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3 August 2001
Issue 84
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- 5th Birthday Party
- My Fair Lady
- On holiday

- Hotels
- Music
- Theatre
- Clubs
- Cinema
- Latest news from London
- "Must-see" pages on LondonNet

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- Readers say their piece
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LONDONNET: 5th Birthday Party
IT's been a long and winding road, but this month LondonNet celebrates its 5th birthday. So we are having a little party on the 23 August, to commemorate the day our domain name went live in 1996.

This will not be your average dot-com-excess party; I 'm far too tight for that. Instead it will be a chance to thank the people who have helped us get to where we are now; our staff, our hotels and advertisers. And of course we couldn't have got anywhere without you the readers. So as a thank you we want to invite some of you too.

We have 5 pairs of tickets up for grabs for the shin-dig. Click here for competition details.
Peter D. Clee, Publisher

MY FAIR LADY: We have tickets...
...FOR the show's run at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
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LONDON DIARY by David Clee

David's on (a well earned) holiday this week

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HOTEL NEWS by Peter D. Clee

The Swissotel Howard, LondonHOWARD REVIVAL

I PAID a return visit to The Howard hotel this week. Following it's acquisition by the Swissotel group last year the hotel has undergone a facelift.

The changes have been sympathetic to the marble-induced presence of this riverside hotel. The rooms have witnessed the biggest change, moving with the times to offer a simpler, cleaner welcome.

The real value of this property has always been it's magnificent river side location. Set on the bend in the Thames by Waterloo Bridge, the guests with river view rooms enjoy a city panorama unrivalled elsewhere. To the East are St Paul's cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Globe, to the West, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.

Another innovation is the introduction of Club-M, part of Anton Mosimann's collection of private members' dining clubs. It is open to the hotel's guests offering a refined place to enjoy a cocktail or polish off one of Mosimann's signature dishes.

Swissotel London The Howard, Temple
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LondonNet's Top Five Hotels*:
1 (1) The Columbia
2 (3) Chelsea Lodge
3 (-) Ritz
4 (-) Milestone
5 (-) Gore
(*based on bookings between 20 July - 2 August 2001. Previous issue's figures in brackets)

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LONDON MUSIC by Catherine Chambers

Mantra Records 5th Birthday
Mon-Thur 6-9 August
HOME to Skewed Nottingham rockers Six By Seven, St Etienne, and acoustic Welshmen Gorky’s Zycotic Mynci, Mantra Records has found it’s own niche in the deserted waters of indies. An offshoot of one of the UK’s biggest independent labels, Mantra formed in 1996 with the sole emphasis on Asian fusion beats. Early artists included Fun’Da’Mental, who have since jumped ship and Transglobal Underground’s Natacha Atlas. Now, five years on Mantra are less beat inclined and more anything goes as long as it’s good. New signings include Dot Allison (soon to be heard lending her vocal talent to Massive Attack’s new LP) and the wonderfully monikered King of Woolworths.

This Monday kicks off the first of week of the label’s fifth birthday celebrations, with a set by the Gorky’s (expect to hear new material from their forthcoming new album) much-touted London ‘Madchester’ tykes South and a DJ set from The Delgados. Tuesday sees the first signings Atlas and aggro-hip-hop from Fun’Da’ Mental, Wednesday is host to newly acquired Parva and intense guitar noisiks Six By Seven. The birthday celebrations bow out on Thursday with DJ sets from Saint Etienne and Richard Fearless.

It’s all happening down at the Scala, Kings Cross. Doors open 7.30pm. Tickets UKP10.

Other Picks
Sat 4 August, Frank Black and the Catholics.

Former lead singer of The Pixies, Black has seen his solo career droop until recently when he collaborated with former band-mate and Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago on his latest platter ‘Dog In The Sand’. If you’re lucky there might be a few Pixies classics in there too.

Sun 5 August, Carina Round, Elbow Room, N1
Much-touted singer songwriter whose influences range from Tori Amos, Tom Waits and Billie Holiday. Debut LP ‘ The First Blood Mystery’ can be found in shops now.

Tuesday 7 August, Mo Solid Gold, 100 Club
Despite bearing the same initials as ye old metallers Michael Schenker Group (he was in the Scorpions once you know) Mo Solid Gold are in fact a funky groove driven outfit that like to bare their soul. That’s soul as in Stax and Otis Redding sense of the word.

Wed 8 August, The Avalanches, Electric Ballroom
Melbourne hip-hop six-piece whose sample-laden debut ‘Since I Left You’
has had jaws dropping to the floor.

