Leeds today: fantasia, expulsion, shows, festivals, scarecrows, bike rides and Clarence Dock.

Morning! Monday is back with us, but it’s a good week this week; plenty to see & do in Leeds, and there’s plenty of news to go ’round.

Yesterday was busy in the city centre! Thousands of people took part in the Leeds 10K yesterday, and although it was raining at the beginning of the day many of the runners managed to complete before the heavens opened again. The Yorkshire Post has interviews with runners and organisers.

The Guardian’s Zoe Williams asks if the heart unit closure is just incompetence or conspiracy. She raises valuable points which the panel seem to have completely ignored. Worth reading.

What’s the score with Clarence Dock? The Post has details of some of the plans coming that way in the future although some seem a bit pie-in-the-sky. We’ll see. Green space down that way would be lovely, it’s true.

A charity bike ride last year was so successful that this year it has been opened up to men as well (Wharfedale Observer). Two sisters from Ben Rhydding organised the 100-mile round trip last year and raised £21k for Marie Curie; this year’s event is on July 15th and they hope to get more than 100 people taking part. Ilkley-Silsden-Ilkley sounds like a fun (but tough) route; do you think it’s doable? Take part!

A group of disturbing scarecrows have moved into Badsworth, near Pontefract. *brr*

Festivals this year have been cancelled left, right and centre. It’s unfortunate, but it happens. It looks like the Great Yorkshire Show is still going ahead – warning people driving that high heels may not be appropriate (and parking is limited so USE THE TRAIN) – but also the Drighlington Fun Day on Saturday will be going ahead, as last year they proved whatever the weather they’ll be out doing what they do.

An interesting blog about the Occupation of the Westfield site in Bradford was published on Friday by Tales from Bradistan. Whatever you may think about Occupy they do raise awareness of issues and the people who take part are passionate and articulate about their subject.

Old friends of BGL My Life in Leeds have launched a similar sort of guide to Pudsey – this is proper hyperlocal blogging, concentrating on a tiny geographical area in depth. Well done, guys – we really hope it does well.

Tickets for LCC’s Classical Fantasia have gone on sale over the weekend. You never know, maybe summer will show up in September? Also, ticket sales will almost certainly go the same way as Opera in the Park – this used to be a free event…

South Leeds Life has tales from a visitor to Holbeck Cemetery, trying to find ancestors in the “guinea graves” they have there. An interesting read.

A powerful exhibition in Leeds City Museum opens on Saturday: Expulsion: 40 Years On takes a look at the expulsion of ethnic Indians from Uganda and the aftermath, with several Leeds institutions arising from that time. It’s a fascinating – and rough – subject, well worth going to see.

Tomorrow is a busy day! Leeds Book Club has their first Dystopian Book Club meeting at Giraffe, and it’s the monthly We Publish bloggers meeting at Dock St Market!

And that’s it for today! Thanks for reading, and as always please get in touch if you have anything you’d like to say or see on these pages. Cheerio!

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