Leeds today: Emerge, Transform, #hometourist and Run4all

Alas, Tetleys is now gone. The beer was not everybody’s cup of tea but nonetheless, CAMRA held a wake for the brewery on Saturday, reports the BBC.

The Jane Tomlinson 10k Run for All was held yesterday in Leeds; despite the weather the 9,000 runners were in fine spirits and took the overall fundraising total to over £2M. Next year’s entries are already available, and Mike Tomlinson said:

“The atmosphere here is totally unique, and every year’s different. The event is settling into a pattern now, but I have to say we’ve got big, big plans for next year – massive plans, in fact. You’ll just have to wait and see! It’s Olympics year next year, and we’re certainly not going to let that pass by unnoticed. We’ll be taking things up to a totally new level.”

BGL is fully intending on being there. In the meantime, there is also the Swim for All and Walk for All events coming up soon; BGL hopes to be taking part in the 26-mile Walk for All in August.

St Gemma’s Hospice is a great resource in Leeds and a charity deserving of our support, but would you throw yourself out of an airplane for them? They have organised two more charity tandem skydives, the first in August. People do crazy things for raising charity money, but the death-defying element is a little too far out of BGL’s comfort zone. However, that doesn’t stop you from signing up!

The Yorkshire Post takes a look at the Leeds Waterfront, asking if its potential can ever be properly realised, but also pointing out that it is certainly a lot nicer than it was not that long ago.

The Transform festival is over, but there’s no shortage of reviews in the blogs: Exploring Leeds visited and wrote about two events, participant Lemn Sissay says If a man tells his own story he can not die, and Culture Vulture’s Clancy Walker thinks about what theatre is, and what a theatre is, or what it can be.

But, as one theatre festival ends, a new one opens. Today sees the opening of the performance phase of the Emerge new writing festival; the Carriageworks has the schedule but the most informative element seems to have been the twitter stream. As mentioned last week Leeds Salon is having a debate on the future of arts funding on Wednesday, but there’s plenty of other stuff to get our teeth into; with performances at the Carriageworks, Stage@Leeds and Seven Arts in Chapel Allerton there’s plenty of new writing to go around. Criminy could be fun, a trio of slapstick performers robbing a bank – not highbrow, perhaps, but it should be skillful. The tale of the Yorkshire On-Land Boating club is also told, and an outdoor performance along the Meanwood Valley Trail could be interesting. Prices start at free for events. Well worth taking a look.

Enterprise advocacy and mentorship org Elsie has announced training days for people wanting to be advocates for people needing help with their projects. Mike Chitty writes:

[Elsie is] A source of wisdom, advice and practical support that can be used by anyone in Leeds who is undertaking any kind of enterprise. It may be a business, a campaign, community group or any other project. It is for anyone who is looking to make progress, but needs a bit of a boost.

If you want to help make interesting things happen in any way then get in touch.

Northern Bloggers will be meeting at OBH on Friday to talk about monetising your blogs. Please note that BGL is ad-and-sponsorship free and will remain so for the forseeable future.

Leeds travel campaign Fairer Fares has announced that the Corn Exchange is on board. The campaign is finding local businesses that feel that having lower fares will help the city centre.

Finally, the #hometourist hashtag on twitter is an incredibly useful tool at times; like foursquare in miniature you can find out what is good to do in your area quite quickly by asking, or announce what you are doing in your locality that you wouldn’t normally do. Emma from Culture Vultures asked people who were being home tourists to add a postcode or geotag to their tweets about it, and Digitally Leeds went one step further, took that data and turned it into an interactive map during a 24hr coding marathon.

Thanks for reading! You may have heard us on BBC Radio Leeds on Friday afternoon, and if you’re a first time reader then welcome! Thanks for taking a look and we hope you like what you see. We’re interested in quirky, offbeat news and events that don’t always get mainstream attention. If you have a story then please get in touch by emailing or tweeting us. Thanks for reading – we’ll see you tomorrow.

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