Music Feature
Why East London is poised to take on North London and Soho as the centre of the capital's music scene

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LONDON THEATRE by Helena 'Spid' Thompson

The 10 Do's and Don'ts of Theatreland
- Helena Thompson's vital tips to avoid making a crisis out a drama

1. DO -Grab a cast list.

2. DON'T buy a program, and definitely don't buy more than one.
West End maverick Cameron Mackintosh may not be producing many more new musicals, but he is in the business of over-charging you for programmes and churning out the same pile of adverts with a different cover for all eleven of his shows.

Whether it's the brilliant Blue/Orange or the awful Notre-Dame de Paris on the front, these programmes treat you to the same interviews with drama queens like Thelma Holt and Maureen Lipman (or the same list of Lloyd Webber's favourite foody hang outs, which gets a bit bland after the first read if you're short of cash).

Fortunately Sir Cameron is not too proud to take the lead from the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National by supplying cast lists (a single sheet giving you the who-plays-who-low-down) as a cash-free alternative. If all you're after is the name of some fine thesp, then don't part with a penny.

3. DO stay in bed if you're ill, and if you make it to the theatre be sure to check if there's an interval.
Theatres are full of fine old folk who've saved up for a night out but tend to fall asleep. This means that arriving at the theatre with so much as a cough is likely to wake up those who need their shut eye and send you home sicker than when you arrived.

4. DON'T go to the theatre with a cough or diarrhea, or dash to the loo during the performance.
Loo-goers also be warned. The Royal Shakespeare Company and the National have guard-like ushers paid to keep such folk from scampering back to their seat, as do all the West End theatres in Cameron Mackintosh's Really Useful theatre company. These keepers of theatreland will keep you waiting for twenty minutes at a time until the next scene change, which could mean forfeiting some serious onstage action.

5. DO seek out the site-specific.

6. DON'T waste your time looking for historic homes to long-standing companies.
Here's a stage whisper for you… the Company is dead. In the optimistic 1960s the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre placed a high value on the company ethos, but these days those young thesps planning to grow old in each others' company are few and far between. Given the more lucrative possibilities of television, commercials and Hollywood, few actors are prepared to commit to the theatre long-term, turning the word 'company' into a lower case word reserved for up and coming young things most likely found on the edges of the fringe or in such haunts as deserted warehouses, unusual art galleries, old churches and converted bus depots.

7. DO take your drinks in.

8. DON'T forget the plastic cups.
Theatres seeking to subsidise their shows with extortionately overpriced drinks have at least conceded to supplying punters with plastic cups to take their drinks into the show. But if your golden sovereigns are few and far between, you might be better off popping round the corner to the local pub. Plus, those who frequent these cheaper establishments can make a safe bet way they'll meet the cast after the show.

9. DO queue for returns.

10. DON'T expect to sell a free ticket on the door.
Theatres aren't clubs and plays aren't gigs. However unusual the venue, tickets get returned to the theatre then resold by the box office (old fashioned as this sounds, it does squeeze out the middle man and keep down the cost of a spontaneous night out at the theatre). And if you're still in education, don't forget about student standbys - at around 10UKP a pop for the likes of An Inspector Calls or Hamlet, these tickets aren't just a great way to study up on the classics, but a genuine bargain.

Up and Coming
Nixon's Nixon, The Comedy Theatre, Piccadilly Circus tube
Richard Nixon's last night as US president female makes for political farce.

A Servant to Two Masters, The Albery Theatre, Leicester Square tube
Wily Jacobean servant woos two masters and finds himself embroiled with four lost lovers.

Theatre Choice
Best Play:
Stones in his Pockets - Hollywood comes to provincial Ireland in this hilarious two-hander from Marie Jones
Best Musical: Cats - Lloyd Webber tames Eliot's feline poems
- For details, tickets and reviews see:

LondonNet's Top Five Shows*:
1 (4) The Lion King
2 (1) Phantom of the Opera
3 (-) The King and I
4 (-) Fame
5 (-) Les Miserables
(*based on bookings between 20 July - 2 August 2001. Previous issue's figures in brackets)

My Fair Lady
We have tickets for the show's run at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

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LONDON CLUBS by Catherine Chambers

Club Night of the Week:

Perverted Laundry
The Electrowerks
Fri August 3rd

EAST meets South as Hoxton’s Perverted Science teams up with The Laundry for a one off Summer shindig this Friday at the Electrowerks in Angel, Islington.

Whether you’re hankering is for techno or hip-hop, Perverted Laundry will serve up a mind-bending brew of quality music over three rooms til 6am. It’s gonna be a scorcher!

DJ’s Skitz, Plastic People’s Jay 33 and Killimanjaro’s Circus Love will be spinning a cutting mix of hip-hop and funk in the basement. In the bar room its funky breaks, Latin beats and percussive mayhem courtesy of DJs from Atlas, Freerange Records, Beats Set and Aphratec. Finally, the top room is host to house DJs Alison Marks (The Gallery), Dave Mothersole (Wiggle), Damian Isaacs, Steve Da Conga and Olly Groves.

