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March 5th


A Letter from the Editor

TW can’t thank London enough

for receiving our first issue with open arms, being handed out bi-weekly in the morning and evening side by side with more established free publications like the Metro, Sport, Stylist, Short list and Evening standard, we are pleasantly surprised with how London has received our publication. We thank you for taking time out to send us your various feedbacks, both by mail and in person. To all of you who sent positive feed backs we say thank you; we promise to continue to give you

a quick read magazine that helps you plan your weekends and for those that were not so positive we say thank you also. We would like a second chance as we have made improvement to areas which you have identified. We would like to specifically say thank the following people for their outstanding feedbacks. Elena from Aviva, for your comments, It was very encouraging and you will notice that we have made adjustments in areas you identified, Sarah in Soho for the encouragement. Thanks to Corrine also for

For this issue we have a bumper pack for our new fans, it starts with the review of the Smallest pop up hotel in the world, which was brought to our notice by a certain Mr Kennan (you didn’t say where from) and we continue by highlighting some exciting deals as we usually do and the

review of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on the Hot Tin Roof is also highly recommended. You should look out for the review of the SILK restaurant which used to be a court room; That was very exciting too. Also keep an eye out for the movie page and the night life section as there are some exciting reviews to look out for. I also encourage you to join the group on facebook (This Weekend London) and Twitter (Weekend London) to get up to date info about what’s going on. Please continue to send your feed back to us: comments@thisweekendpaper.co.uk

For other enquires send emails to: info@thisweekendpaper.co.uk

The Editor Steve Fanner

Editor Steve Fanner Design Jamie Carruthers Kyoko Nishimura Style & Beauty Yvonne Ottley-Awuah Advertising Abisoye Abagun advertise@thisweekendpaper.co.uk Technology Damus Abagun

The TW Team

Hello London,

opening our eye to off West End theatre and not to forget Crystal from Kingston, we have a surprise for you in beauty page. And we would also like to thank all of those that invited us to review their facilities and events Some of the improvement made is an inclusion of an arts, exhibition and theatre from non west end theatres.

Public Relations Bayo PhatB Adekunle Special thanks to: Pretty Stylish London BridgeViews.co.uk Jonathan Crouch Tom Dolton


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or five nights only, a room in the most exclusive hotel in the world becomes available, right here in London. After being greeted by your personal concierge at the check in desk nearby, the room features a luxurious double bed, complete with a HD flat screen television, high quality surround sound system, compact refrigerator, dining area and en-suite facilities … oh, and it’s on wheels. I’ll let you read that list again. Yes, the entire top-class hotel experience is contained within an Airstream caravan converted into a self-contained getaway based on the Raddisson Edwardian Bloomsbury St. Hotel.

The world’s smallest pop-up hotel is set to tour London, allowing its exclusive guests to gaze out their window after an invigorating night’s rest to a variety of the capital’s best loved landscapes. From March 15th, the portable penthouse will take residence at ZSL London Zoo, Alexandra Palace, The South Bank, Covent Garden and the Old Royal Navy College in Greenwich consecutively. Designed to highlight the unique nature of attractions, accommodation and entertainment that are available throughout the capital, the pop-up hotel is certainly set to raise eyebrows as it perches itself next to a variety of hotspots. The chance to stay in this remarkable and innovative ‘hotel’ can only be won through the Visit London website.

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The lucky guests will not only be footsteps away from major London landmarks, but also surrounded by the vast choice of shops, cafés, bars, restaurants and entertainment venues that only London can offer. Let us know your favourite places in London where you would park the pop-up hotel. Send us an e-mail to editor@thisweekendpaper.co.uk! We’ll try to include some mock-ups of the pop-up hotel in our next issue or on our Facebook fan page – This Weekend London.

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To Do

Dizzee Rascal & Lily Allen, at the O2 Arena

Queens Ice and Bowl This is like an entertainment shopping mall, Located in Bayswater, London W2 Queens, this 50,000 sqft venue is filled with activities that can make any grey sky sunny, a one stop with 12 lanes of Ten Pin Bowling, Ice skating with state of the art sound and light, wide selection of video games and amusements, Private Karaoke rooms, , and a delightful menu of food, drinks, ice cream and fully licensed bar.

Jay-Z

HOT TICKETS Lee Mack, at the Hammersmith Apollo 12th to 13th March 2010 — 7 PM

£18.50

“War on Want” with Ed Byrne and Stewart Lee 4th March 2010 — 7 PM

17 Queensway Bayswater London W2 4QP

£15 to £20

Teenage Cancer Trust: Arctic Monkeys Royal Albert Hall (RAH) London Saturday, 27 March 2010 www.teenagecancertrust.org tickets: from £40

www.queensiceandbowl.co.uk Selfridges Alice in Wonderland Room It not just the cinemas that are revisiting the wonders of yester years with the remake of Alice in Wonderland, Selfridges too in the same spirit has created a concept store. You will see some original costumes from the movie including that of Jonny Depp and other alice inspired pieces from Stella McCartney and Tom Binns. Selfridges, 400 oxford street, W1 1AB www.selfridges.com 9.30am-9pm Open until 22nd March 2010 Tickets: Free

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This weekend’s experience recommendation is Yoga, some of us have tried it other have watched other people try it. But seriously yoga is a great way not only to keep in shape but to relax. An introductory class will be very helpful in teaching fundamentals of the art.

BLAZE A decade of two ago, the sound of street dance in a west end theatre would have only have led to a 999 phone call. These days it sold out shows, come witness the world premiere of new street dancing sensation blaze at the peacock theatre. Experience street dance like never before with exhilarating moves and awesome tunes from world class DJs in a first class venue. Choreography by Chris Baldock, Ryan Chappell, Lyle Beniga, Mike Song and Kenny Wormald

£10- £36 PEACOCK THEATRE Portugal street, Holborn WC2 11 - 28 Mar 2010 www.sadlerswells.com

The Circle Tour: Bon Jovi At The O2 Arena, London Saturday, 19 June 2010 The Cosmic Love Tour: Florence and The Machine + The Drums HMV Apollo Tickets from £30 Jack Johnson At The O2 Arena, London Wednesday, 30 June 2010 Tickets: from £37.50-£30.00 Pink July 2nd at the wireless festival Jay-Z July 4th at the wireless festival Tickets: www.wirelessfestival.co.uk Rihanna, at The O2 10th – 11th May 2010 Tickets: www.Ticketmaster.co.uk Harlem Globe Trotters 7th june 2010 London Wembley Arena Tickets: www.livenation.co.uk

Virtual Aviation

Ever wondered what it’s like flying a Boeing 747 or an Airbus A320, Ever wondered the type of rush the pilots gets in their cockpits? You need not wonder anymore because with just a few hundred pounds you can enjoy a 99.9% risk free experience of flying a jet airliner. Virtual Aviation in its ten Million Pound virtual simulation facility provides an experience of a life time. This is the same facility that is used to train pilots; you are in control from take off to landing, with a thorough pre-flight briefing and a hand on professional guidance in the simulator throughout the experience, you will have exactly nothing to worry about. This could be a great experience for the family, with your spouse or even a gift for a friend and even a client. GQ magazine featured it as one of “the best 100 things in the world right now” Location for this experience includes all of London’s airports including Heathrow, Gatwick and to book visit www.virtualaviation.co.uk

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JEWELLERY & SILVERSMITHING FAIR

This event is definitely a must visit, it has over the years showcased the best contemporary jewellery and silverware from a wide array of exhibitors. As a visitor you will enjoy a day around a wide range of jewellery and silverware pieces also enjoy the opportunity of talking directly with the maker of the piece ask questions of what inspired the piece. The exhibition will be very good for those looking to go into enter that industry as a one on one chat with exhibitor might help a great deal. And you don’t have to leave empty handed as some pieces are sold right there at a wide range of prices from just a few pounds. And if you are bringing a partner who might not enjoy to shop, you can leave them to have an equally nice time in the Partner lounge and Cafe Bar. For more info E-mail:  info@craftinfocus.com  • Phone: 01622 747 325  Queen Charlotte Hall, PARKSHOT CENTRE Richmond upon thames 5-7 march 10am-5pm daily

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Brit award winner Dizze “for shizzie” Rascal is live at the millennium dome this weekend, he will be doing his thing alongside the beautiful lily Allen, and it’s going to be nothing but mad. For those of us who already have tickets should be expected to go bonkers as you will be served with would be served with tune like It’s not me it’s you, the fear, holiday, dance with me and other classic tune from both artists .

