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(26 May - 9 Jun 2005)

1) London Eye

2) Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

3) Royal Day Out
3) Summer Opening of Parlaiment
5) Summer Opening of the State Rooms
London Diary

London Cliché News

Overheard the other day in the queue for a bus: “London is a bunch of villages.”

That’s one of the most commonly told clichés about London and it’s not true. All big cities have plenty of districts, otherwise they wouldn’t be big cities. What it really means is, “I get lost on the Tube/roads/pub crawl.”

Number Two London cliché might be, “Londoners are rude.” Also not true, at least when compared to the rest of Britain where strangers are routinely regarded as… strangers. What that one really means is, “Londoners don’t take a keen interest in your troubles with the transport system, especially if you’re drunk.”

Among native-born Londoners, the cliché I hear most often is that “London is going to the dogs.” Or, “going down the river,” or, “going to hell in a hand cart.” Wherever it’s going, it’s going somewhere pretty bad; that much is clear. What they all usually mean is that foreigners and other odd looking people are clogging up the transport system.

Luckily for all the moaners, a solution to these non-problems is under way; one set of clichés will remove the other. Demographic figures out this week show that in recent years millions of native-borns have escaped the dogs, the river and hell by moving out of London. They’ve been replaced by incomers, who have more room to discover the whole city, eradicating the ‘village’ mentality, plus more fellow lost children to meet and not be rude to. Drinks all round.

David Clee

Theatre

Guys and Dolls
Picadilly

Straight off the starship, Ewan McGregor stars in the classic tale of Broadway. Gambling, singing and dancing were the crux of Damon Runyon's New York. It's award-winning score, including Luck Be A Lady Tonight, and the summer heat will surely set the stage on fire. Get tickets now, because they're selling quickly...
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Ewan McGregor stars in Guys and Dolls. Image: Lorenzo Agius

Theatre of Blood
Lyttleton Theatre

Jim Broadbent graces the Lyttelton as Edward Lionheart, an embittered actor who uses a theatre discussion group as a forum for revenge. Stepping into Shakespeare with a full-spread of camp and gore, Theatre of Blood makes for entertainment that's a full, hearty helping of theatre.
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Jim Broadbent stars in Theatre of Blood.
Chicago,starring Brook Shields.

Top Theatre Sellers
(16 May - 9 Jun 2005)

1) Chicago
2) Phantom of the Opera
3) The Producers
4) We Will Rock You
5) The Lion King


Music

Eminem & 50 Cent
9 September 2005
Milton Keynes

Eminem & 50 Cent bring their co-rapper fury to Milton Keynes in September, at the height of their Anger Management Tour 3. The duo romp through the US before hitting-up UK soil, and is said to be the biggest rap show of the year.
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Eminem & 50 Cent stop at Milton Keynes in their Anger Management 3 Tour

Get Loaded in the Park
3 December 2005
Wembley Pavillion

Snow Patrol, Fat Boy Slim, Happy Mondays Stereo MCs, The Farm, Flowered Up, Armand Van Helden, Elbow (DJ set), Junior Boys Own Soundsystem featuring Farley & Heller, Rocky & Diesel, Guilty Pleasures, The Comedy Store, An Audience with Howard Marks, Mani, Clint Boon, Annie Mac and more grace Clapham Common for August bank holiday...
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Snow Patrol is one of many bands featured at Get Loaded, during August's Bank Holiday.

The Streets
19 August, 2005
Carling Academy Brixton

The irrepressible Mike Skinner is at the Brixton Academy for a one-off show in August. His mix of garage, ska and beats is not easily suited to live performance, but his band has developed a well crafted stage manner and strong sound. Featuring tracks from his ground breaking first album, Original Pirate Material, the critically acclaimed follow-up A Grand Don't Come For Free and maybe a sniff of some new stuff this gig is set be one of the highlights of this long hot summer.
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Billy Bragg joins a host of musicians at the Meltdown Festival.  Image: courtesy Billy Bragg.co.uk.

