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10 April 2003, Issue 128

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AHOY! Contents:

1. WHAT'S UP: London for Free, Beyond the Sports Cafe, Paul McCartney
2. LONDON DIARY: Don't Let Concorde Die
3. ENTERTAINMENT: Theatre, Music, Clubs, Cinema
4. HOTELS: London and Worldwide
5. NEWS: Latest news from London
6. COMPETITION: Tickets for Milk'n'2 Sugars 8th Birthday Party
7. TALKBACK: Aztecs Agony II, My Brilliant Review, Memories of Blood

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

- Milk'n'2 Sugars Compie

Today's compie is two pairs of tickets for the Milk'n'2 Sugars 8th birthday
party. We've been MN2S fans for many years now so this should be a really
special one.
- Scroll down for competition details.


Beyond the Sports Cafe
, by LondonNet's resident American-in-exile Michael
A guide for those international sports junkies who are desperate for a
regular fix of the home team.



PAUL McCARTNEY: Monday 21 April 2003, Earls Court
(N.B. Fri 18th, Sat 19th and Tues 22nd sold out)
- Sir Paul McCartney is planning to play a major retrospective during these
UK gigs. Fans will be treated to 22 Beatles' tracks and highlights from his
Wings and solo career.
- Tickets: UKP 75 plus booking fees (Block 4 - Rows F, H, for seating plan
see link below)
For tickets and seating call us now on: 020 8949 5363. Office Hours:
9.00-17.30, Mon to Fri
or email: mailto:[email protected]
Booking Info: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ahoy/ahoy_music_21feb03_2.html
Seating Plan: http://www.londonnet.com/ahoy/ahoy_music_21feb03_2.html#plan

LONDON EYE: 2003 tickets
This year's online allocation of tickets for the London Eye is proving very
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- Don't Let Concorde Die


CONCORDE is to stop whizzing passengers over the Atlantic in six months

A combination of the lingering public distrust that followed the Paris crash
and a drop in the numbers of super-rich people who fancy shelling out
UKP8,000 on a ticket, has led both British Airways and Air France to
conclude that there is no future in the supremely elegant supersonic

I find this an incredibly defeatist attitude. Some temporary trading
difficulties come along and one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring
feats of design and engineering ever conceived gets dumped on some out of
town scrap yard like a beat-up Austin Allegro.

So ticket sales have gone down the pan recently. So what! They could easily
drum up a kind of lottery game where punters gambled a few pounds to fly on
the machine of their dreams. BA and Air France could also agree, between
them, to halve the number of flights, or to sell some of the planes to other
companies - Richard Branson at Virgin once expressed interest - but no,
under the cover of a media rightly giving blanket coverage to the war, the
two companies tell us: 'That's it folks!, no more Concorde."

Nowadays they slap 'Listed Building' status on any old pile of bricks that
once had a C-list celebrity pass its way, so I'm sure our public-funded
heritage industry could see it within themselves to plonk a preservation
order on Concorde. At the very least BA and Air France should be stopped
from letting the planes go all rusty so that if, in some better future, a
more enlightened species of airline executive emerges, people will once more
have the chance to fly to New York in three hours knowing they have partaken
of human ingenuity of the highest order.

David Clee (mailto:[email protected])




In The Spotlight
A playwright scribbling a century ago may sound outdated, but Chekov is
enjoying a revival. The starry rework of his 1901 classic puts film veteran
Kristin Scott Thomas on stage opposite Cold Feet heartthrob Robert Bathurst
in a trendy new translation by Christopher Hampton.

The result is a drawing room drama that feels eerily contemporary. With some
witty one-liners and a deft sense of character, Hampton draws parallels
between Russia's turn-of-the-century lethargy and the stifling predicament
of the modern West.

What's more, Hampton's enthusiasm for the Russian writer has a high profile
following. Whilst Tom Stoppard's trilogy The Coast of Utopia recently turned
the National theatre into a debate about Russian politics, Brian Friel's
West End Afterplay imagined a chance encounter between characters from
Chekov's Three Sisters and Afterplay. Three Sisters at the Playhouse theatre
looks set for a long run.
Helena Thompson (mailto:[email protected])

Up and Coming
- Tell Me On A Sunday (opens 15/04/03)
Lloyd Webber revives the show that made him famous.

