The Harrogate briefing - Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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ATTEMPTED murder charge after teenager in tent run over, cult comic heads to town, and we watch a speeded-up film of the number 36 bus going to Ripon. It’s the only daily Harrogate web round-up you’ll ever need. In fact, it’s the only one there is.

It’s been a busy day. So busy, in fact, that I haven’t had my lunch.

Here’s our round-up of Tuesday’s main stories so far, plus sport, comedy, videos and a child dressed as Super Mario.

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Man charged with two counts of attempted murder after allegedly driving over a tent where a teenager was sleeping. More here.

Full line-up announced for this year’s Leeds Festival. Clicky.

Stone squirrel and wooden hen found abandoned in Thirsk garden. What?

Teams announced for this year’s famous Knaresborough Bed Race. Please tell me more.


Pun maestro and arch satirist Andy Zaltzman announces Harrogate date. Read the full story here, including a link to perhaps his finest moment.

Pixelated teenager makes his junior captain debut at Harrogate Golf Club.


Would you like to break the speed limit on the way to Ripon? Definitely don’t do that, it’s very dangerous. Instead, watch this speeded-up video of the number 36 bus winding its way towards the cathedral city. Then ask a young person what that kind of music they’re playing is called. Like all good things, the experience gave this former Ripon reporter both a Proustian rush and a feeling of mild travel sickness.

A well-spoken young man lays into Harrogate Borough Council, increasingly undermined by the strange animal noises in the background.

Former Hollywood star Michael Rennie is buried at Harlow Hill Church in Harrogate. Here he is as a sanctimonious intergalactic busybody in The Day the Earth Stood Still.


Can it be true – a restaurant review that doesn’t include the phrase “my friend plumped for”? Yes, it’s the Yorkshire Post’s Jill Turton scoffing food at Alfie’s Place in Harrogate.

Want to buy Blubberhouses Hall? Ah go on. It has a gently sloping formal lawn. The guide price is £1.45m.

Most of the best reviews ever written have been published in the Harrogate Advertiser, but this chap called Tony has done a nice one for someone else, of Fascinating Aida at Harrogate Theatre.

We also rather wanted to publish a Tweet from a secondary school student taking the mickey out of her teacher’s spelling, but we didn’t want to get her into trouble, so we didn’t. It took every ounce of our self-restraint.

Finally, here’s an unfortunate juxtaposition on the front of a Northern Irish paper, for no other reason than that it’s made us laugh every time we’ve seen it.

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


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