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3 October 2002, Issue 115

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AHOY! Contents:

1. WHAT'S UP: London for Free, Extra Extra, Prince Tickets, Our Horse
2. LONDON DIARY: The Second Coming is Back Again
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

- Club Classical Compie

The compie for this week is 10 pairs of tickets to see the BBC Concert
Orchestra, Club Classical at the Royal Festival Hall on the 16th October
- Scroll down for competition details.



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more offline media giants, including London entertainment ones, claim that
we surfers are ready and willing to pay for the content we read online. I'm
not so sure. First, it seems to me that many sites are asking for not
inconsiderable sums of my money for what is effectively the same content as
was previously available for free. Second, at least for now, I can still get
a huge amount of information for free elsewhere.

We've built our business around the idea that information on the web should
be free at the point of use. However, maintaining the quality of our film
and gig listings, theatre reviews, travel and accommodation guides doesn't
always come cheap. So, yes, we have to make our money through advertising,
etc. But isn't that better than taking your credit card details before we
let you read our stuff?
(Peter D. Clee, Publisher, mailto:[email protected])


- LondonNet's new Newsletters: Music and Theatre

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- The Second Coming is Back Again


So He hasn't forsaken us after all. There He was, jogging along the road this morning with trademark straggly hair, beard, white poncho and can of Special Brew.

It's bothered me for some time that there's been a marked decline in the number of Messiah-look-alike tramps. Not so long ago, every other gentleman of the road was decked out in Jesus garb, each ignoring considerable documentary evidence to the contrary to proclaim himself the Second Coming.

In my experience they never talked much religion, though one did follow through with a pledge to leave his fortune, considerable as it turned out, to a local cat home. Fancy dress apart, their main link to Godliness was a serene, beatific smile that made you realise why Special Brew never spent much on advertising.

I am heartened by today's resurrection, but also a bit suspicious. My fear is that 21st century Jesuses do not bear honest, if wildly mistaken, witness, but are using the sacred cloth for some tacky retro-marketing scheme. 'Remember how much religio-comic fun you had with us last time around?' they could be saying. Either that or they are the latest bunch of fame-hungry egotists auditioning for another reality TV show. I promise to watch if the prize is everlasting life, preceded, of course, by crucifixion.

David Clee (mailto:[email protected])



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In The Spotlight

Red wine and Elaine Stritch - two things that get better with age. The hard
drinker's anecdotes of fifty years in show business are living proof.

This all singing, all dancing diva earns every minute of her current one
woman show at the Old Vic. Unlike Simon Callow's one man homage to 'The
Mystery of Charles Dickens,' or Linda Marlowe's lone attempt to conjure up
all of 'Berkoff's Women,' Elaine Stritch has only to play herself.

But don't be fooled by the autobiographical candour. Every bit the performer
she always was, the one time star of Company and Private Lives here indulges
a rare gift for Beckettian humour. Clad only in tights, a shirt and a green
pair of shoes, Stritch tip toes the line between the alarming and the
amusing as she taps out the original choreography from early hits and
recounts the mistakes as well as the successes of her early years.

This is comedy at its most humane. Studded with both painful memories and
show stopping tunes, Stritch has her audience in stitches and tears. 'Elaine
Stritch At Liberty' shows this Broadway Baby still has what it takes.
- Helena Thompson, mailto:[email protected]

Up and Coming
- What The Night Is For

Ex X files star Gillian Anderson gets romantic

- 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. This one is already selling out fast.

Special Offer
- 125th Street @ The Shaftesbury Theatre, 2 For 1 Tickets

2 for 1 tickets available now on ALL performances to 30 November 2002
(excluding Saturday evening performances). Full price tickets usually
between UKP 10 and UKP 32.50.
Offer valid until 30 November 2002. All tickets and offers are subject to
availability and valid for a limited time only.

- Theatre Tickets
Top Sellers (19 September - 2 October 02)

1) My Fair Lady
2) Bombay Dreams
3) Phantom of the Opera

- 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.



Rock and Pop

Gig Previews
Primal Scream, Brixton Academy 6-7 Dec 2002

- Tickets: UKP 20.00 plus booking fee
Primal Scream, a band that has, almost single-handedly, defended rock 'n'
roll's spontaneous outbursts of aggression, bloody-minded insurrection and
mind-bending mandate against all comers perform live their rock'n'roll/dance
fusion fantastic. Tunes from the new album and classics such as 'Loaded',
'Movin' On Up', and 'Rocks'.
Book tickets for this event at:

New This Week:
Shakira, 16 Dec
Fischerspooner, 10 Nov

Gig Listings
Our list of forthcoming London gigs. Plan your gigging for the next 6 months

Top Sellers (19 September - 2 October 02)
1) Paul Weller
2) Tragically Hip
3) Gomez
4) Badly Drawn Boy
5) Motorhead
- Tickets:



English National Opera: Autumn and Winter Season
Where: The Colisuem: 7.30 PM, From 24th October 2002
Opens with Barber of Seville, ENO and runs through a selection of fine
operas through to Spring next year. Full programme of events and booking
information at:

Andrea Bocelli
Where: Wembley Arena, Performances: 7.30 PM, When: Sun, 10th November 2002
This concert is a rare opportunity for British music lovers to experience
THE voice, in a programme that will feature the greatest Italian arias.

