Morning Leeds. It’s Tom (@tomas311) back again this Wednesday. And I’m here, as we all are, to round up what’s happening in Leeds this fine(ish) day.
I’ve got LOADS of news today. Too much. So I’m going to cut the small talk and get down to business.
First off I like this from the YEP:
It’s is apparently part of the world’s first ‘subvertising’ campaign, where four pieces of art have been installed on billboards in Leeds. Cool, huh?
Did you know that THE QUEEN IS IN LEEDS TOMORROW?!!!? She is. Which is nice, unless you’re a city centre street trader, with the YEP reporting they’ve been told to make themselves scarce for the day.
An update on the ongoing story of Leeds’ children’s heart surgery unit. As you probably know a decision was made to close the unit, but amid uproar and appeals, the YEP are reporting that the decision will now be taken to an independent panel. Fingers crossed.
As the massive Trinity Leeds project rolls on towards completion, 72% of the units have now been let, with another 8% with solicitors – which is impressive in the current climate. More on that over at the Business Desk.
In other development news, the YEP are reporting that secret ‘revised terms’ may be struck with developers Caddicks to restart the creation of a new hotel and flats around Quarry Hill.
The Financial are reporting that Rushbond are looking to open a luxury hotel at Breton Hall, in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Now that would be a nice place to stay. Think of the views. Let’s just hope it’s in-keeping with the park though, eh?
The ace Martin Wainwright has blogged over at The Guardian Northerner about Otley getting a Chinese restaurant. Why? Because the market town has not had one for 25 years. Blimey.
Did you know that we make sports cars in Leeds? We do. Ginetta are based in Garforth and have announced the creation of 60 new jobs after signing a 50-car deal with a Chinese distributor, says the BBC.
Fans of anthemic stadium indie-rock performed by men with questionable facial hair will be delighted to hear the news that The Killers will play Leeds’ O2 Academy on 17th August as a warm up to their Leeds and Reading festival dates. This counts as an ‘intimate’ gig. Apparently. Unfortunately, you will have to hear them playing loads of new material, reports This Is Fake DIY.
Mick McCann is good. Anthony Clavane is good. Go have a look at a video of them chatting about Leedsness over at Leeds Online.
Stuff is going down at Leeds United. It’s reet busy there at the moment, with plenty to keep fans engaged in the pre-season. First off the YEP reports the club have rejected a bid from Norwich for club captain Robert Snodgrass. Vital Football have said that while the club have sold keeper Andy Lonergan, Warnock will look to buy a back-up keeper for Paddy Kenny. Poor Paul Rachubka, has everyone forget about him (can they ever…?). AND, there’s still been no bloody takeover, but Leeds Online have got a statement from the Leeds United Supporters Trust (L.U.S.T.) calling for an update from the club.
Gosh, 515 words and I’ve not got to blogs yet. Oddly, there’s hardly anything going on. So this should be quick, I shall just tell you to pop over to Culture Vulture to read Leanne Buchan talking about Leeds Digital Festival’s Creative Day and explaining what the hell it is.
And finally, assuming you’re not all staying in tonight and for the next four weeks to save your energy for watching The Killers, get yoursen down to Experimental Poetry at Leeds Gallery. It starts at 7pm, it’s free, and there’s more info over at Leeds Inspired.