Leeds today: wind, bins, holidays, canals, singing, dancing, trolleybus and Playful.

Morning, and Happy New Year from all at BGL Towers! Here’s your first roundup of Leeds news & events of 2012.

The Bradford Telegraph & Argus have reported on the appalling weather we had yesterday; air travel delays, rail delays, localised flooding… but it could have been worse.

Emptying bins are still a problem, as the Morley Observer notes that some residents hadn’t had their green bins collected for nearly 9 weeks. As the plans are to go to fortnightly black bin collection at some point this year it would be nice to know that the green bin collection will also be sorted out.

LCC are planning to sell off Brook House, a holiday home in Lytham St Annes for elderly and disabled people from Leeds (YEP). The home is underused and the sale of the house could provide holiday and respite provision for more people.

Also in the YEP, a paper has been drawn up that identifies the region’s waterways as potential freight transport routes. Hoorah! Victorian tech to the rescue again. We can only hope that in a couple of years somebody decides that the railways could be a greener alternative to lorries.

The closure of Harry Ramsden’s in Guiseley has prompted the bard of Saltaire, Eddie Lawler, to put pen to paper (Northerner).

Tonight sees the first Exposure Leeds of the year; Tim Parkin talks about landscape photography using big film cameras!

Also tonight; local Leeds trainer Penny Brazier will be kicking off her weekly Aerockbics classes at Wrangthorne Hall on Hyde Park Corner (7pm, £3.50); aerobics classes using classic rock instead of the lightweight gym music you usually find. Sounds like a fun way to shift some of those roast potatoes.

A little trumpet-blowing now. At the end of least year BGL’s own Mark O’Brien wrote a series of articles for the Guardian Northerner reviewing the year (the first is here, avoid the comments). Also, Mike was interviewed for My Life In Leeds, which we feature quite regularly on these pages.

Blogger Alex in Leeds has visited the Leeds Library and had a good look around. Worth a peek inside Leeds’ very own independent library. Bake Lady has published what she’s planning on doing in the near future – including restarting the secret tea room and a TV appearance!

Holt Park Today reports on the news that Holt Park Active Living Centre will be funded, but the Leeds Trolleybus has been put on hold (again) by the DfT. On the other side of Leeds South Leeds Life talks about Banksy being asked to help out on the SPLASH campaign to save South Leeds Sports Centre, as well as the plans for ASDA on Old Lane to be discussed at Thursday’s Beeston Forum meeting.

Creative Calverley is kicking off the year with their monthly food fair on Saturday at the Thornhill Arms, and a showing of Cinema Paradiso at St Wilfred’s on the 14th.

Culture Vultures has a couple of articles we like. First up: would you like to be involved in Big Society? No, not that one, but the stage production at the City Varieties? Red Ladder are after performers to interact with the audience before the performances of the play featuring Phill Jupitus; no previous acting experience necessary! More details are on that article.

Secondly, do you think Leeds could be a more playful city? Emma has organised a day to discuss this at Leeds City Museum, Jan 14th. More details on how to attend this free event are on that article. This could be something really exciting for the city.

Finally today (and from CV) is Louise Atkinson’s review of United Enemies, an exhibit at the Henry Moore which asks the audience if there was a problem with sculpture in the 60s and 70s. Worth reading, and going to the exhibit.

That’s it for today! It’s nice to be back. As always, please get in touch if you have anything you’d like to say on these or any other stories. Email or twitter, we’re not fussy.

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