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Iron Man (12A)

Iron Man. Paramount Pictures UK.With great power comes great responsibility... and an equally great temptation to abuse that power for significant personal and financial gain...
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Tower of London

Tower of London. Photo Credit: lazlo-photo. C.C.LicenseFounded by William the Conqueror in 1066-7 and enlarged and modified by successive sovereigns, today the Tower of London is one of the world's most famous and spectacular fortresses...
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1. London Eye
2. Tutankhamun Exhibition
3. Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913-2008, National Portrait Gallery
4. Madame Tussauds
5. The Mighty Boosh

Diary

Loony Tunes and Mayoral Melodies

Where have all the loonies gone? Jokes about eccentric Tory Boris Johnson aside, they were one of the things that made voting fun, but on the list of Mayoral candidates on the ballot sheet this morning, only disappointment met the gaze of this loony hunter.

The closest to a loony candidate in the Mayoral election is probably independent Winston McKenzie, but he lets the side down by being pretty normal, a citizen with a higher whackiness rating than the average perhaps, but still one with run-of-the-mill beefs about life in London.

They would have torn up Winston's application form at the offices of the Monster Raving Loony Party, if they'd had application forms and offices. Undisputed kings of the insane vote when led by top-hatted 60s pop star Screaming Lord Sutch, the Monster Raving Loonies spread a little sparkle dust on the musty world of politics.

At the time, people moaned that Sutch and co. undermined the political process, but statistics show that voter turnout was higher back in the Loonies' heyday of the 70s, 80s and 90s, so it might be that their eye-catching antics attracted the apathetic into the voting booth. Sutch's funniest tactic was to position his grinning mug right next to the likely winner when the TV cameras rolled to record the announcement of the result. He'd often be the first to shake the winner's hand, instantly deflating the ego-balloon.

That set the pattern and the good Lord inspired hundreds of imitators, my own favourite being Lord Buckethead, who appeared on the podium with his head in a bucket, albeit one decorated in felt-tip pen with a smiley face. Guess that sort of thing is beyond the pale these days.

- David Clee

Entertainment

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Theatre | Music | Classical | Cinema

Theatre

Dickens Unplugged - Comedy Theatre

Dickens Unplugged. Simon Jermond (Bill Sikes), Matthew Hendrickson (Nancy), Joseph Attenborough (Oliver Twist) and Jon Robyns (Mr Brownlow) Photo Credit: Dan Wooller/wooller.com A highly talented cast will have you rolling in the aisles with laughter as they take you on a journey through Dickens greatest works as you will never have seen them before.
From the pen of Adam Long, founder member of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, Dickens Unplugged is full of you favourite Dickens characters...
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Top Theatre Sellers:
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1. Wicked
2. High School Musical On Stage
3. We Will Rock You
4. King Lear
5. Disney's The Lion King

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Music

South West Four 2008 - Clapham Common

South West Four 2008 - Clapham CommonLondon's biggest and best outdoor dance event returns to Clapham Common for its fifth year as one of the UK's leading dance festivals on Bank Holiday Saturday 23rd August. Unrivalled by any other London-based outdoor festival and now firmly established on the UK summer festival circuit, South West Four is your one-way ticket to superstar DJ heaven...
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Top Music Sellers:
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1. Macy Gray
2. Iron maiden
3. R.E.M.
4. Bon Jovi
5. Hard Rock Calling

Classical and Dance

Kenwood Summer Prom - Kenwood House

Kenwood Summer Prom - Kenwood HouseThe Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, conducted by Ben Pope, presents the Kenwood Summer Prom. The programme will include well-known overtures and symphonic pieces by Mozart, Rossini, Wagner and Elgar, as well as Gershwin's dazzling Rhapsody in Blue. With a picnic and friends it is a perfect summer evening at Kenwood...
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Top Classical and Dance Sellers:
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1. West Side Story
2. Candide
3. The Sleeping Beauty
4. Kenwood Summer Prom
5. The Merry Widow

Cinema

Blockbuster of the Week - Iron Man (12A)

