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27 March 2003, Issue 127

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AHOY! Contents:

1. WHAT'S UP: London for Free, Iraq War, London Eye
2. LONDON DIARY: It’s a Big TV World Out There
3. ENTERTAINMENT: Theatre, Music, Clubs, Cinema
4. HOTELS: London and Worldwide
5. NEWS: Latest news from London
6. COMPETITION: Curry for Two at Kensington's new UTSAV
7. TALKBACK: Age Concern's Annual Day Out at The Aztecs

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

Curry Compie
Dinner for Two at Kensington's new UTSAV restaurant
- Scroll down for competition details.


Iraq War 2003 - The LondonNet Debate
- LondonNet comment on the Saddam Crisis.



Paul McCartney: 18,19 and 21-22 April 2003, Earls Court
- Tickets: UKP45 and UKP75 plus booking fees
- Plus our exclusive tickets and hotel packages for the ex-Beatle's Earls Court shows.
See: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ahoy/ahoy_music_21feb03_2.html


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:


- It’s a Big TV World Out There


GIANT TV broadcasts are the future. Jumbo screens are going to show productions from the Royal Opera House across Britain this summer in a move designed to make opera more popular.

They‘ve been doing something similar on Covent Garden piazza for a while. When the sun shines and the crowds throng, it’s a great sight and sound. The same can be said for when they beamed live football onto even giant-er screens on Trafalgar Square during last summer’s World Cup.

Even the Queen, not usually known as an early adopter of new technology toys, got in on the act with the Golden Jubilee when they showed her pop concert on big screens in town centres all over the place.

In a way, watching events on giant TV screens is the perfect compromise for the modern age. Unlike watching a show from way back in a theatre where performers do a passable impression of dancing ants, you get to see well-edited close-ups, and unlike watching on TV in your living room, you get the camaraderie of the crowd and you don’t end up missing everything by snoozing on the couch.

I think they should have these screens in every available spare space in central London, showing snippets from West End shows, pop concerts and football games. Going by the whiz-bang coverage of the war on TV, they might want to show Baghdad go up in flames, too.

David Clee (mailto:[email protected])

London Transport Museum
- For more info on open days at London Transport’s Acton Depot Museum see:




In The Spotlight

With the invasion of Iraq a series of protest plays have popped up in
unusual places. The likes of theatre collective Shunt, fringe connoisseur
Justin Butcher and writer director David Williams have all moved with the
times to make topical plays at break neck speed.

Williams’ War Crime in particular marks a new London venue. His time-jumping
drama about a young Serbian killed by an American pilot turns the crypt of
the once bombed St Andrew’s Church Holborn into a theatre. Until recently
the crypt was filled with rubble left over from the fire bombing of the
Second World War

This trend for forging performance spaces from deserted venues is
exemplified by Shunt. Their Dance Bear Dance show all about anarchy takes
place in their Bethnal Green railway arch. This promenade piece invites an
audience to believe that a terrorist roams in their midst, turning a walk
through their atmospheric venue into a site specific show.

Mean time Butcher’s hard-hitting The Madness of George Dubya moves from the
small scale stages of the Teatro Technis and the Pleasance theatre to the
West End stage of the Arts Theatre. His anti-government spoof on the
President and the Prime Minister opens April 2.
- Helena Thompson (mailto:[email protected])

Up and Coming
- The Three Sisters (opens 03/04/03)
Starry rework of Chekhov’s classic puts Kristin Scott Thomas back on stage.

- A Laughing Matter
April De Angelis’ new play lives up to its name.

- Theatre Tickets
Top Sellers (14-26 March 03)
1) My Fair Lady
2) My Brilliant Divorce
3) Bombay Dreams
4) Chicago
5) Auntie and Me

- 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

- PAUL McCARTNEY, Earls Court - Luxury Hotel and Top Tickets Package
Offer includes:
- Two top price tickets for Paul McCartney on Monday 21st April 2003
- Double/Twin room with Continental Breakfast at nearby The Lowndes Hotel, Knightsbridge
- Exclusive discounted rate at The Lowndes for extra nights (only available with this offer)
Cost: Only UKP 199 per person including VAT
Hotel Description: One of the best of London's new breed of boutique hotels, The Lowndes is right up there for location and attention to detail, in terms of both design and service. For our feature page on The Lowndes see:
http://www.londonnet.com/ln/guide/resources/offerlowndes.html. Call us on 020 8949 5363 (Office Hours: 9.00-17.30, Mon to Fri) or email: mailto:[email protected]

We have Paul McCartney tickets (UKP45 and 75 plus booking fees) for 18,19 and 21,22 April 2003 at Earls Court. For details of these and more info on our hotel package see:

- Van Morrison, 15-16 April 2003, Royal Albert Hall
Tickets: UKP 32.50 plus booking fee
Van Morrison is always a treat, and these live dates will be no exception.
See: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/rockpoppreviews.html#van

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 (14-26 March 03)
1) Paul McCartney
2) Nick Cave
3) Dandy Warhols
4) Van Morrison
5) Queens of the Stone Age
Tickets: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/rockpoptickets.html



