Leeds today: results, parade, music, lessons, St George’s, St James’s, Pudsey & fingers.

Hello, Joe here (of Leeds Trinity fame). It’s just me steering the news ship today as the rest are otherwise engaged, so let’s begin:

First of all, congratulations to all students/ parents of students who have received their A-level results today. It seems they have much to celebrate as Leeds pupils have recorded their best results ever, despite those pesky exam bosses trying to stop them going up year-on year, so well done!

On the other hand, Yorkshire’s unemployment levels have gone up again, bucking the national trend. Good exam results go a long way, but the experts are warning that the rest of us need to keep learning new skills and get more experience to stay afloat.

Of course, if you’re more of a sporty type and go and win us a medal at Rio in four years, you can look forward to a hero’s welcome when you get back to Leeds. Otley put on a special homecoming parade for cyclist Lizzie Armitstead last night and there was a great turn out, despite the weather.

Self-improvement and achieving your best seem to be the mantra’s of the moment (very un-British, but welcome all the same), whether it’s sporting endeavour or just in wider life. If you’d rather pick up a new musical instrument than a hockey stick, then you may want to pop over to South Leeds Life to learn more about the South Leeds Music Centre, who provide low cost music tuition, no matter what your ability.

If you’re a bit of a social media demon, then Culture Vultures have some handy online etiquette hints and lessons learned from a few of Leeds’ own recent ‘twitter storms’.

The YEP reports that the brilliant Leeds charity, St George’s Crypt, is running low on food donations and is appealing for help.

A nurse at St James’s has campaigned for a change in childbirth guidelines, and succeeded. The Royal College of Midwives will change their guidelines after Amanda Burleigh, from Shadwell, researched the benefits of delaying the cutting of the umbilical cord.

Some good local stories now: Commuters in West Leeds can look forward to New Pudsey station getting a £1m revamp.

In East Leeds, a 100-year-old tram is being restored to its former glory.

And finally, to something completely different – a Leeds artist has replicated the fingers of 28 famous people as sculptures. The bronze casts are of significant creative figures of our time, including local legend, Alan Bennett. What a weird and wonderful idea!

That’s all from me this week – Leeds Trinity’s Mike is on duty tomorrow.

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