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AHOY! It's the LondonNet Newsletter...
25 April 2003, Issue 129

LondonNet Homepage
LondonNet Homepage: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/
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AHOY! Contents:

1. WHAT'S UP: London for Free, London Eye
2. LONDON DIARY: The Shady Side of the Street
3. ENTERTAINMENT: Theatre, Music, Clubs, Cinema
4. HOTELS: London and Worldwide
5. NEWS: Latest news from London
6. COMPETITION: Tickets for Open Air Theatre
7. TALKBACK: Student Life, Wonderful Country

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1. WHAT'S UP - What's new on LondonNet
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LONDON FOR FREE:
- Regents Park Open Air Theatre Compie

Today's compie is a pair of tickets for any one of the following shows at
the Regents Park Open Air Theatre:
Midsummer Night's Dream, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Cole Porter's High
Society.
- Scroll down for competition details.

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LONDON DEALS:

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:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/about/londoneye.html

THE LOWNDES hotel**** 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. Great NEW DISCOUNT rates currently available.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/offerlowndes.html

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2. LONDON DIARY
- The Shady Side of the Street

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THE SUN has been shining in London for most of the past month and that's
great for everyone who likes to wear sunglasses. I don't. They make my nose
sweat, get lost a lot and make me look like a corrupt 1970s southern
California cop or a futuristic demented cyberman.

On the other hand, squinting like Mr. Mole popping out of his hole doesn't
look too classy either.

I've tried a few alternatives such as panama hats, but they characterise me
as something of a boring fogey, baseball caps (something of a wannabee
yoof), visers (golf groupie) and long fringe (village idiot).

Recently, I've cracked the problem by making an incredible discovery -
there's this kind of secret area, a safe haven for us squinters and
sweaters, called the shade.

On warm days you can sit in the shade and do all the things you have always
liked doing in the sun - like smelling drains, drinking beer with flies in,
and reading awful novels - without worrying about impending cataract
operations and the latest skin cancer statistics.

There are some drawbacks. You tend to find yourself in the company of some
of society's more marginalized types - stray cats, tiny babies in big prams
and old Italian women. So that you don't become too associated with such
detrius, my advice is to keep moving. Don't stop until you reach the best
bit of shade of all - indoors. Hmmm. Air-conditioning.

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
The Bard's had a funny old time of it recently. What with avant-garde
Ninagawa presenting Pericles in Japanese and the Royal Shakespeare Company
deserting their Barbican base, Shakespeare's classics have taken on an
unpredictable guise.

But Summer's approach looks set to sooth the grave-turning Elizabethan. From
June 2 the New Shakespeare Company offer traditional takes on the well-loved
likes of Midsummer Night's Dream and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. The 71
year old resident company at Regents Park Open Air Theatre have made a
convention of performing outdoors.

This year artistic director Ian Talbot also promises a new kids play called
Granny and the Gorilla. A production of Cole Porter's High Society likewise
rubs shoulders with Shakespeare's plays in a bid to win wide audience
appeal. Regents Park Open Air Theatre promises to remain a hot spot for
Summer theatregoers.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_openair.html
(mailto:[email protected])

Up and Coming
Midsummer Night's Dream (opens 02/06/03)
Enchanted forests galore in this outdoor performance of Shakespeare's
magical comedy
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_openair.html

Highlights
Pretending To Be Me (closes 26/04/03)
One man show with plenty of panache
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_larkin.html

- Theatre Tickets
Top Sellers (10 - 23 April 03)
1) My Fair Lady
2) Three Sisters
3) Mamma Mia!
4) Les Miserables
5) My Brilliant Divorce
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

Christina Aguilera - Tickets just released
Wembley Arena, Sun, 2nd Nov 2003
The sultry vocalist and songwriter has come a long way from her native
Pittsburgh to international superstardom in a very short time. Her
outrageous and infectious sense of fun has seen Dirrty voted the winner in
the Sexiest Video award this month.
http://www.firstcalltickets.com/hosted/LondonNet/music.html

Route of Kings
Hyde Park - July 2003
18th July, Simply Red, Route of Kings - SOLD OUT
19th July, Blue, Route of Kings
20th July, Paul Weller, Route of Kings - SOLD OUT
22nd July, Jools Holland, Route of Kings
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/rockpoptickets.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 (10 - 23 April 03)
1) Nick Cave
2) Jools Holland
3) Sugababes
4) Blue
5) Eminem + Hotel Package
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

