Leeds today: stem cells, plaques, BNP, and BBC.

Good morning people! It’s @ebsnare here with your Tuesday round up of local news and stuff wot it going on.

Alex in Leeds has got the latest post up on her ‘eat the seasons’ challenge – check out her blog soon for what culinary concoction she’ll be cooking up with purple sprouting brocolli, brill, or maybe just some apples and pears (not stairs).

A Wakefield man has become one of the first people to take part in revolutionary embryonic stem cell trial to treat a rare, degenerative eye disease called Stargardt’s macular dystrophy – reported on the BBC.

Do you know who Dr Trevor Hatherton is? If not, then maybe you should – or will very soon. This scientist was a miner’s son who was the leader of an expedition across Antartica in 1957, and his work included organising the building of a scientific base at the South Pole. As the BBC reports, his cousin is campaigning to get a blue plaque erected on his former home, in order that more people know about this man and his accomplishments.

South Leeds Life reports on a Hunslet-based social enterprise that has received a funding boost thanks to the interest and efforts of a local councillor – read more over on their blog.

The Guardian Northerner blog reports on a social club in Liverpool who played host to the BNP annual conference last year. The club has applied to renew its alcohol licence and extend opening hours til 3am, despite protests and complaints from local residents. A club spokesman said: “All we do is hire out function rooms, that is our business. When they [the BNP] were here, we said to them if we hear any racism, we will stop you. But to be perfectly honest there was none of that.” Of course, the old ‘stick your fingers in your ears and sing loudly to drown out extremist right wing chanting’ routine…

Also on the Guardian Northerner, a great report by Sarah on whether the BBC needs to take more ‘positive action’ to ensure northerners get equal opportunities for jobs at the new site near Salford.

Friendly face of Leeds City Council, Tom Riordan, has joined with a number of other individuals in an Independent Police Commission investigation into the future of policing in the UK – full report over on the YEP.

All Hallows church in Hyde park has restarted its season of gigs, beginning with Hunting Bears and Jasmine Kennedy on Sunday 29th Jan, 7pm. The series of concerts re-opens with Leeds based alternative folk five-piece Hunting Bears with
support from Jasmine Kennedy. Jasmine is a Batley lass, who “sings from the heart and produces the most soulful voice you will hear”.

That’s it for today kids – take care and wrap up warm because it’s reet squally out there…ciao for now!

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