A roar of a theatre production

As part of my Yorkshire explorations, I can now add Harrogate to my list of visited places. I went recently for a theatre trip to see ‘We Are The Lions, Mr Manager’, a wonderful production about the 1976 – 1978 Grunwick strike and its astonishing leader, Jayaben Desai. When I saw the play it was in…

In defence of house shares

House shares get a bad press. It is easy to find blog posts and articles on line with details of house share horror stories featuring awful, disgusting and bizarre behaviour. I am shortly going to be moving into my sixth shared home in a bit over five years (eighth if you include the one month…

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…

“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…