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Curse Of The Golden Flower (15)

The Curse of the Golden Flower. Copyright: © 2006 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED."Gold and jade on the outside, rot and decay on the inside," or so goes an old Chinese saying. Nothing could more accurately summarise the twisted lives of the imperial family in power during the Later Tang dynasty, one of the most ostentatious periods in the country's history...
 Showing at these cinemas     
 Read Gong Li's Interview      

LondonNet's Movie Guide

LondonNet's Movie Guide Out Now and Coming Soon:
Check out our round-up of the spring season's must-see films... Read More     

Action-Packed AdventureChilled To The BoneDrawn To Be Wild, For The Whole Family, Love And Laughter, Dramatic Turns, Out Of This World, The Big Laugh  

Top Attraction Sellers
(22/03/07 - 12/04/07)

1. London Eye
2. Madame Tussaud's  
3. Summer Opening of the State Rooms
4. Kylie - The Exhibition 
5. The First Emperor: China's Terracotta Army  

Diary

A Little Look at Bricks and Mortar

Things seem to cost a lot, dont they? Proper, big things, not your 79p for a song on iTunes type things, or black plastic holder-things that play DVDs, or TVs, or cheap eats… okay, there are quite a few things that are quite cheap when you think about it.

I mean rock solid things like solid rock. Last week they announced plans to fill the dry moat around the Tower of London with water. Great! Except for the fact it's going to cost UKP15 million. Assuming water doesn't break the bank, the cost seems all to be in the stuff they line the moat with. Or look at the new Wembley. Nearly UKP1 billion. The seats, being plastic, can't cost much, as I proved with the DVD player example, so nearly all that cash is presumably for the building materials.

Closer to earth, how about that constant moan: house prices? Pretty soon you won't be able to buy anywhere to live in London for less than UKP100,000.
Never mind being born with a silver spoon in your mouth, these days you want to be born in a quarry.

But wait! A quick Google reveals that the price of bricks has remained fairly static for a decade. You can get a thousand of the things for around UKP20, apparently. Instead, it must be the land itself that is shooting up in price. The more of it you own, the more you'll be further and further ahead of the pack and you can then pass it on to your brood. In time we'll have created a new landed gentry, just like the good old days, and they can spend all their time outbidding everyone else on eBay.

- David Clee

Entertainment

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

Theatre

Grease - Piccadilly Theatre

Grease - Piccadilly TheatreGrease, the World's No.1 Greatest Musical and the perfect feel-good family show, returns to the West End this summer, bringing with it the unforgettable hit songs from the movie including You're The One That I Want, Grease is the Word, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted to You, Sandy and Greased Lightnin'... Read More 
 Book tickets      

Top Theatre Sellers
(22/03/07 - 12/04/07)

1. Wicked     
2. Phantom Of The Opera   
3. Equus     
4. Monty Python's Spamalot      
5. Billy Elliot    

Music

The Rage into Spring - Fabric

The Rage Into Spring - FabricThe Rage into Spring is the only party to bring you exceptional live entertainment from Dirty Pretty Things along with a selection of the best emerging artists for 2007 with Little Man Tate, Newton Faulkner and more to be announced... Read More   
 Buy Tickets  


Top Music Sellers
(22/03/07 - 12/04/07)

1. Kings Of Leon 
2. Al Green 
3. Spiritualized 
4. Muse 
5. CSS   

 More Rock And Pop Tickets >>

Classical

L'amore dei tre Re - Holland Park Theatre

L'amore Dei Tre Re - Holland Park TheatreForced into marrying the son of the blind Barbarian King Archibaldo, young Fiora continues an affair with her lover Avito right under the nose of her obsessive father in law, which leads to tragic consequences... Read More     
 Buy Tickets  



Top Classical Sellers
(22/03/07 - 12/04/07)

1. Onegin
2. Death In Venice
3. Mixed Programme
4. Don Giovanni
5. Mayerling

Cinema

Blockbuster Of The Week - Curse Of The Golden Flower (15)

The Curse of the Golden Flower. Copyright: © 2006 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.Action (2006) 113mins Chi
Director: Zhang Yimou
Starring: Gong Li, Chow Yun-Fat, Jay Chou, Liu Ye
The emperor and his son Prince Jai return from the wars with the Mongols to celebrate the upcoming Chong Yang Festival... 
 Showing at these cinemas         
 Watch trailer and clips       
  
Critics' Choice Of The Week - The Lives Of Others (15)

Christa-Maria Sleland (Martina Gedeck) and Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch) in The Lives Of Others. LionsgateDrama (2006) 138mins Ger
Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Starring: Ulrich Muhe, Sebastian Koch, Martina Gedeck
Acclaimed playwright Georg Dreyman lives in the divided city of Berlin during the mid-'80s...
 Showing at these cinemas...  
 Watch trailer   

Thriller Of The Week - Shooter (15)

Shooter. Photo Credit: Kimberley French. TM & Copyright © 2007 by Paramount Pictures. All rights reserved.Action (2007) 125mins US
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Danny Glover, Ned Beatty
Ace sniper Bob Lee Swagger has one of the best trigger fingers in the Army, but his days of sharp shooting are cut short when a mission ends in bloodshed... 
 Showing at these cinemas...

