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Attraction Sellers - (14 October - 26 October)
1) London Eye
2) Madame Tussaud's/Planetarium
3) Tower of London
of Small Spaces
by Megan M. Retka
I take the train.
myself out of bed only by a quick promise that tonight (tonight!)
I will go to bed early, I shuffle with approximately five thousand other
individuals on the way to their respective places of work, shoving my
handbag inside tube doors and miming complete concentration on the morning's
copy of the Metro as freshly-shaven men try to stare down my shirt. Thankfully,
I break away from armpits and sweaty backs at Waterloo and board a pleasant
half-hour above ground train to Raynes Park.
passes through much of Southwest London, shooting on rusted tracks above
Clapham's rows of Victorian purpose built flats, giving an abrupt end
to back gardens and balcony length. The train moans and shifts, grinding
against tracks that have held it for too many years.
part of this journey is a forty second slice of railway between Clapham
Junction and Earlsfield: a deeply set cemetery, with a soft roll in the
land where the tombstones lean back, and lined by long tufts of thin Poplar,
vertical lines to the slanted graves. In that space there is merely green
and gray, popping back and forth between tree, grave and grass as the
train passes, like a flip-book. There, it is strangely peaceful: a knoll
in the midst of boxy bricked houses and soot-soaked chimneys.
know why I like this part of the journey -- I realise it's morbid -- but
something always makes me look up from my Metro and stare for forty seconds
as we chug by. I wonder who these people are, their individual lives,
how death is terribly universal -- and then before I have any more thoughts,
the cemetery has passed.
THEATRE PICKS >>
in White, Palace Theatre
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
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...
for full review
The Producers - now previewing, new tickets released due to popular
Click here for tickets
Whose Life Is it Anyway? - starring Kim Catrall, opens 8th Jan
here for tickets
THEATRE TICKETS >>
Theatre Sellers - (14 October - 26 October)
1) Phantom of the Opera
2) Woman in White
3) Les Miserables
4) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
5) Lion King
THEATRE TICKETS >>
Theatre A - Z Guide
ROCK & POP >>
Royal Albert Hall
31 May 2005 7.30 PM
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 ...
Kanye West and Talib Kweli
Brixton Carling Academy
22 November 2004 7.00 PM
KAYNE 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 ...
(Gypsy Swing Jazz Master Class)
All at Le Quecumbar - 42-44 High Street, Battersea, SW11
Learn of what, exactly, Gypsy Swing Jazz consists at another of Le Quecumbar's
renowned shows. Click
to buy tickets...
Brixton Carling Academy 7:00pm - 21
Appolo Hammersmith 7:00pm - 22
the butt-rock era, and then throw those musicians into a new, upcoming
band, and wage it against drugs, and what do you get? A must see.
Rock & Pop Sellers
(14 October - 26 October)
1. Doves, London
2. REM, London
3. The Delays, Empire
4. Amy Winehouse, London
5. Mark Knopfler, Royal Albert Hall
OPERA, CLASSICAL & DANCE
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! Click
Bourne's Swan Lake
20 Nov 2004 - 16 January 2005
Lez Brotherston designs this award-winning ballet, courtesy of the creative
mind of Michael Bourne. Beginning in 1995, Swan Lake is the longest-running
ballet in the West End, and is sure to please crowds this Christmas.
here for tickets ...
Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House
2nd Dec 2004 - 14th Jan 2005
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.
7th Nov 2004
Classical Sellers - (14 October - 26 October)
1. Nutcracker, The Coliseum
2. Andrea Bocelli, Wembley Arena Nutcracker, The Coliseum
3. Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, Saddler's Wells
4. Cinderella, Royal Opera House
5. Don Giovanni ENO, The Coliseum
FILM OF THE WEEK >>
Comedy (2004) 92mins US
Director: Brian Dannelly
Starring: Jena Malone, Mandy Moore, Macaulay Culkin
Mary (Jena Malone) and Hilary Faye (Mandy Moore) are good Christian girls
beginning their senior year at American Eagle Christian High School. Mary
is looking forward to staying at the top of the popularity charts until
her boyfriend, Dean (Chad Faust) admits he is gay, and she is moved by
a vision of Jesus to 'do everything she can to help him,' including losing
her virginity. Mary's fears are intensified when she learns she is pregnant,
and Dean is sent off to be 'degayified.' Help from unlikely sources -
Jewish school outcast Cassandra (Eva Amurri) and wheelchair bound Roland
(Macaulay Culkin) - allows Mary to hide the pregnancy from schoolmates,
just as Hilary Faye excites her spiritual passion, and the small group
questions what it is to be 'Saved.'
