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The Vitality is on from April 7-10, at London Olympia.  Win tickets, below!

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Game On - Get geared up and set to rumble with a hot new PS2 game. Details below...

London Eye at night.

2005 London Eye Flights - No booking fee for all London Eye tickets sold on LondonNet!
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Top Attraction Sellers
(17 Mar - 31 Mar 2005)

1) London Eye

2) Caravaggio: The Final Years

3) Turks: A Journey of a Thousand Years
4)Madame Tussaud's
5) Summer Opening of Parlaiment
Monorail is Cool

This picture shows Shanghai's commericial magnetic levitation train, a monorail train somewhat similar to the proposed monorail above Oxford Street.  © Corbis. All Rights Reserved.THEY'RE talking about building a monorail above Oxford Street, a bit like the one that has been whisking passengers around Sydney for years.

To anyone brought up when every comic and film with a view of the future automatically included a monorail, monorails will always be cool. Even today, media imaginations are fired by the things - watch Futurama or the recently released Robots movie to see what I mean.

What's cool and what's not on the transport scene is something of a lottery. For some reason, for instance, Tube trains are pretty cool, but their overground cousins are not. Trams have an above-average cool quotient; buses, except Routemasters, don't.

It's hard to pinpoint exactly why this should be, but I suspect it's something to do with my first law of technological progress which states that the more a machine can tuck away its inner workings, the more futuristic (and therefore cool) it will appear. You can see the wheels and bogies and electric pick-ups of overground trains (yeuch), but you only get a brief glimpse of such muckiness with Tube trains and see nothing but clean lines on a monorail. That's why everyone loves the beam-down system in Star Trek where you travel with no physical appendages whatsoever.

Note: this law is not to be transferred to the world of politics, where hiding away the inner workings of power tends to lead to either antipathy or apathy. Neither is cool.

David Clee

Theatre

The Far Pavillions
Shaftesbury Theatre
Opens April 14, 2005
Set against a classic premise - two lovers struggling to transcend the societal and cultural mores that bind them - the Far Pavillions offers a sweeping love story scored by anthemic balladry to create a truly epic production. Based on the novel by M.M Kaye, the musical follows the affair of a British Lieutenant and an Indian Princess during the British India of the late 19th century. -AB
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Hadley Fraser & Gayatri Lyer, in The Far Pavillions.  Photo: Hugo Glendinning

Someone Who'll Watch Over Me
Jonny Lee Miller assumes the lead in this intense drama, which centers around interaction between three Beirut captives, based loosely on the experiences of one-time hostage Brian Kennan. Dark humor underscores this poignant explorations of the human psyche under duress. -AB
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Jonny Lee MIller leads in Someone Who'll Watch Over Me.  Photo:  John Haynes
Jason Donovan (Caractacus Potts). Photo: Hugo Glendinning.

Top Theatre Sellers
(17 Mar - 31 Mar 2005)

1) Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
2) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
3) Phantom of the Opera
4) Mary Poppins
5) Chicago


Music

Download Festival
June 8-13
Donington Park
Derby


Feeder, Garbage, Billy Idol and System of a Down rock quickly and quite uniquely at Donington Park...
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System of a Down is to perform at this year's Download Festival.

Avril Lavigne
20 & 21 May, 2005
Carling Apollo Hammersmith

Canadian's reigning pop-punk mall brat, who scored a international hit with the prepubescent poseur-deriding anthem "Complicated", is now setting out on a global tour that will swing through the U.K. in May, so bust out the striped sleeves and dog collars. Punk rock! Meet you at Hot Topic. -AB
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Avril Lavigne performs at the Apollo Hammersmith, in May.

The Magic Band
8 June, 2005
Astoria

Although now sadly sans the inimitable Don Von Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart), the Magic Band carry on the relentless experimentation of the freak-out King of lysergic American psychedelia after a two-decade hiatus with a new record featuring Beefheart classics from the much-beloved albums Safe as Milk, Lick My Decals Off Baby, and, of course, Trout Mask Replica. A stint at All Tomorrow's Parties is also planned. -AB

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Basement Jaxx, performing at the O2 Wireless Festival.

