Leeds today: Mick McCann, Seventies chic, Aussies, Headingley cheerleaders, honours, Super 8.

It’s Friday, it’s eight o’clock, it’s Crackerjack!

Well, almost. It’s @MarkOBrien01 and Beyond Guardian Leeds looking forward to the weekend, and that’s just as good. So what’s on the agenda today?

First up Seventies child, Bowie lover, thriller writer, Leeds aficionado and general man-about-town Mick McCann has been getting about once again – this time speaking to Darren of My Life In Leeds fame. Always interesting, have a read.

I suspect Mick will be first through the door at the Leeds City Museum for its new Silver 70s exhibition, reviving memories of the West Riding in that funny old decade of hot pants and bell bottoms – including a 70s kitchen on display, a blue Raleigh Chopper bike, as well as mementoes of the Silver Jubilee and a certain centenary Cup Final in 1972.

Joining the Leeds story this year will be none other than the Australian national diving team. They have selected Leeds as their official training base for the duration of the London 2012 Olympics.

The Beeb reports on the latest recruits soon to take to the field at Headingley: a group of male street dancers who will entertain rugby league fans at Leeds Rhinos, joining the club’s matchday cheerleading team.

For the first team, a list of those who have declined honours from the Queen has been published. Among them: none other than Castlefordian sculptor Henry Moore.

Over on The Culture Vulture, take a look at http://theculturevulture.co.uk/blog/featured/super-8-filmmaking-in-leeds/.

And if that doesn’t get you in the mood for the weekend and all that’s ahead, then I don’t know what will.

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