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(4 - 17 Aug 2005)

1) London Eye

2) Summer Opening of the State Rooms

3) Summer Opening of Parlaiment Tour
4) Royal Day Out
5) London Eye River Cruise
London Diary

The Elton John Moment...

Yesterday, for the first time, I had an Elton John moment.But more of that later.

My Aunt called last week and said she wanted to come to town with her grandsons. They were down from Cardiff for a day-trip and planned to fit in my old favourites the Science and Natural History Museums. I said that was cool but we’d have time to go and see the view over London from Primrose Hill too, as none of them had done that before.

From Victoria coach station we drove to South Kensington. This is one mad August. Normally driving in town during the holiday month is a relative breeze. But this year it is a genuine breeze. We parked opposite the Science Museum’s door and plunked our coins in the meter. Four hours later we returned having seen the Wright Brothers’ ‘Flyer’, space capsules, dinosaurs and whales.

Then we drove to Primrose Hill.

And so, back to that Elton John moment.

Gazing down from Primrose Hill the August sun basked upon my city and she was untouched, unblemished as far as the eye could see. I saw her wink in the sparkle and she simply said: “I’m still standing.”

Entertainment
Theatre

Dancing In The Streets
Cambridge

The best of Motown comes to Cambridge theatre, in a story that tells the record studio's meager beginnings, to the celebration of the greatest names in black soul music, all to the era's pivitol sounds.
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Dancing in the Streets

And Then There Were None
Gielgud

Agatha Christie's most famous novel comes to the Gielgud in October. Kevin Elyot's new adaptation is directed by Steven Pimlott and stars Graham Crowden, Tara Fitzgerald, Richard Johnson and Gemma Jones.
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Dancing In The Streets
The Lion King

Top Theatre Sellers
(4 - 17 Aug 2005)

1) The Producers
2) Phantom of the Opera
3) Billy Elliot
4) The Lion King
5) Mamma Mia


Music

Bonnie Prince Billy and Matt Sweeny
22 August 2005
The Forum

The enigmatic Will Oldham takes the stage under his deep-Appalachian folk pseudonym, Bonnie Prince Billy. Along for the ride is guitarist and sidekick Matt Sweeney. No need for shoes.

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Bonnie Prince Billy

MXPX
22 Aug 2005
Islington Academy

Squeaky clean, suburban basement pop-punkers MXPX grace the UK with their jumpy, Christian, non-sexed-up version of the former Sex Pistols genre. Silly, light-hearted and undeniably fun.
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MXPX

Music Feature: Imogen Heap
album review + interview

The remarkable voice of Frou Frou releases her long-awaited solo album - Speak For Yourself. Find out why used carpet tubes, the wheel of her bike and setting her bed on fire were necessary instruments in the greater musical good...

Imogen Heap

 

Top Rock & Pop Sellers
(4 - 17 Aug 2005)

1) Get Loaded In The Park
2) SW4 Festival
3) James Blunt
4) The Pixies
5) Weezer

James Blunt

Classical & Dance

James Thierree - La Veillee Des Abysses
Peacock Theatre
4 Oct - 15 Oct 2005

La Veilla Des Abysses - Image: Richard Haughton Comical surrealist James Thieree brings his sell-out show to Peacock theatre, where more magical clowning is reasonably expected. Truly a craftsman of the ordinary extraordinary - the show includes Uma Ysamat, Raphalle Boitelle, and Thiago Martins.

Top Classical
(4 - 17 Aug 2005)

1) Cannizaro Park Festival - Family Proms Concert

2) Rutter Requiem

3) Mahler Symphony No. 2 - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Cinema
LondonNet Blockbuster of the Week

Nicole Kidman in Bewitched. Bewitched (PG)
Comedy (2005) 102mins US
Director: Nora Ephron
Starring: Michael Caine, Shirley MacLaine, Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell
Good-natured witch Isabel lives in sunny San Fernando Valley in California. She longs for nothing more than to lead a 'normal life'. Fate leads her into the path of comeback actor Jack Wyatt, who is pitching himself as the perfect choice to play Darrin in an updated version of Bewitched. It's a match made in heaven, or so they both think.

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Critic's Choice of the Week

Me And You And Everyone We KnowMe And You And Everyone We Know (15) Comedy (2005) 91mins US Director: Miranda July; Starring: Miranda July, John Hawkes, Miles Thompson, Brandon Ratcliff
Luckless performance artist Christine and divorced shoe salesman Richard meet by chance one afternoon over the insoles and fall in love. While Christine is not afraid to show her true emotions, Richard is far more cautious, having been hurt before. He also has to consider the feelings of his teenage son Peter and six-year-old Robby. Meanwhile, the older boy is experimenting sexually with two local girls and the younger lad engages in a surreal Internet sex chat-room conversation with a stranger.

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Sci Fi Flick of the Week

Primer Primer (12A) SciFi (2004)
77mins US
Director: Shane Carruth
Starring: Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Casey Gooden, Anand Upadhyaya
Aaron, Abe, Phillip and Robert desperately need investors to finance the construction of a machine in Aaron's garage. The four men aren't sure exactly what the contraption is, or indeed what it does, but they feel sure it is important. During a late night tinkering around with the machine, Aaron and Abe make a startling discovery: their mechanised creation somehow accelerates the flow of time.

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Comedy

The Comedy Store London's most popular comedy club has been splitting sides for twenty two years now. The likes of Paul Merton, Jack Dee and Jo Brand have all taken to the stage here. Click here for more info...

The Comedy Store

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Any hotel that offers internet access from all its rooms knows how to move with the times, although the Chesterfield's Georgian décor also respects the past. For fitness fanatics, gym passes are also avilable for the local fitness club.
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The Willett. The Willett ***(Sloane Square)
The Willett is a dignified Victorian hotel with the ornate carvings, mosaics and chandeliers to prove it. It has also moved fast enough with the times to have attracted a long list of regulars, while its rooms retain the spirit of old.
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Hot House Film Competition

Virgin Money presents the Hot House Film Competition...Red carpets, champagne, limousines and movie magic! We'd all like to indulge in a bit of Hollywood glitz and glamour - so Virgin Money has teamed up with LondonNet to offer two lucky readers the chance to experience the glamorous life of an A-lister without making even the tiniest dent in their credit card.

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Dear LondonNet,
Just a quick note - Megan Retka's review of the film 'A Perfect Catch' is very poor - it is highly personal and not reflective at all of how 90% of other people are likely to find the film. For example she writes about "the yawn-inducing backdrop of professional baseball" - this only says something about her narrow tastes, nothing at all about the film. I will personally disregard any reviews by her in future, and probably stop using your website as a guide, other than to see what is playing where, for which it is very useful!
- Brian Hole

Dear Brian Hole,
Thanks for your comments. We always appreciate readers opinions on our cinema reviews, but let's be honest: how many Londoners do you know who are interested in Professional American Baseball? Or, in a little-known B-list American actor who is obsessed with it? That's what I thought: quite a fair few Londoners care just a smidge less about baseball, than they do about how England's football team just suffered its most horrible loss in fifteen years - to Denmark - yesterday. Touché, my dear reader.
- LondonNet.

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