Top Rock & Pop Sellers
(17 Mar - 31 Mar 2005)

1) James Brown
2) Queen + Paul Rogers
3) Basement Jaxx
4) Van Morrison
5) Keane


Classical

Madama Butterfly
Royal Opera House
21 Mar - 2 May 2005
Reliving the ever popular east-meets-west love triangle, the Royal Opera brings new talent and fresh interpretations to Puccini's Madama Butterfly...
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CRISTINA GALLARDO-DOMAS as Madama Butterfly.  Photo: BILL COOPER

Christian Broomhall (Peter Pan). Photo: Brian Slater

Top Classical Sellers
(17 Mar - 31 Mar 2005)

1) Peter Pan
2) Madama Butterfly
3) Grupo Corpo


Cinema

LondonNet Blockbuster of the Week

Be Cool (12A)
Comedy (2004) 119mins US
Director: F Gary Gray
Starring: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Vince Vaughn, Christina Milian
Streetwise mobster-turned-movie producer Chili Palmer muscles his way into the cutthroat music industry, helping friend Edie Athens to run her record label. To that end, Chili introduces Edie to talented singer-songwriter Linda Moon, with the intention of producing the girl's first album. Unfortunately, Linda is already contracted to the ruthless Nick Carr and he is reluctant to simply give away his songbird for free.

Uma Thurman & John Travolta in Be Cool.
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LondonNet Critic's Choice of the Week

Downfall (15)
Drama (2004) 155mins (with subtitles) Ger
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Starring: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Corinna Harfouch
April 1945. Hitler has retreated to a bunker system under the German Chancellery; above ground, the Russian Army is closing a ring around Berlin. Germany's defeat is inevitable but the Fuhrer refuses to surrender. Gathering together his allies, Hitler continues to hope for a final victory. When all hope is lost, he makes plans for the final dramatic steps of his downfall.

Downfall is considered one of this year's most moving films.
Showing at these cinemas...

LondonNet Turkey of the Week

The Ring Two (15)
Horror (2005) 109mins US
Director: Hideo Nakata
Starring: Naomi Watts, David Dorfman, Simon Baker
Newspaper reporter Rachel Keller and her son Aidan move to Astoria, Oregon, to escape the cursed videotape and evil Samara. Rachel believes that they are free of the curse, having made a copy of the original videotape as instructed. However, Samara follows them to Astoria, more determined than ever to continue her relentless cycle of terror and death. The drowned spirit focuses on Aidan and battles to claim the little boy's soul.

Naomi Watts stars in The Ring Two.
Showing at these cinemas...
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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...


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
(31 March)
1) The Cross
2) Fabric
3) The Metro Club
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Accomodation Deals

River view from The Howard.

Hotels:
The Howard - Suite Dream Package: Overnight night in one of our one room suites, with a view over the Thames River (balcony on request). Bottle of Champagne, full English breakfast for two. VIP welcome amenities. At £351.33 Including 17.5% Tax.


The front of the Hyde.Bed and Breakfasts:

Hyde - Save up to 65% on the hotel's published price when you book online!


A Lincoln House bedroom.Budget:
Lincoln House - Singles UKP69; Double UKP85; Twin UKP95; Triple UKP115; Family UKP119


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Three of the Best

The fanciful Ritz.The Ritz*****(Picadilly)
Opened in 1906, The Ritz has traditionally been a place to stay and meet for famous figures from the world of stage and screen, and for statesman, aristocrats and Royalty.
Single - UKP220 (Inclusive of VAT)
Superior King - UKP260 (Inclusive of VAT)
Deluxe King - UKP330 (Inclusive of VAT)

The bar at the Gore, located at Kensington Gore.The Gore ****(Kensington Gore)
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 (Inclusive of VAT)
Double - UKP168.03 (Inclusive of VAT)

The Strand Palace is in the middle of the West End bustle.Strand Palace Hotel ***(The Strand)
With its superb central location, Strand Palace Hotel is perfect for those wanting to explore the city. Many of London's famous landmarks are close by, including Leicester Square, Covent Garden and Theatreland.
Twin rooms from UKP37; Triple rooms from UKP32


