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New Order, featured at the Wireless Festival

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1) London Eye

2) Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

3) Tower of London
4) Summer Opening of the State Rooms
5) Madame Tussaud's
London Diary

Slapstick Weather

To the shady safety of the cafe this morning where I was witness to a series of unfortuante events involving the weather and its cruel tendency towards sudden changes of intent. Since cruelty is the mother of wit, I now believe our infamous changeable climate and our legendary sense of humour are inextricably linked. Enough of the theory nonsense, here's my Top Ten Best Ever Comedy Weather Moments:

1. Dry Cleaners' Delight. Unforeseen rain on hard ground, smart linen suit, important meeting, wheeeee, boing!
2. Shades of Icarus. Cool guy in Raybans looks daft under dark cloud cover. Now we know they're prescription glasses, four-eyes.
3. It's Like This, Cat. Felix sleeping in the sun gets unasked-for shower, skulks off, head hung low. The only time you'll ever see that smug devil embarrassed.
4. The Good Samaritan. Beggar finally fed up with lack of Christmas cheer from his patrons redistributes his wealth of snowballs at them. To give is to receive.
5. Ice, Ice, Baby. Post-natally depressed mum sends infant-contaning pushchair for skating lessons. Suck on that, sweetheart.
6. The Mary Poppins. Those umbrellas make excellent impromptu flying-machines. Shame granny never took the lesson for landing.
7. Magic Bus. Long queue, puddles in the road, driver unable to resist temptation. Extra points for refusal of sodden travel cards.
8. The Squealing Schoolgirl. Gaggle of lightly-dressed language students on an outing learn the lesson the hard way, the wet way. Welcome to Britain, now keep the noise down.
9. Smoke Alarm. Nicotine addict won't let a little rain ruin his vice, holes up in a phone-box, box gets steamed up, some dry joker in a nearby cafe calls the terrorist squad.
10. Olympic Record. Next month, Trafalgar Square, thousands turn up for the public broadcast of the result of the bidding process. Come on, it writes itself.

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

Open Air Theatre
Regents Park

The promise of sunshine, a bit of fresh air, and perhaps an intermission ice cream kicks off the Open Air Theatre season, at Regent's Park. On the bill for this summer are Twelfth Night, Cymbeline, HMS Pinafore, the ever-summer-classic Wind In The Willows, plus more concerts and comedy. Don't miss your chance to get out of the theatre!
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Jim Broadbent stars in Theatre of Blood.
Mamma Mia.

Top Theatre Sellers
(9 - 17 Jun 2005)

1) Phantom of the Opera
2) The Lion King
3) The Producers
4) Saturday Night Fever
5) Mamma Mia!


Music

Summer Nights Open Air Concert Series
Various UK locations
Summer 2005

Summer Nights Open Air Concert Series comes to stages around England all through out the summer. Included on the bill are Will Young, Van Morrison, Meatloaf, Ronan Keating and more.

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Van Morrison appears at the Summer Nights Festivals. Image courtesy Van Morrison.co.uk

Get Loaded in the Park
28 August
Clapham Common

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.

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

 

Top Rock & Pop Sellers
(9 - 17 Jun 2005)

1) Basement Jaxx, Wireless Festival
2) Eminem & 50 Cent
3) REM
4) New Order, Wireless Festival
5) Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

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Classical & Dance
Ballet Nacional De Cuba

Anette Delgado of the Ballet Nacional De Cuba, as Giselle.

The exotic spices of Cuba come to Saddler's Well this summer, in the well-respected form of the Cuban National Ballet. Not to miss...

Top Classical
(9 - 17 Jun 2005)

1) Rigoletto

2) Kenwood Summer Prom

3) Classic FM Live Opera Gala

Cinema
LondonNet Blockbuster of the Week
Kung Fu Hustle - Image courtesy of PAPIC Select

Kung Fu Hustle (15)
Action (2004) 98mins (with subtitles) HK/Chi
Director: Stephen Chow Starring: Stephen Chow, Kwok Kuen Chan, Xiaogang Feng
In 1940s Shanghai, the dreaded Axe Gang holds sway. Lowlife criminal Sing and his overweight sidekick pose as members of the gang to try to extort money from the residents of Pig Sty Alley. Unfortunately for the hapless con men, the locals aren't helpless at all. Soon, the real Axe Gang turns up and a bloodbath seems inevitable, until three residents - the noodle shop owner, the tailor and a labourer - are exposed as legendary martial arts experts. Thus begins a titanic battle between good and evil.
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Critic's Choice of the Week

Torremolinos 73 - Image courtesy of IMAGE.NetTorremolinos 73 Comedy (2003) 91mins (with subtitles) Sp/Den Director: Pablo Berger Starring: Javier Camara, Candela Pena, Juan Diego
Struggling door-to-door encyclopaedia salesman Alfredo Lopez and his wife Carmen agree to participate in a series of instructional Super-8 sex films, subsequently unlocking hitherto untapped talents.
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Turkey of the Week

A Lot Like Love - Image courtesy of IMAGE.NetA Lot Like Love (12A) Romance (2005) 107mins US Director: Nigel Cole Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Amanda Peet
College graduate Oliver Geary is waiting to board a flight bound for New York when he sees fellow passenger Emily Friehl. It's lust at first sight, which is duly consummated at 30,000 feet. The two strangers spend 24 hours together in New York, then separate. Three years later, on New Year's Eve, Emily calls Oliver...
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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...

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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
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1) The Metro Club
2) The Cross
3) Fabric
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Sweet Chap Competition

Will Young is the Original Gansta Pop Idol.  Duh.  Image courtesy Will Young.co.ukWill Young - the self-hailed O.G. Pop Idol - has returned from a twelve month haitus with a new album and a slew of top-end musical performances.

LondonNet is offering you a pair of tickets to see the soul-wonderboy during his appearance at this year's Summer Nights Festival, at Leeds Castle, on Sunday 10th July, 2005.

All you have to do? Answer the following question?

Question: Will calls himself the "O.G. Pop Idol." What does the phrase "O.G." stand for? (Hint: hover over the photo at left, or click here)

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

Closing Date: Noon, Friday 1 July, 2005

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