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A Scanner Darkly. Copyright: © Warner Bros. Pictures 2006A Scanner Darkly
Adapted from the mind-bending novel by Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly imagines a haunting vision of the near future, in which the war on terrorism has been supplanted by the war on drug abuse... Read More  
 Showing at these cinemas  
      

River CruisesThames Restaurant Cruises
Offering the finest food, breathtaking river views, live entertainment and professional service, a Thames river cruise provides the perfect indulgence...
Choose between the Lunch Cruise, the Dinner Cruise and Sunday Lunch Jazz Cruise and discover London like never before...
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Top Attraction Sellers:
(03/08/06 - 16/08/06)


1. The London Eye    
2. Summer Opening of the State Rooms & Royal Mews       
3. Summer Opening of the State Rooms   
4. Summer Opening of Parliament      
5. Sunday Lunch Jazz Cruise        

Diary

A Hand Baggage Morality Tale

THERE was a really clever fat man in the check-in queue at Gatwick airport the other day.

He smiled in the negative when asked if he had any luggage to put in the hold and grinned as he held up a half-finished packet of crisps on hearing the now infamous "hand baggage?" challenge. The rest of us watched in jealous awe as he waddled off to the bar for his victory drink.

Something about that waddle bothered me. It didn't look real and it didn't take more than sixteen delay-aided Bloody Marys to get it out of him that he had pulled a fast one on the many faces of airport security by pulling on his entire wardrobe, one layer atop the next.

Fake Fat Man reported that humans can cope, relatively easily, with wearing two pairs of shorts, given that only one has private-parts netting, a pair of linen trousers and a pair of light jeans. Three T-shirts, a sweater and a jacket were the immutable physical limits he had discovered for the upper body.

I offer this story not as LondonNet's contribution to the burgeoning literature of travellers' tips for the hand-baggage-free future, but as a topical example of the sin of pride. He had transgressed eternal nature in the form of a full-bladder.

One, two, three layers undone… too late, stain and shame are followed fast by pumped-up airport cops who don't take too kindly to a character wearing all his own clothes smelling of vodka and urine. Tramps are almost as unwelcome as Pakistani youths at new order super-clean airports. "The drink proves I'm not a Muslim," was his pitiful defence as the hand-cuffs went snap around his wrists.

Entertainment

See below for what's currently happening in and around London:
Theatre | Music | Classical | Cinema | News

Theatre

Blood BrothersBlood Brothers
Phoenix Theatre

Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with tragic consequences. The incredible score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Buy TicketsMonroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It's Not True... Read More    
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Special Offer: Best available seats reduced to 19.50 UKP*. Select any performance apart from Saturday evenings up to 31 August 2006 to take advantage of this offer.

* This offer is not valid on Saturday evening performances. This offer is available to UK web and interactive services customers only. Not valid with any other offer. Subject to availability.

Top Theatre Sellers:
(03/08/06 - 16/08/06)

1. Blue Man Group    
2. Phantom of the Opera     
3. Mary Poppins        
4. Disney's The Lion King    
5. Chicago       

Music

BabyshamblesBabyshambles
Carling Academy Brixton
Thu, 5th October 2006
Pete's been raving (in a good way!) about the new material in numerous interviews in the last few months, and these autumn dates may well be the first chance for fans to hear if the boys done good. What with the headlining slot at this August's Get Loaded in TheBuy Tickets Park, Babyshambles are finally knuckling down to the hard work of fulfilling all that latent talent by writing fantastic rock'n'roll tunes and getting out there and bloody playing it!
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Top Music Sellers:
(03/08/06 - 16/08/06)

1. Razorlight    
2. Snow Patrol     
3. Flaming Lips        
4. Goo Goo Dolls    
5. Placebo   

Classical

Ballet Nacional de Cuba: Magia de la Danza/Don QuixoteBallet Nacional de Cuba: Magia de la Danza/Don Quixote
Sadler's Wells Theatre
Fri, 1st September 2006 - Sun, 10th September 2006
One of the highlights of last summer, when they performed in London for the first time in 20 years, we are delighted Buy Ticketsthat the Ballet Nacional de Cuba is returning to Sadler's Wells. The Company is renowned for its unparalleled technique, taking classic Western ballets and invigorating them with the vivid passion at the heart of Cuba.
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Top Classical Sellers:
(03/08/06 - 16/08/06)

1. Swan Lake    
2. Alice in Wonderland         
3. Four Temperaments Mixed Bill               
4. Ballet Nacional de Cuba: Magia de la Danza/Don Quixote     
5. Stravinsky Mixed Bill 

Cinema

Christian Bale as Jim davis in Harsh Times. Copyright PatheBlockbuster of the Week
Harsh Times (15)
Action (2005) 115mins US
Director: David Ayer
Starring: Christian Bale, Freddy Rodriguez, Eva Longoria

