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13 February 2003, Issue 125

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AHOY! Contents:

1. WHAT'S UP: London for Free, Technical Notice, Tours, London Deals
2. LONDON DIARY: Haircut to History
3. ENTERTAINMENT: Theatre, Music, Clubs, Cinema
4. HOTELS: London and Worldwide
5. NEWS: Latest news from London
6. COMPETITION: Red Rose City Restaurant Compie 2
7. TALKBACK: Never knock a royal conspiracy theorist

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

Red Rose City Restaurant Compie Two
- We have a meal for four to giveaway for the new City restaurant, Red Rose
- Scroll down for competition details.



- Technical Notice
LondonNet and Hotelgenie were inaccessible to many readers for several hours
on Friday due to server difficulties. To make matters worse this latest
issue follows fast in the footsteps of ongoing problems with our host last

We've had enough. So in the name of progress we'll shortly be shifting our
server to a new home. During the move there may be a few hiccups, but rest
assured we'll try and keep the disruption down to a minimum. As always we
apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.


- London Tours, Tours Outside London
Our editorial team has started work on a new section featuring tours around
London and coach trips to a selection of tourist favourites across the
country. Many visitors to the capital take the chance to head out for a day,
we hope this evolving guide will help to inform you about the different
options available.

To start with we focus on trips to Althorp (Diana's family home), Stonehenge
(Wiltshire's mysterious stone circle) and Bath (Roman and Georgian
architectural gem). You'll also find links for day trips to Oxford,
Stratford, York, Edinburgh and many more.



Valentine's Day:
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Hotels: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/hotel-shop.html
Theatre: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre.html

Mel and Sue: Tickets for the duo's March shows at the Arts Theatre are
selling fast:

London Eye: 2003 tickets
This year's online allocation of tickets for the London Eye is proving very
popular. So to ensure that you get the 'flight' of your choice take a peek
at our London Eye Info and Booking page for availability:


Best Value Accommodation for 2003:

- Prestige Hotel: The Ritz, Piccadilly
From UKP130.00 per person per night. Exclusive rates at London's finest
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- Budget Hotel: The Columbia, Hyde Park
From UKP29.20 per person per night. Our most popular hotel for over 5 years.

- B+B: The Amber Hotel, Earls Court
From UKP21.50 per person per night including breakfast. Your No.1 B+B.

- Hostel: Piccadilly Hotel, Piccadilly
From UKP9 per person per night. Brand new 600 bed hostel in the heart of the
West End!


- Haircut to History


THE MIDDLE week of February promises to be one of great historical moment
for London. On the 15th an anti-Iraq War march is expected to draw over half
a million people; on the 17th, the congestion charge kicks off and, at or
around the same time, I'm going to get my haircut.

What I'm thinking is that I should have my hair shorn to match the mood of
London. It's generally acknowledged by cultural gurus that hairstyles of the
past reflected the social conditions of the times, so that 1960s economic
growth is linked to long hair while the 1970s recessions saw the return of

Those trends were almost certainly transmuted by some mysterious subliminal
process via the economy to the unconscious, but I feel society is now ready
to be up front about hair and history.

If the anti-war event sways the minds of the powerful, I'll get a peace sign
shaved into my hair; if the march is a damp squib, I'll ask some backcombing
hairstyling genius to craft a barnet shaped like a cruise missile.

If the congestion charge comes in without too many gremlins, I fancy having
tramlines carved onto the side of my head to show solidarity with public
transport; but if the roads go crazy I might call the same double lines
go-faster stripes instead.

I thought my plan was an original one with potential agenda setting
possibilities, but that master of public relations Tony Blair has beaten me
to it. The Prime Minister's increasingly balding scalp is an obvious
reference to the empty desert British and American troops hope to find in
Iraq. I'm still trying to work out what his oil-slick, dyed black-as-oil
hair means though.

David Clee (mailto:[email protected])



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In The Spotlight

KEVIN SPACEY may be a star more famous for the screen than the stage - but
his attitude to theatre is curiously protective. Unlike Jerry Hall, Madonna,
or Gillian Anderson, he's unlikely to disgrace the venue whose boards he
treads to thespian kudos. Instead, Spacey's role as artistic director of the
Old Vic theatre company looks set to save his favourite theatre's life.