Click for full review
Showing at these
NEW FILMS THIS WEEK >>
The Beginning (15)
The Dead (15)
Black Book (12A)
The War On Iraq (PG)
to Z of London Cinemas
A to Z of Films
showing in London this week
History Of America (Abridged) - Criterion Theatre
after a certain election, from November 2nd
here to buy tickets
Bailey (Part Troll) Apollo Theatre
here to buy tickets.
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.
here for info and tickets
From Urbino to Rome
The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square
20 October 2004- 16 January 2005, 10AM - 6PM, open untio 9pm on Wednesday
UKP9; UKP8 Senior Citizens/Concessions; UKP4 Students/Children; UKP18
family tickets (2 adults and up to 4 children, 12-18)
AT 15, in
the tiny Duchy or Urbino, Raphael's self-portrait spoke of his precociousness--
a self assured style and grasp of complex artistic techniques gave doubt
to the true age at which he painted it. There is no doubt, however, of
his tenacity. Nine years later, Raphael was painting the Pope in Rome,
glorifying the largest of cathedrals and wealthy patrons with a quickly
perfected stroke and a winning talent...
for full review
To purchase tickets for a selection of leading London Club venues try
online service. You'll have the peace of mind of knowing you've got your
tickets and at most venues you'll be able to jump the ticket queue. Venues
- The End
- The Cross
Notting Hill Arts Club
21 Notting Hill Gate W11 3JQ
Tube: Notting Hill Gate
UKP5, free before 8 PM
Click here to check schedule!
Death Disco chops through Indie-Pop, to Electro, to Death Rock, to taking
over rock & roll...
WHILE THE TITLE "Death Disco" seems to lend itself more
towards a strange electro irony than diversity - it's the latter that
defines the night. Club night with Alan McGee (of the Poptones label)
prides itself on being as unpredictable as possible, and The Notting Hill
Arts Club, Notting Hill's finest hodgepodge of a basement dive, punk rock
club, and artsy-wine-bar plays host...
for Full Review
CLUB VENUES >>
Based on Page Visits on LondonNet (23 October)
1) The End
2) The Cross
4) The Metro Club
5) Bar Rumba
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Venues and Listings
LONDON HOTELS >>
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3) Willett Hotel
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NINJAS ART COMPETITION>>
tickets to the long-awaited Raphael exhibit, at the National Gallery.
Raphael is considered one of the greatest painters ever, having strikingly
evolved between the early and latter parts of his career. The National
Gallery exhibit displays 81 of his most poignant works -- some of the
most famous pieces in the world.
Name all four of the classic early-nineties childhood icons and aesthetically
inspired Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. If you own any Turtle memorabilia,
include what and when you got it.
to Enter: Send an email with the correct answer to "[email protected]",
with the subject header "Raphael Competition".
Necessary Info: 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!
Even More Info: First correct answers out of the Editor's hat win
the prizes, details will be sent to the winner. The Editor's decision
Date: 3pm, 31 October 2004. Happy Hallowe'en!
week's winner: Michael J. Gresk, all the way from the USA, will be
taking his Trojan Beatles Box Set to ho-downs and town-picnics; David
Merrigan, from Middlesex, who has his dred-wig ready for rocking; and
Annita Marquardt, also from Middlesex, who might be grooving with David,
if he's lucky.
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wrote the paragraph about cycling in London under your Cycling heading
obviously doesn't know much about cycling, or where to safely cycle in
London. You couldn't send a more off-putting message to visitors. There
are cycle lanes, designated cycle paths, parks and many cycle routes that
are easily reached. There are also many government sponsored initiatives
that are on offer. Sustrans, National Cycle Network, The Thames River
Path, The Waterlink Way are just a few and don't include the many council
supported routes which are too many to mention.
We stand, er, cycle corrected. Helmets on, reflective material adhered,
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especially if it means that we can re-attempt the Waterloo bridge with
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