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Suh-weet - Napoleon Dynamite offers up himself, on DVD. Win a copy, 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
(31 Mar - 13 April 2005)

1) London Eye

2) Caravaggio: The Final Years

3) Madame Tussaud's
4) Summer Opening of Parlaiment
5) Royal Day Out: Royal Mews, Queen's Gallery & State Rooms
Immigration Takes the High Road

IMMIGRATION is one of the hot debating issues of the election. There is a general feeling that immigration is a problem that needs solving and all three major parties back the idea that tough quotas should be placed on the numbers of people wishing to move to Britain.

It came as a bit of a shock, then, to learn that Scotland has said it wants to take many of the immigrants denied permission to settle in England. Scotland's first minister Jack McConnell said it was his task to convince people north of the border that is in "their economic and social interest for this to happen."

McConnell's intervention might be born out of the fact Scotland is one of the fastest depopulating places in the world, but it's not as if the rest of Britain is full up either - over 90 per cent of the country is still classed as rural and that's not including back gardens.

Most economists agree with McConnell that immigration is beneficial. Nowhere is this more obviously true than in London, which has been built by successive waves of immigration, often literally, as in the case of the many Polish builders who have recently moved here.

It might not be racist to want stricter controls on immigration, as the Tories claim in their sly adverts, but it is definitely stupid. Put it this way, how could any true born English person want to be beaten at anything by the Scots?

David Clee


The Far Pavillions
Shaftesbury Theatre

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

Vagina Monologues

Eve Ensler's hit play strings together a series of monologues, all performed by women, that deal with issues surrounding the titular organ and, more generally, womanhood. Although the monologues all ultimately convey a message of empowerment and liberation, the issues explored are manifold and complex. Sharon & Aimee Osbourne, Naomi Harris and Jenny Eclair star in this production. -AB
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Sharon Osbourne stars in Vagina Monologues.
Mary Poppins.  Photo: Michael Le Poer Trench

Top Theatre Sellers
(31 Mar - 13 April 2005)

1) Mary Poppins
2) We Will Rock You
3) Saturday Night Fever
4) The Lion King
5) The Tempest


Snoop Dogg
12th July 2005
Wembley Pavillion

The world's most sustainable rapper heads to Wembley this summer, for a hip-hop hoe-down to which only Snoop is famous. He is celebrating his new album, R & G (Rhythm & Gangsta), preferably with some gin and juice.
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Snoop Dogg is at Wembley Pavillion this July.

Black Eyed Peas
6 May, 2005
Brixton Academy

L.A.-based funk-infused hip-hoppers Black-Eyed Peas have enjoyed a resurgence with ubiquitous mega-hits "Let's Get It Started" and duet "Where is the Love?" with successor to the king of pop's throne, Justin Timberlake. The musically and lyrically diverse Peas have a knack for both mammoth party anthems and laments of social injustice, and along with newly recruited voice Fergie and veteran b boy emcees Will.I.Am and Apl de Ap, are embarking on a tour in support of "Elephunk" and will perform one of their raucous live sets in London.-AB
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Black Eyed Peas will perform at Brixton Academy.
Basement Jaxx, performing at the O2 Wireless Festival.

Top Rock & Pop Sellers
(31 Mar - 13 April 2005)

1) Amon Tobin
2) Queen + Paul Rogers
3) Basement Jaxx
4) Keane
5) New Order


Royal Opera House
19 April - 24 May 2005

Taken from folk lore, Frederick Ashton's Ondine tells the story of the water spirit who tragically falls in love with a human. The Royal Ballet revisits this piece, originally premiered by the RB in 1958, with a score from Hans Werner Henze.
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Photo: Steve Hanson, Credit: Dee Conway; ONDINE - Tamara Rojo as Ondine, Jonathan Cope as Palemon; Design by Dewynters; The Royal Ballet - Royal Opera House 02 / 2005; Mixed Programme - Ashton Celebrations; Music: Hans Werner Henze


Top Classical Sellers
(31 Mar - 13 Apr 2005)

1) Madama Butterfly
2) Swan Lake, Aus.
3) Tombeaux - Enigma Variations - The Rite of Spring, Royal Ballet


LondonNet Blockbuster of the Week

The Interpreter (12A)
Thriller (2005) 128mins US
Director: Sydney Pollack
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener
Silvia Broome is a translator working in the United Nations' headquarters in New York. During a late night visit to the building, Silvia overhears a plot to assassinate an African head of state. Alerting her bosses and the FBI, she is immediately taken into protection under federal agent Tobin Keller and his partner Dot Woods. Keller is suspicious of the beautiful and fragile interpreter and as he begins digging into her background, he discovers disturbing facts about her past.

