Dapur Malaysia – Bringing Back Memories

In the absence of international travel I have been reliving past experiences through cuisine. This is an approach that Valerie Kolat, the chef and owner at Dapur Malaysia, wholeheartedly agrees with. For Valerie, cooking is a way to maintain her links with Malaysia and Kerala; to keep the memory of her parents and grandparents alive. […]

In Conversation with Steve Crocker: Jazz Leeds

Steve Crocker is the driving force behind Jazz Leeds.  Leeds Living’s Debbie Rolls wanted to find out more about the man and his motivation. How did it all start? The Jazz Leeds story began back in 2007 when a group of jazz fans, including Steve, began a voluntary organisation to promote jazz in the City. […]

Flying High Jazz and Blues Picnic

The first Sunday in September usually finds me enjoying jazz and blues at Chapel Allerton Festival. The annual event sees Regent Street packed with people listening to music, drinking beer and eating street food throughout the weekend. Clearly not appropriate for social distancing. However, Jazz Leeds found a way for the music to play on.  Gledhow […]

Following The Lines

Lockdown has encouraged many of us to get out and explore our local area. I started with areas that I know well – Temple Newsam Park and St Aidan’s RSPB Reserve. Then my wandering extended. I noticed unfamiliar paths and followed them. One such trip took me to the Lines Way. My first line of […]

St Aidan’s RSPB Reserve – Connecting With Nature

This flooded open cast mine has paths that weave through wetlands, with views of the wildlife – and approaching walkers.  It’s not easy to forget the industrial past of this site. A giant walking dragline, which excavated coal here from 1974 to 1988, sits on a hill by the car park. Its impressive bulk is […]