Leeds today: flowers, trains, art prizes, Ways of Looking, cheese, chili and pubs.

Hello Leeds! It’s Wednesday, there’s some fantastic weather, and it’s getting closer to Light Night!

The YEP has some great stories today; Woodlesford in Bloom has won a silver gilt award in the RHS Britain in Bloom awards. The village were pipped to the Best Urban Community post by a group from Glasgow, but were still highly praised. Shadwell also came away with a silver gilt in the Best Large Village category.

Also in the YEP; a car part at Clarence Dock has just fired up a huge solar power system. The photovoltaics should last for 25 years and generate £1.25m worth of electricity.

In the Yorkshire Post is a review of how the cuts are hitting rural transport links, especially on subsidised bus routes.

We’ve got a couple of videos for you today; the first is via South Leeds Life and shows a train journey on the Middleton Light Railway. If you’ve never been on that railway then it is certainly worth a trip out to see the trains and take a short trip. The MLR was hit by thieves earlier in the year but have bounced back and are in fine form again.

Our second video is from the LSxJuniors event on Sunday, and is a 3min montage of everything that was going on that day. There were several different things for little ones to do, from making lamps and cameras to creating their own stop-motion animation. Anne Akers organised a photowalk, and posted her thoughts on the day online.

If you’d like to get involved in a Light Night project and have an interest in performance art and the steampunk genre, the Leeds Steampunk Semaphore Office (event 54 in the programme) is looking for volunteers. If you’re free then please pop along to the Pack Horse pub on Woodhouse Lane at 6pm tomorrow.

While we’re on art; The Guardian Northerner notes that there’s another prize for Northern Artists on the books. The New Lights prize is open to northern-based artists up to the age of 35, and this years entries are on display at the Mercer gallery in Harrogate until Jan 8th. The winner has already been announced; well done, Nat Quinn.

Over on Culture Vultures Mark O’Brien goes to Masham to take a look at ArtisOn, a new studio that puts on a huge number of activity sessions, and preview the Masham Arts Festival (starts Oct 21st).

Galleries across Bradford are playing host to Ways of Looking, a new festival of photography which is exploring the theme of Evidence. As part of this photographer Donovan Wylie has an exhibition on at the National Media Museum called Outposts, which looks at the observers and the observed in Afghanistan. There are plenty of events that form Ways of Looking and when it officially opens in October we’ll take a closer look at it.

Some events that you may be interested in, now. Homage to Fromage is a new cheese appreciation club in Leeds, and they’ll be having their opening night at Millies on Thursday 6th October. As they say:

Meetings will be monthly, at various venues around the city. Meetings will be affordable, as will annual membership which, will allow you to try new cheese, receive a Cheese Discount Card for various cheese sellers in Leeds, and get the chance to share your favourite cheeses, recipes, accompaniments – and discover more about the wonderful world of cheese!

Secondly, Blogs for Breakfast is a breakfast meeting “for bloggers, techies and social media fans as well as people using and working in mental health services, to debate how digital media is affecting how we communicate about mental health and wellbeing both personally and professionally” and is part of the fantastic Love Arts Festival being held here in Leeds – the opening night, by the way, was last night with Dr Phil Hammond at the Howard Assembly Rooms and the programme is now well underway. BGL loves things like this and wishes them all the best.

We’ve mentioned this before but it’s worth repeating; Test Space Leeds is having a chili carnival on Saturday. This promises to be a fun and perhaps slightly messy afternoon/evening of trying out some perfect food for the weather we’re having.

Finally today: like beer? Like Leeds? Writer Simon Jenkins has written a book on his favourite 35 pubs in Leeds, “The Great Leeds Pub Crawl”, and BGL noticed that he’ll be in Waterstones in Leeds signing copies of the book at 1pm on Saturday. A quick flick through the book – handily pocket sized – shows some well loved pubs and a couple BGL hadn’t heard of.

That’s it! Tomorrow Elly will be back in the chair and Mark will be seeing what else is on the way on Friday. Don’t forget, you can email us, tweet us, or send us blinky messages. See you tomorrow!

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One Response to Leeds today: flowers, trains, art prizes, Ways of Looking, cheese, chili and pubs.

  1. katherine says:

    cheese, chillis and pubs… you guys are really talking my language today! fantastic!

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