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31 October 2002, Issue 117

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AHOY! Contents:

1. WHAT'S UP: London for Free, London Deals
2. LONDON DIARY: Forget About the West End?
3. ENTERTAINMENT: Theatre, Music, Clubs, Cinema
4. HOTELS: London and Worldwide
5. NEWS: Latest news from London
6. COMPETITION: More Club Classical tickets
7. TALKBACK: Shades of Swift

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

More Club Classical tickets
- 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 12th November
- Scroll down for competition details.



- The Amber Hotel, Earls Court
From UKP 19.00 per person per night including breakfast.

- Mamma Mia! @ Prince Edward Theatre
Pay only UKP 1 booking fee, 4-6 November
Want some theatrical fireworks? Well in the week of bonfire night you can
see the fantastic ABBA inspired musical Mamma Mia! and pay only UKP 1
booking fee per ticket! (Booking fee normally UKP 5 - UKP 8 per ticket).
Limited Availability.


- Forget About the West End?


THERE seems to be an iron law of physics that as the world imbues its
computers with more memory the more its people lose touch with the past.

People like Andrew Lloyd Webber, the theatre king who is among those
complaining about the state of Theatreland and the West End. They blame a
recent drop in theatre attendances on the impression that the West End has
become seedy in recent years.

Anyone with more than 16k of memory (I think that includes Lloyd Webber)
will recall that a little over ten years ago the West End was far less
salubrious than it is now. Soho was dominated by scummy little sex shops
rather than by advertising companies, for instance.

Lloyd Webber and his allies are also in a stew about some of the road works
that have made it difficult for coaches to park right outside theatres,
causing huge inconvenience to theatregoers, especially those with mobility

Fair point in some ways, of course, but rather than bleat about road
improvements, some of which are pedestrianisation schemes that will actually
ease the lot of the walking classes, why don't theatres go out and help
their customers?

Even some football clubs, hardly the most obvious customer-care award
winners in the capital, have cottoned on to this idea and operate schemes
where the infirm are helped in their attendance efforts.

Road works, after all, are by definition temporary affairs, as far as I
remember anyway.

David Clee (mailto:djc@londonnet.co.uk)



- 125th Street @ The Shaftesbury Theatre
UKP 17.50 buys tickets for all available areas. Valid on performances to 30
November 2002. (excluding Sat eve shows).
Click Here




In The Spotlight

- Zeitgeisty Zest
Somerset Maugham and Anton Chekhov - literary figures of such staunch
standing sound far from cutting edge. Yet the long dead brains behind so
many current hits must have had some inkling of the future.

Scarcely has Maugham's the Constant Wife closed than his Home and Beauty
gets a revival and secures his reputation as a champion of womens' rights.
In a similar reversal of fortune, Brian Friel's Afterplay has turned the
unlikely coupling of characters from separate Chekhov plays into a deeply
trendy crowd pleaser.

But in their day these milestones in dramatic history were profoundly
uncool. Maugham earned his crust as a nerdy novelist, and the closest
Chekhov came to fame in his lifetime was a reputation for saddening people
with his comedies. The zeitgeisty zest of their current revivals provokes
more questions than the plays themselves.

So there's a moral to these belated hits that theatregoers would do well to
heed. Unfashionable plays, it seems, can stimulate tomorrow's
- Helena Thompson, mailto:helena@londonnet.com

Home and Beauty + Afterplay tickets:

Up and Coming
- This Is Our Youth

Dysfunctional Americans screw each other up.

- Theatre Tickets
Top Sellers (17-30 October 02)
1) My Fair Lady
2) 125th Street
3) Mamma Mia!

- 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
Moby, Wembley Arena
, Thur 28 November 2002
- Tickets: UKP 20.00 plus booking fee
Techno-Meister Moby finally seems to have achieved the heights he has always
promised with 1999's 'Play' and his new album '18'. In a career that has
spanned the eclectic gulfs of US Garage Rock, Acid, uplifting House, Punk,
Drum'n'Bass, Trance, and Speed Metal (and that's just a taster), he has
consistently released dancefloor fillers... tunes that sound and remain
legendary. Forget your Chemical Brothers, your Underworlds, your whatevers -
this guy is the original - first dancing upon his keyboard on Top of the
Pops over 10 years ago with the magnificent 'Move'. He'll make you feel
so good.

