Leeds today: Lying to Camera, Hockney, Flowers, Awards, Schools, Wine and Dahl.


Our comment about an alternative photography competition seems to have started something, so we’re going to do it. More details will come out on Friday, but if anything this has taught us what happens if we open our mouths.

Researchers at Bradford University have developed a camera system that can tell when we’re lying, according to the BBC. The camera, unveiled at the British Science Festival, uses a thermal imaging sensor and “a suite of algorithms” to detect naughty people. As the camera will be deployed by the UK Border Agency later in the year at “a UK airport” (anybody got odds on it being LBA?) we can only hope that this latest prop in security theatre will be used with care – the researchers say that the system only detects emotional states such as fear, distress or distrust; the fear of not being believed will be indistinguishable from the fear of being caught.

I have no problem with windfarms. There – I’ve said it. So when David Hockney (new exhibition opening today in Saltaire!) talks about the quiet of ‘real Yorkshire’ in the East Riding it means all the “No to windfarms in the Wolds” groups have another hat to wear. I assume the same groups would prefer a nuclear power station parked at Bridlington instead? Heigh ho. Anyway, Martin Wainwright talks about it in The Northerner.

North Leeds News reports on traffic problems for people going to the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show. Repairs on a bridge on the A61 mean that the main route from Leeds to Harrogate could be compromised. The Flower Show itself is on at the Great Yorkshire Showground this weekend (Fri-Sun) and you could just get the train to Hornbeam Park and walk the mile to the showground…

Do you have or run a digital outlet in Leeds? The YEP reports that Digitally Leeds is hosting an awards to celebrate small tech businesses and the like. Industry awards can cost £300 to enter, which bloggers can’t afford (I know we can’t!) and it’s refreshing to see a new awards where the cost of entry is free. You can enter or nominate on Digitally Leeds’ website.

South Leeds Life notes that three public meetings to discuss the fate of South Leeds Sports Centre will take place next week. The site could become a primary school, opening in 2014. Have your say on the plans – details of the meetings are on the South Leeds Life website.

Love film? Then why not volunteer at Leeds International Film Festival? LIFF is now in its 25th year and is one of the country’s leading and largest film festivals. Volunteers work hard but get to see a *lot* of very cool new films, and it’s worth putting your name down.

Yesterday was Roald Dahl Day; Leeds Book Club takes a look at this iconic children’s author (who also wrote the screenplay for Goldfinger and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang).

South Leeds’ The Hunslet Club had another of their breakdance battles at the weekend. Some skills on display here!

A vineyard in Leeds? Of course there is! Katie Leedsgrub goes in search of Leventhorpe for Culture Vulture. Are the wines any good? Read it and find out! (BGL will be visiting as soon as time allows.) Also on Culture Vulture is Hope & Social’s Rich Huxley writing about Orlagh’s Fest. A festival of music at the Irish Centre to raise funds for LGI’s paediatric intensive care unit in memory of Orlagh Windle, this promises to be an evening of solid tunes from many local bands. 23rd September – mark it in your diary and buy a ticket.

Finally today; the YEP has a report on The Otley Pub Club, started in response to pub closures in the market town. Although there are 17 pubs in Otley in recent times two have closed and it is feared that more may follow. Of course, this isn’t just an excuse to have meetings in pubs now, is it?

Thanks for reading! We’ll be back tomorrow with a look at some of the things coming up over the weekend and what the smaller newspapers are saying this week. As always, if you have a story that you think we should feature then get in touch! We read everything you send us (although Mike is often poor at replying to it) so please, do send in your thoughts and comments.

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2 Responses to Leeds today: Lying to Camera, Hockney, Flowers, Awards, Schools, Wine and Dahl.

  1. Mike Chitty says:

    An alternative comp is a great idea. Let’s see how we can use it to really showcase talent not just use it….http://leedscd.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/what-is-leeds-like/

  2. Hi – Your Hunslet Club link isn’t showing the correct email address – thought you might like to know.

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