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International Chessboxing

Chess.  Boxing .  Combined, they make chessboxing.  And tonight, you have a chance to watch it.

So…what exactly is it?

Basically, what it says on the tin.  Designed to challenge you mentally and physically, participants take part in a quick warm up and then take turns to challenge each other in the ring – just like a normal training session.  But during the short recovery periods, athletes can also challenge each other over a game over chess.

After all the action, get involved with the cabaret dance party which will keep you entertained until the early hours.

Tickets are from £15 and are available only through the website.  There will be a limited number on the door.

It’s happening at the Dome at The Boston Arms, 178 Junction Road, from 7pm.

Nearest Tube: Tufnell Park

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Gloomy Valentines

It’s that time of year again, Valentines Day is just around the corner.  If you’re single though FEAR NOT.  Feeling Gloomy and Down With Dating are here to save the day.

Tonight you can head down to o2 Academy Islington and drown your sorrows/meet your future love from 8pm.

The evening is split into two parts:

Feeling Gloomy embrace single behaviour on Valentines

Part One is organised by Down With Dating and is a speed hating and blind hate event.  No – that’s not a typo.

Speed Hating works the same as speed dating, but you get to rant about all the things you dislike about the world, and hope the person opposite you feels the same way.

Blind Hate works as if Cilla were there in person, asking you questions like “If I left you how would you take your revenge on my beloved pet kitten?”

Surprisingly, many people have found love through these events…

Part Two is brought to you by Feeling Gloomy, who will play you sad songs to let you remember your singledom.  Expect heartbreakers like Tainted Love and classic hairbrush sing-along song Total Eclipse of the Heart.

To add insult to injury, dead flowers will be scattered around the room, along with tissues to dry those eyes, and favourite divorce film Kramer vs Kramer will be screened on the wall throughout the evening.

Down With Dating starts at 8pm; Feeling Gloomy starts at 10:30pm.

Down With Dating tickets are £10 advance, whilst Feeling Gloomy tickets are £4.50 adv, £6 before midnight, £8 after, NUS £5.

All tickets are available from Feeling Gloomy or Down With Dating – or call 0844 477 2000

Nearest Tube: Angel

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My Sugarland Car Boot Sale

Car boot sales. Always fun.

I love a good rummage around; I also love clothes. So this weekend I’m in luck – because My Sugarland (cool vintage and new clothes/fashion website) is hosting a car boot sale.  Wooo!

Catering for men, women and children (generous), the car boot sale is on over two days starting on Sunday, January 30th and is open from 10am-6pm on both Sunday and Monday.

Head on down to 402 St. John Street to bag yourself a bargain.

Nearest Tube: Angel

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World DJ Championships

I’m sure I’ll get hate mail for saying this, but the X-Factor of the DJ world is coming to London.  No? Ok then, what about a battle of the bands, if you will?

The UK leg of the DMC World DJ Championships is happening at Koko this weekend, as DJs from across the UK prepare to battle it out to be crowned champion.  Previous winners include Scratch Perverts and A-Trak.

There’s also a UK v France beatboxing battle – that should be worth watching – and a performance by Yarah Bravo.

The event is over two days, with the World Championships being held on Monday, October 18.  Tickets are available for one or both days, priced at £15/£25 respectively, and can be bought here.

Doors open at 5:30pm.

Nearest Tube: Mornington Crescent

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Vintage Fashion Fair-Free Tickets!

If you missed it last time, the Vintage Fashion Fair is being held again on Saturday, September 12.

Generally, the Fair is held every month at Primrose Hill’s Cecil Sharp House, and you can while the time away rummaging through all sort of vintage clothes and accessories.

Normally it’s £3 entry, but if you head to their website, there’s a chance to get yourself a  free ticket for this weekend.

It’s open 11am-5pm – plenty of time to grab yourself a bargain.

Cecil Sharp House is located on Regents Park Road.

Nearest Tube: Camden Town

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Open House, Open City

Normally closed to the public, the Arsenal in NYC’s Central Park was one of the buildings I visited as part of Open City in New York

Ever been having a stroll around London (do people ‘stroll’ in London?) and seen a house you’ve thought ‘that looks lovely.  Wonder what it’s like inside…’?

Well, now’s your chance to have a nosy around some of London’s best loved buildings, as well as somearchitecturally interesting homes.

Open House London is happening on September 18 & 19, enabling you to have a look around all these places for FREE.  There are over 700 buildings, architectural walks, cycle tours and more to keep you busy over the weekend.

I went to Open House in New York City once, and it was a really great way to get to know the city and find out some interesting nuggets of info on the buildings.

You have to book for some of the viewings/talks – so order your guide here to get the full listing of events and buildings.  (The guide costs £6.50)

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Jumble and Pearls

Jumble and Pearls – a monthly jumble sale full of vintage and designer bargains – kicks off today at 1pm.

Described as one of London’s “best kept secrets”, the event also offers mini massages, make-up advice and free lifestyle consultations.

If you can’t make it today, there’ll be a 2nd birthday special on October 2nd.

It’s all happening at the Horatia Pub, on Holloway Road.  It’s on 1-6pm and is free entry.

Nearest Tube: Holloway Road/Highbury & Islington

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