Gig Listings
Our list of forthcoming London gigs. Plan your gigging and book your tickets
at: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/rockpoptickets.html

Top Sellers (17-30 October 02)
1) Counting Crows
2) Primal Scream
3) Moby
Tickets: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/rockpoptickets.html



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:

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 (17-30 October 02)
1) The Nutcracker
2) Andrea Bocelli
3) Barber of Seville, ENO
- Tickets:



- Film Of The Week
28 Days Later (18)

Director: Danny Boyle
Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Megan Burns, Christopher Eccleston
A deadly virus infects the British population, transforming everyday folk
into slavering zombies. Several days after the outbreak, a coma patient
called Jim awakes in a London hospital, to find a city deserted of all human
life. As he scours the streets for signs of life, Jim comes face to face
with the zombies, and a motley crue of uninfected survivors determined to
defeat the threat of the virus. (2002)

- Other New Films This Week
Changing Lanes (15)
Morvern Callar (15)
Slap Her, She's French (12A)
Mr Deeds (12A)

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



Halloween Pick:
Steve Strange
(one time Visage front man, now London's loony club
impressario) invites you to go over old Haunting Grounds, dust down the
cobwebs or keep them on, create your own fright mask. This scary Thursday,
31st October 2002.
Free entry @ Field and Forest
22 Shorts Garden, Covent Garden, WC2H 9AU
Music and Food from 6pm DJ from 8pm till late
(Dan Schreiber, mailto:dan@londonnet.co.uk)

- Club Venues and Listings



- 125th Street @ The Shaftesbury Theatre
UKP 17.50 buys tickets for all available areas. Valid on performances to 30
November 2002. (excluding Sat eve shows).
Click Here




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

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- London Hotel Chart
Top Sellers (17-30 October 02)
1) Columbia hotel
2) The Willett
3) La Reserve


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 UKP 10 per person
per night. Reservations can be made instantly using our secure booking

Budget Hostels:
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New additions and highlights from our sister site Hotelgenie.com.

Cardiff, Wales
We have upgraded our selection of Cardiff hotels on Hotelgenie. You can
now choose from 8 of the finest hotels in the Welsh capital.


5. NEWS: Latest news from London

Long Stretch Ahead for Stritch
- Old Vic Hit Extends Its Run
Early Xmas Present for European E-Commerce
- US to be left behind in on-line spending stakes



More Club Classical tickets

- 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 12th November

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 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:dan@londonnet.co.uk)


Question: Anne Dudley composed the soundtrack to a blockbuster film about
male strippers in Sheffield. Name that movie?
Tip: Read the preview above...

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do to enter is send an email with the correct
answer and subject header "Club Classical 2 Compie" to:

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: 5 November 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 116, 17 October 2002
- Field and Forest Compie:
Winner: Charlotte Tullett (London, SW5)

Question: What kind of Stilton does Field and Forest serve?
Answer: Colston Bassett stilton.


7. AHOY! TALKBACK: Readers say their piece

Send mail to mailto:ahoy-talkback@londonnet.co.uk
- The Editor reserves the right to amend your contributions for reasons
of elegance, space, legality and plain sheer bloodymindedness.
- We welcome your views on any subject, questions about your visit and of
course feedback about the newsletter or website.


Dear David Clee - LondonNet,

What a wonder article! The great london pigeon debate. The article contained
historical references, political insight into mayor ken AND a proposed use
for the Trafalgar plinth. Please keep those newsletters coming.


Mike Gresk, Wheaton, Illinois, USA

Ed: Blushes all round.


Re: Eurostar Campaign

Dear LondonNet,

I can't count the number of times I would have used Eurostar if they had
late deals.
Kevin Oshea


Dear LondonNet,

How is the Eurostar campaign going - is there anything I can do to help?

Hugh Toller

Ed: Its been several years since we started banging on about how Eurostar
fails to serve budget travellers on its routes. Their position is weakened
when you learn how its cheaper to buy round trips from Paris and Brussels to
London than it is to buy returns the other way. How can you help? Keep
sending us your letters, and where possible include your own ideas for
making the service more accessible to the many.


Dear LondonNet,

Did I miss it or does your site have nothing about: Petticoat Lane Market,
Borough Market and other street markets. Such as "where", "how to get
there", etc....


Andrew Chalk

Ed: You did miss it. LondonNet has a whole feature dedicated to London
street markets:
It is rather cunningly hidden away in the LondonNet shopping section. Hope
that you enjoy reading the feature and would welcome any additional comments
you may have.



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