Spacey has been on the board of trustees of the theatre for four years with
a special role as a fundraiser. The theatre still needs around UKP10 million
to ensure its survival, and Spacey wants the job. 'His energy and enthusiasm
for the Old Vic intoxicates me,' says Old Vic CEO Sally Greene.

Certainly Spacey's celebrity saturated party promised a new life ahead for
the Old Vic. Traditionally a stately and old fashioned venue, the building
played host to the likes of Courtney Love, Lulu and Craig David. If Spacey
is the man to make fundraising cool, expect a spate of actors turned
fundraising directors.
- Helena Thompson (mailto:[email protected])

'Get Into London Theatre': Huge discounts on West End Shows. Hurry though,
as the offer is finishing soon. Last remaining tickets now on sale.

Up and Coming
Pretending To Be Me (Opens 18/02/03)
Touching one man show that departs from Andrew Motion's scathing biography
with a fine homage to Larkin the poet.

This Is Our Youth(Closes: 15/03/03)
Dysfunctional Americans screw each other up in Lonergan's hit play.

- Theatre Tickets
Top Sellers (23 January - 12 February 03)

1) My Fair Lady
2) My Brilliant Divorce
3) Auntie and Me
4) Phantom of the Opera
5) Les Miserables

- 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 Review
- The Streets, Brixton Academy, Fri 7 Feb 2003
Frontman Mike Skinner may be blowing his Brit chances by staying at home for
next week's Earls Court ceremony but the London/Brummie is not anti-awards
per se. Last year he was hotly tipped for the Mercury prize and last Friday
he led the Garage charge at the NME Awards night at Brixton's Academy.
Supported by the astonishing human beatbox Killa Kela and Skinner
collaborators More Fire Crew, The Streets proved once again how resistance
to mainstream cover-pop pays handsome dividends.

Skinner's music divides many, but for me the conversion was simple - show me
a copious and knowing wink to ska and I'm anybody's. And for the second time
in as many months I was not disappointed. From a Ghost Town inspired Let's
Push Things Forward to the get-you-through-the bad-times Stay Positive, the
five piece Streets produce the freshest and most honest tunes I've heard for
a long time.

The one disappointment was the sound quality. The Academy is a huge
venue and somehow the beats didn't shake the house as much as you'd expect.
His last visit to London was at the much smaller Astoria where the sound was
very loud yet crystal clear. I hate to gripe but when music is this good you
get precious.
- Peter D. Clee (mailto:[email protected])
The Streets's remarkable debut album Original Pirate Material is available
at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005V696/londonnet-21

Gig Previews
- Prince Buster, Camden Dingwalls, 16 March 2003
While I'm in the mood for ska you might like to make a note in your diary
for Prince Buster's return to London. The man behind classic 60's ska cuts
Al Capone and Too Hot plays Camden's Dingwalls on Sunday 16 March. The
Selecter and Twist & Crawl (formerly The Beat) support.

- Bryan Ferry, Shepherd's Bush Empire 3 Mar 2003
Tickets: UKP 30.00 plus booking fee
Roxy Music founder and frontman Bryan Ferry takes his own brand of louche
lounge music, served with a twist, for a solo outing after last year's brief
and highly successful reunion tour.
See: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/rockpoppreviews.html

- The Sheen, 16 March 2003, The Spice of Life, London W1
Longtime LondonNet favourites Mr Sheen are no more. Fret not the band goes
on under new moniker The Sheen. Spot the difference at The Spice of Life on
Friday 21st February. See www.mrsheen.net

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 (23 January - 12 February 03)
1) Bryan Ferry
2) Monsters of Rock
3) Blue
Tickets: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/rockpoptickets.html



Tristan & Isolde, ENO
Where: London Coliseum
Performances: 4.00 PM, 5.00 PM
When: Sat, 24th May 2003 - Sun, 8th June 2003
Wagner's Tristan & Isolde from English National Opera.

More English National Opera: Winter/Spring Season
Where: The Coliseum:
Runs through a selection of fine operas through to Spring 2003. Full
programme of events and booking information at:

Top Sellers (23 January - 12 February 03)
1) Rigoletto, ENO
2) Tristan & Isolde, ENO
3) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
- Tickets: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/classical.html



- Film Of The Week
The Hours
(12A) (2002) 114mins
Director: Stephen Daldry
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep
- In 1923, writer Virginia Woolf struggles to complete her novel, Mrs
Dalloway, whilst coping with a growing estrangement from her husband. In
1951, housewife Laura Brown is profoundly affected by reading Mrs Dalloway.
She re-evaluates her life and realises her unhappiness despite a loyal
husband and a beautiful son. Finally, in 2001, lesbian book editor Clarissa
Vaughan plans a swanky party to celebrate a prestigious award won by her
poet friend Richard Brown.

