GOAL!
Colebrookes Wine Bar Competition...

Hungry? - Win a lunch for two with wine at the fabulous new Colebrooke's Wine Bar. See details, below...

Pushkar

Mystique-ified - Explore the bright colours of India through Pushkar , the newly released photographic book on the sacred town of Lord Brahma. Win copies, below...

London Eye.

World Go Round - See London from all angles - ride the London Eye, and then have romantic dinner on a River Cruise, too! Click here for info...

Top Attraction Sellers
(15 Sept - 18 Sept 2005)

1) London Eye

2) Tower of London

3) Madame Tussaud's
4) Dali Universe
5) Stonehenge
Twist and Stick it in the Past

Oliver Twist is back, this time in a new film version of Dickens’s book directed by Roman Polanski.

It’s one of the great London stories and its depiction of Victorian London as a brutal place full of extremely poor people scratching a living in filthy conditions is a useful corrective to the chocolate-box picture of well-dressed gentle-folk strolling in the park.

But I can’t help thinking Polanski has missed a chance to update the famous story in a more fulfilling manner than simply producing a well-made version of an already much-filmed tale. Dickens wrote Oliver Twist partly as a form of political protest. He was outraged at the treatment by well-to-do society of the urban poor and the children of the urban poor in particular.

So why not set in modern hard times? Okay, nowadays you’d struggle to find examples of forced child labour in London, unless you count me making my kids wash the car last weekend. But immigration laws mean that there are plenty of people in this city who are effectively forced to work by modern-day Fagin-types. Or look around the world and there‘s even closer analogues to 19th century London. The fast-growing cities of China, for example, hold many of the same dark secrets, including child labour.

If Polanski or anyone else wants to pick Dickens’s pocket, it would be better if they picked up on his reforming zeal, too.

David Clee

Theatre

Chicago
Adelphi
Wonder Woman Lynda Carter will star as Roxie Hart in the sizzling story of murder and music. She heats up autumn in the West End from 12th November. Just watch out for her unearthly ninja skills...
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Chicago. Image: Andrew Eccles

Blood Brothers
Pheonix
You either think Willy Russell is a genius who understands the misunderstood soul of ordinaryville or a patronising charlatan who uses bland characters to illustrate some pretty simplistic social comment. - Brandon Morgan
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Lyn Paul (Mrs Johnstone), Richard Munday (Mickey), in BLOOD BROTHERS, Phoenix Theatre. Box Office 0870 060 6629. More Info: Sue Hyman Associates 020 7379 8420
Lion King

Top Theatre Sellers
(15 - 28 Sept 2005)

1) Phantom of the Opera
2) The Lion King
3) Les Misérables
4) Chicago
5) Stomp


Music

UK B-Boy Championships
Brixton Academy
8 & 9 October, 2005

The biggest hip-hop extravaganza to hit Britain, the UK B-Boy Championships produce the hottest established and upcoming solo breakers, poppers, lockers and b-boy crews to duel it off on stage. This is NOT an event to miss...

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Uk B-boy Championships

Jeff Tweedy
Shepherds Bush Empire
22 November, 2005

The quirky Wilco frontman is out of rehab and plugging along in his solo aspirations, after breaking off from a world tour earlier in the fall. Perhaps this is the beginning of a Dylan-type-homage-thingie...
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Jeff Tweedy
Bloc Party

Top Rock & Pop Gigs:

1)Bloc Party
2)Franz Ferdinand
3) David Gray
4) The Pogues
5) 50 Cent


Classical

The Nutcracker
Various London Venues
The classical toy-story ballet comes to more than a few venues this Christmas. Lucky you have LondonNet to help you get well into that holiday spirit...
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The Nutcracker.  Image: Eric Richardson

Rambert Dance Company.

