Police have discovered that the 'book ripper'
wanted for art thefts across Europe was a
gardener from Leeds. University librarian
and keeper of the Brotherton collection Jan
Wilkinson joined BBC Look North and Calendar
to describe the problems of keeping libraries
secure. Speaking to BBC Look North, she said:
"If he wants to remove one page from
a very large tome, then to expect a national
library with a lot of users to check for one
missing page is asking too much."
Gordon Brown has said 'no' to the Euro for
now but several things will have to change
if the UK economy is to meet the five tests.
The long-term fixed-rate mortgages found in
many EU countries are less flexible than the
range available in the UK. Professor Malcolm
Sawyer from Leeds University business school
shared his prediction with BBC national news:
"I think there may be a move towards
fixed interest mortgages. At the moment there
is quite a mixture."
The Financial Times approached Leeds when
they wanted to know 'why the sky is blue'.
Dr Frances Drake from geography outlined how
'blue light is preferentially scattered forward
and backward by atmospheric gas molecules
such as oxygen. So when we look away from
the sun we see this blue light'.
Dr Roger Martlew and a team of students
from the school of continuing education had
just said goodbye to a film crew from BBC
Look North when they unearthed a 3,000 year
old skeleton of a child at an archaeological
dig near Kettlewell, (see Reporter 487). BBC
Look North and BBC Radio Leeds both interviewed
Dr Martlew to find out more about the remains
of a child: "The cause of death may not
show up but evidence of malnutrition
wear patterns on the teeth can tell
us a a lot about the life of this child. No
one expected anything quite like this,"
he told them.
Speculation over David Beckhams future
continued with rumours that several major
European teams might be interested in the
Manchester United player. A move to Real Madrid
could be beneficial to both player and team,
explained Dr Bill Gerrard from Leeds University
business school in the Sunday Times: "Real
Madrids philosophy is that stars are
stars. The clubs marketing thrust is
geared towards maximising the return on investment
they have made in those outstanding players.
BBC Radio Leeds talked to Professor Clive
Walker about the virtual reconstruction of
crimes and other topics discussed at the international
conference 'The 21st century court' organised
by the department of law. Speakers at the
conference included the judge in charge of
modernisation Lord Justice Brooke. Professor
Walker said: New communications technologies
are having major impacts on litigation and
the very nature of the courts. BBC Radio
4s Law in Action and BBC
Radio Leeds will broadcast more about these
subjects later in the year.
The fiftieth birthday of the Parkinson chimes
(see Reporter 490) was covered by the BBC
and local papers. University electrician Chris
Nicholson described the history of the bells
and why the chimes that echo across campus
were only made possible by a donation. "In
early 1952 some money was donated towards
something they couldn't afford and they decided
on some bells. They were cast in 1952 and
bought in to operation on 14th May 1953 and
turned on by the Duchess of Kent," he
said during an interview on BBC Radio Leeds.
Asked what it felt like being at the top of
the 90-foot tower, he added: "It's very