Pre-Pride T-Shirt Sale!

If you haven’t already got your Yorkshire Bears T-shirt, (or you want to mix things up a bit with a second colour) then why not take advantage of our pre-Pride sale? All shirts are now available at the reduced price of £12.95 (plus p&p), until Monday 4 August.

Festival Fun!

On Saturday 12 July, the Yorkshire Bears descended on the historic ruins of Kirkstall Abbey for an afternoon of summer festival fun. We found ourselves a prime position, sandwiched between a gaggle of pasty-faced Euro-Goths and a …

Bakewell Tart Traybake

Well you budding baking bears it's that time again to update my blog, it's been a bit longer since my last post as I've been quite busy with cake decorating. To start with thanks to Geoff as he did make the chocolate and banana scones, and I believe they were a success at the day out to the mining museum. ...
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All By Myself

A few weeks ago I planned a trip to the cinema to go see Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘The Wind Rises’. As a long time Studio Ghibli fan I was saddened to hear that this was Miyazaki’s final film before his planned retirement and thought it was fitting that I should go see at least one of his films on the big screen before he stepped down as a director …

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Furry Dice – The Rover P6

Welcome to the third Furry Dice column. This is the second in a short series dedicated to cars that were ahead of their time when they were launched. Following last month's article on the Citroën DS, this month we're looking at: Britain's Rover P6 For many of us, the name Rover is inextricably linked with a more unfortunate era in ...
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Mary Queen of Scots: Diva or Hussy?

We all love a titillating tale! And we all love a queen or maybe some of us do! This month I’d thought I shine the spotlight on one of the notorious queens that has grace the north …

Greetings from Yorkshire MESMAC

Geoff from Yorkshire Bears suggested that I introduce myself to you, some of you may have seen me around the bars and some I might have tested in the past. For you who don’t know, my name’s Tom Hunt and I have been working for Yorkshire MESMAC Leeds for about 6 and half years working in HIV prevention for gay, bisexual

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Viva Benidorm!

As we wait with bated breath for summer to finally arrive here in Britain I’m sure many of us have already escaped for some early sun or are planning a break from the daily grind here at home. Well, if you’ve not yet decided where to go for your well-earned week in the sun I’d suggest that you could do no better than spending your holiday on the Costa Blanca’s most well known resort – Benidorm.

I can hear people reeling …

Nash’s Fish and Chip Supper

Friday night was a huge success for the Yorkshire Bears and their ever-expanding group of regular attendees at their popular events. Well, Yorkshire Bears do like their food and they certainly like a fish supper! Friday 13th wasn’t superstitious for these bears as they took over Nash’s award winning fish and chips restaurant in Leeds for a gargantuan feast. About …

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Furry Dice – The Citroën DS

Welcome to the second Furry Dice column. This is the first in a short series dedicated to cars that were ahead of their time when they were launched. This month, France's Citroën DS Imagine the situation for the average motorist in the years after the end of the second world war. When car production resumed after the war, raw materials ...

Bears Down’t Pit

On Sunday 1 June, the Yorkshire Bears polished their helmets and confronted their fear of dark, tight holes head on, with a trip to the National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield. The group somehow managed to squash into one cage, snug to say the least, and descended over 450 feet underground for a tour of pit workings through the ages. ...

Bradford Pride

The Yorkshire Bears took a leisurely afternoon out to Bradford Pride on 31st May and the sun came out! It was a lovely afternoon for friends old and new to get together in City square, a great area to hold a Pride event, self-contained with …

My Top 5 LGBT video game characters

With well-portrayed gay characters becoming more and more prevalent in today’s media, I thought I’d take a look at the state of games, a media that is becoming used more and more …

15 Minutes of Fame?

The Yorkshire Bears have been approached by the BBC who are looking for contestants to take part in a new gameshow called ‘The Edge’, which is all about ‘skill, judgement, brains and balls’. We reckon all you bears have those attributes by the bucketload, so if you fancy applying then get in touch …

Sandinista

The Yorkshire Bears had another successful night out on the 21st May. This time, the bears went to Sandinista, a Leeds Latin-style tapas bar. It was opened in 2002 and got its name from the Clash’s fourth album and the Nicaraguan revolutionary party the Sandinistas. The Yorkshire Bears have lots in common with the non-conformist spirit of this bar, so

The “Naughtiness” of Edward II

I am a history nerd, a geek. There I said it and it’s a sad state of affairs because history is something that tends to occupy my daily life—both personally and professionally. I like the old, ancient and traditional and I am not talking about ancient oldies like …

Summer Scones

Hi there, your resident baking bear is back.  hope you enjoyed the Victoria Sandwich recipe and it would be nice to know if anyone made it.  You can leave comments below. Now the the weather's on a turn for the better - well, some days it is - and with this in mind I thought I'd share a recipe for ...

The Torture Never Stops – The Other Legacy of Frank Zappa

As a comedian I often get asked ‘who are your influences?’ Now, there are many names I could throw out but to stop myself from waffling I always limit it to my ‘big three’: Eddie Izzard, Ross Noble and Frank Zappa. The first two names are generally accepted but the inclusion of Frank Zappa seems to throw people somewhat, but ...

Umami

During a recent visit over to Manchester on the Village Weekend/Bear Bash events, I was introduced to a small independent Japanese restaurant that was so good I need to share it with you. A number of people had recommended Umami on Oxford Road, so we decided to go find it for an early dinner and break away from the events ...

Rugger Buggers

‘I'd like to get more involved with the group’, I carelessly mentioned to Geoff and Andrew after Sunday lunch at Full Circle the other week. Then I thought no more of it. A few days later I got my comeuppance. ‘Would you think about writing a blog on...Sport?’ Being one of the fat kids at school who was always amongst ...