Movin' Out.  Image: Joan Marcus

London Eye.

Circle of Lights - Ride the London Eye, and celebrate the city on a River Cruise. Win a pair of tickets, in our competition, below...

Easter

Honey's Bunnies - The best events and goodies for your wee little spring chickens, in our Easter feature...

London Marathon

Still Running - Work off those easter eggs in support of the 2006 Flora London Marathon. LondonNet has your guide to watching the race, plus advice and stories from some of the marathon's participants. Click here for more info...


Top Attraction Sellers
(23/3/06 - 4/4/06)

1) London Eye

2) Tower of London

3) Michelangelo: Closer to the Master
4) London Dungeon
5) Americans In Paris
Immortal Birds and Diary Clowns

Plenty of subjects have been seen off and wrapped up by the Diary in its 200 issue history, but, from a quick glance back through the list, it seems that one keeps coming back - and thats birds.

Whether its the pigeons of Trafalgar Square, the ravens in the Tower or the wild parakeet colonies of south London, I cant seem to stop myself returning to the lives, times and droppings of our feathered friends.

Sometimes, rare, though increasing, sightings of eagles or vultures have caught my attention; at others the sad decline in the sparrow population has done the trick. When alls said and done, Ive obviously got a bird-brain.

Pigeons are my own favourite because they walk funny and because they seem such a clumsy, dirty, stubborn, urban beast, but Id like to claim the various birds of London have a deeper resonance, that they somehow remind us of our history and promise us a future freedom.

All that gumph brings me to the nightingale, a bird I have shamefully neglected, but which captures, in song and verse, what Im on about. Theres the wartime song, like an echo far away, A Nightingale Sang on Berkley Square, and then theres Keats, from Ode to a Nightingale:

Thou wast not born for death, immortal Bird!
No hungry generations tread thee down;
The voice I hear this passing night was heard
In ancient days by emperor and clown

David Clee

Aloha.

Megan Is The FutureAfter nearly two years of experimenting with all that is "London", I am leaving LondonNet to pursue opportunities in the fantastic world of imagery. I will miss being entrenched in Pete Doherty's daily escapades, the joys of good cinema, the ramifications of bad clay for Wembley Stadium, and, of course, the star of my fortnight: Ahoy.

Thanks to the LondonNet ensemble (Peter, Em, Mark, David & Lynn), the fabulous interns who suffered my wrath and red pen (Steve, Jackie, Lauren, Pat and Brandon), and - of course - you, the evergreen LondonNet Ahoy reader. Without you, my jokes wouldn't be funny. And we all know what a party foul that would be...

Megan M. Retka


Theatre

Movin' Out
Apollo Victoria
There is absolutely no dialogue in this production, choreographed by Twyla Tharp & with music by iconic pop god Billy Joel. Hits include We Didn't Start the Fire, Uptown Girl and - of course - Movin' Out.
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Movin' Out.  Image: Joan Marcus

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
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Top Theatre Sellers
(23/3/06 - 4/4/06)

1) Phantom of the Opera
2) Blue Man Group
3) Mamma Mia!
4) The Lion King
5) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest


Music

Billy Joel
Wembley Arena
10 July, 2006

Pop music icon Billy Joel will be walking from his River of Dreams across the pond for his first major solo concert in seven years. In November, the "Piano Man" released My Lives a five-disc box set chronicling his music career since the early 60s. The tour, which will feature favourites from this vast collection of tracks, will hit the UK in May.- Lauren Burke
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Billy Joel

Tom Jones
Wembley Arena
28 October, 2006

It's not unusual to be loved by the entire United Kingdom, according the Welsh pop-soul god Tom Jones. Touring a copious amount of UK stadiums, the Jones-man will show you just what's new, pussycat, as he ring in autumn.
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Tom Jones
James Blunt

Top Rock & Pop Gigs:

1) Billy Joel
2) Tom Jones
3) Depeche Modes
4) James Blunt
5) Death Cab for Cutie

Why James Blunt >>


Classical

La Belle Hlne
The Coliseum
The long-awaited interpretation of La Belle Hlne, as portrayed by Laurent Pelly, comes to the Coliseum this April. Starring Felicity Lott and Toby Spence.
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Felicity Lott (Helen). COPYRIGHT ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA AND CLIVE BARDA.

 	Toby Spence (Paris). (C) ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA AND CLIVE BARDA

Top Classical Tickets

1) La Belle Hlne
2) Madam Butterfly
3) Dialogos - The Agony of Judith
4) Rigoletto, NWT
5) The Makropulous Case


Cinema
King Kong Competition

King KongUniversal Pictures is delighted to announce the eagerly awaited release of Academy Award winning director Peter Jackson's epic masterpiece, King Kong, which can be captured to own and rent on 2 disc special edition DVD and 2 disc UMD from Monday 10th April, 2006 - and can be yours to win. Click here for more info...

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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

Top Clubs

Based on Page
Visits on LondonNet
(1 April 2006)
1) The Ministry of Sound
2) Metro
3) Fabric
4) The End

5) Koko
Club Venues and Listings
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3 Accomodation Deals

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.

Chelsea Lodge HotelChelsea Lodge Hotel**(Fulham Road)
A great little hotel over one of west London's restaurants, the Chelsea Lodge scores highly for value for money, location and efficiency of service. Rooms from UKP49 (including continental breakfast).

The GalleryThe Gallery***(South Kensington)
The Gallery Hotel offers a haven of quiet elegance in luxurious Victorian surroundings, within reach of all the best that modern London has to offer. Friendly staff and a lobby adorned with mahogany panelling offer a warm and welcoming greeting to guests on arrival.

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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.

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 dcor also respects the past. For fitness fanatics, gym passes are also avilable for the local fitness club.

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.

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.

London Hotel Chart
(23/3/06 - 4/3/06)
1) Lord Jim Hotel
2) Holly House
3) The Willett
4) Boulevard Hotel
5) The Commodore

Featured Worldwide Hotel

Caleta HotelCaleta Hotel****
PO Box 73, Catalan Bay, Gibraltar
The 4 star Caleta Hotel is majestically situated on a rocky promontory overlooking the Mediterranean. With stunning views to both Southern Spain and North Africa and providing the very best of Italian and international cuisine and summer al fresco dining.

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London Eye & River Cruise Competition

London Eye & River Cruise CompetitionWhat could be more London than the London Eye? Using the heights of today's technology, the London Eye overlooks centuries of London history - a comfortable ride in a futuristic pod gives you views of Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Tate Modern, the Gherkin, St. Paul's Cathedral and Tower Bridge. And if you want a closer look, hop on the London Eye River Cruise, for a riverside view of London's most famous places. Together, they offer the best of London - by air and by sea - and LondonNet is offering you the chance to see it, for free!

To win two tickets for a London Eye Flight & River Cruise all you have to do is answer this question: The London Eye & River Cruise give you a fantastic view of which of the following attractions (hint: see above)?
a. The Louvre
b. The MOMA
c. Tate Modern

How to Enter: Send an email with the correct answer to [email protected], with the Subject "London Eye & River Cruise 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, Friday 21st April, 2006.



Dear LondonNet,
I have two paintings by Leonard Campbell Taylor, I was told one was Musicial Afternoon 1936, and the Harpest 1922. Could you please tell me the value of these paintings. Thank you.
- Bev

Dear Bev,
Do we look like the Sotheby's?
- LondonNet

TALKBACK NOTES
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