Kong
Day, Sunday 28th July 2002.
- 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 recently booked 70 consecutive nights at a hostel.
See:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/accomm/budget.html
Needless to say this is the busiest time of year for budget accommodation
and so space is getting tight in several of our featured properties. Here is
a guide to the properties with the best availability:

Budget Hostels:
Best Availability: Generator, Atlantic Paddington, City University
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/accomm/budget_hostels.html

Bed and Breakfasts:
Best Availability: London House Hotel
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/accomm/bandb.html

Apartments:
Best Availability: Great Dover Street Apartments
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/accomm/apartments.html

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2. LONDON DIARY
- Crash Into a Cannabis Future

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OPINION is divided in the world of investment brokers and arithmetically
challenged accountants as to whether the stock market has further to fall.

But I am here to tell you the worst is yet to come. I know this not because
I spend time in the attic perfecting my econometric analysis, but because
cannabis is to be more or less legalised and because Gillian Anderson was
spotted on the Tube.

It is historical commonplace that rulers do funny things when confronted by
impending crisis. Pontius Pilate saved the skin of Barabas, declining-empire
Romans introduced a new kind of New Year's Day celebrations in which masters
and slaves switched places and America got rid of alcohol prohibition in the
depths of pre-war depression.

Though many pundits have praised Home Secretary David Blunkett for his
liberal stance on cannabis, most have been at a loss to explain why he is
keen to take such a political risk. The answer is that the government
clearly believe that not to jolly-up the population in some way is to court
greater instability than forcing everyone to smoke at least one big, fat one
before breakfast. In this context, it is also no surprise that Blunkett
chose cannabis for special treatment. Where cocaine was the traders' drug of
choice in the upswing, hash will be needed to mellow out frayed nerves on
the down chute.

Staying commendably in character, X-Files star Gillian Anderson has looked
into the future, too. Scully knows that to be among the first celebrities to
be seen eschewing traditional perks such as chauffeur-driven limousines and
free paparazzi outriders, is to mark herself as empathising with all the
studio execs, like those dozens at FilmFour this week, who are likely to lose
their jobs and incomes as the world financial system implodes.

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
Bad boys of the West End, don't we just love 'em? Cue Martin McDonagh, the
brains behind the Lieutenant of Inishmore. If anyone can make the theatre
cool again, this is the man. Blood, sex, and enough offensive behaviour to
warrant an audience warning before the fun begins, McDonagh's latest
combines his trademark violence and humour.

This is the man who made his name with stories of lonely spinsters pouring
hot fat over each other and a buried skull that unearths dark secrets. If
you haven't heard of the Beauty Queen of Leenane or A Skull in Connemara,
you may remember the upstart playwright who told Sean Connery to 'F*** off'
at the 1996 Evening Standard Awards.

Now McDonagh has created a violent tale of chip shop bombings and Northern
Irish hell. As ever, there's the quirky twist fans have come to expect - in
this case a dead cat turns out to be the love of a terrorist's
life.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre.html

Up and Coming
- Much Ado About Nothing, Theatre Royal Haymarket, Piccadilly Circus tube
The Royal Shakespeare Company take to the West End with the bard's
boisterous comedy of love and misunderstanding.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_tickets.html

Highlights
- Lear, Camden People's Theatre, Warren Street tube
Tabloid take on Lear looks like a scoop. This well-received fringe transfer
finishes Sunday, and we have tickets for less than a tenner.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_lear.html

- Theatre Tickets
Top Sellers (27 June - 12 July 02)

1) My Fair Lady
2) We Will Rock You
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
Sex Pistols at The Palace

Sat 27 July 2002, 2pm
Tickets: UKP 32.50 plus booking fee
Book Tickets Online NOW!
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...
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/rockpoppreviews.html

- Essential Festival 2002 has been CANCELLED
Sat 3 & Sun 4 August 2002, Hackney Marshes

Top Sellers (27 June - 12 July 02)
1. Sex Pistols at The Palace, London
2. Coldplay, London
3. Neil Diamond, London
- Tickets:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/rockpoptickets.html

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Classical

Top Sellers (27 June - 12 July 02)
1. Romeo & Juliet
2. Classic FM Live in the Park
- 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

Scooby-Doo (PG)
Director: Raja Gosnell
Freddie Prinze Jr, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini
Fred, Daphne, Shaggy, Velma and the irrepressible Scooby-Doo arrive at
Spooky Island, a scary amusement park owned by the oddly monikered Emile
Mondavarious. The friends are soon running scared from hordes of ghostly
apparitions, but why would anyone want to scare them away from the park? And
why are all the guests being turned into mindless drones?
(2002)

- Other New Films This Week
Actress (NC)
Amen (PG)
Bad Company (12)
Devdas (PG)
Nine Queens (Nueve Reinas) (15)
Resident Evil (15)
Tape (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

Rodigan's Reggae @ Subterania
(10pm-2am, weekly). A tuned in crowd enjoy this swinging mix of old and new
reggae, roots and dub. DJs David Rodigan, Coppa Face and guests select
classic cuts from Jamaica and closer to home. Live acts make regular
appearances - check venue for details, 7 UKP
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/clubs-reggae-ska.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 Gallery Hotel
- Reviewed by Trisha Thompson

When you step into the Gallery Hotel you step into another time, the
Victorian era. Carefully selected by an expert, every painting and
furnishing throughout the establishment is authentic and original, from the
chimneypiece to the artwork covering the walls in the lounge. The reception
area, sitting room and the modest bar makes any weary traveller feel a
little more at home.

