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28 October 2004, Issue 166
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London for Free, Offers, Attractions
London Diary: A Study of Small Spaces

Theatre, Music, Clubs, Cinema, Art, Restaurants and everything to know about going out in London
London Hotels:
London and Worldwide hotel deals
News: Latest news from London
Competition: Do you know Raphael's ninja side?
Talkback: Ok, we're warming to cycles.

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Know your ninjas, and win two tickets to the long-awaited Raphael exhibition, at the National Gallery.


The Gore - Winter Special
(1st Sept - 31st Dec)
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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.

London Ice Skating
Spin away from bleary English winters on any of the assorted ice rinks around London.

Somerset House Ice Rink - Info and tickets
Greenwich Ice Rink - Info and tickets
Hampton Court Ice Rink - Info and tickets
Kew Gardens Ice Rink - Info and tickets

Top Attraction Sellers - (14 October - 26 October)
1) London Eye
2) Madame Tussaud's/Planetarium
3) Tower of London

A Study of Small Spaces
by Megan M. Retka

Every morning I take the train.

After dragging 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.

The train 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.

My favourite 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.

I don't 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.



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...
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The Producers - now previewing, new tickets released due to popular demand!
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Whose Life Is it Anyway? - starring Kim Catrall, opens 8th Jan 2005
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Top 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


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:

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 ...

Lollo Meier
(Gypsy Swing Jazz Master Class)
All at Le Quecumbar - 42-44 High Street, Battersea, SW11
11 December

Learn of what, exactly, Gypsy Swing Jazz consists at another of Le Quecumbar's renowned shows. Click to buy tickets...

Velvet Revolver, London
Brixton Carling Academy 7:00pm - 21 January, 2005
Carling Appolo Hammersmith 7:00pm - 22 January 2005,
23 January 2005

Conclude 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.

Gig Tickets:

Top 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


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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Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake
Saddler's Wells
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.
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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 - (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


Saved! (12A)
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.'
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Showing at these cinemas ...


The Corporation (PG)
Exorcist: The Beginning (15)
Finding Neverland (PG)
House Of The Dead (15)
Little Black Book (12A)
Triple Agent (U)
Uncovered: The War On Iraq (PG)


The Grudge (15)
Bad Santa (15)


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

Complete History Of America (Abridged) - Criterion Theatre
Just after a certain election, from November 2nd
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Bill Bailey (Part Troll) – Apollo Theatre
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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.
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Raphael: 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...
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To purchase tickets for a selection of leading London Club venues try our
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 featured include:
- Fabric
- The End
- Borderline
- The Cross


Death Disco
6pm-1am, Wednesdays
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...
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Based on Page Visits on LondonNet (23 October)
1) The End
2) The Cross
3) Fabric
4) The Metro Club
5) Bar Rumba
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Club Tickets


Exclusive Deal: Melia White House **** (Regents Park)
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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.

Three of the Best:

The Ritz***** (Piccadilly)
Style, sophistication and old-fashioned levels of genuine service
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better exclusive rates for 2004, with half price deals on selected suites.

The Gore**** (Knightsbridge)
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Double - 149 UKP Inclusive of vat

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

Top Sellers (14 October - 28 October)
1) Columbia Hotel
2) Commodore Hotel
3) Willett Hotel

Best Value Accommodation for 2004:
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Yard's Top Cop Named - Ian Blair to replace John Stevens as Met Police Commissioner
London Gets The Bullet - 140mph Hitachi trains promised for Stratford and Kent services
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Win two 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.

Question: 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.

How to Enter: Send an email with the correct answer to "[email protected]", with the subject header "Raphael Competition".

More 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 is final.

Closing Date: 3pm, 31 October 2004. Happy Hallowe'en!

Last 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.

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.

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Whoever 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, and we have updated the cycling paragraph of which you speak. We are open to new ideas and suggestions, especially if it means that we can re-attempt the Waterloo bridge with a unicycle. Maybe in a few years?



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