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29 November 2001
Issue 93
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SHOPPING: Updated guide
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LONDON DIARY by David Clee

Maxing Out on Minimalism

There's a lot of development going on round our way at the moment. The constant rumble-rumble-kerrack! of heavy duty lorries negotiating speed bumps can be a little wearing, and then there's the vague, selfish thought that more people will equal fewer parking spaces but, all in all, I'm all in favour.

There are two main reasons for this. Primarily, I like building work because you tend to get some lovely little cameo performances. Yesterday, a huge truck caused mayhem for ages when it blocked the traffic on an important arterial route. Any serious anger was avoided when, in Busby Berkley formation, drivers were treated to the surreal spectacle of dozens of rain-battered delivery people, wheeling washer-dryer after washer-dryer, on biddy little trolleys, out of the truck to be fitted in the kitchens of some so-called New York-style apartments.

That's a term to have suffered the kind of devaluation the IMF will want to know about. At first 'New-York style' meant spacious loft flats, usually open-plan in interior lay-out, but now seems to refer to any new development with hardwood floors and plain white walls which is to say, all new developments. I spy a problem for the recent schemes builders hope will have high-earning twenty-year olds rushing to buy them. At some point confidence in the currency will be exhausted. In fashion, that usually happens when not-so high earners finally scrape together enough cash to pay for their ticket to the band-wagon. Lazy Minimalism could be about to peak.

The second reason I like the development, now we have established it will fail? Well, last week my washing machine packed up and I've got my eye on a great little nearly-new bargain.
David Clee ([email protected])

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HOTEL NEWS by Peter D. Clee

Affordable Elegance
WE welcomed three new hotels to our guide recently. The Gainsborough, The Gallery Hotel and The Willett Hotel make up the Elegant English Hotel chain.

The Gainsborough and The Gallery Hotel are in South Kensington, close to the Victoria and Albert, Natural History and Science Museums. The Willett Hotel is in Sloane Square. These are some of the best locations in town, ensuring sightseeing and shopping opportunities are always close at hand.

All three boast old English character and charm. Facilities are as you would expect in superior hotels. What will surprise you, however, are the prices. These are some of the best value hotels on LondonNet and for a limited time offer 4 nights for the price of 3 and 7 nights for the price of 5.
The Gainsborough:
The Gallery Hotel:
The Willett Hotel:

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 (3) Lincoln
3 (2) Hazlitts
4 (-) Chelsea Lodge
5 (-) Commodore
(*based on bookings between 15-29 November 2001. Previous issue's figures in brackets)

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LONDON MUSIC by Catherine Chambers

Saturday, December 1

Come last orders on a Saturday night, many a pierced-up spiky haired metal kid trundles down Oxford Street and wanders down into the subterranean surroundings of Metros for their weekly fix of nu-metal and the odd rock classic thrown in. Small, dark and complete with reasonable beer prices, the club has become a permanent residence for rock and indie nights. Now it looks like it could become a stop on the gig calender thanks to some bright spark having the idea of hosting live gigs at the venue as well.
Paul Tunkin, the chap behind the ever-popular Blow Up, is now running the Metro Club and has lined up a series of gigs. This weekend US underground emo types Juno are headlining. While their name might not ring any instant bells, new album 'Future Lived in Past Tense' (a hefty 70 minutes long) is quietly making waves among those in the know.

Formed in 1995, the Seattle five-piece are both powerful and moving; their songs imbued with poignant lyrics, lush atmospherics and intricate guitar structures. With scant regard for accessibility, 'Future…' isn't instant ear-candy and takes a few listens before the beauty begins to sink in. But hell, it's worth it.
With Jimmy Eat World and Rival Schools already having upped the post-hardcore stakes, Juno could find themselves being the next band to name-drop.

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LONDON THEATRE by Helena 'Spid' Thompson

In the spotlight

The Spirit of Togetherness - that's what theatreland needs when war and recession threaten, and that's the name of the Shaftesbury Theatre's latest hit.

Except that the show, being South African, is actually called Umoja. Award-winning director Ian von Memerty sets a 36 strong cast of singers, dancers, drummers and marimba players to the task of dramatising South Africa's musical heritage.

Like Lady Salsa (the all singing all dancing Cuban performers who have continued to rock the West End stage with renditions of their country's history at a time when anticipated long runners like The Hunchback Of Notre Dame are closing) this rousing extravaganza makes a refreshing break from the staple diet of West End musicals.

