Things To Do In London Today: 12 November 2012

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Infra, The Royal Ballet, photo by Bill Cooper

LIVE JAZZ: Be a part of London Jazz Festival by turning up to free jazz in Ray’s Cafe at Foyles or grab the last few tickets for gigs at St James’s Piccadilly, XOYO, Southbank Centre, Cafe Oto, Ronnie Scotts, Vortex, Pizza Express Jazz, the Bull’s Head Barnes, 606 Club or Charlie Wright’s. Book – check the website for details.

MODERN BALLET: Unbelievably there are still tickets available in the Royal Opera House amphitheatre for tonight’s triple bill from the Royal Ballet, including the outrageously good Infra by Wayne McGregor. Book – tickets from £3-£25. Starts 7.30pm.

GIVE BLOOD: Squeeze out a pint of the red stuff at Bishopsgate Institute. 9.45am-4.30pm.

READ POETRY: To celebrate the opening of the Dragon Cafe, anyone is invited to read poetry of William Blake aloud and be part of The Many Voices of Blake event in The Crypt of St George the Martyr, Borough High Street. Free, just turn up from 10am.

TRAINS: Go to a lecture on the railways of east London courtesy of The Railway & Canal Historical Society at the Rugby Tavern. £1 donation, just turn up. Starts 6.30pm.

FREE SPEECH: The Society of Cogers has its monthly meeting for free speech, public speaking and debating at the Old Bank of England pub on Strand, first timers go free, just turn up from 7-9.15pm.

300 SECOND SHOWS: The 5 Minute Festival begins at Lost Theatre, Wandsworth Road with 10 micro-shows battling each other for a place in Saturday’s Grand Final. Book tickets £8-10. Starts 7.30pm.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Enjoy a father and daughter concert as part of the International Wimbledon Music Festival at St John’s church. Tickets £15-28 on the door. Starts 7.45pm.

COMEDY: get down the Albany’s comedy cellar to see absolute and almost beginners take to the mic for Stand Up And Deliver’s Comedy Circus. £5 in. Just turn up from 8pm.

DRINK: Drain the barrels on the last day of the Peasant pub London brewers beer festival in Clerkenwell.

Random London Fact of the Day

Yesterday, the Ulmus Londinium project gave away the first of its specially grown London elm saplings to Londoners who live in Elm Park, Elm Close, Elm Bank Avenue and other ‘elm’ places.

London’s elm population was dramatically reduced by Dutch elm disease in the 1970s. In Acton Park you can a sad elm sculpture by Dennis Heath called “Twilight Tree“, made from the last elm in Ealing to die of the disease. But there are a few mature, healthy elm trees still flourishing, for example in Hyde Park, Marylebone and Gloucester Road. From water pipes to housebuilding to London Bridge, find out more about London’s elm heritage with this interactive map.

Weather

Rise with the sun at 7.14am and salute it because things will turn a tad wet and windy after lunch. Getting dressed advice: Layer up and pack a brolly and extra cardi into your work bag. BBC Weather tells you more.

Random Hidden False Rumour Of The Day
While your humble editor is on his hols this week — let loose in London, natch — we’re playing true or false with M@ facts! Number 1: M@ possesses surprisingly impressive knowledge of Justin Bieber and his work. Answer in the comments please, club members.

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