Things To Do In London Today: 21 November 2012

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NEON: Chris Bracey, who’s been filling Soho with neon signs for almost 40 years, has a new show at 47 Beak Street. God’s Own Junk Yard features new and archived work from the master of glow. Free, just turn up, 10am-8pm

GIVE BLOOD: Today’s blood donation opportunities include Islington Town Hall, 99-101 Southwark Street and Brewer’s Hall in the City. Just turn up, times vary

BORIS ON THE SPOT: Attend this month’s Mayor’s Question Time at City Hall, and see if Boris behaves. Free, just turn up, 10am

ART: The Word Art Collective exhibition explores the crossovers of art and words. It’s on at the Hoxton Arches form today until 8 December. Free, just turn up, 11am-6pm

PALIN: That’s Michael, not Sarah, signing his new book about Brazil at Waterstones, Canary Wharf. Free, just turn up, 12.30pm

CLIMATE CHANGE: The Dana Centre screens The Island President, a documentary about the threat to the Maldives from climate change, followed by a discussion. Free, prebook, 6pm

RICHARD HAWLEY: The singer-songwriter, late of Pulp, plays St John at Hackney church as part of Mencap’s Little Noise Sessions. £27.50, prebook, 6.30pm

CHURCHILL: Experts discuss whether Winston was more of a Progressive than a Reactionary at the London School of Economics public lecture. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

WEB: Wired’s Editor-at-Large Ben Hammersley reveals how the Internet actually works, at a Royal Institution talk. £10, prebook or turn up, 7pm

QUIZ: The Last Man Standing quiz at House of Wolf, Upper Street sounds fun. Players are given giant true/false cards, to be raised in answer to quirky questions. The last person remaining wins. £5, prebook, 7pm

JOE MEEK: A talk by Rob Bradford about tragic musical pioneer Joe Meek, with rarely seen clips and photos, takes place at Islington Town Hall. Free, just turn up, 8pm

MUSICAL COMEDY: Jonny & The Baptists front a night of musical giggles at Leicester Square Theatre. The bill includes Mitch Benn, Bridget Christie and Jay Foreman. £8, prebook, 9.30pm

Random London Fact Of The Day

Can you name the film in which Tony Robinson (of Time Team and Blackadder fame) is pushed into the London Docks by John Wayne? It’s true. In the 1975 film Brannigan, the ageing legend plays a Chicago cop on a mission to London. The fresh-faced Robinson plays a hapless bike courier, who finds himself caught in a ransom transaction. The two meet on a London dockside, where Wayne shoves the Hawtrey-like courier into the brine. The film is also notable for a car chase that ends in Wayne jumping the bascules of Tower Bridge, and a decidedly hammy turn by Richard Attenborough.

Weather

To compile today’s weather report, we time travelled a few hours into the future, to listen in on your work colleagues. Here’s what they’ll say:

9.30am: “Yuck, I really must buy a brolly.”
11.53am: “Is it still raining out? I’m staaarving, but I don’t want to get wet.”
2.15pm: “Ha, sunshine. You never know where you are with the London weather.”
5.30pm: (Returning from fag break) “Bloody hell, it’s cold out there.”

Secret Hidden False Rumour Of The Day
The main bell of Christ Church Spitalfields is molded into the shape of Leslie Grantham’s head, and is known as Big Den.

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