Things To Do In London Today: Thursday 29 August 2013

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Watch practitioners showcase their skills, at Manual Labour: Making & Making Do. Details below


MAKING DO: A fascinating window display on Cambridge Heath Road has been set up this week. Manual Labour: Making & Making Do celebrates the art of practical skill by showcasing various 'demonstrators' live, in fields such as taxidermy, book binding, Meccano and waxwork. You can also watch the window online via a live stream. Free, just turn up, until 1 September

TOWER BRIDGE: Today is the last day you can get a behind the scenes look at the inner working of Tower Bridge with the final Techie Talk. Free with price of admission to Tower Bridge Exhibition (£8), just turn up, 1.15-2pm

TINKLE THE IVORIES: St Pancras station gets its third public piano today, for anyone to play on. Turn up this evening and listen to a free jazz gig by the Ned Bennett Quartet. Free, just turn up, 5.30pm

SUMMER NIGHT MARKET: It is also the final Summer Night Markets at Camden Lock Market tonight. Make the most of the film, music, street food, ping-pong and cocktails while it lasts. Free, just turn up, from 6pm

DISCUSS ART: Join a panel discussion with Repre artists (a group who share a want to depict the real and explore the boundaries of realism in their artwork) at DegreeArt in Bethnal Green. Free, just turn up, 6.30-8pm

LONDON LORE: Join London Fortean Society host Scott Wood on a walk from the Royal Exchange to their home at The Bell on Middlesex Street, taking in London lore, ghosts, urban folklore and psychogeography. £3/£2, just turn up, 7.30pm

SHORTS: Future Shorts Summer Seasons comes to The Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick, screening a selection of handpicked short films plus live music. £8.80, prebook, 8pm

PLAN B: London artist Plan B performs at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire tonight. If you missed tickets, never mind, as you can catch the performance in real-time on giant screens at King's Cross Station, Victoria Station and The Wall at Westfield Shepherd’s Bush. Headphones will be provided so you can enjoy the music silent-disco style. Free, just turn up, from 8pm

Good Cause of the Day

Join in with the British Heart Foundation's Great British Bag-A-Thon from Monday 2 September at West 12 Shopping Centre. Volunteers will be handing out stock donation bags, which shoppers can fill with as many unwanted items of their own (clothes, books, homewares, toys, CDs, and DVDs) and bring back to the drop-off point in the shopping centre (or any BHF shop). This stock donation campaign aims to raise 1 million bags of unwanted things throughout September to help raise money for the British Heart Foundation, a charity dedicated to the fight against heart disease. Free, just turn up, 2-22 September

London Connection Puzzle

Your clue-words so far: NELSON and STATE. Today's addition is TULIP. Nobody has emailed in the correct London connection yet, so mail if you think you've got it.

From Londonist’s Archive

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London Weather by Inclement Attlee

Michael Jackson, had he lived, would be celebrating his 55th birthday today. To honour that great man — who would wear gloves, whatever the weather — today's forecast is inspired by the lyrics from his seminal work 'Earth Song', rendered less schmaltzy by the inclusion of meteorological references:

What about sunrise? (yes)
What about rain? (no)
What about all the things
That a good forecast should name?

What about sunny spells? (yes)
Will there be gusts? (no)
What about all the things
That are meteorologic musts?

Did you ever stop to notice
All the clouds we have today?
Did you ever stop to notice
Summer's almost gone away?

Aaaaaaaaah Oooooooooh
Aaaaaaaaah Oooooooooh
(Repeat until faint)