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Five things to do – 9th January

Nuclear winter at the Royal Academy – Not-so-prescient predictions for 2008 – Young German architecture practice – Windows 7 from Microsoft – Instant architecture

Head down to the Royal Academy

The Royal Academy’s first contemporary arts season, GSK Contemporary, is drawing to a close. To complement the grim British winter, curators have laid on a suitably grisly array of exhibitions. Warm your cockles with post-apocalyptic visions of London and an installation where digital timers on the back of metal dogs count down the final moments to catastrophic disaster.

Read a collection of (not-so-) prescient predictions

‘I’m not an economist but I do believe that we’re growing’ quoth George Bush, in July of last year. Click here for more staggeringly off-the-mark predictions about 2008.

Is this German architecture's great new hope? You decide

Berlin culture mag 032c (known for its 'New Ugly' design) has hailed J. Mayer H. as Germany’s greatest architecture hope since Bauhaus. That dangling initial certainly makes Jürgen sound impressive, but what about his buildings?

Get the lowdown on Microsoft's new operating system

Windows 7: ‘a seamless ecosystem of "anytime, anywhere" computing’. So ran the promise of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer as he launched the new version of the operating system yesterday. Click here for in-depth and rather less partial review.

Vote for your favourite instant architecture

Here's a chance to vote for your favourite instant architecture: from concrete canvas to inflatable aircraft maintenance shelters.

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