Things To Do In London Today: 10 January 2013

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GIVE BLOOD: Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to head to the Hop Exchange on Southwark Street or the Royal Free hospital in Hampstead and donate some blood. Free, just turn up, times vary

BUY AN AWESOME FLAT: Fancy living in the soon-to-be-redeveloped Battersea Power Station? You won’t be able to pick up the keys until 2017, but you can buy off-plan from today. £6,000,000, just turn up, 10am

SLEEP: A film screening and discussion exploring the phenomenon of sleep paralysis and hallucination takes place at the Dana Centre. Free, prebook, 6.30pm

LONDON LIT: Short stories from Stations and London Lies will be read by the authors, at Bookseller Crow on the Hill, Crystal Palace. Free, just turn up, 7pm

MUSIC: The Stranger The Better mini-festival starts tonight at Kings Place, showcasing bands and artists who dabble in the philosophical, bleak and existential. Tonight’s event involves a string-quarteted Teitur (check out Josephine for a tear-jerker) plus guests (including Steven Adams from the sadly defunct Broken Family Band). Our pick comes tomorrow, though, with the understated power-misery of Gravenhurst. £12.50-£19.50, prebook, 7.30pm

POLITICS: Half way through the Coalition’s term, an event at UCL looks at political alliances. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

SPOKEN WORD: Chris Redmond hosts Tongue Fu at Rich Mix, with John Hegley, Anna Freeman, Adam Kammerling and guests from the Roundhouse Poetry Collective. £8, just turn up, 8pm 

FOOD: Gordon Ramsay’s York & Albany restaurant in Camden Town opens a ‘pop-up hunting cabin‘, with gamey food, winter warming drinks, antlers and taxidermy.

FOLKLORE: Find out how South London Folklore Society started with a talk from someone who was there, then watch a film about Austin Osman Spare at the first SELFS meeting of the year, upstairs at the Old Kings Head, off Borough High Street. All welcome. £2.50, just turn up, 8pm

HILARIOUS POLITICS: Question Time comes from Lewisham this week, but more fun will be had in Hackney Picturehouse with BBCQT Watchalong. Helen Arney, Nish Kumar and Radcliffe Royds join Nat Guest for drinking, shouting, tweeting and Dimbledancing. £5, prebook, 8pm

FILM: Kensington Roof Gardens’ marquis cinema is screening Back to the Future…unarguably one of the best films ever made, yet now something of a predictable cliche for pop-up cinemas. Still, if you haven’t seen it for a while, there aren’t many sweeter venues in this or any other decade. £20, prebook, 8pm

Random London Fact Of The Day
More people live in the London Borough of Croydon (363,000) than in the whole of Iceland (320,000). Or, put another way, Croydon is worth two Samoas, or four times the Seychelles. At least in terms of population.

London Weather
Set timbers to shiver. Four degrees Centigrade is all we can expect. It’s hardly Ernest Shackleton territory, but given the relatively mild days of late, you’ll certainly feel it. Here’s a print-out-and-keep placard that you can hold up to any office colleague who makes a predictable comment:

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