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London Flower Shows 2009
Flower 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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Walking with Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular

Walking with Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular
After years of planning, the award-winning BBC TV series, Walking with Dinosaurs comes to life in a stunning theatrical event. Internationally renowned designers have worked with scientists to create 15 life-size dinosaurs, including the terror of the ancient terrain, Tyrannosaurus-Rex...
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Top Attractions Sellers (05/02/09 - 18/02/09):
1. The London Eye, 2. Body Worlds & The Mirror of Time, 3. Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, 4. Darwin, 5. Madame Tussauds

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Diary: Tweet Tweet

Last week saw London's first Twestival, an event that will soon be described in the OED as 'a gathering of twits'. Unless you've had your head in a bucket of snow recently you'll have no doubt heard of Twitter. It's the latest in a long line of internet phenomena otherwise known as social networks.

These sites share many common characteristics. They allow users to contribute, distribute and discover personal information with friends and strangers. They rise fast. Sooner or later they all seem to hit the buffers too. This week we hear that Friends Reunited may be put up for sale by its owners, ITV. The broadcaster paid £175million for the site just two years ago and is now expected to get as little as £20million in return. Ouch. The yet-to-turn-a-profit Facebook is showing signs of peaking and is now under fire for its plan to retain users' content. Forever. Regardless of whether people seek its removal or want to close their accounts.

So what chance Twitter then? While I haven't the foggiest how they plan to turn a profit out of this I can see myself getting hooked. For a start the posts are pleasingly short and come thick and fast. There's a text generation charm to the brevity and immediacy of the Twitter lexicon which seems to be mutating live before your eyes.

For the celeb obsessed Twitter is a godsend. The service allows you to know what Stephen Fry had for lunch, that Lily Allen is feuding with Perez Hilton and that Barack Obama wants to say thanks. It's celebrity stalking from the comfort of your home with the full and willing co-operation of the stalked.

LondonNet doesn't like to be left behind with these things so we set up our Twitter page a while back. We tweeted a little then fell off of our perch out of boredom. Now we're back and the whole thing's revved up. We'll be using Twitter to post site updates and the occasional random nonsense too. So if you fancy hearing our tweets 'follow' us at:

P.S. We're keen to hear your tweets too. So if you're on Twitter tweet us with things you'd like us to cover and let us in on your very own random London thoughts.

- Peter Clee

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

- Cinema

Confessions Of A Shopaholic. Photo Credit: Robert Zuckerman. © Touchstone Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer, Inc. All Rights Reserved.Blockbuster of the Week: Confessions Of A Shopaholic (PG)
Starring: Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy, Joan Cusack, John Goodman
Rebecca Bloomwood is a journalist in New York City with a singular dream: to work in fashion...
Interview | Premiere | Showing at these cinemas | Watch trailer

Beyonce Knowles as Etta James in Sony BMG Film, Parkwood Pictures and Tristar Pictures drama CADILLAC RECORDS.Critics' Choice of the Week: Cadillac Records (15)
Starring: Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Beyonce Knowles
Dramatisation of the rise of Chess Records set in Chicago of the '50s and '60s...
Showing at these cinemas | Watch trailer

PUSH ( Chris Evans). Icon Film DistributionSci-Fi of the Week: Push (12A)
Starring: Dakota Fanning, Chris Evans, Camilla Belle
Nick Gant is a second generation "mover", or telekinetic, who has been on the run...
Showing at these cinemas

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

- Classical and Dance

Star Wars: A Musical Journey - The O2 ArenaStar Wars: A Musical Journey - The O2 Arena
Unprecedented Combination of Classic John Williams Scores and Epic Cinematic Moments...
Buy tickets | Classical music tickets | Dance tickets | Opera tickets

Top Classical and Dance Sellers (05/02/09 - 18/02/09):
1. Star Wars: A Musical Journey, 2. La Bohème, 3. Madam Butterfly, 4. Swan Lake, 5.Torvill and Dean's Dancing On Ice: The Bolero 25th Anniversary Tour

- Clubs

London Burlesque Festival 2009. Photo Credit: cauchisanova. C.C.LicenseLondon Burlesque Festival 2009
The World's Greatest Showcase of International Burlesque Talent is back...
Buy tickets | Club News | More club tickets

Top Clubs Sellers (05/02/09 - 18/02/09):
1. Big Pink - ICA (23.04), 2. Closer - Hidden (20.03), 3. We Are Live - Scala (27.03), 4. Need2Soul - Cargo (28.02), 5. Subliminal Sessions - Ministry of Sound (14.03)5

- Comedy

Russell Peters - The O2Russell Peters - The O2
Peters, an Anglo-Indian, has built his reputation solely based on word of mouth, without the need of mainstream media tickets to outsource his identity...
Buy tickets | More comedy tickets

Top Comedy Sellers (05/02/09 - 18/02/09):
1. The Comedy Store, 2. Sit Com Trials, 3. Russell Kane, 4. Richard Herring - the Headmasters Son, 5. Frank Skinner

- Music

The Lovebox Weekender 2009 (London's Victoria Park)The Lovebox Weekender 2009 (London's Victoria Park)
Duran Duran and N.E.R.D featuring Pharrell Williams will be joining Groove Armada as headline acts for the festival...
Buy tickets | London music festivals | UK music festivals | More music tickets | Music news

Top Music Sellers (05/02/09 - 18/02/09):
1. Hard Rock Calling Bruce Springsteen, 2. Coldplay, 3. Cliff Richards & The Shadows, 4. Beyoncé, 5. X Factor Live

- Theatre

Enjoy - Gielgud TheatreEnjoy - Gielgud Theatre
Enjoy is a rarely-performed gem by one of theatre's greatest observers of the English way of life...
Buy tickets | More musical tickets | More play tickets

Top Theatre Sellers (05/02/09 - 18/02/09):
1. Three Days of Rain, 2. Thriller Live, 3. Hairspray, 4. The Phantom of the Opera, 5. Blue Man Group

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Sydney White CompetitionSydney White Competition
Win one of three copies of Sydney White on DVD...
Click here for your chance to win | More competitions

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London Accommodation

Kensington house Hotel - Kensington (4*)

Kensington house Hotel - Kensington (4*)
Offers the perfect base from which to explore the many boutiques, art galleries... that are renowned the world over...
Check availability and book online

Shaftesbury Hotel Kensington - Kensington (4*)

Shaftesbury Hotel Kensington - Kensington (4*)
Shaftesbury Hotel Kensington is a newly refurbished hotel situated close to Earls Court and Olympia...
Check availability and book online

Winchester Hotel London - Victoria (4* B&B)

Winchester Hotel London - Victoria (4* B&B)
So close to Buckingham Palace and St James' Park that you can walk to them...
Check availability and book online

Griffin House Hotel - Paddington (2*)

Griffin House Hotel - Paddington (2*)
This budget hotel is an easy walk from Marble Arch Station and you will find that London is easy to explore on foot from this location...
Check availability and book online

Top Hotels Sellers (05/02/09 - 18/02/09):
1. Queens Hotel London - Crystal Palace (Budget Hotel), 2. Belgrove Hotel - Kings Cross (2* B&B), 3. Montana Hotel - Kings Cross (2*), 4. Pimlico Inn - Victoria (Budget Rooms), 5. President Hotel London - Bloomsbury (3*)

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