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Leeds – A new exhibition detailing the experiences of women hailing from countries across the world who now live in Leeds is to be showcased at a City Museum from next week.

As part of ‘My Case, My Journey’ which will open its doors in The MillSpace at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills from Thursday 5 March – 30 May 2015, visitors can discover more about the lives and personal stories of women from the city’s migrant communities and the individual challenges they have faced. Forming part of the city’s International Women’s Day celebrations, inspiration for the exhibition was provided by eight student volunteers from Leeds University, who worked with the Together Women Project to meet women in community groups and find out more about the personal journeys that have shaped their identities.

Image from the My Case, My Journey exhibition
Image from the My Case, My Journey exhibition

Featuring in the exhibition will be pieces loaned by some of the women and a diverse selection of objects taken from the Leeds Museums and Galleries’ collection. These include clothing, bible verses, incense burners, national flags, and art work created by the students and the women together.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

“As part of ‘My Case My Journey’ visitors can enjoy a new exhibition at Leeds Industrial Museum which will take a fascinating look at the lives of women from countries right around the world  who now call Leeds their home.

“Forming part of the city’s International Women’s Day celebrations, this is a unique chance to find out more about the journeys and personal stories of women living in Leeds’ migrant communities.”

It was an eventful night at the Oscar’s last night with a few surprising winners. Birdman took the big gongs, winning both Best Picture and Best Director, while Best Actor and Actress, went to the very deserving Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore respectively.

Check out all the winners below:

Best Picture – Birdman

Best Director – Alejandro G Inarritu, Birdman

Best Actor – Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Actress – Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Best Supporting Actor – JK Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress – Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Best Adapted Screenplay – The Imitation Game

Best Original Screenplay – Birdman

Best Animated Feature – Big Hero 6

Best Animated Short – Feast

Best Cinematography – Birdman

Best Costume Design – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Documentary Feature – CitezanFour

Best Documentary Short – Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

Best Film Editing – Whiplash

Best Foreign Language Film – Ida (Poland)

Best Live Action Short – The Phone Call

Best Make-up & Hairstyling – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Original Score – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Production Design – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Song – Glory, Selma

Best Sound Editing – American Sniper

Best Sound Mixing – Whiplash

Best Visual Effects – Interstellar

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A convincing small coupe

The UK is the biggest market for the Audi TT in Europe, so the latest version needs to drive well on our challenging roads to stand a chance of matching the sales success of its predecessors. Yet for all its sporty design flourishes, the model that’s most likely to Audi TT (2)seduce tax-conscious British buyers is the new 2.0-litre TDI Ultra, the latest of the brand’s fuel-sipping range of diesels that now includes the A4, A5, A6 and A7, with plenty more to come. Of course, buying a slinky coupe is not always a strictly rational purchase, but this Ultra version of the TT promises effortless 150mph performance with affordable family car running costs. Is there a catch? Well, at launch this model will only be available with front-wheel drive, equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox. That does keep the price down though, and in the Sport trim we tried the Ultra is actually the cheapest version of the new TT you can buy, starting at £29,770.

Pristine fit and finish, classy materials and beautifully damped switches are all par for the course with any modern Audi, but the TT brings in a high-tech, minimalist approach Audi TTto cabin design that feels really sporty. A 12.3-inch screen tucked into the instrument binnacle is the window to all the car’s systems, and it’s a real showstopper. A digital set of dials, trip computer, media output and sat-nav (when added) can all controlled via the steering wheel or by an intuitive rotary dial between the front seats, so you never need to divert your eyes far from the road. The system will take some getting used to if you’ve spent time in a car with a screen in the centre of the dashboard, but most functions are easy to find and adjust, and the simple actions quickly become second nature – even if your passenger is going to feel quite left out.

 

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By Qainaat Aftab

On day to day bases I love to read motivational and funny quotes just to make my day that bit brighter. My obsession with reading quotes has gotten so far that my friends have recommended me writing a quote book!

Starting a new year, I thought why not look at some of the wisest and funniest things celebrities have said in 2014.

HarryFirst of all, we have Prince Harry talking about the news of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge expecting another child – “I can’t wait to see my brother suffer more, and with any luck if it’s a girl, then he’ll suffer even greater. I’d love to see him try and cope with that.”

 

RihannaRihanna tells Vogue the obvious in THAT outfit“If I’m wearing a top, I don’t wear a bra. If I’m wearing a bra, I just wear a bra.”

 

 

 

FallonJimmy Fallon shows he’s one joker as he comments on the alleged rows between Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber “Orlando Bloom apparently threw a punch at Justin Bieber last night during an argument at a nightclub. Orlando’s hand was pretty sore today, you know, from all the high fives he got.”

 

Gemma CollinsMiss Gemma Collins said a lot of hilarious things in her short time in the jungle, there was too much to choose from! But this dramatic statement must have to top them all “People that murder get treated better than this and that’s the truth. Even a murderer gets fed three times a day.”      

 

 

Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift shares her opinion on the views of her dating life – “I feel like watching my dating life has become a bit of a national pastime.”               

