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Canary Wharf Jazz Festival

Jazz.  Nice.  Free jazz. Even nicer.  Canary Wharf is hosting a free jazz festival this weekend – what’s not to like about that?

There’s a fairly full line up:

Friday 13th August
7 – 8pm Robert Mitchell Trio
8.30 – 10pm Alex Wilson

Saturday 14th August
1.30 – 2.15pm Jazzphonica: Roundhouse Jazz Ensemble
2.45 – 4pm TBC
4.30 – 5.45pm Matthew Halsall
6.15 – 7.30pm The Baker Brothers
8 – 9.15pm Ruby Turner

Sunday 15th August
1 – 2.15pm Ernesto Simpson
2.45 – 4pm The Haggis Horns
4.30 – 5.45pm Natalie Williams
6.15 – 7.30pm Pee Wee Ellis

Why not take a picnic and chill out in the park? (Word of warning – glass bottles and portable furniture are not permitted)

It’s all taking place in Canada Square Park and is totally free!

Nearest Tube: Canary Wharf

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Feeling Gloomy? Put On Your Red Shoes and…DANCE!

I’ve just found out about a brilliant concept that I feel the need to share with you all.

Feeling Gloomy is a club night with a twist.  With nights in New York (wish I’d known about it whilst I was there…) and soon to be Berlin,  Feeling Gloomy play songs for the melancholy from the o2 Academy in Islington.

Well, not quite – the songs are fairly upbeat, but the lyrics aren’t necessarily so.  Think along the lines of Scissor Sisters ‘Comfortably Numb’, or choose from a wide and varied list including Kylie, The Smiths, Blur, David Bowie –  even Frank Sinatra.

Speaking of ol’ Ziggy, on Saturday, August 7, you can get involved in a free Bowie-themed walk which is kicking off in Brixton and will take in all of Dave’s old haunts (I’m pretty sure I can call him Dave).

The trail will take you up to the West End before giving you the option of heading on to the aforementioned Feeling Gloomy night, which for one night only – you’ve guessed it – is Bowie themed.

If all that excitement wasn’t enough, costumes are encouraged, and your tour will be accompanied by ‘Bowie’ himself (*cough*) belting out some tunes along the way, inbetween getting you some facts on the old fella, of course.

The tour is free, but is first-come, first-served.  If you wish to head over to Feeling Gloomy, that will set you back £6 before midnight, or £8 after. NUS £5.

The walk starts at starts at 6.30pm at Trinity Arms, 45 Trinity Gardens, London, SW9 8DR.  Food and drink will be available en route.

o2 Academy Islington is located at 16 Parkfield St, Islington, N1

Nearest Tube: Brixton (for the walk), Angel (for the club)

For more information, head over to the Facebook event page.

BIG thanks goes to Mike Toller for flagging this one up.

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Ping-a-ling

This weekend why not get outdoors and try out something different?

Ping London are setting up a load of ping-pong (or table tennis, if you’d prefer) tables around the city, ready for you to have a go! Bats and balls are provided so there’s no excuse.

Tables are all over the place, including Heathrow, The British Library and Soho Square. There will be classes available too.

The tables will be out and about until August 22 – plenty of time to turn you into a ping-pong champion!

Time Out have a helpfully created map of all the table locations.  Click here for more info.

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Free Coral Gig

The Coral are playing a free gig tomorrow night (Tuesday, July 6) at Rough Trade East.

To get a wristband to the gig, head to the Rough Trade store and buy their new album ‘1000 years’ .  Any remaining wristbands will be given out on a first come, first served basis one hour before the show.

Rough Trade is in the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane (entrance on Dray Walk).  The show starts at 6:30pm.

Nearest Tubes: Aldgate East or Liverpool Street

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Free Mystery Jets Gig

Mystery Jets are playing a free instore gig tonight at Rough Trade East.

To get your wristband, head to the Rough Trade store and pick up their new album ‘seratonin’ – any left over wristbands will be given out on a first come first served basis one hour before the show.

Rough Trade East can be found in the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane (entrance is on Dray Walk).  The gig kicks off at 7pm.

Nearest Tube: Aldgate East or Liverpool Street

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Ten Minute Take-Away 01/07/10

Hi guys, sorry for the absence over the last few weeks.

Here’s this week’s Ten Minute Take-Away, which includes getting your groove on at Shake, Rattle and Bowl and swing classes at The Lexington, a visit to Buckingham Palace, checking out the zoo and a whole host of other ideas for the week ahead.

The podcast can be downloaded from iTunes here.

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Ten Minute Take-Away 11/06/10

This week’s Ten Minute Take-Away podcast includes Trooping the Colours, Open Garden weekend and a kite festival.

Last week’s podcast is available on iTunes here.

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