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First Call

AS PART OF the London International Mime Festival, the acclaimed Catalan soap bubble wizard Pep Bou premieres his latest creation, Ambrossia. Pep Bou's fantastic bubbles of light were a sell-out success at last year's festival and it has been said of him, "he treats his bubbles like pets and they seem to respond to him".

Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank, London SE1 (0171-960 4242) 20-24 Jan

Last Call

DURING HIS 30-year career Neil Diamond (right) has sold more than 100 million records. And as this British tour will no doubt show, as there are still plenty of fans out there wanting to wave knickers at their idol. Diamond has a reputation for being an electric live performer and this, together with a willingness to work up a sweat, has helped maintain his status as a major box-office attraction.

Newcastle Arena (0191-260 5000) 24 Feb; Manchester Evening News Arena (0161-950 5000) 27-28 Feb; Sheffield Arena (0114-256 2002) 2 Mar; National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham (0121-780 4133) 4-5 Mar; Wembley Arena, London (0181- 902 8833) 8-11 and 13-14 Mar