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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
(14 Apr - 26 Apr 2005)

1) London Eye

2) Caravaggio: The Final Years

3) Madame Tussaud's
4) Summer Opening of Parlaiment
5) Royal Day Out
London Diary

Where have all the canvassers gone?

There seems to have been a cull of the election tribe this year. This time last election I'd been visited by smiling representatives of all major political parties, two minor ones and the bloke from the Daz advert.

I was worried it was my attitude that had put them off returning - four years ago I was told I was an example of the type who is ruining the country - but everyone else I've asked has said the same: no canvassers.

It's probably true that elections are won and lost on the TV these days, but that must have been the case in 2001 as well. I would have thought getting your lot out on the streets is good for morale as much as anything else. As an ex-canvasser myself, I can reveal there's nothing like paying your door knocking dues to make you feel you deserve the weak tea and biscuits on offer back at party HQ.

Probably what's happened is that party researches have pushed the great truth of canvassing - reach the parents via the kids - to its limit. Instead of going to all the effort of sneakily reaching an arm past a door-guarding parent to plaster a grateful little-'un with a sticker, now campaigners wander around near schools and sweet shops festooned with funny hats and balloons. Why not? It's all hot air anyway, I guess.

David Clee


Billy Elliot
Victoria Palace Theatre

The great problem proposed by turning one of Britain's best films into a musical, was the question of Billy: how does a young boy, as well as numerous other young cast members, dance continuously on stage for three hours? The answer: an ever-growing budget, songs written by Elton John, and serious training centre for young hopefuls in Northern England. Not to mention having three Billy Elliots.
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Billy Elliot, starring James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower.

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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Sharon Osbourne stars in Vagina Monologues.
Nala in the Lion King.  Image:  copyright Disney.

Top Theatre Sellers
(14 Apr - 26 Apr 2005)

1) Mary Poppins
2) Phantom of the Opera
3) The Lion King
4) The Far Pavillions
5) Saturday Night Fever


The Bravery
Southampton Guildhall
18 November, 2005

NYC-based 80s revivalists and Cure-worshippers The Bravery have comandeered the eyelinered-synth pop of bands like the Killers and the Faint to create pulsating dance-floor anthems. In league with Bloc Party and Kaiser Chiefs, the Bravery are flag-bearers of the skinny-tie revolution. -AB

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The Bravery.  Image:  Heidi Hartwig

Saul Williams
Scala, London
3rd May 2005

This electric bard and social incendiary, who couples spoken-word performances with urban beats and instrumentation including violins, piano and guitar, has revitalised the art of protest music and revolutionised hip-hop with his hybrid of erratic speak-sing verse and call and response style. After gigs supporting the Mars Volta and Nine Inch Nails, Williams is embarking on a solo tour of the U.K and Europe. Although many of his protest songs might be specific to America and, particularly, the African-American experience, Williams' poetry is truly transcendent. -AB
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Saul Williams at Scala on May 3rd.  Image:

Top Rock & Pop Sellers
(14 Apr - 26 Apr 2005)

Snoop Dogg = a big seller, here in England.

1) Basement Jaxx
2) James Brown
3) New Order
4) Dwight Yoakam
5) Snoop Dog

Classical & Dance

Credit: Bill Cooper ONDINE - act I,The Royal Ballet - Royal Opera House 02 / 2005. Mixed Programme - Ashton Celebrations; Music: Hans Werner Henze; Choreography: Frederick Ashton; Designs: Lila de Nobili; Lighting: John B

Royal Opera House
21 Mar - 2 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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Top Classical
( 24 Mar-20 April 2005)

1) Ondine

2) Swan Lake, RB

3) Festival of Flowers & Music

LondonNet Blockbuster of the Week

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (PG)
Comedy (2005) 108mins US/UK
Director: Garth Jennings
Starring: Martin Freeman, Mos Def, Sam Rockwell, Zooey Deschanel
Arthur Dent makes a startling discovery: Planet Earth is about to be bulldozed to make way for a hyperspace bypass. Hopping onto a passing spacecraft, Arthur embarks on a journey of a lifetime, which proves that nothing is quite as it seems. As he encounters a menagerie of strange characters, Arthur discovers that a towel might just be the most useful item in the universe and that if he ever gets stuck, he can always refer to The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.

Martin Freeman and Mos Def in Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
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LondonNet Critic's Choice of the Week

Mean Creek (15)
Drama (2003) 90mins US; Director: Jacob Aaron Estes; Starring: Rory Culkin, Ryan Kelley, Trevor Morgan
Like most of his classmates, 13-year-old Sam suffers verbal and physical abuse at the hands of school bully George, who terrorizes the younger and smaller children to mask his own insecurities. After one beating too many, Sam vows revenge and he looks to his older brother Rocky for help. Rocky seeks inspiration from buddies Marty and Clyde, and together they plan an elaborate practical joke: a rafting expedition that will end with George getting the dunking he deserves.

Rory Culkin in Mean Creek.
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LondonNet Turkey of the Week

xXx 2: The Next Level (12A)
Action (2005) 100mins US
Starring: Ice Cube, Samuel L Jackson, Willem Dafoe
When a rebel splinter group led by George Deckert threatens the very seat of power in Washington DC, NSA Agent Augustus Gibbons is once again called in to avert the terrorist threat. Augustus handpicks Darius Stone to infiltrate the corridors of the White House and to prevent the overthrow of the American government. It soon becomes clear that there are just as many enemies as friends within the uppermost echelons of power in the nation's capital.

Ice Cube in xXx2:  The Next Level.
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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...



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3) The Cross
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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.
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The Gore offers old fashioned comfort with up-to-date facilities and is justly famous for its mellow surroundings and intelligent, friendly staff.
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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
(14 Apr - 26 Apr 2005)
1) Columbia
2) The Grange
3) The Ritz

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Dear LondonNet,
I have a - perhaps - unusual inquiry. I am flying internationally and will be stopping for 5 hours in Heathrow Airport. I would really like to utilize my time, if not for 5 hours, then at least I have a good 3-4 hours. The things I would love to do, but have no idea if they are close enough to do (by train or cab) are:
1. Riding a horse in a riding school for an hour
2. Visiting Sherlock Holmes' house on Baker Street
3. Going to a pool and spa
Can you please help me with my request?
Thank you
- Rachelle

Dear Rachelle,
We're always happy to give you some insight on getting out in London. Considering current tube construction and other traffic issues, we'd suggest splurging for a cab (between UKP40 and UKP60), if you'd like the most amount of time in London. Keep in mind that, for an international flight, you'll need a good couple hours to get through security/ticketing on your outward flight. As for fun: Riding stables are usually privately owned and quite pricey, but if you're set on a quick canter, look to Horse Web, who have a good collection of livery stables around London. Visit here for Sherlock Holmes Museum, which is worth a peek, but not a sole jaunt up to central London, dear Watson. Your most rewarding idea, if you've got the dosh, is to spend the day getting pampered the proper London way:The Sanctuary is most widely known, but Champneys is the poshest of spas. For the most London experience on a tight budget, we suggest Ironmonger Row Baths, which has a taste of old england in a fancy art deco package. Good luck with your trip - we hope we helped you decide.
- LondonNet

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