Chicken Little
John Singer Sargent, (1856-1925) Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau), 1883-84; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Arthur Hoppock Hearn Fund, 1916.16.53 inv. 1916.16.53. © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.  Photo 1997

Ex-Pat Coterie - Peruse the fruits of the Hemingway lifestyle, courtesy of the National Gallery. Win tickets, below...

London Eye.

Circle of Lights - Ride the London Eye, and celebrate the city with dinner on a River Cruise. Click here for info...

The Moon

More Behind the Moon - Did the moon landings happen, or were they staged? Have your say in our forum...


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1) London Eye

2) London Travelcards

3) Medieval Banquet
4) London Dungeon
5) Tower of London
When Birds Flew Over My Head

Birds have been getting a bad press in recent times. First, we had the Battle of Trafalgar, in which pigeon-feeders were banned by Mayoral dictat. Then came Bird Flu, with the prospect of early death for millions of Britain's chickens, without the honour of being covered in bread crumbs and eaten afterwards.

Now, news reaches us that racing pigeons are the subject of increasing attack "We used to get one or two cases a year, but suddenly we've had a flurry in a very short space of time," said Peter Bryant, of the Royal Pigeon Racing Association. "There's no doubt that this is a national problem."

Chickens and pigeons are the most visible targets, but I've been witness to firework attacks on seagulls and towards the end of every year, there's a horrendous ritual mass slaughter of turkeys.

What lies behind this gathering purge of our feathered friends? Here are a few theories: children learn at school that birds are dinosaurs and fall prey to a kind of pan-mammalian revenge; traffic jams and speeding fines make us more jealous than ever of the gift of flight; the gift of flight having been won by dirt-cheap airlines, we can now sneer at birds all the more easily; the dawn chorus reminds us of annoying mobile-phone ring-tones, and Sesame Street with Big Bird isn't on TV much anymore.

Whatever the ultimate cause, birds have started a fight-back. When they come to right the history of all this, they'll date the start of The Birds II - Retribution to last night when some pigeon-jihadist dropped his load all over my head and back. "But I was anti-war!" I yelled at the sky. The sky didn't listen and I went in to eat my KFC.

David Clee

Theatre

Monty Python's Spamalot
Palace Theatre
"Lovingly ripped off" from the iconic comedy film, Monty Python's Spamalot rehashes the ancient tale of King Arthur and the Knights Table, only - presumably - with more farts and deadly rabbits...
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Monty Python's Spamalot

Wicked
Apollo Victoria
Two imaginary witches will land on the colourful and imaginative stage of the West End this autumn, as Wicked, the adaptation of Gregory Maguire's hit novel, plays out the real tale of good and evil behind the fantasy world we all know and love. The award-winning American musical, which has been attracting record crowds for the past two years, will open in London at the Apollo Victoria Theatre on the 6th of September.- Lauren Burke
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Wicked
Billy Elliot

Top Theatre Sellers
(23/2/06 - 9/3/06)

1) Phantom of the Opera
2) Billy Elliot
3) Fame
4) The Lion King
5) Blue Man Group


Music

Death Cab for Cutie
Brixton Academy
28 June, 2006

Seattle Emo outfit Death Cab for Cutie is touring on the release of their fifth album, Plans. After building success from their fourth album, Transatlantacism, tracks from which were featured in esteemed television programmes like The O.C., Six Feet Under, and film Wedding Crashers. Deep, resounding and worth their weight in hipsters, Death Cab is always a good gig.
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Bonnie Raitt
Hammersmith Apollo
14 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
Fall Out Boy

Top Rock & Pop Gigs:

1) Death Cab for Cutie
2) Fall Out Boy
3) Bonnie Raitt
4) Hilary Duff
5) Art Garfunkel


Classical

Eugene Onegin
Royal Opera House
The fourth new production in the 2005/6 Season sees the return of Tchaikovsky's popular score after a gap of nearly thirteen years. Steven Pimlott's first production for the Company has designs by Antony McDonald, with Philippe Jordan conducting a fine cast including Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Eugene Onegin), Amanda Roocroft (Tatiana), Eric Halfvarson (Prince Gremin) and Rolando Villazón (Lensky) (-TS).
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Sir John in Love.  Image:  Michele Turiani.