- Other New Films This Week
Daredevil (15)
Death in Venice (12A)
Jiyan (Life) (12A)
Revengers Tragedy (15)
Treasure Planet (U)
Undercover Brother (12A)

- Listings
A to Z of London Cinemas:
A to Z of Films showing in London this week:



- Club Venues and Listings



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5. NEWS: Latest news from London

Stars Come Out Against War
- Long list of celebs lend publicity to anti-war march
From Seinfeld to the Strand
- TV's Kramer takes to the stage



Red Rose City Compie
- We have a meal for four to giveaway for the new City restaurant, Red Rose
City. More details below.

Restaurant Details:
Red Rose City opened its doors on 4th February 2003. The restaurant
specialises 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

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:


Question: When did Red Rose City open?
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 Two" 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 February 2003


LondonNet 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 124, 23 January 2003
- Red Rose Compie:
Winners: Julie Craigs (Middx EN3), Donna Cass (London W4), Rosie Wall
(London SE26), Agnieszka Czekaska (London NW1), Jane Steventon (London SE1)

Question: Who created the menu at Red Rose City?
Tip: Michael Pereira


7. AHOY! TALKBACK: Readers say their piece

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Dear LondonNet,

In the Liverpool Echo, on the evening of the death of Diana and Dodi, it was
reported that a Liverpool couple (or family) driving a volkswagon camper and
from a part of Liverpool called Huyton, were either involved in the
collision or stopped inside the tunnel as the accident happened....I looked
for a follow up to this report and one never appeared.
Was it a hoax? or did they suffer the same fate as Diana's sometime lover
and former police bodyguard. Or, more likely, were they given the Royal
madness treatment?

Whilst I have your attention. What happened to the poor wretch, a fellow
naval officer, on Prince Charles's first command - a Royal Naval
Minesweeper, who supposedly attacked Prince Charles with a knife before
being sectioned under the mental health act. Has he ever got out? Who was
he? The Daily Mirror was the only paper to carry this front page story but
never mentioned it again. Seems damn fishy that this man could pass the RN
vetting committee, whilst harbouring mad thoughts.

Princess Anne when in her car, was deliberately crashed into outside
Buckingham Palace. Again the culprit was sectioned under the mental health
act. (A favourite royal solution dating back to Jack the Ripper and repeated
during Edward VII's reign when one of his mistresses got rather indiscreet.)
Back to Princess Anne. What happened to this "madman" who was probably
responding to the princess cutting him up (in road-rage speak of course).

Howabout the Irish burglar? (I think) who got copped in the Queen's bedroom
at Buckingham Palace. She 'phoned down for a packet of cigarettes to alert
the royal security personnel. They merely delivered her cigarettes without a
second thought.....nothing like a good smoke after a good ermm, that's
enough. He was sectioned too. However it was reported that he did get out
shortly afterwards....did he?

Prince John (subject to fits) and Eddie (known as Duke of Clarence and
infamously bisexual) never did get out of their incarceration by the Royal
hangers-on. They died in their guilded cages; Sandringham and Glamis
respectively. One never spoken of and the other falsely reported as dead. If
the Royals could do this to their own, what chance Dodi and Dianna? All this
royal underhand activity seems to point to a solution lurking in one of our
madhouses. Someone in there knows who killed Dodi and Dianna and why they
killed them. They are probably secreted away in one of the "Royal laughing
acadamies". Jack Nicholson should be put on the case.

But beware Linda. Never knock a royal conspiracy theorist. Truth is far
crazier than fiction. Edward II died through the actions of a hired French
assassin. The executioner stuck a hollowed out horn up his royal bottom then
plunged a red hot poker into his intestines. Why such a hideous death? So
that there would be no outward marks left on his royal personage and all by
Royal Appointment of the Queen Mum of the time.

I am still looking for answers to the questions though. Could the readership

Dan Ryan


LondonNet's mistress of the mysterious Linda Pleasance replies:
Keep up the good work Dan. 'Never knock a royal conspiracy theorist' indeed.



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