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23 October 2003, Issue 141

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1. WHAT'S UP: London for Free, Offers, Attractions
2. LONDON DIARY: Concorde Controversy Over Private Funeral
3. ENTERTAINMENT: Theatre, Music, Clubs, Cinema
4. HOTELS: London and Worldwide hotel deals
5. NEWS: Latest news from London
6. COMPETITION: Divali Special: Cafe Lazeez Meal Compie
7. TALKBACK: Princess Diana's Death: Comment, A Message to Ms Orr, Your Reaction
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1. WHAT'S UP - What's new on LondonNet

- Divali Special: Cafe Lazeez Meal Compie

To celebrate Divali (Hindu New Year Festival) we're giving away a three course indian meal for two in our Cafe Lazeez Soho competition. The original Lazeez pioneered the new-style of Indian cuisine that mushroomed across London in the 1990s....
- Scroll down for competition details.


- Diana's death has been back in the news this week following fresh revelations in a forthcoming book by her former butler Paul Burrell. She warns in a letter written ten months before that fateful night in Paris of her fear that she was to be 'taken out' in a pre-arranged car crash.

We've been inundated with letters this week following this latest twist and a selection of these appear in our Talkback column at the foot of this newsletter along with our own thoughts and a message to Deborah Orr of The Independent.
- Scroll down for details.

Diana: The Big Three Conspiracy Theories: Explained and reviewed



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- For the latest information and tickets for a wide range of London's premier attractions see our reqularly updated London Attractions page.
Top Sellers (10 October - 23 October 03)
1) London Eye
2) Giorgio Armani: A Retrospective
3) Tower Of London
4) Bateaux London Restaurant Cruises
5) The London Dungeon



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- Concorde Controversy Over Private Funeral


CONCORDE was paid for by ordinary tax-payers. You would have thought that the people who were responsible for its birth would be allowed to come to its funeral.

Instead, Concorde’s last proper, commercial flight tomorrow, 24th October 2003, is being kept aside for the great and good and a few lucky people able to get their hands on tickets for the special Heathrow grandstand made for the solemn event. Everyone else has been told to sod off and watch it on TV

Police are warning of huge traffic jams on the nearby M3, M4 and M25 motorways as onlookers try desperately for a last glimpse of the world’s most beautiful aeroplane.

It gets worse. They’ve chosen a Friday afternoon for the supersonic air-travel’s burial, when motorways out of London are always at their bumper-to-bumper busiest. It gets even worse. They’ve chosen a Friday before the half-term school holidays when traffic is even heavier than usual.

That those taking these decisions have contempt for the public is no real surprise, but to express it in such bald terms in the modern PR-savvy world is almost breathtaking. I say almost because I want to save that takes-your-breath moment for Concorde itself when it flies over my flat for the last time.

David Clee (mailto:[email protected])




Up and Coming
Thoroughly Modern Millie (opens tonight, 23 Oct 03)
Amanda Holden steps into the limelight.

Anything Goes with lyrics by Cole Porter
Trevor Nunn's Olivier award-winning production of PG Wodehouse's Anything Goes comes to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane from October.

THEATRE: Special Deals
- Woman in Black @ The Fortune Theatre, Best available seats only UKP12.50
'Trick or Treat' yourself to the West End's most chilling play over Halloween. The Woman In Black has been thrilling audiences for 15 years, terrifying 4 million unsuspecting theatregoers, at over 6,000 performances, with £22 million take at the box office and they are still screaming as loudly as they did at the first performance! An eerie and chilling ghost story, The Woman In Black follows a young solicitor sent to a remote house to wind up the affairs of a recently deceased woman. He pieces together her strange reclusive life... but with what effect on his own?
- Best available seats only £12.50 (+ NO payment processing fee)! Offer valid on all performances except
Saturday evenings from 13 October-8 November 2003.
Wait Until Dark @ The Garrick Theatre, Best available seats only 17.50 UKP

- Theatre Tickets
Top Sellers (10 October - 23 October 03)
1) Phantom of the Opera
2) Les Miserables
3) Woman In Black
4) The Lion King
5) Thoroughly Modern Millie

- 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

- Audio Bullys, London
Often compared to The Streets (due in part to the 'hooligan house' ranting of their first two singles, 'The Things' and 'We Don't Care') The Audio Bullys are in many ways a much more multi-faceted dance act, tipping a nod to influences from rave to UK garage, from funk to soul. Debut album 'Ego War' laid out their suburban manifesto and was received with 'next big thing' reviews from the music press on its Spring 2003 release. Despite their dance-messiahs status Audio Bullys are still very much an underground duo - and you should take this opportunity to catch the boys back in London following their stunning Summer festival appearances.

- Suede
Brett Anderson's Suede hits the road showcasing his band's new greatest hits package
- Brixton Academy: Fri, 12th Dec 2003, Tickets UKP18.50 + Fees
- London Astoria: Sat 13 Dec 2003, Tickets UKP18.50 + Fees

Gig Listings
Our list of forthcoming London gigs. Plan your gigging and book your tickets

Top Sellers (10 October - 23 October 03)
1) Suede, London
2) Feeder, London
3) The Distillers, London
4) Beyonce, London
5) Eric Clapton, Birmingham



- The Nutcracker
This year London sees two productions of the classic fairytale take place over the Christmas season. Matthew Bourne's interpretation will be showing at Sadlers Wells entitled Nutcracker! Meanwhile the English National Ballet will be performing a more traditional version of the classic at the Carling Apollo Hammersmith.

