Yorkshire Sculpture Park

I really enjoyed my first visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. It has been a very cold day but it has been beautiful with bright blue skies. This post is mainly pics…

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“when I first came here”

I moved to Leeds from London on my own one year ago this month. In the context of all the changes people make it is small perhaps. However I am naturally cautious and for me it was big. I didn’t really know anyone and everything was new. So here are my tips for moving to…

Buses for the masses!

I have just waited 40 minutes for a bus. Why? I don’t know. That certainly wasn’t the advertised timetable. Three or more buses should have served the bus stop in that time. In the end I got a taxi. It is a short ride in a car. It was getting dark. I hadn’t eaten. I…

The pleasures of the M1

I have taken the coach back and forth between Leeds and London a handful of times, and although the train of course has speed on its side, this coach journey has some things in its favour. I have often spotted birds of prey from the window and the expansive landscapes that frame so much of…

30 songs for 30 days

I spotted this 30-day song challenge on Twitter ages ago…suggested by Halfway 2 Nowhere @H2NUK It is a challenge to identify 30 songs to fit 30 different categories. It seemed fun…so…here are my initial reactions. I could choose different answers everyday! Day 1 -a song you like with a colour in the title ‘Yellow’ by Coldplay. I have…

Poetry in pieces

I leave poetry quotes for my mum in her shopping lists. She has taken to calling me the ‘Poetry Fairy’. They are sometimes quite lengthy quotes and sometimes just a couple of lines, but never the whole poem. Twitter accounts that Tweet excerpts of poems proliferate. Instagram users post select lines from poems. Is it…

David Rovics and the music of hidden histories

3 June 1917 was a day of huge contrasts in Leeds. There was the Leeds Convention; a conference bringing together members of the labour movement from across Britain in solidarity with the Russian Revolution, and in the evening there were anti-Semitic attacks in the city. One hundred years later there was a conference celebrating and…

How I learnt to love summer

It has been the most gorgeous few days in Leeds. Temperatures have been in the late 20s and the sky has been clear and blue. I have been reveling in the weather…hopping on and off the Leeds Water Taxi, enjoying a drink on a deck chair by the canal, taking a walk as the sun…

Poetry and me

I want to use this blog to write about my love of poetry and I am going to begin with reflecting on why and also how I read poetry, and what it means to me. The context for this post is a few facts about me…I can be fast, doing lots of things at the same time. I…

The magic of a bluebell wood

It is bluebell season. Bluebells aren’t just blue of course. They are purple. Violet. Lilac. And this time of year is just the time to notice…when some lucky ancient woodlands have a short but wonderful display of these most loved of flowers. I grew up near a bluebell wood, an ancient wood, surrounded by meadows at…

I predict a Riot Grrrl

This past Saturday Leeds was host to Live at Leeds, a multi venue music festival featuring dozens of artists and genres. My overall review is simple – it was great. Well executed and lots of fun. I have been to a similar event in north London – the Camden Crawl. It works well in Leeds with…