See Also:
 A-Z of London Films
 A-Z of London Cinemas
 Top 10 Movies
 New Films This Week
 Forthcoming Releases
 Interviews

Competition

Grand Designs Live 2007 Competition

Grand Designs Live 2007 CompetitionExCeL London - 8-10 June 2007
Over 50,000 people flocked to Grand Designs Live London 2006, the number one UK consumer show for design and innovation, and this year's show is set to be even more popular with new show features, more celebrities and more expert advice.

Voted 'Consumer Show of the Year' in the AEO Awards and 'Best Consumer Exhibition' in the Event Awards, Grand Designs Live has grown from strength to strength since its launch in 2005.

Based on the popular talkbackTHAMES series for Channel 4 and presented by design expert Kevin McCloud, this year's event will play host to over 600 carefully selected exhibitors, from the Interiors, Garden, Build and Kitchen and Bathroom sectors.

To be the lucky winner of one of five pairs of tickets for Grand Design Live 2007 at ExCeL London, 8-10 June 2007, answer the following question:

Which of the following designers presents Grand Designs on Channel 4?
a. Ann Maurice
b. Nick Knowles
c. Kevin McCloud

Closing Date: Thursday 26th April 2007, Noon

How to Enter:
- Send an email with the correct answer to [email protected], with the subject "Grand Designs Live 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

 More Competitions >>

London Hotels

4 Of The Best

Jumeirah Carlton Tower - KnightsbridgeJumeirah Carlton Tower - Knightsbridage (5*)

The hotel lies within easy reach of Harrods, Harvey Nichols and the Sloane Street boutiques. Overlooking the gardens of Cadogan Place, the hotel features 220 bedrooms and suites. Other features include two restaurants, a bar and health club which overlooks the rooftops of Knightsbridge.
 Check availability and book online        

Chesterfield Mayfair - MayfairChesterfield Mayfair - Mayfair (4*)
The Chesterfield enjoys a secluded Mayfair location, yet only minutes from London's exclusive shopping areas and for all the West End's nightlife. Guest rooms feature bathrobes, complimentary bottled mineral water and movies 'on demand'. Afternoon Tea is served daily in the Conservatory.
 Check availability and book online        

Avni Hotel London - South KensingtonAvni Hotel London - South Kensington (3*)
If 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.
 Check availability and book online       


Central House Hotel - VictoriaCentral House Hotel - Victoria (2*)
With 50 bedrooms, all with television, telephone, tea and coffee making facilities and hairdryer. Offering a stunning central location, the hotel is within easy distance of Knightsbridge, Harrods, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament.
 Check availability and book online       

3 Accommodation Deals

Somerset Queen's Gate Gardens - South KensingtonSomerset Queen's Gate Gardens - South Kensington (4* Apartment)
Situated in London's prestigious South Kensington borough, close to Gloucester Road Underground Station. This popular four star hotel offers luxury accommodation in private studios and one and two bedroom apartments.
 Check availability and book online       

Carlton Hotel - VictoriaCarlton Hotel - Victoria (Bed and Breakfast)
A basic bed and breakfast hotel, which is centrally located in London’s Victoria district. Ideal for backpackers and those on a tight budget, Carlton Hotel offers simple, low-cost rooms, many with private shower cubicles.
 Check availability and book online       


Grosvenor House Hotel - MayfairGrosvenor House Hotel - Mayfair (5*)
A magnificent 5-star hotel situated directly opposite Hyde Park in the fashionable Mayfair area of London. Within walking distance of the hotel are some of London's most famous attractions, including the exclusive boutiques of Bond Street and the vibrant theatres of the West End.
 Check availability and book online       

Top Hotels Sellers
(22/03/07 - 12/04/07)

1. Chelsea House Hotel (2* Hotel)    
2. Boulevard Hotel (3* Bed and Breakfast) 
3. European Hotel (2* Bed and Breakfast)    
4. Earls Court Studios (3* Apartment)    
5. Fraser Place Queens Gate (4* Apartment)    

Talkback

Dear LondonNet,
I want to see Take That at The O2 Arena in December but all the tickets seem to be sold out. Do you know where I can find any?
Many thanks,
- Hanna Jhui

Dear Hanna,
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