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AHOY! It's the LondonNet Newsletter...
3 January 2002, Issue 95

LondonNet Homepage: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/
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AHOY! Contents:

1. WHAT'S UP: New old look AHOY!, London for free
2. LONDON DIARY: Sign of the Times
3. ENTERTAINMENT: Theatre, Music, Clubs, Cinema
4. HOTELS: London and Worldwide
5. NEWS: Latest news from London
6. COMPETITION: Win a pair of tickets for The Nutcracker
7. TALKBACK: Readers say their piece
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1. WHAT'S UP - What's new on LondonNet.
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New old look AHOY!
- To html or not to html

Throughout 2001 most of you received AHOY! in the 'html' format (looks like
a web page). Those whose email software did not support this format should
have received it in the old fashioned plain text format (like this email).
Confused? Well so were many of our readers who use AOL and other proprietary
systems that could neither swallow our Microsoft 'html' format nor view the
back-up plain text version.

We didn't invent these email systems and can't abide these corporate
standard struggles. We just want to publish AHOY! in the most attractive
way possible to anyone who wants to receive it.

So for now at least we are going to keep it simple and revert to the 'Plain
Text' version. To ensure that it still looks neat you will notice that the
regular entertainment articles are now reproduced in full online, with easy
to follow links from the relevant category (e.g. theatre, music, film,
clubs) in AHOY!.

We hope this shorter version of AHOY! will also be sweeter. As ever I
welcome your views on the latest changes.

Happy New Year!

Peter D. Clee, Publisher ([email protected])

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LONDON FOR FREE:
Ballet Compie - The Nutcracker
Win a pair of tickets for the English National Ballet's production of
Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker.
Scroll down for competition details.

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2. LONDON DIARY
- Sign of the Times
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Authoritative studies have shown that London has more signs along its
streets, per mile, than any other major city.

One reason is that other countries don't seem to like the 'For Sale' and
'Sold' signs so beloved of our estate agents; another is that our city's
kindly planners know that people need something to read while stuck in
traffic jams.

That's how I had always imagined sign artists - a band of dedicated men and
women who, for no special reward, seek to enlighten their fellow citizens as
to an upcoming series of speed bumps or the whereabouts of the Barnet Museum
of Knitting. The general rule seemed to be that bad news (the speed bumps)
should be softened by cute little pictures, while good things (stations,
knitting, car boot sales) should be firmed up by the appearance of brute
text lest drivers get over-excited

But last night I was shocked to come across a nasty sign which sneered that
'bus lane cameras are in operation.' No pictogram of a 19th century box
camera in the shape of a bus, just the words in all their bland authority.

When the historians come to write of the decline and fall of London, they'll
find their turning point here. Such things are a signpost to the future.
Either that, or I'm just furious that I only noticed the sign after the
camera had flashed. ('It was after midnight, your honour, I swear.')

David Clee, Editor ([email protected])

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3. ENTERTAINMENT
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THEATRE
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre.html

- News
Bard Bust Up Afoot: More shake-ups for the Royal Shakespeare Company
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre.html

- Up and Coming
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Palladium
Tickets are now available for this children's favourite (Opens March).
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_chittychitty.html

Ophelia, The Arcola theatre, Dalston overground
Hamlet's girlfriend finally finds her voice in this modern reworking of the
old Hamlet myth. Watch out for this transfer from Jackson's Lane theatre.

- Highlights
Quidam, Battersea Power Station, Embankment tube
Toronto's pride and joy is back in town. Catch the circus before they magic
themselves off to another country.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_tickets.html

- Groups
New group discounts available for CHICAGO (minimum 12 tickets per booking).
37.50 and
35.00 tickets are 20.00. 27.50 and 22.50 tickets are 17.50. Prices are in UK
pounds and apply to bookings made before 2 Feb 2002 for perfomances through
to 1 June 2002. Valid for all Mon-Thur performances and Fri and Sat
matinees. Call our ticket office on 020 8949 5363 for details.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_groups.html

- Theatre Tickets
Top Three Sellers (21 Dec 01 - 3 Jan 02)
1) My Fair Lady
2) The Lion King
3) Phantom of the Opera
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_tickets.html

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MUSIC
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/

Rock and Pop
- Live Lowdown
Post-New Year shenanigans it's a bit of a quiet week this one, with Edwin
Starr, Christian rockers POD and morbid grindcore outfit Mortician. Or
perhaps The Toes will tickle your fancy?
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/rockpoppreviews.html
- News
The Bard in Bid for Chart Success: Actors to record songs based on
Shakespeare's sonnets.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/#news
- Tickets
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/rockpoptickets.html

