Ox Club, Leeds

Ox Club, Leeds post image

Way, way back, I used to have a Saturday job in the centre of Leeds. This mainly involved constantly folding jumpers and failing to stop shoplifters, but it gave me one precious hour at lunchtime to wander in a big, arcing circle around the city, from one record shop to another. I'd inevitably end up in [...]

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Kapow Coffee, Leeds

Kapow Coffee, Leeds

I catch the train into Leeds every morning, and instead of rushing straight to the office, I take a slight detour through some of Leeds' alleys and yards, down onto The Calls and back up to work through the Markets. I see the same faces every morning, passing the same people in the same places, [...]

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Leeds Kirkgate Market vs. Mercado da Ribeira

Mercardo da Ribeira, Lisbon, Portugal

I spend a lot in markets, in terms of both time and money. A lunchtime trip to the fruit, veg, fish and meat stalls of Kirkgate Market in Leeds has become a weekly ritual, and I return to the office with one of those blue IKEA bags full of stuff. My colleagues ask me what unspeakable things [...]

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Bundobust, Leeds

Bundobust, Indian beer cafe, Mill Hill, Leeds

Astonishing. Well, there are few things in life more certain than being disappointed by an over-hyped, over-played and over-done restaurant. It happens all the time - a new place opens, everybody gets all excited about it, but it turns out to be just OK ... not bad, not good, just OK, the sort of place [...]

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