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14 November 2002, Issue 118

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AHOY! Contents:

1. WHAT'S UP: London for Free, Bruce Springsteen, London Deals
2. LONDON DIARY: Second Chance and Second Hand
3. ENTERTAINMENT: Theatre, Music, Clubs, Cinema
4. HOTELS: London and Worldwide
5. NEWS: Latest news from London
6. COMPETITION: The Nutcracker Suite
7. TALKBACK: Theatre Ratings, The View From Havering

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

The Nutcracker Suite: family ticket
- The compie for this week is for 4 tickets (2 adult, 2 child) to see the
English National Ballet's production of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite at
the London Coliseum.
- Scroll down for competition details.


- Bruce Springsteen 2003
The Boss returns to the UK with gigs at Crystal Palace and Old Trafford.
Tickets for his last London show last month sold out in minutes, so we
strongly recommend you make a visit to our booking page first thing tomorrow
(lines open at approx 09.00).
- Crystal Palace, Monday 26 May 2003, Tuesday 27 May 2003
- Manchester - Old Trafford, Thursday 29 May 2003
Tickets available from: 09.00 Friday 15 Nov 2002



- 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).

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


- Second Chance and Second Hand


'ONE careful owner' is a small-ad phrase designed to get the prospective
car-buyer salivating at the thought of chewing-gum free seats and a car
alarm that doesn't go off in the middle of that make-or-break meeting with
an important client.

Most second-hand goods work on the same principle that the fewer the owners the better will be the condition. Not houses. For young first time buyers it is hard to think of a worse selling point than a house occupied by the same nice old couple since the Boer War. The more the property has changed hands, the more likely it is to have been surveyed, major structural problems dealt with and all traces of formica and flock wallpaper ruthlessly eliminated.

Fortunately, the rate of change in house occupancy is speeding up, thanks in
no small measure to the rising divorce rate. Even if one half of the warring
couple stays put there is every chance they will want to do the place up to
expunge all memory of the dear departed.

I think estate agents should put marital status information on their house
details. Just as old folk are not embarrassed to use their age to flog cars,
so bitter divorcees should not be coy about stating openly that their
marriages have collapsed and that the ex has shoved off with the au
pair/tennis coach.

As well as improving the lot of house buyers, divorces have, according to a
friend of mine, a long time frequenter of charity clothes shops, induced a
huge improvement in the quality of fashionware on offer. The manager at one
shop she uses now tips her off on which clothes have come in on the divorce
wagon. A word of caution here, though: cars bought from the divorced of the
world should always be checked for what in the trade is probably known as
'Right! That's it' brake and tyre wear.
David Clee (mailto:[email protected])



- 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).




In The Spotlight

Pull the other one - leave Disneyland for a trip to the ballet? Call Gerald
Scarfe nuts and he'll just smile or may be pull a cracker at the prospect of
his favorite festive extravaganza, the much-loved Nutcracker.

So it's no wonder the versatile designer is keen to work with the English
National Ballet. Having created Hercules for none other than Walt Disney,
Scarfe has come to London to work on a production of the English National
Ballet's The Nutcracker. He's ditched the mythical sea monsters and started
making castles of sweets.

For the Nutcracker is Tchaikovsky's tastiest offering. The tale of little
Clara's Christmas begins with the magical gift of the Nutcracker who becomes
a prince and ends with a journey to the kingdom of sweets. Visits from the
Sugarplum Fairy and stop-offs at the land of snow are amongst the diversions
on the way. Those ballet buffs may know how to celebrate Christmas afterall.

- Helena Thompson, mailto:[email protected]

Up and Coming
- The Nutcracker
Clara and company get ready for Christmas

- My Fair Lady, Drury Lane Theatre, Covent Garden tube Theatreland says
'ello to 'enry 'iggins.

- Theatre Tickets
Top Sellers (31 October - 13 November 02)
1) My Fair Lady
2) 125th Street
3) The Play What I Wrote

- 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
The Agents, Ocean
(3) 15 Nov 2002
Tickets: UKP 5 w/ flyer, UKP 6 without
This consortium of electro punk rockers will bring their
underground musical stylings to the Ocean this Friday. Most recently famous
for projecting their doll face logo on the Houses of Parliament, they
similarly bring all manner of havoc to the stage. Frequenting harder edged
venues in Camden, the Agents' sound is described by most as loud, rough, and
brutally honest. In fact, they're so underground that they have never even
released a full album. There are however, two EP's available on Random
Records called the Intake EP and the earlier Secret EP. They'll be backed by
the funky garage breakbeats of Schwab and Host's heavily synthesised brand
of new wave.
For ticket information: www.ocean.org.uk

More Previews:

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 (31 October - 13 November 02)
1) Primal Scream
2) Blue
3) Feeder, London
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
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 (31 October - 13 November 02)
1) The Nutcracker, ENB
2) Barber of Seville, ENO
3) Tosca, ENO
- Tickets:



- Film Of The Week
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (PG)

Director: Chris Columbus
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
Harry and best pals Ron and Hermione return to Hogwarts for their second
year, under the auspices of sage old Professor Dumbledore. The arrival of
the shockingly vain Professor Gilderoy Lockhart as the new Defence Against
The Dark Arts teacher brings excitement to the school, but a spate of
mysterious attacks soon convinces Harry that You-Know-Who has returned.

