Destination Local: £2.5m hyperlocal pot set for Leeds meeting

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This week sees Leeds bloggers and media folk coming together to hear how a £2.5m competition will help bring ‘hyperlocal’ news and content to the masses.

Innovation agencies Nesta and Technology Strategy Board have opened registration for Destination Local Demonstrators – a new hyperlocal media competition which will invest in projects that provide online news or content services to local communities.

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Mixing up some magic at The Alchemist

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The art of drink making has been sliced and diced to the stage now that if something has a bucket load of ice in it then a bar would have no shame in calling it a cocktail.

There are a few bars who avoid the inevitable lazy ‘cocktail’, however one Leeds bar in particular goes above and beyond to make sure their ‘experiments’ instil at least some pride in the cocktail business.

The Alchemist located in the Trinity Centre, state that their drinks experience is as much about the presentation, as it is about the quality of drink.

The carefully crafted drinks menu ensures a lively atmosphere late into the night with a cocktail selection that is second to none. The utmost care is taken in sourcing and using the finest ingredients, coupled with molecular drinks-making techniques, which will surprise and confound every palate!

The Alchemist opened in…

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Coming Soon… The Gin Festival

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GINCalling all Gin lovers, novices, and aficionados alike, Leeds is set to host its first Gin Festival this year and you are invited to sample brands including The Botanist, Sloe Motion and Gin Mare, enjoy live music and learn cocktail-making skills at White Cloth Gallery on Sunday 8th December.

Live music from electro-swing group Legitimate Gentlemen and acoustic acts will provide an eclectic soundtrack to the event, where industry experts will be on-hand to offer gin-tasting, cocktail-making master classes and educational talks on the history of gin, including a deconstructed tasting of nine traditional gin botanicals in their raw form.

The Gin Festival is the brainchild of Jym Harris and team at The Exchange Arts Centre Keighley, and started out as an thought in their own gin bar and festival HQ, The Snug.

The idea came after hosting their own beer festival and wondering why there weren’t any for gin…

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News – Closure of Massey’s Bookseller and Walkabout

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The harsh reality of the recession means you are never too far away from a boarded up building, a struggling business or closing down sale. Cookridge Street is the latest place to be hit by the wave of closures as it bids farewell to Aussie bar Walkabout, and neighbouring bar Massey’s Bookseller due to sales being “below expectations”, according to owner of both, iNTERTAIN. Although Walkabout Leeds has been open for fifteen years, and it may be missed on big sporting days: the closure of Massey’s is the real shame.

Massey’s was different: take a glance at the extensive cocktail list and flaring bartenders and you could be in any old Call Lane bar – but look around, and you see that no two things are the same in the kooky décor. You could find yourself sitting on a vintage dentist’s chair gazing upon the globe light fittings –  and…

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Leeds MP Hilary Benn backs Pickles proposals on right to record and film council meetings

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Leeds MP and Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Hilary Benn has given Labour’s backing to government proposals that councils in England should allow the recording and videoing of council and committee meetings.

Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday, Benn said it was to be welcomed that a new generation of bloggers is relating to politics in a different way.

“We will support … the proposal that councils in England should allow the recording and videoing of council and committee meetings. In this day and age, big changes in technology make recording and videoing readily possible, and I cannot see the difference between sitting in a meeting, listening and writing down what is being said, or—for those who have shorthand—taking a verbatim record, and making one’s own recording,” he said.

Leeds City Council decided yesterday to stick to its current position – of not allowing videoing…

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State of blogging in Leeds: 2013

We at journalism at Leeds metropolitan have scoured the blogosphere for our top 20 Leeds blogs of 2013 see our findings Here

FAQ: Is Thatcher’s legacy blocking the way for a more modern UK?

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Like the yeast-based product we English spread upon our toast each morning, Margaret Thatcher definitely divided our proud little island in her 11 years at number 10,  and we Brits certainly either ‘love her or hate her’ there is no doubt however, that the UK was a very different country before and after her time as Prime minister, both culturally and politically. In light of the Iron lady’s death on Monday 8th of April this year,  Thatcher’s controversial term, policies, and the way she changed Britain has been tweeted, pressed, printed, blogged and talked about across the globe.

With such press coverage and exposure of Thatcher and her time as PM, can we prove whether the Iron lady was bad or good for the UK? and with her policies and the strident way she ran this country from 1979 to 1990, do we still need Thatcherism, or is this an outdated political ideology that has no place in a 21st century UK? whether for or against, right or wrong, these need to be answered.

What is Thatcherism?

Thatcherism refers to the political framework, ideas and policies of the late conservative politician, Margaret Thatcher. It also describes the views and beliefs of the british conservative party between 1979 and 1990 when Thatcher was Prime Minister of the UK. It also carrys beyond her time in office into the politics of John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, and David Cameron. Thatcherism is founded on the claims to promote low inflation,  the idea of the ‘small state’, and free markets, through the tight control of the money supply, privatisation, and constraints on the labour movement. The Thatcherite policy maintained that free markets, financial discipline, tax cuts, and a firm control over public expenditure were the way to save the ungovernable Britain as it was named in the 1970’s.

How did this effect Britain?

Thatcher’s time in office was prehaps the most controversial and divisive political rule this country has ever experienced, and there were many winners and losers in the thatcherite policy. The top rate of tax fell from 83% to 40%, and millions of people were given the chance to get on the property ladder by buying their own council homes. She led our country to victory in the Falklands war against Argentina, giving pride once again to our nation and it’s empire. The main divisiveness came from her reducing the power of the Trade unions, resulting in thousands of miners across the north of England striking, this biggest of these was the NUM strike of 1984-85, which led to riots and civil unrest throughout Britain. Some viewed Thatcherism as a major factor in increasing the class divide and conflict between them as many felt the Thatcher led government prioritized the southern middle class over the northern lower class.

Do we need Thatcherism in modern Britain?

Thatcherism has been described by many as an outdated and overly firm political ideology, but she was the only british politician to give her name to an ideology. Her ideas of running a country like a small business, through tight control of the money supply and public expenditure, privatisation and decreasing the power of the Trade unions, have been classed as outdated middle class values by some, and praised by others. Today our US cousins joke that you can tell the politics of a Brit by the face they pull when you mention Thatcher’s name, and this certainly sums up the way our country feels about Margaret Thatcher, and whether or not this country needs Thatcherism and its values in the future is, in the end, entirely down to opinion, so slate her for the miners strikes, or praise her for the national unity of the Falklands victory, it’s undeniable that this Iron lady changed the face of the UK, and will continue to be a subject of division for many years.

Margaret Thatchers Funeral Live Blog

Head over to Journalism at Leeds Metropolitan tomorrow for our Live Blog of Margaret Thatchers Funeral