Things To Do In London Today: Tuesday 26 February 2013

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GIVE BLOOD: Islington Town Hall and the Bishopsgate Institute will be home to blood donation clinics today. Go on, give generously. Free, just turn up, check website for times and requirements

ARCHITECTURE: RIBA's new exhibition shows "thought provoking and exploratory architectural ideas from beyond our shores". Free, just turn up, until 27 April

TRAVELLING: The ICA Artists’ Film Club looks at location, time and memory. £5 (free to members), prebook, 7pm

MEDICINE: We’ve seen more than one person get inflamed during a pub debate in our time. Tonight’s Cosy Science event (upstairs at the Yorkshire Grey on Theobalds Road) looks at what inflammation (in a physical, things swelling up type way) actually is, and how it has a part to play in many diseases. Free, just turn up,7pm

LITERATURE: LSE's Space For Thought literary festival starts today, with speakers including PD James, Ken Livingstone and Polly Toynbee. Here are some highlights. Free, just turn up, runs till 2 March

SHAKESPEARE: Shakespeare’s Globe is holding a forum discussion about the ways in which Shakespeare's plays are made accessible to deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people. Free, prebook, 7pm

COMEDY: Sketch group The Three Englishmen are doing a last-Tuesday-of-the-month new material residency at the Canal Cafe Theatre. £6, prebook, 7.30pm

GIG: Minutemen founding member and ever-touring bass legend Mike Watt will be flying the flannel at The Lexington tonight. £7, prebook, 8pm

Random London Fact of the Day

According to the Greater London Authority, London contains 857 art galleries and over 170 museums. Three of the museums are said to be in the world's top 10, although the GLA seems shy of saying which ones, and how this 'top 10' was derived.

Good Cause of the Day

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Sound:check is a night of live music for charity, where artists perform in a manner that best suits the venue, regardless of their usual set up. For the debut event on Saturday 2 March, four acts will play St John's Church, Hackney, completely un-plugged. Artists Hejira, Eska, Onetaste Choir and Mara Carlyle will play alongside a small string section and the church organ. All the profits go to ChildHope, an international children's charity supporting street and working children. Tickets are £10 in advance, £20 VIP.

London Weather

"The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about," observed Oscar Wilde. He's wrong. So wrong. Much worse is having to endure the same monotonous, unexceptional weather for days upon end. "If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever," suggested George Orwell. He's myopic. So myopic. The future is an endless expanse of leaden cloud and oppressive yet unchanging temperatures, with the only excitement coming from ocasional icy rain. Just look at that five-day forecast. Rubbish. We deserve better than this.