East Leeds Magazine – Issue 71 Editorial

You remember that foul evening when you heard the banshees howl.

There was lousy drunken bar stewards singing Billy’s in the bowl,

They took you up to midnight mass and left you in the lurch,

So you dropped a button in the plate and spewed up in the church,

Famous Christmas lyrics from the genius of Shane MacGowan, we thought he’d written another song about Christmas but just couldn’t remember what it was, so we made to with the superb Sick Bed Of Cuchulainn!

It makes us feel old to think the brilliant ‘Rum Sodomy & the Lash’ album was thirty odd years ago, but if we feel old, imagine how Clandestine Roots MIck O’Brien feels. He’s fronted the band, who were formed by Barnbow apprentices on and off since 1968. The longest serving band in Leeds? Probably. But they might just be calling it a day, so if you want one last chance to see these Soul Legends, give yourself a pre Christmas treat at Garforth WMC. (see page 34).

With all the hullabaloo going on in Catalonia, Alan C’s thought it was time to tell us all about the rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid, a rivalry that goes beyond football and into civil wars and politics. Talking of politics, local MP Richard Burgon speaks from the heart again and whilst he loves his music, we’re not sure if he will be joining Chapel FM for their Musicthon at 3 o’clock in the morning.

Warren has a look at invasive species on these shores and somehow blames Jimi Hendrix for everything from the Black Plague to Global Warming while Lee Murtagh sees the return of a prodigal son.

As usual, loads happening with St.Gemma’s and if you want to watch some thought provoking cinema? Head down to the Old Fire Station where they are showing ‘Fire Fighters Under Occupation,’ as part of the Palestinian Film Festival.

Wishing all our readers a Happy Christmas, if you eat too much, it’s not the end of the world, it just opens a door to  Slimming World.

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