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16 August 2001
Issue 85
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- London for free
- 2 for 1 Theatre Offers
- Five fun-filled years

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

- CDs and club tickets
- Readers say their piece
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LONDON FOR FREE: CDs and Club Tickets
WE have 3 copies of Mo Solid Gold's Brand New Testament CD to giveaway plus five pairs of tickets for Garage City's 10th anniversary at Fabric. Click here for competition details.

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LONDON DIARY by Peter D. Clee

Five fun-filled years
- LondonNet celebrates its 5th birthday on 23 August 2001

All my favourite business stories involve outsiders taking on the established order from humdrum beginnings. Remember the one about Steve Jobs starting Apple in a garage in the late 1970s and taking on the might of IBM? True to this buccaneer spirit, I'm proud to say LondonNet started with two well-worn 66mhz Power Macs in a corner of my bedroom. Back then of course I wasn't sure whether the site would take over the world or suffer a quiet and unlamented death.

Everybody sells out sooner or later. It's the scale of your sell-out that measures you. After graduating to a two bedroom business we took the big leap forward in 1999 and set up shop in offices in a sprawling series of farm buildings in urban south London. No areon chairs, no flat screens, just a calm, relaxed work environment. Essential for keeping your head while all others about you seemed to lose theirs.

The LondonNet website you see before you now is curiously similar to the one planned back in 1996. We had a good idea of what our readers would want to know about London. Travel and accommodation information, entertainment listings and reviews and of course news from London. But all that has been done offline by a variety of mediums before us. What would make LondonNet different would be its interactivity.

Our Talkback bulletin boards (currently under re-development) have consistently drawn huge interest. The London arrest of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet kicked off a vibrant debate between the general's supporters and detractors. The dialogue, which ran into thousands of pages, caused a software meltdown. Now it is used by researchers and writers around the world as a key source of the public reaction to the affair.

Interactivity does not stop at bulletin boards. Not only can you read reviews of London's best shows and hotels you can book them all online too.

There's been fun as well. Our readers have always managed to cling on to the zanier side of life. Witness our evergreen Diana Conspiracy pages or LondonNet's slow burning, but ever vigilant, hunt for the UFOs of Kent. Wallowing in diversity is what the web does so well.

Here on the farm, we are often prone to describe our growth as organic. Hackneyed as that phrase is, it does convey the democratic nature of our development. Many areas of our site have been tweaked following your feedback and suggestions. Indeed some topics only exist because you asked for them.

So keep on reading and giving us your feedback and we promise to do our best to grow LondonNet over the next five years.

Finally, here's the corny bit. I would like to thank all the people who have helped build LondonNet; our staff; our suppliers and partners and of course you the readers for tuning in.

Peter D. Clee, Publisher (and founder if you like webspeak)
(Let me know what you think. What are we doing right, what are we doing wrong and how can we improve the site in the future? Email: [email protected])

David's on holiday this week, his diary will return in the next issue of Ahoy!

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HOTEL NEWS by Peter D. Clee

The Hempel Hotel, LondonMy London Picks

As this is LondonNet's 5th birthday edtion of Ahoy! I thought I would take the opportunity to let you know my own personal hotel picks.

For sheer indulgence and if price was no object I would have to head down to the Ritz. Famous for its afternoon tea, sumptious decor and impeccable service the Ritz never disappoints. Following its return to private ownership the hotel has been lovingly restored and for those who can afford it, this really should be your first stop.

Still at the pricey end of the scale I must say I do have a soft spot for London's first minimalist hotel, The Hempel. Since it opened in 1996 it has generated a clutch of modernist imitators, but none come close to Agnouska Hempel's wonderful futuristic vision.

Next down the price-scale I plump for the Gore. Thanks to our long standing relationship with them, we obtain big savings on standard rates which bring this characterful, antique laden curiosity into the reach of a wide range of our readers. I like the place so much that I have chosen this hotel to host our 5th birthday party. What more can I say.

Those with less cash to spend need have no worries. I have saved the best until last. The Columbia offers a good, yet simple, standard of accommodation in grandiose surroundings. Add a cracking location and the kind of attention to detail that so often comes with family run hotels and you'll see why it is consistently your favourite too.


Or why not head off to one of the European city's featured on our sister site

This week's hit-parade of the most popular hotels featured in our secure-booking site:

LondonNet's Top Five Hotels*:
1 (1) The Columbia
2 (5) Gore
3 (-) Hazlitt's
4 (-) La Reserve
5 (-) Melia White House
(*based on bookings between 2 - 16 August 2001. Previous issue's figures in brackets)

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LONDON MUSIC by Catherine Chambers

Gig Of The Week:

James Brown
Ocean, Hackney, Thurs 16 August
From poverty stricken beginnings in the forties American South to helping change the shape of popular music, James Brown's rags to riches and world-famous reputation story is one of the most awe-inspiring.

