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Things To Do In London Today: Monday 25 March 2013

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GIVE BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Bishopsgate Institute, Outside County Hall on Belvedere Road, and Friends House on Euston Road. Free, just turn up, see site for times and conditions

ARCHITECTURE: Venice Takeaway: Ideas to Change British Architecture is housed at the Royal Institute of British Architects until the end of April. The exhibition presents the work of 10 architectural teams who travelled the work to seek inspiration, and for the first time it has been brought back to Britain. Free, just turn up, until 27 April

TEMPERANCE: Discover who the real originators of temperance societies were, what drove them and what led to the demonisation of alcohol in this lecture at Gresham College by Professor Stephen Orchard. Free, just turn up, 1pm

JAZZ: The Cockpit's monthly jazz night, Jazz In The Round, is back tonight with performances from Femi Temowo Trio, Gail Brand and Leo Richardson Quartet. Hosted by Jez Nelson of BBC Radio 3. £8, prebook, 6pm

AGE: Matthew Piper discusses if there is anything we can do to reduce the symptoms of ageing, and what options might be available in both the near or distant future. At The Royal Society. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

ARCHITECTURE: Hear from Spanish architect of sculptural, tactile forms, Fernando Menis, at the Royal Academy. £12, prebook, 6.30pm

POETRY: Poet in the City has put together an evening of Coleridge, at Kings Place, with Dr Shahidha Bari, Louise Foxcroft, Fabian Peake and James Vigus.£9.50, prebook, 7pm

FUNGLASSES: Drink, Shop & Do host Pimp Up Your Shades this evening. For £10 you can choose from a selection of glasses (or bring your own pair if you're really committed to pimped up glasses) and customise your specs using the glitter/sequins/feathers/brooches/pom poms on offer. £10, just turn up, 7pm

LAUGH OFF: Amused Moose's Laugh Off competition is in its quarter final stages, with budding comedians already having won through the qualifying auditions and heat stages. Your vote at the Hen and Chickens Theatre tonight counts toward who will make it through to the next round. £6 per show, prebook, shows at 7pm and 9pm

ELECTRIC CARS: Robert Llewellyn tells us why electric cars are so good, dispelling some myths, in a talk tonight for Soho Skeptics at The George on The Strand (and not, to be sceptical, actually in Soho). £5, prebook, 7.30pm

CABARET: All-singing, all-dancing Fiona-Jane Weston explores the history of London through song, poetry and tales. It's at art deco joy The Crazy Coqs on Sherwood Road, near Piccadilly Circus. £15, prebook, 8pm

COMEDY: Comedy Knights' Fresh Comedian of the Year competition is in its heat stages, with new material from Damian Kingsley and MC Stuart Laws. Free, just turn up, 8pm

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Random London Fact of the Day

With Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn performing on stage together last weekend, along with fellow Blur member Graham Coxon and modfather Paul Weller, the rapprochement between Blur and Oasis appears to be complete. According to music legend, the long-running feud had its origins in Camden Town pub The Good Mixer. Back in the early 90s, the venue was a popular haunt of indie bands, including our two protagonists. A scuffle in the toilets supposedly led to the acrimonious rivalry, which included the bands releasing lead singles on the same day (Blur's Country House and Oasis' Roll With It), and Noel's famous wish that members of Blur would "catch Aids and die". The Good Mixer story is often circulated (and here we go again), and quite possibly true, but remains unconfirmed.

Good Cause of the Day

How about getting the whole family involved in a walk in the park for charity? On 30 June, SunWalk London 2013 takes over Battersea Park, with circus side shows, live music and — most importantly — three walking challenges in aid of Walk the Walk breast cancer charity. Enter yourself or with your family at 5K, 10K or a half marathon. Sign up now to be sure of a place, then get fundraising. As a taster, celebrities including Gaby Roslin and Emma Kennedy will be in the park to launch the countdown on Wednesday 27 March around 10.30am, with a mini-circus of performers.

London Weather

With biting winds and face-stinging temperatures, expect your morning commute to be as bitter as an Imperial Leather sandwich. But at least some sunshine will break through. We won't see its like again for some time. In summary: brrrrrrrrr.