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18 October 2001
Issue 90
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HOTELS: We need your help...
OUR sister site Hotelgenie now features over 300 fine European hotels. For the first time we are now reviewing character rich establishments from around the world too. Local knowledge rules, so we would be delighted to hear your suggestions for hotels to be included in the expanded guide. Charming and special hotels (3, 4 or 5 star) are our priority, so if you know of one in your city/state let us know and we will investigate. Email me directly at:
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MUSIC: Kylie
TICKETS for Kylie Minogue's London dates at Wembley go on sale on our site at 9.00am this Saturday 20 Oct. For details see our Music homepage:

THEATRE: Ten Pound Tickets for Art
FOR a limited time only we have secured a great deal on tickets for the hit comedy Art. All seats for performances from 22 Oct-30 Nov 2001 are available for just a tenner. Go on have a laugh...

Private Lives
Everyone loves an intimate affair, so it's no wonder the current revival of Noel Coward's Private Lives at the Albery theatre is such a crowd pleaser. Although Alan Rickman in the role Coward played and Lindsay Duncan as his on stage lover scarcely leave each other's company, the dazzling duo speak for all the hypocritical complacencies of the 1950s. What's more, these smoking, drinking divorcees doomed to fall for each other second time round reveal that the havoc love can wreak hasn't really changed.

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LONDON DIARY by David Clee

Space, Time and the Washing Up

"How big is space?" my son asked me the other day.
"Big," I replied, hoping the fact I subsequently high-tailed it out of the room would cut the interrogation short. No such luck.
"Yes, look I'm doing the washing up, can you just…"
"How big is big when you say space is big?"
"You know, big, pretty big, bigger than anything you can imagine."
"But what's bigger than space?"

It was here that I realised my son had inadvertently happened upon a flaw in plans for space colonisation trumpeted by Stephen Hawking this week.

Okay, Steve, we might concede, to escape the threat of nuclear meltdown, biological eradication and TV survivor shows, we see your point about reaching for the stars in the generations to come. But what then eh, smart guy?

What happens to the human race when space itself is saturated by quintillions of kids arguing over whether Harry Potter would have been better to have finished off you-know-who at the end of book one, instead of getting himself reincarnated and chasing the shadowy one ad-infi-bloody-nitum all over the known limits of space-time.

Crafty old Hawking might come back on the black hole technicality, but essentially, his plan is doomed before we all even start looking for bits of Kryptonite in the loft. A Brief History of Time? That's your problem, Steve. What you need is a bit of long-term thinking. Besides, George Bush and Tony Blair have told us this will be the last war of the millennium, so what are you worried about?
David Clee ([email protected])

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HOTEL NEWS by Peter D. Clee

A Montague Moment
OUR FRIENDS at The Montague laid on a mouth-watering post theatre reception for LondonNet last weekend. In view of the copious amounts of wine and beer laid on it was a blessing that they also put us up for the night.

The Montague fits neatly into our selection of small character hotels. Step through the front door and you enter a wood panelled reception area that sets the tone for this charming townhouse establishment.

Culture vultures will no doubt be choosing The Montague for its proximity to the British Museum, which is quite literally (rare in travel writing) over the road from the hotel. The British Museum is home to some of the nation's finest collections. It has recently been spruced up thanks to Norman Foster's glass dome which hangs above the building's Great Court.

And there's more. The hotel is perfectly placed for a walk into theatre land. Our group strolled down to Private Lives at the Albery Theatre in Covent Garden in less than 10 minutes.

We have some great rates on offer at this hotel. LondonNet's exclusive 33% discount is available on most rooms.
Tip: The romantically inclined may wish to plump for the saucy Lovers' Midnight feast deal.