- Ragtime
Ragtime is the epic story of three very different families whose lives
intertwined in 20th century America. Their stories unfold across a colourful
and vibrant era in the country's history when the music scene exploded. The
musical which started on Broadway charts the choices faced and made by a
collection of larger-than-life characters. This brand new production
features Marai Friedman, Dave Willets and Graham Bickley.
Helena's Preview and Tickets:
Official Ragtime Website:

- Theatre Tickets
Top Sellers (27 March - 10 April 03)
1) My Fair Lady
2) Three Sisters
3) Les Miserables
4) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
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

PAUL McCARTNEY: Monday 21 April 2003, Earls Court
- Sir Paul McCartney is planning to play a major retrospective during these
UK gigs. Fans will be treated to 22 Beatles' tracks and highlights from his
Wings and solo career.
- Tickets: UKP75 plus booking fees (Block 4 - Rows F, H, for seating plan
see below)
For tickets and seating call us now on: 020 8949 5363. Office Hours:
9.00-17.30, Mon to Fri
or email: mailto:[email protected]
Booking Info: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ahoy/ahoy_music_21feb03_2.html
Seating Plan: http://www.londonnet.com/ahoy/ahoy_music_21feb03_2.html#plan

Route of Kings - Released this week
Hyde Park - July 2003
18th July, Simply Red, Route of Kings
19th July, Blue, Route of Kings
20th July, Paul Weller, Route of Kings
22nd July, Jools Holland, Route of Kings

- 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 (27 March - 10 April 03)
1) Paul McCartney
2) Van Morrison
3) Simply Red, Route of Kings
4) Tony Bennett
5) Paul Weller, Route of Kings
Tickets: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/rockpoptickets.html



Handmaid's Tale, ENO
Where: London Coliseum
Performances: 7.30 PM
When: Thu, 3rd April 2003 - Fri, 2nd May 2003
A new production of Poul Ruders' adaptation of the Margaret Atwood novel,
The Handmaid's Tale, from English National Opera.

Top Sellers (27 March - 10 April 03)
1. Handmaid's Tale, ENO, London Coliseum
2. Tosca, ENO, London Coliseum
3. Lacock Proms 2003
4. Compania Nacional de Danza
5. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
- Tickets: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/classical.html



- Film Of The Week
Intacto (Intact)
(2001) 108mins (with subtitles)
Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Starring: Leonardo Sbaraglia, Eusebio Poncela, Max Von Sydow
Sam is a survivor of the Holocaust bestowed with a terrible gift: the
ability to steal other people's luck, if they so choose to gamble it away at
his remote casino in Nevada. He employs an assistant Federico to scout for
victims, willing to gamble everything...

- Other New Films This Week
Johnny English (PG)
The Jungle Book 2 (U)
Girl from Rio (15)
Hard Goodbyes my father (no certificate)
The Little Polar Bear (U)
S Club "Seeing Double" (PG)
Le Souffle (15)

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



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5. NEWS: Latest news from London

McCartney Shakes Off Cold
- 'It's good to be talking again,' star tells fans
Outhwaite on Stage
- Tamsin at the Royal Court

Iraq War 2003 - LondonNet comment on the Saddam Crisis.



- Milk'n'2 Sugars Compie
Today's compie is two pairs of tickets for the Milk'n'2 Sugars 8th birthday
party. We've been MN2S fans for many years now so this should be a really
special one.

Club Details:
Not ones to do things half heartedly, Milk'n'2 Sugars storm into the new
year preparing to detonate clubland with our MASSIVE 8th Birthday
celebrations at London's hottest venue, The End. 8th birthday you say? Yes
you heard right - Mn2s have been at the forefront of the finest underground
house scene for over 8 years, all the time supplying London with those
intimately friendly and funky parties which see the true party heads coming
together to blow the roof off every time. This one's going to be extra
special and in line with the occasion, (and in true birthday style) the
venue is set to shine, with no expense spared on the decor.

Milk'n'2 [email protected] End
18a West Central Street WC1
10pm till 6am
Tel: 020 8767 9925

The Main Room:
Junior Jack (Pias Recs / Noise Traxx)
Kid Creme (Deluxe Recs )
Kenny Charles

The Lounge:
Jon Cutler (Distant Recs / Nyc)
Kerri Chandler (Kaos 6:23 / Nyc)
Miss Jools
Alan Jinx Chamberlain


Question: Which birthday are MN2S celebrating on the 18th of April 2003?
Tip: Read the club details above.

