The Hyde Park area of Leeds.
One frustrating thing about living in Leeds 6 is the bewildering number of take-away menus that get delivered to our homes. Take-away establishments outnumber the dead around here, and so fierce is the competition for student moolah that menus are dropping through our letterboxes several times a day. Pizzas, Thai, Chinese, Indian, Morrocan, and something called a chimichanga... you can have it all in Hyde Park. Many of us just take the menus for granted, but I suppose it can all be a bit too much for some.
What I like about this sign is the way that DON,T is written with a comma instead of an apostrophe. It kinda made my day, seeing that. Genius.
The bin men have been on strike in Leeds for over two months now. Signs like this were a common sight in Hyde Park during the early weeks of the strike, but this is the only one I can find now.
The bin which says "155 HPR" is a couple of blocks from home. They move around a lot.
Saturday was the Unity Day 2009 hospitality night - and yours truly was compère for the evening. I borrowed this marvelous tailcoat from the Ladybird's bottomless circus wardrobe. I don't know that pink and blue are my best colours, but it was fun to wear and got plenty of compliments.
The hospitality night is a chance for the Unity Day volunteers to catch up with each other, let our hair down and have a jolly good knees-up. We do it every year as our way of saying thanks to each other for helping to make Unity Day happen. Lots of us like to dress up to the nines, making a change from muddy boots and steward t-shirts.
There was music from some great local bands: anarchic dance from big-band Bassa Bassa, easy-groovin' reggae from The Roots Family UK, and the oddly named Ukelele Bitchslap, who are lovely. Many thanks to all of them for coming along to entertain us. Between bands I slipped in a recital of Three Ha'pence A Foot by Marriott Edgar, to show folk just how bad the rain could have been.
An exquisite new patchwork Unity banner was shown off by Maggie and Kerri, the new Unity Day wall calendar was passed around, and we saw video and photos from this year's main event. Plus, the home-made curry was superb.
Now the serious business of the Christmas panto can begin...