Leeds today: biccies, bettakultcha, chat, crayfish, rhubarb beer, petrol and LIFF.

Morning (just)! Sorry for the delay. Mike here, unusually for a Thursday. So without further ado, here’s the news.

The BBC has reported that there was an explosion at the Fox’s biscuit factory in Batley. Hopefully everybody involved makes a full recovery and there isn’t panic buying of ginger crunch creams in the supermarkets.

After an accident in Otley last Friday calls are being made for a lorry ban in the town, reports the Wharfdale Observer.

A car accident happened on Roundhay Road last night, says the YEP. Hopefully the driver isn’t too badly hurt, but the photographer deserves a round of applause.

As we reported last week on BGL campaigners in Bramley are stepping up their demands to “clean up the petrol station” on Broad Lane. It turns out that there are concerns that the site was not properly decontaminated (YEP). It probably was, but the owners really need to sort this out.

Why are our waterways being invaded by North American crayfish at the expense of native species? Researchers from Leeds University have an answer: the cousins are greedier and less picky about their food.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust is looking at the MRSA and C. Difficle targets that will be missed this year.

Did somebody say “Bettakultcha was on the radio”? Social media surgeon John Popham has put the interview up for all to hear. BGL loves Bettakultcha, for the record.

Speaking of John Popham, he’ll be in the Leeds Wellbeing Centre on Saturday streaming a 12-hour chatathon. We got this from the centre:

February 25th and will run from noon until midnight. The centre is inviting everyone in Leeds and the surrounding communities to join them in raising vital funds for the charity project to continue in 2012. The event will see fundraisers young and old join the centre to chatter away for twelve hours whilst enjoying yummy nibbles and massage tasters. The event is open to all and will see local councillors and members of the community join forces with the centre to create a buzz of non-stop conversation.

Again in the YEP: Leeds Young People’s Film Festival over the Easter school holidays looks brilliant again. The programme is concentrating on “becoming a teenager”, with Tales of the Night and The Crocodiles: All For One featuring.

Finally today, in the Wakefield Express is news of a beer that BGL would love to get its hands on: Roo-Barb Beer, to be sold at the rhubarb festival over the coming weekend (alas, unless Mark or Elly make it BGL will be sadly absent from the festival. If anybody would like to go and write a report on it for BGL next week we’d love to hear from you). The beer and festival sound a lot of fun and it’s a shame we’ll miss it.

That’s it for today! Mark will be back tomorrow, and in the meantime remember to get in touch if you have anything you’d like us to mention! Thanks for reading.

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