Things To Do In London Today: Monday 8 July 2013

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Soul in the Machine. See below.


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Friends House in Euston and outside County Hall on Belvedere Road. Free, see site for terms and conditions.

FUTURE OF MAN: Check out Soul in the Machine, a visual arts exhibition exploring the future of mankind, told through a world of science fiction, massive machines and radical architectures at Rich Mix. Free, just turn up, until 26 August

CHOIR: Seek shade in St Martin in the Fields this lunchtime and enjoy a concert by Southend Girls' Choir. Free, just turn up, 1pm

ARTISTS' JOURNEYS: The lunchtime talk at the National Gallery uses the travel diaries of three artists to explore their journeys, made for very different reasons in the Sainsbury Wing. Free, just turn up, 1pm

SILICON VALLEY: Learn about Silicon Valley’s unique innovation culture, and find out how the region’s success can be replicated around the world. Led by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Deborah Perry Piscione at Hong Kong Theatre, LSE Clement House. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

BRITTEN: Fans of Benjamin Britten can hear about his life story in a talk at the British Library. £7.50, prebook, 6.30pm

BOOK JAM: Brixton Book Jam has a packed line-up, including Irenosen Okojie, Helen Smith, Cherry Potts, Ben Johncock, Harys Francke and Tom Pollock. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

PUB SCI: Michael Byford talks at the Albert Arms about the highly eccentric but often sadly forgotten Victorian physicist, Oliver Heaviside. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

TELLING STORIES: Charlatan and solo artist Tim Burgess hosts an evening of music and readings at The Social, to mark the publication of Telling Stores — his rock and roll memoir. £6, prebook, 7pm


Reader Competition

A festival of fun and unusual visual theatre begins at the Dugdale Centre in Enfield this Thursday (read our preview). The opening shows of Mimetic 2013 are The Paper Cinema's Odyssey - an amazing silent film created before your eyes from a suitcase full of paper puppets - followed by a variety show from Finger in the Pie Cabaret. We have a pair of tickets to give away to this opening night double bill. You'll need to be in Enfield Town for 7pm (30 mins on train from Liverpool Street) and there's time to grab some dinner in between shows.

To enter, please leave a comment on this article saying you want to win the tickets and we’ll randomly pick a winner tomorrow at noon. Good luck!


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Good Cause of the Day

Our Sansar, charity that works with children in Nepal is holding a Comedy Rocks fundraiser (including Marcel Lucont, Lembit Opik, Matthew Crosby, Holly Walsh, Michael Fabbri and Paul Chowdhry) at Bar Rumba in Piccadilly Circus on 11 July. £20/£15, prebook for cheaper tickets, 6.30pm

London Connection Puzzle

So, the solution to last week's puzzle. The clue-words were KINGSLAND, CITY ROAD, WENLOCK and BATTLEBRIDGE. They are all, of course, basins on the Regent's Canal. Lots of people emailed in with the correct answer, but first among them was reader 'Bebs' (who gives no full name, but congratulations). Bebs suggested an idea for this week's puzzle, which will start tomorrow. So stay tuned.

London Weather, by Inclement Attlee

Such is the heat today that Londoners could be forgiven for thinking* that they're on the surface of GJ 667Cc, a potentially habitable planet with three suns, recently discovered by scientists in California. Here's a non-artist's bad representation of what London might look like, were it in such a star system.


*(Editor's comment: No they couldn't, you moronic fantasist.)