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Shakespeare's Globe TheatreShakespeare's Globe encompasses a faithful reconstruction of the open-air playhouse for which the bard wrote many of his greatest plays, and an engaging Theatre Tour and Exhibition. The Globe's 2007 Renaissance + Revolution theatre season runs until October and features three Shakespeare plays, Othello, The Merchant of Venice and Love's Labour's Lost, alongside three new plays - a revival of Howard Brenton's smash hit from 2006 In Extremis, the love story of Abelard and Heloise, Jack Shepherd's Holding Fire!, bringing to the Globe for the first time the sordid, violent times of Victorian England, and Fast Food nation writer Eric Schlosser's We The People about the writing of the American constitution.
Tickets from 5 British Pounds, 020 7401 9919
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28 Weeks Later

28 Weeks Later. Fox UK FilmIn the sequel to 28 Days Later, NATO forces led by U.S. army have taken control of the virus-ravaged cities, were many of the infected with the dreaded Rage contagion have died from starvation... Read More    
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London Zoo

London ZooIt's the perfect day out for the whole family. There's lots to do, plenty to see and so much to learn. Visit the cheeky, the deadly, the chirpy and the wild - all at London Zoo. Get closer to your favourite animals, learn about them at the keeper talks and watch them show off their skills at our daily events...  Read More        
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Top Attraction Sellers:
(26/04/07 - 09/05/07)

1. London Eye    
2. Summer Opening of the State Rooms      
3. Madame Tussaud's   
4. Tower of London  
5. London travelcards     


The Wink Was a Nudge to History

George Bush entered history when he aimed a cheeky wink at Her Majesty the other day.

Evidence abounds that physical gesture preceded speech as a tool of human communication. Some of our great ape cousins tell each other stuff by gesture - probably the latest nit-picking gossip - and studies have shown that there are plenty of human gestures that, unlike words, are shared by communities across the globe.

So, am I saying the American president is a monkey, or at best a Neanderthal? Not at all, though there is that walk... No, the key thing here is that Bush's wink was a self-deprecating wink of apology, and for a lot more than nearly implying the Queen was 281 years old.

In fact, the implication that the Queen had been around in 1776 was deliberate. The supposed gaffe emphasised Elizabeth II's longevity; in that moment, she represented world history. There we have it. Bush was apologising to history, to the eternal gods, for the Iraq war and by employing the international language of gesture, he was apologising to us all.

- David Clee


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A Matter of Life and Death

A Matter of Life and DeathIt is 1945. A young airman jumps to certain death from his burning aircraft. His last words are to a girl he has never met: I love you June. You are life and I am leaving you.
Following an angelic blunder, caused by a classic English pea-souper, Peter Carter miraculously survives and finds June in the flesh... Read More    
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Top Theatre Sellers:
(26/04/07 - 09/05/07)

1. Wicked    
2. Cats  
3. Billy Elliot    
4. Othello 
5. The Phantom of the Opera    


Keane - The O2 Arena

Keane - The O2 ArenaSat, 21st July 2007
An 18-month world tour following their debut album and the recent tour supporting their chart topping second album, 'Under The Iron Sea', has sharpened Keane's live show into an anthem filled tour-de-force... Read More     
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Prince's tickets go on sale today!

3121 by PrincePrince is to play 21 gigs in London this summer. The first tickets went on presale this morning, with more released on general sale Friday morning (10 May 2007). Tickets are priced at UKP31.21 (face-value), named after his new album, 3121. An enigma, yes, but there's no doubting the impact the man has had on music. From recording artist, to award winning producer, Prince’s presence is, as ever, immense and he puts on a great stage show.
 Tickets (via Seatwave) – Available now to buy or sell
 Tickets (via Ticketmaster) – Available now to 02 customers, general release from Friday morning

Top Music Sellers:
(26/04/07 - 09/05/07)

1. Steve Vai       
2. Michael Buble     
3. Scorpions        
4. Rush      
5. Blondie        


Rigoletto - Royal Opera House

Rigoletto - Royal Opera HouseVerdi's tale of a hunchbacked court jester attempting to protect his daughter from the advances of his cruel master has been relocated to Mafia-ruled Little Italy. A fantastic set and great costumes make sure that this concept works flawlessly, and turns the whole show into a kind of operatic Goodfellas, all backed up by Verdi's stirring, emotive music... Read More       
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Top Classical Sellers:
(26/04/07 - 09/05/07)