Jerry Springer - The Opera @ The National Theatre
- music by Richard Thomas, book and lyrics by Stewart Lee and Richard Thomas
A collaboration between Avalon, Allan McKeown and the National Theatre in
association with BAC.
Witness triumph, tragedy and trailer trash as high art meets low in the new
genre-breaking opera. Beginning life at Battersea Arts Centre, the concert
version was the hit of the Edinburgh Festival 2002 and now the fully staged
production becomes the NT's first ever new opera.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/opera.html

Top Sellers (10 - 23 April 03)
1. Jerry Springer Opera, National Theatre
2. Alcina, Hammersmith Apollo
3. Royal Philharmonic, Royal Festival Hall
4. Cathart Spring Prom, Royal Albert Hall
5. Tristan & Isolde, London Coliseum
- 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
X-Men 2
(12A)
(2003) 135mins
Director: Bryan Singer
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, Halle
Berry, Famke Janssen
Wolverine strives to uncover the secrets of his past, which leads him to a
mysterious military base. Meanwhile, General William Stryker, a staunch
advocate of the Mutant Registration Act, launches an attack on X-Men
mansion...
http://www.londonnet.com/films/x-men2.html

- Other New Films This Week
25th Hour (15)
Dreamcatcher (15)
Le Fate Ignoranti (Ignorant Fairies) (15)
Lilya 4-Ever (18)
Trapped (15)
Welcome To Collinwood (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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BARS and PUBS:
Beyond the Sports Cafe, by LondonNet's resident American-in-exile Michael
Green:
A guide for those international sports junkies who are desperate for a
regular fix of the home team.
http://www.londonnet.com/ln/out/ent/bars_features.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

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. Great rates currently available.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/offerlowndes.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 (10 - 23 April 03)
1) Columbia
2) Hazlitt's
3) Rubens
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/hotel-shop.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.com/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: Cordova, Bayswater
From UKP22.50 per person per night including breakfast.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/accomm/bandb_w2.html#cordova

- Hostel: Piccadilly Hotel, Piccadilly
From UKP9 per person per night. Brand new 600 bed hostel in the heart of the
West End!
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/accomm/budget_hostels.html#piccadilly

MORE 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

Theatre Goes Underground
- Coward comes to Aldwych tube
Preservation Order Slapped on Chinatown
- Area to be 'refurbished and rejuvenated' says council
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/talk/news/headlines.html

SPECIAL NEWS FEATURE:
Iraq War 2003 - LondonNet editorial and reader comment.
http://www.londonnet.com/iraqdebate/

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6. COMPETITIONS
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- Regents Park Open Air Theatre Compie
The compie is a pair of tickets for any one of the following shows at the
Regents Park Open Air Theatre
- Midsummer Night's Dream
- The Two Gentlemen of Verona
- Cole Porter's High Society

Entrants should specify which play they want to see. There is only one pair
of tickets but the winner may choose which show.

Regents Park Open Air Theatre Details:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_openair.html

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Question: Who penned High Society?
Tip: Read the event details above.

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do to enter is send an email with the correct
answer and subject header "Open Air Theatre 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 April 2003

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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.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/competitions.html

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WINNER:
Issue 128, 10th April 2003
1st Prize (Pair of VIP tickets to Milk 'n' 2 Sugars): Bill Batton (London,
W10)

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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,

Really cool site! Im starting as a student in London this September, and have looked at a number of websites for info so that I can get an Idea of the places I will be surrounded by. Your site is by far the best! Just
a thought that may be helpful, It would be cool if there was a section on Student Life, that kind of thing!....Just a thought!

Keep up the good work!

Matt Saunders

REPLY: Thanks Matt. In the past we've shied away from separating pages for students from those of others. Relevant entertainment pages such as budget accommodation for visitors and music and clubs for locals (and visitors) tend to cater to students and other young people. Having said all that we are always reviewing the structure and content of the site and we will certainly consider this in the near future.

Indeed, recently our editorial team has played host to a series of US student interns who have been working on specific pages aimed at informing like-minded visitors of London's hidden treasures and peculiarities. (Ed)

- Examples of recent student orientated features include:

Beyond the Sports Cafe - A guide for those international sports junkies who
are desperate for a regular fix of the home team:
http://www.londonnet.com/ln/out/ent/bars_features.html

Things you should know about London's clubs... especially if you're not from
around here:
http://www.londonnet.com/ln/out/ent/clubs_usa_feature.html

Student Accommodation:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/accomm/budget.html

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Dear LondonNet,

- A Grateful American

I say thanks from my heart to yours for standing by us during this awful
war.......the British people are the BEST and I look forward to my next
visit to your wonderful country!!!! Winston would be proud of all of us
!!!!!

longport602

REPLY: We try longport, we try. (Ed)

Iraq War 2003 - LondonNet editorial and reader comment.
http://www.londonnet.com/iraqdebate/

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