Although this haven of quiet elegance abounds, modern conveniences are not
out of reach. Offering top-quality guest rooms, the Gallery Hotel also has
two master suites, along with the finest technology capabilities. Guest
rooms have two direct-dial telephones with data ports and Internet access is
available for laptop users.

Although visitors may want to laze in the stylish settings of the hotel, the
location is not far from top London attractions and entertainment. The
Natural History Museum as well as the Victoria and Albert Museum can be seen
from the hotel front step. If shopping is more of your style, a short stroll
will provide you with endless opportunities such as Harrods, fashionable
department stores, antique shops, and an abundant array of cafes and
restaurants to suit anyone's cravings.
.
Available for instant online booking now at:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/offergallery.html

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

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

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 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 (27 June - 12 July 02)
1) Columbia
2) Ritz
3) La Reserve
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!
Salzburg, Austria: Villa Pace Hotel ****
Stunningly bold interior design marks this hotel out from the crowd. Marble
floors and beautifully painted single-colour walls and ceilings combine to
give the Villa Pace an air of stylish calm. That atmosphere is more than
complimented by the impressive service to be found.
http://www.hotelgenie.com/salzburg/villa_pace.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

George Michael Won't Go Back to US
- Worried singer leaves LA mansion and boyfriend for safer UK
School Disco Goes Open Air
- Grown up kids take to Clapham Common
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/talk/news/headlines.html

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6. COMPETITIONS
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ASCOT TICKETS
- To keep in tune with this week's racing theme we have 3 Pairs of
Grandstand and Paddock tickets worth UKP 30 a pair for Ascot's Hong Kong
Day, Sunday 28th July 2002.

- Hong Kong Day, Sunday 28th July 2002
The exotic Hong Kong Day is the perfect occasion to bring the whole family
and enjoy a taste of the mystical Far East, as Ascot Racecourse is
transformed with authentic displays of traditional Chinese arts and crafts.

Hong Kong Day sees colourful oriental entertainment and attractions combined
with top class horseracing, featuring the richest five-furlong handicap in
Europe - the Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes, won in 2001 by Smokin' Beau.

What better opportunity to find out more about Chinese culture? Come and
join in the fun at our next Hong Kong Day on Sunday 28th July 2002. As at
all of Ascot's meetings, accompanied children aged 16 and under are admitted
free of charge, offering fantastic value and a great day out for all the
family. To make a booking for this event, please call 01344 876 876. Or see:
http://www.ascot.co.uk

Question: Who won the Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes last year?

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do to enter is send an email with the correct
answer and subject header "Ascot 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 winners. The Editor's decision is final.
Closing Date: 18 July 2002

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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 108, 27June 2002
- Ed Case Compie
Question: For which ape-like cartoon band did Ed Case do a hit remix last
summer?
Answer: Answer: Gorillaz
Keely Beresford (London, E16), Cassie Fitzsimmons (Brixton, London), Lulu Ho
(London, SE1), Emily Hutchinson (Harrogate, North Yorkshire), Kushla Pope
(Brighton)

- Essential Compie: Festival Cancelled
We have just been informed today that this event has now been cancelled due
to poor ticket sales. This means we wasted our time writing about it and
there are no longer any passes to give away, sorry. And I won't be getting
to see my all time heroes Toots and The Maytals. Rats.

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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,

Re: Diana

Hi,

I've just been looking through your otherwise excellent cinema listings, and
cannot seem to find the cinema that is closest to me - the Genesis
(sometimes known as the Mile End Genesis, although it's actually nearer
Whitechapel).

My question is - do you carry listings for this cinema and if not, why not?
There are listings for other small, not exactly central, independant cinemas
(ie the Rio).

Thanks for an excellent and informative site!

Neil

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Dear Sir,

You claim to show listings for all London cinemas but I can't find listings
for the Mile End Genesis cinema. Is there a reason for this ?

David Evans

REPLY: We're looking into it Neil and David, thanks for the letters. (Ed)

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Dear LondonNet,

Is that your horse? It won well Wednesday. Where's it going to run next ?

Jashem

REPLY: Hi sure is our filly! If she keeps well she should run in a
couple/few
weeks. The site will keep you posted with developments. (Ed)
See: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/londonnetdotcom.html

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