Leeds today: GCSEs, festivals, shows, crime, texts, Bulls, and what’s on.

(Ed’s note: sorry it’s so late!)

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 Faye Dobson & Nikki Mitchell.

The GCSE results are in. If students do better than the previous year, people aren’t happy. If they do worse, they’re still not satisfied. Leeds City Council released a statement on the subject. But I think this letter is a much more touching take on the results received in years gone by. However a Leeds school has had “outstanding” GCSE results. Congratulations to the pupils of Woodkirk Academy and all those who passed their GCSEs.

There was a nice little festival in Skipton last week. Beacons festival was great for a festival of its size. Check out the site so you can see what you missed out on and start getting ready for next year. And if you’ve failed to notice Leeds Festival starts today. It’s yet again got a great line up of acts.

There are more outdoor festivities in West Yorkshire this weekend, as Leeds West Indian Carnival starts today until Monday at Potternewton Park. This year it is celebrating 45 years of West Indian culture and people.

If you don’t like music then try the Great North Arts Show, celebrating its 10th birthday on September 1 at Ripon Cathedral.

There’s a lot of culture in West Yorkshire this week as one Leeds author has praised another. Mick McCann admires crime writer Steve Mosby for his writing and his attitude to being a Leeds author.

There is a beautiful picture of a stained glass window found in Otley parish church with striking colours from Leeds Daily Photo.

More bad news for Leeds United. Not only have they made a less than ideal start to the season, QPR are also accusing their ex-keeper Paddy Kenny of sending abusive texts.

But on a brighter note there’s finally a light at the end of the tunnel for Bradford Bulls. Although Bradford City football club have backed out the bidding, there’s a number still interested and the deadline is Tuesday.

There’s more sport in Leeds as the city welcomes the Canadian Wheelchair Rugby Team who will be competing in the Paralympics and their coach has tweeted his gratitude.

Stuck for what to do this Bank Holiday weekend? The Leeds List has a breakdown of their best four attractions in Leeds this weekend. Top of their list is the Thackray Museum – if you haven’t been to the medical museum check it out it’s an weird, wonderful and wacky place.

Let’s hope the weather cheers up over the weekend. Have a great bank holiday!

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