Top Sellers (10 October - 23 October 03)
1. Nutcracker! (Matthew Bourne)
2. The Nutcracker (ENB)
3. Cinderella, ENB
4. Polyphonia - The Four Temperaments - Sinfonietta, Royal Ballet
5. Ballett Frankfurt
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- Film Of The Week
Intolerable Cruelty (12A)
Comedy (2003) 99mins US
Director: Joel Coen
Starring: George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Geoffrey Rush

HARD-NOSED Los Angeles divorce lawyer Miles Massey (Clooney) meets his match in the shape of man-eating, husband hunter Marilyn Rexroth (Zeta-Jones).

Her life map is simple. Find a rich man or two, get hitched, get divorced and live in happy independence thereafter. Ideal client fodder for Massey you might think? Except she's divorcing his philandering client Rex Rexroth (Edward Hermann).

Fate having placed them in opposing corners, Miles and Marylin play out a courtship steeped in duplicity and deception at every turn.

For Intolerable Cruelty the multi-award winning Coen Brothers (Raising Arizona, Millers Crossing, Fargo, O Brother, Where Art Thou?) have assembled a cast of LA high balls and oddballs.

The leading pair of Clooney and Zeta-Jones are as gorgeous as we've come to expect and for once the slightly hollow edge to their acting fits neatly with the emptiness at the heart of their characters' souls. As you'd expect from a Coen outing the real fun is to be had with the support. Billy Bob Thornton plays Marylin's second marital 'victim' strictly for laughs in a full on Texan stylee while private eye Cedric The Entertainer takes great pleasure 'nailing the arses' of the married miscreant.

You'll have figured by now that the laughs are firmly in the high camp slapstick fold rather than the wry, finely observed humour of previous Coen outings, but they're amusing enough nonetheless.
(Peter D. Clee, mailto:[email protected])
Intolerable Cruelty - Screening Info:

- Other New Films This Week
Interstella 5555 (PG)
Holes (PG)
Kung Phooey! (12A)
Secondhand Lions (PG)
Waiting For Happiness (Heremakono - En Attendant Le Bonheur) (U)
XX/XY (15)

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


Best way to soak up the sights of the city as you wine and dine
- Cruises on the Thames...



- Club Venues and Listings




Three of The Best
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- London Hotel Chart
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2) Commodore
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5. NEWS: Latest news from London

Ryan Launches London Film Festival
- Raunchy film starts two-weeks movie blitz
Diana Was a Lying Head-Case, said Spencer
- Letters reveal earlier thoughts of Princess's funeral defender



- Divali Special: Cafe Lazeez Meal Compie

To celebrate Divali (Hindu New Year Festival) we're giving away a three course indian meal for two in our Cafe Lazeez Soho competition.

When the original Cafe Lazeez in Old Brompton Road in 1992 it pioneered the new-style of Indian cuisine that has mushroomed across London over the last decade. Although mainly echoing the flavours of North India, the spirits of these spices have also been 'evolved' into a collection of signature dishes such as Paneer and Aubergine Tower.

Judging by my visit last night - review to follow in our Restaurants section soon - the concept is still going strong. The combination of freshly spiced dishes served up in a modern yet warm minimalist environment makes for a most pukkah evening. Our prize is for a meal at Cafe Lazeez Soho.


Question: When did the first Cafe Lazeez open?
Tip: Check out the Cafe Lazeez website or read our description above.

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do to enter is send an email with the correct answer and subject header "Cafe Lazeez 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: 29 October 2003


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today for your chance to win cash, cars and lots, lots more.


Issue 140, 9 October 2003
Short Ends World Film School Festival Competition:
Question: How many film schools make up the event?
Tip: 53.
Winner: Caroline Bainbridge (London, SE14), Noga Bernstein (London, EC1Y), Nigel Gomeze (LondonN7), Lisa Harte (London, SW19), Athina Papachrysostomou, (London, W2)


7. AHOY! TALKBACK: Readers say their piece

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- Diana's death has been back in the news this week following fresh revelations in a forthcoming book by her former butler Paul Burrell. She warns in a letter written ten months before that fateful night in Paris of her fear that she was to be 'taken out' in a pre-arranged car crash.

We've been inundated with letters this week following this latest twist and a selection of these appear in our Talkback column at the foot of this newsletter along with our own thoughts and a message to Deborah Orr of The Independent.

1) LondonNet Comment

So there it is. Six years on and the doubts and uncertainty persist. Now we know that even Diana feared she might be 'taken out' in a car accident. Poll after poll show that the British public too query the official version of the events of 31 August 1997 in Paris. So how do we discover the truth?

