Leeds Today: Book clubs, pubs, Jupitus and Hello China!

Morning everyone, Kirsty here with a quick round up of the bits you might have missed, all wrapped up in a neat parcel ready for the weekend.

First up is the news over on the BBC that people are China are showing an interest in Leeds. This is because of the decision to base the China Olympic team in Leeds ahead of the game. Wonder what results they’re finding when they google us?

The Yorkshire Evening Post has an article about plans by the council to extend the conservation area of Morley. The aim is to protect the historical interest of Morley, and prevent people throwing up skyscrapers. I’m not sure if that’s something that’s a major problem in Morley.

If you have a dog, consider the recent appeal by Pet Blood Bank, who desperately need doggie donors to top up their supply. There’s a donation session in Bramley on the 17th, and as a dogowner myself, it’s something I’ve never even thought of before.

This weekend sees the last performances of Big Society at City Varieties as it closes on Saturday. A music hall comedy, it’s a fun few hours if you haven’t seen it yet, and the City Varieties is the perfect venue for something that’s part politics, part pantomime. Also the end of the run presumably means no more of the lovely Phill Jupitus roaming the streets of Leeds (he’s been sighted all over town inbetween performances, which is handy for me as I think he’s brilliant and wish I saw him more often whilst waiting for my bus), so maybe try to catch his one-off stand up show on Sunday before he goes. Tickets for both are available via the link.

Saturday sees the return of Cornucopia Leeds. A food and drink festival held in the Corn Exchange, it’s a brilliant way to find out about those independents in Leeds you might have missed, or it’s just an excuse to try all the free samples. Either way, it’s a cracking way to spend an hour or two trying something a bit different. And if you can’t make it, it’s also the Farmers Market on Briggate on Sunday, where again you can pick up something out of the ordinary.

When you’ve stocked up on goodies, why not drop into one of Leeds Book Club’s sessions? Saturday sees the launch of the Three Month Book Club (held, unsurprisingly, every three months) at Cafe 164, whilst Sunday is the second meeting of the White Swan Book Club in, you’ve guessed it, the White Swan. Who incidentally have some great artwork on the walls at the moment, courtesy of local artist Ian Bowden. So look at that while you’re there.

And finally, if you’re heading out for a swift one, or for a right old session, you’d do well to read My Life in Leeds’ guide to the historical pubs in Leeds. That way you can get drunk and pretend you were admiring the period features.

Whatever you’re doing this weekend, have a great one!

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