Leeds today: stress, Hoard, scams, tweets, ribbon-cutting, local press, Old Inns and Pubs, spring fashion, and going barefoot!

Good morning, lovely folk of Leeds. How are we? Oh I’m grand, thanks for asking. My Friday morning updates are starting to get a little bit Groundhog Day: yet again it hasn’t been an especially glorious week out and about in town, but the weekend is almost here so let’s make the most of it.

The YEP shared a survey by Nuffield Health earlier in the week which showed workers are more stressed thanks to the “devastating” impact of the economic downturn. However the survey of 1,500 adults showed it was those in Yorkshire who believe they have the best work-life balance.

Exploring Leeds blogs on the news from the Friends of Leeds Museums that the Leeds Museum is set to keep its West Yorkshire Hoard on display.

Reports on South Leeds Life warn residents about an online scam. Surfers are being targeted when viewing legitimate websites with messages claiming to be from police. The messages claim that the force has identified “illegal activity” on their computer and demands they must pay a fine. Anyone who receives the message is asked to contact West Yorkshire Police on 101.

One that our Twitterati readers will enjoy: Leeds-based creative agency Branded3 has this week published its study which shows the fascinating link between tweets and online search rankings. Analysing a vast sample of followers, it found that URLs receiving over 7,500 tweets almost always rank inside the top 5 search engine results. (So get sharing this bulletin, friends!)

The Holt Park Entrance opposite the Cookridge Methodist Church is set to be officially opened this afternoon at 2pm. Local residents are invited to the ribbon-cutting session with MP Greg Mulholland and then back to Holt Park Leisure Centre for a buffet at 2.30pm.

In challenging times for the traditional regional press, Radio 4 bulwark James Naughtie writes on the BBC on the problems and the opportunities for local papers, visiting Leeds and talking to the YEP’s Pete Lazenby as well as dropping in to meet Leeds Trinity’s postgraduate students “brimming with enthusiasm for the trade”.

Looking for a quiet spot of reading for a rainy weekend? Alex In Leeds has been reading a small paperback published back in the eighties, Barrie Pepper’s ‘Old Inns and Pubs of Leeds’. I’ll give you three guesses what it’s about.

Culture Vulture plays host to a guest blog from Simon Fogal looking forward to Live At Leeds, one of the highlights of next month.

Our dazzling and charming Elly Snare writes about this week’s ongoing Antiform Spring Fashion Festival, showcasing a collection of events and sales to celebrate the Hyde Park-based brand’s spring-summer collection, as well as work from various other independent designers.

And once you’ve found your new outfit, why not show it off at this weekend’s Barefoot in the Park Poetry Festival – a one-day maelstrom of poetry, storytelling, comedy and music alongside the Bowls Pavilion at Woodhouse Moor. “Maelstrom” is a superb word; they have my love for that already. “It WILL be sunny” they insist!

Until next time, take care.

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