Joss Stone at the O2 empire O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Shepherd’s Bush, London 11th March 2010 — 7 PM Tickets from £16 www.o2shepherdsbushempire.co.uk

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hen I was a kid, a product tagged ”made in America” meant it was of the highest quality. You might not think this is the case anymore but multiple award winning director Debbie Allen’s production of 1955 Tennessee William’s classic “cat on a thin roof” proves otherwise. Starring an award winning cast of James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad (the Cosby show), Sanaa Lathan (love and basketball), and our very own Adrian Lester (Mickey Bricks of Hustle) including Peter de Jersey and Nina

A CAT THAT HAS LEFT ELEPHANT PRINTS ON WEST END Sosanya. After only 20 weeks this cat has left elephant prints all over broad way, grossing over £8 million and it’s currently doing the same in the West End. James Earl Jones proves that age does not slow down true greatness by playing the part of big daddy; the head of powerful southern AfricanAmerican family, whose last birthday becomes the day of reckoning as secrets are let out of the closet and truths emerge from under the carpet. This is a story of a dying father (James Earl Jones) and his millionaire estate, a defeated favourite son (Adrian Lester), his questionable role in the death of his friend, and his failing marriage with his sexually frustrated wife (Sanaa Lathan), an intrusive but subdued

mother (Phylicia Rashad) and an older brother with his scheming wife (Peter de Jersey and Nina Sosanya.). This story is a family drama filled with all kinds thought provoking of emotions yet it leaves you feeling up lifted. .it leaves West End in couple of weeks and even though its worth chasing around the world to see why don’t catch this cat while you can. It is running at Novella Theatre Performances Mon – Sat at 7.30pm, with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm Tickets, priced from £10.00 - £49.50, are available from the Novello Theatre Box Office on 0844 482 5170 or to buy online.

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Thriller-Live

ven though the King of Pop seems to be gone his walk on the moon has left foot prints that will remain fresh amongst us for generations to come, Thriller-Live is one of such. Widely described as Magical, this West End production is far more than just theatre it is like being in a concert, with two hours of legendry hits spanning over 3 decades that will move anyone including a man who have been in a coma for that long. The production is a feel good celebration of the life of the king of pop and the Jackson 5

In just one year of being in the west end this show has won the hearts of many, it is definitely a TW recommend for the weekend. The lyric Theatre Booking until 9th may 2010 Tickets from £32 www.thrillerlive.com World premiers in London on the 9th of March 2010. Andrew lloyd’s Love Never Dies is a continuation of the of the stories of the characters from the Phantom of The Opera. It tells the tale of how Christie Daae accepts an offer to perform in America (New York) after a ten year absence on stage in Paris. She soon finds out the true identity of the anonymous impresario who has lured

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Choreographed by award-winning director Gary Lloyd and by 5 time MTV award-winning LaVelle Smith Jnr, a very energetic and outstanding cast of actors and dancers (KIERAN ALLEYNE, JOHN MOABI, ROGER WRIGHT, MARIA LAWSON, RICKO BAIRD, MITCHELL ZHANGAZHA, STERLING WILLIAMS are amongst a few), including three different Michael Jacksons every night including a girl. The performances are also supported by a magnificent live band and very impressive use multimedia effects. TW

her from France to sing. This show has been long awaited and expectations are very high. If you like to be an early bird and want to be one of the first to see it why don’t you visit www.loveneverdies.com to read the composer note, know the cast and watch a videos. Adelphi Theatre Strand, London, WC2R 0NS

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dapted for stage by Patrick Prior, Two Women is a 1999 novel by bestselling novelist Martina Cole who has sold over 8 million copies including topping The Sunday Times bestseller list. Several of her books have been adapted to TV also including The Take and Dangerous lady but this is the first adaptation to stage. This story set in east London, recounts the story of lady whose abusive experience of a father jealous love and a jealous mother’s nonchalance pushes her to seek refuge in a marriage which had signs of hell written all over it from the alter. She remained a patient, strong, enduring wife and loving mother through the heart breaks and betrayals until a faithful day when she personally called the police reporting how she drove a hammer into the skull of her hammers fan husband. The show starts by introducing us

M a u r i c e

From the novel by E. M. Forster Maurice is a stage adaptation of a novel published in 1971 after the death of the author E.M foster, it tells homosexual story of a certain Maurice Hall in class rigid Britain, the Edwardian era precisely. A time which represented the height of the country house, class system driven Britain, a time of long summer afternoon parties, leisure sports and a growth in industry and fashion Maurice was born into this upper class of the society; he was faced with the challenges of having to conform as his life was all planned out as it usually was back in those days. On his way to Cambridge Maurice takes brave a detour from the life set before him by falling in love with boy. True homosexual love is tested when he is faced with rejection from family and society in country where homosexuality is against the law.

to two women; Susan an abused east end mother and Matty a middle class wife who did not want kids from her husband, both cell mates in Holloway prison for the murder of their husbands.. The story then focuses on Susan goes in-depth in to the major experience that lead to Holloway and how her raw and sincere nature helps her find true friends in the most unlikely places as she hope her appeal for freedom to reunite her with her children will be granted. The transition in time from present to past and back was skill fully managed, especially with the performance of Susan (Cathy Murphy) which was absolutely brilliant, she was practically on stage throughout and the beauty of her performance was the way she changed emotions, she went from happy to sad and back like she was changing TV channels .

A very serious story, with a couple of very provocative scenes which sometimes make you close your eyes for a second and other times make you feel like getting on stage to correct abusive behaviours. It was however skilfully made light with jokes and 10 truckloads of swear words that will probably make Alpacino’s Scarface seem like East Enders This show is definitely a jewel in the east; it was nothing less than brilliant and I hope it stays longer than planned. Now I know why Martina Cole is one of my mum’s favourite authors. Cast: It features a star studded cast including Frances Albery, Victoria Alcock (Bad Girls), Marc Bannerman (EastEnders), Michael Bertenshaw, Sophie Cosson, Marcus Ellard, Sheryl Gannaway, Laura Howard (Midsomer Murders), Cathy Murphy (House of Eliott), Alison Newman (Footballer’s Wives), Sally Oliver (Emmerdal, it’s also directed by Ryan Romain. Martina Cole's Two Women 19th February 20th March 2010 at 7.30pm www.stratfordeast.com Theatre Royal Stratford East Gerry Raffles Square, Stratford, London, E15 1B Tickets: from £10

The dead scho ol

Raphael Bell a The novel was written in early devoted schoolmaster wi th traditional 20th century around 1914 and was teaching values finds his world colliding with M believed to be un-publishable at the alachy Dudgeon also a schoolmaste time. It was also made into film in r who loves rock music and makes 1987. rules only in order to break them. W hat will be the resultant effect on the lives of this Above the Stag Theatre:  15 men with sharp co ntrasting views Bressenden Place, London SW1E 5DD on life and impa ct on their future Closest Tube/National Rail:  Victoria and belief? This drama is Station (100 metres) interwoven with music and song wh Dates: Tue 2 March to Sun 28 March ich lends a hand to this powerful sto ry which jumps Price: £12 from 2 to 7 March; £14 from be tween the past an d present to 9 to 28 March  reveal the cost of the pursuits of Bookings:  men’s convictions and love that is left in its wake. www.abovethestag.com  Following a sell(no bkg fee) out run at the 2009 Dublin Thea tre Festival and or telephone 020 8932 4747 three Irish Times Theatre Award nominations inc luding Best Play Cast includes:  Laura Armstrong, and Best Ac tor (Sean Campion ) Gavin Dobson, Alec Gray, Jonathan The Dead School Hansler, Persia Lawson, Adam Lilley, On from 22 Feb 2010 till 13 Mar 2010 Leanne Masterton, Stevie Raine, Tricycle Theatre Lo ndon NW6 7JR Rob Stott, Gil Sutherland, by Pat McCabe Produced by: Peter Bull for Above www.tricycle .co.uk/ the Stag Theatre

