Leeds Today: cuban zombies, magic power plants and chip wars!

Hello! Sorry for the delay, here’s today’s best of the best (of the stuff you’ve probably not read)…

An event taking place at Leeds Corn Exchange this weekend aims ‘to showcase the finest food and drink producers in the North of England, from primary produce, fresh from the Autumn harvest, through to the most sumptuous of patisserie ….’ – might be worth popping in your diary if you enjoy the farmers’ markets and Good Food Friday style events, or if you just fancy something a bit different.

There’s a few events going on today as part of the lead up to Leeds Digital Festival. This is a great festival that grows year on year. If you’re interested in any aspect of digital, from websites to cameras to gaming, then get involved.

A power station has been opened in North Leeds that uses used cooking oil to boost the National Grid. Used oil is collected from local authority recycling sites and larger users such as schools and prisons throughout the company, then is transformed by magic* into energy ready for use when demand is at its heaviest. The best thing about this story is that the whole process is activated by text message.
*may not be magic, might be sciencey.

Friends of Leeds Kirkgate Market have penned a response to the Council’s plans for the market. FLKM are a really passionate bunch of people who spend a lot of time and effort fighting for this historic building, so I won’t try and condense their views – just click the link for the whole thing.

Martin Wainwright over at The Guardian has done a blog about Temple Mills and how it is urgent need for repair. Even though I’ve visited the building several times I’ve still learnt a bit from this article, and it’s a useful introduction if you didn’t know it exists; although I saw mutterings on Twitter last week about The Victorian Society’s information not being entirely correct. Anyone want to write us a sister post for the other side?

You only have until Monday to get hold of early bird passes for Leeds 25th International Film Festival. Taking place in the first three weeks of November, and with everything from a new retelling of the Yorkshire classic Wuthering Heights to a Cuban zombie film in Juan of the Dead, there’s something for everyone, and it’s a real hidden gem on Leeds’ calendar. There’s some great exclusive screenings, and a nice collection of classics that barely get bigscreen outings (the original Psycho in the Town Hall anyone?), though I keep begging them to do a Fred Astaire retrospective in place of the all night horror marathon Night of The Dead.

There’s a great topic that I think is going to get a lots of comments in the coming days over on Leeds Forum. Who does do the best fish and chips in Leeds? Do you love the modern thinking Fish&, or do you prefer the chippy van that your great grandfather got his scraps from? Can you get good chips in Leeds City Centre, or do you need to make a pilgrimage to Harry Ramsdens? Chips are always an emotive topic for us Northerners, and I can see a war brewing over the jumbo sausages…have your say at the lively and always interesting Leeds Forum.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reports that Leeds is pushing ahead with a bid for a supercasino. There isn’t much information, and certainly no concrete plans as to where it will be yet, but it’s an interesting idea. I don’t really know the ins and outs of why Blackpool was denied supercasino status, or why we now feel we need one, but anything with the word super in front of it gets my vote.

And finally…exciting news from Insider Media, with the revelation that a pancake factory has opened in Leeds! Enjays, which started in the lecture halls of Leeds Met then moved to a shop in Headingley, now supplies pancakes around the UK, and has opened its headquarter premises in South Leeds. This is a real homegrown success story and it’s always nice to see businesses that start here staying here, and I hope they open a city centre store soon. Everybody loves pancakes.

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