Leeds today: snow, crocuses, health, homelessness, Single Ladies

I really don’t like Februarys. April may be the cruellest month, but February has to come a close second. (Though perhaps it’s such a grim and piddling little month that it can’t even come first in that category.) Shoddy Valentine-inspired attempts at romance; slush on the streets; and all the while knowing it’s still a long slog until spring.

But for all that, we’re not ones to dwell on the negative. If the newspapers are right, snow is general all over West Yorkshire. But I’m making a stand, and refusing to undraw the curtains until I really have to. If you want to know what the weather is like, you should probably look out the window.

One spot of brightness comes this morning from Leeds Daily Photo, with this beautiful shot of a patch of lonely crocuses withstanding the rain and the cold of a church garden.

Reminiscent they may be of the flowers at Cross Flatts Park on the banner across the top of South Leeds Life, but it’s a thought-provoking examination of Leeds as a “two-tier city” that captures the eye. A report on health issues in the area demonstrated that average life expectancy in parts of south Leeds is as much as six years lower than in the prosperous north.

Meanwhile Guardian Northerner has the latest from Janice Gwilliam, who is blogging about her voluntary work in Lincoln Green here in Leeds.

Among the highlights from The Culture Vulture is a preview of Abigail Burdess’s ‘All the Single Ladies’, coming soon to the City Varieties.

No matter how grim it may be out and about today, there’s always something to look forward to! So take care, get the boots on, don’t wear suede shoes (sounds an obvious point, but I learnt that the hard way in the capital last weekend), and have a good weekend. Until next time!

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