Leeds today: gambling, bugling, policing, programming, flying and, erm, environmentalling.

Fancy a bit of gambling? Leeds City Council have been working behind the scenes on an application for a “supercasino” in the city, according to the Yorkshire Post. The timetable for applications will be presented to the licensing committee at a meeting today, although no decisions on a casino will be made before December 2012.

A church in Bramley is setting up its own Field of Remembrance and is in need of a bugler to play the Last Post at the opening, reports the YEP. St Peter’s will open the field outside the war memorial in the churchyard at a special service on November 13th.

South Leeds Life has a roundup of neighbourhood policing issues in the area between Holbeck and the White Rose, covering Middleton, Belle Isle, Cottingley, Hunslet & Beeston. Issues include truancy, antisocial behaviour and metal theft, amongst others.

LCC has put forward a call by the BBC for views on regional programming, which is undergoing a review in order to save the BBC £670m. This will affect regional output enormously and the BBC Trust needs public consultation on the potential impact.

Leeds-Bradford Airport, often the scene of controversy over taxis and parking issues, has celebrated its 80th birthday with a flyby from two F-16s as well as organising a photo exhibition and launching a book about the site and its history. Yeadon Aerodrome opened in October 1931 offering club flying lessons, and was the site of test flights for military aircraft built next door to the strip during the second world war.

Starbucks in Headingley has closed, but will re-open as a “boutique” coffee shop in January (YEP). We love local, indie producers and retailers at BGL and hope the new place will be a success.

Asian Image reports on the launch of a smoke free homes resource pack for Muslims in Leeds, to highlight the dangers of passive smoking at home.

The resource pack will help Muslim religious teachers to work within their communities to reduce the risk of serious health complications caused by living in a home that is not smoke free.

BTCV Hollybush is having a Big Green Weekend this coming, erm, weekend.

There will be environmental activities for the whole family – craft, activity and demonstration stalls, a garden trail, mosaicing, a bicycle-powered smoothie-maker and organic hot food and refreshments. We will also be running three volunteering tasks out in the community each day – perfect as a taster day if you’ve never tried it or never have the time during the week!

Sounds like fun!

BGL’s own Elly Snare went to a fashion show in Leeds last week. You can read all about it here.

Katie Leedsgrub has a roundup of many of the early bird and other deals in Leeds restaurants; some of these are truly brilliant offers. We particularly like Create’s all day set menu 3 courses £13.95 at lunch, £16.95 for dinner.

My Life In Leeds takes a quick look at the Victorian Heritage of our city, and asks whatever did the Victorians do for us? Quite a lot, as it turns out (although their approach to slum use and clearance could have been slightly more sensitive).

Finally today, Bury’s own take on Light Night had an estimated 10,000 attendees, according to Mancunian Matters. Not a bad effort, chaps. Leeds Light Night may well change dramatically next year and it’s interesting to see how other towns and cities do the event, which changes the cityscape in Leeds for an evening in brilliant, exciting ways.

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