Perverted Science was born two years ago at the 333 in Old Street and is now part of the booming East End bohemia. Described as ‘an unholy splicing of past, present and future music’, PS delves into classic electro, house and funk with past guest DJs including The Scratch Perverts, Peter Kruder and Rainer Truby.

Just tell us the venue where PV is at! Drop us a line at [email protected]

Other Picks
Fri 3 August, Club X, Mean Fiddler, W1 11.00pm-4.00am UKP7
Indie-rock and big beats over three rooms. Think Gomez, Chemicals, James Brown and some metal upstairs. The beer’s cheap too.

Fri 3 August, Full Tilt, Electric Ballroom, NW1 10.30pm-2.30am UKP7
This electro-goth night always pulls ‘em in. Punk and techno-rock downstairs, old school and nu-school metal upstairs. Dress code? Anything goes…as long as it’s black.

Sat 4 August, London Calling, Turnmills EC1 10.00pm-5.00am UKP10
Danny Rampling teams up with Paul Jackson, DJ lottie and CJ Mackintosh for soulful house garage in the main room, while the second room plays host to old school disco house.

Sat 4 August, Garage City, Bar Rumba, W1 9.00pm-4.00am UKP7before 11 then UKP12
Your hosts Bobby and Steve spin the best in soulful garage and house.

Club Feature
It's Not All Whips And Chains, You Know
- Catherine Chambers gets all tied up in London's fetish scene

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LONDON CINEMA by Catherine Chambers

Film of the Week:
Cats & Dogs ***
Director Lawrence Guterman
Jeff Goldblum, Alec Baldwin (voice), Elizabeth Perkins

Cats & Dogs, the film that will have a total monopoly on the statistic that one sequence involved 6,700 latex mice, is a new take on the classic "cute talking animals" paradigm. Imagine a cross between Look Who's Talking Now and James Bond with a solid jolt of Mission: Impossible thrown in and you'll have a pretty clear idea of how this film works...more

Other New Releases:
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within ***

Director Hironobu Sakaguchi/Montonori Sakakibara

Digital actors and aliens battle it out in exciting, technical triumph. (PG)
Gohatto ***

Director Nagisa Oshima

Takeshi Kitano stars in story of forbidden love in a Samurai school. (15)
Rush Hour 2 ***

Director Brett Ratnet

Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan in amiable martial arts adventure. (12)

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LONDONNET: 5th Birthday Party
IT's been a long and winding road, but this month LondonNet celebrates its 5th birthday. So we are having a little party on the 23 August, to commemorate the day our domain name went live in 1996.

This will not be your average dot-com-excess party; I 'm far too tight for that. Instead it will be a chance to thank the people who have helped us get to where we are now; our staff, our hotels and advertisers. And of course we couldn't have got anywhere without you the readers. So as a thank you we want to invite some of you too.

We have 5 pairs of tickets up for grabs for the shin-dig.
Peter D. Clee, Publisher

Question: On what date did go live?

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do is send an email with the correct answers and the subject header "We are Five" to:
[email protected]
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: 12 August 2001.

Just tell us the venue where PV is at! Drop us a line at [email protected]

Last Issues Competition Winners:
(19 July 2001, Ahoy)
Last weeks winner of a pair of tickets for Summer In The City Boat Party:
William Batten


AHOY! Readers say their piece: Send mail to [email protected]
Notes: The Editor reserves the right to amend your contributions for reasons of elegance, space, legality and plain sheer bloodymindedness. The following letters have been received direct here at Ahoy! Talkback or on our News Talkback forum. Join the diverse debate by sending us an email or posting a message on the forum:
We welcome your views on any subject, questions about your visit and of course feedback about the newsletter or website.

Dear Talkback,

Re: Future London

What about a mention for the redevelopment of East London centering on the new Stratford International rail terminal? TEN BILLION POUNDS has been approved and it will regenerate one of the worst inner city ares in the country, starting with the opening of the international rail link in 2004.

Other than that, a good wishes

Mike Honour

REPLY: Good point Mike. I believe you are a bit optimistic on the 2004 opening date, though. And the 10 billion pound cost. The one golden rule of history is that major-league public projects are overtime and overbudget. (Ed)

Dear [email protected],

I would like to thank you for all your help in providing us tickets and the hotel package for Madonna. We had a fantastic time at the concert and the Hotel Gore service was impeccable.

Have sent my recommendations to lots of people to use your website in the future.

Thanks again

Heather, Carroll and Alyson.

REPLY: Our pleasure. (Ed)


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