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do to enter is send an email with the correct
answer and subject header "MN2S Birthday 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 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: 15 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 127, 27th March 2003
1st Prize (Dinner for two at Veeraswarmy): Hannah Banting (London, NW3)


7. AHOY! TALKBACK: Readers say their piece

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- The Editor reserves the right to amend your contributions for reasons
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Dear LondonNet

Re: Jackie Vaughn's comments on the visit made to the Aztec Exhibition.
See letters: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ahoy/127.html

I live in the USA and I have to agree with some of the points made in
Jackie Vaughn's writing. I live in a suburb of the 12th largest city in
the USA. I have often wondered why trips to major events are planned
for our seniors to take place on weekends. They are retired, not
working and hence have no schedule to keep during the week and are quite
able to attend on the week days, when it is less crowded, which would
make it easier for them to move around. I would think they would rather
go when it IS less crowded! For those of us with limited vacation time,
working a Monday through Friday job, we cannot always just take the day
off from our jobs to attend during the week.

If the planners of these events are offering discounts to retired
pensioners that are good only on Saturday and Sunday, they should think
about this and the monster crowds they are creating. I find with many,
here in my area of the USA, these huge crowds created on the week ends
are done so by people who could easily attend during the week. The
results of this is that a lot of working folks are choosing not to
attend these events at all. The sponsors of these events then wonder why
their revenue is down. It is because those who would pay full price
admission are not attending in great droves. From a business point of
view, I think these huge crowds, often created by the businesses
themselves, are discouraging attendance of the very people who are the
most apt to have some money to spend in their gift shops.

I have absolutely nothing against the elderly, I dearly adore them and
have the highest respect for them. I feel we in the USA do not do enough
for them. Example is the cost of prescription drugs in this country and
the fact that they are not covered under our medicare plan for retired
persons. I think this is a sin and have worked politically on a state
representative campaign to help get a person elected whom I knew would
fight to bring about change in this area. Unfortunately she and others
who ran and feel the same, did not win the election, thus no change has
occurred. Thus many from my state, Ohio, continue to go to Canada to get
their scripts for meds filled because it less expensive. However I have
always felt that those who do not work and are able to attend events
during the week should do so then, and save the week ends for those of
who do have to work,

For the record, I am not an uncouth youth, I am 54 years old, work full
time and have worked since I was 16 years old, and believe the elderly
have just as much right to enjoy events as I do, however I would
appreciate it if they would attend during the week days for reasons
mentioned above.

Karen, Ohio, USA

REPLY: Thanks Karen. So the debate goes on then. I agree that it seems
sensible to encourage those who aren't tied to a Mon-Fri job schedule to
visit events and attractions while others are at work. In reality though
many places already do reduce general prices or offer special incentives for
groups to visit at these times. Beyond this hearty and self-serving
financial carrot, I wouldn't be in favour of any other time restrictions for
the elderly or other groups. (Ed)
Aztecs: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/about/art.html


Dear LondonNet,

Re: My Brilliant Divorce

I can only thank my lucky stars that I had bought the theatre tickets before
reading Helena Thompson's review of this play.

Suggestions at budget contraints suggest to me an inability on her part to
follow what was a reasonably straightforward plot.

Perhaps Ms Thompson lacks the maturity to see the funny side - I can only
measure the reaction of the audience I shared this play with - and the
wonderful sound of laughter that reverberated around the Apollo theatre. In
my opinion one of the best nights at the theatre in a long time.

Chris Bugden

REPLY: I'm pleased you had a good night at the theatre. (Helena Thompson,
LondonNet's Theatre Critic)
Helena's My Brilliant Divorce review:


Dear LondonNet,

I saw "Blood Brothers" on or about 1986 in London. The cast included Con
O'Neil and Ki Ki Dee. It was one of the rare moments in my theater
expireince that moved me to tears. The last scene was so emotional, I shall
never forget it. I know it played on Broadway but I think it would have
been quite a bit better with a re-write, using a Black or Hispanic theme.
It would have had more significance to the American audience. That's just
my opinion. I still loved the show, I just thought it would have worked

James Hanrahan

REPLY: Thanks for sharing those memories James. (Ed)
Blood Brothers review:



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