While there were many who possessed better vocals, few could thrill audiences with such energy-fuelled and impassioned live performances. Some of Brown's best work committed to vinyl was a live recording - on the 1963 release of Live At The Apollo he became a genuine star when the record made number 2 in the charts.

But it was during the late 60s that Brown hit commercial paydirt in the States, moving from R&B into funk with the infamous Papa Got A Brand New Bag - the song that won him mainstream appeal among the US white population.

The first half of the seventies didn't bode well for the Godfather of Soul - his releases gave the impression he'd all but burned out. But with the on-set of rap music in the late 70s, and thus the sampling of his records, Brown became hipper than ever.
While these days his recording output is minimal, it's the live show that has always been the focal point of Brown's repertoire and established him as one of the most important musicians of his day.
This Thursday will mark Brown's second UK performance this month (he played at the Gosport Festival in Hampshire), which co-incides with the recent re-release of Live At the Apollo Vol.2. Consisting of a double CD, the album has been newly repackaged including 30 minutes of material that didn't make it onto the original. Rejoice!

Album of The Week

Mo Solid Gold
Brand New Testament
(Raise Your Hands)

GOOD LORD and save us - this ladies and gentlemen is the nu-soul revolution! What we have here is an album with equal helpings funk, soul, blues and rock. Bold, brassy and oozing confidence, Brand New Testament is a stonking groove-laden record that you'd be plain stupid not to covet as part of your CD collection.

Mo Solid Gold are a London-based five-piece who've been hacking it out round shitty little pub venues - a hard but necessary slog that has paid off, having accrued them a rather enviable and devoted following who just can't get enough of their unforgettable energy-fuelled live set.

Much of this is due to charismatic frontman K who is as ballsy as they come, and well, if you've seen MSG live, is a bona-fide rock star in the making. And his sexy, swaggering vocals dominate Brand New Testament - essentially a party album crammed full of musical gems, not least live favourite 'Solid Gold'.

The only duff moment comes with a rather botched job of Massive Attack's Safe From Harm. But as the rest of Brand New Testament is somewhat toe-curlingly good, we'll forgive them for it. Yes, now you CAN boogie.

Shame though, that they share the same acronym as 80s German rockers (featuring one time UFO member) Michael Schenker Group. Ah well, you can't have everything…


See this week's competition (below) for entry details.

Music Feature: Festivals
Our preview of the summer's festivals. Featuring news and ticket details for V2001 and Reading.

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LONDON THEATRE by Helena 'Spid' Thompson

In the spotlight
The aptly titled, 'A Servant To Two Masters' at the Albery Theatre is very eager to please. Catering for all tastes, Lee 'Billy Elliot' Hall's latest doesn't just leave you feeling better educated for a night out, but actually entertains into the bargain.

It helps that writer Lee Hall and director Tim Supple get on better with each other than the hapless comrades the creative duo bring to life. Together, they tell the tale of the wily servant who lands himself two jobs, two dinners and a whole lot of trouble, sweeping even the most cynical audience member along. So if you don't mind drying bed sheets for the actors as they hide from each other or keeping their various secrets as they deceive each other on stage, this highbrow pantomime is sure to serve up all you fancy.

Furthermore, Supple's thoroughly modern revamp of an 18th century farce seems all the fitter for its globetrotting. Fresh from a world tour, it's just a shame the show won't be flexing its muscles beyond August 25th.

Up and Coming
Nicholas Nickleby, The Lyric Hammersmith, Hammersmith tube
David Edgar's adaptation of Dickens' epic offers plenty of parts for the National Youth Theatre.

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 (-) Mamma Mia!
2 (1) The Lion King
3 (2) Phantom of the Opera
4 (-) Starlight Express
5 (-) Chicago
(*based on bookings between 2 - 15 August 2001. Previous issue's figures in brackets)

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LONDON CLUBS by Catherine Chambers

Club Night of the Week:

Casino Royale
Saturday August 18
Camden Monarch

YOU KNOW there's an element of style and glamour involved when the club host poses under the name Victor De Milo.
Held fortnightly on Saturdays at the Monarch, Casino Royale serves up a sparkling array of musical delights from the past four decades.

