Hello Leeds (and everybody else)! Welcome to Friday! Huzzah! (Am a bit demob happy because I finished exams yesterday.)
The Hunslet Club in, erm, Hunslet is an old friend of BGL, and it is a fantastic place – a youth club that does everything. They, and the parent charity that runs it, get a headline piece in the Guardian this week, and even though we know the place and some of the people behind it are still amazed at how much stuff they get on there. This is a fantastic article, well worth reading and the club is certainly worthy of your support.
We are pretty happy with the Leeds List at the moment; they’ve got some good stories about gigs, comedians and veggie spots for lunch. Worth taking a look, and although some articles are a bit lightweight they more than make up for it in volume and the quality of others.
Anne Castle, The Lord Mayor of Leeds headed off to Hangzhou last week on a Partner City visit, according to sources. Hangzhou has 26 “sister cities” and the Mayor met mayors from those other cities scattered across the globe. Nothing about the visit or any outcomes or whether it was worth the plane fare in any local press yet.
I can’t say “Bettakultcha” without using the phrase “Leeds institution”. And it is. And it has one final date in Leeds this year, at the Greenhouse on Nov 27th. Do you have something you feel passionate about and want to talk about? This is the ideal place to do it.
Let’s talk about awards for a second. Former BGL writer and Leeds Trinity journalism student Joe Cooper has won a nomination for a national Journalism award by securing an exclusive interview with parents trying to raise awareness of the genetic disorder their daughter died from. Well done, Joe! Not only that, BGL stalwart Elly Snare won the “Best Specialist Blog” category at the Blog North awards for her blog The Magic Square Foundation. She celebrates by drinking tea and wearing awesome tights. Well done, Elly!
The SEVENTH(!) annual Leeds Fashion Show takes place tonight at Leeds Town Hall; Leeds Online interview one of the incredible women who started the show who talks about where the show came from and where it is going in future. Well worth taking a look at this.
Fabrication Crafts (run by the lovely Dawn Wood) gets gets a piece in Independent Retail in which Dawn talks about what Fabrication is, and what the philosophy behind it means. Lots of BGL readers like Fabrication but havn’t really thought about what it all means; this will help explain that. Good work.
Leeds Blogger Alex in Leeds has a great rant about why the wrong building won the RIBA Sterling prize for architecture over on Culture Vultures. This is a fantastic argument and begs the question; why aren’t more public buildings more publically accessible?
November starts VERY SOON. Some people will be gripped by fear at that thought, because they are thinking about getting involved with NaNoWriMo where you try to write a novel in a month. Leeds Libraries and Information Services are lending a hand, advertising a “plotting session” for people who are having a go tomorrow afternoon. Planning is all, people – don’t sit down with a blank sheet on Nov 1st and hope to write the next Promised Land.
And finally, we’d like to say a big congratulations to Steph & Darah who are getting married tomorrow. Wish them well, folks!
That’s it for this week! We’ll see you on Monday – sorry for missing yesterday, by the way – and thanks for reading. You’re lovely people, all, and we hope you have a great weekend.