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LEONARDO DiCAPRIO stars in Warner Bros. Pictures\' Blood Diamond. Photo Credit: Jaap Buitendijk. Copyright: © Warner Bros. Pictures 2006.

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Blood Diamond:

Archer (LEONARDO DiCAPRIO) and Solomon (DJIMON HOUNSOU) dive for cover during an attack in Warner Bros. Pictures and Virtual Studios drama Blood Diamond, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Photo Credit: Jaap Buitendijk. ©2006 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.& Virtual StudiosWhen you least expect it, cinema transcends its role as escapist entertainment and manages to spark debate and even change the world...
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London Is Blooming

Bumble bee on Verbena bonariensis. The bumble bee made No.13 in the list of the UK's favourite garden creatures in a suvey by the RHS and TWT for joint project Wild About Gardens. Picture credit: Alison Clarke, Plant Record Officer, RHS Garden Hyde HallFlower shows reveal London's finest in horticulture and garden-living. Get your tickets to this years flower shows quickly - they're snapped up fast...
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Romancing The Capital...

Valentine's Day in LondonLondonNet knows how to do Valentine's Day: romantic dates at an intimate restaurant, and perhaps a night at a mood-setting hotel - it's yours to choose, and we're here to help...
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Top Attraction Sellers:
(12/01/06 - 24/01/07)


1. London Eye    
2. Madame Tussaud's    
3. Tower Of London        
4. Travelcards     
5. Kensington Palace        

Diary

How Not to Spoil the Fun in the Palais

"Let's not get too sentimental about this," Mick Jones told the crowd as The Clash of 1980/London Calling vintage were about to launch into White Man in Hammersmith Palais. They were playing at Hammersmith Palais itself for the first time.

That warning against dreaded schmaltz is worth bearing in mind this week when many good-hearted people have bemoaned the announced closure of the venue and some have started a campaign to keep the Palais open.

Of course it's true that Hammersmith Palais is the geographical source of some strange and beautiful memories, from its role as a jazz venue in the 1920s, to its reggae and rock heyday and then onto its more recent incarnation as a feel-good retro School Disco.

But turning the old place into an office block won't wipe away our past. If anything, the music-memories will drift off all the easier into the realm of legend, set free from a building that, to be frank, isn't that much of a looker.

The point is that the architecture didn't matter – it was what went on inside under the spot-lit gloom that counted and you don't have to put a preservation order on all that. Or, as the song goes:

"I'm the all night drug-prowling wolf
Who looks so sick in the sun
I'm the white man in the Palais
Just lookin' for fun
I'm only
Looking for fun."

- David Clee

Entertainment

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

Theatre

The Phantom Of The Opera

The Phantom Of The OperaLloyd Webber's romantic musical is based on Gaston Leroux's gothic novel of life beneath the stage of the Paris Opera House. A mysterious masked man falls in love with Christine, a singer who inspires The Music of the Night... Read More   
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Top Theatre Sellers:
(12/01/06 - 24/01/07)


1. Mamma Mia        
2. Disney's The Lion King      
3. Monty Python's Spamalot          
4. Wicked        
5. We Will Rock You     

Music

Dave Matthews Band

Dave Matthews BandWembley Arena
Wed, 30th May 2007

Stand Up may sound like a call to attention, but for Dave Matthews Band, the title of their brand new album was not about command performances. Instead, the band took a decidedly fresh approach... Read More      
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Top Music Sellers:
(12/01/06 - 24/01/07)

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

Classical

Madama Butterfly

Madama ButterflyRoyal Opera House
The radiant arrival of the young Japanese bride Cio-Cio-San for her wedding is one of the most beautifully evocative passages that Puccini ever composed... Read More
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Top Classical Sellers:
(12/01/06 - 24/01/07)

1. The Marriage Of Figaro    
2. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra     
3. Swan Lake         
4. Agrippina        
5. Stiffelio        

Cinema

Blockbuster of the Week: Blood Diamond (15)

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO and DJIMON HOUNSOU star in Warner Bros. Pictures' Blood Diamond.Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Connelly
During Sierra Leone's brutal and bloody civil war in 1999, fisherman Solomon Vandy watches helplessly as rebel forces decimate his village, taking him hostage to work in the diamond fields to finance the country's arms trade...
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Critics' Choice of the Week: Venus (15)