1. Swan Lake     
2. La Traviata    
3. Nabucco    
4. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Symphonic Rock        
5. Julian Lloyd Webber     


Blockbuster of the Week - 28 Weeks Later

28 Weeks Later. Fox UK FilmHorror (2007) 100mins UK
In the sequel to 28 Days Later, NATO forces led by U.S. army have taken control of the virus-ravaged cities, were many of the infected with the dreaded Rage contagion have died from starvation...
 Showing at these cinemas      
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Critics' Choice of the Week - My Best Friend (Mon Meilleur Ami) (12A)

Bruno (Danny Boon) and Francois (Daniel Auteil) in My Best Friend. Optimum ReleasingComedy (2006) 94mins Fr
Paris antiques dealer Francois Coste is a thoroughly disagreeable fellow, more concerned with money and bailing his business out of debt rather than being nice to the people around him...
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Drama Of The Week - Goodbye Bafana (15)

Joseph Fiennes and Diane Kruger in Goodbye Bafana. Paramount Pictures UKDrama (2007) 118mins Ger/Bel/S Africa/UK/Lux
Having grown up under the brutal Apartheid regime, white Afrikaner James Gregory is chosen to guard Nelson Mandela and his followers at the prison on Robben Island...
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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


Daughters of Fire Competition

In her unique style of part contemporary, part history, Erskine in her sweeping new novel switches between Roman Britain and the present day, where history dramatically impacts on the lives of three women...

Daughters of Fire CompetitionIn the present day, Edinburgh based historian, Viv Lloyd Rees, has immersed herself in the legends surrounding the Celtic queen Cartimandua. She has written a book and is a working on a dramatisation of the young queen's life. She then forms an uneasy working partnership with actress Pat Taylor, and they become the Daughters of Fire, a company dedicated to making dramas about women who have made history on their own terms... 

Buy Daughters of Fire by Barbara Erskine at Amazon (Paperback) >>   
Buy Daughters of Fire by Barbara Erskine at Amazon (Hardcover) >>    

For your chance to win one of three copies of Daughters of Fire, answer the following question:
In Daughters Of Fire, the historian Viv Lloyd Rees has written a book on which of the following queens:
1. Elizabeth II
2. Marie Antoinette
3. Cartimandua

Closing Date: Thursday 7 June 2007, Noon

How to Enter:
- Send an email with the correct answer to [email protected], with the subject "Daughters of Fire 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

Brown's Hotel, MayfairBrown's Hotel - Mayfair (5*)

London's oldest operating five-star hotel, Brown's is a national treasure, exemplifying understated English charm and character. Service and dining facilities are out of the top drawer while the hotel boasts a superb location just off Piccadilly.
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The Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel, KnightsbridgeThe Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel - Knightsbridge (4*)
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.
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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.
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Central House Hotel, VictoriaCentral House - Victoria (2*)
Central House Hotel may be located on a relatively quiet street, but it’s so close to many of London’s top attractions including the Tate Britain, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye that you can walk to them with ease
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Berjaya Eden Park Hotel, BayswaterBerjaya Eden Park Hotel - Bayswater (3*)
Close to many of London's most popular tourist destinations. Hyde Park is just a few moments away from Berjaya Eden Park Hotel and Oxford Street, and Covent Garden are just a few minutes away by tube.
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Corus Hotel Hyde Park - Bayswater (4*)Corus Hotel Hyde Park - Bayswater (4*)
Luxurious four star accommodation in a great position overlooking Hyde Park. All of the centrally heated/air conditioned rooms have a private bathroom, as well as an in-room safe, direct dial telephone, desk, internet access, colour TV with movie channel, Playstation console... 
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Access Apartments City - The City (Budget Apartment)Access Apartments City - The City (Budget Apartment)
Stay at Access Apartments City if business is bringing you and up to four colleagues to the City in London, or you and family (or friends) are looking for a cheaper alternative to hotels close to St Paul’s Cathedral and the British Museum.
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Top Hotels Sellers:
(26/04/07 - 09/05/07)

1. Linden House Hotel, Hyde Park (2*)     
2. Earls Court Studios, Earls Court (3* Apartment)       
3. Avni Hotel London, South Kensington (3*)           
4. Citadines London Covent Garden, Covent Garden (3* Apartment)        
5. Fraser Place Queens Gate, South Kensington (4* Apartment)      


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