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On stage

MOONFLEECE (Drama) by Philip Ridley Premieres from 2nd – 13th March for the 2010 Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA Tickets £15/£12 Bookings: www.richmix.org.uk Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange Directed by: Steven Green Theatro Technis, 26 Crowndale Road, Camden NW1 1TT 12th, 13th March 2010 7.30pm Tickets: from £8 http://www.ticketweb.co.uk

Bouncers (comedy, drama) 5th and 6th march 2010 (last show) Leicester square theatre By john Godber www.leicestersquaretheatre.com TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES and CRIME AND PUNISHMENT (Classic, Drama) by Thomas Hardy & Fyodor Dostoyevsky till 07 Mar 2010 Barons Court Theatre W14 9HR Tickets: from £10 020 8932 4747

The Libertine (Drama) Closing 06 Mar 2010 Bridewell Theatre by Stephen Jeffrey Tickets: from £10 Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream (drama) On from 06 Mar 2010 till 07 Mar 2010 By William Shakespeare Tara Studios SW18 4ES Sat 7:30pm Sun 2pm Tickets; from £5 www.tara-arts.com

Borges and I 15th & 16th Mar 2010 Camden People's Theatre NW1 2PY by Idle Motion Genre(s): New Writing, Drama, Comedy, Classic www.cptheatre.co.uk

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Arts & Exhibitions C hris O fili

exhibition, at Tate Britain

Chris is one of the modern day greats in the world of art, born in 1968 this award winning (He won the Turner Award in 1998) British painter of Nigerian decent has painted his way to both fame and much controversy. He return home for his first solo exhibition for the over 10 years. Come witness of 40 of his works including pencil drawings and water colourings from over 15years. His work is very appealing to a wide range of audience; you don’t really have to be a lover of art to actually enjoy his work, i must add that it is also very inspiring. Definitely worth adding to your weekend to dos. Tickets: from £10 Venue: Tate Britain London SW1P 4RG Runs until April

Paul Delaroche’s

“Execution of Lady Jane Grey” This is one of London’s most famous paintings, sized at just 246x 297cm this painting has attracted millions of visitors over its life time and continued to wow both the young and the old. Painted by French romantic painter in 1833, It illustrates the story of a queen (Jane Grey) who reigned for only nine day before her death in the hand of Mary Tudor 24 February 2010 – 23 May 2010 Trafalgar Square London WC2 Tickets: from £4 www.nationalgallery.org.uk KINGDOM OF IFE:

“SCULPTURE FROM WEST AFRICA NIGERIA” The kingdom of Ife (pronounced ee-fay) located in the now south-western region of Nigeria is regarded as the birth place of the Yoruba race. it was a cosmopolitan and wealthy state in West Africa between the 12th and the 15th centuries AD Ife flourished as a political, spiritual, economic and cultural centre, its artist developed what is described as a refined highly naturalistic sculptural tradition in stone terracotta, brass and copper to create a unique sculptural culture The exhibition showcase over a hundred pieces or astonishing sculpture depicting a cross-section of Ife society encompassing rulers and commoners, young and old. 4 March – 6 June 2010 Room 35, British Museum Admission £8, Members free

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FAST FORWARD: HOW FORMULA 1 IS CHANGING THE WORLD If you are one of the formula 1 addict out there, and it seems like you never come up with a better excuse for loving the sport but the need for speed, now you can have 21 excuses as the British Science museum has put together a special exhibition which identifies 20 ways F1 technology has impacted the our world and everyday life. You will be exposed to its use in medicine, the domestic heating systems and many more. opens 11th march - 5th April 2010. Free entry Science Museum south Kensington

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Comedy

CHRIS ADDISON

FROM TV’S THE THICK OF IT

99 Comedy Club Pippa Evans, Ian Stone and Jack Whitehall 6th march 2010 Andrew Lawrence, Nick Revell, Bob Mills 13th march 2010 www.99clubcomedy.com

Putney, Wahoo Bar

Zoe Lyons,  Stephen Carlin  Stuart Goldsmith.  Erich McElroy  SATURDAY, MARCH 6    8pm   - 11pm Tickets from £12 Andrew Bird  Josh Howie  Stan Stanley.  Tom Price  Doors 8pm Show 8.45pm - 11pm Tickets from £10 Wahoo, Putney London SW15 1SL

Comedy Store

Most people don’t know stand up comedy is the birth place of the very best TV comic characters, and Chris Addison is no exception. He is a very established stand up comedian and he comes with a one day solo show at the Bloomsbury Theatre 14th March 2010 — 8 PM Tickets: £15

The Best In Stand Up MC Greg Davies, Hal Cruttenden, Reginald D Hunter(USA), Lloyd Langford, Tommy Tiernan Fri 5 March - 8pm Tickets: £20 Comedy Store Players Paul Merton, Josie Lawrence, Richard Vranch, Andy Smart, Lee Simpson, Neil Mullarkey Sun 7 March - 8pm Fri 12th & 13th March Tickets - £17 www.thecomedystore.co.uk Comedy Store Players Paul Merton, Richard Vranch, Andy Smart, Lee Simpson, Neil Mullarkey, Stephen Frost Sun 14 March - 8pm Tickets: £17 www.thecomedystore.co.uk

The Comedy Store Players, performing at the Comedy Store

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Etcetera Theatre The Leeds Tealights Live Sketch Comedy 5 March 2010 at 9:30pm Tickets: £6.00 Barry and Stuart: Séance Show 6 March 2010 at 9:30pm Tickets: £7.00 www.etceteratheatre.com 265 Camden High Street  London NW1 7BU

Comedy cafe

"Thanks xxx for Funny Business!" Michael Legge, Liam Mullone, Rick Moore and Richard Morton Fri 12th Mar 2010 Tickets: £10 www.comedycafe.co.uk

The Leeds Tealights, performing at the Etcetera Theatre

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Food & Drink

Restaurant deals

What’s on your table?

Christian Audigier

Bacco Restaurant and Wine Bar 25 - 26 Red Lion Street, WC1R 4PS 50% off food www.london-eating.co.uk Kings Road Steakhouse & Grill Marco Pierre White 386 Kings Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UZ 50% off main courses www.london-eating.co.uk

When the late king of pop dubs a designer “the king of fashion”, then he surely must have something special, Christian Audigier is nothing more than special, With hugely successful brands like Ed Hardy, Von Dutch, and self named Christian Audigier, he has built a clothing line into a lifestyle brand. This time he has moved from our closets to our tables, in June 2009 he lunched the delightful range of Premier Cru Champagne, working with award winning winemakers Dumangin, based in Chigny Les Roses, France to create two distinctively branded varieties Christian Audigier Premier Cru Champagne namely Christian Audigier Premier Cru Pink Champagne and Christian Audigier Grande Reserve (Brut). The bottles are definitely the most attractive in the champagne market, the kind you always want to be seen with as they stand out with signature Christian Audigier naughty rock love tattoo imagery. I must confess I did not expect to be wowed by the taste, this not just some pretty bottle, it’s quality champagne that ranks up there with some of the very best in the market. The bottle and its content are definitely perfectly married. Since its lunch over 7 months ago it’s been seen on the table of the young affluent upwardly mobiles in the classiest of restaurants, bars and clubs of the world and it has proved that it definitely deserves a place on our tables in London. At just about £60.00 retail, and from about £120 in the clubs.

