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Rita (KATE WINSLET) and Roddy (HUGH JACKMAN) face an icy reception from the maniacal Toad (IAN McKELLEN), who is helped by his hench rats Thimblenose Ted (Chris Fairbank) and Whitey (BILL NIGHY) in DreamWorks Animation's computer-animated comedy FLUSHED AWAY. Photo Courtesy: DreamWorks Animation SKG. © 2006 DREAMWORKS ANIMATION L .L . C . and AARDMAN ANIMATIONS LTD. TM DREAMWORKS ANIMATION L.L.C. Computer-animated comedy penned by Dick Clement and Ian LeFrenais. A pampered penthouse rat called Rodney from the swankier side of London gets a lesson in survival skills when he is washed down a sewer into the city's festering underbelly... Read More     
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Ice Skating

Ice SkatingSpin away from bleary English winters on any of the ten ice rinks, all around London...
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London Eye

London EyeSee London from all angles - ride the London Eye, and then have romantic dinner on a River Cruise, too! Click here for info...
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Eragon Competition

Eragon. Copyright 2006 20th Century Fox. All Rights ReservedTake part in our competition to win a 30 min plane flight for 2 people or one of three Eragon goody bags...
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Joseph is the Daddy

About this time 2,006 years back, Mary and Joseph loaded up the donkey and set off for Bethlehem.

From the pictures and new film The Nativity it looks like Mary got to burden the beast while Joseph had to walk and that way the relative importance of this couple has remained ever since – Mary is a near-goddess while Joseph is just some bloke who wasn't bad with a hacksaw.

For instance, this week, the Pope is in south-west Turkey to visit the spot reputed to be Mary's death-place, a site of worship for millions of pilgrims before him down the ages. You don't see that kind of treatment for Joseph.

Even the Little Donkey is the subject of a few carols, as if it carried Mary with no navigational input from its master and even as far away from the Holy Land as London, Mary's dominance is overwhelming.

St Mary-le-Bow on Cheapside, one of a dozen churches named for her in central London alone, features the famous Bow Bells, in whose aural-orbit all true Cockney's are born. There are no churches called after Joseph in town and not too many in Britain as a whole. Worse still, plenty of those are named in honour of Joseph of Arimathea, a metal importer who some believe brought the boy Jesus to England, hence William Blake asking, "did those feet in ancient times, walk upon England's pastures green?"

There is some evidence Joseph is making a comeback. News from the US suggests little figures of Joseph buried upside down facing the street near the For Sale sign will help sell your house, which is topical if grubby and temporal. No, in these days of any number of strange family arrangements, where lack of a father figure is cited as one reason for English sporting failure and grisly street crimes, maybe it’d be good to see Joseph as the daddy of all step-daddies.

- David Clee


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Theatre | Music | Classical | Cinema


To Kill A Mocking Bird

To Kill A Mocking BirdNew Wimbledon Theatre
Tue, 30th January 2007 - Sat, 3rd February 2007

One of the most beloved and widely read novels of all time is brought to life in this all new enthralling production telling the extraordinary and unforgettable story of life in the American Deep South... Read More  
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The Pogues

The PoguesBrixton Academy, London
17th, 18th and 19th December 2006
Back in 2004 their Xmas slot was billed as the last opportunity to see the original Pogues line-up live. The shows went down so well that the fellas are now set for their third season in a row as the highlight of the Brixton Academy’s pre-Christmas festivities... Read More       
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GiselleThe Coliseum
Wed, 10th January 2007 - Sat, 13th January 2007
Love and betrayal, innocence and the supernatural; Giselle is the ultimate Romantic ballet. This traditional staging of the 1841 production moves from bright, sunny optimism to a ghostly world of mystery... Read More    
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Blockbuster of the week

Copyright: TM & © 2006 DREAMWORKS ANIMATIONFlushed Away (U)
Family (2006) 85mins UK/US 
Computer-animated comedy penned by Dick Clement and Ian LeFrenais. A pampered penthouse mouse called Roddy St James from the swankier side of London gets a lesson in survival skills...
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Critics' Choice of the Week

Will Ferrell in Stranger Than Fiction. Sony Pictures ReleasingStranger Than Fiction (12A)
Lonely auditor Harold Crick becomes infuriated with a voice in his head, which seems to be narrating his life, from the number of times he brushes his teeth to the pace he walks to meet the bus every morning...
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Turkey of the Week

David Schwimmer in Big Nothing. PatheBig Nothing (15)
Comedy (2006) 85mins UK
Unemployed teacher Charlie Wood is fed up with life and lands a thankless job in a call centre, where he meets affable co-worker Gus Dickinson. Charlie soon loses the job and rails against the world, agreeing to help Gus...
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See Also:
A-Z of London Films
A-Z of London Cinemas
Top 10 Movies
New Films This Week
Forthcoming Releases


Eragon Competition

Eragon. Copyright 2006 20th Century Fox. All Rights Reserved. Photo Credit: Industrial Light and MagicTwentieth-Century Fox announces the first stage in the launch of Eragon, the first film of a magnificent trilogy and one of this year's most eagerly anticipated movies.

With a stellar cast that includes John Malkovich, Jeremy Irons, Robert Carlyle and Sienna Guillory, and features a star-making debut from Edward Speleers as Eragon, it is an unforgettable story of betrayal, revenge, romance, discovery and destiny. Set in a world steeped in history, magic and mythology, Eragon tells the action-packed story of young Eragon's journey from naive youth to maturity, as he embarks on a quest to avenge the loss of his loved ones. Along the way, his inescapable destiny unfurls before him and he finds himself embroiled in an epic struggle against a tyrant of boundless evil.

Release date: Friday 15 December

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For your chance to win a 30 min plane flight for 2 people or one of three Eragon goody bags, answer the following question:

Who is playing Eragon in the movie?

1. John Malkovich
2. Edward Speleers
3. Jeremy Irons

How to Enter: Send an email with the correct answer to [email protected], with the subject "Eragon 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: Friday 15 December, Noon

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Dear LondonNet,
FYI in #6 of job tips you speak of "repoire", the word you're looking for is "rapport".If you're giving tips on professionalism you should first know how to spell and use language properly!!!
- S

Dear S,
Oops it seems you're right - we can't find repoire in the dictionary either, so we can only assume as you do that our contributor meant to say rapport.
Keep 'em peeled. For more interview tips see:
- LondonNet

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