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Pirates Of The Caribbean 3: At World's End

Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) and Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) in a scene from PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END, directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, from a screenplay written by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio. Photographer: Peter Mountain. © Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Pirates franchise crosses the oceans, first to Singapore, next to what looks like Antarctica and then to the Other Side, as promised in the title, collecting a multi-racial gang of blundering buccaneers along the way.. Read More   
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 Interviews with the cast and crew          

London is Blooming: Flower Shows      

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... Read More      
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Wimbledon Tennis Championships

Wimbledon Tennis ChampionshipsWimbledon wasn't always the big, flashy tennis event it is today... The Championships originally included Men's Singles only and were governed by the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club... Read More  
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Top Attraction Sellers:
(10/05/07 - 23/05/07)

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


Trees of the Future

London was handed the hosannas this week in the new edition of Lonely Planet's Great Britain guide for having a "buzz" unlike any other city in Europe. But maybe it was the buzz of the chainsaw that caught the writers' attention, because the London Assembly has revealed that 40,000 of London's trees have been felled in the last five years.

Most of those trees have been given the chop because they have caused or might cause subsidence damage to nearby property. What with prices the way they are, who's going to risk their house falling down when they've borrowed at five times  their salary on a place that cost a few hundred grand (yeah, and the rest)? 

But then who wants to read a Lonely Planet of the future asking where all London's famous greenery has gone? It's a right old conundrum and no mistake, but it's one that might be saved by global warming.

It's one of those little known facts that I like to bore people with, but London's signature tree, the London Plane, is an import from two far away continents, a hybrid of Oriental and American Planes. They're good for cities because their constantly renewing bark sloughs off polution.

So why not go down the import route again? This time we'd look for a tree that gets its water more via big leaves than deep roots, sorting out the subsidence issue, and one that basked in the global warming induced heat. Palm trees down The Mall with a proper hosanna parade for Easter and free figs for one and all.

- David Clee


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


Ricky Gervais: Fame - Carling Apollo Hammersmith

Ricky Gervais Fame - Carling Apollo HammersmithThe comic and actor brings his latest stand-up show, Fame, to the Carling Hammersmith Apollo for some additional London dates after selling out his Royal Albert Hall run this autumn. Lot's of dancing on taxis, I'm sure... Read More 
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Top Theatre Sellers:
(10/05/07 - 23/05/07)

1. The Sound of Music    
2. The Phantom of the Opera    
3. Wicked   
4. Disney's The Lion King       
5. Othello           


John Fogerty - Wembley Arena

John Fogerty - Wembley ArenaCreedence Clearwater Revival man, John Fogerty plays a Wembley date, warming up those vocal chords for his Glastonbury slot this summer. Expect a host of Creedence/Fogerty classics taken from recent retrospective album, 'The Long Road Home'... Read More  
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Top Music Sellers:
(10/05/07 - 23/05/07)

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

Classical and Dance

Paco Pena - Sadler's Wells Theatre

Paco Pena - Sadler's Wells TheatreFollowing a critically acclaimed season at the Peacock Theatre, Paco Peña makes a welcome return to Sadler’s Wells with his renowned company of dancers and musicians... Read More    
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Top Classical and Dance Sellers:
(10/05/07 - 23/05/07)

1. Swan Lake    
2. Don Giovanni          
3. Tosca        
4. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra     
5. Last Night of the Summer Proms  


Blockbuster of the Week: Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End (12A)

Elizabeth Swan (Keira Knightley) and Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) in Pirates Of The Caribbean At World's End. Photographer: Peter Mountain. © Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights ReservedStarring: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush
Plucky sailor Jack Sparrow faces his most challenging task yet - to escape from purgatory in Davy Jones locker - in the third and perhaps final instalment of the series...
 Showing at these cinemas      
 Interviews with the cast and crew          

Critics' Choice of the Week - Jindabyne (15)

