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10 July 2003, Issue 134

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

1. WHAT'S UP: London for Free, Jim Wilson, Flatshares, Theatre Offers, Attractions
2. LONDON DIARY: Roads to Heaven
3. ENTERTAINMENT: Theatre, Music, Clubs, Cinema
4. HOTELS: London and Worldwide hotel deals
5. NEWS: Latest news from London
6. COMPETITION: Open Air Theatre Tickets
7. TALKBACK: Our Film Listings Explained

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1. WHAT'S UP - What's new on LondonNet
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LONDON FOR FREE:
- Laughing Horse Comedy Club Compie
Today's giveaway is for the Laughing Horse Comedy Club at The Watershed, Wimbledon. The winner gets a VIP table for themselves and up to nine mates, plus three cocktail pitchers and free entry into the nightclub. 5 runners-up prizes of a pair of tickets each.
- Scroll down for competition details.

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FAREWELL JIM WILSON:
It is with sadness that we learn of the recent passing on of Internet pioneer Jim Wilson. His monthly newlsetter the 'JimWorld Gazette' was a big help for us in the early days of LondonNet. Jim's welcome mix of wisecracks and tips will be sorely missed. To find out how and why he made the web a better place see:
http://memorial.jimworld.com/

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LONDON FLATSHARES:
Our recently launched LondonNet flatshare service has proved a huge success. We've been looking for a way to match London homeowners with homesearchers for some time and it seems you have too.

It kind of works like an online dating service. Put up your profile and you'll receive free updates of all available rooms or tenants in your area. As with dating services the first bit is free, you only need a paid subscription if you decide you want to contact someone. It's good value and a useful alternative so go ahead and give it a try.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/accomm/flatshare.html

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LONDON DEALS:

ACCOMMODATION: Summer Offers
Hotels:
- Commodore (Moderate) UKP59 double rooms (save UKP86)
- Gore (Luxury, Hotel of the Year 2001) UKP129 double rooms (save UKP61)
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/hotel-list.html
Bed and Breakfast:
- Hyde from only UKP17 per person per night
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/accomm/bandb.html
Budget:
- Generator from UKP9 per person per night
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/accomm/budget.html

THEATRE: Special Deals
Tell Me on a Sunday: Best available tickets for only UKP22.50
Stones in His Pockets: Top price tickets from only UKP15
Calamity Jane: Top price tickets for only UKP20
Bombay Dreams: UKP15 off top price tickets
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_tickets.html

PRIDE IN THE PARK: - Hyde Park, Sat, 26 July 2003
- The UK's premier lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender festival. Tickets and great value hotel packages:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/prideinthepark.html

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LONDON ATTRACTIONS:
- For the latest information and tickets for a wide range of London's premier attractions see our revamped London Attractions page.
Top Sellers (19 - 9 July 03)
1) London Eye
2) Summer Opening of the Houses of Parliament Tour
3) Tower Of London
4) Madame Tussaud's/Planetarium
4) Medieval Banquet
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/about/attractions.html

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SPONSOR:

MY FAIR LADY
- Trevor Nunn's successful interpretation of Pygmalion comes to the end of its run in August. To book tickets for the remaining performances see:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_myfairlady.html

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2. LONDON DIARY
- Roads to Heaven

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THE M25, the 'Road to Hell' according to singer Chris Rea, is to be widened to eight lanes along its entire length, the government has announced.

There is also talk of introducing road tolls to pay for some of the billions of pounds the scheme will cost. What there isn't any talk of so far is the need to build more service stations on the M25. At present there are only a few covering the entire length of the motorway.

What this sad state of affairs leads to in terms of in-car family rows is
anyone's guess. My guess is that the total marital strife quotient supplied
by any road is in inverse proportion to the frequency of its service
stations.

This is especially the case with the M25 where near-constant traffic jams
increase the need for rest and recuperation. There was a time when service
stations were the recourse only of the desperate and deluded: you either
wanted a pee or a pea-based meal that included rancid breaded chicken and a
hefty price tag. They've improved a lot in recent years, especially for
families with kids. Mine would probably rather spend half an hour on the
slot machines of a service station than in the local cinema.

