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Issue 165 | Monday 29 December 2003
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Welcome to the final SE1 Direct of 2003. We hope that
you have found these weekly updates useful. Please
continue to spread the word about SE1 Direct to your
neighbours, friends and colleagues during 2004.

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* What's on this week 
* ADVERT: Edward's Presents at the Union Theatre
* Local news & features from the London SE1 website
* SE1 news from around the web
* In the London SE1 Forum

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[ What's on this week ]

Here's our pick of this week's community and cultural
events. For a more comprehensive what's on guide check
out 'in SE1' - see http://www.inSE1.co.uk for details.
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BRIGHTENING UP LONDON AT THE NEW YEAR
Wednesday 31 December
The Imperial War Museum and the National Theatre will
once again be covered in projected images as part of
the Brightening Up London campaign. The Imperial War
Museum image was chosen by Ken Livingstone.
http://www.orange.co.uk/brightlondon/


NEW YEAR FIREWORKS AT THE LONDON EYE
Thursday 1 January
12 midnight at the London Eye, South Bank
The display will begin on the twelfth chime of Big Ben.
It is planned to last three minutes and is part of a
major drive to promote New Year and the capital's
attractions to Londoners and visitors.
http://www.london.gov.uk


TWELFTH NIGHT CELEBRATION ON BANKSIDE
Sunday 4 January
12.30pm on Bankside, outside Shakespeare's Globe; free
A celebration of the New Year mixing ancient seasonal
customs with contemporary festivity. 
To herald the celebration, the extraordinary Holly Man,
the Winter guise of the Green Man (from pub signs,
pagan myths and folklore), decked in fantastic green
garb and evergreen foliage, appears from the River
Thames brought up the tide by a famous Thames Cutter. 
With the crowd, led by the Bankside Mummers, the Holly
Man will 'bring in the green' and  'wassail' or toast
the people and the River Thames (an old tradition
encouraging good growth). The Globe will be wassailed
in like fashion.
The Mummbers will then process to Bankside Pier and
perform the traditional 'freestyle' folk combat play of
St. George, featuring the Turkey Sniper, Clever Legs,
the Old 'Oss and many others, dressed in their
spectacular 'guizes'.  The play is full of wild verse
and boisterous action, a time-honoured part of the
season recorded from the Crusades.  
Cakes distributed at the end of the play have a bean
and a pea hidden in two of them. Those who find them
are hailed King and Queen for the day and crowned with
ceremony. They then lead the people through the streets
to the historic George Inn in Borough High Street for a
fine warming up with storytelling, the kissing wishing
tree and more dancing.
http://www.thelionspart.co.uk
See pictures of last year's event:
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/400

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[ ADVERT: Edward's Presents at the Union Theatre ]

£2 off for the first week with lastminute.com

This exciting play tells a story of intertwined love
triangles, set in Elizabethan London around the time
that A Midsummer Night's Dream and the Sonnets were
written.

The central character is Edward de Vere, Earl of
Oxford. The play's premise is that Edward de Vere used
the pseudonym William Shakespeare and was the true poet
of the Sonnets and the Dream. William 'Shakspere' of
Stratford appears as a sharp director and dodgy
entrepreneur.

The plot revolves around Edward's relationships with
his daughter, his mistress, and the young Earl of
Southampton. But always looming in the background is
his stormy relationship with his all-powerful former
guardian and father-in-law, Lord Burghley.

For booking information see
http://lastminute.se1direct.co.uk/?id=607

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[ Local news & features from the London SE1 website ]

The London SE1 website team updates the SE1 news and
features throughout the week:
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ALL EYES ON THE SOUTH BANK AT THE NEW YEAR
A midnight firework display at the London Eye is the
centrepiece of London's New Year celebrations organised
by the Mayor of London, but police are encouraging
Londoners to think twice before gathering in central
London on Wednesday night.
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/775


NEW APPEAL FOR UNKNOWN MAN FOUND IN THAMES
Police are appealing for information to identify the
body of a man recovered from the Thames at Lambeth
Reach in September.
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/774


FROST FAIR BRINGS CROWDS TO BANKSIDE
It was a suitably chilly day for Southwark Council's
first Frost Fair, recalling the great fairs held in the
16th century when the Thames froze over.
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/773


HOP ON THE EUROSTAR TO LILLE THIS SPRING
Lille in France is the 2004 European City of Culture
and for SE1 residents it is easier to reach than past
title holder Glasgow or Cork in 2005.
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/776


LORD OF THE RINGS - RETURN OF THE KING AT THE CORONET
For the first time in several years it is possible to
see the Christmas movie blockbuster at an SE1 cinema,
thanks to the reopening of the Coronet at the Elephant
and Castle.
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/772


SNOWBALL AT THE MENIER CHOCOLATE FACTORY
Representatives of small groups and voluntary
organisations from across Southwark gathered at the
Menier Chocolate Factory in Southwark Street earlier
this month for a celebration of their work.
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/771

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[ SE1 news from around the Web ]

Each week we trawl the web for news and features about
SE1 people, places and organisations
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Ministry of Sound group faces fine
http://quicklink.se1direct.co.uk/?id=608 - Mail Sunday

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[ In the London SE1 Forum ]

Our weekly digest of topics raised in recent
discussions at http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/forum/
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- South Bank at the New Year
- Charities that collect stuff
- Michael Caine mural at Crossway Church
- Music Studios in SE1
- Any good cafés?
- Emergency pharmacies
- Skyscrapers etc. at Waterloo station
- Third World Postal Service
- The Pagoda [now The Hartley]
- Extra height... [Tabard Square tower]

To read and respond to all these discussions and more,
go to: http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/forum/

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Editor: James Hatts - email editor@se1direct.co.uk

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