Leeds today: elections, media, festival, and some serious pun action.

Morning everyone, Elly here with your news and views round up this slightly grey Tuesday. We’ve lots to get through so let’s power on.

Rosie Driver has a guide on making the most of a night out on The Calls, one of Leeds’ hotspots. My advice – don’t get too trashed in the first bar. Sound, and utterly unachieveable, advice.

Also on My Life in Leeds, news of a new fashion boutique opening in the Corn Exchange by a mother and daughter team – go check them out.

Love pork pies? Yeah, me too! South Leeds Life has a short piece on Ewan Mitchell’s food blog, Tonight’s Menu, and his celebration of National Pie Week.

Also on South Leeds Life, a piece on the continuing success of the Beeston-based BasementArtsProject – possibly the smallest gallery in Leeds?

On the Guardian Northerner, Jeremy Hunt presents a slight double-edged sword of his passion for local media – is it really just going to be local telly? (Says the woman without a telly. More radio please!)

The Bradford West by-election candidate has been chosen: Mr Imran Hussain will be defending the seat on the 29th March. More information over on the Guardian Northerner.

The University of York is one of four new universities to be accepted into the Russell Group of elite universities, which already includes the University of Leeds, reports the YEP.

Leeds Festival headliners were announced last night and black-clad, lipstick-wearing, large-bouffant fans will be excited to know that only the bloody Cure will be on top of the list. Mega.


Sainsburys is adding another store to Leeds near the new Trinity development, revamping the existing architecture and some other stuff. You can find out more here. Sorry to sound so flippant but seriously, another supermarket? More shops? Yawn.

Friday 16 March is an Oblong fundraiser at TJs in Woodhouse, and BookElf of the Travelling Suitcase Library will be there – so go, and get some reading on.

And finally, it might sound like we’re spinning you a yarn (zing), but North Yorkshire town Saltburn-by-the-Sea had the wool pulled over its eyes (zing) recently when a mysterious ‘yarn bomber’ decorated the pier with Olympic-themed knitted objects. They’re tying themselves up in knots (zing) trying to work out who it might be, but the purl-ice (zing) aren’t involved as yet. They’ve garter (zing) find out eventually. Oh I feel better now.

Later potatoes, have a great day!

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