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UK CitySlicker Claire: We Are Leeds!

This is my first CitySlicker article - An introduction to my home town!

Name: Claire Worrall
Age: 26
University: The Open University at Leeds Met
City/Country: Leeds, UK

Photo by kneehigh85

Hello! My name is Claire and I will be covering all things Leeds as a Lomography UK CitySlicker. I moved to Leeds in 2004 to do an undergraduate degree in Linguistics, which I finished 4 years later. Now, I am a fresher again, (or a mature student as I like to call myself!) having just started a Criminology and Psychology degree through The Open University and based at Leeds Met. In the day, I study for uni, and also work for both the probation service and volunteer for the youth offending team based in Leeds. Over the last year, Lomography has sort of taken over my life and I now consider myself a full time analogue photographer, avid lomographer, and camera-collecting enthusiast (I now have more cameras than I do pairs of shoes, something which I never thought possible!).

Leeds is a decent-sized town in Yorkshire, and is usually recognised as the fashion capital of the North, if not the whole of the UK. I can’t fit in everything about Leeds into this one article, and I hope to be able to cover a lot more over the coming months. You can of course read about all Leeds has to offer on Wikipedia or the tourist information site www.visitleeds.co.uk. I would however, like to share with you some of the things I love about Leeds, and some of the things that keep me here and have done since 2008.

Some photos of Leeds city centre

Leeds, first and foremost, is (in my opinion) a very accepting city. There are people here from many different cultures/faiths/backgrounds and other minority groups and it is these people who make the city what it is. Some of my highlights of the calendar year in Leeds include LGBT Pride Festival, Hyde Park Unity Day, Leeds International Film Festival and Chapeltown West Indian Carnival.

I love the fact that Leeds is a great city if you like things a little bit different There are some great alternative club nights, where you can always find some music to suit your tastes, no matter how different those tastes may be. Also, if like me, you have interests in the alternative such as tattoos, zombie culture, burlesque, circuses, graffiti, unsigned music and independent film, you won’t struggle in Leeds for something to do!

For me, Leeds is an incredibly well situated city. I live just 4 miles north of the city centre, in a suburban street not too far from ‘studentsville’, but far enough that I am not kept awake all night every night. In contrast, if I were to head 4 miles in the other direction I would reach beautiful countryside, and just an hour drive from that I could be at the beach. There aren’t a lot of places in the UK where that is true and I feel lucky to live in one of them.

Since I have moved to Leeds I have totally committed to making this my home town. I have bought my house here, got engaged to a true Yorkshire-man and even acquired a bit of a hybrid Midlands/Yorkshire accent now as well! I no longer notice the smell of muck spreading in summer, and I don’t find it stressful anymore to drive through snow in winter. I drink ale sometimes and am a dab hand at throwing a yorkshire pudding together! All in all, I am excited about living in Leeds and all the things going on here and I am really looking forward to sharing that with you all over the coming months!

Bye for now!

Photo by fletchinski84

Photo above courtesy of fletchinski84, although I did give him a hand in it!

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