Friday, March 15, 2013

Grape Eyre

One of the 'romantic breaks by rail' suggested by LoveTripper is

Yorkshire by steam 2013
Of course, Britons know that you don’t have to leave the U.K. to have a little romantic getaway. If you’re looking for something closer to home, you might want to check out the steam railway journey in Yorkshire. It’s a very affordable five-day journey through historic Yorkshire, on a steam train. You’ll get to experience some amazing English scenery and monuments, like the Haworth and the Brontë Parsonage, guided walking tours through York and a journey on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. (Paris and John)
The Telegraph comments on the fact that Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton is planning on converting his childhood home into his very own museum.
Unless you are a deranged eastern European dictator, museums tend not to be something that arrive in your lifetime. Jane Austen, the Brontës, William Wordsworth all were dead for over 100 years before their life’s work was celebrated in their former home. (Jim White)
Not that we are defending Mr Hamilton's plans but the first Brontë museum opened in Haworth in 1895 and then in 1928 Sir James Roberts bought the parsonage for the Brontë Society. Bearing in mind that Charlotte Brontë had died in 1855, the first museum opened a mere 40 years after her death.

And speaking of the Brontë Parsonage Museum: the Worth Valley Magazine tweeted a picture of an article on the museum refurbishment written by Jenna Holmes.

Digital Spy interviews actress Bronagh Waugh:
What are your future career ambitions?"Even before Downton Abbey came out, I always wanted to do a period drama. That would be my absolute goal, as I think it'd be such a change from Cheryl, and it'd also be different to the role I did in The Fall. I'd love to put a corset on because I think I've got the assets and the lungs for it! I'd love to do something like Downton Abbey, a Dickens adaptation, or an adaptation of one of the Brontës' books." (Daniel Kilkelly)
Hillesque has now finished retelling Jane Eyre with grapes. Galactic Vagabond posts about Jane Eyre 2011 (we think). Askbunbury posts about the similarities between Wide Sargasso Sea and Salman Rushdie's Shame.

EDIT: Finally, an alert from Ridgewood, North Jersey:
Readers Choice Book Group at Ridgewood Library, 1 p.m., to discuss "The Professor" by Charlotte Brontë. (Ridgewood Times)

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