Leeds today: Caribbean, chocolate, council, culture and controversy!

Morning! There’s a four day weekend ahead, the sun is back on form, and we’re wrapping up what to do over the break alongside the news & views of the day. What’s not to love?

Mike Chitty has been asking “what is the argument for and against an elected Leeds Mayor?” and set up a blog to start people engaging in that debate. If you have ideas as to what the manifesto for a mayor should be, then get involved.

York could be the place to head to over the weekend; the Chocolate – York’s Sweet Story museum opened last weekend and sounds delicious.

If you fancy something much more art-focussed – I mean, chocolate is delicious but sometimes you need food for the mind too – then the YSP has a new performance piece by Florence Peake on Saturday that celebrates life at the Park. Could be very interesting, plus you get the chance to wander about the YSP after hours – always a bonus.

LCC has published it’s list of what’s open over the Easter hols. Most Council emergency services will still be available but the bins? Ah, there lies a tale. There’s been no notification to householders as to what days their bins will be collected other than on the web, which isn’t helpful.

Lotherton Hall is having some interesting Easter-related events going on: the refurbished attraction has a Spring Spectacular going on over the weekend.

From a techie perspective, LCC’s mobile IT strategy has some interesting kinks; instead of outright banning of personal devices – which is usually the case – they’re moving to incorporate them into the strategy. Good thinking.

Leeds author Mick McCann has a guest post up on the Northerner: reviewing the Leeds Young Authors poetry slam. A fascinating read, with some good opinions to be had.

Culture Vultures has a new event coming up, Blog North. Worth taking a look at; BGL will almost certainly be there.

This looks fascinating: a creative writing workshop inspired by Caribbean classics. This is at Chapeltown Library on May 13th – if you have any interest in Caribbean literature this will be brilliant.

Our friends at South Leeds Life have details on the Beeston Forum debate over the Elland Road park & ride.

Finally today, the Telegraph reports on Leeds United going to Flamingo Land for a team bonding exercise. Good on you, chaps.

And we’re out of here. I’ll see you on Tuesday – have a great weekend and don’t eat too much choccy! Happy Easter, all.

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