Things To Do In London Today: 23 January 2013

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GIVE BLOOD: Today’s mobile clinic for blood donation is at Paddington Basin, near the romantically named ‘Building 3′. Free, just turn up, 10am-12.20pm and 2-4.40pm

HEART: Learn how stress and extreme emotion can affect your ticky-ticker at a Wellcome Collection lunchtime event. Free, just turn up, 1pm

FILM: A screening of vintage sci-fi romp Fantastic Voyage can be seen at UCL’s JZ Young Theatre, followed by a tour of the Grant Museum, wine in hand. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

POETRY: Interested in developing your poetic skills? The Poetry School launches new courses for a new term with a free event  at Tea House Theatre in Vauxhall, featuring readings from the work of last term’s students and a chance to find out about the school. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm.

SPACE: Mark Thompson, an astronomer not the former BBC man, is at the Royal Institute to tell us how stargazers navigate the cosmos and understand the objects they find there. £10, prebook, 7pm

INCONVENIENT TRUTHS: Find out why humans are often wilfully blind to the truth, as Heather Brook and Margaret Heffernan discuss recent cases (Jimmy Savile, Lance Armstrong, those in charge of the financial markets…) of suspected wrongness that wasn’t acted on until too late. The event is at UEA London, 102 Middlesex Street. Free, prebook, 7pm

DEATH: When do human remains stop being ‘a person’ and become ‘an object’? How much reverence should we give to ancient bones versus the remains of the recently deceased? A fascinating talk at Wellcome Collection. Free, prebook, 7pm

COMEDY: Alexei Sayle is working on his first new solo show in more than 16 years. See how far he’s got (and help him develop it) at the Soho Theatre from tonight until 9 February. £12.50-£20, prebook or turn up, 7.30pm

MUSIC: The multi-talented Shama Rahman plays sitar and sings in Bangla, English and Bulgarian. (Though not all at the same time.) Catch her in the unbeatable venue of Wilton’s Music Hall, as part of the Global Beats Festival. Free, just turn up, 8pm

Random London Fantasy of the Day


Hello? What the deuce is this? A massive ice rink and video screen in a giant niche above the city? Find out more here.

Shout-Out For A Good Cause
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Today’s nomination invites you to party for charity. The Australia Day London shindig takes place in Clapham Junction on Saturday. All proceeds from the £10 tickets go to the Australian Red Cross to help those affected by the country’s bush fires. The party takes place from midday till 3am (!), and includes live music, a pie-eating contest, burlesque and piano karaoke. It takes place at Wessex House nightclub on St John’s Hill. Buy tickets in advance or on the door. Full details here.

London Weather
9am
Meh, 11am Generally Meh, with an occluded Meh moving in from the west, 1pm A lighter shade of Meh, 3pm Meh, 5pm Twilight Meh, 7pm Meh, 9pm We want our snow back! BBC Weather has a less adolescent forecast.

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    M.E.H! Yaaawwn at the non-snow forecast! Brrrrr