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“Our Prime Minister will have a full sleeve tattoo.”

Creative, personal, curious and wonderful – we look at the work of popular Leeds’ tattoo artist, Louis Santos.

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Review: The Deaths of December by Susi Holliday

Review: The Deaths of December by Susi Holliday

Looking for a winter read? Check out my review of this very festive novel.

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Gold sequin jacket, �55, from Cotton Edits. Please note that all items may be subject to sales conditions and availability.

Festive fashion: How to own Christmas Day

There’s no way you’re going to look like Mrs Overall while your guests chic it up. Stephanie Smith on how to dress for Christmas Day.

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Listen: New single from girl who stunned busker with amazing duet on Leeds night out

To millions she is the girl on a night out in Leeds who paired up with a busker to perform Leonard Cohen’s classic Hallelujah.

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PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Keep your ’at on for a close encounter on this Yorkshire moor

As the sun rises across the Cow and Calf rocks at Ilkley, the eerie winter light is a sight that only the earliest of birds catches.

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Ed Sheeran is set to have the Christmas Number One for 2017.

Who will be Christmas Number One in 2017?

Ed Sheeran is front-runner in the race for the Christmas Number One.

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Zoeva The New Opulence Collection Brush Set
: A gorgeously decadent set of 10 vegan professional make-up brushes made of pure synthetic hair. They come in an on-trend deep plum colour with matte black embossment, plus a luxe and stylish burgundy clutch with a lush floral inlay. Buy for �80 or for �98 as part of a gift set with Zoeva make-up palettes. Available from Zoevacosmetics.com

Beauty: The best make-up brush sets

Make-up brushes make excellent gifts for beauty lovers of all ages. Stephanie Smith selects stylish offerings available now either in store or online. Snap them up quick because they are at the top of many Santa lists.

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Danni Dunn wears base layer, �40, from Huff Equestrian.

Get off your horse and drink your skinny latte

As they prepare to take part in next year’s Great Yorkshire Show catwalk, the founders of equi-leisure wear brand Huff Equestrian talk to Stephanie Smith about creating clothes that work from stables to shopping.

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Jesca Hoop at Brudenell Social Club, Leeds. Picture: Gary Brightbart

Gig review: Jesca Hoop at Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Jesca Hoop is issuing advice to upcoming musicians. “Don’t tell the audience every time you do something wrong,” the California-born, Manchester-based singer-songwriter sages suggests.

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Anton Du Beke

Big interview: Anton Du Beke - ‘The only time I’ve been star-struck is by Bruce Forsyth’

He might not be in tonight’s grand final, but Anton Du Beke tells Duncan Seaman why he will always consider himself a winner after more than a decade in Strictly.

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Shed Seven. Picture Tom Oxley

Music interview – Rick Witter of Shed Seven: ‘We wanted to write songs that were ageless’

As York band Shed Seven’s current UK tour heads to Leeds next week, Andrew Steel catches up with frontman Rick Witter.

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An artist's impression of the new front entrance. PIC: Page Park

Leeds’s West Yorkshire Playhouse secures multi-million funding towards landmark redevelopment

Arts Council England today confirmed a total grant of £6.6m towards the landmark redevelopment of West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds.

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Grinch stole Christmas.

5 Children's Books to Give this Christmas.

Are you struggling to find the perfect book for your little one?

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The Book of Forgotten Authors

10 books to give this Christmas

Are you struggling to find the perfect gift for the book lover in your life? Or are a book worm yourself?

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WIN: Family tickets to The Magical Lantern Festival in Roundhay Park Leeds

Let it glow, let it glow, let it glow!

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Gig preview: Plumhall at HEART, Leeds

Award-winning West Yorkshire-based song-writing duo Plumhall will be celebrating a very successful year with a special Christmas concert at Headingley Heart Arts Centre on Saturday December 16.

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Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

MOVIES: Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega interview

As Star Wars: The Last Jedi finally arrives in cinemas, Carrie Fisher's last performance in her iconic role of Princess Leia is unveiled. The film's stars Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega discuss life without her, dealing with fame and taking the franchise forward.

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Pulled Apart By Horses. Picture: Steve Gullick

Music interview - Pulled Apart By Horses: ‘It’s going to be a party, basically’

It’s been a big year for Leeds alternative rock band Pulled Apart By Horses – with their first ever top 20 album – and fittingly they’re rounding it off with a big festive blow out.

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Five Finger Death Punch. Picture: Travis Shinn

Music interview – Five Finger Death Punch: ‘It’s a great surprise to have got here’

Five Finger Death Punch drummer Jeremy Spencer still can’t quite believe his band have put out a greatest hits album at all, let alone 12 years into their career. Yet the Las Vegas alt-metallers have risen through the ranks to become one of the genre’s superstar outfits, festival headliners in the making.

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Letter writing makes a come back: meet a member of the snail mail revolution

Letter writing makes a come back: meet a member of the snail mail revolution

When was the last time you sent a letter?
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