Leeds today: fish, jobs, presents, dogs, and ghosts.

Morning all! Elly here today for another day, another dollar, another dose of some super local news.

Yesterday I spoke on the journalism panel with Jack Travers of News Associates and John Baron at Expo 2011, a careers day to help young graduates with arts degrees work out the next steps in their working life. A thoroughly enjoyable day and some great students, so hopefully we’ll be hearing more from these future reporters very soon!

Armley Mills, museum and awesome archive of industrial loveliness, is also home to some ghostly goings on – apparently. Hazel Ford, a professional ghosthunter, will be hosting an overnight search for the ghouls and spooks later in the month. Check out the YEP for some more information. Boo!

Two Yorkshire Rivers, the Aire and the Don, are being restocked with 4000 barbel fish (reports the BBC). The waters of these two rivers have been declared the best quality in over two decades, and the Don’s fish stocks are now at a near sustainable level.

Leeds University recently saw an animal rights protest staged on its doorstep in order to protest against the use of dogs for medical testing. These experiments have been co-funded by the British Heart Foundation, although both institutions said animals were only used when there was no other alternative – also on the Beeb.

Ten year old Joe Smith has been announced as Leeds Children’s Mayor, with his winning ideas to improve the health and fitness of children in the city.

While the Abbey Dash is this weekend (good luck people!) if you fancy taking part in some exercise that also raises money, check out the Leeds 1/2 Marathon, which is being held in May 2012. Registration is now open so find out more information on the website.

Post-university job hunting can be a complete nightmare, as MA graduate in politics Ian Pattison has found out: after 40 interviews, the 22 year old graduate still has been unable to find a full time job. Don’t think youth unemployment is a problem? This is just one guy with a freaking Masters degree. Imagine the shit that everyone else has to deal with.

Also on the subject of education, Leeds Grub has a shining review of The Academy at Flannels, a restaurant run in conjunction with Leeds City College to utilise the best students the city has to offer.

Archway, a charity for young people in Leeds, is asking for gift donations to help with the Christmas presents it regularly hands out to young people between 16-24 in the city. Find out more over on the Yorkshire Evening Post.

That’s all for today folks. As always, send us your news and views either on email, by tweet, or just catch us in the street. Please remember too, that we want this to be a news blog for the communities of Leeds; maybe at the moment we can’t cater for everyone and we can’t do everything we want to do, but in the coming month(s) hopefully we’ll be able to put some plans into place that we’ve been thinking about for a while.

Have a good Thursday!

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