Leeds today: LEGO, flood, incinerators, cuts, kindness, wine, libraries and book clubs.

FRIDAY!

Obviously, yesterday’s BIG news was that LEGO is opening a shop in Trinity. For the first time this shopping malarkey is a really good idea! I sincerely hope that they’ll have an adult play area… (hint, hint)

Counter to this, though, HMV at the White Rose centre is closing. I’ve also heard of a spate of shop closures this last week or so, including Scheerer’s music shop, apparently: use it or lose it, people.

Last year’s heavy and prolonged rain resulted in a very high River Aire, but now a two-mile flood defence scheme for the river has been given the go-ahead.

Wakefield has released details about this year’s rhubarb festival.

Two waste incinerators have been given planning permission for east Leeds. “Both operators say they will recycle and re-use what they can, and create energy and heat from the waste that is burned”, which is good news. However, I can’t help recalling Leeds Citizen’s view on this last week. His various posts on the subject are well worth reading. And a lot of local residents are not pleased about this.

The Council announced more budget cuts yesterday. There is no good news here.

However, Jeremy’s latest South of the River post is up, with thoughts on random acts of kindness and a challenge for us all.

Then to start the weekend I’m going to go all tabloid and say: red wine is good for you! Okay, not necessarily, but researchers at the University of Leeds have found extracts of red wine (and green tea – snore) disrupt a possible step of Alzheimer’s disease. (Warning, though: I’ve heard arguments that this step could be a good thing, so don’t go for the red wine wholesale.)

So, for the weekend itself:
Tomorrow is National Libraries Day. Do try to support this important institution. Remember, even if you don’t need to borrow books, for others it is a lifeline. Sunday is Café Scientifique at Leeds City Museum. The topic this month is food security and the potential of biotechnology. 11.30am in the Museum café, and it’s free! And Sunday evening is one of the Leeds Book Clubs – at the White Swan this time. 6pm, and the book this month is Weight by Jeanette Winterson. Even if you’ve not read the book this time, do come along and meet us, see what goes on. We’re lovely, I promise!

I’m certain there are a million other amazing things going on, too, so feel free to list them in the comments or let us know. In the meantime, this afternoon sees Leeds Book Club’s monthly roundup of what’s been going on and is coming up in their life. Well worth coming back for! Have a lovely weekend. Snow has been mentioned again, so wrap up warm!

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