- Other New Films This Week
Bowling For Columbine (15)
Sans Soleil (Sunless) (15)
Super Troopers (15)

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



- 93 Feet East
150 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QN, 020 7247 5980
Any given week brings an interesting fusion of house, hip-hop, punk, and
idie rock to 93 Feet East. Whatever your style, it is bound to channel the
somewhat narrow blacklit columned hall where a crowd, juxtaposed slightly
adjacent to "in", packs the venue each night. Factory parties (of Andy
Warhol fame) are also known to occur. What that entails is up to you to find

A break from the chaos is available in the side room, which, along with a
bar, contains what must be the softest couches in all of London. A discreet
location in the east end, plus access to quality underground acts makes 93
Feet East worth checking out. Once again, acts vary greatly so check the website:
(Dan Schreiber, mailto:[email protected])

- 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).




London Losing Out

Excuse me while I gripe. Once a year London plays host to the World Travel
Market (WTM). It is one of the major dates in the travel agent's year,
showcasing and attracting exhibitors and visitors from around the globe.

I've been going for ten years now and look forward to the chance to meet up
with fellow London travel colleagues and hoteliers from across Europe and
beyond. This year WTM has switched from west London's Earls Court exhibition
centre to ExCel in Docklands. The swap did not go down well with regular
attendees. Most enjoy being based in the West End or thereabouts and take
the chance to visit clients, take in a show and visit a variety of travel
and entertainment attractions. Delegates who chose to stay in the West End
and commute to the show this year faced journeys of between one and two
hours to reach ExCel.

My real problem though is not with the new location. Although I could get to
the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham in less time than it took me to
reach Docklands yesterday, I'm not averse to change and, after all, Earls
Court was looking a little dusty. The most maddening aspect for this
London-phile attending a travel show in London was the anonymity of London's
own presence. Visitors used to stumble into the London and Great Britain
stands as they entered Earl's Court, ensuring none missed the UK's message.
At ExCel, for reasons one can only guess at, those same stands were tucked
away in the furthest corner of the hall. Only the most intrepid delegates
would have made a successful expedition to this remote site. I cannot think
of any other show where the host country languishes in the background.

I have had the unpleasant task of monitoring the bungling performance of the
London Tourist Board for a decade now so I guess I shouldn't be surprised
anymore by shambolic episodes such as this. But I can't help feeling let
down again by the people wasting our money in our name. Shameful.
Peter D. Clee (mailto:[email protected])

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5. NEWS: Latest news from London

Tube Caught in Strike Cross-Fire
- Stations and lines closed as FBU go on 48-hour stoppage
Mime Time Back Again
- Festival licks into shape



The Nutcracker Suite: family ticket
- The compie for this week is for 4 tickets (2 adult, 2 child) to see the
English National Ballet's production of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite at
the London Coliseum.

The winner will be issued with a voucher which will allow them to claim
their tickets for any Monday to Thursday performance between 16 December and
4 January for 2 adults and 2 children.

Full Nutcracker Info:


Question: Name the designer for this year's ENB production of The
Tip: Read Helena Thompson 'In The Spotlight' article in theatre above.

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do to enter is send an email with the correct
answer and subject header "Nutcracker02 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: 20 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 117, 30 October 2002
- Club Classical Compie:
Winner: Athina Papachrysostomou, Lorna Meakin, Sarah Byrne, Carlyn Angus, Claire Gunn, Lucy Sykes, Anthony Lee, James Barr

Question: Anne Dudley composed the soundtrack to a blockbuster film about male strippers in Sheffield. Name that movie?
Answer: The Full Monty


7. AHOY! TALKBACK: Readers say their piece

Send mail to mailto:[email protected]
- 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 LondonNet,

I love the theatre! However, I have been appalled recently at the "trash"
that I have been subjected to at some of the shows. Is there any ratings
system that would help me decide if a show is truly "family friendly" or
appropriate for teenagers, etc?

BJ in St. Annes

Our theatre critic Helena Thompson replies:
"I try to make it clear in my reviews whether a show is appropriate for kids
(the Lion King) or better for a teenage audience (This Is Our Youth). I
don't have a rating system because 'trash' is such a subjective term, but if
you have a particular query about a particular show then do send me an
email. A feature on Christmas kids' shows which I hope you'll find useful
will also be gracing the theatre pages over the next month."
mailto:[email protected]



Dear LondonNet,

I'd like to recommend a viewpoint that I discovered this year. It is
Bedfords Park in London Borough of Havering. It's just beyond the edge of
the suburbs, and has a view south over the Thames valley, from the QE2
bridge in the east to Canary Wharf and the city of london in the west. All
the buildings are a long way off, but you can see the east london skyline,
usually shrouded in haze, and the sunsets can be spectacular. I guess
pollution does have it's plus side.

I figure it's probably a bit too far out for your guide, but what the hell,
it can't hurt to try.

Peter Tomlins.
Ed: Thanks for that Peter, we'll take a look.



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