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BLOOD: Today’s opportunity to donate blood is at City Temple, Holborn Viaduct. Free, see site for terms and conditions
MAKE: The Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths University of London presents MAKE–METALIBRARY, an interactive exhibition by artist Christina that gathers together the complete MAKE magazine archive (issues 1-92) for a public display. Free, just turn up, until 13 September
PARALYMPIC FILM: All Eyes On Us is a short film that follows the journey of four disabled people in the run up to, performance and aftermath of the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and today it screens twice at the BFI Southbank. Free, prebook,12.30 and 1.30pm
OPERATING LONDON: Today is the last day you can visit the Old Operating Theatre for a family workshop discovering the difficulties surrounding St Thomas’ hospital admission in the 19th century. Free, just turn up, 2pm
STUFF: Mark Miodownik and Steven Connor are talking about “stuff” at Woolfson & Tay. £3, prebook, 7pm *PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED*
FILM: STRIKE! magazine presents a screening of Grasp the Nettle at the Whirled Cinema in Brixton – a film about environmental activism in London. Free, prebook, today and tomorrow at 7pm
CONCERT: Enjoy choral music from some of England’s most celebrated composers, with England’s Finest at the stunning Mansion House. £25-40, prebook, 7.30pm
TASTE: This month’s Skeptics in the Pub is at usual haunt The Monarch in Camden Town, where Shell Grayson will discuss the science of taste, and the roles memory and emotion play in deciding what we do and don’t like. £3, just turn up, 7.30pm
EROTICA: Alex Hopkins and Annie Player are the writers at erotic literary soiree Velvet Tongue at Bar Kick. £3/£3, just turn up, 7.30pm
Good Cause of the Day
Put your best food forward on Saturday 14 September and cycle around London’s places of worship to raise much needed funds. Ride+Stride is a sponsored walk and cycle around religious buildings of many faiths and eras. Participants are free to choose a route and distance to suit them, with over 100 places of worship across 17 boroughs taking part (open from 10am-5pm). All sponsorship money raised will be split equally between the participant’s nominated place of worship and the Heritage of London Trust, an organisation that helps community groups to save, regenerate and enjoy London’s unique historic buildings. Free to sign up, register online, 14 September
London Connection Puzzle
Congratulations to Heerpal Sahota who was first to work out last week’s connection. All four clue-words were famous staircases in London. The four were State (the State Stair in the Commonwealth and Foreign Office), Nelson (the Nelson Stair in Somerset House), Tulip (Tulip Stairs in the Queen’s House, Greenwich) and Dean’s (Dean’s Staircase in St Paul’s Cathedral). Thanks again to Dave Brown for setting that one. As is tradition, our winner Heerpal will set this week’s puzzle, which starts tomorrow.
From Londonist’s Archive
Welcome to September. You’ve had a whole year to figure out this London Puzzle about the longest journey in the capital you can devise that makes use of covered walkways. So, what’s your answer?
London Weather by Inclement Attlee
I hope, like me, you kept a list of every smart-arse acquaintance to utter “well, that’s summer over with”, when the sunshine of July turned to a decidedly mixed August. For, I’m pleased to report, we have ahead of us at least five days of glorious, blue skies. I have 83 people on my list of gloom-mongers. They were all wrong. There’s life in the old summer yet. So I hope, like me, you’ll be spending the next week entirely indoors, writing smug ‘told you so’ letters to all the cynics and nay-sayers of the posthumous season.