Wallace & Gromit

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London Wine Show

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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...

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(28 Sept - 13 Oct 2005)

1) London Eye

2) Madame Tussaud's

3) London Eye River Cruise
4) Dali Universe
5) Tower of London
Spot the Crime

More than 200 police officers were involved in a colossal sting operation this week and their success has been trumpeted all over the media. "We have dismantled a huge organised criminal network," said the man from New Scotland Yard.

Such a show of strength could only have been necessary against the most serious crimes of our day, surely. A ring of foul paedophiles perhaps? Terrorists planning another bombing raid on London? An evil drug-smuggling gang, intent on flooding the streets with cheap crack? Not quite. In fact, this operation, which must have cost millions, was to stop people from coming to London to find work.

It's true those people were mainly from the Kurdish region of Turkey, which makes them illegal immigrants, but even so, is their crime really the sort of thing that deserves such extradordinary prioritising? In ten years time, with Turkey in the EU, Kurds trying their luck in London will be doing so within the law, so what they got up to can't be that bad.

On previous evidence, from the police themselves, most of the people sent back to Turkey will try to reach our shores again, a situation which will only benefit another group of 'people smugglers' and require another regiment of police to forget about robberies and burglaries as they indulge in quasi-military tactics against immigrants. Much better to use the millions spent by the police on things like English language classes, starting with the phrase, "How much overtime are you on, officer?"

David Clee

Theatre

Richard II
Old Vic
Kevin Spacey stars in his first Shakespearean performance as Artistic Director of The Old Vic. Also appearing is theatre bigwig Trevor Nunn, who previously stood in as Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. Artistic Directors, all around!
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Richard II.  Image: Hugo Glendinning

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
Lion King

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(28 Sept - 13 Oct 2005)

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5) The Lion King


Music

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

The Coral
Brixton Academy
20 October, 2005

Genre-jumping indie icons The Coral perform at the Brixton Academy this October, after the release of new album Invisible Invasion. Swapping electronica with various other musical inklings, the Merseyside sextet are truly a musical phenomenon.
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The Coral
Jem

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3) Athlete
4) The Coral
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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.

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Cinema

LondonNet Blockbuster of the Week

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit U
(2005) 84mins UK
Director: Nick Park, Steve Box
Staring: Peter Sallis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Peter Kay

With only a few days to go before the annual Giant Vegetable Competition, Wallace and Gromit's humane pest-control business, "Anti-Pesto", is booming. Until, that is, a huge, mysterious rabbit-like creature begins to decimate the town's numerous vegetable plots and their oversized legumes. Competition hostess Lady Tottington implores Wallace and Gromit to catch the creature at all costs....
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Turkey of the Week

Lord Of War

Lord Of War 15
Drama (2005) 121mins US
Director: Andrew Niccol
Staring: Nicolas Cage, Ethan Hawke, Jared Leto, Bridget Moynahan

International arms dealer Yuri Orlov has run guns for years, arming regimes, dictators and shadowy factions without any concern for the likely consequences of his actions. After years at the top of his game, Yuri begins to question the devastation he...
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Guy X

Guy X 15
Comedy (2005) 101mins UK/Can/Ger/Ice
Director: Saul Metzstein
Staring: Jason Biggs, Natasha McElhone, Jeremy Northam

Corporal Rudy Spruance is mistakenly despatched to Greenland, rather than his intended posting in Hawaii, and base commander Corporal Lane Woolwrap immediately presumes him to be a missing new recruit called Martin Pederson. Despite Rudy's protestati...
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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:
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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)
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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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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
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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
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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
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3) La Reserve

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This culinary hotel is firmly rooted in Amsterdam's culture of shopping and museums, combining a central location with the facilities you expect from a popular five-star hotel.

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LondonNet Wine Show Competition

Matt Skinner for the London Wine Show.The Wine Show London is a new and exciting show created for everyone who loves and appreciates wine (27-30 October, Business Design Centre Islington). It's the perfect opportunity to taste, try and buy wines from around the world as well as meet the UK's leading wine experts, including Oz Clarke, Matt Skinner, Tim Atkin, Charles Metcalfe and Joe Wadsack.

Matt Skinner is one of the younger, good looking wine experts on hand at the show and has made a name for himself working as a sommelier for Jamie Oliver at Fifteen. His book, Thirsty Work is a vibrant and passionate celebration of wine and the stories that go into making it. Matt's approach is serious but unpretentious, accessible and inspiring: his mission is to make the world of wine seem a much smaller place and arm the reader with a little more knowledge, confidence and enthusiasm about the wine in their glass.

We've got three pairs of tickets to The Wine Show London and a copy of Matt Skinner's Thirsty Work to give away. All you have to do? Answer the following question...

Question: What is the name of wine expert Matt Skinner's new book? (Hint: See above!) a) Parched Employment
b) Famished Job
c) Thirsty Work

How to Enter: Send an email with the correct answer to [email protected], with the Subject "Wine Show 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, Friday 21 October, 2005.

To pre-book tickets to The Wine Show London now, and save UKP5, visit www.wineshow.co.uk (Tickets UKP12.50 - UKP15) or call the ticket hotline: 0870 890 0094.


London Dungeon Competition
London Dungeon Competition

Adding to the treats of October, the London Dungeon is hosting a Halloween Festival from Oct. 9 - Oct. 31. Combining Halloween stories with its normal array of gory exhibits and informative torturing, the Dungeon provides a fascinating day out for the family, especially if you're into the Plague or Jack the Ripper.

Highlights of the Dungeon include the Labyrinth of the Lost, a maze that turns people into sheep as they clamber their way out. There is also a short boat ride leading to the executioner's block for the condemned that gives off an amusement park feel. The guides also lead customers through the attacks of Jack the Ripper, even attempting to conjure up the ghost of the serial killer.

LondonNet has a pair of tickets for the Halloween Fest to give away to a brave, ghoulish taker, but first you must answer the following question...

Question: Which nasty epidemic does the London Dungeon discuss and exhibit?
a) Chickenpox
b) Warts
c) The Plague

How to Enter: Send an email with the correct answer to [email protected], with the Subject "London Dungeon 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, Tuesday 18 October, 2005.

Dear LondonNet,
I wish to point out a spelling error that is repeated on your site. You write "staring", meaning to look at constantly, instead of "starring", meaning the actors who play in the films. - Ronnie Cohen

Dear Ronnie,
Eek. You're right. In our recent design changes, we've had a few minor bumps. It's all in the effort to make LondonNet more accessible to our lovely audience, though, so please bear with us! - LondonNet

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