Things To Do In London Today: 30 October 2012

TRAIN INFO: If you regularly pass through London Bridge mainline station, you might want to pop into a public information session about upcoming disruptions due to major engineering works. Today's sessions are in Cannon Street and Charing Cross stations. Free, just turn up, 8am-10am

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Get a head start on your seasonal shopping with this Spirit of Christmas fair at Olympia. Unique gifts, workshops, demos and food will all be on show. Runs till 4 November. £17.50 (or more with menu options), 10am-6pm

UGGIE THE DOG: Meet the canine star of The Artist at Waterstone's Piccadilly, as Uggie the dog signs his memoirs. Oddness. Free, just turn up, 1pm

ARCHITECTURE: The monthly late opening of RIBA on Portland Place focuses on the use of colour in architecture, with talks, exhibitions, tours and film. Free, just turn up, 6-10pm

CHEMICAL COSMOS: Steve Miller is the guest speaker at this month’s Cosy Science event, once again at the Cittie of Yorke. The topic is the chemistry of space. Free, 7pm

HEAL THE WORLD: The world is full of problems, but there are also plenty of people working on innovative solutions. Join researchers at UCL for a Focus on the Positive event, in which you get to vote for your favourite idea for change, which will be rewarded with £2,000. £5, prebook, 7pm

SPOOKY FILM: Catch a screening of Nightmare on Elm Street in the stable block of Morden Hall Park, courtesy of Pop Up Screens. £10, 7pm

HISTORY: This month's History in the Pub, hosted by Londonist M@ and London Historians, explores health, sickness and death in the capital with talks, a quiz, music and an open mic session. £3, 7pm

BOOKS: Helen Fielding, Isla Blair and Julian Glover read at iF poems at the Bush Theatre. £12, 7.30pm

SKEPTICS: Meet Rhys Morgan, the teenager who risks libel suits and worse by taking on companies who sell questionable therapies and miracle cures to an unsuspecting public, at this month’s Skeptics in the Pub, the Monarch, Camden Town. £2, 7.30pm

DAY OF THE DEAD: A craft night to celebrate the Day of the Dead will show you how to knit masks and skulls, among other things. The event takes place in the Hackney Attic, on the fifth floor of Hackney Picturehouse. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

TAXIDERMY: Ever had a hankering to stuff your pet? Us neither, but The Book Club hosts a DIY taxidermy course tonight, offering tips on how to do it at home, and ethically source animal parts. Hmm. £10, tickets on the door, 8pm

ZOMEDY: That's zombies plus comedy, in a Hallowe'en chuckle at Leicester Square Theatre tonight. £10, 10pm

Random London Ghost Of The Day

Some say that the modern buses have no soul. Perhaps that's no bad thing, if the legend of the Notting Hill ghostbus has any merit. Legend has it that a spectral bus — much like the Knight Bus from Harry Potter — haunts the streets around Ladbroke Grove station. The first recorded incident was in 1934, when a man driving along Cambridge Gardens suddenly swerved, crashed and died. Some witnesses swore that the driver had taken action to avoid an approaching bus, which had then vanished; others only saw the sudden swerve. More reports appeared. Witnesses would often see the diabolical omnibus around 1.15am, usually in May. It is described as a driverless Number 7, and always with its lights switched off. The last serious report came in 1990, so the next one's long overdue. It's all obviously poppycock, of course, but keep the story in mind if you find yourself in Ladbroke Grove after the Tube has gone. (Originally published by the same author in Curiocity.)


What's that coming over the hill is it some sunshine? Is it some sunshine? Why, yes it is some sunshine. The BBC predicts several hours of unsullied brightness until the clouds remuster in the late afternoon. It'll remain fairly chilly, though.

Secret Hidden False Rumour Of The Day
London songstress Rita Ora is heiress to the Kia Ora orange juice dynasty. The crows from the famous 1980s advert, for whom Kia Ora was too orangey, were modelled on her father's pet raven, Grip.