Things To Do In London Today: 24 January 2013

A totemic pylon by Benjamin Jamie.

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LAUGH: The London Comedy Film Festival (LOCO) starts today with a session of morning laughter yoga at BFI Southbank. Free, just turn up, 9am

TOTEMIC PYLONS: A new exhibition of paintings by Benjamin Jamie show abstract and neon pylons in east London landscapes (an example is pictured up top). The show runs at both the Assembly Rooms and the Speakeasy Espresso & Brew Bar until 2 March.

PHOTOGRAPHY: See the haunting photographs of Chinese side-streets or hutongs, by Xu Yong at Battersea’s Hua Gallery. Until 12 March. Free, just turn up, 9.30am-6pm

GIVE BLOOD: Donate blood today at Brewers Hall in the City of London. Free, just turn up, 9.45-11am and 12.15-4.15pm

ART: 24 artists working in collage and mixed media are displayed in the Collision exhibition at Nancy Victor Gallery, Fitzrovia. Until 4 February. Free, just turn up, 10am-6pm

ART: Kiss Me Deadly, a new art exhibition from LA inspired by film noir of the 1940s and 50s opens at Paradise Row gallery and runs until 9 March. Free, just turn up, 11am-7pm

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY: A talk at the Wiener Library in Russell Square looks back to Jewish persecution by the Nazis. Free, prebook, 6.30pm

GRAVERY: Kensal Green Cemetery was consecrated 180 years ago today. Celebrate (if that’s the right word) with a talk and wine reception. £5, just turn up, 6.30pm

BIOENERGY: Should we be using more farm land to grow energy crops? The Dana Centre debates and invites you along. Free, prebook, 7pm

MUSIC: Harmonica player, singer, pianist and busker extraordinaire Errol Linton plays some jazz and blues at the Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe, with Jean-Pierre Lampe. £12, prebook or turnup, 7pm

TECH: If you’re down Croydon way and interested in the tech world, you could do a lot worse than visiting Matthew’s Yard, where Benjamin Southworth (Deputy CEO, Tech City Investment Organisation) gives a keynote to open Croydon Tech City. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

MUSIC: Paul Banks, lead singer of Interpol, plays a solo show at Koko tonight. £22, prebook, 7.30pm

TALK: Hear all about London As It Might Have Been by Pete Berthoud, at The Step in Bowes Park, N22. £7, prebook or just turn up, 7.30pm

GIN: Sipper Supper club runs in the back room of the Wenlock and Essex on Essex Road. Enjoy a gin taste-testing session, with a history of Madam Geneva in London, followed by a four-course meal with lots of ginnish touches. £35, prebook, 8pm

AUSTEN: Novel event of the day, in more sense than one, must go to Austentatious at Kings Place, were the actors in period costume will string together a Jane-Austen-style story, live on stage, in response to audience suggestions. £12.50, prebook, 8pm

Random London Fact of the Day
What do the following four locations have in common? Tilekiln Ossiers, Ditches Road, Corner Farm and Junction 14 of the M25? They’re the nearest named locations to London’s northern, southern, eastern and western extremes, respectively. We virtually visited all four a couple of years back to see what lies at the extremes of London.

Shout-Out for a Good Cause

Ever heard of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust? It awards Travelling Fellowships to British citizens from all walks of life to live overseas for a few weeks, acquire knowledge and experience from other cultures, then bring new skills back home to share with others in their profession and wider communities. What does that mean in practice? Well, recent Fellows include a family lawyer from Woolwich, who travelled to India, Pakistan, Cambodia, Nepal and Sri Lanka to examine ways of combating acid violence; a basketball tutor from Lambeth who travelled to Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados, seeking ways to build communities through sport; and a specialist nurse from Wandsworth, who travelled to South Africa to look at barriers to HIV testing in African men. One high-profile former Fellow is Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, who visited Australia in the early 1990s to learn from the Aussies’ world-leading coaching schemes.

If you have a special project that could benefit from the experiences of others overseas, register with the WCMT today. The next application phase begins in May, but you can sign up now.

London Weather
There’s not much to say about today’s weather, which continues as yesterday, so we’ll convey the forecast through the medium of mime.

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