Good morning good folks of Leeds. It’s Tom here (@tomas311, if you’re interested), I’m writing with cup of coffee in hand and tiredness in my head. I’m also writing on a Mac. Which is unusual for me. Who know what may happen?
Anyway, you probably want to know what’s happening today in Leeds. The answer is loads of stuff. Read on and I shall divulge some information for you.
The big news in the YEP today is that the former Tetley Brewery site looks like it could become the new HQ for Asda. The supermarket chain are currently based just round the corner at Asda House, but are apparently keen to buy the entire site of the brewery after its five year use as a gallery, park and parking spaces comes to an end.
The presumably lovely folks at Permaculture have been chatting to the definitely lovely folks at the LILAC site in Leeds. Standing for Low Impact Living Affordable Community, the site in Bramley will host 20 ecologically-friendly homes, which are affordable and encourage – but don’t force – communal living. Building has recently started. Sounds lovely, no? Lovely.
If you pass through Leeds Railway Station in the next three days – and I bet many of you will – you can have a look at a special sculpture of British gold medal Olympian Jonathan Edwards, which has been made from used train parts. It’s got something to do with some sporting event happening this summer. There’s a video about it on the ITV site now.
Drivers in Leeds will have noted severe delays on A6120 ringroad yesterday after an accident near Pudsey at 6pm. The road was closed for five hours after a collision between two cars, says the YEP. Fortunately, neither drivers’ injuries are thought to be life threatening.
In the land of blogs, there isn’t a new post on Leeds 12: Because we love Armley today, but we thought we’d tell you to have a look, because hyper-local blogs are A Good Thing, and this one is particularly good.
We’re slightly unhappy with Leeds beer blog Real Ale Reviews, because they’ve buggered off down to London for their latest blog post. It’s a good post though, so read it. Just tut disapprovingly when you first read the word ‘London’.
While we’re on beer, don’t forget that North Bar are celebrating their 15th birthday starting this weeked. Go visit ’em.
Over in entertainment news, Leeds riff-happy rockers Pulled Apart By Horses are going to release a new single, call ‘Bromance Ain’t Dead’ on 23rd July, and they’ll also play a headline gig at Leeds Met on 16th November, says Contact Music. A fun fact for you. I used to live with a member of Pulled Apart By Horses. AMAZING, eh?
In more music news, Leeds Festival have just announced their Festival Republic Stage line-up, which features hip young things like 2:54, Savages, Toy, Sleigh Bells and Benjamin Francis Leftwich, plus older more established acts like The Futureheads, The View and The Subways and then, for some reason, Feeder. Hmm.
Over in book news, get thee down to Dock Street Market tonight for the Travelling Suitcase Library‘s Guilty Pleasures Book Swap. I really liked The Historian, does that count?
Finally, in sports news (I know a lot of you might not care, but I do), Leeds United are pretty busy at the moment. While all the online chat is about whether the club is getting taken over or not (see The Scratching Shed for a summary of that. For the record, I have no idea what’s going on), various local news sources are suggesting that the club are lining up deals for QPR keeper Paddy Kenny (says Yorkshire Post) and Leicester full back Lee Peltier (says the YEP). But the Huddersfield Examiner reckon that they will miss out on Derby midfielder Paul Green, who’s off to Town.
And now, to the weather. It’s grey. I’d just stay indoors if I were you.