Top Classical Tickets

1) The Nutcracker
2) Sleeping Beauty, ENB
3) Rambert Dance Company
4) Madam Butterfly, ENO
5) Billy Budd, WNO


Cinema

LondonNet Blockbuster of the week

Four BrothersFour Brothers15
(2005) 109mins
US Director: John Singleton
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, Andre Benjamin, Garrett Hedlund
When their beloved adoptive mother is killed during a grocery store robbery, brothers Bobby, Angel, Jeremiah and Jack embark on a quest for revenge, tracking down the killer and exacting their own form of old-school justice. However, their vigilante actions draw the attention of Lieutenant Green and Detective Fowler, who will not stand for any excessive use of force on their patch....
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Showing at these cinemas...

Critics Choice

Turkey of the Week

Santiago Muñez (KUNO BECKER) in a scene from GOAL, starring Kuno Becker, Stephen Dillane, Alessandro Nivola, and Anna Friel. GOAL is directed by Danny Cannon. Distributed by Buena Vista International. Photographer: Liam Daniel © TOUCHSTONE PICTURES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.Goal! 12A
Drama (2005)
118mins US/UK
Director: Danny Cannon
Starring: Kuno Becker, Alessandro Nivola, Marcel Iures, Stephen Dillane, Anna Friel
Since he was a young boy, Santiago Munez has lived and breathed football. Now playing for a local league team in the barrios of Los Angeles, Santiago is spotted by British football scout Glen Foy, who arranges a trial with Newcastle United...
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Deuce Bigalow:  European Gigolo Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo 15
Comedy (2005)
83mins US
Director: Mike Bigelow
Starring: Rob Schneider, Eddie Griffin, Jeroen Krabbe, Hanna Verboom
Deuce's one-time pimp TJ Hicks is implicated in the brutal murders of Europe's greatest gigolos, a crime that the dim-witted, though kind-hearted, fish tank cleaner feels certain he did not commit. Determined to clear TJ's good name, Deuce returns...
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Comedy

Comedy StoreThe 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...

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

Based on Page
Visits on LondonNet
(24 Sept)
1) The Cross
2) The End
3) Fabric
Club Venues and Listings
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Accomodation Deals
St James Club

St. James Hotel *****(Park Place)
St James's Club takes luxury seriously. A fitness room with sauna and steam, a full concierge service, and an airport service are all on offer. In a quiet cul-de-sac off St James's Street, the club is the perfect getaway for those who love the capital but value protection from its hustle and bustle.

The ChesterfieldThe Chesterfield ****(Mayfair)
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. ourist sites

Shellbourne HotelShellbourne Hotel (Budget, Earl's Court)
This budget hotel is clean and simply furnished in a traditional style. Shellbourne Hotel is housed in an attractive period building, on a quiet street just off Cromwell Road. Earl’s Court Station is only a few minutes’ walk away from the hotel.

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Four of the Best

The HempelThe Hempel*****(Craven Hill Gardens )
The Hempel, West London's stunning Boutique hotel, created by acclaimed British designer Anouska Hempel, is an architectural statement in original design. Simple and minimalist, The Hempel is a new experience in hotel living.
Studio Apartment Double - UKP245.00
Superior Double - UKP287.88

The GoreThe Gore***(South Kensington)
One of London's most popular privately run hotels, The Gore first opened its doors in 1892 as an annexe to the neighbouring Queen's Gate Mansions Hotel. The Gore offers old fashioned comfort with up-to-date facilities and is justly famous for its mellow surroundings and intelligent, friendly staff. Single - UKP136.00; Double - UKP168.03

The CommodoreThe Commodore***(Hyde Park)
Keenly priced, lavishly refurbished, 4 star hotel close to Hyde Park. This privately owned hotel is ideal for families and business travellers. Superb location for sights, restaurants and shops.
Single - UKP82.00
Double/Twin - UKP95.00

Lidos HotelLidos Hotel (Budget, Victoria)
Lidos Hotel has 21 simple and modern rooms, perfect for guests looking for central accommodation at an affordable price. Lidos Hotel is just a five minute walk from Victoria Station, which gives you access to the underground and train services

London Hotel Chart
(15 Sept - 28 Sept 2005)
1) Shellbourne Hotel
2) Lidos Hotel
3) Hempel

Featured Worldwide Hotel

Hotel BernHotel Bern ****
Bern, Switzerland
Once the home of a theatre, the Hotel Bern retains a sense of the dramatic in its neo-classical architecture and in its well-rehearsed levels of service. Combine all that with a fantastic location and two widely recommended restaurants and you get one of the top hotels of its class in town...

