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28 November 2002, Issue 121

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AHOY! Contents:

1. WHAT'S UP: London for Free, Robbie Williams, London Deals
2. LONDON DIARY: Fire to Warm Our Hearts
3. ENTERTAINMENT: Theatre, Music, Clubs, Cinema
4. HOTELS: London and Worldwide
5. NEWS: Latest news from London
6. COMPETITION: English National Ballet - Mixed Bill
7. TALKBACK: Simply the Best, Diana and Child

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

- English National Ballet - Mixed bill - 9 - 11 Dec
The compie for this week is for 3 pairs of tickets for each eve performance
and 10 pairs for the Angela Rippon Intro to Ballet matinee.
- Scroll down for competition details.


Technical Update
- Thanks for bearing with us through last week's difficulties, Happily
everything is now back to normal. See: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/


Robbie Williams, Knebworth - Onsale Now
- Saturday 2 August, Sunday 3 August 2003
- Prices: UKP 35.00 plus Booking fee
Fresh from signing a fat 80 million pound deal with EMI, Robbie Williams
will be touring the UK in August 2003. Judging by the success of Williams'
Swing When You're Winning (EMI's best-selling release last year, despite
not being released in the United States) there will be no shortage of takers
for these shows. See:



- Mamma Mia and My Fair Lady
Treat yourself for Christmas: Excellent availability for December

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


- Fire to Warm Our Hearts


THERE'S a firefighters' strike going on in Britain at the moment that, as at
all times of national crisis, has brought the nation closer together. (Much
closer together, if you happen to be on one of the
even-more-packed-than-usual trains still running on a Tube system that has
seen many of its stations closed through safety fears.)

The Blitz Spirit they call it, not after one of those particularly efficient
toilet cleaning fluids, but after a time in the Second World War when
millions of Londoners defied Hitler by lending each other cups of sugar in
the middle of the night.

This time around, I admit, I haven't been asked for any sugar, but the
usually grumpy woman in the flat above did offer fire prevention advice last
night, counselling me to "turn off the bloody grill!" when smoke from some
bacon I was cooking drifted out of the window.

The great thing is that normally cynical types have been bitten by the
community spirit; this week a TV crew helped out by jumping aboard an army
truck to direct a group of lost soldiers towards a fire, only stopping seven
times en-route to refocus the camera and apply the presenter's make-up.

It's nice, too, to see the government recognise the worth of all this warm
feeling by doing their level best to prolong the strike. Three weeks in,
worried the dispute might be coming to an end, ministers dutifully announced
large scale firefighter redundancies, and one historically-aware official
called the strikers "fascists" - ah, that old Blitz spirit again.

David Clee (mailto:[email protected])



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all upcoming performances. To enjoy big savings today, see:




In The Spotlight

Whether politics are at play in today's plays is a tricky question. Not only
is it a bit of a mouthful, but it's tough to answer. Although the likes of
Caryl Churchill and Edward Bond made their names as left-wing dramatists,
their work falls increasingly short of popular appeal.

Churchill may be respected, but she is not a crowd pleaser. Typically, her
recent ' A Number' closed quickly at the Royal Court, despite critical
acclaim for her frightening vision of a son confronting his father with the
discovery that he was cloned at birth. Likewise Bond's current 'Have I None'
at the Southwark Playhouse conjures up a bleak future that wins small
audiences. His portrayal of a world where suicide is rife and a knock on the
door can mean death frightens rather than entertains and the play has done
little for his reputation despite its dramatic eloquence.

So it's left to newcomer Anthony Neilson to reinvent politics without
scaring people. His 'The Lying Kind' concerns two policemen, a vicar in a
cupboard and plenty of farcical shenanigans, but this outrageous comedy has
a serious heart. 'The Lying Kind' concern the dangers of coddling society
into false security.

- 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.

Christmas Shows
- New shows for the season

- Theatre Tickets
Top Sellers (14 - 27 November 02)
1) The Play What I Wrote
2) My Fair Lady
3) 125th Street

- 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
Supergrass, Wembley Arena 25 Jan 2003

Tickets: UKP 18.50 plus booking fee
Always so much more than just hair and teeth, Supergrass return with a
stonking new album, Life on Other Planets (no Charlton Heston jokes please),
and some more opportunities for fans to partake of the happy-go-lucky fun
time that is Supergrass live.
- For Supergrass info and More Previews see:

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 (14 - 27 November 02)
1) Supergrass
2) Westlife
3) Blue
Tickets: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/rockpoptickets.html



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:

English National Opera: Autumn and Winter Season
Where: The Colisuem:
Runs through a selection of fine operas through to Spring next year. Full
programme of events and booking information at:

Top Sellers (14 - 27 November 02)
1) The Nutcracker, ENB
2) ENO Productions 02-03
3) Carmina Burana
- Tickets:



- Film Of The Week
The Quiet American (15)
Director: Phillip Noyce
Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, Do Thi Hai Yen
Idealistic young CIA agent Alden Pyle travels to Vietnam to aid the South
Vietnamese and meets an English journalist who has been following the war.