Iron man. Paramount Pictures UK
Action (2008) 125mins US
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow
Billionaire industrialist and inventor Tony Stark is kidnapped by insurgents during a weapons demonstration in Afghanistan...
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Critics' Choice of the Week - Nim's Island (U)

Nim's Island. Universal Pictures UK
Family (2008) 95mins US
Starring: Abigail Breslin, Jodie Foster, Gerard Butler
Nim lives on a lush South Pacific island with her father Jack, where he studies plankton while the youngster amuses herself with her animal chums...
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Comedy of the Week - Made Of Honour (12A)

Made Of Honour. Sony Pictures Releasing
Comedy (2008) 101mins US
Starring: Patrick Dempsey, Michelle Monaghan, Kevin McKidd
Handsome, charming and obscenely wealthy, Tom ricochets from one fling to the next without any thoughts of settling down. His best friend Hannah despairs at his fear of commitment...
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Top 10 Movies
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Competition

Balls of Fury Competition

Balls of Fury CompetitionWatch the balls fly in this hilarious, action-packed comedy starring Christopher Walken (Hairspray), George Lopez (The George Lopez Show) and hot, new comedy talent Dan Fogler (Good Luck Chuck) as you enter the unsanctioned, underground, and unhinged world of extreme Ping-Pong!

The competition is brutal and the stakes are deadly. Dan Fogler stars as the down-and-out former professional Ping-Pong child prodigy and Def Leppard-devotee Randy Daytona. He left the world of professional ping-pong in disgrace after his defeat at the hands of a hissy East German Karl Wolfschtagg (Thomas Lennon) during the 1988 Olympics. His father's death on the same day left Randy's life is a shambles until he gets recruited by FBI Agent Rodriguez (Barry Lopez) for a secret mission.

The FBI want Randy to infiltrate an 'ENTER THE DRAGON'-style Ping-Pong tournament (to the death!), run by an evil triad leader and one of the FBI's Most Wanted, arch-fiend Feng (Christopher Walken). Laughter ensues as after two decades out of the game getting back into shape for Randy is one hell of a mission!!

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a. Fantastic Four
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Flemings Mayfair Hotel - Mayfair (4* Hotel)Flemings Mayfair Hotel - Mayfair (4* Hotel)
Integrating the elegance and grandeur of British style and charm at the height of the Georgian era, Flemings now offers beautifully appointed, modern in room facilities.
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President Hotel London - Bloomsbury (3* Hotel)President Hotel London - Bloomsbury (3* Hotel)
President Hotel London is a comfortable, 3 star hotel, located in the historic Bloomsbury area. Overlooking Russell Square Gardens, this popular hotel provides inviting rooms and a range of facilities, including a shopping arcade, bereau de change and reasonably priced underground car park.
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Garth Hotel - Bloomsbury (2* Hotel)Garth Hotel - Bloomsbury (2* Hotel)
Garth Hotel provides you with quality guestrooms in a prime Bloomsbury location. You can relax in the garden, enjoy a full English breakfast in the breakfast room or chat to staff at the reception who can reserve theatre tickets, book airport transfers and arrange sightseeing tours.
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MIC Hotel London - King's Cross (Budget Rooms)MIC Hotel London - King's Cross (Budget Rooms)
MIC Hotel London is popular with a range of guests, as it offers a high level of service and affordable accommodation. Staff at MIC Hotel London are on hand 24 hours a day to assist you with any thing you might need.
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Generator Hostel - Bloomsbury (Hostel)Generator Hostel - Bloomsbury (Hostel)
One of London's largest hostels. Within walking distance of Generator Hostel you will find a multitude of bars, restaurants and clubs in Leicester Square, Covent Garden and Piccadilly Circus.
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Top Hotel Sellers
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1. President Hotel London - Bloomsbury (3* Hotel)
2. Shellbourne Hotel - Earls Court (3* Hotel)
3. Belgrove Hotel - King's Cross (2 Diamond B&B)
4. Access Apartments Marble Arch - Marble Arch (Budget Apartment)
5. Majestic Hotel - South Kensington (2* Hotel)

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