ONE: UK's leading interpreters

A BLUES-ROCK band with a strong following are coming to Ruislip to perform two full sets of Jimi Hendrix and ZZ TOP songs.

The Hamsters, a guitar, bass and drums trio, have performed more than 4,000 concerts in 22 years.

They usually play their own brand of rock, blues and Americana, but this time they are putting on a slightly different performance - for which they're also widely regarded as being the UK's leading interpreters.

What? The Hamsters

Where? Tropic at Ruislip, Ruislip Social Club, Grosvenor Vale, Ruislip

When? Friday, July 10, 8pm

Cost? £12 or £10 if booked in advance


TWO: Birth of new jokes

JIMMY Carr is working on new material for his national tour this year, so you lot can be the guinea pigs.

A great chance to see the birth of a joke, as Carr - quite literally - tries a new one on the audience from a scrap of paper. A bit like seeing the birth of a star through the Hubble telescope. Or not.

The TV and radio presenter and standup will be warming up his routine of deadpan, satirical and dark humour.

You saw it here first. Over 16s only.

What? Jimmy Carr - Work in Progress

Where? The Beck Theatre

When? Monday, July 13, at 8pm

Cost? £13


THREE: Canine delights

WHO'S the best looking? Keeps themselves smartest? Give up? OK, who's got the waggiest tail?

Not a cat in sight - or a pedigree canine - on this alternative catwalk for rescue mutts and the rest, at the Hillingdon, Slough, Windsor, Kingston and District RSPCA Summer Fayre and Fun Dog Show.

The biggest fundraiser of the branch's year relies on strong public support, and there will be plenty to spend your money on, from stalls and sideshows to the grand silent auction.

What? Summer Fayre and Rescue Dog Show

Where? Iver Flowerland, Norwood Road, Iver

When? Saturday, July 11, at noon


FOUR: New twists on old tales

A FUN-PACKED show adapted from a children's book is coming to Ruislip for one day only.

Tall Stories theatre company are presenting Room on the Broom, from the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo.

The company have had continued success in recent years with their much-loved adaptations of old, new and timeless stories presenting them in fresh and exciting ways, and always acknowledging the presence of the audience.

What? Room on the Broom

Where? The Great Barn, Manor Farm,Bury Street, Ruislip

When? Sunday, July 12, 2pm and 4pm

Cost? £6.50


FIVE: First major Waterhouse show since the 1970s

THE Royal Academy of Arts in Piccadilly presents a major retrospective exhibition of the PreRaphaelite artist John William Waterhouse.

The exhibition of more than 40 paintings from both public and private collections, includes such highlights as The Lady of Shalott, Hylas and the Nymphs and Circe Poisoning the Sea.

These works are accompanied by studies in oil, chalk and pencil, period photographs, sketchbooks and the volumes of Tennyson and Shelley, in which Waterhouse drew sketches.

The retrospective considers how Waterhouse's paintings reflect his engagement with contemporary issues. It will include almost all the paintings which made him one of the most successful and criticallyacclaimed artists of the day.

This will be the first major Waterhouse show to have been presented in the United Kingdom since the late 1970s.

What? J. Waterhouse: The Modern Pre-Raphaelite

Where? The Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly

When? On until September 13

Cost? £10.50