Leeds today: Snow! Also homes, bedroom tax, parking, Olivers, Attenborough, Mousetrap, Arena, Lit Fest & aesthetics.

Good morning readers. Did someone say snow?


Leeds city council are to begin investing millions more in its social housing stock. The move is ‘the first major investment in new council homes in the city for many years’, part of the Decency Standard Drive, ensuring all newly built homes are ‘up to scratch’.


Interestingly the council are looking at re-designating housing for families to help them avoid the bedroom tax. Two bedroom houses will henceforth be know as one bedroom houses. In the light of future social housing construction, they may as well get on with just re-designing traditional properties completely. Open plan living perhaps? If they were just fitted with solar panels, the government would end up subsidising them. No more bills but cheques for electricity instead! Too much forward thinking there, I’m afraid.


The proposed Sunday parking charges means bad news, particularly if you’re a city centre church hoping to keep your congregation coming back to hear the good news. Canon Bundock of the Leeds Minster has launched a petition against the move in order to avoid the new fees. A final decision will be made at the end of the year.


Tonight’s Oliver awards will see which Leeds dining and deli establishments will be worthy of a gong. The nominations are based on the YEP’s weekly restaurant reviews. You can still look at the categories although nominations are closed.


The new Wakefield museum has been officially opened by Sir David Attenborough. The museum features the collection of noted 19th century Wakefield naturalist Squire Charles Waterton and highlights Squire Waterton’s life and achievements’.


Ahead of the arrival of The Mousetrap at the Leeds grand theatre, Culture Vulture has a Q&A with cast member Bob Saul on how to keep murders a secret. There’s also a preview of Amazing Graze, the street food festival taking place at the Left Bank, Leeds next month.

There’s a video of the Leeds Arena looking all flashy lighty and stuff and a bit of a rant about talking inside said arena. Well perhaps he’s on about more intimate spaces.

Today’s offerings from the Headingley lit festival are An Arabian night at the Mint cafe, where the ‘ravishing sounds of the Oud’ will be heard alongside Arabic love poems and Lebanese food. Or hear psychotherapist Caroline Owens read from her memoirs about growing up in Northern Ireland during ‘the troubles’.

Tomorrow, the Leeds college of music hosts the last in the 2012/2013 season of chamber music. It finishes with a string quartet playing Haydn’s Op.20 starting at 7.30pm.

What is good art? Is aesthetic judgement still necessary and possible in our non-judgemental age? And why does art matter anyway? These are all questions to be debated by a panel of speakers in a ticketed event at the Leeds Art Gallery tomorrow evening, run by Leeds Salon, as part of the Dawn Chorus Exhibition.

Enjoy your day!

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One Response to Leeds today: Snow! Also homes, bedroom tax, parking, Olivers, Attenborough, Mousetrap, Arena, Lit Fest & aesthetics.

  1. Paul Thomas says:

    Dear BGL

    Thank you very much for publicising last night’s Salon, which as a great success.


    Leeds Salon

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