Things To Do In London Today: 7 November 2012

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RUN IN THE DARKRegistration for next week’s 10k charity run round Battersea Park closes today. Sign up to Run In The Dark and help support charities for the blind and paralysed. £22.95

60′S CULTURE: Hackney Museum’s new exhibition on the Stamford Hill mods of the 1960s opens today, including photos of a young Marc Bolan. Runs until January. Free, just turn up, 9.30am-5.30pm

GIVE BLOOD: Today’s blood donation spot is at Cathedral Hall, Victoria. Free, just turn up, 9.45am-12.30pm and 2-4.30pm

ASTRONOMY: Learn about the X-ray universe at a Museum of London Gresham lecture from Carolin Crawford. Free, just turn up, 1pm

ENLIGHTENMENT: Justin Champion fronts another Gresham lecture (Museum of London again) about why the Enlightenment still matters. Free, just turn up, 6pm

FREE JAZZ: The Paul Riley Quintet play Ray’s Jazz Cafe at Foyle’s, Charing Cross Road. Free, just turn up, 6pm 

LONDON ART: Spitalfields Life blog often features artists who specialise in depicting the capital. Some of the best contributors put on a selling exhibition at Ben Pentreath in Rugby Street, Bloomsbury, which runs until 24 November. There’s also an opening party tonight. Free, just turn up, 11am-6pm (exhibition), 6.30-8.30pm (party)

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Country Living Magazine puts on a big Xmas fair at the Business Design Centre, Islington starting today. Food & drink, children’s toys, jewellery and more. Runs till 11 November. £13/£16 (prebook or just turn up), 10am-6pm

FA CUP FINAL: Retro-football at the Oval tonight, as The Royal Engineers take on the Wanderers in a recreation of the 1872 (and first ever) FA Cup final. Tickets were still available when we checked last night. £10, prebook, 7pm

FILM QUIZ: The Bigger Boat Film Quiz “A glitzy two hour film quiz projected on a big screen” returns to the Boogaloo in Highgate. £3.50, just turn up, 7.30pm

DIAMONDS: Science London’s latest event looks at the many potential uses of diamonds. This one’s upstairs at The Lamb, Lamb’s Conduit Street. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

MUSIC: Standing tickets are still available at the time of writing to see Huey and the New Yorkers at Bush Hall tonight. That’s Huey of Fun Lovin’ Criminals and 6 Music fame. (Alternatively, Maximo Park are also playing round the corner at the Empire, and return tickets might be available.) £18.15, prebook, 7.30pm

MUSIC: Many-manned folksters Bellowhead play the Roundhouse, where standing tickets can still be purchased. £24.75, prebook, 7pm

GAMERDISCO: Play the latest video games while listening to a live DJ at the Book Club’s Gamerdisco this evening. Free, just turn up, 8pm

Random London Fact Of The Day

Q. What do Mama Cass and Keith Moon have in common, apart from being famous musicians who died too young?
A. Remarkably, they both met their ends in the same Mayfair apartment, 9 Curzon Place, four years apart. Cass Elliot of The Mamas & The Papas died there of a heart attack in 1974 (not from choking on a ham sandwich, as is the urban myth). Moon, The Who’s drummer, died of a sedative overdose at the same age (32) and the same address in 1978. The twice-cursed apartment belonged to fellow musician Harry Nilsson, who hired it out to friends when he wasn’t using it. More on the property here.

London Weather

The weather continues its listless exploration of the word ‘meh’. There’s little to say. Just imagine the Platonic ideal of a late autumn day, the sullen anamnesis from some archetypal November. Or maybe just look out the window. BBC Weather uses simpler terms.

Secret Hidden False Rumour Of The Day
As a PR stunt for the 1886 launch party of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Robert Louis Stephenson’s media agency rebranded Kensington Gardens as Jekyll Park to create a “site specific nominative agacentcy with neighbouring Hyde Park”.

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  • Daniel

    This is one of the listings I go back to not for the events (not just) but for the weather poetry; two thumbs up.

    • MattFromLondonist

      Ha, thanks Daniel. Have you spotted the secret hidden section, below the weather report, yet?

      • Daniel

        If you mean the Broadcasters from the land of the Union Jack, yeah, checked it out :)

        • MattFromLondonist

          Um, nope.

          • Daniel

            Hrrm, no clue as where to look at, mumble mumble.

          • MattFromLondonist

            OK, then…you see that white space beneath the weather? Try dragging your cursor over it.

          • Daniel

            Crikey! Hilarious pun, indeed :D