The Empress of India 130 Lauriston Road, Victoria Park, London, E9 7LH 50% off food www.london-eating.co.uk The Chancery 9 Cursitor Street, London, EC4A 1LL Cuisine: Modern European 50% off food 2 courses £20 Lunch: 3 courses £25 www.toptable.com

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OMMENDED Awana 85 Sloane Avenue, London, SW3 3DX Cuisine: Malaysian Average spend: £45 Cantina del Ponte The Butlers Wharf Building, 36c Shad Thames, London, SE1 2YE Cuisine: Italian Average spend: £35 Fakhreldine 85 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7NB Cuisine: African/Middle Eastern Average spend: £45 Artisan The Westbury Hotel, Conduit Street, London, W1S 2YF Cuisine: European Average spend: £55

The Farm 18 Farm Lane, Fulham, London, SW6 1PP Cuisine: Gastropub 3 courses and a cocktail £20 www.toptable.com Zizzi Ristarante 2 Courses Only £10 at Zizzi www.vouchercodes.co.uk

Hush Brasserie 8 Lancashire Court, Brook Street, London, W1S 1EY Cuisine: European Average spend: £50 The Larder 91 - 93 St John Street, London, EC1M 4NU Cuisine: European Average spend: £35

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Food & Drink Start the Night

The Pipe Line 94 Middlesex street, London E1 7DA

Buddha Bar 8 Victoria Embankment, London, WC2R 2AB

SILK

Courthouse Doubletree by Hilton

Once upon a time in the era of Edwardian glamour and class in London, a certain chef from Asia found himself being questioned in Court. Just off Oxford Street, this courthouse was accusing him of stealing the hearts of Londoners with his amazing dishes. Before the final judgement was passed, his last words echoed around building... “this room would be perfect as a restaurant!�

1998. The dark wooden panel walls and Victorian style carpentered docks of the courtroom certainly provide an 'official' atmosphere to the restaurant, uniquely contrasting with the varied Asian influenced cuisine. Similarly, the gentle background music has pan-Asian roots, creating an intimate experience for the diners.

Ok, I'm sure you have guessed this didn't actually happen, however I'm pretty convinced Mick Jagger, Oscar Wilde and John Lennon didn't have food on their minds as their stood on trial in this old courtroom, which has now been converted into the SILK restaurant. This 2009 Michelin recommended restaurant is This Weekend's chosen Restaurant of the Weekend, carefully located in the Courthouse Doubletree by Hilton Hotel on Great Marlborough Street (just behind Oxford street). The restaurant is said to be named after the 'Silk Road' Routes that criss-crossed Eurasia. What really sets this restaurants apart is that it has retained all the original court room features; the judge's bench, the witness' stand, and the lighting from the original glass ceiling from the days when it was still the Marlborough Street Magistrates Court, closed only in

fillet of well seasoned poultry, and Kentish Roe Deer with chilli paste and coriander seeds. By far the most pleasantly surprising item on the menu is the Welsh lamb, which is tender and flavoursome, accompanied perfectly by a rich vegetable stew. The herbed Thai chicken breast is also delicious, served with a garlic sauce that enriches the senses. The dessert platter includes a range of sweet and delicate treats, from a simple fruit salad and sweetened milk, to a fabulous chocolate mousse with ice cream and lemon parfait with strawberry sago. The waiting service is also an exemplary part of the experience, with attentive, but not invasive staff always available for requests if needed. TW was also informed that this menu is reviewed and reworked up to 3 times a year. After such a fantastic experience at the Silk Restaurant in the Courthouse Doubletree, TW will certainly be revisiting it, and we suggest you do too!

The Silk Restaurant may be guilty of being a little small, but who needs a football pitch to be 'witness' to the delightful culinary skills put together by Head Chef Rajesh Parnar, and his talented team. On our visit, TW was treated with a starter menu that included a variety of appealing appetisers; chicken leg in Pandan leaf, which is a juicy, moist

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SILK The CourtHouse DoublTree by Hilton 19 - 21 Great Marlborough Street London, United Kingdom, W1F7HL Tel: 02072975555

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WEST Grand Bazaar (Turkish) 42 James Street London W1N 5HS Tel: 020 7224 1544

NORTH Fake It 642 High Road, London, N12 0NL‎ -020 8343 9003‎

Beauty By Neelam 161 Green Street, London, E7 8JE‎ -020 8552 8008‎

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Sarastro Restaurant (Turkish) 126 Drury Lane TheatreLand London WC2B 5SU 020 7836 0101

Misa Star Nails 380 Ballards Lane, North Finchley, London, N12 0EE‎ -020 8492 0500‎

Chequers 53 Leadenhall Market, London, EC3V 1LT‎ - 020 7283 3047‎

Barden Bar 36 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 7XJ‎ - 020 7249 9557‎

Banyan on Thames (Asian) Hotel Rafayel, Falcon Wharf, 34 Lombard Road, London, SW11 3RF

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East London Beauty Academy 153 - 159 Bow Business Centre, Bow, E3 2SE‎ - 020 8981 2558‎

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Catch at Andaz (sea food) Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 7QN 020 7618 7200  

Ministry Of Sound 103 Gaunt St, London, SE1 6DP, +44 (0) 870 060 0010

Kenza (Moroccan) 10 Devonshire Square, London, EC2M 4YP 08719610020

EAST Secret 43-45 East Smithfield, London, E1W 1AP‎ - 020 7488 0990‎

Aroma Indian Restaurant (indian) 55 High Street, Romford, Essex, R M1 1JL 023 8089 7722   La Figa (italian) The Mosaic, 45 Narrow Street, London, E14 8DN 020 7790 0077 Elephant Royale - Docklands (Thai) Lockes Wharf, Westferry Road, London, E14 3AN 020 7987 7999  Quadrato Restaurant (Italian) Four Seasons Hotel, Canary Wharf, London, E14 8RS 0871 3327667 Pepenero (Italian) The Sphere, 114 Silvertown Way, Docklands, London, E16 1EA 020 7476 9354 NORTH Waterhouse Restaurant (English) 10 Orsman Road, London, N1 5QJ, 020 7033 0123 Sirous Tapas Bar and Restaurant 268 West End Lane, West Hampstead, London, NW6 1LJ 020 7435 8164  SOUTH EAST Rivington Bar & Grill - Greenwich (british) 178 Greenwich High Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 8NN 020 8293 9270 Livebait - Waterloo (sea food) The Cut, London, SE1 8LF 0871 4260355  Cah-Chi (Korean) 394 Garratt Lane, Earlsfield, SW18 4HP 0871 4260355 Brouge at The Old Goat (Belgian) 241 Hampton Road, Fulwell, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW2 5NG 020 8977 2698

Catch 22 Kingsland Road, london, E2 8DA‎ -020 7729 6097‎ Cosmo Bar 50-54 Clerkenwell Road, London, EC1M 5PS‎ -020 7336 8884‎ Lati Ri Rivington Street, London, EC2A‎ -020 7739 5909‎ Images VIP 483 Hackney Road, London, E2 9ED‎ -020 7739 5213‎

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CLERKENWELL HOUSE - 23-27 Hatton Wall, Hatton garden, London, EC1N 8JJ A diamond in the perfect setting Clerkenwell houses is situated in Hatton Gardens in Farringdon home of the jewellers and creative souls. Shabby Chic décor and subtle lighting dressed with leathers and wooden finishes makes this venue the perfect place for pre weekend drinks or post weekend catch up with friends.

This Weekend london’s Top 5 Venues to help you get over your ex I stare at my phone with confusion, as a message comes through. The text i had just sent; “Hey what are your plans for this weekend *winky face*”. Having high expectations for what the reply might be, i couldn’t quite believe what i was reading.... “Hey been meaning to text, feeling a little tied down it’s just not working out” Something about those last 5 words felt like a bullet to my chest with no prior warning... I rubbed my eyes and turned on the lights, with the last phrase running through my mind seeking meaning, it suddenly dawns on me, that THAT was a break up text.

DIVA BEACH - 222 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London, SW10 9NB Forget planning holiday just for this weekend and make your way down to Chelsea’s answer to Miami Beach. Think youth, glamour and cocktails. Art Deco, bright colours and discreet bed areas make this place a laid back chic setting. There is also a separate champagne room that helps to create intimacy.

