Leeds today: robots, menswear, bikes, whisky, United, Beacons, Breeze, buses and recording.

Good morning Leeds, it’s Naziya, back again for your reading pleasure.

The Leeds Citizen is livid. Despite recent government guidelines that council meetings should be open to reporting by social media, councillors in Leeds refused to let this blogger take an audio recording of a public meeting. Good on him for asking but maybe put the tablet under the table next time.

An ‘innovative food growing initiative’ outside the civic hall has led to donations of the first crops to St Gerge’s crypt. The Feedleeds project was designed to see if traditional flower beds could be replaced by vegetable growing ones…and successfully it would seem. Incidentally, if you’re over that way, Kirklees council’s vegetable and flower show takes place this weekend at Greenhead Park.

The FUAM (friends of university art and music) graduate art prize is to recognise and celebrate the talent of art students; this year’s exhibition will be opening at Leeds University tonight. The free reception showcases the cream of the crop with best in show and runners up cash prizes on offer.

Also on tonight, Harvey Nicks has a collection of menswear designers for a meet and greet. Not sure if you need to be an invited guest or not but if this really is your thing then grab a tray of canapés and inveigle yourself onto the first floor from 6pm.

And for the hardened urban explorer, look no further than… Leeds bus station. Phil Kirby’s takes the city’s temperature from a commuter’s point of view. With illustrative photos.

Breeze is on tour. After last week’s CBBC launch, the free annual road show for kids has a ‘tour de france’ style competition for the yellow jersey as well as lots of other activities. Today and tomorrow at Roundhay Park from 1-5pm.

Now festival fans had best gird their loins and ears: the second Beacons fest, Skipton’s music and arts festival, will be going ahead from the 16th -18 August. The following weekend is the annual Leeds festival – 23rd -25th August while Bingley Music festival rounds us off from the 30th -1st September.

There’s a great write up of LUFC’s first game on The City Talking ‘You might wonder if Leeds United had made a pact with the devil to arrange the perfect weekend, but they sacked him a week ago’ …made even more brilliant by a Leeds win. I bet Ardal O’Hanlon was happy, probably happier than the announcement at the City Varieties (he is described as self -effacing and a Leeds fan you see).

Wendy’s weekly guide of things to see and do includes Whisky testing tonight at Mojo, outdoor performance of wind in the willows at the Harewood estate tomorrow and a wild sleep out at Lotherton Hall at the weekend.

Finally, there’s a good cycling film of Julianna’s bike festival here and some great robots from playfulleeds.

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