Welcome to Issue 44 of East Leeds Magazine



And look around, Leaves are brown now

And the sky is a hazy shade of winter

Oh hang on to your hopes, my friend

That’s an easy thing to say but if your hopes should pass away

Fine seasonal lyrics from Simon & Garfunkel (and an excellent cover by the Bangles). For many, this time of year represents running about like nutters for the sake of two days and then wishing everything would get back to normal, asap! If you can put the madness of Black Friday, pre Christmas sales, unwanted gifts, Boxing Day Sales etc to one side, then take a bit of time out and support the established and new local businesses opening up around us. This issue we’ve got Cafe Mokka, now licensed and open on a evening. Don’t forget they’re still open during the day, so if a glass of wine with your eggs benedict sounds like a good way to relax, then Mokka is the place to be. If you dream of sunnier climes this winter but can’t get away, try Arapas de Mama, a sunny taste of Tenerife and Venezuela slap, bang in the middle of Crossgates. Arriba! Arriba!

And if you’ve piled the pounds on this Christmas, you don’t have to travel far to get yourself in shape, good luck to Leeds Premier Fitness and Karate Centre at the top of Hollyshaw Lane. If sitting back with a book is more your thing, then Leeds horror writer Janine Langley-Wood has her first book on the shelves – Damned Rite: Melt is sure to tingle your spine. If that’s a bit heavy going, Mick McCann tells us us How Leeds Changed the World and don’t forget the Lidos New Year Panto- Robinson Crusoe, something to look forward to in the dark days of January.

A lovely piece of writing by Alan Mills as he tells us about Christmas in Bethlehem, if that inspires you, the Grace Communion Church will be having a carol service on Saturday 14th December.


Merry Christmas & Happy New Year,

John & Ali

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