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The Last King of Scotland:

Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin in THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND. Fox UK FilmForest Whitaker is the red-hot favourite to win this year's Academy Award as Best Actor In A Leading Role for his searing portrayal of Idi Amin in Kevin Macdonald's thriller, based on the novel by Giles Foden. It's a virtuoso performance of intensity and fury, leavened with humour... Read More   
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Jobs:

London Jobs
Is finding a new job part of your resolutions for 2007? Thankfully - as always - LondonNet is here to help. Here we have a number of tips, resources and other information to help guide you as you search for good, respectable, gainful employment in the third most expensive city in the world...
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Get Into London Theatre:

Get Into London TheatreThe annual Get Into London Theatre promotion, in which tickets to over 60 shows go on sale for as little as UKP10 is back.
Some of the biggest theatrical productions in town are included in the month-long bargain bonanza, such as Mary Poppins and Spamalot... Read More   
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Ice Skating Competition:

Canary Wharf Ice Rink by BGCCanary Wharf Ice Rink by BGC
The ice rink will be located in Canada Square Park, which is surrounded by Canary Wharf's famous towers. The park will be decked with holiday lights transforming the estate into a winter wonderland offering the finest facility for outdoor ice skating and entertainment in the capital... More Info  
 For Your Chance To Win, Click Here     

Top Attraction Sellers:
(31/12/06 - 11/01/07)


1. London Eye     
2. Ice Skating   
3. Velasquez    
4. London Boat Show     
5. Travelcards   

Diary

Bask in the January Sun

My kids saw a trailer for the film Deja Vu the other day and asked me what the phrase meant. (Really, they screamed, "Duh! That's a stupid name for a film!" but that's what passes for a pointed question around my place.) Obviously I answered, "I'm sure you've asked me that before," but then had to explain the joke about a thousand times, which was a kind of evil deja vu pay-back.

Anyway, there's a lot of it about right now. Twelve months ago, like this week, the headlines were grabbed by Celebrity Big Brother, Iraq and the likelihood of Tube strikes. This year, some friends are on the verge of separation, just as they were last. Apparently, it's not only them – this is the season for a bit of a break up. Experts have worked out that the 8th of January is the most popular for couples to announce their divorce intentions, and the date was quickly dubbed D-Day in celebration.

The start of a new year is seen as a chance to make a new start in other areas, too, from moving house to changing jobs. But I wonder if we are seeing the last knockings of the new-leaf phenomenon? Part of the reason for making a fresh start this time of year is simply to generate some drama-fuelled heat in a time of bitter cold. Rows, bust-ups and vanquished personal demons all help keep the furnace stoked.

But with the sun shining and grinning people wandering around in T-shirts and yet more warmth promised in years to come, January might get to be the month we all go simple, thank our lucky stars and pledge to hold on to what we've got. Which reminds me of the kids. They saw a trailer for the film Deja Vu the other day.

- David Clee

Entertainment

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

Theatre


Boeing-Boeing

Boeing Boeing, Comedy TheatreComedy Theatre
Bernard (Roger Allam) is an English playboy in Paris with an insatiable appetite for beautiful woman. His three girlfriends are all air hostesses however, each believes she is his one true love... Read More   
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Top Theatre Sellers:
(31/12/06 - 11/01/07)

1. Phantom of the Opera       
2. Disney's The Lion King      
3. Wicked     
4. Blue Man Group       
5. Billy Elliot         


Music


Muse

Muse, Wembley StadiumWembley Stadium
The band are one of the most celebrated live acts of recent years with their headline shows at Glastonbury in 2004 and The Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festivals in 2006 acclaimed across the media as the epitome of an exhilarating rock show... Read More    
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Top Music Sellers:
(31/12/06 - 11/01/07)

1. Wolfmother        
2. Razorlight       
3. Fratellis         
4. Buena Vista Social Club         
5. Ray Lamontagne      

Classical

The Gondoliers

The Gondoliers, The ColiseumThe Coliseum
After the success of recent Gilbert and Sullivan smash hits – including audience favourites The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance – ENO mounts a sparkling new production of the duo's last great operetta, The Gondoliers... Read More 
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 More Special Offers with "Get Into London Theatre"    

Top Classical Sellers:
(31/12/06 - 11/01/07)

1. Giselle          
2. The Marriage of Figaro  
3. Madama Butterfly           
4. Napoli Divertissements / La Sylphide       
5. The Tempest      

Cinema

Blockbuster of the Week

Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin in THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND. Fox UK FilmThe Last King Of Scotland (15)
Starring: Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy, Gillian Anderson
When Idi Amin swept to power in 1971, the people of Uganda looked forward to the dawn of a new prosperous, self-sufficient nation...
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Critic's Choice of the Week

