Leeds today: pigs, games, gales, coffee and photography.

Good morning dears, it’s Elly Snare here today for a news round up this blustery Tuesday.

Firstly, you may have seen a little  button pop up on the right hand side of the page – our Facebook page and profile! If you could click through and stop by, as well as sharing it with Facebook friends who maybe don’t have Twitter, then that would be great. This is all part of the BGL Grand Master Plan to open up BGL to new audiences so we need your help!

A shake up is planned for the number of constituency seats in England, reducing the overall number by 50 by 2015 – with northern areas losing some of largest numbers, reports the BBC.

Also on the Beeb, roads have been closed across Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire due to severe winds: have you been affected?

Leeds City Council has earned up to £300,000 in fines from motorists using bus lanes illegally, also on the BBC, most of whom have been caught on CCTV.

And finally from Auntie, scientists investigating battles against cancer at the University of Bradford are looking at the humble (but beautiful) crocus for its healing powers!

A new UK photography festival, held in Bradford, is opening soon – more information on the East Street Arts website. Meanwhile, Leeds City Council is running a competition asking for photographs that represent Leeds in 2011 – more information on their website. It might be asking for trouble, but likely we’ll might get another photo of wholesome family + historical landmark + shopping bags = Leeds. How about your Alternative Leeds 2011? Send us your pictures of the other side of Leeds and we’ll have a competition instead (I’m serious here!)

Lee Hicken reports on the Local Enterprise Partnership Conference 2011 over on the HebeMedia blog – the LEP Conference has been doing the rounds on Twitter this last week or so and it’s an interesting subject, so do have a look and get involved!

Leeds Forum has some news on a course for beginner gardeners who ‘don’t know the difference between a wallflower and a weed’ and looking for experiences from those who took part in the Leeds Triathlon.

Darren has instigated a project to find out who serves the best coffee in Leeds, over on the My Life in Leeds site – comment on the blog or Twitter with the chance to win some coffee goodies. Here at BGL we must remain impartial, but are definitely open to coffee-based bribes if a particular retailer fancies getting us on board…

South Leeds Life reports on a police appeal following reported vandalism of allotments on Kenneth Street recently, while Thomas Atcheson reviews the ballet production of Hamlet over on The Culture Vulture – looks great!

And, because this is the sort of thing that makes the world a better place, a pig farmer from Bedale, North Yorkshire, has won £1 million in a TV gameshow – and is going to buy two new pigs called Ant and Dec to celebrate (on the Yorkshire Evening Post).

Tonight sees two Leeds events on the go – the already well-established Bettakultcha at the Corn Exchange (check out #Bettakultcha on Twitter for last minute tickets) and the new Get Into Gaming, which tonight is on the subject of the games that nearly were – more information on the website.

That’s it for today: get your news in for tomorrow with a quick tweet or email. Also tonight, I will be doing the door at Bettakultcha, so do stop by and say hello if you’re in the area. Ciao!

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