Montague Hotel:
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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*:
1 (2) The Columbia
2 (-) Chelsea Lodge
3 (5) St James's Club
4 (3) La Reserve
5 (-) Rubens
(*based on bookings between 4-18 October 2001. Previous issue's figures in brackets)

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LONDON MUSIC by Catherine Chambers

Jah Wobble's Solaris
Sunday October 21

The latest project of industrial dub pioneer Jah Wobble, Solaris brings together an eclectic group of musicians to create genre-straddling music. Solaris sees Wobble join forces with Harold Budd, one time Can drummer John Liebzeit, cornet player Graham Hayes and jazz legend Bill Laswell. The full line-up will be embarking on a seven-date tour that kicks off this Sunday at Hackney's Ocean.

Worthy of 'legend' status, Wobble - after leaving Public Image Limited, has been forever at the forefront of musical experimentation, playing with diverse artists from Primal Scream to Sinead O Connor. Solaris came about when Brian Eno collaborator Budd and Wobble performed live together in 1999. Recruiting an extraordinary line up of musicians for their project, Budd and Wobble then set out to create what they refer to as 'improvised modal adventures in dub'.

As a one-time member of Can, drummer Jaki Liebzeit is responsible for trigging a whole new movement referred to as post-rock. Cornet player Graham Hayes, son of Roy Hayes, has collaborated with Marcus Miller and Miles Davis among others. Bill Laswell needs no introduction - a main player on the New York scene, the bassist has won a Grammy through his work with Herbie Hancock, worked alongside Pete Gabriela and Talvin Singh.

Currently available: Radioaxiom: A Dub Transmission.Check out the full list and gig listings for the next sixth months at:

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LONDON THEATRE by Helena 'Spid' Thompson

In the spotlight

Ever felt the men in your life are doing your head in? You've got a soul mate in Ophelia. Unwilling pawn in her father's political games and long suffering girlfriend to the dithersome Hamlet, the bard only hints at who she might have been before the male species screwed her up.

Thank goodness the girl Shakespeare killed off stage has finally found her own voice. A new version of the old Hamlet myth recasts the seemingly innocent Ophelia as a talented photographer who has seen more than most. Stuck away in a rotting castle with no one prepared to answer her questions, who could blame her for going mad?

Afterall, wouldn't Hamlet's theories about life and death get anyone down? What about the new dictator with his omniscient CCTV? Or brother Laertes with his sexual problems? Not to mention the dead king corrupting the castle's email…

Only my latest play at Jackson's Lane Theatre has the answers. With continuous music from Adem Ihlan (FRIDGE) as well as film and photography, this modern tale of love, betrayal, and suicide offers thought-provoking drama for these unstable times. Be sure to buy your Ophelia tickets from LondonNet. (November 9,10 and 11)
Call 020 8949 5363 for details or email me:
[email protected]

Up and Coming
Kiss Me Kate, The Victoria Palace, Victoria tube
Cole Porter's musical revamp of The Taming of the Shrew is back from Broadway with a cluster of US stars. It's time to brush up your Shakespeare.

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 about parenting a disabled child deservedly made its name as a classic.

Theatre Choice
Best Musical: Cats -
Lloyd Webber tames Eliot's feline poems
- For details, tickets and reviews see:

LondonNet's Top Five Shows*:
1 (2) The Lion King
2 (4) Phantom of the Opera
3 (-) Starlight Express
4 (3) My Fair Lady
5 (-) The King And I
(*based on bookings between 4-18 October 2001. Previous issue's figures in brackets)

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LONDON CLUBS by Catherine Chambers

Club Night of the week:

Fabric Turns Two
-London's top superclub celebrates its second birthday in style

Friday October 19 10pm-5am
Sat October 20 10pm-10am

Fabric. A club that isn't afraid to push the envelope when it comes to promoting underground dance music, it's little wonder therefore that Farringdon's nocturnal haunt is a favourite of clubbers and decknicians alike. "We couldn't have predicted two years ago that our commitment to underground artists, MCs and DJs would meet with such a fantastic level of interest," says Steve Blonde, Head of Promotions. "It's really satisfying that so many people share our musical tastes and come down to the club to support what we are doing."

The reason Fabric is so revered is simple. The vibe there is unique. This is down to two reasons. The first is that no two nights are alike - Friday is a mish mash of breaks 'n' beats while Saturdays tend to focus around house and garage. Secondly, and importantly, the club doesn't rely on special guest DJs to pull the crowds in either, instead boasting an impressive array of resident DJs such as Craig Richards, MoWax label boss James Lavelle Terry Francis and Ali B.

