Things To Do In London Today: Thursday 11 July 2013

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Tonight's Salon at Foyles. See below for more info.

Tonight’s Salon at Foyles. See below for more info.

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BLOOD: Today’s opportunity to donate blood is at Salvation Army International Headquarters. Free, see site for terms and conditions.

MEXFEST: Mexican cultural festival MexFest returns to the capital with outdoor film screenings at Canary Wharf and an evening of live Mexican music at the V&A museum. See website for full listings, until 14 July

SANCTUARY: A new exhibition of international art exploring the idea of sanctuary opens at the Brunei Gallery in Bloomsbury. Free, just turn up, runs until 21 September.

IDEAS FOR LONDON: Challenge the way you think about our capital with a forum of London ideas, lectures and workshops. This always sells out fast so be quick! Free, prebook, 6pm

WINNING PLAY: 14 year-old Ella Thompson wrote a play and won the National Theatre’s annual playwriting competition for young people, New Views.  Ella’s play Carpe Diem was chosen out of 300 nationwide entries for performance by professional actors and you can see it tonight at The Shed. £5, prebook, 6pm

MYSTICISM: Swedenborg Hall welcomes in Dr William Rowlandson to talk about his new book, Borges, Swedenborg and Mysticism. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

LITERATURE: Michael Wood and Martin McLaughlin go over the letters of Italo Calvino at the London Review Bookshop. £7, prebook, 7pm

INTELLECTUAL CHAT: John-Paul Flintoff and Katy Guest are on the bill at the next Salon London, with a vague summery theme, this time held at Foyles. £12, prebook, 6.30pm

MOO MAN: Riverside Studios in Hammersmith screens the bovine-tastic documentary The Moo Man tonight, a portrait of a maverick farmer who is determined to keep his family-run farm as traditional as possible. £7/£5, prebook, 7.45pm

BIG FAT GYPSY FUNERAL: Taking morbid humour to the next level, Big Fat Gypsy Wedding at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club is a cabaret night billed as a ‘theatrical gypsy swinging style funeral experience’. Ok… £10/£7, prebook for cheaper tickets, 8pm

CREATIVE YOUTH: STEP OUT! is a monthly showcase event for young people and tonight it focuses on fashion and beauty industries, where attendees will be able to network with representatives from various fashion companies. £5, prebook, 8pm

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Good Cause of the Day

The ever-alert Greenwich Phantom points us to this fundraiser tonight to help save Lewisham Hospital. The event — a disco and auction — takes place in Davy’s Wine Cellar, Greenwich, 7pm till late. Tickets are £10. All proceeds go to Save Lewisham Hospital, who are battling to stop the downgrading of that institution.

London Connection Puzzle

Your clue-words so far have been ‘SA’ and ‘AG’. We also told you that there’s a London sporting connection. Several people have made intelligent guesses, but no one’s yet cracked it. So here’s your third clue: ‘GZ’. Think you know the answer? Email matt@londonist.com.

London Weather, by Inclement Attlee

Another bloody day of sunshine. Call me a contrarian, but these endless blue skies are not to be cheered. You might enjoy basking in the warmth, and walking home with your sleeves at half mast. But imagine my predicament. My only purpose in life is to describe the weather. When that weather never changes; when there’s ne’er a highlight nor adjustment; when the meteorological permutations whittle to unity…oh, simple, predictable sunshine, what impotence you bestow on poor Inclement Attlee! A cloud, a cloud, my kingdom for a cloud.

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