Leeds today: Bragg, ride, SPOTY, broadband, homes, boxes, Light Night and skeptics.

Hello Monday! Just a quick one today, we’re all a bit busy.

Apparently 8,500 people took part in SkyRide Leeds yesterday (figure from the Council’s Twitter account). Did you take part? Let us know what you think, please!

Leeds will be hosting the 2013 Sports Personality of the Year in the Arena. Will it be Murray? The scenes in Millennium Square yesterday would suggest that’s a big old yes.

London is set to get yet another tube line (beyond Crossrail), but Yorkshire can’t have a high-speed broadband network [bangs head on desk]. I get accused of having a chip on my shoulder about this sort of thing, but the amount of funding that gets absorbed by London for no national benefit is frankly infuriating.

Ah, the North-South divide. The Guardian Northerner introduces us to Northern Soul, a new Northern listings website. The link in the article is broken, but the site is here. We wish them well, although there’s no shortages of listing sites in the north – you’re reading one now, to be perfectly honest.

There’s a new blue plaque with a link to Leeds; William Bragg, incredible scientist and Nobel laureate who developed X-ray crystallography at the University of Leeds was remembered last week, as the centenary celebrations start to get underway.

The regeneration PFI goes ahead, although it seems to have taken quite a while. We look forwards to seeing the results. The problem of building new homes is looked at by the YEP; it’s not as easy as it seems.

Negotiations are underway over positions of the blue phone boxes in the city. I feel proud to live somewhere that still has one or two red phones boxes left in situ.

Last week as part of All Hands On Deck a giant floating camera was put onto the Leeds-Liverpool canal. In another type of projection, Culture Vultures looks at the creation of a film for Light Night this year. You can be part of it too!

Leeds Skeptics on Tuesday 9 July, 7:00pm start. At the Cosmopolitan Hotel this month because it’s going to be popular: John Sweeney – Oi! Scientology. Keep an eye out for people looking really uncomfortable – they probably believe Xenu is landing.

And we’re done. Enjoy the weather and we’ll see you on Wednesday – and as ever, thanks for reading.

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