Top Classical Tickets

1) Sir John in Love
2) Requiem Mixed Bill
2) Le Nozze di Figaro
2) Madam Butterfly, ENO
5) Eugene Onegin


Cinema

LondonNet Blockbuster of the Week

The World's Fastest IndianThe World's Fastest Indian 12A
Drama (2005) 127mins NZ/US
Director: Roger Donaldson
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Diane Ladd, Aaron Murphy

Charming true story of New Zealand motorcycle enthusiast Burt Munro, whose lifelong dream was to travel to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah and try to set a land speed record on his lovingly restored 1920 Indian. With the support of the local community, especially his young next door neighbour Tom, Burt uses all of his savings to embark on the round the world journey, meeting lovable characters along the way including transvestite hotel receptionist Tina and a lonely spinster looking for male company for the night....
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The PropositionThe Proposition 18
Drama (2005) 104mins Australia/UK
Director: John Hillcoat
Starring: Guy Pearce, Danny Huston, Ray Winstone, Emily Watson

During a frenzied gunfight, Captain Stanley and his men apprehend criminals Charlie Burns and his 14-year-old brother Mikey, who are wanted along with their older brother Arthur on charges of rape and murder. Determined to bring Arthur to justice, wh...
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Two For The MoneyTwo For The Money 15
Drama (2006) 122mins US
Director: DJ Caruso
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Al Pacino, Rene Russo

Many years after a serious injury wrecked his dreams of top-flight play as an American football quarterback, Brandon Lang finds his niche working at a betting tip service, making his clients very rich with surprisingly accurate predictions about the ...
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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.

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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

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Visits on LondonNet
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1) The Ministry of Sound
2) The End
3) Canvas
4) Herbal
5) Bar Rumba
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3 Accomodation Deals

City HotelCity Hotel***(The City)
Innovative in both location and style of accommodation, the City Hotel has rightly won plaudits from both business and tourist travellers. Unusually, it also boasts a large car park with limited coach space on offer. UKP75 - UKP105

CommodoreThe 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

St. JamesSt. James*****(Park Place)
The St James's Club & Hotel takes luxury seriously. In a quiet cul-de-sac off St James's Street, the Club & Hotel is the perfect getaway for those who love the capital but value protection from its hustle and bustle.

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Four of the Best

The Hempel The 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 GoreThe Gore***(South Kensington)
One of London's most popular privately run hotels, The Gore first opened its doors in 1892 as an annexe to the neighbouring Queen's Gate Mansions Hotel. The Gore offers old fashioned comfort with up-to-date facilities and is justly famous for its mellow surroundings and intelligent, friendly staff. Single - UKP136.00; Double - UKP168.03

The WillettThe Willett***(Sloane Square)
The Willett is a dignified Victorian hotel with the ornate carvings, mosaics and chandeliers to prove it. It has also moved fast enough with the times to have attracted a long list of regulars, while its rooms retain the spirit of old.
Double - UKP90
Deluxe - UKP110

lincoln houseLincoln House ** (Marble Arch)
Built at the end of the 18th Century, in the time of King George III, the Lincoln House Hotel offers Georgian charm with modern comforts.

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1) Earl's Court Studios
2) Lord Jim Hotel
3) Boulevard Hotel
4) Shellbourne Hotel
5) Somerset Bayswater

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Hotel Sidi San Juan.  Image courtesy Hotel Sidi San Juan.Hotel Sidi San Juan*****
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Situated directly on the beautiful large sandy beach of San Juan, set amongst lush tropical gardens and only 5 minutes from Alicante City, Hotel Sidi San Juan offers a high standard of comfort and quality with a fabulous sea view, terrace, air conditioning and television.

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Americans In Paris Competition

John White Alexander, (1856-1915); Repose, 1895. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Anonymous Gift, 1980 (1980.224) inv. 1980.224; © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New YorkParis at the turn of the 20th century was a bustling hub of art culture - and none enjoyed and explored it more than the likes of a vibrant group of ex-pat Americans. John Singer Sargent, John White Alexander, Mary Cassat and James Whistler are all featured in this thorough and delicately poised Americans In Paris exhibition - which is at the National Gallery from 22 February - 21 May 2006.

You can win a pair of tickets to do your own exploration. All you must do? Answer the following question:

Question: The above picture was painted by which of the following artists? (Hint: hover over it with your mouse!)
a) Alexander John White
b) White John Alexander
c) John White Alexander

How to Enter: Send an email with the correct answer to [email protected], with the Subject "Americans In Paris 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, Wednesday 23rd March, 2006.


Dear LondonNet,
I think it would be a really good idea if you had a section for teenagers on your site, because it's impossible to find stuff to do in the evenings in London. It would be really useful to have a list of under 18 nights in clubs etc.
- Alicia

Dear Alicia,
You're probably right, although most clubs that allow under-18s also include kiddie pools, swings, and clown-based insignia. Hope you're up for it...
- LondonNet

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