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AHOY! It's the LondonNet Newsletter...
23 January 2003, Issue 124

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AHOY! Contents:

1. WHAT'S UP: London for Free, Cheap Theatre Tickets, London Deals
2. LONDON DIARY: Open Debate Down the Ages
3. ENTERTAINMENT: Theatre, Music, Clubs, Cinema
4. HOTELS: London and Worldwide
5. NEWS: Latest news from London
6. COMPETITION: Red Rose City Restaurant Compie
7. TALKBACK: New cinema guide

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1. WHAT'S UP - What's new on LondonNet
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LONDON FOR FREE:
Red Rose City Restaurant Compie
- Your chance to win an invite to the launch of the eagerly awaited City
restaurant, Red Rose City. We have 10 invites to giveaway to this fantastic
night.
- Scroll down for competition details.

SITE UPDATE:
- Cinema Listings

Our cinema guide has long been one of the most popular parts of the website.
We've given it a new look for 2003 and the result is an even more up to date
and comprehensive service. Take a look and let us know what you think of the
changes (mailto:[email protected]):
A to Z of Cinemas:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/cinema/index.html
A to Z of Films showing in London this week:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/films/index.html
Full Cinema Menu:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/cinema.html

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LONDON DEALS:

Theatre:
'Get Into London Theatre': Huge discounts on West End Shows (see Helena
Thompson's Theatre column below for more details on this offer)
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_reviews.html

Comedy:
Mel and Sue: Tickets for the duo's March shows at the Arts Theatre are now
on sale:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/comedy.html

London Eye: 2003 tickets selling fast
This year's online allocation of tickets for the London Eye is selling fast.
So to ensure that you get the 'flight' of your choice take a peek at our
London Eye
Info and Booking page for availability:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/about/londoneye.html

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Best Value Accommodation for 2003:

- Prestige Hotel: The Ritz, Piccadilly
From UKP130.00 per person per night. Exclusive rates at London's finest
prestige hotel.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/offerritz.html

- Budget Hotel: The Columbia, Hyde Park
From UKP29.20 per person per night. Our most popular hotel for over 5 years.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/offercolumbia.html

- B+B: The Amber Hotel, Earls Court
From UKP19.00 per person per night including breakfast. Your No.1 B+B.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/accomm/bandb_sw5.html#amber

- Hostel: Piccadilly Hotel, Piccadilly
From UKP10.20 per person per night. Brand new hostel in the heart of the
West End!
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/accomm/budget_hostels.html#piccadilly

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2. LONDON DIARY
- Open Debate Down the Ages

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THE LONDON CONVERSATION Charts would probably start something like this:
1. The Weather
2. Transport
3. Asylum Seekers
4. How bad is your sex life?
5. Congestion Charging.

It is likely that the weather has always been with us. Sex, too, though
artists impressions of hairy, hunched-up Stone Age man and woman make it
difficult to believe dates ever went further than the "You stink!"/"You're
ugly" stage.

The other subjects appear more modern and up-to-date. But, to travel back to
our endearing Stone Age couple again, you can imagine transport cropping up
between the grunts quite often. "Ugghhh. Who's turn, uggghh, is it to get
the water?", "Uggghhh, give me a break, I invented, uggghhh the wheel last
week."

Which leaves us with asylum seekers. At the moment it is hard to dodge the
bile being spat in the direction of those refugees from mainly poor
countries who have chosen to make London their home. But any student of
history, particularly London history, will know that anti-newcomer feelings
go back a long way. It's only a few decades since many of our pubs
displayed, on their doors, the friendly notice, 'No Irish, No Blacks, No
Dogs.'

But to say immigration and bigotry have always been with us is to dodge the
issue, whatever side of the fence you may be on. If you are
anti-immigration, say so, and design suitable policies such as hundreds of
internment camps, huge new powers for the police and closed borders.

