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22 August 2002, Issue 112

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AHOY! Contents:

1. WHAT'S UP: We are 6, London for Free, London Eye, Art Galleries
2. LONDON DIARY: Worrying Times for Great Britons
3. ENTERTAINMENT: Theatre, Music, Clubs, Cinema
4. HOTELS: London and Worldwide
5. NEWS: Latest news from London
6. COMPETITION: Planetaria Club Tickets
7. TALKBACK: Diana, Diana and more Diana

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

- We celebrate our 6th birthday tomorrow

Another year, another milestone. Thanks again for all your help and support
down the years, the site would be nothing without you, the readers.

Frankly, this hasn't been the easiest of years for London. Having enjoyed
several years as a tourist magnet, recently the capital's pull has been
weakened first by Foot and Mouth, then by the aftershock of September 11th.
Some will say things are now back to normal, but the evidence we see
suggests that the recovery is still only part complete. Witness the number
of theatre runs ending early in the past few months. Other tourist related
businesses are suffering too, restaurants with empty tables and hotels with
empty rooms. Many have had to cut back on staff levels and put expansion
plans on hold.

All is not doom and gloom, however. The same way that a forest fire clears
the ground enabling new growth to flourish, so a downturn opens up new
opportunites. Sometimes it's hard to see it that way, but it's often how
things evolve.

We have lots of exciting things happening here at the moment. Over the next
year you will be able to read about (and book) an ever wider range of events
and attractions in London. This week sees the launch of our online booking
service for the London Eye and our new Art Galleries feature (see below). We
will continue to bring you our ever popular Accommodation, Film, Music and
Theatre sections, always with an eye (and an ear) as to how we can modify
and fine tune the content.

Here's to the next 12 months!

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

- Our filly is entered in the Group Three Prix du Calvados at Deauville,
Normandy tomorrow. We're hoping she can do us proud and deliver the ideal
birthday gift for the site, her second win. Trainer Mick Channon is
looking for a treble having won the prestigious French race for the past two
years. I'll be travelling over to Deauville to see the race, so check our
LondonNetDotCom page to see how she fares. See:


- Planetaria Club Tickets

The prize is a pair of tickets for this Shepherds Bush club, plus a
complementary drink or two for the winners. The tickets are for this coming
Saturday so the compie closing time is 4.30pm tomorrow.
- Scroll down for competition details.



- London Eye Tickets:
We now offer online booking for London's sightseeing marvel.

Our London Eye feature has always been among the most popular pages in our
sightseeing section. Many visitors and Londoners have used it to find out
key information about the attraction. But until now readers had to use the
phone to book 'flights' on the Eye. With our new secure online booking
service you can now reserve your British Airways London Eye 'flight' in
minutes. Best of all there is no booking fee!
See: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/about/londoneye.html


- Art: London Galleries, Exhibitions
Our new guide includes features on current and upcoming exhibitions plus
gallery info.

Current Exhibitions Featured:
- Fabric of Vision: Dress and Drapery in Painting (National Gallery, until 8
Sep 02)
- Masters of Colour: Derain to Kandinsky (Royal Academy, until 17 Nov 2002)
- The Galleries Show: 2002 - Contemporary Art in London (Royal Academy, 14
Sep-12 Oct 02)


This is the busiest time of year for budget accommodation and space is tight
in several of our featured properties. Here is a guide to the places with
the best availability:

Budget Hostels: St Christopher's, Generator, Atlantic Paddington, City

Bed and Breakfasts: London House Hotel

Apartments: Great Dover Street Apartments



- Thanks to a recent increase in our allocation we have tickets for almost
all upcoming performances. To enjoy big savings today, see:
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- Worrying Times for Great Britons


THE BBC have just published a list of the 100 Greatest British People ever to have walked this sceptred isle, as voted by 33,000 viewers and listeners.

Most of the usual suspects get a look in, from Shakespeare and Darwin to Henry VIIIth and Churchill. The list is bulked out by some fairly B-list types, such as singer Robbie Williams and DJ Boy George but what struck me was the absence of any really psychotic characters, unless you count TV inventor John Logie Baird, without whom Big Brother would never have happened.

I think a nation needs a butcher or two in its past to give it some gravitas. In time even the most bloodthirsty warlord tends to assume a positive image. Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great are held in high esteem, as, at least in his native Hungary, is child-eater Attila the Hun.

Britain had its empire, I know, but this was gained by a more or less interchangeable cast of generals and merchants, none of whom stand out like a Napoleon or a Peter the Great.

My guess is that Britain has yet to get its slaughter-meister and that is a worrying thought, because it means that within our ranks at this very moment there might be someone ready to take up the mantle and inflict limitless pain and suffering on the world. We can't be too careful on this one, so can someone tell me why they are letting out Jeffrey Archer on day release from his prison cell?