The policy implications of this are obvious: build more of the things. More cars parked in service station car parks means fewer cars on the M25 itself and more fun-filled stops means less turning round to clip the ears of little-'uns and thus less pile-ups. If they could get the service stations to stock organic food, even the envronmentalists might approve.

David Clee (mailto:[email protected])

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3. ENTERTAINMENT
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre.html

It’s hard to talk about the changing role of text in theatre. The wordiness
of Told By An Idiot’s ‘A Little Fantasy’ certainly did not prohibit it from
the London International Mime Festival, whilst the Royal Court have side
stepped their commitment to naturalistic dialogue by programming the
imaginative company’s forthcoming Playing The Victim.

For there is something beyond conventional conversation at work within such
stage stuff. ‘A Little Fantasy’ contains a collection of sketches that
spiral from everyday situations into the fantastical, including a woman’s
efforts to impersonate the ape she falls in love with when innocently
visiting the zoo. The effect of these playful set pieces is to light
heartedly show how language can fail.

On the other hand plenty of visual theatre acts shout the sheer multiplicity
of narrative. Dream-like forays such as Shared Experience’s ‘After Mrs
Rochester’ weave fiery narratives around characters who dwell loudly in each
others’ imaginations. The strength of these shows lies in the sense they
make of fragmentation, gleaning from the characters’ noisy opinions a
perspective of quiet clarity.
(mailto:[email protected])

Up and Coming
Bluebeard’s Wives (opens 01/07/03)
Festival transfer for this tale of degradation
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_bluebeard.html

Highlights
My Fair Lady (Closes: 31/07/03)
Drury Lane says goodbye to ‘enry ‘iggins.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_myfairlady.html

THEATRE: Special Deals
Tell Me on a Sunday

- Starring Denise Van Outen @ The Gielgud Theatre, best available tickets for only UKP22.50
Tell Me On A Sunday tells the tale of a young English woman's trials and tribulations in love when she arrives in New York. The music (by Andrew Lloyd Webber) and the lyrics (by Don Black) are considered to be amongst the best in modern musical history. Denise Van Outen returns to the West End following her acclaimed run as Roxie Hart in Chicago in the West End and on Broadway.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_tickets.html

More theatre deals:
Stones in His Pockets: Top price tickets from only UKP15
Calamity Jane: Top price tickets for only UKP20
Bombay Dreams: UKP15 off top price tickets
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_tickets.html

- Theatre Tickets
Top Sellers (19 - 9 July 03)
1) My Fair Lady
2) We Will Rock You
3) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
4) Bombay Dreams
5) Our House, The Madness Musical
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

Madness, Wembley Arena, Mon, 8 December 2003
- It's 20 years or so since Madness moonstomped into the charts with such
classic ska-influenced tracks as The Prince, Night Boat to Cairo and
Baggy Trousers. For the last several years, the band has reformed annually
to great effect. Sometimes they've got the crowd skanking at open air
venues, but this year Suggs and the rest of the Nutty Boys will be playing a
mixture of old stormers and new songs at Wembley Arena. There might be a
Madness-based play on in the West End (the curtains are closing soon for the
surprisingly effective Our House, by the way) but the real thing takes some
beating.
Madness Tickets:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/rockpoptickets.html

Our House , The Madness Musical:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_ourhouse.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 (19 - 9 July 03)
1) Zero 7
2) Justin Timberlake, London
3) Robbie Williams
4) Mariah Carey
5) Sugababes
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

Top Sellers (19 - 9 July 03)
1. Four Seasons & Fireworks, Kenwood House
2. Jerry Springer Opera, National Theatre
3. Classic FM Live: Opera in the Park, Kenwood House
- Tickets: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/classicaltickets.html

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

- Film Of The Week
Daddy Day Care (PG)
Family (2003) 92mins
Director: Steve Carr
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Jeff Garlin, Anjelica Huston
Charlie Hinton and his best friend are made redundant from their jobs in product development at a large food company and resolve to set up their own small-scale creche called Daddy Day Care. The hare-brained and unconventional scheme is a roaring success, incurring the wrath of the director of a local child care facility. She sets about destroying the good reputation of Daddy Day Care, hoping to drive its founders out of business.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/films/daddydaycare.html

