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SHOPPING: Updated guide
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as Oxford Street and Knightsbridge. http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/about/shopping.html
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
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
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])
HOTEL NEWS by Peter D. Clee
WE welcomed three new hotels to our guide recently. The Gainsborough,
The Gallery Hotel and The Willett Hotel make up the Elegant English
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
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
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
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)
For the full range of London hotels now on offer please see:
For details of our office hours and contact info see our Helpdesk
For details of over 350 character rich city hotels available
on our sister site Hotelgenie.com see:
Wishes: With a luxury hotel break up for grabs
in each issue plus features and news, it's time to get your copy
of Wishes, Hotelgenie.com's
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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.
Music Tickets: You can book tickets for many of the
top gigs in London through our online ticket shop:
For our music guide see: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/index.html
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
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
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.
Best Musical: Cats
- Lloyd Webber tames
Eliot's feline poems
Best Play: Art - The value of modern art throws relationships
- For details, tickets and reviews see: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre.html
LondonNet's Top Five
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)
London Theatre Menu
London Theatre Tickets
THEATRE: Group Bookings
Group bookings normally require a minimum of between 10-15 in
the party (depending on show) and usually attract handsome discounts.
If you are planning a works party, school trip, birthday treat
or laying on corporate hospitality please get in touch.
Email: [email protected]
LONDON CLUBS by Catherine Chambers
Club Night of the week:
Thursday November 29
333 Club, Old Street
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
Club Tickets - You can now book tickets for many
of the top clubs in London through our online ticket shop:
LONDON CINEMA by Catherine Chambers
Film of the Week:
Jay and Silent Bob Strike
Director Kevin Smith
The two slacker heroes
try to stop a film being made about them. Highly recommended.
Other top films out this
The Ghosts of Mars **
The Devil's Backbone ****
Meet Me in St. Louis *****
For reviews and details
Film Listings - Full London listings with our easy
to use guide
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CLUB COMPIE - Ministry's
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
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.
Last Issue's Competition
(15 November 2001,
Theatre Tokens Compie
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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
proceeded without incident, in an efficient manner. We will most
assuredly use this fine service again.
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We paid for first class and
look at the thread bare carpet? What a Eurostate!
here for picture
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Diane. Not having travelled first class on Eurostar I can't verify
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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!
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