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AHOY! It's the LondonNet Newsletter...
18 January 2002, Issue 96

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AHOY! Contents:

1. WHAT'S UP: Cats Put to Sleep, Valentine's Day, London for Free
2. LONDON DIARY: Holy Grail Found On Pavement
3. ENTERTAINMENT: Theatre, Music, Clubs, Cinema
4. HOTELS: London and Worldwide
5. NEWS: Latest news from London
6. COMPETITION: 6 pairs of tickets for Club Fantastic
7. TALKBACK: Readers say their piece on Ahoy's new format
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1. WHAT'S UP - What's new on LondonNet
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Cats Put to Sleep
- Twenty-one years and out for Andrew Lloyd Webber's legendary musical
inspired by T. S. Eliot's 'Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats'. End-of-show
tickets available through to 27 April 2002.
News: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre.html
Review/Tickets: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_cats.html

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Valentine's Day
- Our resident cupid rustles up 6 of the best online ideas for Valentine's
Day.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/about/shopping.html

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LONDON FOR FREE:
Club Compie -Club Fantastic
Win one of 6 pairs of tickets for 70s and 80s themed Club Fantastic.
- Scroll down for competition details.

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2. LONDON DIARY
- Holy Grail Found On Pavement

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One of my favourite anecdotes about the 1960s, the decade during which
London first struggled out of its traditionalist clothing, is the story that
many involved in the Mod youth movement would coolly exhibit copies of Paris
Match as they sat at cafés with their trademark cappuccinos, all the while
reading the racing pages of the Daily Mirror, cunningly concealed within.
But in their self-serving pretence lay a wider truth, one that I have only
just re-discovered.

After years of trying to work out what it is that makes certain cities more
vibrant and attractive than others, I truly believe I have found the key to
the door of urban perception, a short cut to discovering the meaning of
metropolitan magnificence.

It’s all very well reaching for the guide books to list the architectural,
cultural and historical glories that make a place buzz, but I’ve always felt
the need for a more symbolic reference point, a measuring stick that can
quickly reveal the cultural level of a city.

Then, as I walked through Soho the other day, it hit me. The answer lies on
the edge of pavements and sidewalks, just this side of the gutter, for it is
there you will find newspaper and magazine stalls. My contention is that the
more international titles a stall carries, the more exciting and fulfilling
the city will be.

For the vendor to offer newspapers from all corners of the earth is to
provide evidence that his city is home to a cosmopolitan mix of races and
cultures, which in turn means more varied restaurants and bars, more
artistic innovation and less smug contentment with some often phoney native
past.

Not that us internationally inclined citizens are without blemish when it
comes to honesty, of course, as the Paris Match Mods proved. But, at the
risk of sounding like a contestant for Miss World, I think I can say that a
yearning to be part of a harmonious wider world, may be some kind of lie,
but at least it is a beautiful one.

David Clee, Editor (mailto:[email protected])

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

- News
Cats Put to Sleep - Twenty-one years and out for legendary musical
News: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre.html
Review/Tickets: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_cats.html

Mamma Mia - Due to a canceled trip, LondonNet reader Rachel Emberton has
several tickets for the matinee performance of Mamma Mia on Saturday 16th
February. Could be the ideal Valentine's present don't you think? To
purchase tickets, call Rachel on: 01773 596768 (++44 1773 596768 from
outside UK).

- Up and Coming
We Will Rock You, The Dominion Theatre, Leicester Square tube
Queen and Ben Elton get together for a rock extravaganza. This futuristic
musical promises to change the West End.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_tickets.html
Ophelia, The Arcola theatre, Dalston overground
Hamlets girlfriend finally finds her voice in this modern reworking of the
old Hamlet myth. Watch out for this transfer from Jacksons Lane theatre.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_ophelia.html

- In The Spotlight
No Man's Land knows its place. Pinter's poignant play is right at home back
at the National where it premiered in 1975. It is packing in the punters at
a time when even musicals like Cats look set to collapse...more
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre.html

