Leeds today: letters, radicals, opera, treasure, and PANCAKES.

Elly here today people, yet again with a slightly delayed service thanks to you know, being busy and that.

The West Yorkshire Archive Service Catablogue recently had a vote on the best ‘treasure’ of the archive, and Tetley’s Brewery won (by a hair’s breadth). It’ll be interesting to see what the Brewery turns into on the next step through its historic journey – any ideas?

The BBC reports on Leeds City Council urging the continued adoption and fostering of Leeds’ children by gay or lesbian individuals, with a special event taking place this evening for those people interested in this to find out more.

Phil Kirby writes a review of Madama Butterfly over on Culture Vulture, which is very helpful if you haven’t seen the opera (synopsis alert) and also pretty positive. I think he might be ill.

Over on the Guardian Northerner blog, John Popham asks – where are all the northern innovators? In fact, where are the northern radicals (hence the New Radicals above, geddit?) ? We obviously must have them, so John has put out a call to start the list right there on the Guardian.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park has the pleasure of being the site of the first UK exhibition and survey of Joan Miro’s sculpture, in a show which will trace his relationship with sculpture over the course of around 40 years.

My Life in Leeds has a great roundup of family-friendly walking routes in Leeds and the surrounding area.

South Leeds Life demonstrates how blue plaques aren’t just about the super famous – in fact, even those people who pioneer council housing should be commemorated.

And from Kirsty aka @gazpachodragon:

Leeds Letters is a letter writing club held on the third Tuesday of every month at Dock Street Market. Aiming to rejuvenate the lost art of letter-writing, we provide materials and space for you to write letters, doodle on postcards or just do some colouring in with friendly people and special offers on cocktails. We even have stamps available to buy and promise to post your letters for you, so there’s no excuse not to keep in touch. The next Leeds Letters will be tomorrow from 7pm, and Dock Street Market won’t just be giving us half price teapot cocktails, but will also be flipping pancakes as a Shrove Tuesday special.

More information (though not much more, what the flip can you say about a letter writing club? you come, you write letters. end of.) can be found at www.leedsletters.blogspot.com or by contacting me on twitter (@gazpachodragon obv.)

Right, only one last thing to mention:

PANCAKE DAY – FILL YER BOOTS!

Have a great Pancake Day full of batter and lemon and sugar. Ciao!

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