Leeds today: mayor, cucumbers, bike ride, pedalo ride, cannon, and Mary Shelley.

Welcome to Wednesday! Today’s “out of the window weather report” reckons it’ll be a bit grey and flat, but may not actually rain. Are we right? Only time will tell.

The idea that we might want an elected mayor in Leeds is starting to get a bit controversial, says the Leeds Citizen. It seems that the powers that be are getting negative opinions into the media, saying that people don’t want it, but ad hoc polls seem to suggest we do, and Rachel Reeves MP (Lab, Leeds West) is arguing for the “yes” camp. Well worth reading.

The YEP has a story of a Rawdon couple who collect and fire cannon. The Sealed Knot members take their cannon to weddings, as well as re-enactment events, and have even used them to disperse somebody’s ashes.

Also in the YEP is a report on a thief walking the halls of hotels, along with a photo (in proper “have you seen this man” style). If you’re visiting our fair city then keep an eye out; this chap has been spotted in at least three hotels in recent weeks.

Getting into a pedalo when on holiday is one thing, but BBC Radio Leeds presenters Adam Pope and Katherine Hannah are taking a pedalo from Liverpool back to Leeds (BBC) for Sport Relief. The pair set off this morning, and are hoping to be back in Leeds by the end of next week. Previous tests on the pedalo made it sink – hopefully it has been made watertight by now.

If a pedalo isn’t your thing then spare a thought (and maybe some pennies) for the Todmorden group who are cycling from Lands End to Jon o’Groats for charity. These guys have just two weeks to cycle the nearly 1000 miles, averaging 80 miles per day. Good luck to the quartet!

Over on Culture Vulture is a preview of Leeds poet Hayden Cohen’s debut album launch at Seven Arts tonight. Could be fun; BGL met Hayden a couple of weeks ago and he’s a funny chap, and the album, No Frills is a true solo effort, having been written, performed, recorded, engineered and produced by the same man.

Leeds University has an exhibition up at Pontefract museum about the history of food. Specifically, the grim history. The Dark Side of Eating will run until October and will make people think about diets in a new and interesting way.

The Woolgather Art Prize is looking for sponsors. The prize helps local artists get their work out there and is the inspiration for some interesting pieces. While we’re talking about this, Test Space is also looking for sponsorship to sort out a semipermanent residence in the city centre.

Finally today, Leeds Book Club has an interview with Kristin Atherton, who wrote the play about Mary Shelley that opens at the West Yorkshire Playhouse on Friday. The interview is interesting – Mary Shelley had an interesting life, it’s fair to say – and the play does look interesting. Worth the read, with a cuppa and some cake.

That’s it for today! Thanks for reading!

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