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WHAT'S UP

- U.S.A.
- London for free
- Theatre Offers
LONDON DIARY
- Don't Let Terrorism Destroy Creativity (and Captain Scarlet)
FEATURES

- Hotels
- Music
- Theatre
- Clubs
- Cinema
LONDON NEWS
- Latest news from London
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COMPETITION NEWS

- Club tickets
AHOY! TALKBACK
- Readers say their piece
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U.S.A. TERROR ATTACKS: Update
- Last week's special edition of Ahoy! was the hardest we have ever had to write. One week on and the full horror of the attacks is still emerging. So too are the tales of heroism and bravery.
- We received hundreds of emails from the U.S.A. thanking us for our sentiment and support. To view a selection of your responses see:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ahoy/usa_letters.html
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To help the victims of last week's terror visit:
American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/

LONDON FOR FREE:
Club Compie - Soul Heaven

We have three pairs of tickets to giveaway to uplifting house night Soul Heaven (featuring Kenny Gonzalez and Phil Asher on the decks) at The Ministry of Sound on Saturday 29 September.
Woman & Home Experience
(4 -6 October 2001)
Five lucky winners get a pair of 'Full Experience' tickets worth UKP35 each. In addition we have 10 pairs of standard UKP7 tickets to give away.
The London Soloists Chamber Orchestra are offering Ahoy! readers 4 pairs of tickets for their forthcoming concerts.
Click here for competition details.

LONDON THEATRE:
The Lion King

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LONDON DIARY by David Clee

Don't Let Terrorism Destroy Creativity (and Captain Scarlet)

The day before last week's carnage, BBC2 re-ran the first episode of Captain Scarlet. The show's denouement involved our cruelly hypnotised hero slamming his futuristic aircraft into a tower block, causing its collapse. Given subsequent events, I suppose it was inevitable that the BBC should feel it necessary to pull this week's instalment.

Inevitable, maybe, but still wrong. Such has been the blanket factual coverage given to the suicide bombings that fiction, especially that based on a character with a badly-concealed string-strength hold on reality, can surely have little in the way of a downside. By now, most of us will have an in-head 18-certificate disaster movie of the horrific events.

Worse than that, knee-jerk censorship represents a victory of sorts for the terrorists. Terrorism is characterised by the urge to destroy, to reduce civilisation, politics and culture to the level of rats fighting over the rancid contents of a sewer.

Now is precisely the time to hold on for dear life to those opposing human traits we like to think of as our best: rational thought and creative endeavour. Unlike Captain Scarlet, they are not indestructible.
David Clee ([email protected])

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HOTEL NEWS by Peter D. Clee

Cometh the hour...
LAST WEEK's horrific events sent a shockwave through the already beleaguered UK hotel industry.

But that is no excuse for some of the sharp dealing that is alleged to have taken place following the attacks. Several airport hotels (in London and other European capitals) were accused of ratcheting up room prices as they filled up with stranded air passengers. Sure its been a tough year, but exploiting the desperate is beyond reproach. I hope those unfortunates who coughed up have long memories and tell all and sundry of the way they were treated in their hour of need.

Thankfully, the sorry acts of a few were made up for by the acts of thousands of 'ordinary' Londoners. Following several on-air appeals locals offered up their spare bedrooms for stranded travellers. Charity begins at home, after all.

We didn't come into contact with any of this dutch auctioning in our featured London hotels. Two of the European hotels featured on our sister site Hotelgenie.com did at first try to charge clients a cancellation fee for no-shows. We weren't very happy with this state of affairs. The guests in question; one couple based in the U.S.A., the other in Hong Kong had absolutely no way of getting to their chosen destinations. Both had done their best to notify us and the hotel of their difficulties, although this was too late for the 24-48 hours notice usually required. After a little 'gentle' persuasion, both hotels relented and agreed not to charge.

London Lodge Hotels
THE Chelsea Lodge has proved to be a winner with our readers since its inclusion last year. No doubt its success rests on its great value and discreet but friendly service. We have now added the Chelsea Lodge's two sister hotels: The Abbey Lodge and The Grange Lodge, both based in Ealing, west London. See:
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Peter Clee ([email protected])

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

LondonNet's Top Five Hotels*:
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2 (2) Chelsea Lodge
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3 (-) La Reserve
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4 (3) Royal Garden
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5 (-) Hampshire
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(*based on bookings between 1-19 September 2001. Previous issue's figures in brackets)

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LONDON MUSIC by Catherine Chambers

Gig Of The Week:
Oval + Scanner + Kim Cascone

A Concert
Tate Modern
Friday September 21

Home to some of the world's mind-boggling pieces of modern art, it is perhaps fitting that the Tate Modern plays host to an evening of genre-bending electronica in association with avant-garde music magazine The Wire, this Friday.

