Help fund the 10th Leeds Brownies trip to London!

browniesOur good friend and Eagle Owl @BookElfLeeds is raising money for her Brownies. Here’s why

When we asked our Brownies what they really wanted to do this year, they told us they wanted to visit London.

We’re a Leeds Brownie unit, based in LS4/LS6, for whom money is tight, and we’d love to give our girls, aged 7-11, the trip of their lives. For most of them it will be their first time visiting London, for some their first time away from home.

We’d love to make this as cheap a trip as possible so that ALL our Brownies can join us, and for that to happen we need your help!

Funds will go initially to cover transport and accommodation costs, and to buy food for the girls. If there is any left over we’d love to have some thing special to look forward to, any suggestions let us know!

We’re travelling down in February. The girls are planning a fundraising Christmas Fair (more details as and when) and our plucky Eagle Owl Jess is going to complete the Leeds Country Way-a 63 round trip all around Leeds-all to raise money.

If you can spare a fiver, that would pay for tea for one of the girls. We’re grateful for every penny and will keep updates on things we’re planning, and let you know how the trip goes!

You’ll be making twenty little girl’s wishes come true with every donation-on behalf of them all THANK YOU for your very kind donations.

If you have a moment, please check out the JustGiving page here!

Convinced? Donate HERE!


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BLOG – Pop Up (Political) Art

The neighbour across the road from us is voting to leave the EU.

I know this because he popped over a few weeks ago to drop by some photos (a sunflower I gave him last summer ended up 7 foot tall!!) and told me so. He was quite keen to emphasize that while he wants to remove ties with Europe, he doesn’t mean me. (Tempted as I was, I decided not to delve into that one too much.)

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HOME TOURIST – Walking around Harewood House

As you might recall, the original Leeds Book Club Trio will be taking a little walking holiday next month. In order to get myself all prepared, I’ve been trying to get out for longer and more challenging walks.

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A lovely birthday message…

…was waiting to greet me this evening as I walked out of Captain America Civil War (have quibbles but I did very much enjoy – the Cap A films are such MCU gems!).

My friend WannabeMermaid (@110face) had composed the following DM Birthday Poem – just for me!!! *beams*

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HOME TOURIST – Walking with the Elf

Today the Elf, The Silent Partner & myself (the original LeedsBookClub trio!) organised a walking holiday for July. Huzzah for future happiness!  
Naturally, I’m in no shape for a 13 mile trek (and that’s day 2!!) so the Elf and I headed out to Swinsty Reservoir – one of my favourite spots in Yorkshire – to get some prep walking in!

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Busy Bees in Bradford

This morning, I had a really interesting chat with a taxi driver about autism provision in Bradford. He is really passionate about raising awareness of autism services so has asked me to help spread the word.

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VIDEO – Scarecrow Kites (?) flying high in Leeds!!

Spotted this flying above the buildings opposite the bus station. Am assuming it’s to scare pigeons but no real idea. 

If it’s just there to be pretty, it’s achieving that beautifully!! 

And from t’other side…

 *shall Google tonight to see if there is any more info 


Recently I headed down to the beautiful Armley Mills Industrial Museum to have a  natter with the fabulously funny Minicine team – Woody and Abi.

As regular readers will know, I’m a long time supporter of Minicine, but only recently attended one of their screenings (check out my review for Westwood HERE and Wayne’s World HERE), who are based out of The Palace Picturehouse – one of the world’s smallest fully functional replica’s 1920’s cinemas.


We all of us (well two of us anyway) talk a mile a minute so we manage to cover A LOT of territory. Naturally, we discussed the origins of Minicine and the ethos that drives it, as well as the challenges of trying to come up with a program of events… let alone the associated audio and video playlists, reviews and pictures that are the playground of the truly obsessed!