 

Top Rock & Pop Sellers
(26 May - 9 Jun 2005)

1) Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
2) Basement Jaxx, Wireless Festival
3) James Brown
4) New Order, Wireless Festival
5) REM

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Classical & Dance
Rigoletto

Rigoletto.  Image: Sasha Gusov

This famous Giuseppe Verde piece comes back with a double cast and double charm. Conducted by Edward Downes.

Top Classical
(26 May - 9 Jun 2005)

1) Swan Lake, Kirov Ballet

2) Rigoletto

3) Proms in the Park 2005

Cinema

LondonNet Blockbuster of the Week

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (15)
Action (2005) 120mins US
Director: Doug Liman Starring: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Vince Vaughn
John Smith and his wife Jane are mired in the marital doldrums, eager for some excitement to spark their relationship back to life. The jolt comes when the Smiths discover that they are legendary assassins working for rival organisations. To pour salt into the wounds, the doting husband and wife have been hired to kill each other. Suddenly their vow to love "until death us do part" seems spookily pertinent.
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Mr & Mrs Smith, starring Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie.
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LondonNet Critic's Choice of the Week

Baadasssss! (15)
Drama (2003) 108mins US
Director: Mario Van Peebles Starring: Mario Van Peebles, Joy Bryant, TK Carter
Set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and Woodstock, Mario Van Peebles's amusing yet insightful docudrama pays tribute to his filmmaker father Melvin Van Peebles, who struggled against adversity in 1971 to make his picture Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song. Blending archive footage with interviews and dramatic reconstructions, Baadasssss! is a valentine to a true pioneer who single-handedly put the 'hood' into Hollywood.

Baadasssss!, starring Mario Van Peebles.
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LondonNet Turkey of the Week

Swimming Upstream (12A)
Drama (2002) 97mins Australia
Director: Russell Mulcahy Starring: Jesse Spencer, Geoffrey Rush Domineering father Harold rules his wife Dora and five children with an iron fist in 1950s Brisbane, pushing his four sons to take up sports as a means to instill toughness in them. When young John shows a natural flair for swimming, Harold devises a gruelling training regime to develop the boy's talent and his brother Tony decides to train as well in the hope of impressing his father. A tense sibling rivalry develops between the two brothers, encouraged by Harold.

Swimming Upstream, starring Jesse Spencer.
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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...

The Comedy Store

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

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(9 June 2005)
1) The Metro Club
2) The End
3) Club Vibe Bar
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Four of the Best

The very mod Hempel.The Hempel*****(Craven Hill Gardens)
The Hempel, West London's stunning Boutique hotel, is an architectural statement in original design. Simple and minimalist, The Hempel is a new experience in hotel living.

Superior - UKP245.00
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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)
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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

The Chelsea LodgeThe Chelsea Lodge (Budget) (The Strand)
A great little hotel over one of west London's restaurants, the Chelsea Lodge scores highly for value for money, location and efficiency of service.
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Sweet Chap Competition

"The Sweet Chap is a man at one with technology, a man at ease with his ability, a man who realises, and can manipulate, the power of song..."

Born out of the salty air of Brighton, The Sweet Chap is a collaboration of genres inside a tempting mix of technology, culminating in a new-millenium sound that somehow stays tapped into raw folk roots.

Click here for a free download (WMP) of his latest single, and buy the whole album from i-tunes, Napster and Virgin.net.

LondonNet is offering three pairs of tickets to the Modern Blues Project night at The Notting Hill Arts Club on June 28th, where the Sweet Chap will expound on his musical inklings.

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Question: What beautiful English seaside town does the magnetic Sweet Chap originate from?
a) Botswana
b) Brighton
c) Lisa Stansfield

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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; LondonNet is not responsible for prize distribution. The Editor's decision is final.

Closing Date: 12noon, Friday Jun 17th

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