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8 April 2004, Issue 152

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1. WHAT'S UP: London for Free, Classified, Offers, Attractions
2. LONDON DIARY: Revell in Easter Joy
3. ENTERTAINMENT: Theatre, Music, Clubs, Cinema
4. HOTELS: London and Worldwide hotel deals
5. NEWS: Latest news from London
6. COMPETITION: - Frankie London Competition
7. TALKBACK: Cinema Listings
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1. WHAT'S UP - What's new on LondonNet

- Frankie London Competition
This week we have 3 pairs of AAA VIP passes for Club Colosseum on Bank
Holiday Saturday, 1 May 2004 which include complimentary entry, a bottle of the finest
champagne for each pair of tickets, plus a chance to meet Timmy Mallet and
have your picture taken with him!
- Scroll down for competition details.


- Your first stop for free small ads in London

We've teamed up with Vivastreet, the people behind our hugely successful
flatshare service, to bring you a brand new classified service. All
individuals can place ads for free on topics such as Personals, For Sale,
Community, Events and Jobs.




- The Gore (Hotel of the Year 2001) UKP129 double rooms (save UKP61)

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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 (26 March - 7 April 04)
1) London Eye
2) RHS Chelsea Flower Show
3) Madame Tussaud's/Planetarium
4) Bateaux London Restaurant Cruises
5) The London Dungeon



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- Revell in Easter Joy


FOR MOST of us Easter means risking an outbreak of road rage as we brave the
holiday traffic, but for Ashley Revell it means risking his entire monetary

The 32 year-old Londoner has sold everything he owns and, this Sunday, is to
stick the entire UKP75,000 pot on one spin of a Las Vegas roulette wheel.
The good news is that Ashley has worked out some of the more basic
principles of roulette. When asked whether he will plump for red or black,
he replied: "I don't know. One of them is going to be the right thing to say
and one is going to be the wrong thing."

That's about the size of it, Ash, yes. In moral support of our courageous
gambling hero, I suggest we all play a similar all-or-nothing game with our
Easter gifts. The rule's so simple it is likely even Ashley could follow
them. Pick a friend or relative and bet your entire chocolate haul against

If you lose you can watch what you want on the TV as your opponent has to go
out and buy some XXL clothes. If you win, you can meet Ashley at the airport
and console him with some of your spare eggs or, if he's won, bet your
winnings against his. (David Clee)




Theatre Preview:
- The Complete History of America (abridged) @ Reduced Shakespeare Company
Criterion Theatre, Tuesdays, 8 p.m.
Tube: Piccadilly Circus
In the same vein as The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged), The
Complete History of America (abridged) mixes sarcasm, humour and a gung-ho
interest in history to pack 500 years into 90 minutes. It's a must for
history buffs, who will catch a lot of the nudge-nudge-wink-wink subtleties.
Depending on when you go, you can see an all-American cast.

The show is pitched at both Brits who just don't "get" the Americans (and
there is a lot not to get) as well as Americans abroad in London, whether
they are tourists or homesick immigrants. It's not meant to be a primer for
history, as big chunks of 50 years or bigger go unmentioned, but that's
okay, because in the end, it's not about the history, but about the
Americans making fun of themselves with candor. In tradition of The Reduced
Shakespeare Company, the players all wear colored Converse shoes, or if
you're an American, good ol' Chuck Taylors. Oh say, can you see, and you
(Patrick Garvin, mailto:[email protected])

Special Deals:
Jerry Springer - The Opera @ Cambridge Theatre - UKP25 tickets for
theatregoers aged 25 and under...
Tango Por Dos @ Peacock Theatre - Best available tickets only UKP19.50...

- Theatre Tickets
Top Sellers (26 March - 7 April 04)
1) Les Miserables
2) Phantom of the Opera
3) Jerry Springer, The Opera
4) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
5) The Lion King

- 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.



