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14 October 2004, Issue 165
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London for Free, Offers, Attractions
London Diary: Sound of the City
Theatre, Music, Clubs, Cinema, Art, Restaurants and everything to know about going out in London
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News: Latest news from London
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Talkback: Cat's New Aussie Life?

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On sale Friday 1 October
Somerset House Ice Rink - London
London's most beautiful outdoor ice rink returns for a fifth year. Whether you're an able skater or an absolute beginner, Somerset House Ice Rink is London's essential winter experience right in the heart of central London. Click here to buy tickets.

Top Attraction Sellers - (5 October - 13 October)
1) London Eye
2) The London Dungeon
3) Madame Tussaud's/Planetarium
4) The Original London tour
5) Tower of London

Sound of the City
by David Clee

CITIES have emblematic sounds. For Paris it’s the sprightly opening bar of an accordian tune, for New York a chord struck miraculously by the horns of multiple insistent cab drivers and for London it’s…well what is it?

Not so long ago, I would have said the full-throated call of the
street-corner newspaper hawker. Reeeeedallabahit! E-in-stannit! But you don’t hear them very often these days. Some might mention the hourly chimes sounded by Big Ben, but plenty of cities have bells. I like the grumble beneath your feet that means you’re above a Tube track, but sub-surface railways are not unique to London.

The best I can do is the distinctive diesel-engined chugger-chug of London taxis and buses. It’s true such engines are to be found all over the known world, but my in-built decibel-meter tells me London cabs are the loudest, most chuggiest of the lot. Something to be proud of to be sure, not that I would advise Seb Coe and his Olympic team to use this in London’s bid for the 2012 games.

Meanwhile, some of the weather gurus are saying we are in for the worst winter for decades. Not quite chilly enough for an iced-over Thames, unfortunately, but cold enough to leave the important noise-for-London debate on the back burner for a while as the city reverberates to the sound of millions of people going, “Brrrrr”.



Woman in White, Palace Theatre

The West End's New Diva - It is no doubt that the Woman in White has been moulded and gently groomed to be this year's Queen of the Musicals, and she is seizing her title like the ostentatious beauty contestant she really is.

IT IS SAID TO BE the 'saviour' to West End musicals: Andrew Lloyd Webber's haunting score, a cast full of stage greats and a chilling, winding tale propped up by arguably the most innovative set design the West End has ever seen; the highly calculated production withholds the proud, pedantic title like its now wavering formers.
(Megan M. Retka)

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Top Theatre Sellers - (5 October - 13 October)
1) Phantom of the Opera
2) Les Miserables
3) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
4) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
5) The Producers


London Theatre A - Z Guide
London Theatre Reviews


New Gig Highlights:

Mark Knopfler
Royal Albert Hall
31 May 2005 7.30 PM

While he is probably best known for his work with Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler has built a two-decade solo career by scoring movie soundtracks. Most notably among these are his first solo effort, Lost Heroes, as well as his takes on the Princess Bride and Wag the Dog. Nevertheless, he's managed to find time to release 4 proper solo works (the first of which wasn't until 1996, after the proper break up of Dire Straits), the most recent of which is Shangri-La. Expect Knopfler to draw from all eras of his career (no doubt including a couple cuts from the Dire Straits' mid-80s blockbuster, Brothers in Arms) for this one-night stand in a special venue. Click to buy tickets ...

Our Picks:

Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Carling Brixton Academy
15 November, 7.00 PM, UKP20

Love them or hate them, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are hard to ignore. Flamboyant songstress Karen O. prevents them from being just another fashionable New York garage punk band. Her vocals are a banshee wail that combines a Johnny Rotten-like sneer with schoolgirl squeals. The trio is still running strong with the strength of their chaotic breakthrough full length, Fever to Tell. UK audiences can expect an indomitable thrashing bundle of energy that will not be toned down for audiences across the pond. Click to buy tickets ...

Kanye West and Talib Kweli
Brixton Carling Academy
22 November 2004 7.00 PM

Kanye West came out of nowhere to put Chicago hip-hop back on the map. Finding a good balance between the contrasting styles of two other Chicagoans, the base thug rap of Twista and the R&B infused cerebral ramblings of Common, his debut full length, College Dropout, was able to enter the Billboard charts at #1 in the US. MTV's heavy rotation of the infectious and unusual first single, "Through the Wire" (recorded while his mouth was wired shut after an accident) helped the cause. Having made a name for himself as a some-time producer for the likes of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys didn't hurt his commercial or critical success, either. By the way, West wrote and produced the whole of College Dropout himself. Brooklyn's Talib Kweli started a late 90's indie hip-hop revolution with his introspective hip-hop rife with everything from politics to literary allusions to street life. He now finds himself on a grander stage opening for his former protége. Click to buy tickets ...

Gig Tickets:

Top Rock & Pop Sellers
(5 October - 13 October)
1. Diana Krall, Royal Albert Hall
2. The Delays, Empire
3. Kayne West, Carling Academy
4. Zero 7, Carling Apollo
5. Mark Knopfler, Royal Albert Hall


ENB at The Coliseum
21st Dec - 8th January

National Ballet's extraordinary production of The Nutcracker is a feast for the senses. Vibrant, eccentric and magical; designer Gerald Scarfe and choreographer Christopher Hampson have conjured up a colourful and bold Nutcracker, now in its third year.

