The Chronicles of Narnia the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

The LondonNet Newsletter, Issue 193 - 8th December 2005
London Diary :: Entertainment :: London Hotels :: News :: Competition :: Talkback

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Working in London

Your Fancy New Job - Find it, apply for it, get it, and thank your lucky stars you've got LondonNet...

Wizard of Oz Competition

Road Refurbishment - The Yellow Brick Road is coming at you, newly refurbished and with tons of extra features. Win tickets to a special NFT screening, and a copy of the DVD! See details, below...

London Eye.

Such Great Heights - See London from on top - ride the London Eye, and cuddle up with dinner on a River Cruise, too! Click here for info...

Top Attraction Sellers
(24 Nov - 7 Dec 2005)

1) London Eye

2) Windsor, Salisbury and Stonehenge Tour

3) London Flower Shows
4) Golfer's Passport to Great Britain
5) Tower of London
Skinner a Sinner for Lennon

VETERAN MP Dennis Skinner was chucked out of the House of Commons for accusing Tory shadow chancellor George Osborne of being a coke-head.

Talking of the recession-hit 1980s, when the Tory party was in power, Skinner said: “The only thing that was growing then was the lines of coke in front of Boy George and the rest of the Tories."

At first, I thought Sinner meant that gender-bending pop star Boy George enjoyed regular coke sessions with the Thatcher government in a veritable Church of the Poison Mind, but then realised the reference was to Osborne’s youth.

Still, the idea that politicians have likenesses in the world of pop is a fruitful one. New Tory leader and old Etonian David Cameron would make a great member of play-punk bands like McFly, Gordon Brown looks like a thousand heavy-set heavy-metal bass guitarists and Tony Blair has a bit of the Chris Martins about him - bland front concealing something sinister underneath.

Skinner himself was obviously making his own touching tribute to John Lennon, on the 25th anniversary of his death. A Working Class Hero is something to be.

David Clee


Lyric Theatre
Carmel Morgan's new play brings comedian Dawn French and the very musical Alison Moyet to the Lyric, beginning in March, in a tale about two sisters battling between their dreams and the duties that bind them.
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Blue Man Group
New London Theatre
After years of considerable success in the United States, Blue Man Group has finally reached London. The trio of bald men painted in blue have brought their unusual mix of theatre, rock concert and visual euphoria to the New London Theatre to enthral a new crowd...
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Blue Man Group.  Image:  Ken Howard
Mamma Mia!

Top Theatre Sellers
(24 Nov - 7 Dec 2005)

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


Bonnie Raitt
Apollo Hammersmith
14th April, 2006

Blues icon Bonnie Raitt graces the Apollo Hammersmith with her molasses voice and sultry slide guitar, this April. She brings a consortium of talents into her eighteenth album, including master sound engineer Tchad Blake. After an induction into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame, nine Grammys and a continued presence in environmental activism organisations, Souls Alike is adult, complex and wise - truly facets of Raitt, herself.
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Bonnie Raitt

Ben Lee
Islington Academy
3 February, 2006

Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee brings his acoustic guitar and campy persona to Islington Academy to help promote his latest release Awake Is The New Sleep. The 21-year-old is already a veteran in the music industry and his hit single Catch My Disease has made appearances on television shows like Grey’s Anatomy and The OC. - Brandon Morgan
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Ben Lee
Imogen Heap.  Image: Vicky Dawe

Top Rock & Pop Gigs:

1) Bonnie Raitt
2) Ben Lee
3) Imogen Heap
4) Seth Lakeman
5) Fabric Live


Flamenco Festival
Sadler's Wells
A collection of Flamenco-inspired acts comes to Sadler's Wells, to spice up February. Ballet Nacional de Espana, Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras and more specialised acts are included.
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Flamenco Fest @ Sadler's Wells.  Image: Josep Aznar

Flamenco Festival

Top Classical Tickets

1) The Nutcracker
2) Flamenco Festival
3) Rigoletto, ENO
4) Madam Butterfly, ENO
5) Sir John in Love, ENO


LondonNet Blockbuster of the Week

The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe

The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe PG
(2005) 140mins US
Director: Andrew Adamson
Starring: Georgie Henley, William Moseley, Skandar Keynes, Anna Popplewell, Tilda Swinton

As German bombs descend upon London during World War II, Peter, Edmund, Susan and Lucy are evacuated to the country where they secure lodgings with cantankerous Professor Kirke. One dull rainy afternoon, the children play a game of hide 'n' seek and stumble upon the magical snow-laden kingdom of Narnia through a portal at the back of an old wardrobe. The four youngsters soon become embroiled in a battle between good and evil in this strange land, joining forces with the lion Aslan to defeat the wicked White Witch....
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Critics Choice