Gulf War veteran Jim Davis is haunted by nightmarish memories of the conflict and struggles to reintegrate into society. When he is rejected for his dream job at the Los Angeles Police Department, Jim ventures into the dark heart of the city with best friend Mike in tow, hungry for revenge... Read More   
 Showing at these cinemas     

Akeelah and the Bee. Copyright: © 2005 LGF. All Rights ReservedCritics' Choice of the Week
Akeelah And The Bee (12A)
Drama (2006) 112mins US
Director: Doug Atchison
Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, Curtis Armstrong, Keke Palmer

Young high school student Akeelah discovers a natural gift for spelling, winning her school's inaugural bee with a flourish. When noted professor Dr Larabee spots Akeelah's talent and agrees to tutor the precocious child for the televised national finals, the girl discovers a new strength and resilience, inspiring her to heal wounds with her hard-working mother... Read More       
 Showing at these cinemas  

A Scanner Darkly, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Copyright: © Warner Bros. Pictures 2005Sci-Fi Movie of the Week
A Scanner Darkly
(15)
SciFi (2006) 100mins US
Director: Richard Linklater
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Robert Downey Jr, Woody Harrelson

In a violent and lawless future, drug abuse is rife among the human population. One of the most popular narcotics is Substance D, a powerful hallucinogenic which has the side effect of creating split personalities in the user. Undercover police officer Fred (Reeves) is hooked on the illegal drug, which has created a rather unfortunate alter ego - a notorious drug dealer known only as Bob... Read More 
 Showing at these cinemas      

London News

Free theatre tickets up for grabs in kids weekFree Theatre Tickets Up for Grabs in Kids Week
- Thousands of children to see shows for nothing in annual event
CHILDREN get free tickets to many of London’s top shows from tomorrow, the 18th of August, with the start of the annual Kids Week... Read More   

Competition


Alton TowersAlton Towers
Regular theme park goers in Britain would probably vote Alton Towers the country's biggest and best. It boasts some of the world's scariest rides and is set in some of England's most beautiful countryside. Worth the three hour drive from London?
Famous for satisfying the addictions of the adrenaline junkie, Alton Towers combines the shock and speed of some of the UK's raciest rides!
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This week, we have a pair of tickets for Alton Tower to give away.
To have the chance to win it, answer the following question:

Which one of the following three is a new attraction at Alton Towers?     

1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory™: The Ride
2. Pirates of the Caribbeans™: The Ride
3. Stormbreaker™: The Ride

Need a hint? Click here   

How to Enter: Send your answer to [email protected], with the Subject "Alton Towers 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 winners
- LondonNet is not responsible for prize distribution
- The Editor's decision is final

Closing Date: Noon, Wednesday 23 August 2006

Hotels


3 Accomodation Deals

The City Hotel, The CityCity 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.
 

 
The Chelsea Lodge Hotel, Fulham RoadChelsea 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. 



 
Swissotel The Howard, Temple PlaceSwissotel London The Howard****(Tempel)
Inspired by the designs of Robert Adam, creator of the neo-classical style, no attention to design detail has been spared - from the marble pillars imported from Italy to the rich, specially commissioned carpet. The smart formality of the staff uniforms contrasts with the genuine warmth of their welcome.


 
Four of the Best
 
The Milestone, KensingtonThe Milestone *****(Kensington)
Dutch revival architecture houses a hotel that has recently been subject to a UKP5 million refurbishment; one that features individually designed rooms and suites, culinary excellence and a location in one of the most exclusive areas of London.


 
The Chesterfield, MayfairThe Chesterfield****(Mayfair)
Any hotel that offers internet access from all its rooms knows how to move with the times, although the Chesterfield's Georgian decor also respects the past. For fitness fanatics, gym passes are also avilable for the local fitness club. 


 
The Gallery, South KensingtonThe 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.

 
The Lincoln House Hotel, Marble ArchLincoln 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. 
 



Top Hotel Sellers:
(03/08/06 - 16/08/06)

1. Earls Court Studios, Earls Court            
2. Shellbourne Hotel, Earls Court      
3. Royal Hyde Park Hotel, Queensway          
4. Normandie Hotel, Paddington         
5. Boulevard Hotel, Paddington

B & B Accommodation 

LSE Residences20% OFF ACCOMMODATION
AT GROSVENOR HOUSE STUDIOS


Situated in an ideal Central London location.
This LSE residence offers single, twin/double en-suite studios or spacious one bed flats.
 
20% off standard accommodation prices, for a limited time only! 
Email [email protected] or book online at www.lse.ac.uk

Talkback

Dear LondonNet,
The best site for FILMS in London, and I've tried a few. So easy to use and almost perfect - but a nice additional touch would be a map link to show the precise close-up location of a listed theatre or cinema.
- George

Dear George,
Many thanks for your feedback and glad to know that you find our cinema section useful.
We are currently working on a search engine and map links, which would make it even easier to find venues.
This should be done in a few months, so bear with us.
Best Regards,
- LondonNet

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