A lesson to all producers convinced that sheer glitz will put bums on seats, Umoja grew out of 3 oldish microphones and a couple of backing tracks. Now the likes of Bonginkosil (whose name means praise the Lord) and Nonhlanhla (a.k.a. fortunate one) sport rainbow costumes to the stirring tunes of Kwaito and Pantsula. As holistic happenings go, this shows shows the true meaning of collaboration.

Up and Coming
Aladdin, The Lyric Hammersmith, Hammersmith tube

The Told By An Idiot crew offer their own inimitable spin on that Arabian night out. Expect more than the usual magic of a Christmas show.

Umoja, The Shaftesbury Theatre, Holborn tube

A South African extravaganza to celebrate the spirit of togetherness. All singing, all dancing performers bring village life to life.

Theatre Choice
Best Musical: Cats -
Lloyd Webber tames Eliot's feline poems
Best Play: Art - The value of modern art throws relationships into jepardy.
- For details, tickets and reviews see:

LondonNet's Top Five Shows*:

1 (-) My Fair Lady
2 (3) The Lion King
3 (1) Starlight Express
4 (-) Phantom of the Opera
5 (-) The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
(*based on bookings between 15-28 November 2001. Previous issue's figures in brackets)

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THEATRE: Group Bookings
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LONDON CLUBS by Catherine Chambers

Club Night of the week:

Aftershock 2
Thursday November 29
333 Club, Old Street
10pm-5am, UKP10

Future Sound of London, Luke Vibert, Derek Dahlarge and Norman Jay are just a few of the DJs lending their decknician skills to Aftershock 2, a night dedicated to raising funds for the Afghanistan crisis.

Calling for 'political, diplomatic and economic resolution to the conflict in Afghanistan and the Middle East', Aftershock 2 has twenty or so DJs demonstrating their wares free of charge, with all profits going to help the Red Cross's work in Afghanistan - with over three-quarters going to help the refugees, and the remainder going towards CND campaign against the arms trade.

Aftershock 2 is the second club charity event held by 333 promoters Off-centre and club promoters Crackin' Skullz and Asleep At The Wheel. The first event was held back in April in aid of the Indian Earthquake victims that raised £7,000 in total.

Are Yule Ready To Party?
- Check out LondonNet's guide to clubbing over Christmas and New Year

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LONDON CINEMA by Catherine Chambers

Film of the Week:

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back ****
Director Kevin Smith
The two slacker heroes try to stop a film being made about them. Highly recommended. (18)
...more (PG)

Other top films out this week:
Zoolander ****
Bandits ***
The Ghosts of Mars **
The Devil's Backbone ****
Meet Me in St. Louis *****
Storytelling ****

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CLUB COMPIE - Ministry's New Year
Win a pair of tickets for the Ministry of Sound's New Year Eve celebrations at The Millennium Dome. The entertainments are laid out across four themed arenas and play host to dozens of top DJs and acts including Judge Jules and Dave Pearce.

Qu: Which national radio station do Judge Jules and Dave Pearce DJ for?

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do is send an email with your answer and the subject header "Ministry New Year 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 answer out of the Editor's hat wins the prize, details will be sent to the winner. The Editor's decision is final. Closing Date: 7 December 2001.
Club Guide:

Last Issue's Competition Winner:
(15 November 2001, Ahoy)

Theatre Tokens Compie
Rachel Taylor (Buxton, Derbyshire)


AHOY! Readers say their piece: Send mail to [email protected]
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In late june of 2000 our entourage traveled London to Paris on the
eurostar. Five adults and a four year-old were all very pleased with the level of service. staff was perfunctorily polite. The ride
proceeded without incident, in an efficient manner. We will most
assuredly use this fine service again.

Michael J. Gresk

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Re: Eurostar

We paid for first class and look at the thread bare carpet? What a Eurostate!

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Diane Butler

Repy: Thanks for the photo Diane. Not having travelled first class on Eurostar I can't verify this photo, but if it's for real what an eyeopener. We welcome more of your Eurostar pictures. Send to:
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Dear LondonNet,

The reason why people construct these elaborate theories about Diana is the same reason that there are theories about a lot of famous dead people. This is because when someone reaches iconic status to the extent of Diana they are no longer really seen as a real person who could suffer the same weaknesses, traumas or fate as the rest of us. They are not seen as 'real' people, so they thought of a fairy tale princess (as she was pecieved from the day she died) dying in a car crash like anyone else could is unbelievable.

Another great example of this is Elvis, and other rock icons like Kurt
Cobain. John Lennon is an exception as he did come to an outlandish end as aniconic person should!

Victoria McLaughlin

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