Nicole Kidman stars in the Interpreter.
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LondonNet Critic's Choice of the Week

The Edukators (15)
Drama (2004) 129mins (with subtitles) Ger/Aut
Director: Hans Weingartner
Unbeknownst to his girlfriend Jule, young radical Peter is one of "The Edukators". Together with his good friend and roommate Jan, Peter breaks into the houses of local yacht members and creatively rearranges their furniture to warm them their "days of plenty are numbered". While Peter is away on holiday, Jan and Jule grow dangerously close and they decide to break into the villa of a businessman, but are caught in the act as things go surprisingly wrong

Edukators, directed by Hans Weingartner.
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LondonNet Turkey of the Week

The Amityville Horror (15)
Horror (2005) 89mins US
Director: Andrew Douglas
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Melissa George
One year after the DeFeo murders which rocked Suffolk County, George and Kathy Lutz move into their dream home with their three children. Having barely settled in, the new homeowners suffer nightmarish visions and hear haunting voices from the evil presence which still lurks within the building. Twenty-eight days after moving in, the Lutz family flees for its life... if the house will let them.

Ryan Reynolds in Amityville Horror.
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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...



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

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(13 April)
1) Fabric
2) The Metro Club
3) The Cross
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River view from The Howard.

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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

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Top Sellers
(31 Mar - 13 Apri 2005)
1) Columbia
2) Commodore
3) La Reserve

Featured Worldwide Hotel:

Silken Gran Hotel Domine has mod design in a favourable location.Silken Gran Hotel Domine*****
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Silken Gran Hotel Domine is located in the city of Bilbao. The hotel creates a relaxing atmosphere through the stylish and elegant décor, and the hotel restaurant offers excellent cuisine and a coffee shop. The bedrooms are designed with comfort in mind and equipped with all modern amenities.

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Rooney for PM?  Let the kiddies decide.  Image courtesy:  waynerooney.altervista.org. Ban Bullies, Elect Rooney
- Kids make their case for revolutionary change...

South Bank Beach Scheme Unveiled
Sand and outdoor cinema lined up for this summer...

Napoleon Dynamite Competition

Napoleon Dynamite's favourite animal is a "Liger".  Thanks for checking the alt tag.  Image:  Paramount. Learn the importance of "Ligers" as Napoleon Dynamite offers up himself, on DVD. The unusual hero has already won the hearts, dance-moves and class presidencies of audiences all around the world, and now it's your chance for him to run that sexy red afro right into your DVD collection.

LondonNet has three copies of the DVD to give away, after its release on April 25th, with perks like a commentary by Director/Co-Writer Jared Hess and Actor Jon Heders, 5 Deleted Scenes, a still-gallery, and a piece by Napoleon's biggest fans.

All you have to do? Answer the following question....

What is Napoleon's favourite animal (a mix between a lion and a tiger - see above!)?

How to Enter: Send an email with the correct answer to "[email protected]"

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, April 25th, 2005

Dear LondonNet,
I have just been reading your section on the history of the Olympic Games, in particular the section relating to previous bids. Your writer says something along the lines of "unsuprisingly, poor old Birmingham was more or less laughted out of the process..." What is unsurprising about it? Has your writer ever travelled north of Watford Gap? I have lived in Birmingham and I have lived in London. And I know which city is the dirtier, most over-crowded and expensive, and which of them is inhabited by rude, ingnorant, self-serving, selfish people, who wouldn't stop to throw a bucket of water over you if you were on fire. Be careful how you phrase what you post on your website, otherwise people might assume it is an amateur blog site run by a bunch of Southern jessies who don't understand the meaning of the word objective.
- Ava

Dear Ava,
I'm sorry you didn't appreciate the description of Birmingham being "laughed out of the [bidding] process," but in the context of the light-hearted tone of the piece and your city's failure, I don't think it was misplaced. I've just been Googling Birmingham's 1992 bid and one of the most repeated words I've come across is "humiliation." I can't find the actual votes total Birmingham received anywhere, but my memory is that it was very small. In any event, after the Birmingham and Manchester attempts, "the IOC has made it clear that only a bid based on London has any chance of ensuring the Games come back to Britain," said Simon Clegg, chief executive of the British Olympic Association. That's the main point.
- LondonNet

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