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AHOY! It's the LondonNet Newsletter...
19 September 2002, Issue 114

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AHOY! Contents:

1. WHAT'S UP: London for Free, Extra Extra, Prince Tickets, Our Horse
2. LONDON DIARY: Fear and Loathing on TV
3. ENTERTAINMENT: Theatre, Music, Clubs, Cinema
4. HOTELS: London and Worldwide
5. NEWS: Latest news from London
6. COMPETITION: Milk'n'2 Sugars
7. TALKBACK: Diana and NYC

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1. WHAT'S UP - What's new on LondonNet
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LONDON FOR FREE:
- Milk'n'2 Sugars Compie
Win a pair of VIP tickets and a glass of champagne each for this Friday's
Studio 54 inspired evening down at MN2S's regular venue The End.
- Scroll down for competition details.

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SITE NEWS:

EXTRA, EXTRA
- LondonNet launches two new Newsletters
We've been publishing Ahoy! for some six years now and regulars will have
noticed that it keeps getting longer and longer. Problem is that there is so
much happening in our favourite city that it's hard to fit everything in.

The solution? Two new ezines, one for London Music fans named, you guessed
it; LondonNet Music Extra. The other for theatre buffs called, wait for it,
LondonNet Theatre Extra. These will be published regularly and will bring
you the latest news on shows and gigs, plus details of new ticket releases.
This is particularly important for music fans, as gigs often sell out a few
hours after going on general release.

Fret not, we'll still be carrying music and theatre content in the good ship
Ahoy!, albeit a little pared down compared to the present.

To sign up for the first edition of either of these two newsletters see:
http://lb.bcentral.com/ex/manage/subscriberprefs.aspx?customerid=6485
N.B. These will only be available in HTML format.

PRINCE LIVE
- London Hammersmith Apollo - 3 Oct 2002
The artist formerly known as the 'artist formerly known as' said he'd never
tour again. So we were as surprised as anyone when details of his
forthcoming London gigs were announced. Prince may remain an enigma, but
there's no doubting the impact the man has had on modern music. From
recording artist, to award winning producer, his presence is, as ever,
immense. Better still he is renowned for putting on a great stage show.
- We still have a FEW tickets left for this rare treat so call us now on 020
8949 5363 (Office Hours: 9.00-5.30, Mon-Fri) to book your tickets (UKP 62.50
incl booking fee). Or email: [email protected]

LONDONNETDOTCOM - The Horse:
- Not good news I'm afraid. LondonNetDotCom set out as favourite for the May
Hill Stakes at Doncaster last Thursday. She was looking good at the front
but with two furlongs to go it was clear that all was not well and she had
to coast home. It appears that she is a little lame, so we'll be resting her
for the winter while the vets get to work. We'll keep you posted on her
progress. Whoever said racing was easy? See:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/londonnetdotcom.html

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2. LONDON DIARY
- Fear and Loathing on TV

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CRIME in London has fallen dramatically over the last year, figures out this
week revealed. Unfortunately, fear of crime has shot up over the same
period.

Even allowing for a time-lag, I think the world's statisticians might agree
that this fear of crime thing has absolutely nothing to do with real
existing law and order problems. There must be some other cause.
Clever-clever folk might bleat about social breakdown and family break-up
but it is surely easier, more fun and, who knows, more accurate to blame TV.

The other day BBC1 took the brave step to evict DIY shows and cookery
programmes from its schedules in order to devote a whole night to crime. The
highlight was a slot that featured reconstructions of real crimes on which
we, the 100 per cent innocent viewing public, could vote as to the length
and type of sentence we thought was most appropriate.

I was a bit disappointed that there was no option marked 'make them watch
DIY shows and cookery programmes' but what was even more striking was the
power this trial by TV gave to film directors. If I was a budding film
director I would have done what they did and resort to knockabout movie
cliche - you never know when the Hollywood bigwigs might be watching after
all - but it became immediately clear that the clapperboard crew held the
scales of justice in their hands.

More than that, I believe a reading of history proves they have the power to
dictate our ideas about the levels of crime and its detection. Back in the
1970s fictional TV 'tecs always solved every crime they came across and,
even more cheeringly in stuff like The Sweeney, they usually bashed burglars
about a bit. Result: people weren't scared about crime. Nowadays, with shows
like The Bill and Cops, all they do is go on chummy bonding sessions down the
pub and then have sex with each other's spouses. Result: a huge increase in
police recruitment and the common assumption that burglars have a completely
free run to do whatever they want, even if that includes watching DIY and
cookery pap on other people's TVs.

