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Queen Mary University researcher developing Shazam for birds

Posted at 2:30 pm, October 30, 2014 in Technology
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A researcher from Queen Mary University is launching a new app designed to recognise and identify birdsong. (It’s a bit like Shazam but for different species of birds rather than shit songs in loud bars.)  Read the full post…

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Four fantastic and free food giveaways

Posted at 1:15 pm, October 30, 2014 in Deals, Food & Drink, Free

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© Ben Sutherland

If you’re feeling the pre-payday pinch and longing for something more delicious than a reduced egg butty from Sainsbos, feast your eyes on these great food giveaways to satisfy that rumbling tummy. Read the full post…

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Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop wigwam returns for another winter

Posted at 12:30 pm, October 30, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
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A wigwam on a roofop in the middle of Shoreditch? Don’t mind if we do. Yes, WigWamBam is back for 2014 on top of the Queen of Hoxton. This year the candle-lit hideaway is inspired by Britain’s wild outdoors, with moss-covered tree stumps, tangled vines and views of the stars (if you can see them through the light pollution). Think toasting marshmallows around an open fire and you’ve got the right idea.

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London on Instagram: @mervinkaye

Posted at 10:00 am, October 30, 2014 in Photos of London

A photo posted by Merv (@mervinkaye) on

While Mervin Kaye’s Insta-pictures always have the same distinct style, he rarely photographs the same spot twice. He says: ‘I always do some research during my free time for spots that I have not visited yet and try to put my own twist on them.’  Read the full post…

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Exclusive: Pillow Cinema comes to Shoreditch

Posted at 8:00 am, October 30, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London
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What’s better than watching a film all snuggled up in bed? Watching something on a big screen whilst lounging on a bean bag, propped up on comfy pillows and being served drinks and snacks, that’s what! Well, that’s what the folks behind wet and wild film party Hot Tub Cinema are hoping, as they launch their brand new concept: Pillow Cinema! Read the full post…

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#mushalloween: see some of the spookiest exhibits in London museums

Posted at 5:15 pm, October 29, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
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Halloween’s on the horizon and museums around the world are celebrating by posting pictures of their most spooky exhibits on Twitter with the hashtag #mushalloween.  Read the full post…

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Bum tomatoes in Essex taste like crap

Posted at 4:15 pm, October 29, 2014 in News

Don’t own a garden but want to eat fresh tomatoes off the vine? Then head out to Rochford in Essex, where you’ll find them growing wild. Oh, but wait, they’re growing in the middle of a railway line. And, according to rail union the RMT, they’ve sprung forth from human waste. Yup, this particular plant (snapped by an RMT member) has apparently grown from tomato seeds in passenger excrement dumped on to the tracks from train toilets, then fertilised by yet more commuter bowel bombs. Newer trains have inbuilt sewage tanks, but older ones empty their payload of nutrient-rich manure on the go. The lesson: don’t eat spag bol in Essex. It’s made with what Italians call poomodori.

For more quirky London news take a look at these ladies trying to visit every single museum in London

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Tredwell’s: Marcus Wareing’s latest delivers divisive dinners

Posted at 3:30 pm, October 29, 2014 in Food & Drink

Some restaurants seem destined to divide opinion. In the week following the opening of Tredwell’s, the new restaurant from celebrity chef Marcus Wareing, I’ve been accosted by several colleagues telling me either how much they disliked their experience at Tredwell’s, or how much they enjoyed the food. Could it be that some people focus on the food, while others are more sensitive to other aspects of dining out, such as the noise level and the prices?

Read on to find out what our reviewer thought of it.

By Guy Dimond

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Get on your bike for a Halloween fright

Posted at 2:30 pm, October 29, 2014 in Fun London

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Want to cycle between Halloween parties? Strap a pumpkin onto your pannier rack, fill it with bike lights and cycle to these frightfully themed rides and bike-based events. Read the full post…

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Three women are trying to visit all of London’s museums

Posted at 1:30 pm, October 29, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment

Jo Hunt, Mary Rees and Linda Smither are three women who share a passion: a desire to complete everything.

They’ve already travelled on all 549 bus routes in London, from one end to the other (it took them five years). Now they’re attempting to visit every museum in London.

So far they’ve visited 40 out of the 250-ish cultural hot spots, including the more obscure Cinema Museum and the Garden Museum. Good luck ladies! We’ll check in with them soon and keep you posted.

Follow the trio’s progress on their blog, or enjoy their BBC interview.

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Okay, here’s what you should really be doing for Halloween…

Posted at 12:30 pm, October 29, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Free, Fun London, Music & Nightlife

Halloween parties in London

Halloween can be a bit like New Years Eve, unless you get your arse in gear and plan something in advance, it can be a bit of an anti-climax. If you’re reading this we’ll take a stab in the dark and guess you’re still stumped for what to do this weekend. Fear not! Whether you want to dress up, watch a film, or even play bingo, you’ll find something in these bloody great events.  Read the full post…

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Buy some vintage London air from 2012

Posted at 10:00 am, October 29, 2014 in Fun London

Remember the Olympic spirit that swamped London in 2012? Don’t worry, we barely can either.

Luckily, an Etsy seller from Prague canned our city’s air back in the day, so now we can release it at our desk whenever we need a pick-me-up. Read the full post…

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