The Chelsea Flower Show.  Photo:  Troika.  Image digitally enhanced.

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Top Attraction Sellers
(12 May - 25 May 2005)

1) London Eye

2) Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

3) Madame Tussaud's
3) Summer Opening of Parlaiment
5) Summer Opening of the State Rooms
London Diary

Pond Life Threat to Society

London, one of the jewels of human civilisation, is going wild.

We’ve had occasion in the past to log the rising feral populations of various exotic and dangerous animals from parakeets, eagles and crows, to rats, panthers and reality TV contestants. Now we can add amphibians to the growing list of London’s zoological treats.

The terrapin population is reckoned to be about to explode, according to the experts, who have recently warned that one warm summer would do the trick.

Already, duck-kind is wise to the turtle-terror, having seen some of its younger members on Mill Hill pond mercilessly dragged underwater and gobbled up by teams of crack terrapins. The fear is that such isolated incidents could become the norm if global warming fulfils its balmy promise. Then, it’s not only ducks that’ll need to be on their guard, but parents of bread-wielding toddlers. One slip and snap! off fly a few infant fingers.

There’s a lot of talk at the moment about a break down of respect in society and the emergence of a generation of feral children, illustrated this week by the award at the Chelsea Flower Show of a prize to Kim ‘Born to be’ Wilde. The solution is obvious – organise a gladiator style fight-to-the-death of wild kids versus wild animals, an event which would also undoubtedly secure London the Olympics.

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Theatre

Some Girl(s)
Gielgud

David Schwimmer stars as a womanizer converting into monogamy, who revisits four ex-girlfriends before proposing to his current girlfriend. Far from the glimmering relationships he remembers, his encounters bring up the true problems of a person with his nature.
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David Schwimmer stars in Some Girl(s).  Photo: Anna Pena.

This Is How It Goes
Donmar Warehouse

Neil Labute pegs race and infidelity against the moral rigour of small-town America. Labute is known for such well-known pieces as The Shape of Things and The Mercy Seat. Ben Chaplin, Megan Dodds and Idris Elba star.
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Ben Chaplin, Megan Dodds and Idris Elba star in This Is How It Goes.
Billy Elliot, starring James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower.

Top Theatre Sellers
(12 May - 25 May 2005)

1) Some Girl(s)
2) Billy Elliot
3) We Will Rock You
4) Chicago
5) The Mousetrap


Music

UB40
3 December 2005
Wembley Pavillion

Birmingham, England 1978. Eight unemployed wannabe musicians form a band. Reflecting both their situation and attitude they call themselves UB40 (the official code for an unemployment form). Today, they're still playing strong. This tour features the band playing old favourites such as One In Ten, The Earth Dies Screaming and Rat In Mi Kitchen plus a selection from their recent albums.
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UB40 appears in London in December.  Image courtesy of UB40.com.

Billy Bragg
18 June, 2005
Queen Elizabeth Hall

To people of a certain generation and outlook, roughly those served by Meltdown, Billy Bragg is a straight-up hero. Back in the 80s he managed to revive protest-folk almost single-handed and had the political commitment to back it up. Songs like A New England, Milkman of Human Kindness and Between the Wars flew the red flag with a wit and beauty not usually associated with the radical left. More recently, Bragg teamed up with Wilco to put music to some of Woody Guthrie’s lyrics, to great acclaim. The New England may have been lost, but Bragg has found himself still hugely respected as a musical innovator and performer.
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Billy Bragg joins a host of musicians at the Meltdown Festival.  Image: courtesy Billy Bragg.co.uk.

 

Top Rock & Pop Sellers
(12 May - 25 May 2005)

1) REM
2) Gipsy Kings
3) Sum 41
4) James Brown
5) Aimee Mann

Aimee Mann.

Classical & Dance
Trisha Brown Dance Company

Trisha Brown Dance Company.  Image: Lois Greenfield.

Bearing the legendary name of contemporary dance, TBDC performs a celebration of her works, from the earliest into yet unperformed pieces.