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

Remember studying the classics at school? Remember old-fashioned plays and
long-winded novels? It's time to think again.

The London stage is awash with reworks and adaptations of old favourites.
Shared Experience's new version of A Passage To India opens tonight at the
Richmond theatre and promises a culture clashing rework of EM Forster's
masterpiece. The company who turned stories like Anna Karenina and Mill On
The Floss into acclaimed stage stuff specialise in devising physical
performances. And this tale of a girl who falls for India at a time when it
is controlled by Britain just before marrying an Englishman looks like just
the ticket.

Unless of course you're looking for a kids' show. John Clifford's children's
version of Dicken's Great Expectations at the Pleasance theatre could make a
nice break from fun-for-the-family musicals, if the likes of Miss Haversham
are your cup of tea. Adapted particularly for 9-14 year olds, Unicorn
theatre promises to bring the likes of the criminal Magwitch, the beautiful
Estelle and trusty young Pip to life whilst clarifying the plot for young
students. Great Expectations indeed.
(Helena Thompson)
Great Expectations :
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_great.html

Highlights
- League of Gentlemen End Art

One of the major successes of West End theatre in recent years is to bow out
in spectacular fashion by employing the cast of cult-TV comedy The League of
Gentlemen. Art, which centres, in bitingly witty fashion, on the
relationships of a group of friends via a painting, finally shuts up shop on
January 4th next year. For the run-up to its close, League of Gentlemen
regulars Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith take Art's
leading roles. Expect this one to sell out fast.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_art.html

Up and Coming
Contact, The Queen's Theatre, Piccadilly tube
New dance play from US choreographer Susan Stroman.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_contact.html

- Theatre Tickets
Top Sellers (4 - 18 September 02)
1) My Fair Lady
2) Les Miserables
3) Bombay Dreams
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_tickets.html

- Theatre: A to Z of Shows
Our guide to all the leading musicals and dramas running or soon to open in
the West End. With quick links to previews, reviews and ticket pages.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_reviews.html

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MUSIC
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/

Rock and Pop

Gig Previews
Peace One Day, Brixton Academy, Saturday 21 September 2002
- Peace One Day is a timely evening of live music, multimedia and speech to
mark the first ever day of global ceasefire and non-violence on the UN
International Day Of Peace. Hosted by Omid Djalili and featuring 1 Giant
Leap, Neneh Cherry, Faithless, Jambience, Rhianna, Starsailor, UNKLE (DJ
set), Zero 7 and Jimmy Cliff with special guest Dave Stewart.
Tickets: UKP 15 plus booking fee
Book tickets for both these events at:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/rockpoptickets.html

Gig Listings
We've given our list of forthcoming London gigs a much needed brush up. Plan
your gigging for the next 6 months at:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/rockpoptickets.html

Top Sellers (4 - 18 September 02)
1) Nina Simone, London
2) Madness, London
3) Groove Armada, London
- Tickets:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/rockpoptickets.html

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Classical
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/classical.html

Andrea Bocelli
Where: Wembley Arena, Performances: 7.30 PM, When: Sun, 10th November 2002
Andrea Bocelli's concerts are always one of THE classical music events of
any year. Seven UK hit albums (three certified platinum) in five years have
confirmed Andrea Bocelli as not just the British public's favourite
classical artist, but simply one of the British public's best loved
vocalists. This concert is a rare opportunity for British music lovers to
experience THE voice, in a programme that will feature the greatest Italian
arias.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/opera.html

Top Sellers (4 - 18 September 02)
1. Andrea Bocelli, London
2. The Nutcracker, English National Ballet
- 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

Road To Perdition (15)
Director: Sam Mendes
Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Jude Law
When half of his family is murdered, hit man Michael O'Sullivan - aka The
Angel Of Death - goes on the run.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/cinema_new.html

- Other New Films This Week
Minor Mishaps (Sma Ulykker) (15)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (PG)
The New Guy (12A)
Swimfan (12A)
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

Down Mexico Way
25 Swallow Street, London, W1B 4QR
(Nearest Tube Station: Piccadilly Circus)
020 7437 9895

Less rustic than its other latino-themed counterparts, Down Mexico Way is a
superb venue for a late night drink and a laugh. It offers a wide selection
of exotic mixed drinks, relying less on beer, only available in bottles.

