Leeds today: Olympic concert, speedy trains, bike rides, films, “Earth Hour” and comedy.

Morning all. It’s Sophie here – i’m delighted to have been allowed back for a second week! It looks to be another beaut of a day so slap on the factor 50 and get out there if you can. We may be in Yorkshire but those rays can sizzle so do take care.

Olympic fever is on its way! A free concert will be held in Temple Newsam on 24th June to celebrate the arrival of the Olympic torch in Yorkshire. Headline acts include Friendly Fires and Little Comets. We’re told that tickets will be available online. More info over on the BBC.

Plans for the new HS2 high-speed rail link, which is proposed to pass through Leeds, will be published this autumn. Fingers crossed we’ll be whizzing up and down the country in no time at all. The Independent has the full low-down.

Alwoodley are getting cycle-happy by putting on a number of events to promote the new Alwoodley to City Centre cycle route. As well as tomorrow’s commuter rides there’s also weekend rides, ladies only rides and rides for “sissies and softies”. If you’re not already tempted, you might be by the free tea and cake.

On a similarly green note, the city will be plunged into darkness for an hour from 8:30pm on Saturday for “Earth Hour”. It’s a planned “switch off” organised by the World Wildlife Foundation to raise awareness about protecting our fabulously fragile planet. Support is snowballing across Leeds with lots of big organisations, businesses and schools getting involved. You can join in at home too (simply turn your lights off). More about “Earth Hour” on the YEP.

The 13th Leeds Young People’s Film Festival starts today and runs until Thursday 5th April. The festival is intended for under 25’s, and is run by 14 to 19-year olds but anyone is welcome (you might feel a bit old though). See the full line-up and buy tickets here.

On the subject of flicks, The Guardian have done a lovely little piece on one of our fave haunts, The Hyde Picture House. Plenty of reasons to visit if you haven’t already.

The YEP reveals some rather alarming figures on teachers being attacked in the city’s classrooms with 895 reported cases last year.

More disturbing still is the YEP’s update on the grim news of two bodies found over the weekend. The two cases are not thought to be linked. The ‘body in the beck’ victim has been formally identified as a 31-year old local but has not yet been publicly named.

And finally, on a more cheerful note… if you’re in need of a giggle check out this guide to comedy clubs in Leeds from My Life in Leeds. Be very grateful that the guide warns of venues in which you might encounter audience participation.

That’s all from me. Is it too early for a Mr Whippy? No, thought not. Have a marvellous day – until next time!

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One Response to Leeds today: Olympic concert, speedy trains, bike rides, films, “Earth Hour” and comedy.

  1. Andy says:

    Good morning Sophie, welcome back!

    Added this to the wrong post…in my defence it is early…… Repeat below.

    To add a little snippet…drought officially reaches Yorkshire. A good debate over on the Guardian comment section about whether it is the lack of rainfall or the lack of investment. Particularly relevant following David Cameron holding up water privatisation as an example of why road privatising could be a good thing.

    Also a Simon Jenkins comment on the overhaul of the planning system (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/mar/27/planning-permission-urban-rural) holds up Kirkstall Forge as a good example of urban renewal (http://www.kirkstallforge.com/residential/the-vision.html) which got the go-ahead in the Autumn Spending review.

    Rumours however of building on the Rawdon Billings appear sadly to be coming true. http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/9598227.Battle_looms_over_new_development/

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