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Late Doors

Yer Leeds

had an envious love of the center for about 45 years now. There is a certain pride amongst Leeds Folk and it's good that it isn't too much but it should be more.  For me its in the top ten centres in the world or at least what ive seen of the world. Don't know too much about the rest of the City so come on lets celebrate the place.











grunt

Looks quite nice but top 10 in the world? Deffo top 10 golden owls in the world though, maybe even top 5.
Kevin Khatchadourian

I like the centre of Leeds. When I am asked about it I say that it is like taking some of the best parts of London and cramming them into a few interesting square miles.

Of the other places I know of, I like lots of parts of London. I like Barcelona, like Zagreb, like Mostar. Ljubljana centre is ideal for a special romantic weekend type jobby.


Innit!
Forest

grunt wrote:
Looks quite nice but top 10 in the world? Deffo top 10 golden owls in the world though, maybe even top 5.


Deffo top 10 just for the beachfront, it gets a bit busy during the summer mind you, but I've loved it ever since I was a child. That reminds me I must buy some new swimming trunks.
Dock

Some great architecture, but Top 10 in the world? No chance. I've got a great hardbacked glossy book on the best architecture of Leeds and the history of some of its buildings which I can highly recommend:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Leeds-Cit...TF8&qid=1331464566&sr=1-1

When you look up at the buildings its great, its just pavement level that sucks. Unless you like a blossoming of pound shops and seeing masses of thirteen year-old mum's dressed in sportswear.
grunt

Forest wrote:
grunt wrote:
Looks quite nice but top 10 in the world? Deffo top 10 golden owls in the world though, maybe even top 5.


Deffo top 10 just for the beachfront, it gets a bit busy during the summer mind you, but I've loved it ever since I was a child. That reminds me I must buy some new swimming trunks.


It's a cheap trick posting a pic of Rotherham's golden sandy vistas to try and make Leeds look good.
Dock

If Leeds had a beach it would be full of Staffy/Akita crosses running off lead pissing everywhere and frightening people with some shithead shouting in the distance "Get back ere' ar Tyson yer little cunt!". The aforementioned scenario is based on any day out at Roundhay Park on a sunny day.
Forest

Had a great day at the beach today, fantastic weather.
fartcatcher

At least the town planners of the sixties  and seventies left some bits in tact. Thinking particularly about the NW of the city centre round East Parade and the Headrow and Park Square which I really like.

If you want to see a city centre that looks really shite, come to Coventry,
Forest

fartcatcher wrote:
At least the town planners of the sixties  and seventies left some bits in tact. Thinking particularly about the NW of the city centre round East Parade and the Headrow and Park Square which I really like.

If you want to see a city centre that looks really shite, come to Coventry,


The germans are partly to blame for that.
Late Doors

How very bloomen typical of Leeds people, take the piss out of their own city for not having a beach.

Alright then, top twenty ?  where's better in this country? London? yes, Edinburgh? maybe, Manchester? probably but nowhere else.

Where's better in the world? well in my opinion New York, Chicago, San Fransisco, Paris, Barcelona, Sydney, maybe a few others but there are more places you might think are better but in fact are not despite their pretensions and hype. Florence for instance where other than one solitary structure all its treasures are interior. All subjective of course

So what makes a great city?

It's buildings and arteries
It's people
It's Art
It's popular culture
It's transport
It's access to nearby natural beauty
It's places to eat and drink
It's free entertainment
It's history
It's lack of pretension
It's tolerance
It's diversity/Identity balance
It's use of the waterways
It's respect of its own heritage
It's sporting pride, and a few other things. Leeds has it all in spades

So there are crime drugs and dregs but guess what? there is in NY and Paris et al

FFS where's Mick when you need him  
fartcatcher

Forest wrote:
fartcatcher wrote:
At least the town planners of the sixties  and seventies left some bits in tact. Thinking particularly about the NW of the city centre round East Parade and the Headrow and Park Square which I really like.

