Lords of Dog Town
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London Eye at night.

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Top Attraction Sellers
(1 Sept - 15 Sept 2005)

1) London Eye

2) Summer Opening of the State Rooms

3) Summer Opening of Parliament
4) Royal Day Out
5) Stubbs & the Horse
Video Ga-Ga

The kids safely shoved in another room, the TV was all mine and here we were, minutes away from the final act of one of the greatest events of this sport fan’s lifetime - England were about to beat Australia in the best Test series of all time.

The producer switched between the crowd as it cranked up the atmosphere and bunches of loonies who’d clambered up impossible walls to glimpse their heroes. Then in came the commentator: “After 18 years, England have finally regained the Ashes…”

That was when the producer in my head did something for which he will not receive forgiveness in this or any life - he started to run a 1980s pop video. Instead of letting me wallow in unsurpassed sporting triumph, I sat there replaying David Bowie’s Ashes to Ashes. I don’t mind the song, but why then, and why let me recall its awful video?

As Freddie and his pals let go huge relief-grins from the balcony of The Oval, all I could concentrate on was that ridiculous po-faced, cod-arty clown get-up Bowie favoured for the video. I don’t know much, but I’m pretty sure it’s in the rules somewhere that a man should not dress in a ridiculous po-faced, cod-arty clown get-up if he is to sing the lyric, “Ashes to ashes, funk to funky.”

This sort of thing is happening more often. I think I have a real problem. Just then I started to see Aaron Neville warble, “I don’t know much, but I know I love you.” The old videos are killing my brain/radio star, bloke with big glasses. I’m not worried for myself, of course, but for the younger generation, which has been fed many more videos than mine. By the time Alzheimer’s kicks in for that lot, they’ll be seeing the Crazy Frog’s man-bits every time they initiate sexual frolics. Owzat? Not good. David

David Clee

Theatre

Chicago
Adelphi
The sizzling story of murder and music heats up autumn in the West End, only this time with the help of theatre-temptress Sally Anne Triplett, who takes up the role of Roxy Hart from September 12th until November. Rumour is that Wonder Woman star Lynda Carter will star as Roxie Hart thereafter...
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Chicago. Image: Hugo Glendinning

Guys and Dolls
Picadilly
It's your last chance to catch the breathy croon of Ewan McGregor, as he winks his way through this summer's most popular musical. The star will finish his run in early December, to be replaced by East Enders heartthrob Nigel Harman.

Guys and Dolls.  Image: Alastair Muir
Mary Poppins

Top Theatre Sellers
(1 Sept - 15 Sept 2005)

1) Mamma Mia!
2) The Lion King
3) The Producers
4) Phantom of the Opera
5) Mary Poppins


Music

Franz Ferdinand
Alexandra Palace
30 Nov and 1 & 2 Dec, 2005

Franz Ferdinand’s revered rock will be on display for three days at the Alexandra Palace, promoting the Scottish foursome’s second full-length album You Could Have It So Much Better. . . with Franz Ferdinand, set to be released October 3. Their 2004 self-titled LP earned them last year’s Mercury Music Prize. - Brandon Morgan
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Franz Ferdinand

The Pogues
Brixton Academy
20-21 December, 2005

Last year this slot was billed as the last opportunity to see the original Pogues line-up live. As is the way with these things the fellas had a good time and are repeating the bill this yuletide too. Click here for more info...
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The Pogues
Bloc Party

Top Rock & Pop Gigs:

1) Franz Ferdinand
2) Bloc Party
3) David Gray
4) The Pogues
5) Natalie Imbruglia


Classical

Momix Opus Cactus
Sadler's Wells
Humour and striking imagery marks the American dance company Momix, who utilize poles and balance in this celebration of the desert.
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Momix Opus Cactus.  Image:  Don Purdue

Nutcracker.  Image: Eric Richardson

Top Classical Tickets

1) The Nutcracker, ROH
2) The Nutcracker, ENB
3) Sleeping Beauty, ENB
4) Carmen, NT
5) Madam Butterfly, ENO