Ai Qin Lin in GhostsGhosts (15)
Starring: Ai Qin Lin, Zhan Yu, Zhe Wei
Drama based on harrowing news reports in 2004 about the 23 illegal Chinese immigrants who died picking cockles in Morecambe Bay...
 Showing at these cinemas      
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Drama of the Week

The Pursuit of Happyness. Sony Pictures Releasing. The Pursuit Of Happyness (12A)
Starring: Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Thandie Newton
When his plans to support his family by selling portable x-ray machines fall into ruin, Chris Gardner faces the collapse of everything he holds dear. His wife Linda leaves him and their young son Christopher...
 Showing at these cinemas      

Competition

Ice Skating Competition: Canary Wharf Ice Rink by BGC

Ice Skating CompetitionThe ice rink will be located in Canada Square Park, which is surrounded by Canary Wharf's famous towers. The park will be decked with holiday lights transforming the estate into a winter wonderland offering the finest facility for outdoor ice skating and entertainment in the capital.


For your chance to win a pair of tickets for Canary Wharf Ice Rink, answer the following question:


The Ice Rink will stay open until...
a. 25 January 2007
b. 8 February 2007
c. 28 February 2007

How to Enter: Send an email with the correct answer to [email protected], with the Subject "Ice Skating 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 winner
- LondonNet is not responsible for prize distribution
- The Editor's decision is final

Closing Date: Wednesday 17 January 2007, Noon

London Hotels

4 of the best

Swissotel The Howard, Temple Place (5*)

Swissotel the Howard, LondonSwissotel The Howard, London features 189 rooms and suites offering stunning views over the Thames from the Houses of Parliament to Tower Bridge. The hotel completed its extensive refurbishment by late 2002, which also included the addition of two new floors of luxurious suites, which feature stylish soft furnishings and private balconies.


The Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel, Knightsbridge (4*)

The Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel, KnightsbridgeAfter a major refurbishment, The Jumeirah Lowndes reopened in November 2006. One of the best of London's new breed of boutique hotels, The Lowndes is right up there for service, location and attention to detail, in terms of both design and service.



The Avni Hotel London, South Kensington (3*)

The Avni Hotel London, South KensingtonIf you're looking for a stylish, affordable hotel in fashionable South Kensington, Avni Hotel London is ideal. As this hotel was completely renovated in 2006, you will have all the amenities you need at your fingertips.




The Lincoln House Hotel, Marble Arch (2*)

The Lincoln House Hotel, Marble ArchClose to Marble Arch, a monument originally planned to front up Buckingham Palace, Lincoln House is just a short walk away from many major attractions such as Madame Tussaud's, the Planetarium, and Hyde Park. London's famous shopping streets - Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street - are close by.


3 Accommodation Deals

Crestfield Hotel, Kings Cross (Bed and Breakfast)

The Crestfield Hotel, Kings CrossCrestfield Hotel is a clean comfortable hotel, offering budget accommodation for both short and long stays. Situated just minutes away from King's Cross and Euston stations, Crestfield Hotel is perfectly located for access around the city.




Citadines Barbican, Goswell Road (3 Star Apartment)

Citadines Barbican, Goswell RoadCitadines Barbican offers modern apartments in the trendy Barbican area. Nearby are the fashionable areas of Old Street and Hoxton, renowned for their chic cafes and art galleries.





Acacia Hostel London, South Kensington (Hostel)

Acacia Hostel, South KensingtonAcacia Hostel London is a very basic hostel in a great location. Situated just minutes away from South Kensington tube station, you can see and get across London quickly and easily. There are plenty of things to see and do in this area - Cromwell Road has been dubbed Museumland because of the three top museums located there.


Top Hotels Sellers:
(31/12/06 - 11/01/07)

1. Normandie Hotel          
2. Avni Hotel London         
3. Boulevard Hotel   
4. Shellbourne Hotel    
5. So London Apartments       

Talkback

Dear LondonNet,
Have you lost the plot? Under the Cinema section you seem to have missed out Odeon Panton street, London. To be quite frank the old format was simple and VERY effective.
I understand and welcome the need to change however the golden rule is to improve on a format rather than regress. The phrase 'If it ain't broke don't fix it' springs to mind.
Please fix.
- David Jones

Dear David,
The Odeon Panton Street, London is still listed under the A to Z of London Cinema and the direct URL to the page is as follow:
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/cinema/odeonpantonstreet.html
Unfortunately a number of cinemas have been slow in getting their listings to us this week because of the New Year bank holiday. We will republish all our listings on Thursday and so everything will be back to normal then.
I am really sorry for the inconvenience this caused you and I hope you will find our cinema section easiest to use in the future.
Kind regards,
- LondonNet

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