Social cinema – as run by Minicine – is all encompassing, featuring cults, classics, foreign films as well as short films and anything else that Abi and Woody can sneak in, which leads to a particularly diverse and inclusive community atmosphere events. SPOILER – we pretty much decide it’s based on the cake amazing films that the team have brought together season by season in the last few years.

Which naturally leads us onto their award winning years – as they are the recent recipients of the Film Society Of the Year Award for 2015!

We also took a sneak peek at its exciting plans for 2016 – including the upcoming Human Nature season.


Click below to hear an in-depth chat about all things film, short film, social cinema and CAKE!

Probably the most enthusiastic podcast you’ll hear this year!


MINICINE – taking films seriously since 2010!

Want to learn more about Minicine? Check out the website HERE!

// And you can also find them on Instagram!

Human Nature Season

Her (2013)

Never Let Me Go (2010)

Under the Skin (2014)



MINICINE – Westworld


Venue: Armley Mills Industrial Museum
Canal Road
West Yorkshire
LS12 2QF

Twitter: @MinicineYorks

Just in this second from watching Westworld at Armley Mills, courtesy of MINICINE – my first time attending one of their events – despite best intentions.

The venue is absolutely amazing – a huge space – originally the world’s largest woolen mill – housing a museum, devoted to our collective industrial history. We were doing the quickstep through to make sure we were on time, but I will definitely be back to check out the exhibits in more detail. Particularly the Memoria – Memories of Light one that runs until October.

Our two hosts – (book clubber) Woody and Abby – were lovely, personable and welcoming, as well as being very well informed about the upcoming Fanorama event and the ongoing Scalarama festival  programme of events across the city. We opened with 4 shorts films ‘No Robots‘; ‘Cowboy, Clone, Dust‘; ‘(can’t think of the name right now)’ and my personal favourite ‘Wirecutters‘ (read more about Wirecutters here)


After the shorts, we had a brief intermission…with CAKE…tea and coffee were also available. Then we settled down for the main event.


Westworld is a futuristic theme park where paying guests can pretend to be gunslingers in an artificial Wild West populated by androids. After paying a sizable entrance fee, Blane (James Brolin) and Martin (Richard Benjamin) are determined to unwind by hitting the saloons and shooting off their guns.

But when the system goes haywire and a guest is killed in a duel with a robotic gunslinger (Yul Brynner), Martin’s escapist fantasy suddenly takes on a grim reality.

I’m not going to do a review of the film here. It’s one that I’ve grown up with and I have a great deal of affection for it. Suffice to say that seeing it on a proper screen, with such a beautiful backdrop (red curtains!!), was really special. The whole night ran smooth as silk and when I say that I’m planning on becoming more involved with the indie scene – I mean that I’ve already bought tickets for my next event – Wayne’s World at Left Bank next week.

Party On Minicine!



From the Minicine website

Scalarama is an annual celebration of cinema taking place every September. The season aims to unite all those who are passionate about showing films to one another, and to champion communal film watching and the cinema experience. Scalarama takes the form of a month long season of screenings taking place across the world at a wide range of venues, with all different types of exhibitors showcasing films from across the history of cinema and from all parts of the world.

A little info about Minicine

Since 2010, Minicine has been committed to screening the best independent and foreign language, cult and classic cinema that may not otherwise reach West Yorkshire audiences.

A non-for-profit, we currently screen every fourth Thursday of the month at The Palace Picturehouse in Armley Mills Industrial Museum. In the past we have held events in 51% Bourbon, The Maven and what was once Dock Street Market in Leeds city centre, as well as the Polish Parish Club in Bradford.

We try to offer our audience an alternative to the impersonal experience of the multiplex and offer short films and free refreshments at our events too, so if you like homemade cake we may just be the film society for you.

We prefer to inclusive and not exclusive so while we do offer membership Minicine has, is and always will be open to everybody.

We are a proud member of the British Federation of Film Societies and in 2012 we were awarded the BFFS Best Film Programming prize.

Cross-posted on LeedsBookClub