Top Classical
(12 May - 25 May 2005)

1) Cosi Fan Tutte

2) Romeo & Juliet, Kirov Ballet

3) Il Turco In Italia

Cinema

LondonNet Blockbuster of the Week

House Of Wax (15)
Horror (2005) 112mins US
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Starring: Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, Paris Hilton, Jared Padalecki
College student Carly, her boyfriend Wade, best friend Paige and her hot-headed brother Nick hit the road to attend one of the biggest football games of the year. En route, they venture into the town of Ambrose, where they are drawn to the local tourist attraction: Trudy's House of Wax. The sculptures in the museum look remarkably lifelike and as they friends uncover the town's dark secrets, they realise they may be joining the exhibits.

ROBERT Ri'CHARD and PARIS HILTON in Warner Bros. Pictures' "House of Wax."  Copyright: © Warner Bros. Pictures 2005.
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LondonNet Critic's Choice of the Week

It's All Gone Pete Tong (15)
Comedy (2004) 92mins UK
Director: Michael Dowse
Starring: Paul Kaye, Mike Wilmot, Beatriz Batarda, Kate Magowan
Mockumentary about brilliant yet arrogant DJ Frankie Wilde, a master of the mixing decks and turntables who delights the crowds in Ibiza with his crazy antics and scorching music sets. At the height of his fame, Frankie loses his hearing and wallows in self-pity, casting aside everyone who means anything to him - until a quirk of fate and a beautiful lip-reading teacher offer the former bad boy a second chance at glory.

It's All Gone Pete Tong.  Redbus Film Distribution.
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LondonNet Turkey of the Week

The Pacifier (PG)
Family (2004) 95mins US
Director: Adam Shankman
Starring: Vin Diesel, Lauren Graham, Brittany Snow
Elite Navy SEAL operative Shane Wolfe is devastated when top government scientist Howard Plummer is assassinated during a botched rescue mission. To make amends, Shane accepts the most perilous assignment of his career: to protect the dead man's five wayward children. As Shane mellows into his role as surrogate parent, the Plummer youngsters learn to appreciate his strict codes of discipline.

Lieutenant Shane Wolfe (VIN DIESEL), an elite member of the world's fiercest and most highly trained force is assigned to protect the a family for reasons of national security, but the assignment proves to be more difficult than he ever imagined in the new family action-comedy, THE PACIFIER, directed by Adam Shankman.  Photo: Kerry Hayes/SMPSP. ©WALT DISNEY PICTURES & SPYGLASS ENTERTAINMENT. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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Comedy

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Clubs

Clubs

Purchase club tickets via our online service, and at most venues you'll be able to jump the ticket queue. Venues featured include:
- Fabric
- The End
- Borderline
- The Cross

Top Clubs

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Visits on LondonNet
(21 May 2005)
1) The Metro Club
2) The Cross
3) The End
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Headlines

Kim Wild took a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show. Wilde Garden Grows on Chelsea
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Sensation 2005 Competition

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Question
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a) Miss Universe 2000
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Dear LondonNet,
Greetings. Your site has been extremely helpful in planning our holiday to England. We are most curious about dressing for comfortable touring without looking like Yanks. We will be there in mid June and would appreciate any advice regarding the appropriate attire to pack for touring during the day and pubbing at night. Thank you!
- A Tori Rogers

Dear Tori,
Bum bags. Lots of them. Only kidding. June is supposed to be extremely hot, especially on the tube, so I suggest layering your wardrobe. A nice jean skirt with a tank and some good walking sandals (like Tevas or Chacos) will be best, although any good/semi-smart walking shoes will do (make sure you break them in BEFORE you go). If you plan to go clubbing, do not wear trainers. I repeat: DO NOT WEAR TRAINERS. Your best bet is a nice jean/linen skirt, a t-shirt or tank, and a light jacket or cardigan. Pop in some fun earings and put on some lipstick for a night at a club, and you're set (I will note that Londoners are crazy about their heels. They have special feet-powers that allow them to walk in heels for blocks upon blocks. I don't recommend this for the faint-hearted). If you're travelling with a dude, I suggest he wear some khaki or linen trousers and a white-T, with similar sandals. There you have it. Fashion advice from LondonNet. Hope that helps.
- LondonNet

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