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REGULAR readers of AHOY! will know that we here at LondonNet
have a soft spot for the wonderful London Zoo down at Regent's
Park. Our furry friends have provided many family tickets for
readers in past AHOY! competitions.
To celebrate Valentine's Day
(on the 14 Februaury lest you forget), they have come with one
of our finest prizes so far. The lucky winner of this week's
competition will get to adopt a pair of gorgeous little Love
Birds down at the zoo. Could there be a more romantic present
for the special person in your life? We think not. Click
here for competition details.
NEW LOOK LondonNet
FOLLOWING on from our revamp of this newsletter we have embarked
upon a major refurbishment program of the LondonNet website.
We will be rolling out the new look one section at a time. First
off the starting block are our Theatre
and Cinema guides. Again
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LONDON DIARY by LondonNet's Editor David Clee:
No past, no future, no joke
The world today: Politics is
all about identity. Identity is all about image. Image is all
about clothes. Clothes are all about sex.
That was my first attempt to
make sense of the apparently bland artistic agenda of Tracey
Emin, currently the major public figure of the Brit-Art movement.
Here comes my second go. Emin
gave us the tent with the names of all her lovers stitched onto
it, the unmade bed complete with bodily fluid stains and used
condoms, and this week she has come up with a box full of her
own underwear, so maybe her plan is to forefront the melancholia-inducing
physical shells that remain after the love, lust and daily help
I could be right with either
guess, but the chances are equally as great that I am hopelessly
wrong, trapped in a view of the world that requires intellectual
depth from its art. I'm not the only one troubled for a response.
Emin's fellow Sensationalist artist Gavin Turk said the other
day that he had "no facility to judge good or bad art."
What response brokers at Tullet
and Tokyo Liberty were expecting when they told a Jewish colleague
to dress up as Hitler is easy to guess - they thought poor Laurent
Weinberger should take it as a joke and compared the stunt to
forcing a Welshman to don the garb of a sheep.
I'm afraid that Emin's art
and the oh-so-funny City boys have a lot in common. The central
approach of both is that ideas of the past and ideas of value
are to be dumped on a skip marked culture in favour of some immediate
emotional reaction, whatever that might be. Treat history like
that and history will wreak its revenge, ascribing both Emin,
and the little-England beloved of broker-jokers, only the tiniest
of footnotes on its pages.
London Diary Archive
HOTEL NEWS by Peter D. Clee
Valentine's at the Ritz
We have just got our new prices
in for The Ritz hotel, London. We could hardly claim that the
room rates are a snip, but thanks to our seriously generous discount
rates they are now within many more readers' reach. If you have
the cash, there could be few nicer places to celebrate Valentine's
The Ritz, Piccadilly
This week's hit-parade of the
most popular hotels featured in our secure-booking site:
LondonNet's Top Five
1 (1) The Columbia
2 (-) Hazlitt's
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4 (-) La Reserve
5 (-) Lincoln House
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LONDON MUSIC by Catherine Chambers
Baseball-cap whiney nonsense
or Big-barnet led visceral noise? These days it seems rock is
split into two camps. On the one hand, there's the ubiquitous
Limp Bizkit whose song Rollin' catapulted them straight to number
one in the UK singles chart last week. Undoubtedly the Bizkit
are the leaders of the current nu-metal movement (in terms of
sales at least) where you'll also find Vacaville's Papa Roach
and hot nu-kids on the block Linkin Park. It's not about music
- it's an industry, a product, and it sells.
On the other side of the fence
is another movement, while not making music that is likely to
earn megabucks, is stirring up one hell of a noise. In the space
of under a year Texas noisiks At The Drive In have gone from
playing in the cramped confines of the Monarch to a sell-out
gig at the Astoria this Friday, February 2nd. Undoubtedly frontman
Cedric Bixler and six-stringer Omar Rodriguez possess the most
hair-raising barnets in rock. But, together with band-members
- bassist Paul Hindjos, guitarist Jim Ward, Tony Hajjar they're
spearheading a new scene of feral punk-inspired noise, the kind
of sound that is worthy of the epithets 'gut-wrenching' and 'incendiary',
all the while being text-book free; in short the most exciting
band to hit Planet Rock in ages.
Driven by a fearsome intensity
that has given them a reputation as one of the greatest live
bands around today, ATD-I play with a passion. The words radio
and friendly do not apply. It's hardcore, it's uncompromising,
and it's heading your way.
Thur Feb 1, Reef, Kentish
Reef were once leaders
of the movement known as Brit-rock. Their first album, Replenish
was indeed something to jump up and down about, with that sexy
and inanely catchy riff of Replenish. It was and still is their
greatest moment. Now they're content to the way of simple -but
dull- tunes about the weekend, well Saturday if you must be pedantic.
Friday February 2, My Vitriol,
Prior to embarking
on their own headlining tour, London-based rockers My Vitriol
take up the prestigious support slot to At The Drive In. Touted
for greatness ever since their debut and recently re-released
single Always Your Way, the band's eagerly awaited debut album
Fine Lines is out in March.