My girl friend says “It’s his loss” as I remain in denial, not 14 days after valentine, where did all the magic we had a couple of days go. Well it’s half past crazy o’clock now and I already feel like I’ve been scripted in a breakup novel entitled “How to lose your guy 14 days after Valentines”

RUBY LO - 23 Orchard Street, London W1H 6HL Tucked away in to the corner of West Ends busiest road Ruby Lo is a treasure chest waiting to be found. Brown, leather, beige and gold décor make this venue a luxurious spot to warm up for a night out or for a wind down drink Friday through to Sunday weekend.

1 bottle of Laurent Perrier later, and a quick move from denial to acceptance, knowing that negotiating with this man was out of the question. I’ve decided that it’s time to get my Mojo back! Ah ha! I won’t be so quick to play Russian roulette with my time. Oh you thought I meant with my heart? Note to self: Must get mojo back on track and feature at all the “IT” places this weekend, take Calculated Risks and look in wardrobe for Killer Heels I’m off to shake this off! Check out This Weekend London’s top 5 Venues to get over your ex like I did and maybe meet your Next???

VALMONT CLUB - 266a Fulham Road, Chelsea, London, SW10 9EL Chelsea hosts this immaculate member’s only venue with Sexy Black and Striking interior. A lavish and refreshing contrast to South West london’s nightlife. If you want to chill out in style or party to the early hours this weekend look no further.

VANILLA BAR - 131 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia,London, W1W 5BB Vanilla Bar is a hidden gem in the West End of London. Its vivacious and intimate ambience provides exclusivity to its members. White interiors accompany a warm and luxurious finish making this a perfect setting for a luxurious elusive weekend.

Let this weekend London’s Night life and Events guide help to make your Valentines blues a thing of the past. Whether you want to set the atmosphere for the perfect Ladies or Gentleman’s night out or want to grace our chosen nightclubs with your presence, this selection will definitely remain loyal to you and be “exclusive” to YOU no matter what occasion. www.twitter.com/Louisa/London

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Style Yes the weather may be less than warming but that doesn’t stop you injecting a splash of feel-good colour in to your wardrobe. See our pick of the best here:

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4 SPRING HEELS of the Best

Step in to Spring with these playful platforms; make them oh-so-pretty with the latest print dresses or casualise them with your favourite denim.

Contrast platform sandal, £40, Dorothy Perkins www.dorothyperkins.com

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STYLZE BUZ Sharp talent at London Fashion Week! London Fashion Week was a style packed event where editors and trend predictors witness the new collections from Britain's acclaimed design talent. Automobile giant Vauxhall hosted an entire catwalk schedule that featured the hottest emerging designers and Ones To Watch: the new initiative enabling young talent to show their work to leading buyers and media. We have our fashion eye on stand-out designer, Eudon Choi; a Korean born graduate from the Royal College of Art. His background in menswear have clearly transferred to his uber sharp tailored designs for women. We loved the juxtaposition of feminine lines and bold shapes that were central to his latest collection. We'll continuing watching! www.vauxhallfashionscout.co.uk

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As London Fashion Week's official hotel, The May Fair is home to one of central London's premier day spas. I visited to try the Perfect Peace package; a two hour pampering session combining two of The May Fair's most sought after treatments - a traditional Swedish massage and prescription facial. First the massage; a drizzle of warm oil started 60 minutes of kneading that left me in such deep relaxation, I was practically asleep by the end of the treatment. Next the facial that was specifically tailored to suit my combination skin. It had all the elements of a traditional facial as you'd expect; cleanser, exfoliation, tone and massage, but in addition an AHA treatment to shift dead skin and bring out a healthy glow, which it did successfully. The surroundings are as luxurious as you'd expect from The May

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Fair, and the spa has some impressive features including a herbal sauna and aromatic steam room that guests can enjoy up to an hour before their treatment time. The facilities have been designed with a spiritualistic feel; Asian inspired symbols and incense candles enabled me to forget the busy streets of London just outside, for a moment of r&r. The Perfect Peace package costs ÂŁ180. To book call: 020 7769 4041 The May Fair Hotel Stratton Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 8LT Web: www.themayfairhotel.co.uk

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Beauty THE REVIEW Liz Earle Skincare has been dubbed Britain's best-kept secret by top beauty experts. Made from naturally active ingredients, they boast soothing and rejuvenating properties to plump and perk up tired skin; our beauty editor puts two of their most iconic products to the test.

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Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, £12.75

Simple enough to use and luxurious enough to covet; the Hot Cloth Cleanser is an indulgent treat with minimum fuss. Just massage gently onto dry skin and use the damp muslin cloth to polish off the cream. Packed with skin-loving ingredients such as rosemary, chamomile and cocoa butter, it's an ultra nourishing way to cleanse the face daily. It left my skin feeling pampered and soft to touch. The buzz around this product is well deserved.

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Liz Earle Superskin Moisturiser, £31.50

This gem of a product has been a skin saver for me; It claims to help replenish mature and very dry skin, however in my opinion, it is also beneficial for combination and acne prone skin. Rich in antioxidants and free from liquid paraffin waxes, it improves the skin's elasticity and reduces blemishes. One week of using the Superskin Moisturiser and my complexion has improved considerably. This product will be on my list of must-haves for a long time to come. www.lizearle.com

TY BEAU BUZZ Jo Malone Red Roses Fragrance Chronicle Red Roses is the latest fragrance to be launched by the British brand Jo Malone. A befitting launch for the month of February, Red Roses is a romantic scent that has three accompanying accords designed to enhance the top, heart and base notes of the original - you can adjust the subtlety or intensity till it’s just right for you. The new Red Roses Fragrance Chronicle is priced at £64.00 and is available from Jo Malone stores now.

Limited Edition Lancôme For ten years, Lancôme have been the official beauty partner to the British Academy of Film Awards. To mark a decade of beautifying stars and nominees of the BAFTAs, the brand has collaborated with Swarovski to launch a limited edition BAFTA makeup-palette, exclusive at Selfridges. The Pop N’ Cheeks blush from the O My Rose! collection is adorned with CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements on the outer compact, featuring Lancôme’s iconic rose emblem. Available now at £45.00.

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What's on This Weekend

Cinema VALENTINES DAY (12)

THE CRAZIES (15)

LEAP YEAR (PG)

FROM PARIS WITH LOVE (15)

(Romantic comedy) Jessica Alba, Ashton Kutcher, Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx

Horror Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Joe Anderson, Danielle Panabaker

Comedy Amy Adams, Matthew Goode, Adam Scott, John Lithgow

Action John Travolta, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Kasia Smutniak, Richard Durden

the Evil Red Queen had taken over wonderland.

which includes Jonny Depp who perfectly fits the role of the Mad Hatter, Mia Wasikowska as 19year old Alice, Anne Hatheway, Crispin Glover and more

ALICE IN THE WONDERLAND 3D (fantasy)

Soon to be released

This weekend Disney has booked the whole world a first class ticket to the magical world of Wonderland IN 3D, as Tim Burton returns the epic story of ALICE IN WONDERLAND to the big screen. The movie tells the story of a 19 year

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old Alice who returns to wonderland to in quest to find her true her life’s purpose, as she reunites with her friends; the white rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedleedum, The Cheshire Cat, Dormouse, The Carterpillar and the Mad Hatter, she realises that

This is the must see movie for the weekend, it has been much anticipated to be one of the biggest movies for the year. It an all-star cast

At cinemas March 5

SHUTTER ISLAND

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THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

GREEN ZONE

Action Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams Date:12/3/2010

Drama Colin Farrell, Stephen Rea, Alicja Bachleda, Dervla Kirwan Date: 5/3/2010

Thriller (subtitled) Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Peter Haber, Lena Endre Date: 12/3/2010

Drama Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear, Amy Ryan, Jason Isaacs Date: 12/3/2010

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Cinema PEARCY JACKSON AND THE LIGHTNING THIEF (PG) Family Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Uma Thurman, Pierce Brosnan

THE LOVELY BONES

EVERY BODY’S FINE (12A)

A PROPHET (subtitled)

Drama Saoirse Ronan, Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon

DRAMA Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell

Drama (French) Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Hichem Yacoubi

SHUTTER ISLAND

(Drama Thriller)

