Leeds Today: ECCC & Thought Bubble, cricket, stanza, writing, Pride, Yorkshire and gardens.

Today’s BGL is brought to you by journalism trainees from Leeds Trinity University College who’ll be doing Thursdays & Fridays here on BGL. Today’s writers are Faye Dobson and Paisley Gilmour.

Good news, at last, the sun is here! Look at this lovely photo of Leeds yesterday.

After Yorkshire Day yesterday it’s been announced that Yorkshire people make the best neighbours. It’s great week to be proud of your county.

Leeds Today also celebrated Yorkshire in their daily news bulletin. Their news is a great little taste of the goings on in Leeds. They go live every day at 4:30.

X Factor mums’ favourite Joe McElderry, who lost out on the number one chart spot to Rage Against the Machine, will be headlining Leeds Pride this year. The pint-sized “popstar” will be playing the Parade stage from noon on Sunday. @LeedsPride tweeted the news last night.

Leeds treasure Roundhay Park will be unveiling it’s show-stopping, gold medal garden today. The HESCO ‘Gardens of the World’ won gold medals for Leeds at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. The beautiful garden will be open from 11am today and counil leader Keith Wakefield will make a guest appearance.

Another great blog from Culture Vulture about the success of Leeds’ own Lisa Wood, director of nerd-fest Thought Bubble. The comic convention, which began as a humble event in Leeds, has been growing since its conception and Lisa was invited to Emerald City Comicon in the Pacific Northwest. Follow her inspiring journey here.

South Leeds life have published the fourth issue of their community-minded magazine. This nostalgic issue is delving deep into the history of Middleton with some really interesting recollections and old local photographs. Pick up your copy now.

The Northerner reports that Simon Armitage’s Stanza Stones aren’t quite as universally loved as some people may think. Some outspoken people describe it as “graffiti” and bemoaned the sound of chisels when out walking or climbing. (However, we at BGL Towers love them and will be doing the full walk as soon as possible.)

The Test cricket comes to Headingley today as England take on South Africa. Can England maintain their position as world number one?

And Leeds United lose yet more players in the transfer windows as O’Brien crosses the pond to Canada. Not long til the season starts now so the pressure’s really on for Neil Warnock.

The celebrations for the nation’s sweetheart Lizzie Armitstead look set to continue. Not only is there going to be a parade but Wharfdale independent brewery WharfeBank have created their own tribute beer – Medal Pursuit – after the Otley cyclist won her silver. Worth popping into the Fleece to give it a try, we think.

Finally today, The Writing Squad is looking for motivated writers aged 16-21 who are based in the north of England to join a free mentoring programme beginning in September 2012. The Squad exists to help writers develop their talent in whatever context is most appropriate for them and successfull graduates have built careers as poets, prose writers, playwrights, screenwriters, performers and lyricists. The closing date for applications is August 17th, and more details about the programme and how to apply are on the Writing Squad website. (Ed’s note: I’ve worked with people who have been part of Writing Squad and they all loved it. If you or your kids are in the age bracket and like writing then seriously take a look at this.)

That’s it for today! Thanks for reading.

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