- Other New Films This Week
Bad Guy (18)
Whale Rider (PG)
The In-Laws (12A)
Unknown Pleasures (12A)
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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RESTAURANTS:
Best way to soak up the sights of the city as you wine and dine
- Cruises on the Thames...
http://www.londonnet.com/ln/out/ent/restaurants.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
- Trevor Nunn's successful interpretation of Pygmalion comes to the end of its run in August. To book tickets for the remaining performances 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 Gore**** (Knightsbridge)
- Doubles now from only UKP 129 incl. VAT.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/offergore.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 55UKP for a double room!
www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/hotel-shop-mod-budget.html#hyde

- London Hotel Chart
Top Sellers (19 - 9 July 03)
1) Commodore (now with doubles from UKP59!)
2) Columbia
3) Gore
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/hotel-shop.html

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Best Value Accommodation for 2003:

Hotels:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/hotel-shop.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
Budget Hostels:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/accomm/budget_hostels.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

Byatt Puts Curse on Harry Potter
- Boy wizard series is like a cartoon, says respected author
London Motorways to be Widened
- Extra lanes planned for M1 and M25
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/talk/news/headlines.html

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6. COMPETITIONS
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- Laughing Horse Comedy Club Compie
Today's giveaway is for the Laughing Horse Comedy Club at The Watershed, Wimbledon. The winner gets a VIP table for themselves and up to nine mates, plus three cocktail pitchers and free entry into the nightclub. 5 runners-up prizes of a pair of tickets each.
The show runs every Friday from 8pm to 10.30pm and features the best comedians on the London Circuit..
More details:
http://www.the-watershed.com/

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Question: Who previews his Edinburgh show Most Wanted tomorrow night (Fri 11, July 2003)?
Tip: Read the Laughing Horse Wimbledon page (see link below).
http://www.laughinghorse.co.uk/wimbledon.htm

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do to enter is send an email with the correct
answer and subject header "Laughing Horse 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 six correct answers out of the Editor's hat win the prizes,
details will be sent to the winners. The Editor's decision is final.
Closing Date: 16 July 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 133, 19 June 2003

Royal Open-air Theatre tickets:
Prize: 1 pair of tickets for: Two Gentlemen of Verona
Winner: Christelle Berger (London SE1)

Answer: 71 years

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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,

What the hell use is a cinema guide that tells me what was on during the week that began 27th June, when it is now July 8th? It's pretty pathetic that your most up-to-date listings only go to July 10th. Why is this? I'm trying to book a cinema party at the weekend but can't find out any times for what's on, and it's so annoying. The local cinemas don't answer the phone so listings guides are the only source of information - and they're always virtually out of date. Some people need, for example, to book a babysitter before they go out and therefore have to plan their weekend more than a day in advance. The current system is crap - can you do something about it please?

Heather

REPLY:

Steady on Heather. As cinemagoers ourselves we care passionately about the accuracy and timeliness of our listings. Several years ago we became the first London website to produce film listings. In January we revamped the listings production process and have spent the last 6 months fiddling with it to improve it ever further. Below is an explanation of how the system works and why.

How it Works:
Cinema listings are published every Tuesday. The new set of releases start on the Friday. From Tuesday through to Friday we show the current week and the forthcoming week. Then from Friday through to the following Tuesday you are right the old week becomes rather irrelevant, but that's the way the system works I am afraid. It does mean that you should have a minimum of 3 days and a maximum of 10 days notice of current releases.

Why the short notice?
We are unable to publish the listings any earlier as cinemas are unable to provide accurate screening information prior to this time. This is because distributors analyse the weekly audience figures to prepare the weekly listings schedule. If a film bombs the number of screens used will be cut, if it's a hit the number is expanded. Film festivals and special runs often include last minute additions or changes.

Accuracy:
I have a kid too and I know all about arranging babysitting in advance. We think it is better to publish the listings when they are at their most accurate. Otherwise you might make arrangements only to find that the movie you want shifts time, screen, etc. Most online guides only publish their listings on a Thursday, thus giving you even less advance notice. We can get away with going out earlier on a Tuesday as we will re-publish the listings if there are changes notified to us. In the rare event that our listings fail you please let us know and we will investigate. Past experience has shown that this is usually due to a lack of notification of changes. (Ed)
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/cinema.html

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MY FAIR LADY
- Trevor Nunn's successful interpretation of Pygmalion comes to the end of its run in August. To book tickets for the remaining performances see:
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