The movie set in the 1950s tell a story when a federal marshal Teddy and his new partner are assigned to criminally insane hospital/prison in Shutter Island outside Boston to investigate the disappearance of a murderess. They soon find out that the hospital staff where hiding valuable information that will lead to cracking the case, as they pushed for answers a hurricane hit the island

which set more prisoners loose and cuts all communication to the main land. This confusion leads to several twists to story including answers to all the questions he been asking. This movie by Oscar winning director Martin Scorsese has grossed over £20 million in its first weekend in America, as it feature a heavy hitter cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams and more. At cinemas March 12 www.shutterisland.com

From Paris with Love “Be careful what you pray for” is the moral to this action packed story featuring Legendary John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The plot tell the story of a personal aide to the Ambassador in France named James Reece (Jonathan) who is also an inactive low level CIA agent gets a long dreamed chance to work in the field on a real assignment to stop a terrorist attack with very experienced

Charlie Waxman (Travolta) who unknowingly to James was a trigger happy, wisecracking loose cannon agent. James had had enough of the action and wanted to return to his simple near perfect life when realises that he is also a target on the list of the terrorist. This is an action packed movie as with some very hilarious scenes. TW

Percy Jackson Lightning Theif

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Chris Columbus, director of Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets, brings us a film with a familiar feel to the JK Rowling franchise, but with an original twist. Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) stars as a schoolboy who discovers that he is a demigod; the son of the Greek God of Water, Poseidon. With this heritage comes aquatic-based abilities which he recognises with hindsight after

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discovering the truth. Percy finds out almost immediately that these magnificent powers also put him in unparalleled amounts of danger, as King of the Gods, Zeus, has his lightning bolt stolen. The youngster is a prime suspect and becomes subject to an onslaught of attacks by mythical creatures. The film casts the star duo of GoldenEye with Pierce Brosnan as Percy’s aide, Mr Brunner and Sean Bean as Zeus, as well as an appearance from Uma Thurman as the sinister, yet seductive, Medusa. TW

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Column Corner 6 Lessons Learned from

Fan Pages

The Internet, it truly is a fabulous thing. I use it daily; I imagine you use it daily. In fact I bet you’re on it right now. Anyway, I came across a superb site- a recommendation from my sister- this week: Stumbleupon.com, basically it is a website which directs you to other websites which people have recommended to it, when you’re bored of that particular site, click the “Stumble!” button and it will put you onto something else. The websites can be anything from web comics to psychological journals explaining quirks of human behaviour, from flash games to playlists of songs that make you happy. It really is excellent and shows you how good the Internet can be. Unfortunately the internet can also be a place for rampant idiocy. I, like many people in the 21-35 bracket, harbour something of an addiction to Facebook, spending most of my free time on it- a fact that becomes even more concerning when I consider the abundance of free time that currently I have. Whilst doing what amounts to very little on Facebook, I’ve noticed that with the advent of fan pages there has a new selection of moronic bandwagons for people to jump on. So here are 6 lessons learned from Facebook fan pages:

Behind every untrusting girl is a boy who made her that way. Number of members: c.115,000 The Lesson: The internet is made up of sadists, or people who are pathetic. Number one on my list of perplexing Facebook fan pages is this one. I’m not even certain what the members are professing to be a fan of? Is it applauding the boy who broke the eponymous girl’s heart, because that would mean that there are a lot of emotional sadists on Facebook. Alternatively, it may just be for people who like untrusting women, which suggests it would be a call to arms for like-minded fans of distrustful women to get together to discuss the best way of breaking a woman’s trust. Dropping the facetious-tinted lenses that I view most Facebook fan pages with, this is obviously a page for people who consider themselves untrusting, presumably as a means to get even at whoever betrayed their trust. Perhaps it is because I’m male, or perhaps it is because I’m British, but something seems intrinsically wrong about advertising the fact that you’re: a) untrusting, and b) the fact that you’ve let a boy hurt you in the past, to your entire network of friends. I can’t help but feel that this group single-handedly puts back the cause of feminism a good half decade.

The sexist legend who put this on his maths paper Number of members: c. 115,000 The Lesson: 1950s views of women are not only socially acceptable, but also funny. To be honest, I’ve seen this before and it caused a small amount of mirth, it’s a question from a maths paper featuring a woman- Tracey- quoting an equation, the question then asks the participant to say why Tracey is wrong. The answer given on this particular paper is “She’s a woman”, which, as I said, did raise a smile. However, I did not find it funny enough to warrant starting, or even joining a group supporting the bloke (or woman with no self-esteem) who wrote it. Then again, whoever started the group wasn’t applauding the joke itself, but “The sexist legend” who wrote it, which sort of implies that he likes people who are sexist, and that he also lacks the intelligence to produce the curt response himself. He also uses the word “legend” in a stupid place- which for some reason really irritates me. I doubt that the story of “The sexist with a sense of humour” will endure as long as that of say, King Arthur, but then again I’ve done my part to pass it on.

ALARM…Snooze…ALARM…Snooze…ALARM.*Checks Time*… SHIIIIT Number of members: c. 1,559,000 The Lesson: Some people are not good at waking up It is one of the fundamental truths of human existence that after a decent night’s sleep, people do not enjoy getting up, and that some people may, on occasion, hit snooze a couple of times and regret it. I don’t understand why it is necessary to become a fan of something so utterly banal. Unless it’s crumpets. Crumpets are awesome.

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Kill The Lot: Paedophiles, rapists, abusers of all kinds Number of members: c. 29,200 The Lesson: Paedophiles, rapists and abusers of all kinds are bad. Yes, much like the previous point, this group points out the blaringly obvious. Only this group goes much further and suggests that they kill Paedophiles, rapists and abusers of all kinds, presumably “all kinds” includes abuse of human rights, and with one member advocating that the any of the above groups should be shot on site, bypassing the right to a fair trial, I suppose that suggests that some members of the group should also be shot. And not just for their abuse of the English language.

WOW…YUH DON’T LYK ME…>What do you expect me to cry or summink Number of members: c. 1,774 The Lesson: People are so, so stupid This group, just going by name, irritates me in so many ways, the lack of punctuation other than ellipses, the lack of spelling, the apparently aggressive demeanour of whoever created it, defending their right to be a moron in as loud and as objectionable a way as possible. I read this title and I am immediately reminded of a 14 year old chav who I once saw on the bus, who was near enough chewing the ear off anyone who looked at her, this brought her further attention. 

6 Lessons (and other miscellaneous ramblings by Jonathan Crouch) Number of members: c. 80 The Lesson: The internet is awesome and has a great deal of fun and readable content. It also fosters shameful amounts of self-indulgence and shameless self-promotion. And in a surprise entry at Number 6 is my very own Facebook fan page, I suggest that you join it if you haven’t already, and invite all of your friends to it. The majority of the fan pages I have joined have been local bands or DJs who I am friends with, and the fan pages of Facebook are perfect for helping them keep in touch with their fan base (the fact that having a group of people being you can refer to as your fan base is wonderful in itself ) and publicising their events to people who may be inclined to see them. For evidence for fostering of self-indulgence and shameless self-promotion, look no further than the previous 1,000 or so words.

- Jonathan Crouch

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Video Club As Earth’s ever increasing population grows exponentially, a spaceship carrying 60,000 people to start a new civilisation is set on course for a new planet. Two of the astronauts, Bower and Payton, awaken from their longterm slumber in an amnesic state and bewildered as to where the thousands of crew members have disappeared

to. Whilst delving into the murky depths of the eerie spacecraft, Bower mentions Pandorum; a condition caused in suspended animation that induces violent and psychotic tendencies within an individual. The production team that brought us the Resident Evil films are also behind this tense psychological thriller, which despite its relatively poor box office performance, is a great watch.

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Named as This Weekend’s Film of the Year 2009, the Academy Award nominated, Up is released on DVD. With the insane premise of an old retired man flying his house across continents to fulfil a childhood promise to his wife, this film doesn’t restrict itself within the confines of a road movie. Once again Pixar subvert the traditional family unit; how many families do you know include a

talking dog and a giant bird named Kevin? The story primarily focuses upon their relationships and the true meaning of love. All this really highlights the joys and laughter in which the film can give, however the opening montage to the film is being regarded as some of the most powerful and jaw dropping bits of cinema ever made, never mind simply animation.