Classical
- Carmen
Bizet's unfortgettable score is set to seduce audiences once more:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/music/carmen.html

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CINEMA
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/cinema.html

- Film Of The Week
Monsoon Wedding ****
Director Mira Nair
Superb acting and great music make for entertaining fare as a Delhi father
gets into trouble at the approach of his daughter's wedding. (15)

-Other Films out this week
Behind Enemy Lines
The Last Castle
Mulholland Drive
Nobody Someday
Va Savoir
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/cinema_new.html

- Listings
By Cinema: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/cinema/index.html
By Film: r5http://www.londonnet.co.uk/films/index.html

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CLUBS
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/clubs.html

- Picks
Trance the night away at Escape From Samsara on Friday, Ocean is swimming
with garage grooves on Saturday night with Decks Territory, and get a taste
of glam at Trash's 5th Birthday bash. See:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/clubs-previews.html

- Feature
Fabric:The Future of London Clubbing
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/clubs_fabric_feature.html

- Club Venues and Listings
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/clubs-venues.html

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4. HOTELS
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LONDON
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/hotel-shop.html

- Top Offers
The Ritz***** (Piccadilly)
Even bigger savings on your favourite deluxe 5 star London hotel. More than
40 per cent off selected rooms/dates exclusively for LondonNet readers. See:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/offerritz.html

The Gainsborough Hotel**** (S. Kensington)
- Combines the attractive style of bygone days with an easy informality. 4
nights for the price of 3 (or 7 nights for the price of 5).
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/offergainsborough.html

- London Hotel Chart
Top Three Sellers (21 Dec 01 - 3 Jan 02)
1) Columbia
2) Gore
3) Chelsea Lodge
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/hotel-shop.html

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WORLDWIDE
New additions and highlights from our sister site Hotelgenie.com.
http://www.hotelgenie.com/

NEW: The Iroquois**** (New York, U.S.A.)
- Just minutes from Broadway, the Iroquois is the perfect place to soak up
the spirit of New York. Special offers for 2002. See:
http://www.hotelgenie.com/new_york/iroquois.shtml

TOP OFFER: Hotel Lopez de Haro***** (Bilbao, Spain)
Cultural Weekend Rate: Inclusive of breakfast, tickets to the Guggenheim and
Fine Arts Museums. See:
http://www.hotelgenie.com/bilbao/lopez_de_haro.shtml

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5. NEWS: Latest news from London

- Livingstone Gets His Lines: Mayor in running to control Jubilee, Northern
and Piccadilly lines
- Omah and Out: Taliban leader 'surrounded' by U.S. troops
- Four Day Rail Chaos: South West Trains strike hits 150,000 London
commuters
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/talk/news/headlines.html

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6. COMPETITIONS

- BALLET COMPIE: The Nutcracker
Win a pair of tickets for the English National Ballet's Nutcracker. The
tickets are for either Mon or Tues of next week.
N.B. Deadline for entries is 10.00am, Monday, 7th!

Qu: Who scored the music for The Nutcracker?

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do is send an email with your answer and the
subject header "The Nutcracker 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 details we can't
send you info about 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: 10.00am, Monday, 7 January 2002

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- SONY COMPIE: Win a Home Entertainment System
The Sony VPL-HS1 projector provides the ultimate "giant screen" experience -
ideal for films, sport and games. Think World Cup, think World Cup, think
World Cup....
Click here for competition details:

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7. AHOY! TALKBACK: Readers say their piece

AHOY! Readers say their piece: Send mail to [email protected]
Notes: The Editor reserves the right to amend your contributions for reasons
of elegance, space, legality and plain sheer bloodymindedness. The following
letters have been received direct here at Ahoy! Talkback or on our News
Talkback forum. Join the diverse debate by sending us an email or posting a
message on the forum: http://talkback.londonnet.co.uk/
We welcome your views on any subject, questions about your visit and of
course feedback about the newsletter or website.

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Hello All,

Why no strip club list? If, perhaps, I'm incredibly dopey and missed it on
your site please let me know.

Thank You

Sere Poray

REPLY: Well Sere, I should say something smart like "we're working on it but
the research is tiring us out". However, in all honesty it's not been top of
our priority list of late. We'll put it in our 'to do' pile, promise (Ed).

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Dear LondonNet,

Many thanks for this confirmation of booking for my daughter's christmas
present. You were very helpful yesterday and I appreciate the second email
without pricing, that I am able to give to her at christmas in lieu of the
tickets.

Have a good christmas and new year.

Regards

Rachel Morgan

REPLY: Our pleasure, Rachel (Ed).

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