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The Wicker Man. Copyright: Lionsgate FilmsThe Wicker Man
Out patrolling a California highway, police officer Edward Malus (Nicolas Cage) stops a station wagon to return a little girl's lost doll. Moments later, a runaway truck slams into the station wagon, igniting it into a fiery wreck with the mother and child trapped inside. Edward fails to save them before the car explodes … and then spends months of his life choking down pills to get the image of their faces out of his head...
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 Nicolas Cage interview    

The London EyeCircle of Light
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...
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LondonNet Editorial Assistant VacancyLondonNet Editorial Assistant Vacancy
As mentioned in the last newsletter, we’re currently looking for a new editorial assistant to join our online team. For full details click here




Top Attraction Sellers:
(17/08/06 - 31/08/06)

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. Madame Tussaud's     

Diary

Festival Overload Syndrome

LAST weekend I escaped to relatives, overwhelmed by the choice of festivals in London. There was the Notting Hill Carnival, another Caribbean celebration at Hyde Park, about six hundred indie rock fests on every available bit of green in the capital and the latest installment of next door's 'Goodbye to Departing Antipodean Friends Featuring Bad Music Festival'.

It was a Bank Holiday, but don't think the festival merchants will let the dull old business of a normal working week stop them. The London Tourist people have declared the whole of September to be Festival Season. Better still, they're having a festival to celebrate the fact.

This festival of festivals starts on Trafalgar Square tomorrow, the 1st of September, with representatives of other national-based festivals on hand to teach foreign phrases that will prove useful when attending festivals. "Did you say five pounds for a bottle of water?"; "Can you get off my foot?"; and "Is it okay to wee up your back alley?" are reckoned to be top of the must-translate list.

As well as established languages like Bengali and Spanish, there are also to be lessons in Teen Slang. "That's sick," as my teenage son and I said at the same time when hearing this news.

Festival Language School takes place from 11am to 2pm.

- David Clee

Entertainment

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

Theatre

Daddy CoolDaddy Cool
Shaftesbury Theatre
Daddy Cool tells the story of 'Sunny' a young man who lives for his music. Caught up in local rivalry between East & West London crews, he meets and falls in love with 'Rose', daughter of the East End's notorious club owner 'Ma Baker', fuelling the heated feud between the two gangs. Echoing shades or Romeo & Juliet, the two lovers families are brought face to face with their past and are forced to confront their future... Read More      
 Book Tickets  

Top Theatre Sellers:
(17/08/06 - 31/08/06)

1. Mamma Mia      
2. Evita        
3. Phantom of the Opera 
4. Blood Brothers   
5. Blue Man Group       

Music

Gotan ProjectGotan Project
Carling Academy Brixton
Fri, 3rd November 2006
With a decidedly stronger emphasis on the more organic roots of tango, almost to a classical level, 'Lunático' has taken one step backwards in order to move two steps forward in what not only the Gotan Project, but also many of Argentina's top tango musicians see as the progression of their beloved music's ever-evolving lifespan... Read More   
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Top Music Sellers:
(17/08/06 - 31/08/06)

1. Razorlight        
2. Snow Patrol             
3. Goo Goo Dolls         
4. The Feeling         
5. Placebo       

Classical

The Forsythe Company: 3 Atmospheric StudiesThe Forsythe Company: 3 Atmospheric Studies
Sadler's Wells Theatre
Wed, 11th October 2006 - Sat, 14th October 2006
William Forsythe is renowned for his radical imagination, combining choreographic invention with a distinct theatrical vision. He stretches the expectations of what dance can be, always pursuing new, unique and unconventional projects... Read More  
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Top Classical Sellers:
(17/08/06 - 31/08/06)

1. Ballet Nacional de Cuba: Magia de la Danza/Don Quixote         
2. Four Temperaments Mixed Bill          
3. The Forsythe Company: 3 Atmospheric Studies         
4. Stravinsky Mixed Bill      
5. Swan Lake  

Cinema

The Wicker Man. Copyright: Lionsgate FilmsBlockbuster of the Week
The Wicker Man (12A)
Thriller (2006) US
Director: Neil LaBute
Starring:Nicolas Cage, Ellen Burstyn, Molly Parker, Leelee Sobieski
Contentious remake of Robin Hardy's seminal 1973 horror film about an inexperienced police officer, Edward Maulis, who travels to a remote island to locate a missing child and stumbles upon a close-knit community devoted to strange Pagan practices. As Edward learns more about the locals and their beliefs, he unwittingly places his life in grave danger... Read More   
 Showing at these cinemas   
 Watch the trailer  
 Nicolas Cage interview       

Adrift. Copyright: Pathe DistributionHorror Movie of the Week
Adrift (15)

Thriller (2006) 94mins Ger
Director: Hans Horn
Starring: Eric Dane, Ali Hillis, Niklaus Lange, Susan May Pratt
Good friends Dan, Lauren, Zach, Amy, Michelle and James enjoy a weekend at sea aboard a luxury yacht. Leaping into the water to enjoy a dip in the cool waters, the pals are horrified to realise that none of them has remembered to lower the ladder over the side of the boat. They are all stuck in the water, with no way to climb back on board, where Amy's baby is asleep. Treading water as they search for a solution, the friends begin to realise that they might die in the water and as panic consumes them, thoughts invariably turn to who might be able to swim for help... Read More       
 Showing at these cinemas    
 Watch the trailer      

