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26 August 2004, Issue 162

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AHOY! Contents:
1. WHAT'S UP: London for Free, Offers, Attractions
2. LONDON DIARY: Carnival at Forty
3. ENTERTAINMENT: Theatre, Music, Clubs, Cinema, Art
4. HOTELS: London and Worldwide hotel deals
5. NEWS: Latest news from London
6. COMPETITION: - Bat Boy The Musical Competition
7. TALKBACK: Prompt Gem
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1. WHAT'S UP - What's new on LondonNet

- Bat Boy The Musical Competition

This week we have a pair of tickets for next Tuesday's performance of Bat Boy The Musical at The Shaftesbury Theatre.
- Click here for competition details.




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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 (13 - 26 August 2004)
1) London Eye
2) Summer Opening of the Houses of Parliament Tour
3) Summer Opening of the State Rooms, Buckingham Palace
4) Royal Day Out: Royal Mews, Queen's Gallery & State Rooms, Buckingham Palace
5) The London Dungeon


- Carnival at Forty


It's my week for birthdays. This venerable site hit eight years on Monday while I quietly turned the wrong side of thirty-six yesterday.

I won't be breaking out the bunting and party poppers just yet though. Instead I'll save my celebrations for the Notting Hill Carnival which enjoys its 40th birthday this weekend (note for self: avoid all mentions of 40th birthdays for the next four years).

Europe's biggest street party can be traced back to the Abolition of Slavery Act in 1833 when the first Caribbean carnival was held in Trinidad. Through the 1950s the newly arrived in London Trinidadian community put on commemorative parties in halls before the carnival finally settled in Notting Hill in 1964.

More recently carnival has grown from its Trinidadian roots to become the capital's leading showcase and celebration of Caribbean culture. But it's more than that now. With two million people taking to the streets for two long summer days this has become the London event of the year.

One of my favourite recollections of recent years was spotting the then newly appointed Opposition leader William Hague donning a baseball cap down at Ladbroke Grove. When a knee-jerk anti-immigration Tory moves to the carnival beat, you know that you've got a winning ticket. (Peter D. Clee)

Carnival Tips:
Sancho Panza (Middle Row, Sunday and Monday), Norman Jay's Good Times Bus (Southern Row, Monday).

Carnival Feature with more history, info and tips:


David Clee returns next issue




- Theatre Picks:
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 on the London stage - sailing through seas, flying through the air at 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 sets out for new heights.

- Theatre Tickets
Top Sellers (13 - 26 August 2004)

1) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
2) We Will Rock You
3) Les Miserables
4) Phantom of the Opera
5) Chicago

- 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

- Gig Highlights:

Placebo, Brixton Academy, London

Fri, 5th November, 7:30pm, UKP20.00 + fees
Ghost-licking Placebo will turn their tour London-way, striking-up Wembley Arena with their Sleeping With Ghosts tour. The so-called ‘mellower’ album from the glam-rock icons is subject to a lot of second listens, with many critics revamping their ideas of Brian Molko’s signature drone. Most notably are the presence of guitar rifs that don’t end in a pan of electric shock and Molko’s wine, but be consoled, oh Placebo fans: this year’s performances at Leeds and Reading had a lot of glammers steady rocking.

The Damned, The Astoria, London
Sun, 12th December 2004, UKP25.00 + fees
Still going strong, Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible return with a Damned line-up that also includes Patricia Morrison, Monty Oxymoron and Pinch.

Our Picks:
Amy Winehouse, Brixton Academy, London

Fri, 19th Nov 2004, UKP17.50 + fees
Bright new jazz virtuoso Amy Winehouse will take Brixton’s Carling Academy in November with her prophetic voice and the classically reared Frank, her first release, which came out in 2003. Having collected her style through years of listening to Dinah Washington and Erykah Badu, Winehouse twists a warm sandpaper croon with slightly erotic and definitely intriguing lyrics, melting everything together as ‘jazz’, but sweeping the edges of soul, R & B and a rueful sort of folk. Arguably the British answer to Norah Jones, Winehouse’s first release has received bundles of London hype and piles of fans, likely foretelling the success of her next album, yet undetermined.

P.J.Harvey, Hammersmith Apollo

Wed, 15th September 2004, UKP25.00 + fees


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

Top Sellers (13 - 26 August 2004)
1. PJ Harvey, Hammersmith Apollo
2. Razorlight, Brixton Academy
3. Diana Krall, Royal Albert Hall
4. Papa Roach, The Astoria
5. Amy Winehouse, Brixton Academy



Opera, Classical and Dance Tickets

- Cinderella, Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House
2nd Dec 2004 - 14th Jan 2005
If you're planning a Christmas treat you could do far worse than witness the return of Cinderella, in this lavish new production from last Season. A downtrodden young girl, a glass slipper and a handsome prince combine to make the perfect piece of story-telling, and with a fairy godmother around, anything can happen: pumpkins become coaches, rags turn to ball gowns and there's bound to be a happy ending. Ashton's first full-length ballet, given its premiere in 1948 to great acclaim, draws together a wealth of 39 beautifully drawn characters, portrayed against the wonderfully evocative themes and colours of Prokofiev's great score.