Top Sellers (19 September - 2 October 02)
1. Andrea Bocelli, London
2. The Nutcracker, English National Ballet
- Tickets:



- Film Of The Week
One Hour Photo (15)

Director: Mark Romanek
Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan
A photo-booth technician decides to mete out some punishment on a family he
has become obsessed with.

- Other New Films This Week
The Announcement
Juwanna Man (12A)
Lilo & Stitch (U)
My Little Eye (18)
Sweet Sixteen (18)

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



77A Charterhouse Street
Nearest tube: Farringdon
UKP 12 in advance
UKP 15 at the door (expect to queue)

One of the highest profile clubs in London, Fabric delivers the high-energy
atmosphere that hardcore clubbers are constantly seeking. A virtual maze of
industrial platforms and boardwalks lead to three differently themed dance
floor rooms. On Fridays, there is a hip hop DJ, a techno area, and what
seems to be the most popular space, a drum and bass room that vibrates you
to the edge of sensory overload. Indeed, high volume, both in terms of the
brilliant space and the music, defines the feeling of Fabric.

The 30,000 square feet brings in 7,000 clubbers a weekend, all riled up,
neon reflecting in their perspiration. The venue has been deemed suitable
for celebrities as well, with a recent visit from one of the original
gangstas, Ice-T.

Modestly, press representatives cast off the status and maintain that Fabric
is all about the creative freedom for performers and of course, a multitude
of efficient bars. People come to Fabric for the "beer and dancing," they
say. But that doesn't seem to be all it's good for, as the cavernous
passages also lead to dark nooks of promiscuity, complete with spacious

Even if you find clubbing evidence of devolution, suspend your principles
for an evening, and go have yourself a subcultural experience.
(Dan Schreiber, mailto:[email protected])

- Club Venues and Listings



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London Airport Hotels
- We have recently expanded the number of hotels featured in our London
Airport section. Choose from a wide selection of properties at London's
Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton airports. They offer special discounts
on room rates and parking and most are now available with instant

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.

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:

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:

- London Hotel Chart
Top Sellers (19 September - 2 October 02)
1) Columbia hotel
2) Hazlitts
3) La Reserve


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

Cardiff, Wales

We have upgraded our selection of Cardiff hotels on Hotelgenie. You can
choose from 8 of the finest hotels in the Welsh capital. Try the top of the
pile St David's hotel in the revitalised Docks area or step back in time for
a stay in the historic Angel hotel. These and others offer very special
rates for Hotelgenie.com readers and all are now available with instant


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

Young Teens Are Prime Sex Disease Carriers
- Safe sex sidestepped by 12-15 year old girls, finds London clinic
Little Angel Act Of Faith
- Puppet theatre future secured



Club Classical Compie
- The compie for this week is 10 pairs of tickets to see the BBC Concert
Orchestra, Club Classical at the Royal Festival Hall on the 16th October.

Event Info from: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/clubs.html
And now for something completely different. A fusion of club and symphony
hall music will become reality as Anne Dudley, Art of Noise band member and
film soundtrack composer (The Full Monty, The Crying Game, American History
X) has arranged a mixture of popular grooves to be played by the BBC
orchestra in the Royal Festival Hall. Hedonism within a royally validated
establishment is unlikely but drinks will be allowed.and the chairs are
softer than in the club.
Compositions will include Moby's "Porcelain" and "Why does my heart feel so
bad"; Roger Sanchez's "Another Chanceland"; and Groove Armada's "At the
River", just to name a few.

While an unlikely blend of genres, Club Classical should produce an
interesting vibe.
(Dan Schreiber, mailto:[email protected])

For more information visit


Question: To which 80s band did Club Classical arranger Anne Dudley once
a) Japan
b) Art of Noise
c) Human League
Tip: Read Dan's article above!

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do to enter is send an email with the correct
answer and subject header "Club Classical 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 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: 9 October 2002


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 114, 19 September 2002
- VIP entrance to Milk'n'2 Sugars Compie:
Winner: Jane Harris (London)
Question: Which city was home to the famous 70s club Studio 54?
a) New York


7. AHOY! TALKBACK: Readers say their piece

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Dear LondonNet,

What about Poirot?

I'll be making my first trip to London in 3 weeks, and I wanted to read a
novel that would acquaint me with the city. I just finished Ackroyd's
London, A Biography, and was looking for something a lot more fun. I have a
large stack of Agatha Christie's Poirot mysteries and was wondering which
one would be give me a feel for London.


Danny Ingram

Ed: Can't say we are experts on dear old Agatha, Danny. But for more books
with a London setting or theme see our Literary London section in London



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