If you want to see a city centre that looks really shite, come to Coventry,


The germans are partly to blame for that.


True - but to some extent they were 'helping' the town planners, who already had plans to demolish most of the city centre.

http://www.historiccoventry.co.uk/postwar/postwar.php
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

Late Doors wrote:
How very bloomen typical of Leeds people, take the piss out of their own city for not having a beach.

Alright then, top twenty ?  where's better in this country? London? yes, Edinburgh? maybe, Manchester? probably but nowhere else.

Where's better in the world? well in my opinion New York, Chicago, San Fransisco, Paris, Barcelona, Sydney, maybe a few others but there are more places you might think are better but in fact are not despite their pretensions and hype. Florence for instance where other than one solitary structure all its treasures are interior. All subjective of course

So what makes a great city?

It's buildings and arteries
It's people
It's Art
It's popular culture
It's transport
It's access to nearby natural beauty
It's places to eat and drink
It's free entertainment
It's history
It's lack of pretension
It's tolerance
It's diversity/Identity balance
It's use of the waterways
It's respect of its own heritage
It's sporting pride, and a few other things. Leeds has it all in spades

So there are crime drugs and dregs but guess what? there is in NY and Paris et al

FFS where's Mick when you need him  



amen to that Late Doors! It's a fortunate city in many ways - I'm just reading the Promised Land by Anthony Clavane and its as much a history of the city and it's people in the last 100 years as it is a LUFC book

all fans of Leeds must read the Promised Land - makes you love the place all the more
Dock

Leeds is ok as a city. And thats it as far as I'm concerned. I'm not a mega fan of it, but I also know there are a lot shitter places to live. It suits me for now but I wouldn't think twice about it if I had to move away from it for whatever reason.

It is a very multicultural place with many waves of immigration, but even with its rich diverse history there is still a lot to be learned by its citizens about accepting others. Example:

I went for a pint in The Peacock one teatime last year when I was waiting to be picked up by Sheeps for LD's gig at Longwood Square Gardens. There were a few lads stood at the end of the bar chatting. I heard one of them use the word "Nigger" pretty loudly and he didn't even turn around in shame to see if anybody had heard him and his mates just took it as normal. First pub, or in fact the first place, that I have heard that word used in years.
sheeps

Wouldn't live there rent free.

I work in an area slap bang in the middle of Seacroft, Gipton and Halton. Leeds has a fantastic city centre square mile or so, after that I'm out.
Dock

sheeps wrote:
Wouldn't live there rent free.

I work in an area slap bang in the middle of Seacroft, Gipton and Halton. Leeds has a fantastic city centre square mile or so, after that I'm out.



Totally agree Sheepster. Centre great but most of the suburbs are average/shite. The majority of Leeds people I meet are pretty parochial and don't venture far from the few streets around where they live. Unlike say, Londoners. The latter will go into the centre of their city but a lot of Leeds people go to the White Rose Centre then on to a Frankie & Benny's on some far flung retail park and never go into the city centre. God forbid they have to get out of their precious little cars and hop on a bus to go somewhere in town. There is a lot of bobbins spouted about what a great city Leeds is. It isn't a great city, its an ok city. As for the sporting pride its forty years since LU won the F.A. Cup. And when you have some thick-as-shit double standard racist fans who refer to Tottenham Hotspur as "Yids" when many of the chairmen of their own club who have invested money in the team over the years have been Jewish it baffles me as to what we are supposed to be so proud about. Anyway fuck cities and teams. They are false idols. Be proud of yourself whoever you are!

Hare Krishna!
Forest

This is a Pro-Leeds thread! Go take your anti-Leeds ranting elsewhere, in fact we should send you two back to where you came from.

*puts extra guard on Leeds border*
Dock

Forest wrote:
This is a Pro-Leeds thread! Go take your anti-Leeds ranting elsewhere, in fact we should send you two back to where you came from.

