Leeds today: cheese, beer, arts trail, black tie, Tetleys, building, rugby flashmob and retaining talent.

Hello! Welcome to a new, shiny week where the months tick over once more and we go “what the hell is going on with the weather?” a bit.

Plans for redeveloping the White Rose Centre have been submitted to LCC. The plans include a cinema and four new restaurants, as well as extensions and revamps. The article in the YEP implies that Primark will keep both spaces at Trinity & the Headrow, too. Interesting.

Disappointing to hear that the children’s heart surgery review cost £6m and it ended with flawed information. £6m sounds like a small amount of money in the big scheme of things but you’d still expect it to end up with something accurate. Of that £6m, over £300k was spent on fighting the judicial review… and that’s being challenged now as well. Good money after bad.

A pub in Pudsey has been voted “Leeds Best Boozer” in the YEP. The Golden Lion was awarded the accolade over the weekend and although it’s in the middle of a refurb at the moment once that’s over it’ll be worth a trip to see what all the fuss is about.

The Rugby League World Cup is being hosted in the UK later on this year and girls from six local high schools took part in a festival of the game at the Hunslet Hawks home ground in South Leeds. This is brilliant stuff; womens sports get so little coverage in the mainstream media that many girls never find out that they can play things like rugby without events like this. Well done.

Also on South Leeds Life are some plans to build 122 new homes in Middleton and so create new job opportunities in the area. If you’re interested in a new career in the building trade then there’s an open day on Thursday 9th May from 2:30 – 6:00pm at St Cross Church Hall. More details in the article.

There was a Simon on the Streets flashmob on Arpil 11th, organised by students at LMU. Events management students carried out the flashmob and media students filmed it – the video is worth watching. You may even be in it.

There is a huge depth of creative talent in Leeds, so why does it always seem to move to London? It’s a good question; how to retain the talent we have? Culture Vultures has a few more questions & ideas about it in the comments on that article but when creatives like Test Space find it easier to work in the capital rather than the regions there’s some serious questions that have to be asked. Why is it always about the money?

Saying that, PSL seem to be well on track to get into Tetley’s in September. Creative Tourist talks to Kerry Harker about what’s coming up in the PSL move.

Medusa Bar in Horsforth are putting on a black tie casino night in aid of Crohn’s & Colitis UK, the Lord Mayor’s chosen charity this year. It is a great excuse to get out your tuxes and glittery dresses and pretend to be in 1950s Vegas on May 16th.

The Dales Festival of Art is having its first trip out this weekend. It’s been a while in the making but if you’re up for a trip out Leyburn is the arty place to be. Something a bit more local is the Saltaire Arts Trail which always happens in September; they’re looking for an event coordinator to deliver the Maker’s Fair Festival Special. It’s a paying gig, excellent for someone into crafts and proper organisation.

Cheese Club is next week – the theme is “Weird and Wonderful” – and tickets are on sale at £8 each. Homage2Fromage is a great thing and well worth showing up to. If nothing else, for less than the price of a cheeseboard in most restaurants you can get the cheese selection of your dreams.

And we’re done. See you on Wednesday!

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