Things To Do In London Today: Monday 17 February 2014

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Photo Noir at The National Theatre. See below for details.


BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at United Reformed Church in Enfield and Church Of Lady Of The Annunciation in Addiscombe. Free, see site for terms and conditions

HALF TERM: Half term begins today. If you're looking for something to do with your kids in London, check out our list of Stuff To Do In Half Term, and a roundup of the best child-friendly restaurants.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Photo Noir is a new exhibition of photography by Cornel Lucas, the only stills photographer to be awarded a BAFTA for his service to the British Film Industry. At the National Theatre. Free, just turn up, until 29 March

LAST CHANCE: Four Four Jew, an exhibition at The Jewish Museum portraying historical links between London's Jewish community and football, closes on Sunday. £7.50 , just turn up, until 23 February

WAR DEBATE: The British Library hosts a debate about the causes, meaning and myths of the First World War, with panellists from Bristol and Queen Mary Universities, as well as Professor Gary Sheffield, Professor of War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton.  £5/£3, prebook,  6.30pm

FILM SCREENING: The London premiere of indy film Partir To Live takes place at Hoxton Gallery tonight, with musical performance by Jozef Van Wissem. The film is a paranormal intertwining of past, present and future. £7/£5, prebook, 7pm

TEXT SPEAK: Kings Place hosts Questions Of Grammar, a discussion between David Marsh, Production Editor of The Guardian and Nevile Martin Gwynne, author of Gwynne's Grammar, about whether we are becoming too liberal with our use of the English language. Stray apostrophe's, beware. £9.50, prebook, 7pm

FILM CLUB: Alibi Film Club in Dalston are showing Machete Kills this week. Free, just turn up, 7pm

AFRICA QUIZ: Rich Mix hosts The Africa Centre's quiz, with about a third of the questions themed around Africa, and the rest general knowledge, meaning that everyone can join in and learn. Free, prebook, 7.30pm

CARTOON TALK: Multi-award winning cartoonist and writer Martin Rowson talks about his life, cartoons, satire and ethics. The venue is Conway Hall in Holborn. £5/£2, prebook, 7.30pm

STORYTELLING: The Devil’s Purse is a performance storytelling night on stage at the Soho Theatre, telling the story of a lonely traveler who loses himself in the mountains. £9/£7, prebook, 8pm

POETRY TALK: Coffee-House Colloquies: The Art of Choosing takes place at the Troubadour in Earl’s Court, where editors from four leading poetry magazines talk about their jobs and poetry in general. Free, just turn up, 8pm

COMEDY: Comedy duo Rat present their show Things, at Etcetera Theatre. We like the sound of one of their skits as performed by three stupid dogs. £11.50, prebook, 9.30pm

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Good Cause of the Day

Greenwich Food Festival takes place at Greenwich Market today, with all profits going to Greenwich Food Bank, a charity which provides local people in need with emergency food supplies. Local traders will be selling products including honey, cheese, wine and bread. Performers including Greenwich University Choir and Kid Called Sorrow provide entertainment. Entry is free, from 11am.

London Connection Puzzle

A big, warm 'well done' to Paul Carpenter, the only person to write in with the correct solution to last week's puzzle. The four clues were St Peter Ad Vincula, The House of Lords, the Cutty Sark and the Nash Conservatory. The answer is that they're all features of London's four World Heritage Sites: the Tower of London, the Palace of Westminster, Maritime Greenwich and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, respectively.  A new puzzle, set by Paul, will start tomorrow.

From the Archive

In this day in 2012, the Valentine's Day love was still going. Londonist reader Adam Ladds spotted this poem chalked onto the pavement in Ealing. How lovely.


It's 'Rude and Lewd Week' on Londoddities. We begin at the Albert pub on Victoria Street, which is justly proud of its 19th century etched-glass windows. But do you see anything untoward among the frosted foliage? Those with pure minds will observe only a tasteful piece of Victorian artistry. Those with more sordid imaginations might detect an anatomical curiosity in the glazing. Which do you see?