The Sentinel. Olympus Digital Camera. Copyright: Twentieth Century FoxAction Movie of the Week
The Sentinel (12A)

Thriller (2006) 108mins US
Director: Clark Johnson
Starring: Michael Douglas, Kiefer Sutherland, Eva Longoria, Kim Basinger
Secret service agent Pete Garrison is having an illicit affair with the First Lady, Sarah Ballentine. When one of the agents guarding the President is murdered, insiders fear an assassination attempt on the premier and Garrison becomes the prime suspect. Tensions within The White House boil over as the corridors of power echo with political and personal intrigues, while Garrison comes under close scrutiny from fellow agent Breckinridge... Read More 
 Showing at these cinemas   

News

Robbie Williams in Quit ThreatRobbie Williams in Quit Threat
- Singer feels the "pop machine" has turned him into a monster

Robbie Williams has threatened to quit singing for good.
The 'Angels' singer says he no longer wants to be part of the "pop machine" because he feels it has turned him into a "monster"... Read More      

Competition

Warwick CastleWarwick Castle
You don't just visit Britain's Greatest Mediaeval Experience, you live it!
Bursting to the towers with tales of treachery and torture, passion and power and above all fascinating people, times and events, Warwick Castle is so much more than simply a castle. Experience preparations for battle, feel the weight of a sword, get a soldier's eye view from beneath a battle helmet, see lavishly decorated State Rooms and watch as a household prepares for a Victorian party...
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To win one of two pairs of tickets for Warwick Castle, answer the following question:

Warwick Castle was used as a set for a movie featuring a young wizard played by Daniel Radcliffe. What is the name of the wizard?

1. Harry Potter
2. Merlin
3. David Copperfield

How to Enter: Send your answer to [email protected], with the Subject "Warwick Castle 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 6 September 2006

Chessington Competition Winners:
Rachel Livingstone, Northampton NN4 9YU
George Wilson, London, SW12 9LB

Hotels

3 Accomodation Deals

The Jolly Hotel St Ermin's, Caxton StreetThe Jolly Hotel St Ermin's, Caxton Street (4*)
This Four Star Hotel is located in Westminster, one of London's oldest districts, and the centre of its political life. The area is home to some of London's best-known buildings and some of the most rewarding sightseeing in the capital. A short walk will take you through several famous streets, past Westminster Abbey, Green Park and Big Ben.

The Somerset Kensington Gardens, BayswaterSomerset Kensington Gardens, Bayswater (4* Apartment)
These luxury apartment are centrally located on a quiet square in Bayswater, close to Kensington Palace. Offering 4 Star accommodation in individual private apartments, this stylish hotel is ideal for longer stays in the city and guests seeking a more homely atmosphere than that of a traditional hotel.


The Commodore Hotel, lancaster GateThe Commodore Hotel, Lancaster Gate (4*)
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. The Commodore is a rarity among London hotels. It stands on the edge of the city's greatest park close to the hub of the capital, yet it enjoys the tranquil atmosphere of a leafy Victorian square.

Four of the Best

The Sanderson Hotel, Oxford StreetThe Sanderson Hotel, Oxford Street (5*)
A centrally located, 5 star hotel, situated just off Oxford Street, within easy walking distance of many of London's famous attractions. One of London's most contemporary hotels, Sanderson Hotel offers guests the ultimate in luxury accommodation, with stylish, modern decor and comfortable, well-equipped rooms.

The Gore Hotel, KensingtonThe Gore, Kensington (4*)
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 two establishments were linked by a tunnel under Bremner Road. When the other end became the Bulgarian Embassy, these arrangements were hastily revised.

The Hyde Park Paddington Hotel, PaddingtonHyde Park Paddington Hotel, Paddington (3*)
Centrally located hotel, situated just a few minutes away from Paddington Station. Perfect for both business travellers and those on holiday, this traditional hotel offers a range of rooms, all with private bathroom facilities.



The Comfort Inn Earls Court, Earls CourtComfort Inn Earls Court, Earls Court (2*)
Situated on a quiet street, just a few minutes walk away from Earls Court Underground Station, with pay parking nearby, Comfort Inn Earls Court is ideal for those wishing to travel regularly into the city centre, whether for business or sightseeing.

Top Hotel Sellers:
(17/08/06 - 31/08/06)

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

Talkback

The London EyeDear LondonNet,
On our visit to london we visited The London Eye. We found the price of 13UKP per ticket expensive. The next day, we visited Spinnaker Tower at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth. This was much better. 170 metres high, super views and good value for money at 5.50UKP each. Try it, it beats the wheel.
- Kevin

Dear Kevin,
Thanks for the feedback. We agree that the view of The Solent from the Spinnaker Tower is quite breathtaking, but the London Eye has the unmatchable benefit of overlooking the world’s finest city. Now you wouldn’t expect us to think anything different would you…?
- LondonNet

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