Leeds today: gallery, Boss, trains, Morrisons, playlist, cake, Barn, book club and university.

Hello Leeds! Wednesday! Half way through the week!

We’re going to start with the weather. Having lived in hot, sunny countries I can tell you there is nothing as boring as waking up day after day after day to a blue sky. However, we’ve had a few glorious days of winter sunshine that have made me want to run around and jump up and down, so how fortunate that Leeds Playlist have obliged with a suitable set of songs.

More on music with the announcement yesterday that Bruce Springsteen is playing the Arena in July. I’m sure there are many, many overexcited people out there right now.

South Leeds Life has organised a public meeting to discuss how to save the medieval Stanks Hall Barn in south Leeds. The meeting will take place on Thursday 28th February at Beeston Village Community Centre on St Anthony’s Drive, from 7pm. John Baron tells us all about it on Guardian Northerner.

There were major delays on the East Coast line last night, with people stuck on the train down to London and others stranded at Kings Cross. Sympathy to those involved. There were hopes that the lines would be functioning again around 9.30 this morning, but if you’re travelling today, you might want to check before you go. Or just stay in Leeds. It’s much nicer.

Meanwhile, the chairman of Metro explains his idea for the northern railways, on Leeds Online.

Wendy gives us her weekly list of things to do, including some half term ideas if you have children to entertain.

Last night saw the official Leeds launch of the Clandestine Cake Club Cookbook, a collection of recipes by Lynn Hill who started the club a little over two years ago. Over 80 people dropped into Waterstones and ate cake. Cakes from the book will be on sale at the Arch Cafe as part of their afternoon offer, too. The book is lovely and the recipes well-tested – definitely worth picking up.

Fond memories of the Abbey Light Railway, which has been bought and is moving to Wales.

Yorkshire supermarket Morrisons is purchasing 49 Blockbuster stores in order to open local convenience stores. Morrisons are having another go at this tricky (and perhaps oversaturated) market.

Tonight is the first meeting of Leeds Book Club Puffins, a new book club for adults who wish to re-live their childhood reading list. We begin with Matilda by Roald Dahl, so if you’ve read it, do come along. 6pm at Outlaws Yacht Club on New York Street.

Also tonight is the opening of a new art gallery in Leeds, the XO Gallery, on Kirkgate. The opening is from 6pm to 8pm. Culture Vultures has a piece on the opening too (along with good directions).

Finally for today, back in the 18th century people attended coffee shops to discuss politics, philosophy and the latest news. As they paid a penny for the privilege, this came to be known as the Penny University. BGL’s Kirsty has decided that she doesn’t have enough to do already, so is reviving the idea at Brewbar (underneath the Art Gallery and Tiled Hall). The first meeting is this Sunday at 1.30pm.

That’s it for today! Thanks for reading and we’ll see you Friday.

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