Sunday, 30 September 2012

Week 38: Jan

My name is Jan aka @Jan_Rush and I live in Moortown in north Leeds.

By day I'm a finance manger for a big multi-national company and I'm lucky enough to work from home. By night, I'm a school governor and through this I am involved in my son's primary school, a local cluster of schools and the local authority.

I originally moved to Yorkshire in 1985 to study at Bradford University and moved to Leeds in 2001 and although I consider myself to be a yorkshire-woman I'm probably still considered to be an in-comer.

I like to run, go to the gym, do kick boxing, drink wine, drink coffee, eat out and generally enjoy life in Leeds.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Week 37: Ewan

Hello, I'm Ewan.  I've been a citizen of Leeds since 1999 and have lived in Beeston LS11 since day 1.  I moved to Leeds to make my fortune after graduating from De Montfort University in Leicester, a degree I have managed to do little with. 

I didn't know Leeds at all when we moved here, other than Elland Road (I've been a Leeds United fan since 1990) and I have been finding my way around the city ever since.  My current hobbies, other than watching The Football, include food (I have a food blog don't you know) and I have recently taken up running.  I'm happily married, sorry ladies, and have a son who will shortly be 2.

I'm still to make my fortune and there are still pockets of Leeds I don't know, but I'll enjoy showing you the bits that I do know this week.  I hope you enjoy it too.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Week 36: Tess

Hello, I’m Tess and I’m a genuine Loiner. Born a month early at the old Hyde Terrace Maternity ward and raised in Guiseley (LS20 - that still counts doesn’t it?). Went away to Uni to study Modern European History at UEA in Norwich, but it never occurred to me to stay in that fine city (and it was fine). So back home I came, and never have left LS postcode again (well, obviously for holidays, visits and other stuff).

I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life, I had a vague idea that I would like to work at the University - and I have done
so for nearly 16 year now. Ironically a massive part of my job is helping students in Arts and Humanities to think about getting a job and making themselves more “employable”.

I don’t really have any hobbies, but I’m always trying to get fit/lose weight and my new obsession is playing squash - unfortunately this is coupled with my love of veggie food, cakes, cocktails and crisps, and more cakes. I love trashy TV and I am still mourning for Sunset Beach, but even I have drawn a line in the sand and refuse to watch TOWIE, and that Chelsea one.

Please join me on my People of Leeds quest,  I promise not to talk about
Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model too much...

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Week 35: Diane

Hi My name is Diane, I've lived in Leeds for almost 26 years having slipped over the pennines from the wet and wild Lancashire in my teens to study.....nothing drew me back there! I've lived in Beautiful Bramley for the past 22 years and would love to share to the people of Leeds some insights. I have 2 kids aged 17 and one told me that working with teenagers was easier than living with 2 teenagers. I share my house with a third person, my lovely hubby Mark. I'll get to tweet on the 14th September how we celebrate out 21st Wedding anniversary.....don't expect anything wonderful and special, its most likely to be low key!
Until recently I also worked in Bramley with the fabulous youth, (sadly made redundant and seeking full time I've plenty of time on my hands to play) I do some part-time work, mainly supervised contacts of parents with their children and lots of voluntary work, so you might find I tweet about some of the positive stuff that young people are up to in Leeds. 
I'm not too witty, but I do have a good sense of humour so hopefully won't bore too many folk as I get out and about. 

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Week 34: Julia

Hello, I work and sleep in Leeds but I have terrible wanderlust and just before I took over this account I was backpacking Greece; travelling in Weymouth, Hastings, Brighton and Dorset; cheering wildly at the Olympics and the Paralympics; and reading on a beach in Brittany.

On my travels this summer I read 'One Day' by David Nicholls which gave me an idea for this account. As I'm a committed diarist I can share with you what I was doing on each day of my week for the previous 20 years, so you get to see what made me this particular person of Leeds. Would you like to read the edited highlights? I won't use real names (or initials) and reserve the right to edit for reasons of good taste.

Oh, and it's my birthday too. That should make a good diary entry and I like the idea of celebrating it here.