Upstairs DJs Black Night (Cigarettes & Alcohol) and Rock HUnter spin a selection of classic pop tunes from the Beatles to Bowie, Blondie and Blur. Downstairs Sy Clone (gr-oan!) will be creating a chilled-out vibe of sleazy loungecore.
But that's not all. Courtesy of a free 50 quid stake from the Banque de Milo, punters can step up on Monte Carlo style roulette table and place their chips for free drinks! Nice one.
There's also live music from Toby Slater and The Koreans, and if you're early enough, free chocolates from his suaveness, Mr Victor De Milo himself!

Other Picks
Sat August 18, Club Insomnia, Camden Palace, 10pm-7am UKP15

Hard house and trance in the main arena from the likes of the Disco Brothers, Pete Wardman and Miss Behavin'. Uplifting house in the second room from Danni B (roosta) and Matt Clarke among others. Meanwhile robots, stiltwalkers and street dancers entertain throughout the evening.

FIVE PAIRS OF GUEST LIST TICKETS TO GARAGE CITY's 10th [email protected] Fabric on August 24 UP FOR GRABS. Just answer this easy-peasy question: What is the nearest tube to Fabric? See this week's competition (below) for entry details.

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:
Planet Of The Apes****
Director Tim Burton

Monkeys go ape in Burton's reworking of the 1968 classic - complete with newly revamped ending. Chimply magnificent. (12)...more

Other New Releases:
A Time For Drunken Horses ****
Director Bahman Ghobadi
Moving tale of Kurdish orphans battling against the odds.(PG)

Aguirre, Wrath Of God ****
Director Werner Herzog
17th Century explorers get marooned in the jungle in Herzog's 1972 apocalyptic epic.(PG)

New Films
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News from London

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Palace Refutes Charles Marriage Reports
- Speculation mounts over whether the Prince of Wales is to wed Tube Says On Your Bike To Thugs
- Violent commuters face ban from London Underground
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CDs- Mo Solid Gold: Brand New Testament
We have 3 copies of Mo Solid Gold's new CD Brand New Testament. For more info about the band and album see Catherine Chambers's music round-up (above).

Question: Name MSG's charismatic frontman...

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do is send an email with the correct answers and the subject header "Brand New Testament" 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: 23 August 2001.

@ Fabric on August 24 UP FOR GRABS. Just answer this easy-peasy question:
Qu: What is the nearest tube to Fabric?
Tip: see our A to Z of London venues:

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do is send an email with the correct answers and the subject header "Garage City" 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: 18 August 2001.

Last Issues Competition Winners:
(3 August 2001, Ahoy)
5 winners each receive an invite for 2 to LondonNet's 5th Birthday Party:
Matt Lane (London W14 9BQ), Sarah Davis (London E98 1XY), Ben Taylor
(Mortimer Crescent), Lise Olsen (Drayton Park), Pia Shantee Johnson (London
WC1X 8TZ).
Qu: On what date did go live?
Answer: 23 August 1996


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 LondonNet,

We are a couple from Italy who's coming over to London in late August to enjoy, as we often do, a bit of the city life and a quick trip to Portsmouth's Festival of the Sea. We are determined to make the most of this short stay, so we decided to see a musical and a good old Shakespearian play at the new Globe Theatre to have a taste of the real thing.

We tried to reserve the tickets on line, but, I must say, if it weren't for you, we would have had to give up!! No accurate search seemed to bring us any good information about the Globe Theatre or anything better than a standing place for the Macbeth.

As I am registered with your site, I happened to receive just on those days one of your newsletters supplying full details on the Globe Theatre, so I could grab the telephone number and get through to it, and now I'm the proud owner of a pair of respectable, longed-for, much loved tickets!!! I'll think of you when I'm there, relishing every word of the play and any sight of this much talked about theatre!!

Not to mention the loads of useful information you regularly send me and that I treasure for when I come to London, which is at least twice a year.

Keep up the good work!

Best regards,

Daniela Pratesi, Pisa, Italy

Mike Honour

REPLY: Thanks Daniella, it's good to hear we were of service to you. (Ed)

Dear LondonNet,

I think the Eurostar sucks, a lot cheaper to get the ferry. What a shame the prices for a day return are so high. Looks as though Euro-tunnel will end up shutting down unless they slash prices and do more deals.

Andrew Cook

Dear LondonNet,

Eurostar really needs to offer a competitive standby ticket for those of us who feel like turning up and chancing it at either Waterloo or Ashford...GET COMPETITIVE...

Gilly Nicol

REPLY: We agree with both of you. (Ed)

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