The Knowledge: Back in time

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

Visit it

MORLEY is one of the most interesting parts of the city, with it own Victorian town hall, completed in 1895, and an indoor market containing more than 100 stalls.

It was a separate town until 1974, when it became part of Leeds, and has retained its own identity.

It has has been a settlement for over a thousand years and was mentioned in the Domesday Book – and there is a chance to learn much more about its past at a history day on Saturday at Morley Library.

One of Morley's most famous sons was prime minister Henry Herbert Asquith, who was born not far from the centre of the town. In 1913 large crowds gathered when he revisited his old home to receive the Freedom of the Town.

These days Morley has a heritage trail for visitors to explore and, as an added bonus, many free parking spaces for those visitors.

Visit the history day to find out more about Morley local and family History. There will be demonstrations of Leodis, the website Ancestry and the Morley Archive website, plus the opportunity to ask local and family history questions.

The event will be held from 10am-3pm, tel:0113 214 5418.

Read it



Read This Next is a light-hearted literary companion for those wishing to read more but unsure where to start.

Its authors Sandra Newman and Howard Mittelmark, who previously wrote How Not To Write A Novel, aim to encourage reading in an age when books are increasingly deemed old-fashioned by setting out an extensive list of recommended reads for all palettes.

The book is divided into 10 parts, each dedicated to a different genre or theme covering everything from love to war and memoir to history.

Each part then sets out a number of recommended books with short precis interlaced with discussion points, interesting insights into the authors and their works and tips on subjects such as what to read in the bathroom.

While Read This Next provides an ideal structure and syllabus for a book club, it works equally well as inspiration for individuals to plan a new year of reading.


Get fit

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.

Always eat breakfast. You won't feel hungry later in the morning and you will avoid snacking until lunch. It also means you will have more fuel for any exercise you do in the morning, leaving your blood sugar levels high and your metabolic rate increasing. A healthy breakfast should contain some carbohydrate, protein and fluids.

For information on Iveridge health club, visit The club is now offering a free 60-minute trial, to book call 0113 288 7666.

Listen to it



(Motown/Hip-O Select)

Smokey Robinson's unduly neglected solo work has been given a fresh airing thanks to Motown archivist Harry Weinger.

The third instalment pairs Smokey's fifth solo album Deep in My Soul with the soundtrack to Big Time, the 1977 blaxploitation movie starring Christopher Joy as a small-time hoodlum caught between the FBI and a suitcase full of money.

As ever with the man Bob Dylan described as "America's greatest living poet", both are smooth and lyrically adept affairs with the upbeat Vitamin U, from Deep in My Soul, being a throwback to his heyday with the Miracles. The ballad You Cannot Laugh Alone has for years made this a sought-after item by Motown-o-philes, with its glorious chorus: "Your love was crackerjack/A surprise in every pack".

Big Time is Smokey's stab at the funk market; the arrangements are more expansive, tempos varied and strings, wah-wah guitar and gospel choruses prominent. It's good to have these tunes available again.

Nest building

Torn between minimalist and eclectic? Well now you can have both thanks to the very lovely Kashmir sofa. It's perfect for those long winter months, thanks to its very sumptuous cushions, but also light enough to fit in with a summer theme too.

The sofa comes as either a corner unit or a two or three seater and you can chose whether you want the cushions in a variety of colours or in shades of brown and cream.

My advice would be to team this sofa with beautiful dark wood and a traditional rug picking out the colours in the sofa (the Kelim or Lena rugs are ideal).

All are available from Barker and Stonehouse (

Eat it

Light Key Lime Pie

Home expert Kirstie Allsopp has created this light version of a delicious classic desert, to cheer up a January weekend. It has 30 per cent less fat than the original recipe.

Serves 6

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Chilling time: 30 minutes


55g (2oz) reduced fat spread

140g (5oz) light digestive biscuits, crushed

3 eggs, separated

405g can Carnation Condensed Milk Light

Zest and juice of 3 limes

85g (3oz) caster sugar


Melt the margarine and add to the crushed biscuits, tip into an 18cm (7in) flan or cake tin to form an even base. Chill for 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180, (160C fan ovens), Gas Mark 4.

Beat the egg yolks with the condensed milk together for 1 minute then stir in the lime zest and juice. Pour the mixture over the biscuit base and bake for 15-20 minutes until set. Leave to cool then remove from the tin and transfer the pie onto a baking sheet.

With a clean whisk, beat the egg whites to stiff peaks form then fold in the caster sugar. Pile the meringue onto the pie and spread out, making peaks as you go. Bake for a further 5-6 minutes until browned.

Leave to cool or chill before serving.


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