Dead girl's feet in river in Jindabyne. Photo credit: Anthony Browell. © April Films (JINDABYNE) P/L 2006Starring: Laura Linney, Gabriel Byrne, Deborra-Lee Furness
The director of Lantana returns with this drama, which explores the effect that an Aboriginal woman's corpse has on the lives of a group of weekend fishermen in Australia...
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Romance of the Week - Cheeni Kum ()

Cheeni Kum. Image courtesy of PA PicselectStarring: Amitabh Bachchan, Tabu, Paresh Rawal
At the ripe age of 64, Buddhadev Gupta is certain that he has seen all that life has to offer and is incredibly acidic and cynical about anyone who thinks otherwise. As the chef of London's top Indian restaurant, Buddhadev is able to preside over his empire...
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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


Skulduggery Pleasant Competition

Skulduggery Pleasant CompetitionSkulduggery Pleasant is the hottest new title of 2007 and it will set the book world alight in more ways than one when it bursts into life on 2 April.

A truly genre-busting book best described as comic horror adventure, it introduces an irresistible character, the great Skulduggery Pleasant. The wise-cracking Skulduggery is urbane, sophisticated and well-dressed. He's a powerful magician with a particular penchant for fire, a master of dirty tricks and an ace burglar (all for the greater good, of course). Oh yeah, he's also dead. He's got a sidekick too. She's.. well, she's called Stephanie and she's, ahem, she's a twelve year old girl. With a double-act like this on the case, evil had better beware!

 Buy Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy at Amazon  

For your chance to win one of four copies of Skulduggery Pleasant, answer the following question:
What is the name of Skulduggery Pleasant's sidekick?
1. Natalie
2. Melanie
3. Stephanie

Closing Date: Thursday 21 June 2007, Noon

How to Enter:
- Send an email with the correct answer to [email protected], with the subject "Skulduggery Pleasant 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 Accommodations

4 of the Best

The Goring - Belgravia (5*)The Goring - Belgravia (5*)
A quiet haven in the centre of London. The Goring, a deluxe hotel, has been loved and nurtured by the family, the management and staff for over 90 years...
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Holiday Inn Camden Lock - Camden (4*)Holiday Inn Camden Lock - Camden (4*)
The hotel is situated in one of London's most famous and exciting areas. Known for its vast number of music venues, Camden Town seen many famous bands pass through its streets on the road to success, including Oasis, Blur, U2 and Moby...
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Sloane Square Hotel - Belgravia (3*)Sloane Square Hotel - Belgravia (3*)
a luxurious hotel, located just off Sloane Square in the fashionable Belgravia area. This popular hotel is perfect for both holidaymakers and business travellers, with the city's business district and popular attractions within easy reach...
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Best Western Hotel - Swiss Cottage (2*)Best Western Hotel - Swiss Cottage (2*)
Best Western Swiss Cottage is situated in a popular district of North London, near to the calm spaces of Hampstead Heath and the shops and restaurants on nearby Finchley Road, which has an Odeon Cinema for you to enjoy...
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3 Accommodation Deals

The Cavendish London - Mayfair (4*)The Cavendish London - Mayfair (4*)
Located on prestigious Jermyn Street in the heart of London's Piccadilly. Guests will discover that Theatreland, Buckingham Palace, The Houses of Parliament and London's most exclusive shopping districts are on the doorstep...
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The Somerset Roland Gardens - South Kensington (4* Apartment)Somerset Roland Gardens - South Kensington (4* Apartment)
This four star hotel offers individual serviced apartments and is ideal for guests wanting more privacy then a traditional hotel can offer....
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The Boulevard Hotel - Paddington (B&B)Boulevard Hotel - Paddington (B&B)

Close to Paddington mainline and underground station, Boulevard Hotel is within easy reach of a number of popular tourist destinations. These include Hyde Park and Notting Hill...
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Top London Accommodations Sellers:
(10/05/07 - 23/05/07)

1. Swissotel The Howard London (5*)     
2. Avni Hotel London (3*)        
3. Grand Tourist Hotel (2*)         
4. Citadines London Covent Garden (3* Apartment)        
5. So London Apartments (3* Apartment)        

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