Things To Do In London Today: Friday 8 November 2013

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I.R. and G. Cruikshank. 'Tom & Jerry at a Coffee Shop near the Olympic'

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BLOOD: Today's opportunities to donate blood are at St Olave Parish Hall on Fenchurch Street and Stoll in Fulham. Free, see site for terms and conditions.

GEORGIANS: A new exhibition at the British Library reveals the Georgians as they really were, looks at the objects that tell their stories, and sees how they helped shape modern Britain. £9, prebook, until 11 March 2014

PRESS PHOTOGRAPHY: The World Press Photo Exhibition brings together award-winning photographs from around the world which capture the most powerful, and often disturbing, images of the year. It’s displaying at the Royal Festival Hall. Free, just turn up, until 26 November

CRAFT: Showcasing over 100 craft and design experts, Handmade in Britain at Chelsea Old Town Hall is a great opportunity to purchase and commission bespoke pieces directly from the maker – just in time for Christmas. £7/£5, prebook, until 10 November

MEDIA FEST: Individuals from across the global media industry come together for two days of panel discussions and film screenings at One World Media Festival. Explore the ethics of using non-local news reporters, find out how to get your documentary off the ground, or simply learn how media can change the world. Free, prebook each session, until 9 November

PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD: Go down the rabbit hole with the Experimental Food Society Spectacular exhibition at Truman Brewery, which features a breathable tearoom featuring functional teas, a wild flower meadow made entirely from sugar, and a functioning camera made from edible materials. There's also a five-course food banquet available for the super foodies amongst you. £7.70 for the exhibition or £95.40 for the banquet, prebook, until 9 November

FIREWORKS: Bonfire Night has been and gone, but Barnet is bringing up the rear with a firework display at Totteridge Millhillians Cricket Club. £7/£5, just turn up, from 5pm

REGULAR MUSEUM LATES: See in the weekend with a spot of culture at the British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Modern, Royal Academy, or National Portrait Gallery. Free, check websites for closing times and events

TREASURE HUNT: Hunt through UCL's Museums and solve the clues to discover ancient eating habits, the animals we call lunch and exactly how edible rocks are. There are prizes to be won. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

DIRTY WARS: Dochouse puts on another excellent screening at Institute of Contemporary Arts. Dirty Wars is the story of a reporter in Afghanistan who journeys through a complex web of government secrets and cover-ups. Followed by a panel Q&A. £10/£7, prebook, 7pm

ONLINE DATING LOLS: See live stand-ups (Richard Herring, Mae Martin and Brett Goldstein) interspersed with online comedy, all about the theme of online dating, at the Hackney Picturehouse. £12, prebook, 7pm

GIG: There are still a few tickets left to experience the lilting, melodic and anthemic music of Scottish band Frightened Rabbit at O2 Academy Brixton. £20.13, prebook, 7pm

POETRY: Join an absolute ton of poets for the launch of South Bank Poetry’s Autumn/Winter issue at the Poetry Cafe. £5.50/£4.50, just turn up, 7.30pm

FILM SCORES: The London Philharmonic Orchestra is at Southbank Centre to celebrate and perform seminal film scores between 1960-1980. £9-£65, prebook, 7.30pm

BURLESQUE: Ok, British burlesque star Immodesty Blaize performs with special guests and variety acts at Hoxton Hall TONIGHT. Not yesterday, as we originally thought. Sorry about that. From £55, 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

Good Cause of the Day

UK-Sri Lanka Trauma Group, a charity dedicated to mental health capacity building in Sri Lanka, conducts a fundraising concert at St Luke's Church in Holloway this evening. There will be performances from Anna Anandarajah (soprano) and Mee Hyun Oh (violin). £15 donation on the door, just turn up, from 7.30pm

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From the Archive

Last year, we shared these beautiful photographs by Quintin Lake, who had recently completed a project to photograph the River Thames from its source in Gloucestershire to the City of London.

London Weather by Inclement Attlee

The fruit-machine of weather today brings rain, sunshine and cloud in random consecution. Like most fruit machines, there's very little chance of a winning combination. Take a brolly. Speaking of which, did you know that there are more slang terms for the umbrella than any other piece of foldable weather-related apparatus? As well as brolly, we have parasol, parapluie, rainshade, gamp, bumbershoot, umbrolly and, on windy days, 'piece of crap'. Of these, 'bumbershoot' is clearly the winner. I implore all Londoners to refer to their umbrellas as bumbershoots from now on.

Rich Thomas

I'd only ever heard of 'bumbershoot' from Frasier; the Americans seem to think we all go around saying "tally-ho old man, best take the ol' bumbershoot out today, what ho?"

o,O