*puts extra guard on Leeds border*


Not anti-Leeds at all. Just speaking as I find Fozdyke. I like Leeds and I support more of its city centre arts, pubs, and assorted pop shops than a lot of people who shout their heads off about how great Leeds is but who actually never bother going into the city centre.
Grind

I can confirm that Manchester (new Hampshire) is a shit hole.

It needs a good wipe too.
Forest

Dock wrote:
Forest wrote:
This is a Pro-Leeds thread! Go take your anti-Leeds ranting elsewhere, in fact we should send you two back to where you came from.

*puts extra guard on Leeds border*


Not anti-Leeds at all. Just speaking as I find Fozdyke. I like Leeds and I support more of its city centre arts, pubs, and assorted pop shops than a lot of people who shout their heads off about how great Leeds is but who actually never bother going into the city centre.


Too late for apologies what was said has been said.

I propose we deport you beyond the city boundary, maybe to Bradford.
sheeps

See them fire escapes on LD's LGI pics? Well I  am the man that ensures they are in tip top condition and capable of saving lives in a disaster that may be fire related.
fartcatcher

sheeps wrote:
See them fire escapes on LD's LGI pics? Well I  am the man that ensures they are in tip top condition and capable of saving lives in a disaster that may be fire related.


It must have taken a long time to paint them.
sheeps

fartcatcher wrote:
sheeps wrote:
See them fire escapes on LD's LGI pics? Well I  am the man that ensures they are in tip top condition and capable of saving lives in a disaster that may be fire related.


It must have taken a long time to paint them.


I have a man for that.
Dock

sheeps wrote:
fartcatcher wrote:
sheeps wrote:
See them fire escapes on LD's LGI pics? Well I  am the man that ensures they are in tip top condition and capable of saving lives in a disaster that may be fire related.


It must have taken a long time to paint them.


I have a man for that.


*does second coat*
fartcatcher

I had my tonsils out in the LGI. They are probably in a jar in a basement somewhere.
Dock

fartcatcher wrote:
I had my tonsils out in the LGI. They are probably in a jar in a basement somewhere.


*throws sausage sarnie in bin*
Grind

You might want to avoid anything involving "mushrooms" too.
Dock

Passed the new Leeds Arena site up by T'Merrion Centre the other day. They aren't half cracking on with it. End of dispatch.
Kevin Khatchadourian

Just been to Tunbridge Wells and it is still full of public school knobs.
bearing

Birmingham centre is rather nice too.
Late Doors

Don't suppose anyone went to the waterfront Fest this weekend gone? Me n MrsD had a nice day out Saturday. Started off at Granary Wharfe where canoes and those big plastic bubble things kids get inside and walk on the water where in abundance along with a little music stage outside the Hop. It started to really hammer it down just as we got there so we vanished into the hop For a pint till it stopped.

Then a stroll down to Brewery Wharfe with the tragic looking Tets brewery resembling something after the Blitz. Some dreadful modern music was blasting out so we crossed the Water to Calls Landing where they had a little Beer Fest and burgers. Chatted to a lad i know from the games for a while before he and his mates tucked into a plate of Oysters and we wandered down to Clarence Dock. There was a larger crowd gathered here for the dragon boat races. It was all rather jolly but not the extravaganza promised on the build up adverts. Still an enjoyable day out. Had a pint in the cleaned up but not spoilt Duck n Drake before dipping into Jamies for an acceptable sea food platter and Mezze starter of Meats and Bits. Finished off with a pint in the Taps and the train home. Good day out
Dock

Meats and bits? That sounds revolting. Its sounds like some waxing service they would do at a T'Tanning Centre.
Forest

Philwear

Always loved Leeds City Centre. Here's where I live now.


sheeps

Philwear wrote:
Always loved Leeds City Centre. Here's where I live now.




Are you man Friday?

