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…

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…

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…

Me and Handel’s Messiah

I went to listen to a performance of Handel’s Messiah at Leeds Minster on Good Friday. And it was great. It is a piece of music I have some history with. During GCSE Music we ‘did’ The Messiah. I remember vividly being taught about some lines that appear early on; “Every valley shall be exalted,…

“I need to walk across this town”

I am not sure how long I have really loved walking. But these days I consider walking to be one of my key hobbies, and a central part of how I keep myself well, both mentally and physically. Today I went out with my local Ramblers group. We started in the fabulously named Barwick-in- Elmet, a…

First greeting of the morning

There is a Henry Moore bronze sculpture in the centre of Leeds. It depicts a reclining woman. Until last summer I was living in Brixton, in south London, and most mornings I walked past Lambeth Town Hall. One of my former relatives was part of the committee that oversaw the building of the Town hall and…

Highway to Hull

In February I made my first trip to Hull, aka, City of Culture 2017. It was a fabulously beautiful, albeit windy day and I got a great impression. The friend I went with had read that on arrival visitors are greeted by volunteers kitted out in a City of Culture uniform and we were not…