Leeds today: blue moon, Holbeck walk, Sunday parking, web vs print, festival, lightning and cake.

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 Nikki Mitchell and Joe Cooper.

Hello Leeds! Nikki and Joe here. Sorry to be terribly British and mention the weather but it does truly seem like any semblance of a summer is now well and truly over (well, apart from today) – but hopefully we can cheer you up a bit with some lovely Leeds-based news…

When you hear the name Damien Hirst what do you think of? Dead sheep showcased in perspex boxes and horses suspended from the ceiling? Probably not sticky back plastic and “here’s one I made earlier”? The Leeds artist has revealed he was inspired by Blue Peter for one of his famous works of art.

Music, coffee, magazines and cake. If that sounds like a good combo you might want to check out Leeds Music Hub. There is a nice little review on Leeds List. Writer Nick says the hub promises to always have cake. Always having cake is a good thing in my book.

Want more cake? (Who wouldn’t want more cake?). The Culture Vulture brings you some of the best dishes from an Olympic Food challenge. Food bloggers from across Yorkshire were set the task of cooking dishes from around the world. The black forest gateau looks heavenly.

Sporting fever is upon us again with the Paralympics kicking off on Wednesday and the culture vulture have asked for stories on the Olympic legacy. Kate Booth has expressed her hatred for exercise. I personally will go for a run so I can have a big slab of chocolate cake (or maybe some of that gateau) guilt free.

This Leeds man had a lucky escape after lightning struck and shattered a tree moments after he had walked passed it.

Leeds fest may be over for another year but the music event seems to be making a last impression not only on festival goers but musicians. In an interview the Maccabees put forward their views on why playing at the festival is so important.

Recent figures show sales of Yorkshire daily newspapers continue to slump – but the Leeds Citizen is looking on the bright side, reporting on the growing number of visitors to the Yorkshire Evening Post’s website. Now all they need is a way of turning web hits into money – ideas anyone?!

Leeds City Council are to review car parking charges in the city centre, Leeds Online report. A dull story, you might think, but it’s sparked fears that free Sunday parking may be scrapped – a move which would badly affect city centre traders.

South Leeds Life have details of a walk that will talk place around Holbeck to highlight the area’s good and bad points and look at how things can be improved

There’s also details of a training programme for 16-19 year olds who may have left school and college and are looking to move closer to the world of work

Calling all Osmond fans, come on, we know you’re out there – Merrill Osmond is in Leeds to promote a charity gala in aid of Hearing Fund UK, a cause close to his heart.

And finally, keep your eyes peeled tonight for an event which you really can say happens once in a blue moon

Have a great weekend, and thanks for reading.

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