30 August 2001
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LONDON FOR FREE: Club Tickets
LONDONNET: 5th Birthday
LONDON THEATRE: Half price
Open Your Hearts to London Restaurants
LONDON restaurants received a double boost from the Z-Men this week.
First came news that the influential Zagat Survey (run by Tim Zagat) had named London as "one of the top two, three or four cities for restaurants", heaping particular praise on the likes of The Ivy, Nobu and Gordon Ramsay at 68 Royal Hospital Road.
Then, scientists at Ayr University, led by Victor Zammit, published a study showing that eating between-meal snacks is a bad idea. Not only does it cost the economy millions in lost production as employees stand at the sweet shop counter unable to decide between the competing merits of original, and new orange, flavour KitKats, but, says Dr Z, it can lead to diabetes and heart trouble.
Previously, most people would have suffered a heart attack when presented with the bill at any of London's top restaurants, but now they should be able to afford a meal and wine for two at Ramsay's (UKP250) if they cut out the crisps and chocolate for, what do you reckon, a few hours?
Obviously, no-one really wants
to eat fruit instead, so we need to find something else to fill
the aching existential void created by the alienated, globalised
workplace. Looks like I picked a good week to start smoking again.
A thank you
As I am still recovering from last week's birthday celebrations this week's column will be a little light (headed, I guess).
We had our bash at The Gore, our longest serving hotel. I have not used the venue for a party before and I am glad to say we were not disappointed. The service was peerless as usual and all had a good time. Cheers everyone.
Thanks to our long standing
relationship with The Gore, we obtain big savings on standard
rates which bring this characterful, antique laden curiosity
into the reach of a wide range of our readers.
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LondonNet's Top Five
Gig Of The Week:
Then salvation arrived in the form of DCFC singer Michael Sheehy's decision to carry on with a musical career albeit alone. Solo artist status suits Sheehy well as his gorgeous debut album, Sweet Blue Gene, showed. But his second album 'Ill Gotten Gains' is a bruising, heart-wrenching journey that touches a raw nerve.
While there's always more than a touch of the melancholic to Sheehy's music, his deeply penetrative blues-y croon sends shivers down the spine. Then there's his lyrics, wrapped in emotional turbulence of the kind that evokes the lump in throat effect.
It's not hard then, to find yourself completely overawed at a Michael Sheehy gig. Live shows are often intimate low-key affairs wherein the audience is more often than not, left spellbound. If past performances are anything to go by, chances are this gig will be filed under 'memorable'. You won't be disappointed.
Thursday August 30, Tori
Amos, Union Chapel
Friday August 31, Sona Fariq,
Skindred, Camden Monarch
Sunday September 1, Starsailor,
The Arts Theatre
In the spotlight
If you're a sucker for punntastic word play and a catchy tune, heed my stage whisper and look out for a new cult musical on the block.
'All Cloned Up' is an off the wall extravaganza which nonetheless hit the spot during my scouting outing at the Edinburgh festival, and is coming soon to the Bloomsbury theatre in Tottenham Court Road.
Thanks to mad-cap protagonist 'you gen' ious Eugene, a darkly comic tale of lust, corruption and genetics evolves at a pace funky enough to have even Darwin tapping his foot. Eugene is desperate for the perfect woman, and as head of 'Genetics International,' determines to turn his wife Fiona from a strong-willed siren into a domestic servant.
The result is a rocky horror hybrid of pop music, camp lyrics, clever choreography and singing cloned sheep. Scheduled to play later this month (I'll let you know when the dates take shape) it'll be fun to see this beast of a show grazing on fresh pastures.
Up and Coming
LondonNet's Top Five
Club Night of the Week:
Transparent Sound presents
Transparent Sound, reputed to be the UKs longest running electro act, join forces with the finest talent from London and the US electro underground this Saturday.
Trumpeted as 'the finest purveyors of electro funk anywhere in the UK', Transparent Sound are an aural delight for fans of electronica. What's more this will be their first live performance since their appearance at Open to Torture Xmas 2001 at The End!
DJs include A.D.J (Pyramid/Analogic), Scape 1 (Mass Transit), Orson Bramley (Electrix) and from across the pond Ape and Kris Krause (Outside Recordings).
So if electronica and techno are your bag you could do worse than head off down to South London's JAX this weekend.
Films of the Week:
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
A Knight's Tale ***
News from London
LondonNet Home: The big kahuna
A pair of tickets to School Disco's second birthday
bash this Saturday at Po Na Na's in Hammersmith
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with the your answer and the subject header "School Disco
RULES and INFO: Best answer out of the Editor's hat wins a prize, details will be sent to the winners. The Editor's decision is final. Closing Date: 31 August 2001.
Two pair of tickets to electro night Transparent Sound
at JAX (formerly Happy Jacks) on Saturday
HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do is send an email
with the correct answers and the subject header "Transparent
RULES and INFO: First 2 correct answers out of the Editor's hat win a prize, details will be sent to the winners. The Editor's decision is final. Closing Date: 31 August 2001.
Last Issues Competition Winners:
(16 August 2001, Ahoy)
Freya Johnson (Tufnell Park), Simon Dawe (Kentish Town NW5), Tasmin Van Dyken (Harrow)
Qu: Name MSG's charismatic frontman...?
(2) Garage City
Joseph Chanelle (Palmers Green), Emma Coyle (Balham), Nigel Gomeze (N7), Paresh Parmar (E14), Cassie Fitzsimmons (Brixton)
Qu: What is the nearest tube to Fabric?
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I haven't lived in London for 15 years, and only did so for 5, but your newsletter brings back every evocative memory of 5 fantastic years. Wouldn't miss it.
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REPLY: We look forward to your return Neil. (Ed)
I read Londonnet and am always looking forward to the 'next' edition, congratulations to Pete Clee and all his staff. Five years is quite a time to keep a newsletter going strong, with something new to catch the eye, i.e the article in this issue on Prince Charles, I would have missed it completely had I relied on local newspapers, which are run by 'Murdoch' who is extremely anti royal.
I did miss however the Diana Conspiracy, also the U.F.Os over Kent.
What I appreciate most of all is the openness and frankness in the email newsletter a thing one does not generally find these days.
REPLY: Thanks Ramon, we'll try our best to hang on to our sincerity! (Ed)
Even years later after the death of Princess Diana the royalists are still trying to discredit her name, by also discrediting her 'ROCK' Paul Burrell.
He was the only person she thought she could trust and now the (ROYALISTS) are out to get him as well....
I hope that the investigation shows that Paul Burrell was loyal right up to the end of Diana's life and would not steal or acquire anything belonging to her unlawfully. It's just another nail in the coffin for the establishment to end Diana's name and reputation.
REPLY: Will you feel the same way if it is proved in court that he really did clean out his late mistress's belongings? (Ed)
Diana Conspiracy Theories
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