Leeds today: Yorkshire, pub, fairs, cheese, spending, and singing.

Morning lads and lasses! Hope you’re enjoying this er, murky Tuesday morning and fully recovered from the weekend now. I think I am.

Talking of alcohol, here’s a shameless plug for an event that I and Hayley Miller are hosting: an Old Man Pub Crawl. If you love ale, old pubs, and already miss the Wrens due to their vile refurbishment, then this is the event for you. Starting after work on the 25th November, we’ll travel round the best Old Man pubs in Leeds – and we want your input too! Check out the Eventbrite for more details. There’s going to be a freaking map too.

Do you have a story of love for Yorkshire? John Godber, a playwright, is working with BBC Yorkshire to produce a 90 minute drama that interweaves the public’s tales of Yorkshire with his own narrative. Find out more on the BBC website.

Also on the BBC, the Bronte Parsonage Museum has launched an appeal to purchase and put on display a manuscript written by Charlotte Bronte at the age of 14 called ‘Young Men’s Magazine Number 2’.

The Friends of Leeds Kirkgate Market are holding their next meeting on 23rd November at 6pm in the Victoria Pub, which will discuss their recent findings and investigations into alternative ways of running the market.

St Gemma’s Hospice is running their final Vintage Fair to raise money for the hospice on 10th and 11th December, as reported on Leeds Forum – be prepared for some bargain hunting!

Bix Horne, a graphic artist, is looking for donations for a continuing project that addresses complex cultural and political issues surrounding marriage, sex, and emotional struggles; check out more on the blog.

Leeds City Council is asking residents whether they believe they’ve got their spending priorities for the following year by taking part in the Spending Challenge Questionnaire.

The second Homage to Fromage had a distinctly goaty theme, as Jo Blogs writes, with all the participants tucking in to some tasy goat cheeses and matching beers. Rustico!

The Guardian Northerner blog runs a story on Liverpool University’s recent research project, which aims to discover more about Rushworth’s, the organ builders and later music store, in Liverpool.

November 27th will see Hull play host to the Yuletide Stride, a charity fun run where participants dress up in suitably festive gear to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

After a number of successful and fun events, the Love Arts Leeds Festival is coming to a close with a musical event featuring a one woman live looping musical show and rapper MellorD. Find out more and get tickets on Eventbrite here.

Otley Courthouse are holding a series of fun Science Festival events through the rest of November, including lectures, workshops, and making icecream at -196 degree centigrade!

If you are ready for Christmas – and who isn’t! – then Tessa Smith of jazz-singing-Leeds fame is running a festive choir, with rehearsals every Wednesday at beautiful new-ish bar Maven – check out more on the Facebook page.

For food and drink lovers, Yelp are running Taste at the Yelp Exchange! on 24th November from 7pm – 9.30pm at the Corn Exchange. This food and drink festival will feature some lush local indie producers who you can chat to, purchase wares from, and also get some samples. As alcohol will be present (woohoo) this is an 18+ only event.

That’s all for today folks. Tomorrow I will be speaking on the panel at Expo 2011 along with John Baron at the University of Leeds – woo! We’re also working out a way for people to help contribute to our trip to the Digitally Leeds Awards: if you’re a business or individual who would like to give us a ‘tip’ towards the ticket cost, just give us an email or tweet. We’re trying to set up a Paypal button at the moment so do bear with us. Ciao for now!

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One Response to Leeds today: Yorkshire, pub, fairs, cheese, spending, and singing.

  1. Alex says:

    Hey, thanks for the mention! Anyone who’s interested in walking or running the Yuletide Stride can find more information and enter at http://www.yuletidestride.com šŸ™‚

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