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Boasts New TV Record
- 47 hour marathon-man 'stretched legs' to keep himself awake
can puff out their chests this weekend, filled with pride that
this city holds the prestigious record for continuous TV viewing.
man to thank for this is Hendon's own Tom Gibson, who lasted
a full 47 hours, eight minutes, beating the previous record by
a whopping seven minutes which works out at two normal ad-breaks
or one if you choose to watch Sky.
was no easy task," Gibson said. "On Wednesday morning
at about 2am I felt like I was going to nod off but I stood up
and stretched my legs to keep me awake - but never took my eyes
off the screen."
carried out his task in a mocked-up living-room on the Cromwell
Road which was open to public viewing. "My TV highlight
would have to be watching the Champions League," our hero
Brother is Watching You Have Sex
- New series goes down the peep-show and orgasm route
FIRST couple to have sex on Big Brother, the latest series of
which starts on Friday, will earn UKP100,000.
has been waiting for some serious action in the Big Brother house
and this offer should encourage the housemates to loose their
inhibitions," said Richard Gale of Playboy TV, the company
making the offer which will come in the form of cash paid to
present one of the channel's shows.
far, full sex has been missing from the British Big Brother,
though it has visited the series in its foreign incarnations.
case the UKP100,000 is not enough to tempt the contestants to
make the beast with two backs, condom company Trojan are to screen
an ad early in the first episode featuring a couple making lurv.
The ad, cleared by TV watchdogs, features a man and woman having
ad's creator, Neale Hunt of Media Therapy, said of the production
process: "Can you imagine sitting opposite 20 guys and asking
to see their most intimate orgasm face?" Several million
of us will be in Hunt's peeping tom position to see if Big Brother's
sex stars they are to get their mitts on the Playboy TV cash.
Destroys BritArt Classics
- Emin, Hirst, Chapmans and Whiteread among casualties
I Ever Slept With got burnt in east London last night. Tracey
Emin's work that featured a tent with the names of her sleeping
partners was among a pile of famous Brit Art to succumb to the
flames in an art storage facility last night.
art collection belonged to patron Charles Saatchi, the man who
funded a whole host of Brit Art artists. Saatchi is quoted as
being "absolutely devastated". Works by the Chapman
brothers, Damien Hirst and Rachel Whiteread were also stored
at the Momart warehouse in Leyton.
is not yet known how many of these works - which carry a combined
multi-million pound price-tag - have been destroyed. "We
are waiting for Momart to give us final confirmation," said
a spokesperson for Charles Saatchi. However, the signs are not
good. The fire began on Monday and was still being put out on
described the warehouse as being "non-existent".
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Trek Towards Elections
- Patrick Stewart and Joan Collins wheeled out
PICARD will boldly go into one of his toughest battles today
when he starts the fight against voter apathy in the run-up to
next month's elections.
with Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott Picard, aka actor Patrick
Stewart, helms a publicity event in central London aimed to publicise
the European and local elections on the 10th of June.
also marks the first day of postal voting for some districts
including London. Postal voting is held up as a way of increasing
the turn out, which has fallen steadily for both local and European
votes in recent years. Some districts are even operating a 100
per cent postal election.
the anti-EC United Kingdom Independence Party is to unveil its
latest star recruit in the form of Joan Collins, to add to Robert
Kilroy-Silk, Sir Patrick Moore and Edward Fox.
Day: 10 June 2004
(Respect - The Unity Coalition)
Ram Gidoomal (Christian Peoples Alliance)
Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrats)
Darren Johnson (Green Party Candidate)
Julian Leppert (British National Party)
Ken Livingstone (The Labour Party Candidate)
Frank Maloney (UK Independence Party)
Dr Tammy Nagalingam (Independent)
Steve Norris (Conservative - for a Safer London)
Lorna Reid (Independent Working Class Association)
details on the above candidates and those standing in the London
Assembly and European Elections see:
Day at the Chelsea Flower Show
- Royal preview for green-themed extravaganza
is the theme at this year's Chelsea Flower Show, which opens
its doors to the Queen today.
tradition, Her Majesty gets to have a peek a day before everyone
else at the hundreds of gardening exhibits on display at Britain's
premier horticultural event.
and Wednesday, members of the Royal Horticultural Society will
be able to enjoy the sights of the gardens constructed at the
Royal Hospital grounds in Chelsea, followed by the general public
on Thursday. The event is already a sell out.
year, organisers introduce a theme and this year it's the subtleties
of the colour green, which is to be gloried in its many shades
throughout the show. Other highlights include a strong showing
input from southern hemisphere plants and a thorny red rose named
after New Scotland Yard - "an ideal platform to illustrate
garden security in action," as the blurb goes.