- Highlights
Kiss Me Kate, The Victoria Palace, The Victoria Tube
Cole Porter's revamp of The Taming of the Shrew sets Shakespeare to a tune
and gets the audience going.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/theatre_tickets.html

- Groups
Don't forget that extra group discounts are still available for CHICAGO
(minimum 12 tickets per booking).
- 37.50 and 35.00 tickets NOW 20.00.
- 27.50 and 22.50 tickets NOW 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 (4 Jan - 18 Jan 02)
1) Cats
2) My Fair Lady
3) The Lion King
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 - Top Five Gigs
1. Chemical Brothers
2. Westlife
3. Blue
4. Spiritualised
5. Sophie Ellis Bextor
- 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
Black Hawk Down ***
Director Ridley Scott
Technically impressive, politically suspect, view of events in Somalia 1993
when a US military attack went wrong.

-Other Films out this week
Iris *** : Life of novelist Iris Murdoch, especially her love life and late
decline though Alzheimer's.
Long Time Dead ** : Poor by-the-numbers horror nonsense.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/out/ent/cinema_new.html

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

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

Club Compie - Club Fantastic
Win one of 6 pairs of tickets for 70s and 80s themed Club Fantastic.
- Scroll down for competition details.

- 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

- Hazlitt's on TV
Our favourite Soho hotel, the tiny and charming Hazlitt's, is to be featured
on tonight's edition of ITV's Wish You Were (8pm). In conjunction with their
five minutes of fame they are running a special deal for LondonNet readers:
145 UKP for a single or double room (compared to 175, 195 UKP normally) for
stays completed by 13 Feb 2002.
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/resources/offerhazlitts.html

- Top Offers
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

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

- London Hotel Chart
Top Three Sellers (4-18 Jan 02)
1) Columbia
2) La Reserve
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/

TOP OFFER: The Stanhope ***** (Brussels, Belgium)
Huge savings on weekend stays. See:
http://www.hotelgenie.com/bilbao/lopez_de_haro.shtml

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. You can even stay in the rooms actor James Dean
lived in for a spell in the 1950s. Special offers for 2002. See:
http://www.hotelgenie.com/new_york/iroquois.shtml

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5. NEWS: Latest news from London

Scott Talks Up Black Hawk Down
- Director uses London premiere to defend politics of war movie
End of the Line for Royal Train
- Queen questions future of 'expensive' loco
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/talk/news/headlines.html

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6. COMPETITIONS

Club Compie - Club Fantastic
Win one of 6 pairs of tickets for 70s and 80s themed Club Fantastic.
- Scroll down for competition details.

Qu: Who danced his way into a Saturday Night Fever?

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do is send an email with your answer and the
subject header "Club Fantastic Compie" to:
mailto:[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: 25 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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WINNER: Nutcracker Compie (4 Jan issue):
Shivaun McCullough

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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
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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
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We welcome your views on any subject, questions about your visit and of
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ED: Thanks for the feedback over the change back to a plain text style Ahoy!
The majority of you welcomed the change but a few had reservations. We don't
rule out a future return to HTML format but only when we can have a
distribution system that handles them properly. Where are all the
web-software developers when you need them?

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Glad to see you've reverted to plain text - this is what email was designed
for. HTML formatted mails are a sure sign of junk.

Gerry Smith

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Great leap backwards! What is wrong with a choice, so that (the majority)
can opt for HTML?
After all, some people still don't have colour TV - no excuse for not
broadcasting in colour!!!

Happy New Year to you too!

John Franke

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Hurrah for the simpler style, easier and faster to download. Keep it that
way. And thanks.

Nibit Orbuven

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I am going to miss the html version greatly.

Thomas Graham

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THANK YOU....SO much for returning to the original format. I've missed very
much
being able to read the London Net. And since I visit the U.K. every
spring, I particularly like to keep up on what's going on in Londontown!

Thanks again.

Elissa Rathfelder

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