Things To Do In London Today: Friday 10 May 2013

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GIVE BLOOD: Today’s opportunity to donate blood is at Brewers Hall in the City of London. Free, just turn up, see site for times and conditions

BASKETBALL FANZONE: From today, Turkish Airlines are putting on a Euroleague Basketball Final Four Fanzone in Trafalgar Square to celebrate the premier basketball event that is taking place over the weekend. There will be a variety of interactive activities as well as a basketball court in the middle of the square. Free, just turn up, until 12 May.

PUBLIC ART: The Curious Exchange has invited the local people of Southwark to create an object and submit it to the exhibition. The submitted objects are all on display today at Dulwich Leisure Centre and if you bring your own object, you could take someone else’s home with you to keep. Free, just turn up, 11am-5pm

GAMES: Bit-of-alright is a fun-sounding conference onboard the MS Stubnitz, with talks, demos and performances from gaming thought leaders. £32, prebook, noon-5pm

DANCE: All-day dance festival Collide takes place at Statford Circus today. Designed to showcase East London's thriving urban dance scene, there will be performances, battles, street art and special guest acts. £7/£5, prebook, from 12.30pm

DANNY WALLACE: Funny man, journalist and author Danny Wallace is signing copies of his novel Charlotte Street at Waterstones Leadenhall Market. Free, just turn up (but arrive early), 12.30pm

MUSEUM LATES: Unwind after work with a spot of culture at the British Museum, National Gallery or National Portrait Gallery. Free, check websites for closing times and events

BRITISH ASIAN CULTURE: Bobbie Friction, Siddhartha Bose, Ravinder Bhogal and DJ Nihal asks if British Asians will ever be seen as cool, at the Festival of Asian Literature. £10/£8, prebook, 6.45pm

EXPERIMENTAL FOLKLORE: An ART/E/FACT night of debate, art, screenings and talks surrounding the topic of experimental folklore and the connections between new media practices and folkloric interpretation. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

COMEDY: The excellent Paul Sinha is on at Comedy Carnival in Leicester Square, with Keith Farnan, Sean Meo and Pete Jonas MCing. £12, prebook, 8pm

GATSBY: You can make believe you're in The Great Gatsby at The Candelight Club's Gatsby night tonight. There are very limited tickets left so get in there fast. £15.75, prebook, 8pm

ROLLER SKATE: The Friday Night skate starts at Wellington Arch. Anyone who feels competent on skates is welcome to join. Free, just turn up, 8pm

Random London Fact of the Day
Places in London named after trees: Becontree, Burnt Oak, Gospel Oak, Honor Oak, Nine Elms, Royal Oak, Seven Sisters. Read about the derivations here.

Shameless Londonist Plug of the Day
It's Friday. Pub day. Hell, every day is pub day. Which is why you need to get the Londonist Guide to London Pub Crawls (optimistically subtitled 'volume 1'). Yours for Kindle and other devices for less than the price of a pint. Get it here.

Good Cause of the Day
Try a Musical Bingo night at the Bedford Tavern, in Balham, on 23 May, all in aid of the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB). Prizes include a BMX, £100 of beauty vouchers, a photoshoot and prizes donated by local businesses. The game is just like regular bingo, but instead of shouting out numbers, songs will be played! A medley of tunes will be belted out while players simply mark them on their bingo cards accordingly. Tickets cost £7 for the game, which begins at 8pm, and is organised by the RNIB London and South East fundraising team. More information here.

London Weather
While we're thinking of number games, let's play the Countdown numbers game but with a meteorological pop-culture twist. Hey, it's Friday.

Make today's maximum temperature of 17 degrees Celsius using only famous degrees...

Start with the six degrees of Kevin Bacon.
Multiply by the 1960's female vocal group The Three Degrees, to give 18 degrees.
Take away Banarama's Love in the First Degree.

Result, 17 degrees.

Now, your turn for the letters game. Rearrange the following to make the rest of the weather:

N U C L E U S  S O D O M Y

Answer: Cloudy, some sun.