- LondonNet's online guide to the best of this year's shows.
Rise for London Grand Prix Return
- Formula 1 boss drops hint for future British GP venue
chances of getting the Olympics might be slipping away, but there
could be a hefty consolation prize coming our way in the shape
of Grand Prix racing returning to the capital.
city last hosted a Grand Prix race on the 28th of June 1938 at
the Crystal Palace circuit in south London. That day an ERA driven
by Prince Birabongse Bhanutej Bhanubandh, or "B. Bira"
as he was affectionately known, took the chequered flag for the
second year running.
asked if London could host a future British Grand Prix, Formula
1 boss Bernie Ecclestone said: "Everything's possible -
maybe people will now think about closing down streets."
The background to London's hopes of staging a race again is that
Ecclestone has long been unhappy with the state of the track
and facilities at Silverstone, the usual site for the British
the 6th of July, the possible first step in London becoming a
modern Grand Prix venue goes ahead when there will be a demonstration
race on Regents Street featuring some of the sport's top stars
including on form Brit Jenson Button.
is not the first time a fresh London based race has been mooted.
Past proposals have included a leaf lined route in Hyde Park
or Regents Park and a track set among the skyscrapers of Docklands.
more recent plan wanted to use The Mall as a start/finish straight,
thus affording Her Majesty The Queen a birds eye view of proceedings
from Buckingham Palace. However, unlike Prince Birabongse and
the royal Rainers of Monaco, who host this weekend's Monte Carlo
Grand Prix, the Windsors prefer their racing to be of the four
Silverstone, 10-11 July 2004
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Musicians Helped by Elton
- Star funds scholarships at the Royal Academy
ELTON JOHN is to help the Royal Academy for Music groom young
attended the famous music teaching college on a scholarship as
a teenager and wants to see others benefit from its expertise.
"For quite some time I have tried to find a way to repay
my debt to the academy," said John. To start the scheme
off, four budding musicians will be handed scholarships ranging
from UKP1,000 to UKP10,000.
is not just a matter of funding for Elton, he also wants to take
a personal interest in the students as individuals," said
Peter Craik of the Royal Academy. "Elton wants to follow
their progress and give them advice all the way."
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'Time to Engage the London Public'
- London Olympic bid hinges on popular appeal
faces an uphill battle to win the right to host the 2012 Olympic
Games and it's all your fault!
good news is that London got on the shortlist announced yesterday
along with Madrid, Moscow, New York and Paris.
a poll conducted for the International Olympic Committee showed
67 per cent of Londoners in support of bringing the Games here
and only 13 per cent against, but that isn't good enough for
the IOC which mentioned the lack of backing in its statement
is vital we engage with the public to ensure our plans they understand
the potential impact of a successful bid," said Sebastian
Coe, the Olympic hero who is part of London's bidding team.
and his boss, bid chief Barbara Cassani, have six months to convince
more people that the prestige of the Olympics and the legacy
it would leave in terms of of infrastructure is worth having.
In November, bidding cities must provide its full proposals,
addressing the concerns expressed by the IOC yesterday.
to the IOC, London scores poorly for its transport and experience
of holding big sporting events but there isn't really much Cassani
and Coe can do about that, so it is likely they will pull out
the stops to create a groundswell of support for the Olympics.
Castle Security Threat
- Couple arrested for allegedly impersonating police officers
MAN man and a woman have been arrested at Windsor Castle for
allegedly impersonating police officers.
couple, said to be in their 30s, are being held at a London police
station after allegedly gaining entry yesterday to the Royal
residence by pretending to be a policeman. Although there were
no members of the Royal family present at the time, the implications
for such an event are serious, especially in the light of an
incident last year in which a man dressed as an Islamic terrorist
gatecrashed a party at the castle.
are reviewing all the circumstances of the arrest," said
a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police, who are expected
to conduct a post mortem of the security breach.
