Things To Do In London Today: Thursday 21 February 2013

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Street artists Thierry Noir and Stik talk at the Courtauld Institute. See below.

GIVE BLOOD: In a donating mood? Head over to St Mary Abbott’s Centre in Kensington, the Doubletree Hotel at Tower, or the Hop Exchange on Southwark Street. Free, just turn up, check site for times

POP-ART: Alongside Warhol, Lichtenstein’s works are the best remembered from the Pop Art movement. A retrospective at Tate Modern opens today, and will show us that he was no one-trick-pony. £14, prebook or turn up, till 27 May 2013

PHOTOGRAPHY: Seen the Man Ray exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery yet? A second exhibition opens today at Atlas Gallery, where you can see the photographer’s work without charge. Free, just turn up, till 28 March 2013

KIDS: David Walliams talks about his kids’ book Ratburger at the Southbank Centre. £8/£4, prebook, 11am

GENIUS: David Rooney, curator at the Science Museum, talks about Alan Turing’s life and legacy at the National Portrait Gallery. Free, just turn up, 1.15pm

MEDICINE: An afternoon talk in the Wellcome Library revisits the thalidomide tragedy of 1958-1962, as Ruth Blue discusses how those afflicted learnt to adapt their bodies to the world around them. Free, just turn up, 3pm

SCIENCE-ART: The latest Imperial Fringe event at Imperial College dabbles in the oft-prodded interface between science and art. Highlights include a dancing robot (who’s going to get some spray-on clothes), the neuroscience of a juggler, and the physics behind stringed instruments. Free, just turn up, 5-8pm

LITERATURE: DJ Connell, VG Lee, Alex Hopkins and host Paul Burston bring the extremely popular salon Polari to Waterstones Islington. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

MUSIC: Genre-defying duo Goldfish play at Koko in Camden. Have a listen. They good. £16.87, prebook, 7pm

STREET ART: Berlin Wall artist Thierry Noir, and famed London street artist Stik are in conversation at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, in an event organised by Street Art London. Free, prebook, 7.30pm

PUNS: At least nine comedians take to the stage at the Monarch, Camden Town, to offer their best ever puns. Who’ll be the king or queen of the puns? (That’s a pun, cos it’s at The Monarch, see?…no?..this is why we’re not taking part.) £3, prebook, 7.30pm

UKES: sing to a band of ukeleles at KaraUke at the Royal George, Goslett Yard. This month it’s in aid of the British Heart Foundation’s ‘Rock Up in Red’ campaign. Wear something red, and bring a small donation for the fantastic British Heart Foundation. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

TUBE TALK: Andrew Martin, author of Underground Overground, discusses the social history of the Tube at the Bishopsgate Institute. £8, prebook, 7.30pm

POETRY: Simon Barraclough, Isobel Dixon and Chris McCabe push the boundaries of poetry at Rich Mix, joined by Jack Wake-Walker and Oli Barrett. £8, prebook or turn up, 7.30pm

Random London Fact of the Day
Battersea Power Station, Bankside Power Station (Tate Modern), the House of Commons, the red phone box, Waterloo Bridge, and many other structures. What a wonderful mark architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott made on London, the city in which he was born and in which he died. His grandfather, Sir George Gilbert Scott, was no slouch either, giving us the famous frontage to St Pancras, the Albert Memorial and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Sir Giles’ son Richard Gilbert Scott is still alive, and designed most of the new bits around Guildhall.

Good Cause of the Day
Are you game for a 100 ft abseil? The Stroke Association is arranging a “St Patrick’s Day Drop” at Twickenham Stadium, a chance to test your nerve in the home of rugby. Participants will also get a free tour of the stadium for themselves and guests. The event takes place on 16 March 2013, and you’re encouraged to raise a minimum of £125 for the charity. More details here.

London Weather
We thought we were spreading nothing but lightness and joy yesterday, with a weather forecast soundtracked to Mambo No. 5. Yet we got lots of annoyed feedback. To all those grumpians who complained that we’d lodged a catchy jive classic in their head all day, it could have been a lot worse. A lot worse. Here’s today’s forecast to the tune of Monster by The Automatic:

What’s that coming over the hill
Is it a raincloud? No. Is it a raincloud? No.
What’s that coming over the hill
Is it a raincloud? No. Is it a raincloud? No.
What’s that coming over the hill
Is it a raincloud? No. Is it a raincloud? No.
What’s that coming over the hill?
It’s not a raincloud. We’ve told you six times. It’s some more cloud. But it’s not a raincloud.

(Dunno how you sing that last bit, but we’ve no doubt got this appalling song going round in your brain now. Mission accomplished. Tomorrow: Queen and David Bowie explain cyclogenesis and the formation of occluded fronts.)

BBC Weather has a less vindictive forecast.

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  • TheBoy

    Is it a raincloud?? NO!

    brilliant!!!!