Fantastic Four
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Stubbs & the Horse, at the National Gallery

Horse of Course - Win tickets to see the National Gallery's exhibit on Stubbs and his faithful horse. Details below..

London Eye

View it - This good weather isn't for nothing - take a ride on the London Eye! Click here for more info...

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1) London Eye

2) Royal Day Out

3) Summer Opening of the State Rooms
4) Summer Opening of Parlaiment Tour
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London Diary

The First Ever Guide for Visitors to the 2012 Olympics

Do some research before you go:
* In case they introduce a spelling competition: Stansted, the nearest airport to the Olympic site in Stratford, east London, is spelt like that, without an a before the d like you'd expect. It was named after a kid called Stan who lost his Teddy Bear nearby.
Getting there:
* Fear of Flying? Try using the zoomy new trains through the Channel Tunnel direct to Stratford.
* Fear of Enclosed Spaces such as tunnels that look like they don't belong under countless dark metres of freezing water? Try nembutal. Athletics coaches should be able to supply you with some.
* Stratford, east London, is not the same as Stratford, Warwickshire, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. For that matter east London, UK, is not the same as East London, South Africa. Best buy an atlas.
Local customs:
* Athletes: when running for the line down the home straight, don't forget to bow or curtsey in front of the Queen, even if it means losing the race.
* Participants of minor sports: practise archery or wrestling in our friendly pubs. We call those activities darts and smashing that bloke over the head with a bottle.
* The best way to start a conversation with the natives: "You've got to laugh the way they raised taxes on you Londoners for this event, haven't you?!" Accomodation:
* Special notice for the Brazilian Women's beach volleyball team - I have arranged suitable accomodation for you in my flat.

David Clee


As You Like It

The modern interpretation of Shakespeare's classic comedy sets Rosalind and Celia in a sanctuary, after being banished from their community. Starring Sienna Miller, Helen McCrory, Dominic West, Clive Rowe and Reece Shearsmith.
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Sienna Miller as Celia in As You Like It.  Image: Manuel Harlan

The Postman Always Rings Twice

The haunting love story of James M. Cain has been extended until September 10th. Starring Val Kilmer as Frank and Charlotte Emerson as Cora, the story follows their steamy affair that leads passionately to murder.
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The Postman Always Rings Twice. Image: Image: Val Kilmer as Scott in Spartan, copyright Front Row.
Some Girl(s)

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6-7 August; 1-3 December
Somerset House; Brixton Academy

The post-nineties goth-rockers are on their biggest UK tour, ever. A gig-rescheduling, due to London bombings, has set them up for August, and then back again in December. Will the ability to transform on the wave of technology.

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Tracy Chapman
KOKO, Camden
20 September 2005

The molasses-mouthed, political-ringing, folk and blues master Tracy Chapman is on a UK wide tour, bringing well-loved favourites to her wide fan base, with a few new ones, as well.
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Tracy Chapman


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4) SW4 Festival
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Classical & Dance
Momix Opus Cactus

Momix Opus Cactus, Dragon Side.  Image:  Don Purdue.

Humour and splendid innovation marks the American dance company Momix, who utilize poles and balance in this celebration of the desert.

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1) Rutter Requiem

2) One Touch of Venus - Opera North

3) Classic FM Live Opera Gala

LondonNet Blockbuster of the Week

Fantastic FourFantastic Four (PG)
Action (2005) 105mins US
Director: Tim Story
Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis Four astronauts come into contact with cosmic rays during an routine space expedition. Returning to Earth, the quartet discover they have acquired special powers: group leader Reed Richards becomes the incredibly stretchy Mr Fantastic, his wife Sue Storm becomes The Invisible Girl, young brother Johnny transforms into The Human Torch and pilot Ben Grimm metamorphoses into The Thing, an incredibly strong half man-half rock creature.

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Critic's Choice of the Week

Silver CitySilver City (15)
Drama (2004) 128mins (with subtitles) US
Director: John Sayles; Starring: Chris Cooper, Richard Dreyfuss, Danny Huston, Maria Bello
Richard "Dickie" Pilager is standing for election as local governor, following in the political footsteps of his father, senator Jud Pilager. Whilst shooting a promotional television advert, Dickie accidentally stumbles upon a dead body. If news of the shocking discovery were to leak out, it could derail the entire Pilager campaign. Campaign manager Chuck Raven hires private detective Danny O'Brien to investigate the possibility that the dead body is a ploy by Pilager's rivals to sabotage the election

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Turkey of the Week

Kicking & ScreamingKicking & Screaming (PG) Family (2005) 95mins US
Director: Jesse Dylan
Starring: Will Ferrell, Robert Duvall, Dylan McLaughlin, Mike Ditka Mild-mannered vitamin salesman Phil Weston has always lived in the shadow of his overbearing father Buck. In his spare time, Buck coaches a boys' football team called The Gladiators, in which Phil's young son Sam and his 10-year-old half-brother Bucky both play. Ruthless to the end, Buck offloads Sam to a rival team, the Tigers, which Phil reluctantly agrees to coach in direct competition with his old man. Soon, the rivalry between the generations spirals out of control.

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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...

The Comedy Store



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Stubbs Competition

Stubbs CompetitionStubbs is probably Britain's best-loved horse lover.

Using a fluid painting technique, matched with heavily-detailed sketches, Stubbs' horses breed personality.

Stubbs' work was appreciated even during his time. He unearthed the majesty and mechanics of a horse for many famous art patrons, including the 2nd Marquess of Rockingham.

LondonNet has a pair of tickets to Stubbs & The Horse, at the National Gallery, which is going on now until Sept 25. All you have to do is answer the following question...

Question: Name the patron of Stubbs that had a '2' in their name? (Hint: see above)

How to Enter: Send an email with the correct answer to "[email protected]," with the subject "Stubbs 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; LondonNet is not responsible for prize distribution. The Editor's decision is final.

Closing Date: Noon, Friday 5 August 2005.

Last Ahoy winner: Ms. Eames, in Kent.

Dear LondonNet,
Actually, the tower that houses "Big Ben" is not called "St. Stephens". St. Stephens Tower is the central tower of the Parliament complex. The tower that houses Big Ben is the "Clock Tower (sic)". - C. S. Myers

Dear C.S,
Thanks for your correction. We always appreciate hearing people's knowledge of London, especially trivial tidbits as such, and will take your information and check it out. Make sure you peruse our other London pages for further insight...

The Editor reserves the right to amend your contributions for reasons of elegance, space, legality and plain sheer bloodymindedness. We welcome your views on any subject, questions about your visit and of course feedback about the newsletter or website. Email: [email protected] to submit.