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Discover Thir13en at Alton Towers. Photo: Oblivion

Discover Thir13en at Alton Towers
Thirteen will be based on the discovery of an unearthed ancient burial site in an area of unexplored woodland known as the Dark Forest.

Built on the site of the old Corkscrew rollercoaster, visitors will be invited to take a petrifying ride on Thirteen, venturing into the seemingly living and breathing Dark Forest. There they will face an unknown horror that has been unleashed from the ancient crypt.

The ride has been developed with the world's leading coaster and thrill consultants who have collaborated to combine the ultimate elements of physical and psychological fear - to create what experts are dubbing a 'psychoaster'...
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Grace Kelly: Style Icon - Victoria and Albert Museum

Grace Kelly: Style Icon - Victoria and Albert Museum
The spectacular wardrobe of Grace Kelly will be on display at the V&A. Tracing the evolution of her style from her days as one of Hollywoods most popular actresses in the 1950s and as Princess Grace of Monaco...
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BigHappyVideo.com: Latest Video Laughs - Hop Picking in Kent (1929)

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We start with a look back to Hop Picking in Kent (1929) - an activity many Londoners treated as their summer holiday. These days we look more to the beach and where better than the south of France, so here's a chance to Win a Holiday in Cannes. To show we've not gone soft we'll end with Amphetamine Go Kart and a painful BMX Fail.
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Top Attractions Sellers (18/03/10 - 31/03/10):
1. London Eye, 2. Buckingham Palace, 3. Grace Kelly: Style Icon, 4. Ripley's Believe It or Not!, 5. London Ducktours

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Diary: Orbit around the Easter Egg

Boris Johnson says he wants to put the fun into the London Olympics and by way of solid proof has unveiled plans for the ArcelorMittal Orbit, a 120m helter-skelter tower that will sit alongside the 2012 stadium.

Designed by Anish Kapoor, who calls his baby a "folly", it passes the fun test with top marks, partly because it gives us a chance to revive an old joke.

"It'll be good when it's finished" becomes: "It'll look fine when they take the scaffolding off."

But what about the clunky sponsor-heavy name?

ArcelorMittal is a big steel company, which doesn't sound much like fun, unless you count spot welding among your hobbies.

Luckily, it's easy enough to drop the first part and just call the thing the Orbit, a bit like we all call it the London Eye, not the Merlin Entertainments London Eye. Sneakier business types give us no such chance. It's simply the O2, or The Emirates.

The sponsor's mark can be a good thing, mind. If you went into a shop, even at this time of year, and asked for an egg, they'd give you something delivered by a chicken, rather than an Easter egg, which is what we all want. Yes, that was hint.

- David Clee

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

- Cinema

Aaron Johnson as Kick-Ass in KICK-ASS. Photo courtesy of Marv Films. Photo Credit: Daniel Smith. © 2009 Universal Pictures International. All rights reserved.Blockbuster of the Week: Kick-Ass (15)
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Aaron Johnson, Mark Strong,
Geeky teenager Dave Lizewski lives with his father in New York, where he attends high school...
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How To Train Your Dragon. ParamountFamily Movie of the Week: How To Train Your Dragon (PG)
Starring: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera
A weedy, young Viking called Hiccup has been instructed his whole life that dragons are evil beasts...
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SAM WORTHINGTON as Perseus from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures action fantasy Clash of the Titans. Jay Maidment. ©2009 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Legendary PicturesAction Movie of the Week: Clash Of The Titans (12A)
Starring: Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton
Perseus embarks on a quest to avert a war between his father Zeus and vengeful Hades...
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See Also:
A-Z of London Cinemas, A-Z of London Films, A-Z of UK Cinemas, A-Z of UK Films, Cinema News, Top 10 Movies, New Films This Week, Forthcoming Releases, Interviews

- Classical and Dance

The Pearl Fishers - London ColiseumThe Pearl Fishers - London Coliseum
A thrilling tale of friendship tested by love, set on an exotic isle in an eastern sea, Bizet's early masterpiece is a gem of 19th-century French opera...
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Top Classical and Dance Sellers (18/03/10 - 31/03/10):
1. Swan Lake, 2. Magia de la Danza, 3. Tosca, 4. Cinderella, 5. Mark Morris Dance Company

- Comedy

Debbie Reynolds: Alive and Fabulous - Apollo TheatreDebbie Reynolds: Alive and Fabulous - Apollo Theatre
Debbie Reynolds celebrates 50 years of show business in this award winning one woman show...
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Top Comedy Sellers (18/03/10 - 31/03/10):
1. Al Murray the Pub Landlord, 2. Ricky Gervais, 3. Lee Mack, 4. Russell Peters, 5. Rhod Gilbert

- Music

Aerosmith. Photo: DaigoOliva. C.C.LicenseThe Magic Numbers
The Magic Numbers have announced details of the release of a new album, The Runaway, and UK tour in June (tickets go on sale April 1st 2010)...
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Top Music Sellers (18/03/10 - 31/03/10):
1. Green Day, 2. Gogol Bordello, 3. Once In A Lifetime, 4. Eyehategod, 5. The New Pornographers

- Theatre

Flashdance - Shaftesbury TheatreFlashdance - Shaftesbury Theatre
Sparks will fly this year as the West End Premiere of Flashdance - The Musical explodes onto the stage at the Shaftesbury Theatre from September 2010...
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Top Theatre Sellers (18/03/10 - 31/03/10):
1. Private Lives, 2. Les Misérables, 3. Oliver!, 4. Thriller Live!, 5. We Will Rock You

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Divine Easter CompetitionDivine Easter Competition
Win a selection of delicious Divine Easter eggs and a Penguin Classic...
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London Accommodation

Plaza On The River - Waterloo (5*)

Plaza On The River - Waterloo (5*)
Perfectly located on the banks of the river Thames, the Plaza on the River is opposite the Tate Britain Art Gallery, and has great views of the famous landmarks...
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Days Hotel London Shoreditch - The City (3*)

Days Hotel London Shoreditch - The City (3*)
The latest addition to London's fashionable East-End, is just 8 minutes from the financial district The City and Liverpool St. Station...
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Trebovir Hotel London - Earls Court (3* B&B)

Trebovir Hotel London - Earls Court (3* B&B)
Trebovir Hotel London is the perfect location to take advantage of a hearty continental breakfast, before heading out into the local area and to the wider parts of London...
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House 519 - Docklands (Budget Apartment)

House 519 - Docklands (Budget Apartment)
Stay in a modern affordable studio at House 519 and you will benefit from the combination of convenient accommodation in an excellent location...
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Top Hotels Sellers (18/03/10 - 31/03/10):
1. Earls Court Studios - Earls Court (3 Star Studios), 2. Queens Hotel London - Crystal Palace (2 Star Hotel), 3. Belgrove Hotel - Kings Cross (2 Star B&B), 4. President Hotel London - Bloomsbury (3 Star Hotel), 5. Hyde Park Hostel - Bayswater (Hostel)

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