1 March 2001
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Playing Pirates with the Truth
We ran a story last month about the Peter Pan playground in Kensington Gardens, the one built in honour of Princess Diana. According to our sources, shameless parents were dumping their offspring before sneaking off to nearby Kensington High Street for a spot of shopping, using the fact the playground had a few play leaders as an alibi.
Last week was that parents' hell otherwise known as half term so, grimly determined to join the ranks of the shameless, I dragged my son up to Never Land. But before I could escape into whine-free country, it soon became clear that there were no staff around, not even some sorry teenager on work experience dressed up as Captain Hook. On that score, LondonNet wishes to apologise for failing adequately to check its sources.
It seems we are not alone in our blase treatment of facts. Recent investigations by German TV journalists have revealed that many of the so-called massacres and human rights violations attributed to Serbian forces in Kosovo before the 1999 NATO bombing campaign were crude pieces of trumped up propaganda. One example of official mendacity bears repeating for its sheer gall. German Minister of Defence Rudolph Sharping claimed that Serbian cruelty extended to the preferred method of burning Kosovan houses.
"First, the Serbs place a burning candle in the attic, then they open the gas tap in the cellar," was Sharping's official version of events, conjuring up images of demonic forces taking perverse pleasure from their brutal work. "It doesn't work technically," one of the German journalists pointed out. "Oh?" said Sharping. "Yes," continued the reporter, "you see, gas is heavier than air."
But, to world leaders, hot air is often more valuable, even if it did me no good when I had to explain to social services why I had tied my son to the top of a mast of a fake ship while I left on a real one for a world cruise.
I RE-VISITED The Gore last week. It is our longest established hotel on the site and as regular readers will be aware, one of my personal favourites.
Situated around the corner from the Royal Albert Hall and Kensington Gardens (the western part of Hyde Park), The Gore is well placed for a central London visit. Nearby Kensington High Street has a wide variety of shops and a short hop on a red double decker bus whisks you down to Knightsbridge where Harrods and boutiques a-plenty await you.
But aside from its location,
the Gore's best feature is its antique laden charm. Plus if you
want the best modern facilities combined with superb service
you won't go far wrong here. The hotel's General Manager, Colin
Exton, who also oversees two of our other small hotels; Hazlitt's
and The Rookery, is an award winning hotelier. And it shows.
Keep up the good work Colin.
This week's hit-parade of the most popular hotels featured in our secure-booking site:
LondonNet's Top Five
Morricone Makes UK Debut
'Once Upon A Time In The West', 'The Good The Bad And The Ugly' and the Oscar-nominated 'The Mission'. You can bet your bottom dollar that if you've heard of those theme tunes, chances are you'll be familiar with their composer, Ennio Morricone. The undisputed genius of film soundtracks is making his first ever UK appearance at the Barbican next weekend March 10-11, as part of the Only Connect season.
Italian born and bred Morricone has scored over 400 soundtracks - a fact that has made him virtually synonymous with the genre. Having worked a diverse range of film-makers including Brian De Palma (The Untouchables) Mike Nichols (Postcards From The Edge) and of course his best-known partnership with Dollars Trilogy director Sergio Leone, Morricone has become a household name. His rich tapestry of sounds are as famous as the scenes for which they were written. The eerie and ominous sounding 'Man With The Harmonica' and the haunting female choral in 'Once Upon A Time In The West', while who could forget the ticking of watches prior to the gun-slinging showdown 'For A Few Dollars More'.
While his western soundtracks
shot him to fame, Morricone doesn't want to be pigeonholed as
a composer of only Spaghetti Westerns. In a recent interview
Thur Mar 1, My Vitriol,
Fri Mar 2, Sunna + Miocene,
Sat Mar 3, Drugstore, Mean
Sun Mar 4, Travis Cut, Goldsmiths
Music Tickets: You can book tickets for many of the
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In the spotlight
IF ART forms were suitors, theatre would be a steady, traditional sort of guy. Valentine's Day has been and gone but instead of messing around with ephemeral pop songs, the good old theme of love is staying true to the stage.
The Lyric Hammersmith embraces the current fetish for Bollywood with an East-meets-West adaptation of an Indian blockbusting romance. 14 Songs, 2 Weddings and a Funeral is a feisty little number that tells of a girl's narrow escape from marriage into the arms of her heart's desire.
The Peacock theatre offers even more to sing and dance about, with Pura Pasion celebrating just that - pure passion. And if you like your relationships a bit grittier, Notre Dame de Paris at the Dominion Theatre tells a dramatic tale of doomed dreams, focussing on the poor hunchback's unrequited feelings for the lovely Esmerelda.
Of course modern playwrights have a taste for love too. Conor McPherson's Port Authority at the New Ambassadors turns speech into poetry with a collection of bittersweet characters whose keenness to care and be cared for redeems them from the squalor of their broken lives. On a cheekier note, Moira Buffini's Loveplay at the RSC explores sexual encounters taking place over two hundred years in the same place. What ever you go for you'll leave the theatre with a warm fuzzy feeling.
Up and Coming
Semi-Monde, Lyric Theatre,
Piccadilly Circus tube
Fri March 2, Haywire Sessions,
93 Ft East E2 9pm-3am
Sat March 3, London Calling,
Turnmills EC1, 10pm-5am
Sat March 3, Passenger,
Form W1, 9pm-3am
Sat March 3, Toony Loons
Mad Ball, The Dome N19
This Week's Big Releases
Proof of Life **
Fresh from his gladiatorial success Crowe headlines this tale of South American drug lords, kidnapping and falling in love with Meg Ryan.... click here for full review
Other new releases this week:
The Gift ***
The Tao of Steve ***
Truffaut Tribute ****
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Dear [email protected],
Good Evening Helenka...I hope this note finds you well and having a wonderful day.
I went on line and ordered the tickets a few minutes ago. I don't know if you will see the order or not but I hope I did it right. I guess time will tell.
I want to thank you so much for all your help. You are a wonderful person and I will direct anyone I know to go through you or londonnet.com when they are heading for London.
Take care and thanks again.
REPLY: Thanks Paula. (Helenka).
When it came to light that
Princess Di was having an affair with a detective, he was killed
(murdered) in a motorcycle accident.
Call me gullible, but you can hear sometimes in voices that one is telling the truth.
REPLY: Did you know that 'Gullible'
is not listed in the Oxford English Dictionary? Don't believe
me? Take a look for yourself... (Ed).
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