Leeds today: theatres, trains, more nudity, photos, editors, and good steak.


Good morning Leeds, Mark here on this Friday the 17th, with all that’s happening around town as we prepare to bring on the weekend.


Not for the first time of late, Leeds theatres have been striding into the national pages. This time it’s West Yorkshire Playhouse, where it was announced yesterday that Leeds-born James Brining, currently at the helm of the Dundee Rep, has been appointed artistic director. For The Guardian, Lyn Gardner asks whether the appointment could herald a renaissance for regional theatre across the country. James will take over later during the summer: we look forward to welcoming him home properly!


Council leaders from the north of England’s five largest cities – including Leeds – have written to the Treasury asking for their commitment to fund the Northern Hub rail project. The scheme is set to cost £560m, and would see 700 more trains running daily across the north, including six fast trains per hour between Manchester and Leeds. Work could begin as early as April 2014.


Elsewhere, Guardian Northerner uncovers (apologies) the story of Nigel Keer, the naturist we exposed yesterday (I’ll stop now) who has been fined for an offence against public order having walked Otley Chevin wearing only boots, a backpack and a baseball cap. Naked rambling has a tradition, writes Martin Wainwright, even if the courts may not see it in quite such terms. Personally I think he’d deserve £315 as a prize were he to ramble naked in the cold weather of late…


South Leeds Life has been trawling through the photo albums, and links to some of the images from the Beeston and Holbeck Photohunt.


Taking pride of place is a glorious shot of Phil Kirby, standing by the door of Temple Works, gazing awe-struck at the south Leeds skies. Reading his latest post on The Culture Vulture there was no mention of any especial divine intervention, albeit plenty of the vinous kind. His account of “A Typical Day As Culture Vulture Editor” is an epic, faintly Joycean in form – and good a reason as any to come along to The Palace at 8.30pm this evening where the Culture Vulture editors will be meeting anyone who wants to go and find out more about contributing to the site.


You could even shake the hand that wrote the post. Though as the other Irishman said before, it’s done far more than that.


And finally if you’re on the hunt for some inspiration for your weekend dinner plans, take a look at My Life In Leeds which has been out scouring for the best steak this city has to offer.


And there’s the meat for today. Until next week!


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