Leeds today: China, OWUW, Jason, children, new writing, and food glorious food.

Good morning ladies and gents. At the end of a scorcher of a week, you’ve done well to make it through! Treat yourself you a cider in a pub garden this weekend – you’ve earned it.

First up today, the deal is signed and sealed: the city of Leeds will play host to approximately 220 athletes, coaches and support staff from the Chinese Olympic team from early July. The deal, first announced last August, was signed by the city council at a ceremony in Beijing this week. The Chinese team will make use of council-owned sporting facilities, as well as private sports clubs and university facilities throughout Leeds.

This time last week we were looking forward to the much-hyped (well, if you talk to the right people and read the right blogs) Overworlds & Underworlds show/project/installation/event/thing that promised to transform how Leeds people looked at their city. But the Leeds Citizen asks what became of it all. The significant media build-up to the £500,000 Cultural Olympiad project has hardly been met with thoughtful retrospective analysis: another example of the local media copying and pasting the press release and failing to actually cover the event, or does nobody know what to say about it all? Answers on a postcard.

One of Hunslet Club’s finest products Jason Robinson has been inducted into the Rugby Players Association Hall of Fame, reports South Leeds Life. Jason grew up in the area and learnt to play rugby at the great Hunslet Club, where he recently paid a return visit to open a range of new facilities.

Over at Culture Vulture, BGL writer and dad-blogger Tom Goodhand explores the spaces on offer in Leeds for young children, asking whether we need more.

Paul Clarke meanwhile looks at the Season of New Writing running at the Playhouse and Theatre in the Mill over the coming few days.

As well as the chance to enjoy some summer sun, this weekend also sees the arrival (I’m sure you don’t need reminding) of the Leeds Loves Food festival at Millennium Square and venues across the city. Find out more here, or just head into town and follow your nose!

All the best for the weekend, and until next time!

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