And while other bigger superclubs have closed, Fabric has gone from strength to strength, and plans to celebrate two years in style. Owner Keith Reilly says he hopes people treat it as a 'celebration of the last two hundred or so excellent parties.' On Friday breakbeat nutters Dominic B and Mark Yardley aka Stanton Warriors join James Lavelle and a live set from vocal drum 'n' bass outfit Kosheen in room one. Fabio, Grooverider, Optical and Mickey Finn whip up the beats in room two while Ross Clarke and Ali B have the run of room three. "We're all really excited about the fabric live show, says Markee Substance, one half of Kosheen. "We're focusing on tracks that were written a year or two ago, though we do have some new things brewing. There's not a lot of time in the studio to finish things so we basically sit down at soundchecks and work things out with the band. I hope everyone enjoys what we do."

Saturday sees long-time resident Craig Richards working up a dubby house vibe, along with Lee Burridge, Detroit techno turntablist Stacey Pullen and The Cuban Brothers among others. "The UK has always been ten steps ahead of what's happening in the States and fabric is a club that great attention is paid to internationally," says Pullen. "The whole thing is a good example of how thinking differently can produce great benefits. It's a fantastic environment to play music in, technically and socially, and I look forward to each visit."

Other Picks

Thurs October 18, Real London, Scala 10pm-3am UKP5 B4 12
New night aimed a promoting both new and existing talent in the city, Real London will inbrace all underground music. Tonight kicks off with DJs Dave Angel, Jamie Anderson and Steve Meakin (Rotation) among others.
Thurs October 18, Eat Your Own Ears, 93Ft East, 7.30pm-Late
Psychedelic guitar pop from Future Pilot AKA and Lorca. Special guest djs play a mix of thirst quenching sounds, mixing up, breaks and beats, post-rock and what ever else in the bar.
Sat October 20, Smokey Beats, Rhythm Factory
Smokey Beats starts its winter residency at new venue Rhythm Factory. Expect the usual subliminal house beats from Mr Paul Barkworth.

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LONDON CINEMA by Catherine Chambers

Film of the Week:

Atlantis The Lost Empire ***
Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

Sunken city explorers come a cropper in groundbreaking (no cute sidekicks, no sentimental songs) Disney animation. (PG)

Other top films out this week:
America's Sweethearts ***
Jeepers Creepers **
The Brotherhood of the Wolf ***
La Ville Est Tranquille ****
For reviews and details see:

Cinema Menu
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News from London

News Headlines
Government Could Drop Tube Privatisation, Says Byers
- Transport Minister hints at climb down on unpopular Underground plans
No Man's Land Comes Home
- The Pinter revival continues
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Music Competition:
Kingpin: The Nu Hardcore is a compilation album released through Peoplesound showcasing the best in UK underground music. We have five copies and several T-shirts up for grabs! Just email us the name of the label behind the compilation. Don't forget to include your address!

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do is send an email with your answer and the subject header "Kingpin Compie" to:
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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 correct answers out of the Editor's hat win a prize, details will be sent to the winner. The Editor's decision is final. Closing Date: 24 October 2001.

Club Competition:
Five pairs of tickets for Enjoy Music tour, which kicks off at The Arches next Wednesday 24 October. Featuring breakbeat duo Stanton Warriors and BBE records on the line-up it doesn't get much better! Just tell us where The Arches is!

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do is send an email with your answer and the subject header "Enjoy Music 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 correct answers out of the Editor's hat win a prize, details will be sent to the winner. The Editor's decision is final. Closing Date: 24 October 2001.

Last Issues Competition Winners:
(4 October 2001, Ahoy)

Skin Two Compie
Last week's winner scooped a weekend pass to the world's biggest design fetish fair at the Barbican and the Skin Two Rubber Ball at Hammersmith Palais. Congrats Lisa Bundschu of Fareham.


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