The combination of dimly lit solid oak walls and cushy post-modern furniture
is a great backdrop for the modestly sized dance floor. The atmosphere
compensates for the less than average food. Eat at your own risk and only in
the event of starvation.

Expect to find an age-diverse clientele interested only in a good time. Down
Mexico Way is a fantastic venue to unwind and let loose among the heavy bass
and heavier tequila.
(Dan Schreiber)

- 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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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

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

- London Hotel Chart
Top Sellers (4 - 18 September 02)
1) Columbia hotel
2) Chelsea Lodge
3) Hazlitts
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!
Brussels, Belgium: Le Plaza ****
One of Brussels' premier hotels, Le Plaza has recently undergone substantial
refurbishment to compliment its already high levels of comfort. Although
design and architectural elements are high on the list of special features,
Le Plaza is also an excellent place to stay in terms of service and
location.
http://www.hotelgenie.com/brussels/le_plaza.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:
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Apartments:
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5. NEWS: Latest news from London

Nuking Iraq May be the Only Option, Says Tory Leader
- Duncan Smith backs the bomb in future attack
More From Moore
- US provocateur comes to town
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/talk/news/headlines.html

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6. COMPETITIONS
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Milk'n'2 Sugars Compie
- Exploding into party action once again, Milk'n'2 Sugars moves into
overdrive with another rump shaking showdown on Friday 20th September. In
the main room and making his debut appearance at MN2S is Studio 54 legend,
Kenny Carpenter. Taking no prisoners we unleash Chicago's 'Insatiable' man
of the moment E Smoove aka Thick Dick. Plus Terry Farley, Kenny Charles, NY'
s Brian Tappert, etc.

Prize: 2 VIP tickets and a glass of champagne each...(N.B. the prize is for
Friday night, please make sure you can go before you enter!).

Thanks to:
[email protected] End, 18a West Central Street, London WC1
www.mn2s.com

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Question: Which city was home to the famous 70s club Studio 54?
a) New York
b) New Jersey
c) New Orleans

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do to enter is send an email with the correct
answer and subject header "MN2S SEPT 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: Over 21s only please. 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: Noon, 20 September 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 113, 4 September 2002
- Fuel Bar Compie:
Winner: Alison Lavelle (SW17)
Runners up: Kirstie Paul (WD6), Mike Stephen (E3), Chanelle Joseph (N9),
Michael Galligan (TW9), Jags Virdi (UB3), Linda Thomson (N4), Oscar Heini
(EN11), Marica Hughes (W2), Sara Bowler (OX2), Lee Colmer (DA1), Kim Tyler
(CT2), Mel Daniels (RM17), Beckie Hyslop (SE27), Nicky Payne (NW10), Katy
Wall (TW8), Cassie Fitzsimmons (SW9), Lucy Pennycook (SW15), John Richards
(SW4), Jane Rigby (N16), Athina Papachrysostomou (NW1), Kushla Pope (BN1),
Gemma Westacott (W12), Adriana Miele (CB1), Anne Brown (WD38), Simon Smith
(E5), Chris Roberts (W4), Sabina Lo (SE5), Marika Farr (DY10), Tanya Case
(SW8)

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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,

Two weeks before Diana's death, Prince Charles was coming away from
some do or other, when a cameraman was eager to stick a mike under Charles's
nose and say "what do you think of Princes Diana getting engaged to
Dodi?", Prince Charles looked startled, paused then said he would put a stop to it, I've
never seen that clip of film since on any news or Diana program...WHY.
Mrn Ashton

Ed: WHY indeed?
More Diana Conspiracy Theories:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/talk/news/diana_conspiracy_theories.html

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Dear LondonNet,

If you have chums in the Big Apple next week, we'd appreciate your help.

Barb Jungr begins a 3 week run at The Flea Theatre, 41 White Street,
Tribeca, New York, from 24th September to 12 October Tuesday to Saturday
weekly, 9.30 pm. Tickets 212 206 1515.
Performing her Dylan repertoire with some chansons and more. Accompanied by
superb New York pianist and accordionist Charlie Giordano (Laurie Anderson,
Bruce Springsteen, Joe Cocker). Supported by The British Council, presented
by The Flea Theatre.
website www.barbjungr.com

Ed: Job done. Best of luck Barb.

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