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30 July 2004, Issue 160

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AHOY! Contents:
1. WHAT'S UP: London for Free, Offers, Attractions
2. LONDON DIARY: Homo-urban: A Short History
3. ENTERTAINMENT: Theatre, Music, Clubs, Cinema, Art
4. HOTELS: London and Worldwide hotel deals
5. NEWS: Latest news from London
6. COMPETITION: - Open Air Theatre Competition
7. TALKBACK: Bryan Ferry Crocked
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1. WHAT'S UP - What's new on LondonNet

- Open Air Theatre Competition

This week we have a pair of tickets for the 8.00pm performance of Shakespeare's Henry IV Part I at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park on Thursday 5th August 2004.
- Click here for competition details.




- The Gore: Summer special: UKP139 double rooms (save UKP85.25)

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- For the latest information and tickets for a wide range of London's
premier attractions see our regularly updated London Attractions page.
Top Sellers (14-28 July 2004)
1) London Eye
2) Summer Opening of the Houses of Parliament Tour
3) Tower Of London
4) Summer Opening of the State Rooms, Buckingham Palace
5) The London Dungeon


- Homo-urban: A Short History


TWO and a half thousand years ago, some people were adept at making things
out of iron. I learnt the other day that Celts could manipulate iron into
cunning shapes to make sophisticated things like barrels.

It's likely the iron-masters did their work more or less out in the open,
where the passing Celtic throng could admire the skills on show. You can't
do that sort of thing these days. Our technical wizards, computer
programmers say, practise their craft in closed off offices with security
guards manning the gates.

That, I think, partly explains the importance of sport: people can watch
other, very skilful, people at work. But the cult of celebrity masks this to
such an extent that footballers have almost become like soap characters.

All that's the background to why I found so fascinating the Urban Games held
on Clapham Common recently. There are stars in the skateboard, BMX, FMX and
B-Boy world but, at events like this, they do their stuff, exchange a few
words with the crowd and wander off, often to watch a friend in another
event. The crowd contained plenty of their friends too, lending a kind of
modern-village atmosphere to the proceedings, and the crowd was most
interested in seeing the skills of the competitors rather than the show or
the result.

It was all beautiful, exhilarating and inspirational, but I'm still waiting
for someone to start a sport in barrel-making.
(David Clee)




Theatre Pick:
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, London Palladium
Run: Bookings to March 2005
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang we love you - and somebody up there must love us too, because now that magical car is heading for the stage - sailing through seas, flying through the air and now coming to the London Palladium. Truly scrumptious, grandpa Potts, the dastardly baron and the evil child catcher are out in full force for this extravaganza of wacky inventions. The Sherman brothers' songs made the film famous - now this high flying musical looks set for new heights...

- Theatre Tickets
Top Sellers (14-28 July 2004)

1) Phantom of the Opera
2) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
3) The Mousetrap
4) Anything Goes
5) Saturday Night Fever

- 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.



- Gig Highlights:

Amy Winehouse, Brixton Academy, London
Fri, 19th Nov 2004, UKP17.50 + fees
One of the hottest new artists in Britain today, at only 19 years old with a timeless, emoting voice Amy is a vocal prodigy and already a great jazz-soul singer. Nominated for two Brit Awards for Best British Female Solo Artist and Best British Urban Act, she already has a sizable fan base won over by her sultry tones, which have been caressing the air waves for months. Her debut album Frank has had the critics falling over themselves to praise her as a new British vocal great.

The Wonderstuff, The Astoria, London
Tue, 12th October 2004, UKP15.00 + fees
With poppy guitar riffs and upbeat anthems, the Wonderstuff fused the unlikely Stourbridge sound with catchy British indie rock. Not as driving and electronically based as those other Stourbridge stalwarts, the mightily missed Pop Will Eat Itself, though more energetic and enthusiastic than stereotypical shoe-gazing indie Brits, the Wonderstuff sclupted out a sound all of their own. Now, Miles Hunt and his happy crew give you the chance to relive your sixth form years with classics 'A Wish Away', 'Give Give Give Me More More More', 'Don't Let Me Down Gently', 'Welcome to the Cheap Seats', and student stomping favourite 'Size of a Cow'.

Our Picks:

Lou Reed, Carling Apollo Hammersmith, London
Tue, 17th August 2004, 7.00 PM, UKP30.00 + fees
The legendary NY art rocker formerly of Velvet Underground returns to London. With a solo repertoire including Walk On The Wild Side, Perfect Day, Satellite of Love and Sweet Jane this is set to be an aural treat. The tour follows the release of a new live album, Animal Serenade.

P.J.Harvey, Hammersmith Apollo
Wed, 15th September 2004, UKP25.00 + fees

The Delays, London Shepherd's Bush Empire
Tue, 21st September 2004, UKP12.00 + fees


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

Top Sellers (14-28 July 2004)
1. Lou Reed, Hammersmith Apollo
2. Elbow, London, Shepherd's Bush Empire
3. Slipknot/Slayer, Hammersmith Apollo
4. PJ Harvey, Hammersmith Apollo
5. Beverley Knight, Somerset House





Prom 3, Royal Albert Hall, London
Sunday 18th July 2004: Dvorak’s Dimitrij

Dvorak’s Dimitrij saw its Proms debut during this season. More renowned for his impassioned symphonies, much of Dvorak’s operatic work has rarely been heard on the British stage. This years “Back to Bohemia” theme has ensured that his lesser known material has received a welcome dusting off for fans of the two month long music festival.

Set in Moscow during turbulent political times Dimitrij, Commander of the Polish army sneaks his way onto the Russian throne with the help of his predecessor’s wife. Amidst the deceit, pretence and suspicion tragedy invariably raises its ugly head with fatal consequences. The BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Slovak Philharmonic Choir performed this intensely dark work, with Australian tenor Stuart Skelton bringing the challenging role of Dimitrij to life.


