Leeds today: LOL, digital, activity, SHOES, music, school, homes and goat.

Happy Friday Readers! It’s Naziya, rounding off events for you this week and I have to begin with the good news that Billy the goat leapt to freedom from a ledge he had been trapped upon for 5 days in Calderdale. We do wish Billy all the best for his rambling future.

He could have done with a tracking device as proposed by our intrepid Yorkshire cops. They plan on catching thieves by fitting a GPS signal onto high tech valuables left in locations around the Leeds area. Burglars who are tempted by the easy to reach goodies can expect a knock on the door as they are caught red handed with the items which are to include power tools, phones, sat-navs, games consoles and laptops. The genius behind this targeted approach allows officers  to ‘potentially be able to infiltrate the handlers’ market as well, which we haven’t been able to do before, by letting the stuff go for longer and seeing where it ends up.’ So now you know, leave well alone!

Morley may well be celebrating its Literature festival but trouble looms in the town’s future as a proposed housing strategy by the council could put another 7,200 new homes into Morley, placing a terrible strain on congestion. BGL has already brought you news of Leeds’ worsening traffic problem so it’s unsurprising that local councillors are worried that intensive building in Morley may tip the balance for overcrowding schools, medical centres and other people-centric centres. Indeed, South Leeds Life reports that a 420 pupil primary school is to be built on land currently occupied by an ‘increasingly derelict’ South Leeds Sports Centre. Due to open in 2014, the council are inviting bids from local trusts to run the school. Where one leisure centre closes, another one opens. The £10 million Sun Lane Centre in Wakefield opens tomorrow, exciting residents who have been waiting since the closure of the original in 2006.

Is there any part of Leeds that doesn’t want to hold its own festival? Not when there’s almost £8000 of funding available from the lottery and families first scheme. West Leeds is the latest community raising its profile by staging its first ever music festival. Local bands and tribute acts will be performing in the family friendly event in Bramley Park on Sunday 28th October. If you’re looking for something a little different musically then you could do worse than pay attention to Seckou Keita, master of the Kora, a 21 stringed African harp. The Kora is a wonderful sounding instrument and a treat if you’ve not heard one played before. Keita plays tonight at Leeds College of Music.

Leeds Mencap have teamed up with event organisers Espionage to design an exciting and mobile James Bond-esque spy game for groups of participants to play in Leeds City Centre on Sunday 4th November. If you have a team of between four and five people and enjoy cracking passwords, solving puzzles and completing challenges whilst running around ‘ a giant board game’ then registration is open until the 22nd of this month.

LOL is considering whether Leeds should consider playing host to the start of the Tour de France known as The Grand Départ. The highly prestigious event would, say councillors, support Leeds bid to be recognised as a major UK city. Formal approval is to go ahead next Wednesday.

This next event must be the perfect weekend wind down. Leeds’ University’s Stanley and Audrey Burton gallery are hosting a drop in activity open day tomorrow, inviting everyone in for a spot of drawing, doodling and sketching within the relaxing and inspiring surrounding of the university library.

Finally heard this morning, and in honour of the upcoming digital fashion week, Radio Leeds reports that four pupils from Roundhay School in Leeds have designed a shoe with a retractable high heel. Described as ‘an open toed sandal’, the heel is made in two parts with a spring that allows the heel to fold into itself, turning the heel from a stiletto into a wedge. The concept not only won them a design competition but a trip to New York to pitch to Google and Vanity Fair.

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