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BLOOD: Today you can donate blood at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead 1-3pm and 4.30-7.30pm, Brewers Hall in the City 9.45-11am and 12.15-4.15pm as well as 8am-7.30pm in Margaret Street, W1.
SHARKNADO: Oh, yes. Crap Film Club are screening the ‘bloody hell how did this get commissioned’ TV movie where it Actually. Rains. Sharks. Go to The Book Club in Shoreditch. £4.50, just turn up, 7pm
SATIRE: Andy Zaltzman rips into the establishment in a headline slot at The Good Ship in Kilburn. One of the best satirists around. £4 advance / £5 on the door, 8pm
BOOKS: Tracy Chevalier talks to Craig Melvin in the Big Book Group at Kings Place, and Matt Haig runs a literary quiz. £9.50, prebook, 7pm
BRIXTON BREAKFAST: The first day of the Brixton Food Fest is all about coffee, cake and chilli jam scrambled egg. Goes on all day but sounds like it’d make a great breakfast.
STORIES: Sam Stone, Adam Marek and Charles Lambert help launch Salt Publishing’s anthologies of British and fantasy short stories at Waterstones Piccadilly. £5 / £3, just turn up, 6.30pm
FIRE: Watch a documentary about firefighters in Riyadh, where summer temperatures regularly go above 50°C, plus a Q&A with director Tom Roberts. At the Frontline Club in Paddington. £10, prebook, 7pm
COMEDY: Holly Walsh is doing a work-in-progress show at the Hen and Chickens in Islington, with a special guest. £5, just turn up, 7.30pm
AMBASSADOR: Learn about the first Iranian ambassador to London, Abu’l-Hasan Khan, who first arrived in 1809, in this lunchtime talk at the V&A. Free, just turn up, 1pm
Good Cause of the Day
Join the Big Bike Ride to support Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice this Sunday, 6 October. Choose from three starting points in either Greenwich (Cutty Sark), Woolwich (Fire Power Museum) or Erith (Morrisons) and do a 12 or 27 mile cycle. Registration costs £10 adult / £5 child / £25 family, and anyone who raises over £100 in sponsorship money gets entered into a prize draw.
From the Archive
London Connection Puzzle
Congratulations to Ffion Jones who was the first person to guess last week’s connection. The 38, 24, 11 and 9 are the first four routes to operate the New Bus For London (sometimes called the Boris Bus). Ffion, and many others, spotted the connection from just the first two numbers, so well done. A new connection puzzle, set by Ffion, starts tomorrow.
London Weather by Inclement Attlee’s Minion
Inclement has popped off on holiday, damn him, so Isabel Garrood put forward her son Benji to be Attlee’s Minion. We’ll be working him extremely hard all day. Meanwhile, the weather will be “sunshine, slightly chewed”.