Sunday, December 30, 2012

Security Cameras in the Graveyard

The Telegraph & Argus follows the events after the theft of of the gravestones at Thornton churchyard last month:
The hunt for three ancient gravestones pinched from a historic cemetery with Brontë links is still ongoing as it was revealed locals have raised £700 to pay for security cameras in the graveyard. (...)
Churchwarden Steven Stanworth, who said he was left sickened at the gravestone theft, said he hoped the stone would eventually be recovered.
“It is a bit disappointing,” he said.“Police recovered a lot of stone in Keighley, but we won’t know if any of that is ours until January.
“We have raised £700 to buy security cameras, including £500 from Dean Barker Electricals, and have a Community Payback team coming in March to re-do the decking and revarnish in the grounds. So out of that, we have had some good things come out of it and it has been really positive.
“We have created a commemorative plate to try and raise more money to pay for security measures.”
Officers found 50 slabs at an address in Northcliffe Avenue, Thornton, following information on the theft of flags in November.
A 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of the theft of stone from the graveyard and remains on bail. (Dolores Cowburn)
The Huddersfield Daily Examiner recommends tonight's Countryfile programme on BBC One:
Artist Ashley Jackson will be on TV tomorrow – painting the historic ruin he campaigned to save 40 years ago.
The Holmfirth artist has been painting Top Withens – this time for Countryfile which will be shown on BBC1 on Sunday (7pm).
The ruined cottage on a moor, near Haworth, is widely regarded as the inspiration for the Earnshaw family house, Wuthering Heights, in the novel of the same name by Emily Brontë.
In the 1970s, Ashley battled to save the ruins which had been damaged by vandals, weather and over-enthusiastic Brontë fans.
On Sunday, Ashley will be talking to Countryfile presenter Ellie Harrison about how the Brontë sisters and Top Withens inspired him and continue to stimulate other artists.
Ashley, who first visited Top Withens in 1966 with artist and friend Stanley Chapman, will also be giving the Countryfile presenter a masterclass in sketching.
The Huffington Post's Word & Film publishes a list of the best book adaptations of the year:  Wuthering Heights is one of them.
This is the live and unplugged version of Cathy and Heathcliff’s doomed love affair on the wind-whipped Yorkshire moors. Writer-director Andrea Arnold distilled Emily Brontë’s novel down to its vaporous and visceral essence using sparse dialogue, stark painterly imagery, and an interracial romance whose savage sensuality emerges out of the primal intimacy of early exchanges where Cathy literally licks Heathcliff’s wounds and sidles up to him to ride over the rocky cliffs on the bare back of a horse nearly as wild as they are. (Christine Spines)
The Miami Herald reviews several new graphic novels:
The Graphic Canon, Vol. 2: From “Kubla Khan” to the Brontë Sisters to The Picture of Dorian Gray by Russ Kick.
This prodigious and astounding collection of literary adaptations is staggering in its ambition, but even more so in its execution and realization. Kick’s anthology, the middle volume of a chronological trilogy, includes graphic iterations of works by Coleridge, Keats, Twain, Blake, Wordsworth and others, by Megan Kelso, S. Clay Wilson, Dame Darcy, Hunt Emerson, Lance Tooks and Kim Deitch, among the superb array of contributors. (Richard Pachter)
The Sunday Express explores heritage trains in Britain and the KWVR is on the list:
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
Transferring at dark-stoned Keighley station from an electric train from Leeds on to a steam train is to step back more than half a century.
This short, five-mile railway (01535 645 214/kwvr.co.uk) will always be associated with the classic 1970 film The Railway Children, starring Jenny Agutter and Bernard Cribbins.
Beside the characterful station at Ingrow is the Museum of Rail Travel, which supplied period carriages for the filming of TV mini-series South Riding, based on Winifred Holtby’s novel.
Another association with female authors is found at the main intermediate station of Haworth, where a walk up cobbled Main Street to the Brontë family parsonage is almost obligatory.
The final mile to the terminus at Oxenhope is the prettiest on the railway as it follows Bridgehouse Beck, crossed by a packhorse bridge on the Railway Children Walk linking the valley’s sites.
For the more intrepid there are walks out on to the moors and Top Withens, thought to have inspired the setting for the Earnshaw home in Wuthering Heights. (Anthony Lambert)
Harriet Walker talks about New Year's Eve in New York in The Independent (and in spite of her words we can't but be really jealous):
I shouldn't be in this situation. If you believe in karma, I should have every New Year's Eve planned from now until that serene point when you stop caring about feeling bleak if you just stay in and cheer Jonathan Ross from the comfort of your armchair, looking around your empty front-room with all the misanthropic gusto of Heathcliff turfing a houseguest out into the snow.
The Asian Age describes the Indian soap opera Phir Subah Hogi  like this:
Phir Subah Hogi’s complex story — a Jane Eyre-esque romance against the backdrop of socially sanctioned prostitution in a north Indian village — brought Varun Badola and Narayani Shastri back into the limelight, while a brash, effervescent role was inducement enough for Rakhi Vijan. (Priyanka Kelkar & Rohini Nair)
The writer Xu Xi lists 2012 literary highlights for the South China Morning Post:
Cold Light by Frank Moorhouse. Edith Campbell Berry ranks right up there alongside Isabel Archer, Anna Wulf, Jean Brodie, Jane Eyre, Becky Sharp, Wong Chia Chi and other memorable female protagonists who create their own lives (and loves).
El País (Uruguay) asks María Fernández (PR of a local casino resort) for her preferences:
Un libro. Cumbres borrascosas, de Emily Brontë. Lo leí a los 17 durante mi viaje a clases de inglés y me sumergí de tal manera que viví cada segundo de los personajes principales.

More Brontëites on Lancaster Online; today's Plus Ten puzzle at the New York Times includes a "Brontë heroine" question;  the Bayside Douglaston Patch includes Wuthering Heights 2011 among the best films of the year; the original novel is also included in this top ten of Bella Online; The Daily Prophecy reviews Aviva Orr's The Mist on Brontë Moor; Litterature et cie (in French) posts about Jane Eyre; cinemalodica reviews Jane Eyre 1944; Filmy Kostiumowe (in Polish) talks about Jane Eyre 1970.

Several blogs and websites post pictures and audio from yesterday's 200th Anniversary of Patrick and Maria Brontë's wedding. The Brontë Parsonage Facebook publishes a set of three pictures, the Brontë Sisters and Voice of the Valleys also have pictures; Leeds Daily Photo and Brontë Radio have audios of the Haworth Church bells full peal.

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