David Clee (mailto:[email protected])



- Air France is the world's third largest airline, serving hundreds of
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Spid is away this week, In The Spotlight will return in the next issue of

My Fair Lady
- Theatreland says 'ello to 'enry 'iggins. More tickets now available.
- This is one show that really must be seen to be believed.

- Theatre Tickets
Top Sellers (8-22 August 02)
1) My Fair Lady
2) We Will Rock You
3) Bombay Dreams

- Theatre: A to Z of Shows
Recently revamped this page is a useful guide to all the leading musicals and
dramas running or soon to open in the West End. There are quick links to
previews, reviews and ticket pages.



Rock and Pop

Gig Preview
- Stereo MCs
, 5 December 2002
Brixton Academy, 211 Stockwell Road, London, SW9
Nearest Tube: Brixton
They had been doing that thing that dance groups do when they're not
releasing vinyl, keeping themselves busy producing and mixing the work of
others, but last year's long awaited follow up to the massive 'Connected'
album, 'Deep Down & Dirty', blasted the Stereo MCs (who remain one the most
successful ever British hip-hop/dance exports) back into the big time,
headlining festivals and selling out arenas all over Europe. Book tickets:

Gig Listings
We've given our list of forthcoming London gigs a much needed brush up. Plan
your gigging at:

Top Sellers (8-22 August 02)
1) Ja Rule & Ashanti
2) Manic Street Preachers
3) Here & Now Tour
- Tickets:



The Nutcracker, English National Ballet
@ The London Coliseum
Performances: 3.00PM (Tue, Sat) 7.30 PM (Tue - Sat)
When: Tue, 3rd December 2002 to Sat, 4th January 2003
- You may have never thought of going to see a classical ballet, but now
there is one that is set to excite and thrill anyone who loves the sparkle
and colour of a traditional Christmas show...more:

Top Sellers (8-22 August 02)
1. Last Night of the Kenwood Proms
2. The Nutcracker, English National Ballet
- Tickets:



- Film Of The Week

The Guru (15)
Director: Daisy Von Scherler Mayer
Jimi Mistry, Heather Graham, Marisa Tomei
Indian dance instructor Ramu travels to New York in search of fame and

- Other New Films This Week
Be My Star (Mein Stern) (NC)
Black Knight (PG)
Reign Of Fire (12)
Talk To Her (Hable Con Ella)
Tortilla Soup (PG)

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



Vibe Bar
Entry Level Acoustik Lounge- every third Tuesday of the month, 7pm-11pm
91 Brick Lane/ Old Truman Brewery
Tube: Liverpool St.
Admission UKP 5, UKP 4 with flyer
www.vibe-bar.co.uk (bar's Web site)
www.z-star.net (host's Web site)

All the comfort of home, away from home is what you'll find at the Vibe
Bar. The atmosphere of their Entry Level Acoustik Lounge is like a large
house party with all of your closest friends on tap for some of the best raw
talent London has to offer.

Before you ascend the stairs into the bar you may think you hear the
clear-cut tones of Dave Matthews from within the compound. But once you
enter, you will find a much different face behind the microphone, eyes shut,
mouth forming the words amplified. The lead singer of Sentivo is melting the
female population with his lustful lyrics and his bouncing body language. If
you've never heard of this group before, you are not alone. This night at
the Vibe Bar is for amateurs only- entry level- but make no mistake, there
is nothing entry level about the performers' talent.

Unplugged and in rare form, various artists showcase their abilities in all
different genres of the music spectrum. From Lola, a female
singer/songwriter whose voice teeters on sounding like sultry Sheryl Crow,
belting out a tune about lost love to the group Hit and Run who bust out
rhymes to a hip-hop beat in their own unique style. You may wonder why these
acts haven't been signed yet.

Singer/songwriter Z Star, a performer in her own right, hosts the monthly
event, creating the magic spontaneity that makes the event so unique.
Between acts, Z Star and in-house DJs keep the household entertained.

The dimly lit room shines a spotlight on the makeshift stage filled with a
keyboard, drum set and small microphone stand and a caricature mural on the
back wall. The bulky, wooden bar is the source for your favourite beverage.
Frumpy, leather couches are thrown around the room next to small white
coffee tables, giving the venue a living room look. Loungers may opt for the
floor when seats run short. No matter what seat you opt for, you can't help
but be mesmerized by the original lyrics of solo acts, poets and other
performers on hand for this top-notch show. You'll come away feeling

Tip: Don't dress to the nines. Be comfortable in your own living room.

