Leeds today: gold, competition, Morley lit fest, food, books, fashion, beer and knowledge.

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 and Nikki Mitchell.

The sun is shining, hooray! Along with our Olympic successes, The Northerner has four more reasons why we in Leeds should be cheerful.

With the Olympic excitement sweeping across Yorkshire with athletes from county winning medals left, right and centre, and ITV’s political correspondent, Lucy Manning, tweeted about where Leeds would place in the medal table if it was a country. But according to the YEP only 62% of people in Yorkshire feel prouder of their country after Team GBs medals in London 2012.

(Ed’s note: walked past where Nicola Adams’ postbox will be this morning and took a picture! It’s on Cookridge Street, next to the Henry Moore Gallery. It should be finished tomorrow.)

If you’re fed up fitness fever The Culture Vulture has a different and slightly melancholy take on competitive sport. Do you agree with Phil’s assessment? Let us know!

When the Olympics bandwagon rolls out of town we still have plenty to look forward to in the autumn. The YEP has details of who’s coming to this year’s Morley Literature Festival, including Stuart Maconie and Peter Hook, and a tantalising preview of the autumn season at Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House. We’ll be taking an early look at the Ilkley lit fest programme next week.

What’s missing in the culture scene in Leeds? Culture Vulture (and sometime BGL writer) Kirsty Ware has some ideas on how we could plug the gap by linking up artists, audiences and venues.

Also on CV, Leeds based Manjit’s Kitchen has been shortlisted to win a The British Street Food Award. If you’ve never eaten Manjit’s food and live in a delivery area, order some. Don’t hesitate, it is fantastic.

Leeds Book Club has news of the fourth book in a Leeds based series set in and around a 1730’s detective in the city. The book will be launched at Arts@Trinity in September. Previous books in the series have been very well received and this one looks equally good.

Do you have a flair for fashion but feel staying stylish costs too much? Passion4fashion gives unemployed people in Leeds the opportunity to learn how to design customer clothing at a low cost price. The scheme is now in its second year and uses recycled materials which makes the clothes not only cheap but eco-friendly. Guilt free fashion. Fab!

The Edinburgh Fridge Festival is underway and the Leeds List has an interview with Alan Lane from South Leeds who will be appearing at the event with his show, the Knowledge Emporium. This is a sweetshop in a 1960s caravan but you don’t buy goodies with money at this candy store, you purchase them with knowledge from facts to recipes. It sounds deliciously wise.

Forget about searching for the Holy Grail, Leeds will be getting a holy ale. A blessed beer will be brewed to celebrate Leeds parish church becoming a Minster. The Bishop of Ripon and Leeds will be taking part in the making of the beer which will be called Minster Ale.

And finally, today is the final (for this year) Leeds Today, the online news programme produced by the Leeds Trinity journo’s! See our live broadcast at 4.30 this afternoon.

That’s all for this week. Enjoy the sun and the Olympics closing ceremony – hopefully it will be as good as Danny Boyle’s extravaganza!

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