The Harrogate Briefing - Thursday, March 15, 2012

You asked for a new logo, so we made it worse on purpose.
You asked for a new logo, so we made it worse on purpose.

PET rabbit’s death prompts police plea, Elton John’s support act announced and a video of a wonder-goal, in Harrogate’s only and therefore best faintly amusing daily web round-up.

It was grammar-phobic poet e.e. cummings who ventured: “Progress is a comfortable disease” (he may not have capitalised the “p”), but one disgruntled user appears less than comfortable with what has been going on at

“I don’t like this at all,” La Gioconda informed us this morning on our comments page. “Please go back to the way things were - not all ‘progress’ is good.”

Well at least (s)he said please.

To reassure La Gioconda, I’ll say that – aside from adding this daily summary – all we’re doing is putting more stuff on the web, so if you do find the Briefing incredibly annoying (and why wouldn’t you?), just ignore it. And perhaps one day it will go away.

At the same time, this newest of Advertiser features has drawn raves from up to four people (NB the link contains one rude word), so we’re not despairing yet.

Your suggestions for improvements are always welcome, of course, on the comments below, via email at or on Twitter, and if you have any links that might be of interest to other readers, why not chuck those over as well.

One of those who did get in touch, Jonny Silcock, urged us to get a better logo. Jonny, please let us know what you think of the new version.


We have a couple of extraordinary stories exclusive to tomorrow’s print edition (£1, all decent newsagents), but here’s the rest of today’s news:

Police appeal after pet rabbit killed. Full story here.

Ex-England footballer Danny Mills wants you – yes, YOU! – on his charity triathlon team. Find out which junior football team’s been helping him fundraise here.

Jeweller with Harrogate branch files for administration. Info on future of store here.

Men with cellos will support Elton John in Harrogate in June. Clicky.


A Harrogate school’s netball team gears up for national finals. They are smiling a lot.

Lady Macbeth eggs on her ambitious hubby at Knaresborough’s Frazer Theatre. This is so important that it’s all in bold.


Guiseley’s Danny Forrest scores from the kick-off against Harrogate Railway in the County Cup, earlier this season.

Big leeks, large marrow, giant onion. Behind the scenes at Harrogate vegetable show, with camerawork inspired by Orson Welles’s Touch of Evil.

That chap who laid into the council in one of Tuesday’s vids has done a series of informative tours of Harrogate landmarks. This one of the Pinewoods is nice. He’s called Dave.

The Youth of Today on their skateyboards in The Big H(arrogate). From 2010.


Reviewer Audrey Pointer gives a full five stars to the Pasadena Roof Orchestra’s Harrogate show, calling it a “soothing musical massage”.

World’s third biggest printing industry show will stay in Harrogate. It’s hardly the “German-based drupa print media fair”, though, is it?

We mentioned the film Gremlins on Twitter yesterday. Here’s reporter Rick Burin’s review.


Some phone numbers and a classic Harrogate Town goal. Don’t miss it.

That’s all for today, other than to say, why not...


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