Leeds today: stars, Thorpe, retail, trolleybus, bloom, rugby, cinema and vampires.

Hello, and welcome to Friday!

There’s some interesting thoughts on the Victoria Gate/John Lewis vs. the east Leeds Thorpe Park scheme, via the Leeds Citizen. Can LCC say no to either party? Probably not. Are both schemes fully viable? Well…

The Leeds Arena retail site is filling up nicely. I had no idea there even was a Leeds Arena retail site… I think we used to call it “The Merrion Centre”, but I could be wrong.

There’s an update on the trolleybus as the plans are submitted to the Transport Secretary for approval.

Yorkshire in Bloom awards – Leeds wins the ‘Large City’ category and a Beeston chip shop has scooped a Silver Gilt Rose Award in the Business Premises (Large) category and also the Commercial award.

Rugby in the park? With two years to go before the Rugby World Cup comes to Leeds “Posts in the Park”, a scheme to encourage more people to get involved in rugby, will be fitting some Rugby posts in Roundhay Park this week.

South Leeds Life ponders on a difference of opinion and racism.

Beep… beep… beep… What’s on the radar?

Well, Morley Literature Festival is fast approaching. You’ll notice that nowhere on the website does it actually give the dates of the whole event, but it looks like it runs from Friday 4 October onwards for about two weeks. There’s some lovely looking talks happening, with cakes, bikes and music being a common theme.

The Royal Armouries has a variety of Hallowe’en events over half term, including ‘how to kill a vampire’.

The Corn Exchange is holding a vintage fair on 5-6 October.

Next Sunday (29 September) Penny University returns after a summer break.

Michael Meadowcroft returns with his annual series of lectures on Leeds politicians (PDF), held at The Leeds Library on Commercial Street.

Sneaky Cine are putting on a showing of Ghostbusters and The Lost Boys at Outlaws on Oct 13th, at midday and 7pm respectively. Don’t forget the showing of The Big Lewbowski next Tuesday at the White Cloth Gallery, too.

Finally today, a bit of stargazing in Kirkstall.

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