Britain's own Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner joins German-based sound sculptor Markus Popp aka Oval and Kim Cascone from the States for a two hour concert pushing the boundaries of electronica.

Scanner creates multi-layered soundscapes using modern technology - such as scanned mobile conversations woven into his music- that are best described as unconventional. In addition to producing compositions, Scanner has also produced film soundtracks.

Markus Popp delves into the sound processes behind electronic music and has even developed his own software, Oval Process, to help further his cause. The software plays around with looped sounds and is available on CD.

And from across the pond...Kim Cascone, who has also dabbled with one of the most influential figures of the film industry - David Lynch, on Twin Peaks and Wild At Heart. He's also found time to release more than 15 albums of electronic music. Phew!

If you're after something unconventional that pushes the boundaries of modern music then lend your ears to this one-off event.

For more info contact the Tate Modern box office on 020 7887 8888 or email on [email protected]

Other Picks

Fri 21 September, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, Shaw Theatre
The ever-endearing Welsh pastorialists led by the intriguingly named Euros Childs return to promote their seventh album, 'How I Long To Feel The Summer In My Heart'. There's only three of them on tour (to keep costs down) but their dedicated flock will be out in force.

Sat 22 September, Eddie And The Hotrods, Half Moon Putney
Pub rock lives! Long live pub rock. Swept along with the new-wave movement of the 70s to which they contributed what has become their best-known track 'Do Anything You Wanna Do', Eddie and the hot rods are these days playing their wares before pub audiences.

Sun 23 September, Gary Numan, Shepherds Bush Empire
Covered and sampled by artists as diverse as cyber-metallers Fear Factory and DJ Armand Van Helden, Numan's electro-goth influence cannot be understated. Just ask Marilyn Manson.

Tue 25 September, Cosmic Rough Riders, ULU
Last seen supporting U2 in Scotland and on Top Of The Pops plugging new single Revolutions (In The Summertime), Glaswegians CRR deal in finely crafted Beach Boys-esque melodies.

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LONDON THEATRE by Helena 'Spid' Thompson

In the spotlight

What's in a name? Quite a lot, judging by the title swapping shinnanigans afoot in theatreland. Those Romeo and Juliets amongst you need search no longer for the tear-jerking Festival of Visual theatre - it's romantic as ever, it just signs itself, 'Octoberfest' these days.

And if you don't mind a tragedy, you might try seeing my modern revamp of Shakepeare's Hamlet, told from the perspective of the Great Dane's girlfriend and retitled ophelia. I'll tell you about it closer to the time (check out www.londonnet.co.uk for details) but you can catch a preview October 14 in the new Bethnal Green Arches venue where Shunt and other cabaret acts will be showcasing their stuff during the Octoberfest.
(To be notified when tickets for ophelia go on sale please send me your email address: [email protected])

In case you're wondering, BAC director Tom Morris hailed his festival 'Octoberfest' when he recognised that the puppetry, mime and theatre-in-the-dark actually spanned beyond visual theatre into the realms of anything the press found hard to pidgeon hole. Other participating venues include the Lion and Unicorn theatre and of course the Battersea Arts Centre, and a beer certainly helps when it comes to post-performance discussion - just don't forget what your companion's called.

Up and Coming
A day in the death of Joe Egg, the New Ambassadors Theatre, Leicester Square tube

Don't let the title put you off. This taboo-shattering sixties comedy quickly made its name as a lasting classic.

Highlights
Platonov, the Almeida at King's Cross, King's Cross tube

Once called Play Without A Title, Chekhov's early masterpiece remembers its name, with a little help from playwright Sir David

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:
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LondonNet's Top Five Shows*:
1 (3) The Lion King
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2 (1) Mamma Mia!
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3 (4) Phantom of the Opera
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_phantom.html
4 (-) My Fair Lady
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5 (-) Cats
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(*based on bookings between 1-19 September 2001. Previous issue's figures in brackets)

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LONDON CLUBS by Catherine Chambers

Club Night of the Week:

[email protected]
Thursday September 20, 9pm-4am UKP10
Nearest tube: Farringdon

It's going to be some time before folk will be getting their glad-rags on in New York, following last week's tragic events. Which makes this Thursday at Fabric all the more potent, as DJ Timmy Regisford from New York's famed garage club Shelter pays a visit to these shores.

A man with many talents, Regisford has worked in a variety of roles including Producer, Engineer, Remixer and A&R (working with acts such as Femi Kuti, Mary J Blige, Grace Jones and Missy Elliot) but it's as a DJ that he is best known.

Regarded as inspirational by the likes of Danny Tenaglia, Frankie Feliciano and Cevin Fisher, Regisford has been a pivotal force behind the soul and spirit of Shelter over the past ten years. Spinning a mix ranging from afro-beat to house to Motown - the seminal soul label to which he has lent his creative input, the Trinidadian New Yorker knows more than a thing or two about creating that all-important vibe.