- 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.


Top Sellers (13 - 26 August 2004)
1. Andrea Bocelli, London, Wembley Arena
2. The Nutcracker, ENB, The Coliseum
3. Cinderella, Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House
4. Classic FM Live – Music from The [email protected] House
5. Last Night of the Kenwood Proms, Kenwood House
- Tickets:



- Film Of The Week
The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios De Motocicleta) (15)

Drama (2004) 126mins (with subtitles) Arg/Per/US
Director: Walter Salles
Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Rodrigo De La Serna, Mia Maestro
Retracing the steps of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and Alberto Granado, The Motorcycle Diaries follows the road trip the two young men took through South America in the early 1950's. Director Salles leaves Che Guevara's later life as a political revolutionary well alone here, choosing instead to focus on his spirit as a young man rather than the icon he became. The result - a touching story captured with startling cinematography that manages to humanize the legend.
Full review:

- Other New Films This Week
The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios De Motocicleta) (15)
The Chronicles Of Riddick (15)
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (12A)
Fear And Trembling (Stupeur Et Tremblements) (12A)
Raising Helen (PG)
Soul Plane (18)

Special Previews (Limited screenings - check carefully)
The Terminal (12A)

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



- Al Murray - Hammersmith Apollo
20th Sep 2004, UKP15.00-25.00 + fees
Fresh out of ITV1’s prime-time reality TV show, Hell’s Kitchen, award-winning comedian Al Murray returns to London for a one-off night at the Carling Apollo, Hammersmith, with Giving It Both Barrels, his most successful show to date. Giving It Both Barrels follows Al's acclaimed sell-out first national tour, Who Dares Wines? The tour builds on the success of this and other previous live shows, My Gaff, My Rules and …And A Glass Of White Wine For The Lady! which picked up a prestigious double Olivier Award nomination and a Perrier Award.

- The Comedy Store, London
London's most popular comedy club has been splitting sides for twenty two years now. The likes of Paul Merton, Jack Dee and Jo Brand have all taken to the stage here. For info and tickets see:



- William Hodges 1744 – 1797: The Art of Exploration
Wander through the tiny corridors and back buildings of the National Maritime Museum, and you’ll likely stumble into the William Hodges exhibit – according to Sir David Attenborough, the most “unjustly neglected British painter of the 18th century” – with his floral and fauna depictions of South Pacific paradise still somewhat neglected in the museum’s tedious, winding second floor display.
Monday – Friday: 6 July – 21 November 2004
Queen’s House, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

Royal Academy of Arts: Ancient art to post-impressionism, Fifa 100 Exhibition, Summer Exhibition, Tamara de Lempika, William Nicholson


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- London Clubs Chart: Most Popular Venues
Based on Page Visits on LondonNet (13 - 26 August 2004)
1) Fabric
2) The End
3) Bar Rumba
4) The Cross
5) Herbal

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2) Hazlitts
3) Coltsfoot


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5. NEWS: Latest news from London

Carnival Away Day for OAPs
- Council sends Notting Hill pensioners to Bognor to escape bank holiday revelries
Mayor Hails Environmental Gains
- But more needs to be done to guarantee Londoners clean air says Ken



- Bat Boy The Musical Competition
This week we have a pair of tickets for next Tuesday's (31 Aug 2004) performance of Bat Boy The Musical at The Shaftesbury Theatre.
Please note as we have to send the tickets out tomorrow the deadline for entries is midday tomorrow (27 Aug 2004).
- Scroll down for competition details.


- Bat Boy The Musical Info:
Thu, 26th August 2004 to Sat, 30th October 2004
The latest cult off-Broadway hit makes it's way across the Atlantic to the West End, following a brief stint at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Melding the macabre and the kitsch in the way that all good musicals should, Bat Boy tells the story of a half boy/half bat discovered in the caves of West Virginia. Captured, caged, mockingly branded Bat Boy and threatened with execution by the vet Dr Parker, things aren’t exactly looking great for our echo-locating laddie until he finds unlikely salvation with Meredith Parker, the Vet’s wife. Re-christened Edgar, Bat Boy blossoms under Meredith’s tutelage and becomes the paragon of a modern gentleman – courteous, educated, sensitive and irresistible to the opposite sex. If anything, the fact that he is part rodent and has vestigial wings is even more of a turn-on for the ladies. This is musical-land, however, and just when things are going great, the local cattle start dying in mysterious circumstances and the chap with the furry ears becomes everyone's prime suspect.
More info and Tickets:

Question: From which northern theatre has Bat Boy just transferred (Tip: see above)?

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do to enter is send an email with the correct
answer and subject header "Bat Boy 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: 17 August 2004


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Issue 161, 13 August 2004
Russian Landscape Competition
Question: Name the Dutch museum that has collaborated with this National Gallery exhibition.?
Answer: The Groninger Museum
Winner: Emma Taylor (London)


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