London Hotel Chart

Top Sellers
(17 - 31 Mar 2005)
1) Commodore
2) Columbia
3) Chelsea Lodge


Featured Worldwide Hotel:

Stanhope Hotel is Brussel's first five star, with a unique atmosphere and quirky trinkets.Stanhope Hotel*****
Rue du Commerce, Brussels
A luxury establishment dripping with late 19th century English charm, Brussels first 5-star hotel retains its original charm and standards in the context of up to the minute facilities. All bedrooms manage to achieve considerable individuality within the elegant late 19th century remit and all come equipped with aircon, fax, TVs with in-house movies, mini-bar and trouser press. There are two levels of suites available to the space-hungry visitor. The Palais Royal, the Museum of Ancient and Modern Art and Grand Sablon are all within a minute or two's walk west of the Stanhope.

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Headlines

Public scrutiny might soon be thrown from turkey twizzlers to art, as artists & galleries lobby for art education. Pictured: John Duncan, 'St.Bride', painting. Tempera on canvas. Britain, 1913. Copyright The National Gallery of Scotland .  On display at the V&A's Internation Arts & Crafts exhibit.School Kids' Food for the Eyes - Art panel target next generation...


Monorail Planned for Oxford Street -
Train envisaged to run above shoppers...

Vitality Show Competition

A Stila make-up artist applies makeup to a visitor at the Vitality Show.Spend your weekend getting massaged, trimmed, cut and pampered, at the UK's largest showcase for womens' health, beauty, nutrition & well-being: The Vitality Show!

At Earl's Court from April 7-10th, the show offers numerous displays and booths from the world's best health, fitness & beauty experts, including Stila, Aqua-Detox International, Avon and many more.

LondonNet has 5 pairs of tickets to give away to the women who can answer the following question...

Question: What yoghurt/dairy company is sponsoring The Vitality Show, for the second year in a row? (Hint: click here!)

How to Enter: Send an email with the correct answer to "[email protected]", with the subject header "Vitality Show Competition".

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

Closing Date: 3pm, Monday 4 April, 2005.

Game On Competition

The Punisher, published by THQ. Get ready for your virtual rumble, as games publisher THQ releases two of the year's best action games: Full Spectrum Warrior & The Punisher.

Created for use as a combat training tool for the US Army, Full Spectrum Warrior shows arguably the most realistic portrayal of virtual urban warfare. Users command two two squads, who complete various missions under the doctrine of the US Army, making for intense and encompassing play. On the other side of gaming, bringing the fictitious Marvel comic to life, The Punisher pits lone vigilante Frank Castle on a vengeful mission against the city's most powerful crime lords.

LondonNet has three prize packages of each game, which include:

The Punisher Prize Package
The Punisher, published by THQ.- a copy of the game for PS2
- a t-shirt
- a Punisher record bag
- a hardback graphic novel book
- a heat reactive skull cup

Full Spectrum Warrior Prize Pack
Full Spectrum Warrior, published by THQ.- a copy of the game for PS2
- a camouflage smock
- a military multitool.

Answer the following question, and you can win yourself one of the packs...

Question: Who publishes Full Spectrum Warrior & The Punisher? (Hint: see above...)

How to Enter: Send an email with the correct answer to "[email protected]", with the subject header "Games Competition".

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

Closing Date: 3pm, Wednesday 6 April, 2005.

Dear LondonNet,
I knew a little about whirligig in th early 90's (letter from Maya). It was run by a young couple who lived in north lopndon and operated not just at the old Shoreditch Town Hall ( a venue let by the LB Hackney who also had some of their staff involved in the running of the fun nights) but at a couple of music festivals as well.. They were very good and I would also like to know how they are doing, if they still exist and run gigs
anymore. If anyone knows please contact Londonnet and they can let everyone know.
- Bill

Dear Bill,

I got a press release a month or two back for a whirligig night. Think it's already been and gone. Not sure if it is the start of a fresh run. Just searched for the press release but can't find it. If it does run again you'll find it here, where listings are updated every Wedneday evening. Stay tuned, because I think whirligigs are back...
- LondonNet

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