Things To Do In London Today: Tuesday 30 April 2013

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People of Soho exhibition, by Pete Zelewski. Details below.

GIVE BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at The Ecology Pavilion in Mile End, O2 Centre in Swiss Cottage and Cathedral Hall in Victoria. Free, just turn up, see site for times and conditions

SOHO PEOPLE: Photographer Pete Zelewski has taken over 100 photographs of people in the Soho area over the last two years. The resulting collection, The People of Soho, is now exhibiting at the Freud Cafe Bar and Gallery in Shaftesbury Avenue. Free, just turn up, until 26 May.

SCI-FI LONDON: The annual festival of science fiction on film returns, with a busy programme running through till 6 May. As well as screenings a-plenty, there’s the usual sci-fi quiz, workshops and talks. See the full listings here

KONINGINNEDAG: That’s Queen’s Day for the Dutch, a big national event where everything (and everyone) turns orange in celebration. There are plenty of places to celebrate, Dutch style, in London.

CYBORGS: Anyone out Kingston way should pop into Woody’s for a Cafe Scientifique themed around ‘our future as cyborgs’. You’ll be back. Free, just turn up, 7pm

COMEDY: Definitely not one for the kids, the deceptively named Not Now, Bernard is a comedy night where acts, including Jay Foreman and David Reed, reinvent (and/or ruin) your favourite childhood books. They wouldn’t touch Dogger, would they? £6/£5, prebook for cheaper tickets, 7pm

CRAFTY BOOTY: The Make Escape is a free, monthly craft night where attendees can try their hand at knitting, beading and jewellery making alongside experienced designers. Tonight’s event also has a Treasure Island theme plus live DJ. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

THEATRE: A verbatim play about nursing in the NHS opens today at The Rose, Bankside. Floating was developed through interviews with nurses, doctors and physiotherapists to create a moving drama. £12/£10, prebook, 7.30pm

LIVE MUSIC: Ah, Oxford. Renowned for its collegiate university, incredible architecture and… live music? Oxfordian promotions team PinDrop Performances bring the best of Oxford’s music scene to the capital. Deer Chicago, Listing Ships and Dallas Don’t all perform this evening at The Buffalo Bar. £5/£4, prebook, 8pm

QUIZ: Quiz ‘n’ Paste are hosting a beach-party-themed quiz, with beachy games, competitions and questions to get you ready for the summer season. £3, just turn up, 8pm

MORE COMEDY: There’s new material from Tony Law, Josh Widdicombe, Jessica Fostekew, Romesh Ramgangathan and Rob Heeney at The Library on Upper Street, hosted by James Redmond, all for the bargainous price of £2, just turn up, 8pm

Random London Fact of the Day
Ever been to the British Optical Association Museum on Craven Street near Charing Cross? Among other peculiar exhibits, it includes the sides to Dr Crippen’s glasses, the lenses missing after he tried to cut his throat with them, plus a Jedi eye from Attack of the Clones.

Good Cause of the Day
The Social is a community of graduates who want to promote doing good in the world and create positive changes. They’re currently promoting their Good Deed a Day in May, which is a quest to make a difference to peoples’ lives by doing a good deed every day during the month. You can sign up to receive a good deed into your inbox each day, which can range from something as simple as making someone else a cup of tea, to writing a letter to your local MP. Enter this kindness scheme and be part of something great. Take a look at their website or follow them on Twitter via @TheSocial_Hub for more information.

London Weather
Hello. If you’re reading this, it means that your weather correspondent has failed you. The plan was to fashion all this week’s weather updates  from foodstuffs…like our fried breakfast forecast yesterday. I had hoped somebody would send in a photo, depicting today’s weather in marshmallows or mashed potato, or something. I have to tell you now that no such undertaking has been received, and that consequently this forecast is lacking in content. (As a plan B, I had hoped to get home from the Londonist pub crawl last night and formulate a forecast entirely hewn from Alphabites. We’ve all been there, right? But as this holding message is still here, it means I was deeply emboggled in booze, and unable to accomplish this task.) Once again, we apologise for this lapse, and point you to BBC Weather…who somehow manage to get a forecast together every single day, whether they’ve been down the boozer or not. Damn their professional eyes.

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    the photo is so funny