First and perhaps most damningly there was no UK post mortem of Diana or Dodi. This will blight any future attempts to discern the truth. Any true re-examination of the deaths must begin with fresh tests on Diana's and Henri Paul's bodies. Their exhumation may cause suffering to their families but it is required to answer two lingering questions, one which helps toward a possible motive the other which casts doubt upon the accident theory. First was Diana pregnant. If so by whom? Second in what way if at all was driver Henri Paul intoxicated at the time of the incident?

Plans are being drawn up for an inquest by the Royal Coroner. Will this uncover any more clues, or will it be perceived as an attempt to finally bury the story?

Nothing short of a full public inquiry with members of the royal family and secret services called to appear will satisfy the more than slightly sceptical. Chances of the Queen, Prince Philip and Prince Charles taking the stand? Close to zero we suspect.


2) A Message to Ms Orr

Our conspiracy pages have been visited in unprecedented numbers this week. Special welcome goes out to Deborah Orr of The Independent who it seems took a good look too. The content of her column in the paper this Tuesday (21 October 2003) was, it appears, heavily influenced by our material. Might have been nice to acknowledge your source though Deborah, eh? The BBC, Telegraph, The Guardian, etc managed this. Please remember that our work is covered by the laws of copyright too.
(Peter D. Clee, mailto:[email protected])

Diana Conspiracy News
The Big Three Conspiracy Theories: Explained and reviewed
Did MI6 Kill Diana? We examine the evidence EXCLUSIVE!


3) And now it's over to you:

Dear LondonNet,

Re: Diana

Well it is starting to look like my murder conspiracy theory is not looking so dismissable after all.

I still think she was murdered. It alwasy smelled covered up. It may not be racial but it sure looks "domestic".

Now I heard that this has some sort of stupid "prophetic" meaning to it. That Diana had some miracle prediction of her death. I think is just an attempt to mask out the real message of this letter: She is not saying "I predict this is the way I am going to die". She is stating: "someone is trying to kill me...if I die in this specific way I think it was so-and-so for said reason". She is clearly stating in this letter that she feels a specific person is going to kill her in a specific way. I hope this person's name gets released and I hope it causes an investigation.

Back in 1997 I wrote to your site about my murder theory. There is no doubt in my mind about the existance of racism in the minds of many powerful white men in UK/US. It is even more obvious today than it was in 1997. My theory may not be exact but this new news about diana's letter should be reason enough to start an investigation of the person named in the letter and charles' involvement.

Dorian Araneda

REPLY: Dorian's theory from 1997 can be found at the page below (Ed)


Re: Diana - What I Think Happened

I believe from the bottom of my heart that Prince Charles's slutty mistress Camilla had something to do with Princess Di's death. I believe that Camilla still felt threathen by Di so she had her killed and the royal family is covering for her because of the publicty it would cause.

I also believe that Prince Charles went along with it. If anyone should be suspected in Princess Di's death I believe Prince Charles and Camilla should be.

Lisa Dupuis

REPLY: Horsey, yes. Slutty? Not so sure about that Lisa. (Ed)


Re: Diana

I think Princess Diana and Dodi are dead, what I also think is that if anyone is to blame it will come out in the end.

The Queen and Prince Phillip were dead against Charles and Camilla and now their all for them The Queen never liked Diana, she was such a strong willed person.

Charles never even looked upset when Diana died.

Dave James

REPLY: Dave there's a big difference between 'never liking' someone and taking them out. Where's the beef my friend, where's the beef? (Ed)


Re: Diana

I think it was the Queen who put out a hit on Diana's life...

Sondra Thornburg

REPLY: Short and to the point Sondra. Isn't it the mafia who like to 'put out hits' though? (Ed)


Re: Diana

I think Charles had her killed so he'd be a "widower" and able to remarry. When Camilla is also a widow, I expect them to marry. But not before so as to not jeopardize Charles' eventual ascension to the British throne.

Rick Hall

REPLY: They were already divorced though Rick. Your point might work if they were still married at the time of Diana's demise. As it is Charles was already a free man, his marital freedom only constrained by the very centuries of royal convention that empower his succession. (Ed)


Re: Diana

Apparently the hospital is only minutes drive by ambulance from the crash site. Why did it take forty minutes for Di and Dodi to get to a hospital, especially since it was royalty that crashed. Di an Dodi should have been rushed to the hospital in seconds?

Tom Chambers

REPLY: A commonly recurring point. (Ed)


Re: Diana

I dabble a little in astrology and found that Diana may have been pregnant when she died - approx - 4 - 6 weeks.

A lunar return for the month previous for her death showed Moon in 5th house. Apparently she had something ' secret '...... could this have been the news ?

Obviously the heir to the throne - William would have had a half Egyptian brother / sister - would this have been acceptable to our royal family / government?

Also Pluto the planet of death was exactly conjunct her Path of treachory. FOOD FOR THOUHT !

Julie Brutnell

REPLY: Oh please, now we really are losing the plot aren't we Julie? (Ed)


Re: Diana

The Queen hired Lord Lucan to take her out. With help from his friend Elvis and the horse Shergar they fixed the brakes and galloped into the sunset.


REPLY: By George I think you've got it! Well done Melsons. (Ed)



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