Leeds today: arts coming out your ears, partnerships and lottery wins!

Morning! It’s nearly the weekend and we all seem to have made it through. Light Night’s tomorrow so Mike is currently a gibbering wreck and it’s me, Elly, giving  your news shot this morning.

Firstly, it’s not local, but RIP Steve Jobs: an innovator who changed the way we think about computers. BBC has a really good, fun video about this man and his life – well worth a watch.

Exploring Leeds has a little preview of Light Night over on the blog, while Louisa on My Life in Leeds previews the next Leeds International Film Festival.

South Leeds Life reports on ‘Eco-tober Fest’, a celebration of the anniversary of Greenhouse in Beeston – with a very jolly Hillary Benn too! (PS Mr Benn wrote back to me when I sent him a petition about the student fee increase: thanks Hilly!)

Also in Hillary Benn related news and on South Leeds Life, they write about a soon-to-be-opened enterprise centre in Middleton.

Holt Park News writes on the Yeadon Amateurs (actors, not just general amateurs) who will be staging a production of Noel Coward’s play, Blythe Spirit, in which a socialite’s ex-wife is summoned back from the dead during a seance. Ace.

Richard Michie of Bettakultcha asks ‘where are all the women?’ over on Culture Vultures – but not in that way; rather related to a lack of female speakers for the next BK. Guess who’s signed themselves up? Again? (It’s me.)

The BBC reports on Thornes Park, Wakefield, which has won Grade II listed status.

Tonight is the store opening of High Above the Street, an online boutique that is only open in real life a couple of days a month. Intrigued? Yes, me too, and I’m going (hooray!) It’s at Munro House, which has seen a flurry of activity over the past few weeks/month or so.

Hebe Media have announced their partnering with Land Securities as the official brand ambassador for the new Trinity development: personally I look forward to seeing Hebe’s commitment to independents, the unusual, and the amazing coming out in what has been a highly-debated retail project.

The Guardian Northerner blog reports on the latest flare up in the Lancashire versus Yorkshire rivalry – this time over a national park. C’mon guys, let’s have some Yorkshire tea and Lancashire hotpot and it’ll all be grand.

Also on the Guardian Northerner, a lovely story about an Asda store in Manchester, whose syndicate lottery thingy won them a smacker of £6 million! From Smart Price to Asda Extra Special after only one Saturday evening…

That’s your news for Thursday: let’s hope the weather perks up for Friday and see you lot out and about for Light Night. Ciao!

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