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Walking with Dinosaurs at the O2 Arena and Wembley Arena  
Walking with Dinosaurs at the O2 Arena and Wembley Arena
T Rex and his dinosaur pals are headed for the O2 at the end of the year for the return of Walking with Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular, a lavish £12.5million show featuring life-sized beasts and the story of their rise and fall. The giant lizards are also to strut their stuff at Wembley Arena in May...
O2 Tickets | Info and Wembley Tickets | Info

Shakespeare's Globe Tour. Photo Copyright: LondonNet Limited  
Shakespeare's Globe Tour
Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition explores the life of Shakespeare, the London where he lived, and the theatre for which he wrote. A fascinating guided tour then takes you into the unique space...
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London Ice Skating  
London Ice Skating
It's getting near to the time of year when Londoners limber up and get their ice skates on. Tickets are now on sale for the Canary Wharf and Somerset House Ice Rinks...
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Top Attractions Sellers (30/08/12 - 12/09/12):
1. The London Eye, 2. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter, 3. London Zoo, 4. Buckingham Palace, 5. Royal London and Buckingham Palace Visit

Diary: Dinosaurs and London: a very quick history

Dinosaurs and London go back a long way, even further than the colourful creatures that have stalked Crystal Palace park since 1854, let alone the Natural History Museum's famous diplodocus, first spotted in South Kensington in 1905.

Some 130 million years ago, London was part of a flood plain, its many rivers running into a huge freshwater lake that covered much of modern southern England and northern France. That meant plenty of fish to feast on for a giant crocodile-type monster called the Baryonyx, which was over 10m long, about the same as a London bus, whose pescatary appetites extend only to the Oyster.

Poor old Baryonyx lay undiscovered for aeons, possibly waiting for a bus. Then, in 1983, just outside Dorking, in a scene straight out of Jurassic Park, fossil hunter William Walker "came across an enormous claw sticking out of the side of a clay pit", as the wikipedia entry puts it.

You can only imagine the elemental fear Walker experienced as his mind processed the image of the grabbing hand, ready to pluck him back to the Cretaceous. Probably a bit like how Cheryl Cole feels when she sees Andy's name flashing on her mobile.

David Clee


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- Cinema

Ghoul Whisperer Norman gets spooked by his zombie lamp in PARANORMAN, directed by Sam Fell and Chris Butler, the new comedy thriller from LAIKA and Focus Features. Credit: LAIKA, Inc.  
Blockbuster of the Week: ParaNorman (PG)
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Leslie Mann, Casey Affleck, John Goodman
Since he was very young, Norman has been blessed with the ability to see dead people...
3D | Review | Showing at these Cinemas | Trailer
Kay Soames (MERYL STREEP) in HOPE SPRINGS. Momentum Pictures  
Comedy of the Week: Hope Springs (12A)
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Meryl Streep, Steve Carell
Arnold Soames and his wife Kay celebrate their latest wedding anniversary...
Read review | Showing at These Cinema | Trailer
Joseph Gordon Levitt stars in Columbia Pictures Premium Rush. Sony Pictures Releasing  
Action Movie of the Week: Premium Rush (12A)
Starring: Jamie Chung, Michael Shannon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Wilee is a law student with amazing skills on two wheels, who zips back and forth throughout the city...
Read review | Showing at these Cinemas | Trailer

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

Listings Menus:
Movies by Genres, 3 D Movies, Over 18s Screenings, Parents and Baby Screenings, Subtitled Movies

- Classical and Dance

The Minotaur, Royal Opera House. Information and tickets.  
The Minotaur, Royal Opera House
Harrison Birtwistle's reworking of an ancient myth had its premiere at the Royal Opera House in 2008. The opera's dark beauty shows one of our leading composers at the height of his powers....
Info and Tickets | More Classical Tickets | Opera and Dance Tickets

Top Classical and Dance Sellers (30/08/12 - 12/09/12):
1. Mixed Ballet - Concerto, Las Hermanas, Requiem, 2. Rambert Dance Company Featuring Labyrinth of Love, 3. LMA Orchestra - Beethoven's 5th Symphony, 4. Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, 5. The Nutcracker

- Comedy

Harry Hill at the HMV Apollo, London. Information and tickets.  
Harry Hill - HMV Apollo
Fresh from serving up his 'last series' of TV Burp, Harry Hill heads to London's Hammersmith Apollo with his 'Sausage Time' tour...
Info and Tickets | More Comedy Tickets

Top Comedy Sellers (30/08/12 - 12/09/12):
1. Rhod Gilbert, 2. Jimmy Carr, 3. Mark Watson, 4. Paul Merton, 5. Frankie Boyle

- Music

The Killers at the O2 Arena, London. Information and tickets.  
The Killers - O2 Arena
The Killers today announce their first UK tour in four years. The Las Vegas group, whose hotly-anticipated fourth studio album, Battle Born, is released on September 17th, will play shows starting in Glasgow on 26th Oct and ending with two nights at London's 02 Arena...
Info and Tickets | More Music Tickets

Top Music Sellers (30/08/12 - 12/09/12):
1. Little Mix, 2. Keane, 3. Jack White, 4. Olly Murs, 5. Muse

- Theatre

A Chorus Line, London Palladium. Information and tickets.  
A Chorus Line - London Palladium
Auditions are underway for a new Broadway musical. For everyone present, it's the chance of a lifetime. It's the one opportunity to do what they've always dreamed of - to have the chance to dance...
Info and Tickets | More Musical Tickets | More Play Tickets

Top Theatre Sellers (30/08/12 - 12/09/12):
1. Thriller - Live, 2. Wicked, 3. Shrek The Musical, 4. Stomp, 5. 39 Steps


Ideal Home Show at Christmas Competition  
Ideal Home Show at Christmas Competition
The countdown to Christmas begins with this year's Ideal Home Show at Christmas 2012, running from the 14th-18th November, at London's Earls Court, and we've got 10 pairs of tickets for you to win...
Click here for your chance to win | More competitions

London Accommodation

Dukes Hotel, Mayfair. 5 Star Hotel  
Dukes Hotel - Mayfair (5* Hotel)
Situated in a private courtyard in Mayfair, the Dukes Hotel, London offers tranquillity from the bustling city centre whilst still being right in the heart of the capital...
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Enterprise Hotel, Kensington. 3 Star Hotel  
Enterprise Hotel - Kensington (3* Hotel)
The Enterprise Hotel, London is superbly situated for both business and leisure guests alike, in the heart of the vibrant district of Kensington. This is ideal for business travellers visiting Earls Court and the Olympia Exhibition Centre...
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Winchester Hotel London, Victoria, London (4 Star Bed and Breakfast).  
Winchester Hotel London - Victoria (4 Star B&B)
Do you want accommodation that's so close to famous London tourist attractions such as Buckingham Palace and St James' Park that you can walk to them? Then stay at the delightful Winchester Hotel in Victoria...
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Passfield Hall, Bloomsbury (Budget Rooms)  
Passfield Hall - Bloomsbury (Budget Rooms)
Passfield Hall offers 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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Top Hotel Sellers (30/08/12 - 12/09/12):
1. Susan Lawrence Hostel - Kings Cross (Hostel), 2. Britannia Inn Hotel - Ilford (3 Star Hotel), 3. Ascot Hyde Park Hotel - Paddington (2 Star Hotel), 4. Hammersmith Rooms - Hammersmith (2 Star Accommodation), 5. Elizabeth House Hotel London - Victoria (2 Star Hotel)

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