Leeds today: Varieties, City Deals, chuggers, scenery, mystery, lit fest, and a whole sports section.

Today’s BGL is brought to you by journalism trainees from Leeds Trinity University College who’ll be doing Thursdays & Fridays here on BGL. Today’s writers are Joe Cooper, Nikki Mitchell and Michael Muncaster.

Hello again! It’s a little bit quiet this week – maybe everyone’s going on holiday? Not us, I’m afraid. We’re still hard at work here at Leeds Trinity helping to produce (cheeky plug) Leeds Today, an online news programme all about our lovely city. Have a look at the website and tune in at 4.30 to see the live bulletin!

Ok, away we go with some BGL news…

The YEP have details of the upcoming season at Leeds City Varieites. Staying true to its name, there’s a really good range of stuff on the horizon.

It’s terribly easy to get carried away with all this ‘lympics stuff, so how about a bit of politics? The Northerner has a nice short, concise piece on why the Coalition’s much vaunted ‘city deals’ for cities such as our own might not benefit us all in quite the way we’d hope.

We enjoyed this opinion piece on the so-called charity ‘chuggers’, or charity muggers. Apparently there are moves afoot to ban them in Ilkley and our twitter contacts tell us they can now be seen pounding the streets all the way over in Guiseley. What do you think – do the ends justify the means?

The north of England has some beautiful and outstanding scenery and The Guardian Northerner is giving you the chance to vote for the winner of the Northern Landscapes photography challenge. And one of the nominations is a stunning shot of Yorkshire Sculpture Park, looking in the wrong direction, by Andy Darcy.

Angels, demons and “the cosmic struggle between good and evil” – no, this isn’t the title of a new Dan Brown novel – this year’s York Mystery Plays began yesterday. The cultural and historical event will be running until August 27.

There’s more culture in Yorkshire this week (as if we didn’t know that already) as the line-up for this year’s Morley Literature Festival has been announced. The stars include musician Peter Hook and crime author Val McDermid, alongside local SciFi author Justina Robson.

There are some fantastic shots of Leeds from interesting and “askew” angles by Leeds List with a curious mix of modern architecture and historical buildings still standing in the city.

Criminals beware! Leeds-based ABR Solicitors have announced plans to become the UK’s biggest criminal practice. The firm are to open two new offices in Yorkshire by the end of August, and another three offices by the end of the year.

The Health Service Journal reports Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust has been ordered to pay damages of £1.3 million over an undiagnosed tumour. The patient has claimed to feel like “a freak” as the tumour affected on her growth and left her with significant medical problems. She received treatment at St James’s University Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary.

Sports section

There’s hope for Leeds United at last as forward Ross McCormack has reiterated his desire to remain at Elland Road and hopes to be offered a new contract in the near future.

Otley hero Lizzie Armitstead is putting her new found fame to good use addressing the issues of inequality within cycling. The silver medallist has described the sexism in the sport “quite overwhelming and very frustrating”.

Heartache for England cricketers as South Africa dominated day one of the second Test at Headingley. England ended a frustrating day on a high note grabbing two late wickets. With day two set to commence, can they recover and maintain their world number one status?

That’s it for this week, thanks for reading and have a grand weekend!

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