The 40 year old Virgin
Dove Naked Truth Competition

Win tickets to the Dove Naked Truth Comedy Tour, starring some of the world's funniest women. For details, see our competition, below...

London Eye at night.

Spinning Dinner - See London from all angles - ride the London Eye, and then have dinner on a River Cruise, too! Click here for info...

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1) London Eye

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3) Summer Opening of Parliament
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Two Wheeled Conscience

I've re-converted to bikes.

When I was at University in the states, I used to have a one-geared, banana-seated cruiser, red with a bell that went "ding" when I swooped past unassuming freshman. My favourite possession, it was the envy of all my fellow biking geeks.

It was a small-town campus, you see, with strict pedestrian zones, and I could make it down the high street and around town without encountering a wheeled vehicle of any persuasion. The handlebars fit snugly into my widely outstretched hands (I had to tip the bike to get the handlebars through any regular-sized door), so I was thankful that the roads were wide enough to exempt me from scraping them alongside parked cars.

You can understand, then, my apprehension, when I decided it was time to get riding again, on London roads.

Driving in London is not an easy task, what with shoddy signage, constant jams and roads as wide as small toilet stalls, but adding buses, pedestrians and me - the inexperienced biker - often creates the feeling of perpetually moving chaos. I imagined numerous scenarios, all involving me, splayed awkwardly over various road-related articles, while furious drivers shook their fists in hatred.

Still, I am brave beyond my welfare, and unable to retract bets made to friends and my partner, so I took up my bike (this time a mountain bike with conservative handlebars and 21 gears), clipped on my extra-sturdy helmet, and merged into the biking lane.

To Wimbledon, past Battersea, Westminster, Waterloo, Tower Bridge; up the famous Greenwich hill and along the Thames, I rode. And rode and rode and you know what? Biking in London is not as terribly frightening as I had assumed. I wore my highly visible gear (accented by my highly reflective, fish-underbelly white skin), thrust my arms into signals at every slight turn, and I found that biking in London is like driving a hybrid vehicle in America: you might be small and constantly bullied by gas-guzzling SUVs, but as long as you keep your eyes on the road and your earth-friendly conscience bolstered, you'll hold your own.

For more information on biking in London, including bike routes, cycle laws and maintainence tips, click here.

Megan M. Retka

Theatre

And Then There Were None
Gielgud
Agatha Christie's most famous novel comes to the Gielgud in October. Kevin Elyot's new adaptation is directed by Steven Pimlott and stars Graham Crowden, Tara Fitzgerald, Richard Johnson and Gemma Jones.
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Tara Fitzgerald

As You Like It
Wyndham's
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.

As You Like It
Mamma Mia!

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Music

Turin Brakes
London Palladium
6 November, 2005

Mellow and indie-loved Turin Brakes continues their bright, slow jaunt to popularity with a show at the London Palladium. The show is one stop a mini-tour of the UK.
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Turin Brakes

KT Tunstall
Wireless Festival, Hyde Park
Wed. 29 June 2005

KT Tunstall's Ethridge-esque croon brings her raw-pop pout to stages all over the UK. Plan to hear Suddenly I See on the radio while you're on you're way to the gig, as it seems the pop-world has finally caught on to Tunstall. Catch her on her tour, and be the first to say, "I told you so" to her swarms of post-Jem fans.
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K T Tunstall
James Blunt

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(18 Aug - 1 Sept 2005)

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Classical

Forsythe Company
Sadler's Wells
Theatrical imagery and minimalism characterise the choreography of William Forsythe, namesake and inspiration of the company. 18 dancers embrace the subtle, rhythmic and detailed of four of works from their repertoire.
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Forsythe Company.  Image: Joris Jan Bos

Nutcracker.  Image: Eric Richardson

Top Classical Sellers
(18 Aug - 1 Sept 2005)

1) Madam Butterfly, ENO
2) The Nutcracker
3) Sleeping Beauty, ENB


Cinema

LondonNet Blockbuster of the week

The 40 Year Old Virgin

The 40 Year Old Virgin 15
Comedy (2005) 115mins US
Director: Judd Apatow
Staring: Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Jane Lynch, Paul Rudd

To the outside world, 40-year-old Andy Stitzer has achieved many things with his life so far. He has an easy, well-paid job stamping invoices at an electronics superstore and he owns a nice apartment filled with a prized collection of comic books. He is surrounded by friends who love him for his ability to see and bring out the best in other people. However, there is just one thing missing from Andy's life: he's never had sex....
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Horror Pick of the Week

The Business

The Business 18
Comedy (2005) 96mins UK
Director: Nick Love
Staring: Danny Dyer, Tamer Hassan, Geoff Bell, Georgina Chapman

Wide boy Frankie abandons 1980s Thatcherite London for the sun and endless possibilities of Spain. Hooking up with gangster Charlie, Frankie soon realises the terrible dangers of dipping his toes into the waters of the costa del crime....
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Red Eye

Red Eye 12A
Comedy (2005) 85mins US
Director: Wes Craven
Staring: Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, Brian Cox, Jack Scalia

Despite her crippling fear of flying, young businesswoman Lisa Reisert is forced to take an overnight flight to Miami. As the plane cruises at an altitude of 30,000 feet, Jackson, the handsome stranger sitting next to Lisa, reveals a terrifying secre...
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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...

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

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The GainsboroughThe Gainsborough***(South Kensington)
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Naked Truth Competition
Dove Naked Truth Comedy Tour

We jump into the shower on a daily basis to refresh and revive ourselves, but sometimes a few worries just can’t help creeping in at the same time: "Has my bum grown overnight?!"

We’ve all been there, if only for a split second. Research by Dove Body Wash has discovered that the daily shower can be a time when we’re confronted with the naked truth of our bodies – the bits we like – AND the bits we don’t. To celebrate our bodies in all of their glory, Dove Body Wash brings you an all-female star-studded stand up comedy show to uncover the naked truth about what it’s really like to be a woman.

The Dove Body Wash Naked Truth Comedy Tour features some of Britain’s hottest comic talent including Julia Morris, Lucy Porter, Zoe Lyons, Kerry Godliman and Janice Connolly (a.k.a Mrs Barbara Nice). The tour is hosted by the brilliantly funny Arabella Weir, and kicks off at The Comedy Store in London on Monday 12th September, touring to ten more top comedy venues across the UK.

So, turn off the tap and enter to win an exclusive night of laughter at the London Comedy Store, as Dove gives away 5 pairs of tickets to the Naked Truth Comedy Tour on the 12th September. All you have to do? Answer the following question...

Question: Which of the following comedians is featured, among others, in the Naked Truth Comedy Tour?
a. Steve Coogan
b. Ru Paul
c. Zoe Lyons

How to Enter: Send an email with the correct answer to "[email protected]," with the subject "Naked Truth Competition." You must include your name, email address, telephone number and postal address, to be considered for the prize.

More Necessary Info:
- NB MUST include name, email, telephone number and postal address (which will only be used for this compie only - guaranteed). If you don't include your details we can't send you info about the prize!
- First correct answer out of the Editor's hat wins the prize
- Details will be sent to the winner
- LondonNet is not responsible for prize distribution
- The Editor's decision is final

Closing Date: Noon, Thursday 8 September, 2005.

Last Ahoy winner: Micha Wyatt

Dear LondonNet,
The "Cutty Shark"?????! For pity's sake, correct it! - Helen

Dear Helen,
Touché. Will do. - LondonNet

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