Suarez2014 crowned Germany winners of the World Cup, however that was not the only highlight of the competition. Uruguay’s player Luis Suarez found himself in the firing line after biting Italian player Giorgio Chiellni. This is what Suarez had to say about the incident“I lost my balance, making my body unstable and falling on top of my opponent. At that moment I hit my face against the player leaving a small bruise on my check and a strong pain in my teeth.” 

 

Miley CyrusMiley Cyrus put forward her views on the double standards of society – “I still don’t think we’re there 100 percent. I mean, guy rappers grab their crotch all f*cking day and have ho’s around them, but no one talks about it. But if I grab my crotch and I have hot model bitches around me, I’m degrading women? I’m a woman — I should be able to have girls around me! But I’m part of the evolution of that. I hope.”

untitled (5)We may have seen a bit too much of Kim Kardashian in 2014“As a role model I’m not saying anyone else should do that, but for me it was an art project and it taught me to do what you want to do.”        

 

 

 

JolieAngelina Jolie revealed the news of her double mastectomy I feel very, very close – much closer – to other women who are going through the same thing. Wherever I go, usually I run into women and we talk about health issues, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer.”         

 

CameronBritish Prime Minister David Cameron had to apologise to the Queen after he made remarks to The Queens reaction to the Scottish Referendum vote“Ringing the Queen and saying: “It’s alright, it’s OK.” That was something. She purred down the line.”     

 

Emma WatsonEmma Watson delivered an inspirational speech for her HeForShe campaign at the UN“I have realised that fighting for women’s right has too often become synonymous with man hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.”

 

Brand

Russell Brand came in the limelight by sharing his views on British politics“Imagining the overthrow of the current political system is the only way I can be enthused about politics.”

 

BeckhamVictoria Beckham continues to show the world that she’s super woman – “I’m lucky that I do something I love, and I am proud as I think it’s a positive message to give to young women; if you want to have a career, and be married with children, and then you can. It’s full on, but it’s doable.”

 

 

These few quotes just go to show what a year it has been, only time will tell what 2015 will bring.

Former X Factor winner, Leona Lewis is gearing up for a MASSIVE 2015 comeback and we could not be happier.

Leona LewisIt has been really quiet on the Leona Lewis front as of late, and we’ve been eagerly awaiting an announcement about her new album, and it seems it is on its way…

Taking to her Facebook account in December, Leona posted a video of her singing what sounds like could be a song from her new album. She captioned the post “Getting ready for 2015…”

The message in itself tells us that Leona is going to release a brand new album next year, but the question is just a case of WHEN? In the video, we see Leona playing a piano, whilst there’s also a member of her band on the drums. The whole thing sounded very raw, from the real musical instruments being used to Leona’s voice. There’s never once been any doubt about Leona’s vocals, as we know they’re amazingly strong, so it comes as absolutely no surprise that her vocals seem to be on point in the video, even in a live setting.

Leona’s new album will be her fifth release since winning The X Factor, and the last time we had material from Leona was with her Christmas album, ‘Christmas, With Love’, which was released last year.

 

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By Qainaat Aftab

Another year has passed, another 365 days of memories that we will all look back on remembering all the laughs and mistakes we made. But every year if it’s not me, I always hear someone say –

“This year was rubbish.”

There is always one person, if not more who are disappointed with how their year turned out. Perhaps they didn’t achieve the goals that they set for the year such as finding new love, a new job or making a change to their everyday lives.

top-ten-new-years-resolutionsNow I know that’s not a great feeling but to say the entire 365 days was rubbish is a little dramatic.

2014 may have been tough for some, it certainly was for me.

I had the daunting task of completing my A – Levels and going to University, like thousands of others. Through this change I experienced losing friends that I thought I would never have thought of losing, no matter how many times we said, “Don’t forget me and promise to stay in touch!” – It just happened.

But that’s not to say that there weren’t any good things, I made a huge change by moving away from home and living with complete strangers who I now call very good friends. It’s amazing just how much can happen in one year – who knows what the New Year will bring?

One thing is for sure, we will all make some ludicrous News Year’s resolutions on New Year’s Eve that some of us will never intend on keeping.

Your friends, your family, everyone will enquire about them as if you are actually intending to make a monumental change to your life. But who is to say that you need a New Year’s resolution to make a change?

Mine as always is “This year I will get fit and healthy and go to the gym”, the change that I have wanted to make for the past five years.

New Year’s resolutions are pointless, how many of us have actually kept one?

Of course that’s not to say that I won’t at least try going to the gym which is what I think it’s all about. It doesn’t matter if we don’t make a change; the important thing is that we at least tried.

Here’s a list of New Year’s resolution and I guarantee that you have at least broken one:

  • Lose weight and go to the gym.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Stop drinking.
  • Save money.
  • Travel to places around the world.
  • Don’t stress.
  • Be kinder.
  • Stop swearing.

Got a New Year’s resolution that you intend on keeping? Get in touch at info@urban-echo.co.uk

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