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

Top Sellers (14-26 March 03)
1. Tosca, ENO, London Coliseum
2. Carmen, Hammersmith Apollo
3. Rigoletto, ENO, London Coliseum
4. Cathart Spring Prom, Royal Albert Hall
5. Tristan & Isolde, London Coliseum
- Tickets: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/classical.html



- Film Of The Week
The Core (12A)
(2003) 135mins
Director: Jon Amiel
Starring: Hilary Swank, Aaron Eckhart, Tcheky Karyo
It's the end of the world as we know it, in this big budget actioner. A fluctuation in the temperature at the Earth's core threatens to off-set the Earth's rotation, which will have devastating consequences.

- Other New Films This Week
The Recruit (12A)
In This World (15)
Cradle 2 The Grave (15)
Personal Velocity (15)
The Rules Of Attraction (18)

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



- Club Venues and Listings



- Thanks to a recent increase in our allocation we have tickets for almost
all upcoming performances. To enjoy big savings today, see:




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
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The Lowndes**** (Knightsbridge)
- One of the best of London's new breed of boutique hotels, The Lowndes is right up there for location and attention to detail, in terms of both design and service.

The Hyde Hotel *** (Paddington)
- Comfortable three star hotel offering the best value ever on LondonNet:
Just 53UKP for a double room!

- London Hotel Chart
Top Sellers (14-26 March 03)
1) Columbia
2) Rubens
3) La Reserve


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.

- Budget Hotel: The Columbia, Hyde Park
From UKP29.20 per person per night. Our most popular hotel for over 5 years.

- B+B: Cordova, Bayswater
From UKP22.50 per person per night including breakfast.

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

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

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


5. NEWS: Latest news from London

Opera Extends Giant Screen Test
- Free, open-air broadcasts planned for towns across UK
Nunn Speaks Out
- Farewell speech from the National's artistic director



UTSAV Indian Restaurant Compie
- We're giving away a prize of dinner for two at Kensington High Street's new fine-dining Indian restuarant, UTSAV.

Restaurant Details:
UTSAV is an unpretentious and accessible venue with 134 covers. The menu is drawn from the Four Corners of India and prices start from UKP4.00 for appetisers and UKP8.75 for main courses. The restaurant is the brainchild of businessman Ash Modi and Gowthan Karingi, former head chef of Veeraswamy and Zaika, the first Indian Restaurant to win a Michelin Star.

UTSAV is an ancient Sanskrit word meaning festival and this is exactly what you will experience when you dine here. Executive Chef Gowthan Karingi has created a menu of dishes that can not be found in any other leading Indian Restaurant in the country. From Himalayan foothills to the Peninsula's tip the food varies according to its location, but everywhere it's characterised by its robust aromas, glowing colours, earthy flavours using only the finest fresh ingredients.

UTSAV Restaurant, 17 Kensington High Street, London, W8 5NP


Question: Name the former head chef of Veeraswamy who has helped set up UTSAV?
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 "Utsav Restaurant 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 answers out of the Editor's hat win the prize,
details will be sent to the winner. The Editor's decision is final.
Closing Date: 2 April 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 126, 13th March 2003
1st Prize (Almay Makeover): Jane Harris (London SE10)
Runners-up (VIP Tickets): Pauline Brooks (Barking, IG11), Tara Collins (Surrey, KT12), Mira Leiths (London NW1), Nichola Hill (London SE18), Jenny Stanley (Herts HP1 3PZ)


7. AHOY! TALKBACK: Readers say their piece

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Dear LondonNet,

I recently attended the Aztec exhibiton at the Royal Academy of Arts. As
much as I would have liked to take a day off work to attend this events
minus the pulsing crowds, alas I was forced to attend on a recent Saturday
afternoon. Preparing myself for the mass of heaving bodies, I was
unprepared for what I actually had to face....

Whether this is a common occurence, or just my sheer bad luck, I seemed to
have coincided my visit with Age Concern's Annual Day Out. No, I was not
pushing my way through similar people who also have to work for a living, I
was being shoved around by near-blind, 'I'm so deaf I have to talk at one
million decibels even though you are standing right next to me,' hand
bag-shoving, walking stick-dependant CODGERS that competed in age with some
of the artifacts being exhibited.

I have no problem with the older generation, and fully support that they
should have reduced-price access to cultural events, BUT they should be
discouraged from attending these events on weekends when it is the only
chance that us poor b*stards that pay their pension can attend!!

On the bright side, although I am none the wiser on the specifics of the
Aztec culture due to the multitudes of pensioners hovering over the Aztec
signage with their magnifying glasses, I am at least now an expert on
Coronation Street, effective treatments for constipation, and the best
brands available in blue hair rinses.

Jackie Vaughan

REPLY: Steady on Jackie. Despite your highly entertaining reservations about our elderly buddies, we think they've earned the right to enjoy London's culture as much as uncouth youths such as you and I. (Ed)



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