Leeds today: festivals, Punch, Paralympics and bracelets.

Good afternoon news fans – sorry for the delay but we’ve all been recovering from the long weekend here at BGL Towers, so forgive us a little lie in.

Leeds Daily Photo has a great picture demonstrating what I love so much about the North – the eccentricities of British life. This Charity Jigsaw Festival was just one of the events at the Brighouse Arts Festival, and there’s more going on until the 31st August. Make sure you check out the remaining events for more quirkiness!

More pictures, too, of this Bank Holiday weekend’s Reading and Leeds festivals over on the Beeb. Did you go? Fancy writing a review for us? We’re too old, boring and poor to attend.

Also on the BBC, despite the terrible weather Leeds got into the festival spirit thanks to the Leeds West Indian Carnival yesterday. This was the 45th carnival held in Leeds, with plenty of great costumes, food and music to keep the hardy spectators entertained. Were you there? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this year’s carnival!

The one thing you want when you go to the seaside, aside from candyfloss and seaspray right in your gob, is a little light domestic abuse between crudely carved wooden puppets. Well, that’s what you might think people liked as this year is the 350th year of Punch and Judy, celebrated with a series of events nationwide including in the lovely seaside resort of, er, Hull.

Think mining in Yorkshire is dead and buried? The Yorkshire Evening Post reports on the regeneration of a colliery near Doncaster by eco-company RecyCoal, and the creation of more than 70 jobs.

If you’re looking forward to the Paralympics as much as we are (and after the excitement of the Olympics surely it’s just going to get better!) then you might be interested in a play that’s being staged in Newcastle focusing on the achievements of Olympians and Paralympians. Based on interviews with the athletes themselves, the play has previously run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; have a gander at the Guardian Northerner for more information.

I’ve also been talking on Twitter with a few people about this bracelet-making project, where over 400 beaded bracelets have been made and sold to show support for Callum Wingate. Callum fell into a swimming pool while on holiday with his family in Majorca in July, and was resuscitated by paramedics after nearly half an hour without a pulse. It’s likely that Callum will have long-term brain damage despite his revival. The bracelets have been dubbed Callum Hope bracelets and proceeds are going to his parents; you can request one on the Facebook page set up by Yvonne Wolstenholme, and read more about the story on the Yorkshire Evening Post. If anyone has any beads or elastic they could donate to this good cause, or any suppliers they think would be useful, or wants to help make these bracelets, please do get in touch!

And finally, fancy a bit of dystopian literature? Of course you do. Tonight, 6pm at Giraffe on Greek Street, Leeds Book Club will be discussing, dissecting and devouring The Running Man. Go and be fruitful.

That’s it for today – have a nice Tuesday and enjoy this four day week!

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