If you are for freedom of movement, recognise that this means big investment
in London's infrastructure, such as more schools and hospitals. Above all,
stress the benefits of an open city and an open society. Long ago, it was
hard even for people who lived just outside London to move here, such was
the fear of the capital's inhabitants over their livelihoods. But with every
wall that fell, every gate that was torn down, trade and prosperity
increased. Within the last century the scrapping of road tolls had similar
effects - I knew I could drag this onto congestion charging somehow.

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
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre.html#spotlight

KEN LIVINGSTONE's campaign to attract a new audience to West End theatres
looks set to become a regular event. The scheme is supported by the Greater
London Authority, The Society of London Theatre, and the producers for over
fifty West End shows who are offering reductions in the form of tickets from
between 5UKP and 20 UKP until March 29.

'I see this as the start of a regular annual event,' said Livingstone. The
Mayor's London Development Agency has made a contribution of 350 000 UKP to
match the theatre industry's discounts on smash hit shows like Our House, We
Will Rock You, and This Is Our Youth.

'Get Into London Theatre' was launched last year and lead to the sale of 47
000 discounted tickets. This year the opportunity to see eight shows for the
price of one has increased the volume of people visiting the West End and
boosted London's economy. 'There's always this downtime after Christmas.
This is a good time to start to try and build up the habit in Londoners of
going to their own theatres,' says Livingstone.
- Helena Thompson (mailto:[email protected])

'GET INTO LONDON THEATRE' Ticket and Show Details

Up and Coming
- Zipp! The Musical
(opens 04/02/03)
Musical medly at marathon speed combines Andrew Lloyd Webber with a hint of
humour.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_zipp.html

Highlights
Umoja (Closes: 08/02/03)
South Africa's musical heritage prepares to tour the world.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_umoja.html

- Theatre Tickets
Top Sellers (9 - 22 January 03)
1) My Fair Lady
2) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
3) Auntie and Me
4) The Lion King
5) Phantom of the Opera
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
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:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/rockpoppreviews.html

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 (9 - 22 January 03)
1) Justin Timberlake
2) Supergrass
3) Lamb
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

Tosca, ENO
Where: London Coliseum
Performances: 6.30 PM, 7.30 PM
When: Until Thu, 17th April 2003
A new production of the Puccini classic from English National Opera.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/opera.html

More English National Opera: Autumn and Winter Season
Where: The Coliseum:
Runs through a selection of fine operas through to Spring 2003. Full
programme of events and booking information at:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/opera.html

Top Sellers (9 - 22 January 03)
1) Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker!
2) Tosca, ENO
3) Carmina Burana Monumental Orchestra
4) Rigoletto, ENO
- Tickets: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/classical.html

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CINEMA
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/cinema.html

- Film Of The Week
The Pianist (15)

(2002) 148mins
Director: Roman Polanski
Starring: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Maureen Lipman
Wladyslaw Szpilman is a popular Jewish pianist living in Warsaw with his
close-knit family in 1939. When the Germans invade, the rest of the Szpilman
clan are sent to concentration camps, but Wladyslaw manages to escape and
hides out in the ruined buildings from enemy soldiers. For months, he
manages to lay low and not draw any attention to himself, until a German
captain discovers his hiding place.

- Other New Films This Week
About Schmidt
Ghost Ship
I Spy
The Man Without A Past
Stark Raving Mad
Perfume De Violetas (Violet Perfume: No One Is Listening) (15)
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/cinema_new.html

- Listings
A to Z of London Cinemas:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/cinema/index.html
A to Z of Films showing in London this week:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/films/index.html

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CLUBS
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/clubs.html

- Club Venues and Listings
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/clubs-venues.html

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SPONSOR:

MY FAIR LADY
- Thanks to a recent increase in our allocation we have tickets for almost
all upcoming performances. To enjoy big savings today, see:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_myfairlady.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.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/offerritz.html

Carlton Tower***** (Knightsbridge)
- Fantastic location and an intriguing variety of design and dining
facilities give this top London hotel something of an edge over many of its
rivals. Exclusive Harvey Nichols shopping offer.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/offercarltontower.html