Horror Pick of the Week

March Of The Penguins

March Of The Penguins U
(2005) 80mins Fr/US
Director: Luc Jacquet
Starring: Morgan Freeman

Luc Jacquet and cameramen Jerome Maison and Laurent Chalet travel to Antarctica to spend 13 months in the company of emperor penguins, as these remarkable birds travel to their breeding ground and seek the perfect partner. Braving sub-zero temperatur...
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Calvaire (The Ordeal)

Calvaire (The Ordeal) 18
Drama (2004) 91mins Fr/Bel/Lux
Director: Fabrice Du Welz
Starring: Laurent Lucas, Jackie Berroyer, Philippe Nahon

Cabaret singer Marc Stevens tours old people's homes, entertaining the residents with his repertoire of crooning classics. En route to his next gig, Marc is stranded in the forest when his van breaks down. Seeking shelter from the weather with a kind...
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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.

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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

(7 Dec 2005)
1) Fabric
2) The End
3) The Cross
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Accomodation Deals

St James ClubSt. James Hotel *****(Park Place)
St James's Club takes luxury seriously. A fitness room with sauna and steam, a full concierge service, and an airport service are all on offer. In a quiet cul-de-sac off St James's Street, the club is the perfect getaway for those who love the capital but value protection from its hustle and bustle.

Lidos HotelLidos Hotel (Budget, Victoria)
Lidos Hotel has 21 simple and modern rooms, perfect for guests looking for central accommodation at an affordable price. Lidos Hotel is just a five minute walk from Victoria Station, which gives you access to the underground and train services

Commodore HotelThe Commodore***(Hyde Park)
Keenly priced, lavishly refurbished, 4 star hotel close to Hyde Park. This privately owned hotel is ideal for families and business travellers. Superb location for sights, restaurants and shops.
Single - UKP82.00
Double/Twin - UKP95.00

Free updates of available rooms/tenants in your area.

Four of the Best

The HempelThe Hempel*****(Craven Hill Gardens)
The Hempel, West London's stunning Boutique hotel, created by acclaimed British designer Anouska Hempel, is an architectural statement in original design. Simple and minimalist, The Hempel is a new experience in hotel living.
Studio Apartment Double - UKP245.00
Superior Double - UKP287.88

The RookeryThe Rookery****(Farringdon)
Beautifully restored and perfectly poised for the City of London, also within walking distance of the West End. A genteel and welcome entry to the elite band of hotels serving the City.

Gainsborough HotelThe 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.

Columbia HotelColumbia Hotel***(Lancaster Gate)
Situated one mile from Marble Arch on the north side of Hyde Park, there is quick and easy access by two bus routes and two London Underground rail stations to city business centres, theatres, shopping and tourist attractions.

London Hotel Chart
(24 Nov - 7 Dec 2005)
1) The Commodore
The Columbia
3) The Gainsborough

Featured Worldwide Hotel

Hotel Saturnia & InternationalHotel Saturnia & International****
San Marco, Venice, Italy
It doesn't get any more welcoming that the Saturnia. A family run business, the hotel has opened its doors to guests from around the world since 1908. Interestingly, the hotel is an ancient palace built in the fourteenth century and once the home of the city's Great Admiral.

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Wizard of Oz Competition

Dorothy, in the Wizard of OzThe Wizard of Oz has charmed audiences of every age for more than 60 years and now for the very first time, old and young alike are able to fully experience the movie's Technicolour splendour and unforgettable, award-winning music like never before.

That's why LondonNet, Warner Home Video and the British Film Institute are offering five lucky readers the chance to win a Special Edition DVD of The Wizard of Oz and a pair of tickets to a one night only screening of the family classic at the National Film Theatre on 15th December.

Located on the South Bank, winners will enjoy a night at the world renowned National Film Theatre, which screens over 1,000 films a year from rare silent comedies to cult movies and archive television screenings.

Winners will also receive a copy of The Wizard of Oz Special Edition DVD with extras including four revealing documentaries; a new feature-length commentary by Emmy Award winning producer and Oz historian John Fricke; an Emmy-nominated making-of documentary hosted by Angela Lansbury; vintage vault featurettes; and more than six hours of audio-only treasures, including original recording sessions for songs, underscoring and rare Oz radio programmes.

So click your ruby slippers together three times and get entering - good luck!

To enter, just answer the following question...

Question: The main character in the Wizard of Oz is named:
a) Doris
b) Doreen
c) Dorothy

How to Enter: Send an email with the correct answer to, with the Subject "OZ Compie." 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 winners
- LondonNet is not responsible for prize distribution
- The Editor's decision is final

Closing Date: Noon, Tuesday 13th December, 2005.

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