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ART: The National Gallery's Barocci exhibition opens today. £13.20, prebook or turn up, until 19 May 2013
MORE ART: The Royal Academy's exhibition of painter-printmaker Sydney Lee. £3, just turn up, until 26 May 2013
ROBOTS AND STUFF: The Kinetica Art Fair returns to Ambika P3 gallery on Marylebone Road. Art that moves, plus talks, demos and performance. £25 (tonight), £16 (thereafter), prebook or just turn up, until 3 March
GIVE BLOOD: The Stoll community centre in Fulham is the place to donate blood today. Free, just turn up, 2-4.30pm and 5.30-8pm
EYES: Today’s Gresham lecture at the Museum of London looks (in more than one sense) at the different abilities of eyes in different creatures. Free, just turn up, 6pm
HEART: Like some kind of tardy Valentine’s tie-in, this month’s Science Museum Lates is themed around the heart. These adults-only events are highly recommended if you’ve not been before. Free, just turn up, 6.45-10pm
COMEDY: Head to Hammersmith to see Tim Minchin headline the Apollo for 45 minutes at this Shelter fundraiser. Christian O’Connell also introduces Jimmy Carr, Alistair McGowan, Stewart Francis, Sara Pascoe and The Cuban Brothers. £23.75-£33.75, prebook, 7pm
SUPERVILLAINS: Bedroom Bar on Rivington Street has a quirky-sounding SuperLAB event about supervillains, how to beat lie detectors and how to implant thoughts. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm Thought implant: Tell your friends Londonist is great
NEW MUSIC: Brixton Jamm is tonight taken over by Music Chose Us, an evening to showcase up-and-coming musical talent. Acts include Hooks, Krystle and Loverproof. The evening is put together by DAMG and hosted by MTV's Shanie Ryan. £8, prebook or turn up, 8pm
Random London Fact of the Day
Southwark Bridge has always felt (at least to us) like the most boring of London's bridges. It is remarkable for one thing, though: it's supposedly the bridge with the longest cast iron span in the world — 76 metres. Let's be honest, you're still distinctly whelmed.
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Rosie Spinks contacted us to point us in the direction of her blog, which tells the stories of London's disadvantaged. In Rosie's own words...
At the start of this year I started a storytelling blog called A Three Course Story in conjunction with North London Action for the Homeless (NLAH), which consists of long-form Q&A's with service users of a drop-in centre that runs out of St Paul's Church, West Hackney. While NLAH has the word 'homeless' in it's name, in reality the NLAH community includes all types of people — the unemployed, the disabled, rough sleepers or just those who are short on cash and in need of a hot meal. The more time I spent volunteering at the project, the more I realised each and every person had a story to be told and, in a lot of cases, it was the kind of story that is routinely stifled or ignored by more mainstream outlets.
I like doing the blog because I think it helps redefine London's 'homeless' through the words and experiences of NLAH community members themselves. I also think it promotes a discussion of lot of issues that countless Londoners are facing—how to navigate the city when you're disabled, how it feels to have to turn up to a job centre everyday, or how it feels to live in a hostel or on benefits etc.
Watch out for low cloud, particularly in the Drury Lane area, where the set to Shrek: The Musical is being dismantled (hat-tip to Sarah McCabe). Otherwise, expect a lamentable shitminton of a morning, with more shades of grey than the Death Star's pigeon loft. Brighter later. BBC Weather has all the details.