Morning! What is going on in Leeds today?
The big news about Leeds is that the plans for Leeds City train station have been unwrapped. The date of the announcement has been around for weeks, but the plans were a poorly-kept secret; I remember a conversation at least a year ago wondering if the South Entrance would be a good idea or not. Do you have an opinion? Let us know in the comments.
Also in the news today is a follow up on last night’s Poor Kids documentary, which featured a family in Bradford. It horrifies me that 3.5M children are living in poverty in the UK, and that under current government policy this number will rise by a further 11% over the next three years.
Amongst other news outlets the BBC is reporting the tale of a Leeds man who tried stealing copper wire that was live. This story highlights the dangers of stealing copper. The YEP carries an article on the proposed closure of a council-run carehome in Morley because the care provider Southern Cross is in financial difficulty.
In slightly less traumatic news, the countdown to digital switchover has begun in Leeds. For many it’s just a case of retuning their set-top boxes, for others they may need to buy a Freeview box. I predict a rise in calls asking for Freeview boxes on services like uSWAP in the wake of the announcement.
In the events calendar is Tim Ineaux’s Video View, tonight at Seven Arts in Chapel Allerton. Sounds like fun, and you could head over there after attending the second Leeds AltMedia meeting in the Packhorse on Woodhouse Lane at 6:30.
What’s on at the Carriageworks shows that Big Smoke, an a capella telling of an artist’s rise and descent into madness, is on for one night only on Thursday. Sounds interesting.
Slightly into the future, Social Business Brokers is organising a meeting for Leeds Time Bank on July 4th; Rob Greenland writes:
We also want to bring together any people who are interested in setting up a time bank, to share ideas and to build a bit of momentum behind the idea of finding different ways to encourage locally-based, useful mutual support.
Slightly closer to the present day East Street Arts is hard at work putting the finishing touches to a week-long programme of events in Chapel Allerton called Under the Paving Stones. This starts on June 21st, check out the website for what’s going on.
In addition to talking about tonight’s AltMedia meeting the Northerner talks about some of the moths that can be found in Leeds, some pretty exotic. A sign of global warming?
And that’s it for today! If you have an interesting blog post or offbeat event coming up, then please let us know, especially if you’re doing something interesting over the weekend. Tweet or email, we’re not fussy.