Leeds today: heart unit, speakers, policing, book fair, crafting, women, funny for money and cafe sci.

Hello hello! It is Friday, some might say one of the best days of the week. Certainly in the top seven. So! On with the news.

There has been success in a High Court challenge to the decision to move the children’s heart surgery from Leeds General Infirmary. Apparently people heard on reception and ran down to the unit to tell the staff there! There is a lot more to do in order to keep the unit in Leeds but this is a great first step – well done to all the campaigners.

BGL mentioned speaker’s corner before, and the first meeting is to take place tomorrow in Victoria Gardens. In theory if you heckle people here you won’t be moved on by chaps in trenchcoats, which is what happens if you heckle the proselytizers on Briggate.

I was staggered to hear yesterday that a major Leeds United match costs £100,000 in policing, so I rather sympathise with West Yorkshire police, who have lost an appeal for some of this cost to be paid by the club. I thought it was a condition of a club’s license that they had to pay some of the cost of policing, but apparently not.

Yesterday was World Book Day, so Leeds List presented us with books set in Leeds. I’ll add ‘Started Early, Took my Dog’ by Kate Atkinson, and the Richard Nottingham series by Chris Nickson. Can you think of any others? Speaking of Chris Nickson we have a blog post by him coming up this afternoon, about the people fighting against the corporations in Leeds. Well worth hanging about for.

Headingley Literary Festival begins tonight, running until 1 April. The full programme and calendar are on the website. The List Fest is always fun and you never know what gems might be uncovered there.

Also, don’t forget the Leeds Art Book Fair this weekend in the Parkinson Building. Here you will discover that books are not necessarily books, that there’s a huge market for this sort of thing and that wonder does still exist. And it’s in one of the best art deco buildings in Leeds.

Today is International Women’s Day. Take it away, Jeremy (from South Leeds Life, not Clarkson).

Monday evening sees Leeds Craft Club at the White Cloth Gallery; if you have a project you’re tinkering with and want to meet like-minded folk then this is the place to be 🙂

Elly Snare, erstwhile BGL writer, is doing something funny for money: you can make her dress like a fool for £1. Bung her a quid and maybe you could include the world “goldfish” in her outfit schema.

Finally, it’s Café Scientifique at Leeds City Museum café this Sunday. The subject is ‘People are just selfish, aren’t they?‘ 11.30am, and free!

Thanks for reading, have a great weekend and we’ll see you Monday.

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3 Responses to Leeds today: heart unit, speakers, policing, book fair, crafting, women, funny for money and cafe sci.

  1. Headingley LitFest actually begins this evening (Friday) with Sean Campbell in the HEART Centre. Tomorrow evening in the HEART Café, Ian Parks will launch his anthology of Chartist poetry, with the help of musical friends.

  2. Steve Williamson says:

    Re Leeds United policing costs – is there a breakdown of £100k? The overhead helicopters that are sometimes deployed can’t be cheap…

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