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3 things to read today:
Animated: A Day On The London Underground
Watch this fascinating animation of over 500,000 tube journeys from TfL Oyster data.
Why You Should Talk To Strangers On The Tube
The tube doesn't have to be a black hole of human interaction (even if it is very dark and hole-like down there). If you try to talk to strangers on the tube you never know what you might discover.
How To Start Your Own Art Collection Without Breaking The Bank
So how does a Londoner go about building an art collection on a reasonable budget? Here's our step-by-step guide on getting started with some handy tips on where to find great art at affordable prices.
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Kickstart your day with a supercharged sing at Dawn Chorus, a totally unique wake-up call. The group, which is led by expert vocal coaches and supported by the live karaoke brand Rockaoke, promises all your favourite tunes from the best rock and pop at The Phoenix, off Oxford Street, £7, 7.30am
THE POETRY SOCIETY ANNUAL LECTURE:
Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize winner and former US Poet Laureate, will give the 2015 Poetry Society Annual Lecture at King's College. She'll look at the poet’s role in re-shaping, reframing and reimagining history, interweaving her talk with poems. £10/£8, prebook, 7pm-8.30 pm
HOPS AND CHOPS:
King Cobra beer is hosting an intimate evening of beer education hosted by alcohol experts Thinking Drinkers at Broadway's Market's master butcher, Hill & Szrok. Enjoy delicious chops, tenderloins and wings alongside the history of beer and a King Cobra tasting. £7.50, prebook, 7pm-9pm
RUM MASTERS TASTING:
As part of Rum Experience Week, drink cocktails and discover what makes a great rum at Bourne & Hollingsworth, Farringdon. Whether you're a longtime aficionado or are just getting acquainted with rum, there's a lot to love and learn here. £15, 7pm
ADA LOVELACE LIVE:
Ada Lovelace Day is an annual celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. ALD Live at Conway Hall is an entertaining evening of geekery, comedy and music suitable for women and men, and girls and boys over the age of 12. £20/£5 concessions, prebook, 7.30pm-9.30pm
THE GREAT GATSBY:
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel is brought to life in this sizzling stage adaptation at artsdepot in Finchley, recreating the sights, sounds and feel of America’s Roaring Twenties. £20/£15/£14, prebook, 7.30pm
THE CUTTING EDGE COMEDY:
The Cutting Edge sees six comedians debating topical news with plenty of fun and laughs thrown in, at The Comedy Store, Soho, £10, 8pm
There’s character and sketch comedy from Alison Thea-Skot, Joz Norris, Katia Kvinge, Fraser Millward and others at the Betsey Trotwood tonight, and all for nowt. Free, just turn up, 8pm
Join rugby legends Jonah Lomu, Jason Leonard and Scott Quinnell to listen to their inspiring tales. Sky Sports presenter Alex Payne is on hand to manage the chat. £25, 8pm
BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL:
Cemetery Of Splendour is a visually ravishing tale of a unit of soldiers afflicted by an undeterminable illness. Hypnotic, immersive and unlike anything you've ever seen before. £16, 9.15pm
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Good cause of the day
From Tuesday 13 October at 10am, LocalGiving will be matching one-time donations pound-for-pound up to £10, and monthly donations up to £10 per month for three months. All charities with active Localgiving memberships are eligible to receive up to a maximum of £10,000 of match funding and the campaign will run across the whole of the UK. With Gift Aid, a one-time donation of £10 made through Localgiving.com during Grow Your Tenner will generate £21.67, so make sure you spread the word and start growing those tenners!
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