Leeds Today: OverWorlds & UnderWorlds, free schools, beer bloggers, book clubs and internet scams

Morning Leeds. It’s Monday. It’s back to work day, and it’s Tom here doing your daily news round-up.

Hopefully it goes without saying that OverWorlds & UnderWorlds was the big deal in Leeds this weekend. The huge, £500,000 art installation in the Dark Arches (plus some live theatre, dance and a childrens’ choir in the County Arcade and one Briggate) by the Quay Brothers and Canvas Leeds sparked debate aplenty. On a personal note, I thought it was eerily superb. There’s not many blog posts about it yet, but as ever Culture Vulture are on the ball and already have a great write-up by Karen Griffiths. There has been some chat on Twitter too using the #OWUW hashtag:

@TestSpaceLeeds: Overworlds and Underworlds was amazing this afternoon, great to see the Dark Arches used like that #owuw

@davidsorley#owuw was a cross between a David lynch masterpiece, matthew barneys cremaster cycle and an Andrei tarkovsky epic

@BobbinsLeeds: Favourite overhead conversation of the day: “eh? What’s going on?” “I dunno mate, it’s like Hogwarts Innit” #OWUW

Back away from Twitter, South Leeds Life are reporting warnings from South Leeds police about an internet scam using the force’s logo to try and cheat money from residents.

The Yorkshire Evening Post is carrying a story about a blaze that tore through the now disused Grade II-listed Elmete Hall on Roundhay road early on Sunday morning.

There’s good news for Gipton residents on the BBC, with reports sating that new flood protection will be put in the place in the area by August.

The Yorkshire Post have a story about free school bids in the region. The bids are now at interview stage, with at least three coming from Leeds. The known Leeds bids are for a Steiner school, a Jewish school and a school setup by the Bradford Dyslexia Association.

We’ve been following the concerns of traders at Leeds Kirkgate Market for some time now, and if you’re interested in finding out more about their worries and problems and how you can help, there’s an open meeting for Friends of Kirkgate Market on 22nd May at The Vic.

If you’re interested in joining Leeds Book Club, they’ve just announced that their next meeting at Arcadia will on be on 17th June, and they’ll be reading Alan Paton’s Cry, The Beloved Country.

Keep an eye on Leeds’ various beer bloggers this week. The European Beer Bloggers Conference took over some of Leeds’ beerier bars Thursday to Sunday, with beer writers from across Europe visiting our city and trying many a local (and less local) beer. Once the hangovers clear I’m sure there will be lots of posts popping up. For now try local chaps Are You Tasting The Pith?, Ghost Drinker, The Beer Prole and Eating Isn’t Cheating, who have all managed to post either post-EBBC blogs or live blog during it. Impressive.

Finally, if you’re looking for a good event to head to tonight, Cafe 164 are launching their new Yorkshire Graphic Design exhibition this evening from 6pm, complete with DJ and wine.

And after all that, I need a drink. Just tea for me though, it is pre-midday, after all.

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