Trisha Thompson

- Club Venues and Listings



- Thanks to a recent increase in our allocation we have tickets for almost
all upcoming performances. To enjoy big savings today, see:
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Three of The Best
- Top three offers currently available to LondonNet readers:

Threadneedles ***** (The City)

- To celebrate the opening we have obtained a HALF PRICE deal on all rooms,
EXCLUSIVELY for readers of LondonNet. Available for secure online booking
now at:

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:

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:

- London Hotel Chart
Top Sellers (8-22 August 02)
1) Columbia
2) La Reserve
3) Hazlitts


New additions and highlights from our sister site Hotelgenie.com.

Hamburg, Germany: Kempinski Hotel Atlantic ****
The classic Kempinski Hotel Atlantic has stood proud since 1909 and is one
of Hamburg's best hotels in the four star category. If you're in need of
relaxation, the sauna and pool are the perfect place.

Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic: Hotel Palace ****
The Hotel Palace is both a beautiful, elegantly designed hotel and a
wide-ranging health spa fully equipped with electrotherapy, magnetotherapy,
oxygenotherapy, baleno treatments, gaseous injections and packs, pearl
baths, underwater massages and much more.


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

Budget Hostels:
Bed and Breakfasts:


5. NEWS: Latest news from London

Is LondonNetDotCom a Norman Conqueror?
- Our horse heads for Group 3 race in Deauville, Normandy
Foreign Language Learning Gets Worse
- Less British kids take French and German than before


Planetaria Club Tickets
- The prize is a pair of tickets for Planetaria, plus a complementary drink
or two for the winners. The prize is for Saturday so the compie closing time is 4.30pm
Friday 23rd August.

- About Planetaria:
Eclectic beats (funk/tech/latin/afro)
Venue: Ginglik, corner of Shepherds Bush Green (tel: 0208 749 2310)
Tube: Shepherds Bush (near Central Line Exit)
Saturday 24th August (thereafter last sat of month), 8pm 2am
Price/Admission: 2 b4 10pm, 4 thereafter
Description: Carnival Special: Latin beats explosion
with visuals plus live percussion.

Question: Name the venue for the Planetaria Club?
The clue is in the text above

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do to enter is send an email with the correct
answer and subject header "Planetaria 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 correct answer out of the Editor's hat wins the
prize, details will be sent to the winner. The Editor's decision is final.
Closing Date: 23 August 2002, 4.30pm


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 111, 8 August 2002
- Jongleurs Compie (Each winner gets a pair of tickets):
Sarah Anderson, Emily Aslin, Nyree Basdeo, Fiona Berry, Albert van Biljon,
Sara Bowler, Ela Cassidy, John Cawrey, Diana Clarke, Sonya Collison, Lee
Colmer, Julie Craigs, Mel Daniels, Tamzin Davis, Marika Farr, Cassie
Fitzsimmons, Karla Fraser, Nigel Gomeze, Rosemary Gregory, Jane Harris,
Oscar Heini, Rayne Hillcoat, Carla Hunn, Sarah Hurlock, Lucy Irving, Emma
Jones, Neil Jordan, Amanda Kamin, Matt Lane, Sabina Lo, Helen Lupson, Janet
Mcbride, Ripple Mohan, Marie Mitchell, Linda Nicol, Athina Papachrysostomou,
Kat Portman, S Rahman, Vicky Rathman, Kirsteen Roe, Cathy Shaw, Richard
Smith, Linda Thomson, Jags Virdi, Bill Wallace, Clair Walsh, Caroline Weir,
Gemma Westacott, Elaine Wilkins,


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 LondonNet,

DIANA's DEATH: Five Years On
As regular readers will know, this letter section has hardly been complete
these past few years without some cranky Diana story or other. Here's three
more for you to digest...

Diana Condolence Pages:

Diana Conspiracy Theories:


Dear LondonNet,

I remember the day the crash happened I watched it all morning and hadn't
been to bed, but I was gripped nonetheless, I recall the news caster saying
di was out of the vehicle and walking, that she had a broken arm and some
broken ribs, and that she was lucid but a little shocked, any thoughts on
how the story turned back to she is in the car dead and so is dodi?


Ed: Judging by our inbox at the time this was a familiar theme on the
morning of the crash. Seemed to dry up later. Anyone else remember the 'Di
is walking wounded' stories?


Dear LondonNet,

Has anyone thought about the problem that would have been caused if Di and
Dodi had married?
As mother of the future King of England, Diana could not be allowed to marry
a Moslem as it would change the future line of ascendence to the English
throne. Perhaps this was the reason for her "demise".

Ian Payne

Ed: Well Ian, I can't say that you are the first to consider this possible
motive. Dare say you won't be the last either.


NB The following letter is reproduced unedited for full effect!

Dear LondonNet,

it is a strange death but it was an accident so get over it, the pavorotti
were making them go to fast, they hit a car end of story, let her rest in
peace for crist sake.

Ed: Pavarotti chasing after Di and Dodi's car? Now there's a terrifying



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