Sunday, February 4, Neil
Finn, Palace Theatre
Five years ago, Neil
Finn left the homely comforts of Crowded House and decided to
go it alone. His second album, One Nil, due to be released in
April sees the songwriter on top form and, as ever, ready to
give the world some rather sparkling pop gems.
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by Helena 'Spid' Thompson
In the spotlight
In the best tradition of annual
resolutions, thesps are busy giving unbreakable habits a facelift.
But London drama queens aren't too proud to change their ways,
and there are plenty of refreshing looks at old successes on
The Royal National Theatre titillates audiences with some dainty
little classical revamps. A new version of Ajax follows hot on
the heels of Sarah Wood's Antigone as part of their Platform
for Performance series - though if you like your Greek Tragedy
a bit bloodier, Medea at the Queen's Theatre is the only play
sure to satisfy. This modern take on a spurned wife's decision
to kill her children will have you wondering whether Euripedes
Mean time the King's Head at lunchtime is the place to see Shakespeare
in a new light. Hamlet - An Alternative Ending sets the characters
free from the Bard's tragic conclusion and proves you don't need
to have survived the sixteenth century to get a grip on iambic
The bad boys of contemporary theatre are also up for a revaluation,
and score pretty highly. Orton's Entertaining Mr Sloane at the
Arts Theatre proves more to our tastes than it did to the homophobic
audiences of 1964, whilst Marber's surprisingly funny version
of Pinter's The Caretaker has won him the 2001 South Bank Show
Award for Outstanding Achievement In The Arts. Whether you're
moving with the times or living in the past, catch the show before
Up and Coming
Berkoff's Women, The
New Ambassadors, Leicester Square tube
The Le Coq trained artist's female caricatures steal a show for
The Importance of Being
Earnest, The Savoy Theatre, Charing Cross tube
Oscar Wilde's period piece gets just as many laughs a century
London Theatre Menu
London Theatre Tickets
LONDON CLUBS by Catherine Chambers
Fri 2 Feb, Feersum, Crash,
A banging mix of hard and uplifting house from the likes of Steve
Hill, Matt Clarke, Will Lane.
Sat 3 Feb, Decadence, Gossips,
The ultimate in glam and 80s rock thrills. If the very mention
of Kiss, Motley Crue and Skid Row sends shivers down the spine,
then this is the place for you. Boasts some of the most impressive,
not to mention brightly coloured hairdos.
Sat 3 Feb, Garage City,
Bar Rumba, W1 9pm-6am
DJ's Chrissy T and Rude Boy Rupert, Bobby and Steve spin a mix
of soulful US garage and funky house. With guest Ricky Morrison
from M & S Productions.
Sat 3 Feb, Informal, Form,
Greek St 9pm-3am
Soulful Saturday Social says the press info employing a nice
use of alliteration. Unsung heroes and Mastomic provide the entertainment.
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LONDON TIPS - Secrets of the City
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Hello London Tips,
I would love to know where
can I find second hand markets or another kind of cheap markets
of furniture, and other different cool items to decorate a flat.
I rent a flat in Maidenhead
and it really needs a new look. I would be very grateful if you
can help me.
REPLY: Portobello Road is the first market
to spring to mind for odds and ends. Also check out the regular
antique markets in Chelsea and Kensington Town Halls. (Ed).
Hello London Tips,
Many times have I found myself
wandering the streets loooking for the Troy Club in SOHO, does
anyone know the correct adress?
REPLY: No problem , the Troy Club is on Hanway
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Film of the Week:
What Women Want ***
Director Nancy Meyers
Mel Gibson can hear what women, especially Helen hunt, are thinking
in one-trick pony that could've been better. (12)
Stones in his Pockets - Hollywood comes to provincial Ireland
in this hilarious two-hander from Marie Jones
Cats - Lloyd Webber tames Eliot's feline poems
- For details, tickets and reviews see: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre.html
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Billy Bags Eleven Bafta Nominations
- Hit British film faces competition from Hollywood hotshots
Triple Blow for RSC
- Britain's leading classical theatre company suffers funding
Roma: 'We Won't Sell Cafu'
- Chelsea face fight to lure Brazilian star
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To celebrate Valentine's Day (on the 14 Februaury lest you forget),
the lucky winner of this week's competition will get to adopt
a pair of gorgeous little Love Birds down at the zoo.
Could there be a more romantic present for the special person
in your life? We think not.
HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do is send an email
with the subject header "Love Bird Compie" to:
NB Include email, telephone number and postal address
(which will only be used for this compie-guaranteed). If you
don't include your address we can't send you the prize!
RULES and INFO: First out of the Editor's hat win
a prize, details will be sent to the winners. The Editor's decision
is final. Closing Date: 9 February 2000.
Last Issues Competition Winners:
(18 January 2000, Ahoy)
CLUB Compie (Voodoo Lounge):
Peter Finch (London W10)
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