Leeds today: Libya, Russia, Tesco, universities, dogs, milestones, and weekend tips

Now then Leeds, it’s Friday and here to take you into the weekend it’s @mw_obrien once again.

First up, more on Thursday morning’s fire that was begun at a derelict building off Dewsbury Road near the White Rose Centre – close to Stank Hall Barn, an ancient monument that dates back to the 1400s.

It’s the morning after yet another iconic date in our times – and as the world comes to terms with news of the dramatic death of former Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi, the YEP reports on Libyan-born Leeds surgeon Nazzar Tllisi, orthopaedic consultant at the LGI, who has just returned from his native land working to help civilians injured during the region’s unrest.

The Russians are coming to Leeds! The city has been chosen as the training base for the Russian diving team during the 2012 Olympics. They are the latest team to choose Leeds, joining Dutch swimmers, athletes from the States, Serbia and Canada, as well the entire Chinese Games squad.

Record numbers of prospective students are expected to arrive for this weekend’s open day at Leeds Trinity, where they claim the cost of a degree under the reformed tuition fees structure is set to rank among the lowest in the country.

Tesco have announced plans to set up a new superstore at the Kirkstall District Centre creating up to 400 new jobs – right on the doorstep of one of Yorkshire-based rivals Morrisons’ largest stores.

A breakthrough in Alzheimer’s research as Leeds University scientists discover a possible link between the disease and levels of the enzyme alkaline phosphatase in the brain and blood – a finding which could be used to help clinical trials for new treatments.

West Yorkshire’s first Dogwatch scheme is coming to Leeds, encouraging dog owners to operate a “canine Neighbourhood Watch” to protect parks and public places in the city.

An 18th century milestone has been restored and replaced outside St Gemma’s Hospice on Harrogate Road in Moortown. It is thought to be the only original left on the Leeds-Harrogate Turnpike.

Leeds Daily Photo is appealing for ideas and suggestions about anything in and around that city that you want to see on the site.

As the week draws to an end, there’s plenty going on in the city to enjoy. Cornucopia is a brand new event taking place at the Corn Exchange, showcasing the finest food and drink producers from across the North. Take a look at what Rebecca from Shelf Life has to say about the event – as well as the fascinating story of the ‘Cornucopia’ mural which towers high over the bus interchange opposite the Corn Exchange.

Elsewhere on The Culture Vulture, Elly previews this evening’s City Rocks event Walk This Way at the O2 Academy, with collections on show from emerging designers across Leeds – as well as breakthrough musical acts performing live.

Jermyn from Manchester-based creative collective One69a is in residence at Test Space Leeds this week ahead of his exhibition this evening on the enigma that is Joey Barton. I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview earlier this week.

Tomorrow is the Leeds Trinity Open Day; any Leeds blogger/alternative media types thinking about going mainstream might be interested in their postgraduate journalism course. The person to talk to there is Richard Horsman – he’s a thoroughly good egg and will teach you well.

Young Folk Award finalist Lucy Ward is performing at All Hallows Church in Hyde Park this Sunday. There are gigs on at All Hallows once a month, and you can find out more about what’s in store here.

Not far away from there, this Sunday evening also sees the return of the Sunday Cinema Club at The Original Oak in Headingley.

And finally, head along to Adel Wood Gardens this Saturday afternoon for the Adel Crag Association’s family fun day.

That’s all from me. Like what you see or anything we’ve missed then don’t hesitate to share us, comment us, tweet us, Facebook us, do whatever you like with us really. Hope you have a good one this weekend, wherever you are.

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