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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Friends House in Euston, St James's Square and the Salvation Army International Headquarters. Free, see site for terms and conditions
FEMINISM: The London Feminist Film Festival continues this week with a screening of Sally Potter’s award winning 1980s feminist film, The Gold Diggers at Hackney Picture House. £10.20, prebook, 6.30pm
STORYTHYME: Get a three course dinner and three true stories from Justin Rollins, Jo Galloway and Russell Hall with Storythyme at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. £30, prebook, 6.30pm
REVOLUTION: Giles Milton, Catherine Merridale and Vladimir Alexandrov explore personal stories of the Russian Revolution at Waterstones Piccadilly. £5/£3, prebook, 6.30pm
PRINT OUTS: Stack Magazines looks back over their favourite independent magazine launches of 2013 and the magazine makers will reveal how their first year in the business went. At The Book Club. £5, prebook, 6.30-9pm
GIGS: Today’s music tips (we have a selection of them this week), as recommended by our friends at LondonGigGuide, are The Moth & The Flame at Sebright Arms in Bethnal Green (£5, prebook, 7pm) and sax legend Manu Dibango at Barbican (£20-£35, prebook, 7.30pm)
LONDON LIT: The Peckham Literary Festival takes place this week and tonight at Review, Martin Bannister reads from his debut novel, A Map of Nowhere — a troubling book set in Camberwell. £3.85, prebook, 7pm
NOVELS: Kamila Shamsie and John Freeman talk about what makes a great novel, at Daunt Books Marylebone. £8 (includes wine), prebook, 7pm
PSYCHOTIC FAMILIES: A panel discussion at The House of St Barnabas, hosted by Miranda Sawyer, looks at competing definitions of what a family "should" be and how this helps/hinders/influences us. £11, prebook, 7.30pm
NARNIA: Did you know that Narnia is actually based in Hackney? Well it is tonight, as the final Make Escape craft night of the year takes place at Hackney Attic with Aslan and white witch DIY projects, crystal ice embroidery and collage corner. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm
COMEDY: There's a great line-up at We Love Comedy, at The Pipeline by Liverpool Street station: Robin Ince, Jessica Fostekew, Tom Price, Lindsay Sharman, Luisa Omelian, Caroline Mabey and Lea Emery all take to the stage. £8/£5, prebook for cheaper tickets, 8.15pm
FLAMENCO: Music, sex and history roll into one with talented performances at Nomad Jazz in Hackney, with Flamenco Express. £10/£8, just turn up, 9.15pm
Good Cause of the Day
Get a pie and help send a cow, at Pieminister on Leather Lane today. Pieminister have teamed up with African development charity Send a Cow and are donating their pies for free in return for a donation to the charity. Free, just turn up, 6-9pm
After your hot pie, you could head to Alexandra Palace for a Silent Movie Night to raise funds towards the ongoing restoration of the Alexandra Palace Organ. The 1926 classic comedy For Heaven’s Sake will screen alongside a concert organ recital in the Great Hall. £10/£7, just turn up, 7.30-10pm
London Connection Puzzle
A new puzzle starts today, set by Dave Brown, last week's winner. Your first clue-word is RICHARD HANNAY. Don't email in yet, but consider possible themes and wait for tomorrow's clue-word.
From the Archive
Two years ago today we posted this video showing the abandoned Aldwych tube station when still operational in the early 1990s, complete with some flagrant health and safety rule-disregarding.
London Weather by Inclement Attlee
Welcome to the coldest day of the season so far. Acclimatise yourself by spending an hour in the fridge. Remember to leave the door slightly ajar so that the light stays on; this simulates the bright, sunny conditions you can expect when you finally leave the house. There is no chance of rain. This is fortunate. Your in-fridge weather simulations could have taken a sour turn, given that the only liquid in your appliance is that dodgy corner-shop milk that started to smell a bit fruity last Thursday. In summary: Jesus, how long has this cottage cheese been open?