Leeds today: Wuthering Heights, zombies, bridges and the NHS.

Good morning Leeds!

Adaptations of some of the most famous novels to ever emerge from Yorkshire are playing a leading role in the film world this week. Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights are both opening this week – with Wuthering Heights premiering today at the Venice Film Festival – and mark the continued appeal of the Bronte Sisters’ classics, reports the BBC. Heathcliff is played by a Leeds lad, James Howson, with well-known actors Jamie Bell and Judi Dench starring in Jane Eyre (opening in cinemas on Friday). These new adaptations contribute to a growing list, including the reprisal of Wuthering Heights by Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Kate Bush and, of course, Alan Partridge. It’s me, Kathy!

In other arts news, the Love Arts Festival 2011 is opening at the end of September, running til November, and explores the relationships between mental health and artistic practice. Exhibitions, events, and performances will be held across the city during the Festival.

The Guardian Northerner blog reports that the birthday of Mikron of Marsden, the theatre company that operates out of a barge, is fast approaching. The little company will celebrate its 40 years on the waterways and the stage with a series of events, including a bash in Marsden on 23rd October.

The flood divided town of Workington is finally receiving a permanent bridge, reports the Guardian Northerner blog. This steel structure will open officially this Saturday, and replaces the emergency bridge that was built in just one week by the Army. The new bridge was designed with the help of the local communities, who opted for something attractive and practical – but ‘not too pricey’.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reports that the West Yorkshire Police Band will be playing in New York to mark the tenth anniversary of the Twin Towers attacks. They will play various concerts in the city, including a march across Brooklyn Bridge into New York City.

Also on the Yorkshire Evening Post, they report on the weekend series of protests, walks and street stalls held across the UK – including here in Leeds – to encourage the government to reconsider its proposed ‘reorganisation’ of the NHS. BGL recommends that anyone who gives a stuff about the NHS and its founding principle of care for all, start doing something about it! You can sign this petition here which argues that ‘The Secretary of State should keep the duty to “secure and provide comprehensive health care for all” ‘ – yes indeed! Tell your friends, family, anyone. If you use the NHS or have used it in the past, then you need to sign this petition and any other petition you see going. How about collecting some stories together of how the NHS has helped you or your family to show exactly how important health-care-for-all really is? Or contacting your local Unison branch to find out when and where the next protest meeting is? Go on! Now please!

In zombie related news, LSX will be holding Leeds’ first ever zombie run, 2.8 Hours Later. This game is a race across the centre of Leeds, one each night over the 22-24 September, where it’s every man for himself and the zombies are out to get you! With clues, tricky obstacles, and potential gore, avoiding the zombie hoardes will mean you can eventually end the night at a rocking zombie disco. Er…awesome? The event has already gained popularity in other cities but this will be the first time an officially-sanctioned zombie invasion has taken place.

The LSX team will also be hosting LSXJunior on 25th September, an event where kids and adults can explore technology through a rage of creative pursuits. Held at the Hunslet Club, the event will be a combination of ticketed and free workshops, including make your own camera, stop motion animation workshops, and making a Friispray can (courtesy of the chaps at Jam Jar Collective). Find out more here!

That’s it for today folks – don’t forget to give us a tweet on @BeyondGdnLeeds with all your interesting news items!

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One Response to Leeds today: Wuthering Heights, zombies, bridges and the NHS.

  1. Darren says:

    Thanks for the mention, always appreciated because I know how hard work writing up these types of posts are. If you would like me to help out sometime, let me know. 🙂

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