One On a Celebrity
- Council encourages gum-attacks on stars
one on an annoying celebrity is to be offered free of charge
by Ealing Council. Stars Peter Andre, Jordan and Shane Richie,
and others who get on many people's nerves, are to the targets
of the campaign in the west London borough.
for the celebrities in question, they won't be there in person
to field the attacks, nor will those attacks be in the form of
punches on the nose. Instead, posters of the stars are to be
used to encourage chewers to deposit their finished gum somewhere
other than the pavement.
gum-encrusted posters will be removed at least once a week and
new sheets put up in their place. Trials of the innovative scheme
have already yielded positive results in Bournemouth and Luton.
Goes Up and Away
- Big increase in passenger numbers for capital's three main
airports have seen a big increase in traffic over the last year,
as the impact of the Iraq War has lessened and the economy has
of the heap in the capital was London's third airport, Stansted,
which posted a whopping 33.9 per cent rise in passenger numbers
from April 2003 to April 2004. Stansted has benefited more than
most from the budget-airline phenomenon but mainstream airlines
have also seen their seats selling faster than a year ago.
a result Heathrow, London's biggest airport, served 14.8 per
cent more passengers in April this year than last, while Gatwick's
figures were up 8.4 per cent.
Days To Shake the World With Laughter
- Soho Theatre takes centre stage for the London Comedy Festival
LONDON COMEDY FESTIVAL kicks off today, beginning 10 days of
events across London.
Organisers have beefed up the festival this year and created
what they call a 'comedy hub' at the Soho Theatre to give the
event some kind of focus. One of the theatre's most interesting
nights in the festival comes this Sunday,
the 16th of May, when over 100 newcomers try their luck in front
of an audience.
Cartoons are heavily featured this year - like last time around
Trafalgar Square and Canary Wharf will see huge cartoon displays
but there will also be a series of competition winners' cartoons
posted on Underground and DLR trains and the Trocadero.
Other highlights include Spikefest UK, Lewisham's own contribution
to comedy in the form of a tribute to the legendary Spike Milligan,
classic comedy films showing at UGC cinemas and a link up with
Borders bookshops to promote comedy writing.
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Tube Fare Hike Planned
- Buses earmarked to take surplus Underground passengers
increases in peak time Tube fares are on the cards after the
Mayoral elections next month.
has been reported that Transport for London are considering a
hike of at least ten per cent in central London fares to try
to encourage more people to use buses. The theory is that with
Tube trains at the very limit of their capacity in the mornings,
it makes sense for more people to use buses, especially now the
Congestion Charge has helped improve bus speeds and reliability.
for the rest of the day could come down as part of the revamp
of the fares structure - a move which it is hoped would push
more commuters into working more flexible hours.
chiefs are believed to be waiting until after the Mayoral elections
to unveil their plan, in a bid to avoid too heavy a political
backlash. Current Mayor ken Livingstone as elected in 200 on
a promise to keep fares down but this year alone has seen central
London Tube fares rise by 25 per cent.
Democrat Mayoral candidate Simon Hughes is trying to make hay
with this record and has campaigned for an Early Bird scheme
which would cut fares for those travelling before 7am.
the new left-wing party that grew out of the anti-war and anti-globalisation
movements launches its Mayoral campaign today, pledging to cut
all Tube fares to UKP1.
Come Out to Celebrate Dali Anniversary
- 100th birthday party at the South Bank and Trafalgar Square
BIG relaunch of the Dali Experience on London's South Bank is
underway today, the 100th anniversary of the artist's birth.
exhibits are being unveiled at the Experience including a greater
use of interactive element, haute couture pieces and theatrical
performances. To celebrate today's anniversary, the show will
go on the road as a limo stuffed with cauliflowers is due to
drive to Trafalgar Square, recalling a famous Dali stunt.
choice of the square is apposite as it was there in 1936 that
the surrealist art movement, of which Dali was a leading exponent,
first attacked London. Dali collaborator Sheila Legge stood by
the fountains, her head turned into a giant rose, holding what
appeared to be a real, dismembered leg.
