Leeds today: Beryl Burton, Yorkshire Film, Beetles, Old Buildings and Meat.

Today in Leeds; NHS, Film and Ian McMillan, Cyclists, meat, beetles, theate, old buildings and comics.

A change in the law to reduce the no-win-no-fee-based “compensation culture” will have a detrimental effect on Yorkshire hospitals to the tune of £15m, reports the Yorkshire Post. Currently NHS trusts are able to recoup the costs of treating patients who make a successful personal injury claim but as the number of claims drops the amount they can claim will also drop.

The Yorkshire Film Archive is running its first film festival in North Yorkshire, says Screen Yorkshire. YFA will be screening archive footage from their archive alongside well known British feature films in village halls, stately homes, a railway station and a pub. For more details check out the website – it opens with Ian McMillan celebrating Yorkshire’s film heritage. McMillan talks to the Post about why everyday life is the stuff of magical movie moments, about the first film being horses and carriages crossing Leeds Bridge by Louis le Prince.

The late Beryl Burton, from Morley, was a world champion cyclist who set records in the 50’s & 60’s, and was commemorated with a plaque on a bandstand in the town. About ten years ago it went missing, but has now been returned and will be placed in the Town Hall, reports the BBC. Mrs Burton was a proper legend in the world of cycling at a time when women were not seriously represented in sports, and she deserves to be celebrated. Her Wikipedia entry is really worth reading.

Speaking of cycling, Leeds City Council is organising a Festival of Disability Cycling on Sept 23-24th, providing a series of different cycles for disabled people to try out and many exciting events and stalls. More information is available from Bikes Not Barriers.

BGL’s own Elly Snare chalks up 100 posts on her own blog with a trip to Cattle Grid. If you like meat you’ll be interested in her review.

The Doncaster Free Press reports that an ergates faber – a giant beetle – has been found in a normal garden in the town (article has a photo). It may have been brought into the country in a pile of wood being used as fence posts. If more appear then the owner would like to find homes for them!

Culture Vultures talks to Emma Adams and Cathy Crabb about their upcoming work, and the reaction of the public to the script. A rehearsed reading of the piece will be on in The Theatre in the Mill tonight at 7:30.

Also on CV is Jenny Booth’s look at Heritage Open Days, and wonders about the buildings that aren’t sanitised, safety checked and ready for visitors. She says:

But walk around Leeds on any old day, look up past the modern shop fronts and there’s bags of history. The problem is that behind the elegant or extravagant façade is most likely a dingy office space with a false ceiling and woodchip on the walls. The history is mostly unknown, or lost, and although the building might be a pretty one its place in the heritage of the city is not going to be poured over on open days or with guided tours.

I’m nosy so want to find out more, too.

Of course that doesn’t stop you from enjoying what is open and available on Heritage Open Days this year – a quick search will show you what is available on Saturday and Sunday. BGL’s highlights include a guided walk around Far Headingley, the obligatory tour of the Grand, Exploring Leeds’ walk looking at technology and St Aiden’s Walking Dragline. But really, these things are all good and if you can get to what you can it’ll be worth the trip.

Also tomorrow is Saltaire Arts Trail’s Maker’s Fair in Victoria Hall in the village. Could be an interesting trip to see what is being made by local artists, if you don’t fancy a walk around the Leeds Town Hall clock tower.

Finally today, new Leeds blog The People I Have Known interviews comic creators Richard Worth and Jordan Collver. The pair are about to launch a new comic – at Leeds’ very own Thought Bubble sequential art convention, more on that in a couple of weeks – called Ladies and Gentlemen and they have previous for comics, although not necessarily comics that have seen print. Still, worth a look.

That’t it for today and the week! John Baron will be back on Monday with a roundup of what’s been going on; as always please let us know your stories and thoughts by tweeting us on @beyondgdnleeds or emailing us on beyondgdnleeds@gmail.com. Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend.

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