The Hyde Hotel *** (Paddington)
- Comfortable three star hotel offering the best value ever on LondonNet:
Just 53UKP for a double room!
www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/hotel-shop-mod-budget.html#hyde

- London Hotel Chart
Top Sellers (9 - 22 January 03)
1) Columbia
2) La Reserve
3) Chesterfield
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/hotel-shop.html

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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 UKP10 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:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/accomm/budget_hostels.html
Bed and Breakfasts:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/accomm/bandb.html
Apartments:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/accomm/apartments.html

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WORLDWIDE
New additions and highlights from our sister site Hotelgenie.com.
http://www.hotelgenie.com/

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5. NEWS: Latest news from London

West End Dream for Pop Star
-Steven Gately at the New London Theatre
Larkin Around At The Comedy Theatre
-West End transfer for bittersweet comedy
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/talk/news/headlines.html

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6. COMPETITIONS
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Red Rose City Compie
- Your chance to win an invite to the launch of the eagerly awaited City
restaurant, Red Rose City. We have 10 invites to giveaway to this fantastic
night. There will be music and entertainment throughout the evening and when
the evening draws to a close each guest will receive an exclusive goodie
bag. More details below.

Restaurant Details:
Red Rose City will open its doors on 4th February 2003 for business and is
sure to be a hit with both businesses and locals. The restaurant will be
throwing a celebrity opening bash on 30th January 2003. This fun filled
evening will start with cocktails and a huge buffet showcasing the
restaurant's food.

Red Rose City will specialise in serving Indian food from all the regions in
a very warm and delightful setting, available to everyone through its
affordable prices. Each month the menu will feature traditional cuisines
from the regions of India.

The menu has been created by Michael Pereira and his opening menu will
feature traditional cuisine along side more modern variations There is an
extensive wine, beers and champagne list available at very reasonable
prices. Red Rose City is just one leap away from Fenchurch Street station
on 34 Crutched Friars and will be open between 12 noon and 10 PM
Red Rose, 37 Crutched Friars, London EC3 2AE
T: 020 7702 9739

More London restaurants:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/restaurants.html

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Question: Who created the menu at Red Rose City?
Tip: Read the restaurant details above.

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do to enter is send an email with the correct
answer and subject header "Red Rose City 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: 30 January 2003

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LondonNet Competitions Pagecompetitions.html
- 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 123, 9 January 2003
- Club Classical Compie:
Winners: Winners: Kristy Richardson (Essex IG8), Heather Sheeran (London
SW2), Kaye Heyes (London SE17), Jose Miguel Torres (London W2), Robert
Cunningham (Burntisland KY3), Carlyn Angus (Surrey RH1), Kirstie Paul (Herts
WD6), Michael Woodhouse (London SE5), Rachel Kerr (London NW1)

Question: Where is the latest Club Classical event taking place?
Tip: Brixton Academy

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7. AHOY! TALKBACK: Readers say their piece

Send mail to mailto:[email protected]
Notes:
- 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.

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Dear LondonNet,

I was very disappointed to discover that you've changed your cinema guide
page and it no longer includes the price of tickets. I hope you would
include that very useful information, as it helps plan expenses in advance
and sometimes you can come across cinemas showing matinees at lower prices.
It's important for students and young people! Please do something about it,
because otherwise your page is the best way to find online where to go and
see a movie!

Regards, Antonia

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LondonNet's Stewart Dean replies: Antonia, thanks for the feedback on the
new listings. You're right the prices are currently missing but this is just
a temporary thing. I am responsible for the new pages that are now
generated. They allow a quicker up date and more accuate information. The
price information I'm currently working on adding at the moment. It should
be available for next week.

If you have any other comments - please let us know. We're looking to make
the best london listings available. (mailto:[email protected])

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Antonia's follow up: Hi Stewart, Thanks for replying, it's great that you
intend to put the prices back on. Good luck, we love your cinema guide :)
Antonia

LondonNet's Cinema Guide:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/cinema.html

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