Get tickets fast, because it is selling quickly!
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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

Top Classical Sellers - (5 October - 13 October)
1. Andrea Bocelli, Wembley Arena
2. Nutcracker, The Coliseum
3. Così fan tutte, Royal Opera, Royal Opera House
4. Ney - Flames of Passion, Peacock Theatre
5. Faust, Royal Opera House


Shark Tale (U)
Family (2004) 90mins US
Director: Bibo Bergeron, Vicky Jenson, Rob Letterman
Starring: Will Smith, Robert De Niro, Renee Zellweger, Jack Black
The entire underwater kingdom is rocked by news that the son of the shark mob boss has been murdered. Seemingly harmless fish Oscar is found at the scene, and the young whippersnapper takes advantage of the situation by claiming credit for the killing. Newly crowned the "Shark Slayer", Oscar soon finds himself completely out of his depth in the sea underworld, and the more he tries to escape a life of crime, the deeper he sinks.
Showing at these cinemas...


The Big Kahuna (15)
Billabong Odyssey (PG)
Boo, Zino And The Snurks (U)
Chinese Odyssey 2002 (NC)
Fat Slags (15)
Inside I'm Dancing (15)
Oldboy (18)
White Chicks (12A)


Alien Vs Predator (15)


A to Z of London Cinemas
A to Z of Films showing in London this week

Harry Hill tour – Nationwide
The self-styled floppy-collared-clown-prince-of-daft is back with another full show of fun, mayhem and swingball. Expect fresh insights into the horse, Nan and what to do with your key when you go swimming. Featuring: Stouffer the Channel 4 Cat, Gary (Harry’s son from his first marriage), Harry Hill senior and TV show band The Harrys with star of Radio2 ’s Jammin’ Steve Brown. Click here to buy tickets

Bill Bailey (Part Troll) – Apollo Theatre
Click here to buy tickets.

The Comedy Store
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.
Click here for info and tickets


Boucher: Seductive Visions
Wallace Collection, Great Gallery
30 Sep 2004- 17 Apr 2005, 10PM-6AM
UKP10 Season Ticket (permits 3 visits); UKP6 Adult; UKP4 Senior Citizens/NACF Members; Free for Students/Children under 18/Registered Disabled/Job Seekers

Everything in its right place - Boucher's work finds the perfect venue to seduce viewers

Even from his humble beginnings as the son of a hack painter in working class Paris, Francois Boucher seemed to sense he was destined for greatness. By the time of his death, he was one of the most beloved, wealthiest, and influential artists in France. Three centuries on from his birth, there seem to be fewer more appropriate places to exhibit his work than in the beautifully ornate Great Gallery of the Wallace Collection. Even information about Boucher's life and works appears mostly on banners with fancy script rather than simple dull placards.
Far from just setting the scene well, however, "Seductive Visions" is able to do more than merely seduce the visual senses ...
(Steve Marshall)

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To purchase tickets for a selection of leading London Club venues try our
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tickets and at most venues you'll be able to jump the ticket queue. Venues featured include:
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- The End
- Borderline
- The Cross


Macadam Building, Kings College Surrey Street WC2R 2NS
Tube: Temple (Charing Cross when Temple is closed)
Saturdays 10:30PM- 3 AM
UKP7, UKP5 w/ flyer, UKP4 before 11PM
DJs: Herb (Supermarket), Little Chris (Bedrock), and Mac (Popscene)

Beautiful views, friendly people, cheap beer and good music make Collide-A-Scope a Saturday night diamond in the rough - It's easy to be skeptical of a club night held at a college building: usually cast as solidly minor league, they are occupied by those who either don't have enough money or aren't cool enough for something "better". For the Collide-A-Scope, however, that initial perception can be thrown away as early as the queue outside. People are a bit friendlier, and they stick around -- former Kings College students are still regulars and eager to strike up conversation.
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Based on Page Visits on LondonNet (5 October)
1) The End
2) The Cross
3) Fabric
4) The Metro Club
5) Ministry of Sound
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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.

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Top Sellers (5 October - 15 October)
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2) London Guards
3) Swissotel the Howard

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Foreign Languages Boost Brain Power
- Polyglot London gets grey matter thumbs up
Big Freeze On the Way
Weather experts predict long, cold, winter
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I have heard so much about the musical Cats and I would like to see it live. I own the DVD and my cats are named after them. When are you going to come back to Australia to do another show? In Sydney my mother and my father enjoy your theatre creations and especially Cats. I would love it if you could organise a grand finale in Sydney and I am sure you would make a lot of money out of it and HEAPS of people would come and see it if the enjoyed the DVD as much as I did.



While we do also like Cats - in many senses of the word - we don't, in fact, have the power to change the theatrical world. We wish we could pile the Cats cast into a jet (along with us, of course) and fly south to Sydney, but unfortunately we don't have enough cat food and the cats, themselves, are scattered around other various West End Theatre productions. If you'd like to send some catnip, perhaps we can work something out.



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