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Putting To Bed The Sleep Gene

NOW that we can visit bars and pubs 24 hours a day, the pressure is on the nation's sleep scientists to wake up.

When the pubs were shut, fair enough, you might as well have had a lie down as do anything else, but the new licensing laws have changed all that and it's not much good being handed the freedom to sit on a stool watching repetitive silent pop videos all night if my eyes keep demanding rest and my body falls to the floor.

There's got to be some DNA switch in there somewhere that'll let us stay awake to enjoy the new arrangements. If the boffins don't come up with it soon, I foresee a worrying chance for the crystal meth crowd to laugh crazily at the rest of us. I know, they do that already, but anyway, sleep is unbecoming to humankind. It puts us on a level with the animals and leaves dribble on my pillow when I'm not looking.

With no sleep to worry about, both night-dribble and London's housing problem would vanish as no one would bother going home at all. Then there'd be loads of property on sale for developers to turn into more bars so that in the end everyone would have their own personal bar where they might even be allowed to turn up the volume on the telly. I need a lie down just thinking about it.

David Clee

Theatre

Blue Man Group
New London Theatre
After years of considerable success in the United States, Blue Man Group has finally reached London. The trio of bald men painted in blue have brought their unusual mix of theatre, rock concert and visual euphoria to the New London Theatre to enthral a new crowd...
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Blue Man Group.  Image:  Ken Howard

A Christmas Carol
Albery
Ever the perfect Scrooge specimin, Patrick Stewart comes to the Albery this Christmas, in a notable adaptation of Charles Dicken's favourite holiday story. Stewart appears as all of Dicken's main characters, including Bob Crachit, Tiny Tim, and Ebenezer Scrooge. The production uses only a few props, but makes up for any fluff with Stewart's wily, fast-paced multiple personalities.
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A Christmas Carol.  Image: Jim Farber
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Music

Girls Aloud
Wembley Arena
3 June 2006

Arguably Britain's favourite girl-pop-group, Girls Aloud tromps around the UK with the height of their newest album, Chemistry, released on the fifth of December. Already topping the UK charts, the single Biology is set to continue their popularity, although the Pussycat Dolls are surely not far behind...
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Girls Aloud

Nada Surf
Shepherds Bush Empire
28 March, 2006

Indie-pop favourites Nada Surf are back with a new album, The Weight Is A Gift, which comes as the longstanding, 30-year-old trio embarks into assured adulthood. Reviewers have said the album holds "a few quiet victories," and Nada Surf's many fans might expect a more adult version on this tour.
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Nada Surf
Story One

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Flamenco Festival
Sadler's Wells
A collection of Flamenco-inspired acts comes to Sadler's Wells, to spice up February. Ballet Nacional de Espana, Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras and more specialised acts are included.
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Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras

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Dear LondonNet,
Hey hey hey[sic], Ive just read your article about the maybe shutdown of all the best markets in the world, i.e Camden and Portobello!!!! I can't understand how they can even consider such a stupid idea! Where has all this come from we need to save this[sic] from happening. Please, if there is anything the public could do to save this[sic] happening lets do it! Myself and my friends were in the process off getting our homemade clothes together to sell in camden and all our dreams could come to an end! Let us help save the best shopping places in the world. Who needs more coffee shops? We don't, and I'm[sic] sure there are lots more people like us that are sick of all these pointless things[sic] being built!Anyway, can't moan forever, but please lets save it all.
- Misty

Dear Misty,
There are lots of efforts underway to keep London markets grassroots, and they seem to been working. Kind of. Camden's only current threat is legislation that will ban people from drinking on the streets, as government officials consider it a large part of crime and disorderly behaviour. There are still serious rumours of Portobello Market's closure, and Berwick Street Market is in jeopardy, even after a huge, pricey overhall. The vultures are still circling with their high street stores, so keep your eye out and visit SMUT or Camden Lock. Give them your opinions, or help out by volunteering. It takes much effort to keep London's markets from becoming a bastion of globalism.
- LondonNet

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