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Gyms, Fire

I had forgotten why I stopped going to gyms

by Steve Dearden

Leeds — Our boiler’s broken. As the man with the parts is not due until the same night as the man with the presents, we have taken out the 12 Days of Christmas quid-a-day offer at our local gym, so we can at least wash between shivers. I have forgotten the things that irritated me so much I stopped going to the gym years ago. The way blokes make the changing room, the steam room, the sauna sound like wa...

Fire, Cultural Value, Bravery

I've never been in, I wasn't there, this isn't my photo, but ...

by Steve Dearden

Leeds — Every time I think about the fire at Glasgow School of Art I am coursed by a wave of emotion. When other iconic, loved, beautiful buildings or works of art have been destroyed my mind did a casual re...

Art, Culture, Politics

Capital of culture?

by Steve Dearden

Leeds — Here are the cultural players of Leeds sitting around tables with white table cloths at an open meeting to discuss whether Leeds should apply to be the European Capital of Culture 2023. Just a discuss...

War, Family, Memory

Whenever I am in Leeds Art Gallery I say hello to my Grandfather, George Dearden. He is the third soldier from the left.

by Steve Dearden

Leeds — He isn’t really. The photo by an unidentified Australian war photographer is titled The Third Battle of Ypres, Passchendeale 31 July - 10 November 1917. The soldier isn’t him, but my Grandfather did...

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