Actor of the Weekend Hugh grant

Our choice for this issue is one of our very own instantly recognisable and renowned Hollywood actors, Hugh Grant.

Notting Hill (1999) One of the films which set the standard for the now popular romantic comedy genre was this one. Travel bookshop owner William Thacker (Hugh Grant) is astonished when the most famous actress in the world, Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) wanders into his shop. After quite literally bumping into her again, they develop a growing friendship which becomes extremely difficult to conceal due to Anna’s global fame. Making his attempt to keep her interested even more likely to fail are an eccentric group of family and friends, and a dim yet lovable lodger, Spike (Rhys Ifans). Mickey Blue Eyes (1999) A great comedy movie always ensues when a character is taken completely out of their depth and comfort zone, and it’s illustrated no less perfectly in Mickey Blue Eyes. Hugh Grant stars as Michael Felgate, a British Auctioneer who unknowingly proposes to the daughter of a high ranking Mafia gangster. When pressured into helping the gang out with a few favours, the FBI become involved and Felgate must save himself and his girlfriend in a tangled web of planning and deceit amongst the people they know best. About a Boy (2002) About a Boy seems to stand out as one of Grant’s different films as his character departs from the usual polite and perfect gentleman he is always cast as. Will Freeman is a welloff bachelor living a life free from responsibility, dependencies and serious relationships. After finding out that dating single mothers suited his lifestyle well, he puts on a façade of also being a single parent to attend support meetings to find more eligible women. After agreeing to go on a date, he meets the woman’s son, Marcus who slowly become friends, as Will helps him to become a cool kid at school, and his life priorities change…

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Music Club ALBUM of the WEEKEND A

seldom find in today’s over commercialised industry, Hot Chip are all about the music. Having found mainstream success with their first top 40 charting track, Over and Over, the London based quintet set upon a musical journey which will hopefully continue to develop and entertain us all. Previous critics of Hot Chip give the opinion that the albums released so far have gone from developing their own style of music to repeating previous songs with new slants on them. When they responded with their third album, Made in the Dark, the sound shifted away from its predecessor with commercial success, yet critics were still adamant that the album itself was thirteen different versions of the same song.

I Feel Better could prove to be the bands answer to this lengthy criticism, as the sound is distinctively associated with Hot Chip, yet the song could easily find itself as a backing track for a range of artists, with a percussion rhythm more adventurous than those on previous albums.

One Life Stand emphasises the experimental nature behind Hot Chip, fusing an electro-dance foundation with steel pans to give a unique and playful quality to the album’s title track. The song Alley Cats, first penned after their most recent world tour, is both relaxing, yet full of energy and creativity, whilst Keep Quiet is influenced from 60s psychedelica and very atmospheric. This one really is an album that you can’t

Ellie Goulding: Our artiste for the weekend is Ellie Goulding simply for the fresh quirky style she brings to her song. The fact that she is a singer/songwriter and guitarist might have added to this but the fundamentals of the electronic instruments infused on her tracks coupled with her light quavery yet quintessential voice. Born in Hereford and grew up in Wales, the twenty some year old has come a long way from being unsigned to the release

Lady Gaga – The Fame Monster The album that was supposed to be a relaunch, revamped, repacked and all the re’s you might be able to think up version of the previous successful album “The Fame” but, eventually thought to have been too expensive for a re-launch finally got the acknowledgement to be released as a follow up album titled “The Fame Monster”. Consisting of just 8 tracks in the offering to fans I wondered why bother? I must say though unlike its predecessor it has not been as successful even with collabos with superstar Beyonce on the single “Telephone” and the number chart topping

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TEN SINGLES

5th March 12 DIRTY BULLETS, THE CONSTELLATIONS Koko, 22.00, £5 LA SHARK, FICTION, THE HOMOSEXUALS The Victoria, Mile End, 20.00, £5 door POLAR BEAR CLUB, SHOOK ONES, THE ARTERIES Underworld Camden, 19.00, £10 6th March PROXY MUSIC The Lexington, 21.00, £3 adv £5 door LYNRD SKYNYRD Hammersmith Apollo, 19.00, £40 adv JACK RABBIT SLIM The Blues Kitchen, Camden, 20.00, FREE before 22.30, £3 after LOST AURA, EAT LIGHTS;BECOME LIGHTS, FROM GREAT HEIGHT, BETA RAYS Barfly Camden, 19.30, £5 adv

4 describe until you hear it. Tracks can easily be found on YouTube and Spotify, so go have a listen! Out now

her first single “Under the Sheets” in 2009 and a second single “Starry Eyed” released 2010 reaching No. 4 on the UK chart list. Currently now signed to Polydor Records and claiming a few accolades along the way winning the BBC Sound of 2010 and the Citic Choice award at the 2010 Brits Award. Her debut album Lights is geared to be released in March 2010 and a UK tour soon after. As far as new artistes come and go, this one is here to stay and is ready to storm the UK.

single “Bad Romance”. However the songs on this album which are few have a powerful blend of sounds that would make the average John and Jane stop and bob to the beats. Typical Gaga style all the way, I am sure all her fans are not disappointed with the offering of new tracks. Overall I still consider it a success considering the lapse in time between both albums. I do only hope other artistes do not follow the same route all in the name of staying relevant but from what I have seen of her recent performances consider this person gaging for her uK tour.

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Underground gigs

7th March THE RILEYS Bush Hall, 19.30, £8 an evening with LEVI ROOTS Jazz Cafe, 19.00, £16.50 adv FLASH BANG BAND, GIANT PAW, WALTER CARDEW The George Tavern, Shadwell, 15.30, £5 ROGER O'DONNELL, MADAM Bar & Co, Temple Pier, Victoria Embankment, £6 adv £8 door 12th March THE ANIMALS and Friends 100 Club, 19.30, £17.50 adv £18 door Featuring original members John Steel and Mickey Gallagher plus friends Haiti earthquake appeal THE COLLECTIVE, SCARLETT, M.O.T.and more – Cross Kings, Main Bar, 20.00, £4 adv £5 door STANDING ON GIANTS The Miller, London Bridge, 20.00 PETE & THE PIRATES, HJALTALIN Windmill, Brixton, 20.00, £7.50 adv 13th March INNER TERRESTRIALS, HEADJAM, JAKAL, MUMMY SAYS I'M SPECIAL New Cross Inn, 20.00, £4 adv £5 door THE VELVETIANS, THE FOXES, THE AWE KIDS, DANGEROUS HERESY Barfly Camden, 19.30, £5 14th March THEATRE OF TRAGEDY, WHERE ANGELS FALL, TO-MERA, PYTHIA, THE MARIANA HOLLOW Underworld, Camden, 18.00, £13 adv SEAGULL KINEVIL, UTOXATOR, CHAOS:BABY Bull & Gate, 20.00, £4 flyer £5 door THE MOMERATHS Flowerpot, Kentish Town Rd, 20.00, FREE

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TEN ALBUMS

Sade – Soldier of Love

Florence/Dizzee Rascal - You Got The Dirtee Love

Lady Gaga – The Fame

Courteeners - Falcon

Rihanna - Rude Boy

Lemar - The Way Love Goes

Sade – Soldier of Love

JLS - JLS

Timberland feat. Katy Perry - If We Ever Meet Again

Owl City - Fireflies

Alicia Keys - The Element Of Freedom

Paolo Nutini - Sunny Side Up

Alicia Keys - Empire State Of Mind (part Ii)

