Leeds today: OWL, keys, data, penny, drawing, solar, ghosts, litter, musicals and surveys.

Hello! Welcome to Wednesday’s BGL.

Following a late night out for World Book Night (fabulous!), I was up early this morning to queue – with quite a few others – for Wicked tickets. The musical comes to Leeds Grand Theatre in June-July 2014 (yes, next year!). I must say that the lovely staff at the Grand looked after us beautifully in the queue with tea, coffee and cake. They are now my new favourite people.

Returning to the here and now, Leeds’ Grade II-listed buildings are to be surveyed in a pilot scheme by Leeds Civic Trust and English Heritage. We’re so lucky in Leeds to have an extraordinary amount of gorgeous architecture, but some is looking a bit run down, so this is rather timely.

Adel Players are staging a new production of Ibsen’s Ghosts this week. Over on Culture Vulture Jon Holmes explains why characters created over 125 years ago remain relevant today.

I have fallen for the second picture on this website, part of the new ‘Jewish Artists in Yorkshire’ exhibition at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery. It’s on until June 30.

This is a rather novel business model: private security staff as litter wardens, and while the Council doesn’t have to pay for the scheme, the company gets a percentage of fines. I’ll be interested to see how successful it is. Also, will kids be being fined for dropping sweet wrappers before their parents get a chance to pick them up? Also, several London councils have already trialled this sort of scheme and dropped it after huge amounts of negative publicity about litter wardens setting traps, and at least one council found that despite having to pay the company for issuing fines people just didn’t pay them, so incurred a loss. Time will tell, but when litter wardens hang out at bus stops looking for smokers – low-hanging fruit – they’re not on Briggate looking for people throwing fast food cartons. Just saying.

What is HannaH? The Guardian Northerner explains.

I’m something of a greeny, so I’m delighted about this proposed scheme for a solar farm just outside Leeds. Plus, if ever there was proof that it really isn’t grim up north, this is it, and the wildlife benefit too. Win-win.

Not such happy news for the economy, though, as some figures suggest Leeds is losing private-sector jobs. Leeds-based supermarket Asda is opening new stores (good news), but these are not really the sort of jobs we need.

The Observation Wheel Leeds is nearly gone [sad face], with just a few metal struts remaining to be loaded onto a lorry. Don’t worry, though, as there’s plenty more exciting stuff in store for the city. The Arena’s keys were handed over to the Council this week.

Then there’s the weekly round-up of what to do and where to go from The City Talking.

It is Big Data Weekand the Culture Vulture explains all. This is a bit of an important thing; discovering how data is and can be used is pretty exciting, and expect some revelations to come out of this.

Looking ahead, Sunday is the second Penny University, at Brewbar under the Art Gallery, from 1.30pm. This BGL-er will definitely be there.

Finally, Monday (29 April) is OK Comics’ Drink and Draw event, at The White Swan, next to City Varieties. Drinking with ink involved, what could possibly go wrong?

Thanks for reading and we’ll see you on Friday.

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One Response to Leeds today: OWL, keys, data, penny, drawing, solar, ghosts, litter, musicals and surveys.

  1. Bywater blog says:

    Perhaps we should give the council the benefit, before saying that the new litter policy will not work. Of course fining people £75 will always get complaints, but the experience of other council will allow Leeds to do it right. Recording people dropping litter, should be quite easy. Just set a camera up near a shop, close to an over-flowing litter bin or on the school run.

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