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Colebrooke's Wine Bar Competition

Colebrooke's Wine Bar Formerly of the pizza fame (having been Toni Moroni’s Italian eatery for 25 years), Colebrooke's Wine Bar's endearingly small eatery/drinkery is tucked quietly down Colebrooke Row, in Angel. Aside from a few antiques market stragglers accidentally eyeing their pink-velour covered chairs, it has garnered a distinct word-of-mouth presence even only in the first few months of its opening.

With a wide selection of unique wines, a partnership with esteemed deli La Fromagerie, Colebrooke's is sure to continue to build upon their already burgeoning reputation.

LondonNet is giving you the chance to introduce yourself to this little Parisian corner of Angel: enter to win a lunch for two (with wine)! We understand it will be hard to choose between the Chevre Buche and the smoked salmon paté, but at least we're giving you the option. All you have to do? Answer the following question...

Question: What La Fromagerie cheese, featured at Colebrooke's, does reviewer Megan Retka say is "melt-in-your-mouth-make-you-want-to-die-and-be-reincarnated-as"? (Hint: click here...)
a) Cathedral Cheddar
b) Epoisses Affine
c) Chevre Buche

How to Enter: Send an email with the correct answer to [email protected], with the Subject "Colebrooke's Competition." You must include your name, email address, telephone number and postal address, to be considered for the prize.

More Necessary Info:
- NB MUST include name, email, telephone number and postal address (which will only be used for this compie only - guaranteed). If you don't include your details we can't send you info about the prize!
- First correct answer out of the Editor's hat wins the prize
- Details will be sent to the winner
- LondonNet is not responsible for prize distribution
- The Editor's decision is final

Closing Date: Noon, Wednesday 12th October, 2005.

Last Ahoy winner: Paul Mills, Mrs A Sharp, Sasha Blacker, Aimee Core, Julie Busuttil.


Pushkar Competition
Body Beautiful 2005

Pushkar is the home of Lord Brahma, the most powerful and mystic of the Hindu gods, and the place reflects him.

In a new book by London author/photographer Tripti Pandey, Pushkar's traditions and colours are unraveled to show a place of beauty, mystery and magic.

LondonNet is offering readers a chance to do their own exploring, by giving away 3 copies of the stunning book.

All you have to do? Answer the following question.

Question: Which Hindu god calls Pushkar home? (Hint: see above)
a) Shiva
b) Vishnu
c) Brahma

How to Enter: Send an email with the correct answer to [email protected], with the Subject "Pushkar Competition." You must include your name, email address, telephone number and postal address to be considered for the prize.

More Necessary Info:
- NB MUST include name, email, telephone number and postal address (which will only be used for this compie only - guaranteed). If you don't include your details we can't send you info about the prize!
- First correct answer out of the Editor's hat wins the prize
- Details will be sent to the winner
- LondonNet is not responsible for prize distribution
- The Editor's decision is final

Closing Date: Noon, Wednesday 12th October, 2005.

Dear LondonNet,
Diana isnt dead, [it's] just a big coverup to save the saxon monarchy. How intelligent people could fall for it all is unbelievable, most people who believe in them are morons anyway. Thank you. - Gerry

Dear Gerry,
So she's with Elvis, Marilyn and Tupac, on some plush outpost of Atlantis?!? We want in on that party. Meanwhile, we'll keep that in mind. - LondonNet

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