Stiff Little Fingers @ The Forum

Friday, 26 March
With Neck, The Henrees

Stiff Little Fingers could (and should) be the image that come to your head
when you think of Ireland's musical contributions. U2 has left a large mark
on music and has referenced some of Ireland's history in its music, but the
music of Stiff Little Fingers is quintessentially Irish: folky, punky,
melancholy, angry, drunk and politically sobering. A band from Dublin could
not have written "Alternative Ulster," at least in the way that a band from
Ulster could have. Irish artists that stay on the level of being Irish
artists that stay on the level of being Irish artists consciously retain
their regional sensibilities, you listen to U2 and it could have come from
London, Liverpool or Manchester, just like The Psychedelic Furs, Echo and
the Bunnymen or Joy Division.

Musical philosophy aside, SLF can still put on a good show, even 25 years
after their zenith. Because the band was in its youth in 1977, old age and
frumpy fashions have caught up with the band. But at least the band members
didn't seem to be in any sense of denial. Wish I could say the same for the

A 40ish blonde woman with a short bob haircut shimmied and slipped about the
beer-slicked floor in a pink Motorhead shirt, a black denim skirt, fish nets
and hooker boots that would make Heidi Fleiss drop her jaw. Bumping into her
was a husky 40-something showing off the effects of aging and gravity in a
T-shirt-turned-tank-top. His mohawk (read: bangs with gel) was pink and red,
as was his face. Two guys both wearing denim jackets, red plaid shirts and
jeans crossed paths with this guy as they slid back and forth to grab girls.

Oh, the joys of punk rock middle age.

Patrick Garvin (mailto:[email protected])


Rock and Pop

- Gig Highlights:

Massive Attack @ Brixton Academy
Thurs, 8 July, 7 p.m., UKP27.50 + fees
Massive Attack's hypnotically slower-but-danceable beats have been going for
20 years, as the band's members were mystifying club audiences in their
native Bristol with their intense and offbeat sound system and DJ sets. Any
bands in the area trying to compete with them had no chance, and as a
consequence, Massive Attack is the biggest act to come out of Bristol. The
band's influence can be seen in the jazzy, bluesy trip-hop tangents of
fellow Bristol act Portishead, but Massive Attack's music embodies so much
more than just blues, jazz and trip-hop. Funk, punk and hip-hop have all
snaked their ways in and out of Massive Attack's repertoire, allowing the
band to grow and evolve, not only with the trends, but to define them as
well. Even if you're not familiar with their more widely known tracks
(Unfinished Sympathy, Teardrop, Inertia Creeps), you're more than likely
familiar with the acid jazz sounds that even with slow beats can have you
Patrick Garvin (mailto:[email protected])

The Streets, Brixton Academy
Fri 21st May 2004, UKP17.50 + fees


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

Top Sellers (26 March - 7 April 04)
1. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Hyde Park
2. Gomez, Apollo Hammersmith
3. The Von Bondies, The Astoria
4. The Streets, Brixton Academy
5. Peter Gabriel, Wembley Arena



Classical and Dance

- Kenwood Summer Prom
City of London Sinfonia
Nicolae Moldoveanu – Conductor, Nicola Benedetti – Violin
Sit back and enjoy some of the nation's favourite classical music at the
first Classical Prom of the season. This specially selected programme will
include Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, Strauss' Blue Danube Waltz as well as a
chance to hear the remarkable young violinist, Nicola Benedetti performing
Saint-Saëns’ Havanese and Ravel’s Tzigane. The perfect way to enjoy the
stunning surroundings of Kenwood House on a summer evening.