Classical and Dance Tickets

- Andrea Bocelli, Wembley Arena, 7th Nov 2004
Andrea Bocelli's concerts are always the classical music events of any year. Seven UK hit albums (three certified platinum) in five years have confirmed Andrea Bocelli as not just the British public's favourite classical artist, but simply one of the British public's best loved vocalists. This concert is a rare opportunity for British music lovers to experience Bocelli's voice, in a programme that will feature the greatest Italian arias.

- Classic FM Live, Music from The Movies, Kenwood House
Sat, 21st August , UKP17.00 + fees
Classic FM has selected a stunning programme celebrating great movie themes. Presented by Classic FM DJ Simon Bates, highlights will include themes from classics such as Star Wars and Goldfinger and the latest blockbusters including Titanic, Lord of the Rings and Gladiator.

Plus more open air music at Kenwood House, Hampstead:
Bryan Ferry, Club Classical - The Ultimate Chillout Live, Gypsy Kings, Jamie Cullum, Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Kenwood Summer Prom, Last Night of the Kenwood Proms, Music to Watch Girls By, Opera Gala. More info/check availability:


Top Sellers (14- 28 July 2004)
1. Kenwood Summer Prom, Kenwood House
2. Opera Gala, Kenwood House
3. Andrea Bocelli, London, Wembley Arena
4. Don Giovanni, ENO, The Coliseum
5. Classic FM Live – Music from The Movies, Kenwood House
- Tickets:



- Film Of The Week
Garfield: The Movie (U)

Kids (2004) 80mins US
Director: Peter Hewitt
Starring: Breckin Meyer, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Stephen Tobolowsky
Garfield enjoys a quiet and contented life with his owner Jon, until sexy veterinarian Dr Liz dares to give his master a dog called Odie as a pet. Suddenly forced to share his habitat with a canine, Garfield schemes to rid himself of the dim-witted mutt and soon has Odie locked up in the local dog pound. However, when TV celebrity Happy Chapman pretends to be Odie's owner then uses electric shock therapy as a training tool, Garfield scampers lazily to his former nemesis's rescue.

- Other New Films This Week
13 Going On 30 (12A)
16 Years Of Alcohol (18)
Anything Else (15)
Gozu (18)
King Arthur (12A)
Last Life In The Universe (15)
New York Minute (PG)
Ping-Pong (12A)
The Stepford Wives (12A)
I Vitelloni (PG)

Special Previews (Limited screenings - check carefully)
I, Robot (12A)
Infernal Affairs II (15)

Julia Stiles Interview
The Hollywood actress talks about London, life, love and her latest film role in The Prince and Me.

- 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...



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- London Clubs Chart: Most Popular Venues
Based on Page Visits on LondonNet (14-28 July 2004)
1) Fabric
2) The End
3) Neighbourhood
4) Vibe Bar
5) Metro Club

- Club Venues and Listings




Melia White House **** (Regents Park)
- Special Offer: Double rooms from 99 UKP

High levels of facilities, including a health and fitness centre, and service coupled with a fine restaurant and handy central location make for an excellent choice of London hotel.

Set next to Regent's Park (the one that contains London Zoo), the White House is within walking distance of Oxford Street and the British Museum. Via the nearby Great Portland Street underground station, the rest of London's attractions are within easy reach.

Rooms feature a long list of facilities including satellite TV, radio, voice-mail, hair-dryer, tea/coffee making equipment, mini-bar and trouser press. No smoking rooms are available on a special floor and the outstanding Royal Service Floor at the top of the hotel provides penthouse accommodation plus a host of executive add-ons.

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)
- Summer special: UKP139 double rooms (save UKP85.25)

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 (14-28 July 2004)
1) Columbia
2) Melia White House
3) La Reserve


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5. NEWS: Latest news from London

Young Teens Banned from the West End
- Night time curfew to hit under 16s, say police
British Troops get 'Stay-Awake' Pills

- Afghan and Iraq wars fed by Provigil



- Open Air Theatre Competition
This week we have a pair of tickets for the 8.00pm performance of Shakespeare's Henry IV Part I at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park on Thursday 5th August 2004.
- Scroll down for competition details.


- Henry IV Part I Info:

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Alan Strachan , Designed by Kit Surrey
Young Prince Hal is leading a dissolute life, hanging around bars with his notorious friend Falstaff and other disreputable characters. Meanwhile King Henry IV, who has usurped the throne, is facing growing opposition, which becomes open rebellion led by the courageous young Hotspur. Prince Hal casts off his wanton ways and joins his father’s side as the King meets the rebellion in a dramatic battle.

Question: Who direct's this production of Henry IV Part I?

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do to enter is send an email with the correct
answer and subject header "Open Air Theatre 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 answers out of the Editor's hat win the prizes,
details will be sent to the winner. The Editor's decision is final.
Closing Date: 2 August 2004


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Issue 159, 15 July 2004
Kevin Spacey's Cloaca Competition

Question: Where is Kevin Spacey's Cloaca playing?
Answer: Old Vic Theatre
Winners: Petra Jordan (London, N10)


7. AHOY! TALKBACK: Readers say their piece

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Dear LondonNet,

I was very upset with the Brian Ferry non-event/would have been better if it was cancelled rather than make us all wait then just before he started announcing he's got laringitis....he coudn't sing, he couldn't speak, it was short & bad! Didn't you hear our calling we want our money back? We paid £27 each!!!!!
Yours sincerely,


REPLY: Bit confused by this Bilha. No one from the office actually went to this one but I heard a review on the radio singing Ferry's praises after the show. Any other readers like to share their views?. (Ed).



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