3oh3 Ft Katy Perry - Starstrukk

Florence & The Machine - Lungs

Jay-z - The Blueprint 3

Glee Cast - Halo/Walking On Sunshine

Helping Haiti - Everybody Hurts

Marina & The Diamonds - The Family Jewels

Johnny Cash - American 6 - Ain't No Grave

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Aliens vs. Predator

Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce Almost 10 years on from the first hack and slash title in the Dynasty Warriors series, Strikeforce, having already been launched on the Sony PSP makes an appearance on the PS3 and Xbox 360. Whilst at first glance, it seems that Strikeforce is simply a polished version of Dynasty Warriors 6 with a different storyline; it’s just not the case. Downscaling a console game to portable isn’t as much of a challenge as upscaling the other way around. Fortunately, they’ve innovatively decided to merge another genre into the game, making Strikeforce a quasiRPG. The game allows the player to level up and improve their character in the game, with a variety of activities in the town centres. The game is available in single player,

but not as you’d expect. Venture off into the game solo and you’ll be accompanied by three AI controlled accomplices who can be directed as you see fit. Online multiplayer allows up to three friends to replace these computerised warriors. One thing that the game does lack is the classic hordes of angry enemies riding upon horseback, which to put bluntly, does remove the essence of the previous games. The omission of split-screen co-operative mode is also quite bewildering. Despite these drawbacks, it is nevertheless an enjoyable game aimed particularly as something different from the rest of the Dynasty Warriors series for loyal fans who have supported a decade of the franchise. TW

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The individual movie franchises were excellent and combining the two was immense. Bringing the previous AvP game into the 21st Century required planning of an equally immense calibre. The result of this work: One of the best 3-way first person shooters out there. Having three conflicting sides allows each to have strengths and weaknesses against other types, forcing tactical decisions, which is what made the whole Pokémon game series so damn addictive. The gameplay allows the choice of controlling the Aliens, the Predators or the Colonial Marines. Each campaign offers a slightly different feel and story to the game, whilst each story inevitably crosses and intertwines with the others to provide an overall plot. The Predator mode is perhaps the most different in terms of gameplay, but most familiar from the films. The classic thermal imaging mode remains a key part in helping the Predator locate marines, but Aliens become extremely difficult to spot. They can however cloak themselves from view of the marines, but of course, the Aliens are able to infiltrate their guise.

Sony HDR-CX105E: Sony brings to us a new conventional full HD portable camcorder in the HDR-CX105E. But does having a small camcorder translate to really good video. Sony attempts to so by incorporating there Exmor technology which has been proven to perform quite well beyond all expectations. It has an 8gb flash memory built in which gives you about 1hr recording in full HD mode so investing in extra storage memory will be necessary and that option

The Alien mode is also fairly true to the movies, requiring the player to use the darker areas of the beautifully rendered environment to give cover to the attacks on their enemies. Whilst being able to locate enemies much easier, actually attacking them becomes exceedingly difficult, having only short range weapons to exterminate the Marines and the Predators. Finally, the Colonial Marine mode is probably the one which will feel most natural to gamers, with a similar interface and system to Call of Duty and other orthodox first person shooters. What does make this different however is the aim of the mode, which again stems from the movie: to simply survive. For gameplay, the various modes give the title a re-play value in addition to the various difficulty settings. From playing the prelaunch demo, the full release looks to be eagerly anticipated from movie and gamer fans alike. The story writing style and inclusion of references to the films will keep movie fans happy whilst the gamers will enjoy a brilliantly crafted game engine that brings together new technology with the nostalgia of its predecessor. TW

comes in the memory stick pro duo which means you are likely to shed out a bit extra cash in contrast to the SDHC card type. For the semi pro it has not much to offer as you would expect but a mini Hdmi port does come in handy. The settings are accessible via touch screen control. It makes use of face detection for easy point and shoot recording. In daylight the images are fantastic and surprisingly good in low light as well which overall puts it at the top of its league.

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Games & Gadgets Top Free iPhone Apps

IMDb Movies & TV: This is a fun app for all movie and tV land fans. Finally it’s possible to check out all the cool reviews of movies, cast list, actor profile in a well laid out interface. The loading time is also very fast which is a big improvement over using the browser on the iPhone and quite often relies on using the zoom in feature to access certain info. The only short coming I can find is that all info is US based which would not come as a surprise to IMDb users. But overall IMDb fans with an iPhones, this is a must have app

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to compliment your collection and lest I forget It’s FREE. Images from the app store.

Release Date: 19th Feb PS3, Xbox 360, PC

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ENTERTAINMENT

Television

SPORTS

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross  FRI 5TH MARCH BBC1 22.35PM Jonathan is joined by Lady Gaga, Stephen Moyer and Michael Ball.

Darts: Premier League Friday 5th March on Sky Sports 2 from 10:30am James Wade v Adrian Lewis, Ronnie Baxter v Simon Whitlock, Mervyn King v Terry Jenkins and Raymond van Barneveld v Phil Taylor.

Styled in a retro somewhat sixties design, the studio atmospheres look is cool and sazzy until Mr Ross steps onto the stage supported

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by his odd band “Four Poofs and a Piano” introduced at the start, he sets about his thing by doing a brief stand up focused on the main tabloid sensations of the week. The show commences with introducing is guest with some light jokes at their expense. What makes the show what it is but the man himself who without effort charms you with his relentless unconventional humour. You never know what to expect from Jonathan Ross so most celebs make sure they come armed with their wits and charm. Quite right they should because sooner has he started and the topic takes on a life of its own with

the Ross antics flying through the air so much so Jonathan has to catch himself on most occasions. Between all that humour he touches on serious topics and finds a way make them relevant. I enjoy this show like most of you because it appeals to a wide range of people be it comedy, music, chat show, celeb gossip you got it all wrapped up in one. Although sadly the show is currently on its last run and like all good things we shall miss it. For this reason I say whenever you happen to be passing through London on a Friday, do a stopover at Jonathan Ross.

Heroes  BBC2 22:00 Claire tries to determine who is responsible for the attacks on Gretchen and Annie.

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oing a stopover at Jonathan’s on a Friday night in London sounds like popping by your mates to have a few drinks and a laugh before kicking out to the clubs right. Well actually that’s what it seems to be for most celebs that do pluck up the courage to do so but, obviously without the drinks but more laughs than your friend Jim could possibly muster. Jonathan Ross has really made Friday night something to look forward to if you didn’t plan to spend it cruising the night like I do. But obviously one can realise this with the throngs of celebs that drop by whenever they happen to be passing through London. The likes of Hollywood A list “Tom Cruise, Will Smith, rapper Jay Z, 50 cent, Amy Winehouse”, the list goes on and on like a scroll from a fictious lost city of somewhere.

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Gladiator Sunday 7th March on Sky Movies Drama from 9:00pm Award-winning action drama, set in Roman times, about a once-powerful general who is forced to become a common gladiator. But fight his way back to glory.

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Television Piers Morgan's Life Stories Sat 6th march ITV1 21:00 An exclusive and intimate interview with fellow Britain's Got Talent judge Simon Cowell.

Match of the Day  06/03/2010 BBC1 22:30 Highlights from matches including Arsenal v Burnley and Wolves v Manchester United.

Top Gear  FRI 5TH MARCH BBC3 19:00 The team search for three sensibly priced small cars that won't make owners miserable.

American Idol Sunday 7th March ITV2 9:25am

European Tour Golf Saturday 6th March on Sky Sports 2 from 12:00pm Coverage of the Maybank Malaysian Open at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

Live Ford Super Sunday Sunday 7th March on Sky Sports 1 from 3:30pm Everton meet Hull City at Goodison Park in the Barclays Premier League.

Live Ski Jumping Friday 12th March on Eurosport from 4:15pm Action from the HS138 event at the Ski Jumping World Cup in Lillehammer, Norway.

Live Snowboarding Saturday 6th March on Eurosport 2 from 12:00pm  The Champs Open in Leysin, Switzerland, featuring action from the halfpipe event.

24 Sunday 7th March on Sky 1 from 9:00pm

Sex and the City Sunday 7th March on Comedy Central Extra from 9:00pm 

The Simpsons Saturday 6th March on Sky 1 from 6:30pm Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words

House Friday 12th March on Sky 2 from 11:00pm The Down Low

The Matrix Saturday 6th March on ITV2 from 9:20pm

Superman Returns Adventure. 6TH MARCH BBC3 21:00 After a five-year absence, Superman must save the world from Lex Luthor

Runaway Bride Saturday 6th March on ITV2 from 7:00pm to 9:20pm

Hancock Friday 5th March on Sky Movies Screen 2 from 9:00pm

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