- Other New Films This Week
8 Women (8 Femmes) (15)
Enough (15)
L.I.E. (18)
The Santa Clause 2 (U)
The War Bride (PG)

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



Club Preview
- International Rescue @ Bar Rumba
Admission free before 10pm; UKP 6 before 11pm; UKP 10 thereafter
36 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1, Tel: 020 7287 2715
Tube: Piccadilly Circus

With its origins still echoing in the abandoned warehouses of Chicago, house
music has established itself worldwide, evolving within a multitude of
cultures. Bar Rumba tends to support this diversity with an eclectic blend
of world beats.

This Friday's International Rescue brings Estonia's own Rhythm Doctor, a man
most easily recognized by his futuristic guru garb, spinning house, jazz,
latin, reggae, funk, disco, and boogie. He's been doing it since the mid 70s
during which time he has become one of the forerunners of nu-jazz and
promoter of Sprit, a club in his home city, Tallinn.
(Dan Schreiber, mailto:[email protected])

- Club Venues and Listings



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5. NEWS: Latest news from London

Blaine to do a Houdini in the Thames
- Magician's next scheme includes jump from Tower Bridge
Umoja Makes a Final Move
- The spirit of togetherness leaves London



English National Ballet - Mixed Bill - 9 - 11 Dec
- The compie for this week is for 3 pairs of tickets for each eve
performance and 10 pairs for the Angela Rippon Intro to Ballet matinee (see
below for full programme details).

Mixed Bill Programme Details:

- Christopher Hampson's DOUBLE CONCERTO (Music Francis Poulenc)
- Mark Morris's DRINK TO ME ONLY WITH THINE EYES (Music Virgil Thomson)
- Kenneth MacMillan's THE RITE OF SPRING (Music Igor Stravinsky)

This thrilling programme of one-act ballets opens with Double Concerto,
Christopher Hampson's triumphant new work which won unanimous acclaim when
it was premiered last year. This is followed by Drink To Me Only With Thine
Eyes, a new acquisition for the Company from the renowned American
choreographer Mark Morris. His style is entirely individual - a unique
combination of the contemporary and the classical that is a joyous
celebration of movement and music. The evening closes with Kenneth
MacMillan's The Rite of Spring, an inspired and moving choreographic
response to Stravinsky's celebrated score with its echoes of tribal rites
and ritual. These three ballets offer an extraordinary evening of sound
colour and contrast, and demonstrate the tremendous versatility and talent
of the Company's dancers and musicians.

Mon to Wed 9 - 11 Dec at 7.30pm: UKP 5, 15 and 20
Weds 11 Dec at 2.30pm:
FREE Pre-Performance Talk: 10 December at 5.45pm
The running time of this programme is approximately 2 hours including two
intervals of 20 minutes each.
NB 11 December matinee is a special performance hosted by Angela Rippon.

More Ballet Info:


Question: Who composed the music for the The Rite of Spring?
Tip: Read the programme details above.

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do to enter is send an email with the correct
answer and subject header "ENB Mixed Bill 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: 3 December 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 118, 14 November 2002
- Club Classical Compie:
Winner: Karla Fraser (London, W1W)

Question: Name the designer for this year's ENB production of The
Answer: Gerald Scarfe


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
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Dear LondonNet,


I would like to tell you, that you are simply the best and most detailed web
page for London! You give the most information and it's all very well
organised and easy to browse through! Very good.

All I was searching for for decades...

Many thanks and keep going!

Anja Tassotto
Ed: Thanks Anja, after last week's technical problems it's heartwarming to
receive your praise.


Dear LondonNet,

Having just got back from visiting my friend in XXXX (Placename supplied), I
have some interesting titbits that came up round the family dinner table.

The father has some high ranking naval connections (I know this to be true),
and I'd like to stress that I'm 99% sure this wasn't made up for
conversation. It came straight from the father's mouth, not from the
friend - and I know the father just isnt the type to make up stories
(perhaps his source is, but the father believes what he was told).
Apparently, and the father has this from a very trustworthy contact,
Princess Diana was pregnant when she died.

Another bit of uncommonly known info is that the Russians were communicating
with those trapped in the Kursk submarine (with morse code) for far longer
than they let on. They also knew exactly what the situation was without
letting the public know. They knew they were dead several days before they
released the info...but they still carried on with their rescue attempts.
Another bit of info is that there are several nuclear submarines on their
way to the gulf right now.

I know you don't know the people I'm referring to and this could all be crap
as far as you know, but I believe the father believes it to be true. I think
the Princess Diana preg thing isn't a new concept, but this is said to be
from someone VERY reliable and has only trickled down to the likes of the
father because there are several naval bods who were very fond of her and
smelt (knew?) foul play, wanted to try to put it right.

Please don't print on the web any contact details of my email, and dont
mention XXXX (Placename supplied) as I don't want anyone to get in trouble,
unlikely as it is as the info isn't exactly top secret apart from the subs
perhaps .. thankyou!

Name and Address Supplied
Ed: Wow.



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