Things To Do In London Today: Wednesday 21 August 2013

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Learn about age extension technology tonight at The Book Club.


BLOOD: Today’s opportunity to donate blood is at St Olave Parish Hall on Fenchurch Street. Free, see site for terms and conditions.

FLORENCE: Head to the Florence Nightingale Museum for a family friendly performance by the woman herself (nb. probably won't be the actual Florence Nightingale; that would be macabre). Learn about her life and the results of her work. Free, just turn up. 11am and 1pm

RECITAL: Bulgarian pianist Veneta Neynska performs a lunchtime recital of Schubert at Saint James’s Piccadilly. £3.50 suggested donation, just turn up, 1.10pm

STORYTHYME: Storytelling and food combine at Storythyme on the Oval Space rooftop, with Laura Newman, Diana Man and others. £30, prebook, 6.30pm

GRAPHICS: Rutu Modan is in conversation with fellow graphic novelist Hannah Berry at Foyles. £6, prebook, 6.30pm

LONDON MUSIC: Lloyd Bradley, one of the UK’s leading black music experts, charts a century of black music in London, at Housmans Bookshop in King’s Cross. £3, just turn up, 7pm

HEELS: A new class that combines exercise, posture and style takes place at Backyard Bar in Bethnal Green. Skills On Heels aims to teach greater control and confidence of movement in heels, for both guys and girls. £12, just turn up, 7pm

FUTURE HUMAN: Three experts on the science of ageing discuss developments in age extension technology as part of the Extended Lives salon, held at The Book Club in Shoreditch. £10, prebook, 7pm

POOR/VULNERABLE: Patricia Rogers, vice chair of the British Humanist Association, is at Conway Hall to discuss the work of international NGOs and whether they are praying for the poor, or just preying on the vulnerable. Free (donations welcome), just turn up, 7pm

POETRY: Catch heat two of the Roundhouse Poetry Slam competition, judged by John Berkavitch, Daniel Cockrill, Stephanie Dogfoot, Zena Edwards, Kat Francois and Polarbear. £4, prebook, 7.30pm

FILM: Film Night at the Bohemia is a monthly film night based around a theme at…The Bohemia in North Finchley. Tonight’s theme is heroes and heroines, and features a screening of the Cohen Brother’s classic Fargo. Free, just turn up, 8pm *PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED*

GIG: Aussie popster Josef Salvat (with whom we spoke in July) headlines at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen tonight. £8.50, prebook, 8pm

Good Cause of the Day

PR agency Hotwire embarked on a virtual bike ride on Monday, using fitness bikes to pedal a whopping 1,718 km — the equivalent distance of London to Madrid. The 'journey' will take five days and all proceeds raised via their JustGiving page will go towards the Hannah Memorial Academy, an English-language school for under-privileged children in Darjeeling, India.

London Connection Puzzle

Yesterday's clue-word was LEONARD. Preposterously, someone actually guessed it from that alone, so we already have a winner, and there's no point emailing in. However, if you want to carry on playing for your own enjoyment, today's new clue is SEPULCHRE. What's the London connection?

From Londonist’s Archive

At Londonist we try to show you both the good and the bad (and sometimes the ugly), which is why in 2011 we published a slightly gloomy photographic guide to London's Lost Pubs. Sniff.

London Weather by Inclement Attlee

Wednesday is an exceptionally fine day for cloud spotting, as fluffy white cumuli dominate the skies. Look out, in particular, for a cloud shaped like a weeping horse at 10.30am (its head bowed to the western horizon). The likeness of Jeremy Kyle on a pogo stick can also be spied to the west around 1.15pm. But the day's certain highlight comes at 7.42pm, when an elongated cumulonimbus to the south-west adopts the precise configuration of Michelangelo's The Entombment, including a kneeling Virgin Mary not present in the original painting. A treat for cloud spotters and art historians alike, I think you'll agree.