Plus more open air music at Kenwood House, Hampstead:
Club Classical - The Ultimate Chillout Live
Opera Gala
Classic FM Live - Music from The Movies
Last Night of the Kenwood Proms

Top Sellers (26 March - 7 April 04)
1. Pavarotti, Leeds Castle, Kent
2. The Magic Flute, ENO
3. Tosca, ENO
4. Mayerling, Royal Ballet
5. The Mikado, ENO
- Tickets:



- Film Of The Week
50 First Dates (12A)

Romance (2004) 99mins US
Director: Peter Segal
Starring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider
Henry Roth meets Lucy in a Hawaiian diner and the couple spend a magical 24
hours together. The following day, when Henry runs into Lucy again, she
completely ignores him as if they have never met before. He learns from
Lucy's father that she is afflicted with short-term memory loss, brought on
by a terrible car accident. Determined to win Lucy's heart forever, Henry
spends each and every day making her fall in love with him until she can
finally remember his name.

- Other New Films This Week
Blind Flight (15)
The Butterfly Effect (15)
Capturing The Friedmans (15)
Deserted Station (NC)
Les Diables (15)
Knife In The Water (Noz W Wodzie) (PG)
Masti (UC)
Shaun Of The Dead (15)
Song For A Raggy Boy (15)

Special Previews
The Girl Next Door (15)
Strange Gardens (Effroyables Jardins) (15)

- Listings
A to Z of London Cinemas:
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...



Easter Club Nights
- For all the best club nights over the bank holiday weekend be sure to
check our full club listings and previews:

- London Clubs Chart: Most Popular Venues
(Based on Page Visits on LondonNet, Top Sellers 26 March - 7 April 04)
1) The End
2) Fabric
3) Vibe Bar
4) Metro Club
5) 333

- Club Venues and Listings




Chelsea Lodge - Budget: 55 - 65 UKP
A great little hotel over one of west London's premier pubs, the Chelsea
Lodge scores highly for value for money, location and efficiency of service.

Three of The Best
- Top three offers currently available to LondonNet readers:

The Ritz***** (Piccadilly)
- Style, sophistication and old-fashioned levels of genuine service come
together at one of the world's legendary hotels. New even better exclusive
rates for 2004, with half price deals on selected suites.

The Gore**** (Knightsbridge)
- Doubles now from only UKP 129 incl. VAT.

The Hyde Hotel *** (Paddington)
- Comfortable three star hotel offering the best value ever on LondonNet:
Just 55UKP for a double room!

- London Hotel Chart
Top Sellers (26 March - 7 April 04)
1) Columbia
2) Commodore
3) The Ritz


Best Value Accommodation for 2004:

Bed and Breakfasts:
Budget Hostels:


New additions and highlights from our sister site


5. NEWS: Latest news from London

Kew Leads Way in Easter Hunt
- Spring is in the air and chocolate is on the ground
Ranieri Wins Himself a Future
- Chelsea's Champions League win over Arsenal puts pressure on Abramovich



- Frankie London Competition
This week we have 3 pairs of AAA VIP passes for Club Colosseum on Bank
Holiday Saturday, 1 May 2004 which include complimentary entry, a bottle of the finest
champagne for each pair of tickets, plus a chance to meet Timmy Mallet and
have your picture taken with him!

Details: Frankie Goes…to London featuring Timmy Mallet
- Saturday, 1 May 2004 @ Club Colosseum, Vauxhall
The 80’s revival is here and Frankie says its time to celebrate it. The
Frankie Team proudly announce our new bi-weekly residency in the bright
lights and big city of London. Come with us and take a step back in time, to
relive the best days of the decade that invented pop music. Days when you
wouldn’t be seen dead without your shoulder pads, puff ball skirt,
fluorescent legwarmers and stilettos. To when The A-team ruled and
Nightrider was king.

Qu: What swimwear related song did Timmy Mallet have a hit with in the 80s?

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do to enter is send an email with the correct
answer and subject header "Frankie Competition" 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: 13 April 2004


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 151, 26 March 2004
LLGFF The Belles of St Trinians Competition
Winners: Barry J. Honeycombe (London SE26), Nyree Basdeo (London N15)


7. AHOY! TALKBACK: Readers say their piece

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