Cinema

LondonNet Blockbuster of the week

Pride & Prejudice

Pride & Prejudice U
Drama (2005) 127mins UK
Director: Joe Wright
Starring: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn
Mrs Bennet is delighted when dashing bachelor Charles Bingley moves onto the neighbouring Netherfield estate. Bingley is extremely eligible and would be a perfect match for one of Mrs Bennet's five daughters: Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Catherine and Lydia. Over time, Jane and Bingley grow close, but their relationship is steadfastly opposed by his spiteful society sister and his aristocrat pal Fitzwilliam Darcy...
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Horror Pick of the Week

Lords of Dogtown

Lords of Dogtown 12A
Drama (2005) 106mins US/Ger
Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Starring: Emile Hirsch, Victor Rasuk, John Robinson
Dramatisation of the rise to fame of the legendary Z-Boys, the teenage surfer dudes in '70s California, who pioneered a revolutionary new form of skateboarding. With the help of eccentric surf shop proprietor Skip Engblom, raw talents such as Stacy P...
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Wolf Creek

Wolf Creek 18
Horror (2005) 99mins Australia
Director: Greg Mclean
Starring: Kestie Morassi, Cassandra Magrath, Nathan Phillips, John Jarratt
Thrill-seeking British holidaymakers Kristy and Liz hook up with Australian nice guy Ben for a cross-country drive, taking in the sights along the way including a giant meteorite crater. When their car refuses to start, the trio fears the worst, settling down for an uncomfortable night in the car, until kindly farmer Mick offers to tow them to his place for repairs. Glad to escape from their predicament, the friends gladly accept, unaware of the horrors that lie ahead.
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Comedy

Comedy StoreThe 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:
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- The End
- Borderline
- The Cross

Top Clubs

Based on Page
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(15 Sept)
1) Fabric
2) The Cross
3) The Metro Club
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The RitzThe Ritz*****(Picadilly)
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 ChesterfieldThe Chesterfield ****(Mayfair)
Any hotel that offers internet access from all its rooms knows how to move with the times, although the Chesterfield's Georgian décor also respects the past. For fitness fanatics, gym passes are also avilable for the local fitness club.

The GainsboroughThe Gainsborough***(South Kensington)
Imagine an English country home magically whisked away to the most exclusive London borough, and you have The Gainsborough Hotel. Named after the celebrated artist, whose portrait of the Duchess of Richmond graces the light, spacious lounge and reception, The Gainsborough combines the attractive style of bygone days with an easy informality.

Shellbourne HotelShellbourne Hotel(Budget, Earl's Court)
This budget hotel is clean and simply furnished in a traditional style. Shellbourne Hotel is housed in an attractive period building, on a quiet street just off Cromwell Road. Earl’s Court Station is only a few minutes’ walk away from the hotel.

London Hotel Chart
(1 Sept - 15 Sept 2005)
1) Columbia
2) Carlton Tower
3) Commodore

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Once the home of a theatre, the Hotel Bern retains a sense of the dramatic in its neo-classical architecture and in its well-rehearsed levels of service. Combine all that with a fantastic location and two widely recommended restaurants and you get one of the top hotels of its class in town...

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Body Beautiful Competition
Body Beautiful 2005

Enjoy a luxurious and totally pampered day out at the ultimate age defying and beautifying event, Body Beautiful 2005 (24 – 25 September 2005, Olympia). Visit the show this year and find not only a raft of interactive in-show features, designed to make you look and feel great, but also learn the celebrities’ beauty secrets from many of the world’s leading cosmetic surgeons and practitioners. Body Beautiful 2005 is the only event to explore the full spectrum of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatments - everything to make you perfectly stunning.

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Closing Date: Noon, Tuesday 20 September, 2005.

Last Ahoy winner: Johanna Robinson, Adrian Miller, Catherine Blackmore, Stephanie Sara Thompson, Sarah Byrne

Dear LondonNet,
My name is Charles and I live in the U.S. I am tracking the orgin of an old book I have. It indicates that the original publisher was located at 9, Rupert Street, Leicester Square. I see you write about The Rex located at 21 Rupert Street. If at all possible would you please tell me what, if anything is located at 9 Rupert Street? Thank you so much. - Charles

Dear Charles,
Your best bet is contacting Michael Finney Antique Books & Prints (+44 (0)20 7631 3533) with your inquiry, as they are one of London's most renowned antique booksellers, and not just a little knowledgeable, too. A little prodding and perhaps a sale inquiry might also help. - LondonNet

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