Universe - County Hall Gallery
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Back Safe Sex Campaign
- Celebrities put their names to National Condom Week
Sara Cox, comedy actor Martin Clunes and So Solid Crew's MC Squami
are the trio of celebrities chosen to lead National Condom Week
which starts today.
idea of the week is to raise the safe sex banner, especially
for young people who are seen as one of the most vulnerable groups
to sexually transmitted diseases. Apart from the on-going AIDS
problem, chlamydia is the disease giving most cause for concern
as it has seen a reported 140% increase in people affected over
the last six years.
manufacturer Durex is to donate 50p to AIDS charity the Terrence
Higgins Trust on every packet of its wares sold through Superdrug.
to Rap With Charles
- Royal seal of approval ahead of Urban Music festival
CHARLES is to meet Jay-Z in person before the pair gear up for
this weekend's Urban Music Festival.
meeting between the Prince and the Rapper takes place at the
University of Westminster where they will see the work of young
hip-hip artists who are on a course that is part of a police
effort to beat gun crime.
music luminaries due at the university include Russell Simmons,
the rap music businessman credited by many as the man who sold
urban music to the mainstream, singer Lemar and DJ Trevor Nelson.
Urban Music festival itself takes place on Saturday and Sunday
Court and is to include megastar Beyonce - JayZ's girlfriend
- on the bill.
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Wardens Told to 'Play it by the Book'
- Softly, softly approach to be tried in Central London
COUNCIL aims to rein in traffic wardens whose ticket-happy approach
to their job has caused fury from motorists.
have been told to play it by the book," said a spokesperson
for the council. "They have been told in no uncertain terms
that existing protocols should be abided by and we hope this
approach will make it fairer."
statement is being seen as a tacit admission that some off the
employed by parking attendants have been beyond the pale. Tales
are legion of cars being ticketed while their owners queue for
parking meter, of delivery vans being slapped with fines when
offloading goods and even of
Royal mail vans being stung while collecting post bags from post
boxes. "We are delighted that parking authorities now appear
to be listening to the needs of Londoners," said Edmund
King of the RAC.
is believed meter maids and masters will now give motorists a
two minute period over their stated ticket time to move away,
while delivery vehicles will get a twenty minute spell in which
to do their jobs.
motorist we spoke to believed he had already seen the benefit
of the new approach. "I was a minute over the time and as
usual I tried to get the guy handing out the ticket to let me
off," said Poran Malani. "I was amazed when he he didn't
say something like, 'I've already sent it down the line, mate'
and actually cancelled the fine."
Marks Out Her Borderline
- Material girl wants to keep you off her land
won't be crazy for you if wandering across her 1,200 acre estate
is your idea of a good day out.
pop star is trying to remove the right of ramblers to walk on
100 acres of her massive land holding at Ashcombe House in Wiltshire
after the Countryside Agency defined the area as 'open country'.
acting for Madonna will press her case today at a planning meeting
where they are likely to bring up the fact the star's estate
is used for hunting so should therefore be designated as agricultural
with a legal interest in the land have a right to appeal if they
consider the land we had marked on the map doesn't meet the criteria
for open country or common land," said a Countryside Agency
Wants New Planetarium
- UKP15 million needed for revamp of Royal Observatory
SPECTACULAR window on space is in prospect for Greenwich if an
appeal to revamp the Royal Observatory is successful. The National
Maritime Museum needs UKP15 million to complete its massive re-fit
programme that would see a new planetarium and much improved
ambition is to create a spectacular new environment in which
more and more people can appreciate the wonders of time and space,"
said Peter Snow, the broadcaster in charge of the appeal. Visitors
are now being asked to donate one pound when they go to the observatory,
where entrance is free. If all goes according to plan, the revamp
will be in place by 2007.
will better understand and be able to ask fundamental questions
about the forces that have shaped our universe and allowed human
life to emerge," said Astronomer Royal Sir Martin Rees.
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