Things To Do In London Today: Thursday 22 August 2013

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Launch your very own hand made boat-cam today, details below.


BLOOD: Today’s opportunity to donate blood is at The Hop Exchange on Southwark Street. Free, see site for terms and conditions.

NEW VIEWS: Bellingham Play Park is the setting for some mini camera events. Today you can build a boat, attach a camera and get an on-the-water view of the River Pool. Tomorrow you can fit a camera to your dog, while on Saturday your vessel is a remote control helicopter. Brilliant. Free, prebook, 2-4pm daily

OPEN THEATRE: Get behind the scenes and meet the team at Camberwell’s Blue Elephant Theatre, at their Open Day today. Free, just turn up, 3-8pm

STEREOTYPE: Artist Marlene McCarty presents her work at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, touching upon elements of identity, feminism, anthropology, and exploring the inherent controversies of representing sex and sexuality. £10/£8, prebook, 6.45pm

POP-UP CINEMA: An excellent film in a lovely location, as The Motorcycle Diaries screens at the Horniman Museum & Gardens tonight. We're not sure how there are still tickets left, be quick... £13.75/£9.35, prebook, 7.30pm

TWEETBOX: Pick the songs you want to hear at The Book Club's Tweetbox night, by tweeting your suggestions to the venue's account. You might spend the whole night glued to your phone, but at least you'll have a good backing track. Free, just turn up, 8pm

FRINGE: The Camden Fringe is still running. If you fancy trying something new, Herding Cats is an all-female sketch troupe directed by one of Late Night Gimp Fight. At Etcetera Theatre. £6/£5, prebook, 9pm

ZOMBIES: Indulge in some gratuitous gore and zombie goodness with Backyard Cinema's screening of Evil Dead II at Camden Lock. £10, prebook, 9pm

ORCHESTRA: Enjoy a sensory experience of time, as the London Contemporary Orchestra perform KLANG at The Roundhouse. £25/£15, prebook, 9pm

Good Cause of the Day

On Saturday 21 September take a walk around this beautiful city of ours while raising money for an exceptionally good cause. The NSPCC London Hack is a 20-mile walk that takes in landmarks such as the London Eye, Tate Modern, Buckingham Palace and some of the lovely Royal Parks. There is also the option of a 10-mile walk for those who fancy a less demanding distance. Funds raised will go toward the NSPCC, a charity working to end child cruelty in the UK. £20 (20 miles)/£10 (10 miles), register online, Saturday 21 September

London Connection Puzzle

Your clue-words so far: LEONARD and SEPULCHRE. Today's new clue-word is DUNSTAN. Spotted the London connection yet? We've already got a winner (who got it on just the first word!), so no need to email in.

From Londonist’s Archive

Last year we paid homage to the incredible bravery and skill our four-legged friends can demonstrate, with an article about The Medal-Winning Dogs Of The London Blitz.

London Weather by Inclement Attlee

People often ask me whether I might also include a shipping forecast in this daily column. I am, sadly, unqualified to chart the squalls and eddies of the seas. However, my colleague Terry Ferminal is here to oblige. He's a bit of a snarky old sea dog, mind. Don't judge him too harshly...

London Shipping Forecast by Terry Ferminal

There is no sea in London. You fool! Are you thinking of Batter-sea or Chel-sea? Those are not real seas. You fool! The Thames is, however, tidal. That means boats bob and dip and wobble. Any potential boat driver (and, yes, that is the correct term, don't you argue with me!) needs a good shipping forecast to navigate the Thames safely. That is why I am here. This is my forecast:

Barrier: congested with heavy cormorants, scary
Greenwich Curve: slippery and damp with water
Dogs Island: slippery and damp with corruption
Wapping Reach: piratey, with occasional river rozzers
Pool of London: variable, mainly tourists and battleships
Bankside: occasional, with variable moderates
Southbank: moderate, with occasional variables
Lambeth Sound: dubstep, post-dubstep and grime
Wandsworth: Beware, the Kraken
Hammersmith: You fool!