"I hope to build something where people can dance to music based around songs and not just instrumentals," says Regisford. "It's about the spirit, feeling and vibe that we've managed to create in NY each week for the last ten years. We are into real music from African to Jazz, not just tracks - I hope that London people come out with an open mind and feel the empathy."

Other Picks
Fri Sept 21, Synergy and Quake Present Encounter, Shepherds Bush Empire 10pm-6am UKP14

Happy uplifting house from 8 DJs and a live set from K90.

Sat Sept 22, Space, The Cross, 10pm-6am UKP15
Three rooms featuring the best of US house and Italian and Latin grooves. Superheroes of house is the theme in what has been described as a titanic clash of 3 house genres. Dress to impress!

Sat Sept 22, Juice, The Glasshouse, 10.30-4.00am
Residents Johnny 5 and Dirt stir up a blazing mix of funky house in room one, while two more rooms are dedicated to US vocal and club classics.

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LONDON CINEMA by Catherine Chambers

Film of the Week:

AI: Artificial Intelligence *** (12)
Director Steven Spielberg

Kubrick-via-Spielberg robot tearjerker is overblown and occasionally tedious - but packed with imagination, ambition and visual flair...more

Others:
The Centre of the World **

Crummy soft-porn in we're-concerend-with-rape camouflage. (18)
The Circle ****

Acclaimed, harrowing and dramatic look at life for women in Iran. (PG)
crazy/beautiful ***

Superior teen-romance has poor Latino boy falling for rich white girl. (12)

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LONDON NEWS

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Pinter: 'Don't Go to War'

- 'Terrorism is the language of despair,' say playwright and eight other leading British cultural figures

Tube Strikes Called for October

- 'Prehistoric' working conditions slammed by unions
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COMPETITION NEWS

CLUB COMPIE - Soul Heaven
We have three pairs of tickets to giveaway to uplifting house night Soul Heaven (featuring Kenny Gonzalez and Phil Asher on the decks) at The Ministry of Sound on Saturday 29 September. And it's easy peasy - all you have to do is email us the name of your favourite club night in London! Simply as that!

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do is send an email with the your answer and the subject header "Soul Heaven" 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: 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: 25 September 2001.

Woman & Home Experience
- Battersea Park in London from 4 -6 October 2001

Five lucky winners get a pairs of tickets for the 'Full Experience' worth UKP35 (each ticket). In addition we have 10 pairs of UKP7 tickets to give away.

The 'Full Experience' includes:
*Cointreau cocktail and canap reception
*Chance to view Estee Lauder's 'For all Women, For All Time'
exhibition (the first showing in the UK)
*Opportunity for one-to-one consultations with top international
Estee Lauder beauty experts, revealing the tricks of the trade to make
you look and feel your best
*Exclusive designer fashion shows highlighting the must have outfits
for Autumn/Winter 2001
*Food demos from top chefs James Martin & Tony Tobin
*Stylish tips on how to transform your home
*Entry to the shopping pavilion with over 80 hand-picked exhibitors
*Free show goody bag with an exclusive Estee Lauder gift

Tickets for the reception, show and shopping pavilion cost 35 per person and tickets for just the shopping pavilion cost 7 per person - 1 from every ticket sold goes to Breast Cancer Care to support its Breast Cancer Awareness month which launches in October.

Question: Where is the Woman & Home Experience going to be held?

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do is send an email with the your answer and the subject header "Woman & Home Experience Compie" 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: 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: 25 September 2001.

The London Soloists Chamber Orchestra are offering Ahoy! readers 4 pairs of tickets for each of the following concerts:

1.LSCO @ Purcell Room
Concert: 'Mostly Mozart'
23rd September 2001 7.30pm

2. LSCO @ St John's Smith Square
3rd October 2001

Question: Who conducts the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra?

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do is send an email with the correct answers and the subject header "LSCO Compie" 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 8 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: 21 September 2001.

Last Issues Competition Winners:
(30 August 2001, Ahoy)
(1) School Disco's second Birthday Bash.
Urmee Khan
(2) Transparent Sound
Mark Woon
Albert van Biljon
Qu: What was JAX formerly known as?
Answer: Happy Jacks

AHOY! TALKBACK

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We welcome your views on any subject, questions about your visit and of course feedback about the newsletter or website.

U.S.A. TERRROR ATTACKS: Letters
- Last week's special edition of Ahoy! was the hardest we have ever had to write. One week on and the full horror of the attacks is still emerging. So too are the tales of heroism and bravery.
- We received hundreds of emails from the U.S.A. thanking us for our sentiment and support. To view a selection of your responses see:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ahoy/usa_letters.html

Next Issue:
Back to normal - I have a few juicy letters in the usual Talkback vein: Kent UFOs, Eurostar and a cracking 'I know someone who slept with James Hewitt'.

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