And can we have some better pics?
Heyho

Forest wrote:


What were you doing in the LGI?

If you look at the left hand side middle I've just been offered an old ward in there to house my team.
Forest

Heyho wrote:
Forest wrote:


What were you doing in the LGI?

If you look at the left hand side middle I've just been offered an old ward in there to house my team.


We were just visiting a patient, I was well impressed with the rooftop garden up there, that was until we had to go indoors because the Air Sea Rescue Helicopter was landing on the top of the building.
Grind

Forest wrote:
Heyho wrote:
Forest wrote:


What were you doing in the LGI?

If you look at the left hand side middle I've just been offered an old ward in there to house my team.


We were just visiting a patient, I was well impressed with the rooftop garden up there, that was until we had to go indoors because the Air Sea Rescue Helicopter was landing on the top of the building.


An emergency colonoscopy. Prolly.
Late Doors

Recession? what recession.

Treated MrdD to a day out in Leeds yesterday. Paid her bus fare and got her chips n everything. Nice as well, the one by the market used to be Gravelys, now the fishermans wife. Had them sat on a bench further down amongst a load of Starlings anticipating a bite. Lovely birds, seem to be making a comeback. Didn't get owt from us though, the scrounging little fecks.

Anyway the point of this rambling is this. We do a bit of travelling hither and tither and seen cities and towns all over Europe and beyond. Despite the reticence amongst you unassuming Loiners you have one fantastic town or at least one fantastic town center. Visitors, locals, traders, shops, bars, pubs and eateries lively and buzzing. It was always said Leeds would be one of the first to come out of recession and what I saw yesterday there were signs of it all around. Not just the well scrubbed and well healed that have always been there in spades either. All amongst the great buildings of the city as well. The great thing about it though is the place has character. I know some moan about it not being proper Leeds anymore but they should wake up to the fact that travel, employment opportunities and transport have made everywhere more fluid and transient. Leeds is still very much the capital of Yorkshire and its own place.

So, the mandatory trip to Jumbos to pick up gig tickets and the obligatory CD the law says you must buy, a trip to HMV for DVDs and a dose of TK Max it was pub time whilst MrsD continued her expedition for an hour. The Ship, Pack horse and Angel all packed with quaffers diners shoppers and groups of assorted day outers. Slug and Lettuce rammed and All Bar Non on Greek St busy. Didn't go in but the Legs seemed spruced up and busy, as was the Horse n Trumpet. Like I say, recession? what recession
Forest

I'm a big fan of this..



looks great
Grind

Looks like a dehumidifier.
smiling badger

Or a giant Storm Troopers helmet.
(awaits gags)
bearing

Forest wrote:
I'm a big fan of this..



looks great


Grind

Maybe it's a custom garage then?
Late Doors

Anyone been to the German Market? overrated bobbles if you ask me. Foleys decked out in German flags yesterday. looked like a world cup final
Forest

Late Doors wrote:
Anyone been to the German Market? overrated bobbles if you ask me. Foleys decked out in German flags yesterday. looked like a world cup final


Went the other night, German beer and bratwurst and an Oompah band in the big tent ACE!

Overpriced tat on the stalls NOT ACE!
fartcatcher

Don't understand how these things have become part of the christmas tradition. mrs fc went to one in Leamington yesterday.

One stall selling kangaroo and ostrich meat, one selling french pancakes, one selling jumpers made out of llama hair. They've certainly diversified.
Basically it's the same old overpriced crap as you get at Farmer's Market but with an extra 10% added on.

Bah humbug etc etc
Dock

I'm with FC on this. The Leeds one is overrated and as for the beer you could be drinking anything, it's freezing and tasteless as is the German Market and the weather. I'm sure its only carried on because Leeds City Council must be grabbing a nice rental fee in their grubby little paws for the use of M. Square.
Forest


View on YouTube
Grind

Zehr gut.  
Forest

This'll be nice when it's finished
Forest


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