Peter O'Toole as Maurice with Jodie Whittaker as Jessie in Roger Michell's VENUS. Photo Credit: NICOLA DOVE / EYEBOXStarring: Peter O'Toole, Jodie Whittaker, Leslie Phillips, Richard Griffiths, Vanessa Redgrave
Veteran actors Maurice and Ian are revelling in their retirement, enjoying heated conversations down the local cafe with their friend. The men's gentle routine is interrupted by the arrival of Ian's grand-niece Jessie...
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Sci-Fi Movie of the Week: The Fountain (12A)

Hugh Jackman in The Fountain. Twentieth Century FoxStarring: Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn
Epic love story charting one man's quest for immortality, set in the 16th century, the present day and the 26th century, where a Conquistador, a scientist and a cosmonaut become embroiled in a heart-breaking race against time to cling onto the woman they love...
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Competition

Hampton Court Flower Show Competition

Hampton Court Flower Show Competition. The Tickled Pink on the Fryers Nurseries exhibition stand which has been awarded with Gold and Best Exhibit in the Festival of Roses Awards category at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The Tickled Pink Rose has also been named as Rose of the Year 2007. Photo by Michael Crabtree/TroikaThe Royal Hoticultural Society is delighted to invite members and non-members to the world's largest annual flower show in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace.

The world's largest and most vibrant annual flower show welcomes you with an explosion of colour and fragrance. The idyllic setting in the parkland of Henry VIII's favourite palace is transformed for six sumptuous summer days. The spacious grounds showcase an exciting range of flowers, plants and gardening accessories, giving you the opportunity to both browse and buy. Show and Water Gardens, Floral Marquees and demonstrations guarantee a lively summer's day out for everyone.

For your chance to win one of five pairs of all day tickets for the Hampton Court Flower Show on the 7th July 2007, answer the following question:

Hampton Court was the favorite Palace of Which King ?

a. Jade Goody I
b. Henry VIII
c. Prince Charles

Closing Date: Thursday 3 May 2007, Noon

How to Enter:
- Send an email with the correct answer to [email protected], with the subject "Flower Show 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

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London Hotels

4 Of The Best

Sanderson Hotel, Oxford Street (5*)Sanderson Hotel, Oxford Street (5*)
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.
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Thistle Westminster, Victoria (4*)Thistle Westminster, Victoria (4*)
A popular, 4 star hotel, situated in the prestigious Westminster area. This stunning hotel offers comfortable, well-equipped rooms and modern amenities, perfect for both tourists and those on business.
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The Gallery Hotel, South Kensington (3*)The Gallery Hotel, South Kensington (3*)
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.
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Astor Court Hotel, Oxford Street (2*)Astor Court Hotel, Oxford Street (2*)
Astor Court Hotel is a friendly and welcoming hotel. Located just 5 minutes away form Oxford Street, you will be well situated for tourism and shopping. Popular tourist destinations close to Astor Court Hotel include Covent Garden, London Zoo and Bond Street.
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3 Accommodations Deals        

Swissotel The Howard, Temple PlaceSwissotel The Howard, Temple Place (5*)
Swissôtel 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.
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Southwark Rose Hotel, London BridgeSouthwark Rose Hotel, London Bridge (3*)
Style, position and value for money mark out the Southwark Rose as one of London’s hidden gems. As one of the capital’s newest independently owned hotels, it has high standards of design, facilities and attention to detail.
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The Willett Hotel, Slone SquareThe Willett Hotel, Sloane Square (3*)
The Willett Hotel is very much a dignified, private Victorian residence and little has been done to alter this. No elevator; no noise, nothing to spoil your leisurely stay. Interesting features include the reception area's ornately carved Dutch bed over which stands a handsome gilt ormolu clock.
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Top Hotels Sellers:
(12/01/06 - 24/01/07)

1. Citadines London Covent Garden 
2. Citadines Trafalgar     
3. Normandie Hotel      
4. Shellbourne Hotel      
5. Royal Hotel      

Talkback

Dear LondonNet,
You've duplicated a paragraph in the review of the Last King of Scotland. thought you'd want to know.
cheers
- Fleur

Dear Fleur,
Many thanks for that!
The review has now been amended: http://www.londonnet.co.uk/films/thelastkingofscotland.html
Best regards,
- LondonNet

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