Maharaja: The Splendour of India's Royal Courts. Photo: Maharaja Sir Sri Krishnaraja Wodiyar IV Bahadur of Mysore, 1906 K Keshavayya. Copyright: V&A Images

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Maharaja: The Splendour of India's Royal Courts. Photo: Watson Turban Jewels, Mid 18th Century. Copyright: V&A Images

Maharaja: The Splendour of India's Royal Courts
The show will explore the extraordinary culture of princely India, showcasing rich and varied objects that reflect different aspects of royal life. The exhibits will include both Indian and Western works, featuring paintings, photography, textiles and dress, jewellery, jewelled objects, metalwork and furniture...
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BigHappyVideo's been busy cranking out the video funnies over the past two weeks. Highlights include Extreme Headache Cure (don't try this at home), The Fastest Car Wash in the World, Demolition Fail and London Bike Messengers Race. To end on a musical note we have The Muppets vs Electric Six (Gay Bar Mashup) and the Jeremy Clarkson Beat-Box....
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Top Attractions Sellers (23/07/09 - 05/08/09):
1. London Eye, 2. Buckingham Palace, 3. Madame Tussauds, 4. Chessington Park, 5. London Aquarium



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Diary: Chuck a mud pie at the Thames beach

When there's a low tide on the Thames, you get a kind of muddy beach on the riverside and brave people build sandcastles as if they are on a real holiday.

Sometimes on the South Bank's bank, they have impromptu mud-beach parties, complete with DJ's, blaring sound systems and that stumbling, young-at-heart middle-aged misfit all genuine raves must have.

Boris Johnson, 45, appears to have had enough of this haphazard arrangement and wants something more official, pointing to the success of city beach schemes in Berlin, New York and Paris.

"I'm envious of them," said the London Mayor. "It's certainly something we're looking at, but it's expensive."

You can just see the next step. "Expensive" means they'll charge for access to the beach, means it'll have ad hoardings and CCTV cameras and a load of middle-aged misfits in uniforms, truncheons at the ready, to keep the peace. Suddenly, mud, glorious, mud has some appeal.

- David Clee

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Entertainment

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Cinema | Classical | Comedy | Music | Theatre

- Cinema

© 2008 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.Blockbuster of the Week: G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra (12A)
Starring: Channing Tatum, Dennis Quaid, Sienna Miller
Under the aegis of the US President, General Hawk leads his brave troops into battle...
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Katherine Heigl stars in Columbia Pictures comedy THE UGLY TRUTH. Sony Pictures ReleasingRom-Com of the Week: The Ugly Truth (15)
Starring: Gerard Butler, Nick Searcy, Bree Turner, Katherine Heigl
Abby is a talented producer on a television show whose professional successes are in stark contrast to her personal failures...
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Orphan. Optimum ReleasingHorror Movie of the Week: Orphan (15)
Starring: Isabelle Fuhrman, Karel Roden, Aryana Engineer
Kate Coleman and her husband John are devastated by the loss of their unborn child...
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- Classical and Dance

Carmen - Royal Opera HouseCarmen - Royal Opera House
Carmen returns to the Royal Opera House with a first-rate cast...
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Top Classical and Dance Sellers (23/07/09 - 05/08/09):
1. The Nutcracker, 2. Carmen, 3. Turandot, 4. Andrea Bocelli, 5. Tristan und Isolde



- Comedy

Ken Dodd - Richmond TheatreKen Dodd - Richmond Theatre
A true legend, icon and national treasure who has been entertaining us for over 55 years...
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Top Comedy Sellers (23/07/09 - 05/08/09):
1. The Comedy Store, 2. The 39 Steps, 3. Jongleurs Comedy, 4. Dylan Moran: What It Is, 5. Ed Byrne: Different Class



- Music

N-dubz (Shepherds Bush Empire - 10 Dec 2009). Photo Credit: barrymcgee C.C.LicenseN-Dubz (Shepherds Bush Empire - 10 Dec 2009)
Fresh from raising cash for the War Child charity, the Camden trio have billed their end of year UK stint a Christmas Party Tour...
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Top Music Sellers (23/07/09 - 05/08/09):
1. U2, 2. Coldplay, 3. Kasabian, 4. N-Dubz, 5. Amanda Palmer



- Theatre

Annie - Richmond TheatreAnnie - Richmond Theatre
Leapin' Lizards! One of the best family musicals of all time...
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Top Theatre Sellers (23/07/09 - 05/08/09):
1. We're Going on a Bear Hunt, 2. Thriller Live!, 3. The Phantom of the Opera, 4. High School Musical 2, 5. Hairspray

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Competition

The Stitch & Creative Crafts ShowThe Stitch & Creative Crafts Show
Win one of ten pairs of tickets for The Stitch & Creative Crafts Show (18-20 September, Sandown Park Exhibition Centre)...
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London Accommodation

The Metropolitan - Park Lane (5*)

The Metropolitan - Park Lane (5*)
The Metropolitan, London, is among the capital's most enduring design phenomena, a hotel that combines cool looks and cosseting service with a contemporary mindse...
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Hotel Onesixtwo - Greenwich (4*)

Hotel Onesixtwo - Greenwich (4*)
Situated in Greenwich, close to tourist attractions that include the Royal Observatory as well as North Greenwich Tube Station and Westcombe Park Station...
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Passfield Hall - Bloomsbury (Budget Rooms)

Passfield Hall - Bloomsbury (Budget Rooms)
A range of accommodation in a central location. Set in ten Georgian houses arranged around a walled garden, Passfield Hall combines historic charm with modern amenities...
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Victoria Inn London - Victoria (3 Star B&B)

Victoria Inn London - Victoria (3 Star B&B)
A comfortable hotel, which provides low-cost accommodation close to London's Victoria Station. This centrally located hotel is ideal for both families and those on business...
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Top Hotels Sellers (23/07/09 - 05/08/09):
1. Accommodation London Studios - Willesden (Budget Apartment), 2. Piccolino Hotel - Paddington (3 Star B&B), 3. International House - Waterloo (London Budget Rooms), 4. Rosebery Hall - Islington (Quality Rooms), 5. 39 Suites - Bayswater (3 Star Studios)

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