It's Friday – and our experts are here to tell you how to get the most out of your weekend. Jayne Dawson talks to them
TODAY is a good day to blow the Christmas cobwebs away and prepare for the long night ahead with a walk around Roundhay Park, which has been available to the people of Leeds since 1872 when the entire estate was purchased by the City of Leeds and opened as a public park by His Royal Highness Prince Arthur.
At the time, the then Lord Mayor John Barran of Leeds was ridiculed for buying a white elephant because it was believed that the park was too far out of the city for the majority of the population to enjoy.
But what was seen as a reckless waste of Leeds ratepayers' money has become one of the city's great success stories, featuring at the heart of many of the most important events in Leeds over the decades, from Children's Day to major pop concerts.
The park is made up of over 700 acres of parkland, lakes and woodland and home to Tropical World as well as a host of birds, including mute swans, visiting whooper swans, great-crested grebes and herons.
The Juice Diet: The Healthy Way to Lose WeighT
We will all be waking up feeling sluggish, bloated and overweight soon – one of the penalties of the festive season. This book is for anyone who is tired of calorie-counting or of low-GI or low-carb diets.
Flick throu gh the pages and you'll discover more than 100 juice and smoothie recipes. Author Christine Bailey claims that if you follow her diet you'll see the weight just drop off, as well as noticing improvements to the way you look and the way you feel.
There are also weekend, week and even month-long plans for the truly committed.
Published by Duncan Baird on January 8 . 10.99 from Waterstones.
Each week, trainer Richard Hill, of Iveridge Health Club in Rothwell, Leeds, is recommending one lifestyle change to help you become healthier without much effort. Your aim is to adopt the changes week on week.
Here are three tips to help you survive some hard partying on New Year's Eve:
Do plenty of dancing. Dancing can burn up to 700 calories an hour if you're really bumping and grinding.
Drink plenty of water. Just bingeing on alcohol can result in making a fool of yourself, plus you'll feel better in the morning.
Prepare yourself a healthy snack for when you get in. This may deter you away from the greasy burger van in the early hours.
Recommended by Richard Hill. For information on Iveridge
health club, visit www.iveridgehealthclub.co.uk or call 01132 887 666.
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LEADER OF THE STARRY SKIES – A TRIBUTE TO TIM SMITH: SONGBOOK VOL. 1
It's probably frustrating for a band on a financial level, but to be a revered cult concern means that you never have to sell-out and you never stop being cool.
That's certainly the case with Cardiacs, a psychedelic prog punk band who charted their own idiosyncratic and gleefully twisted passage through the world of pop in the 80s and 90s, inspiring the likes of a young Blur, Supergrass, Faith No More, Radiohead and...erm... Napalm Death along the way.
Sadly, frontman Tim Smith (once famously accused by The Sunday Sport of being married to his own sister) suffered a severe stroke two years ago and has been unable to leave hospital since. This tribute album, featuring covers of Cardiacs songs by assorted fans including the Magic Numbers, Julianne Regan and Oceansize, aims to raise enough cash to get Tim home.
The collected tracks remain faithful to the source material, which is no mean feat when you consider the frenetic complexity and haywire arrangements of the originals.
If you like a local connection, Leeds band Scaramanga Six contribute a cover, as do the locally-connected and lately reformed Ultrasound. Former Cardiac Mark Cawthra, who ran a music studio in the city for many years, also appears.
The album is available for 10 (plus 1 P&P) from www.genepool.co.uk
If you have a lot of possessions – and gained even more over Christmas – your storage situation may need an overhaul. If you can't stand the thought of parting with your favourite possessions to try and create more space, you need to find a storage solution.
If you love your things so much, don't hide them away – why not put them on show? Display cabinets can create a really interesting and individual feature which says something about you, your lifestyle and what makes you unique.
Barker and Stonehouse has lots of styles, from sleek, modern glass designs, to kooky corner cabinets and rustic wooden dresser-inspired looks. The only thing you'll need to worry about is choosing what to put on display – and what to hide away.
Visit www.barkerandstonehouse.co.uk for more ideas.
EASY DOES IT OMELETTE
30g Smoked salmon slices (cut into strips)
1 level tablespoon of Hellmann's Light Mayonnaise
Wedge of lemon
Whether it's for breakfast or a light lunch, this omelette will use up your leftover smoked salmon and, as an alternative to scrambled eggs, is impressive enough to serve to guests. It's delicious and easy to make – and perfect for New Year's Day