Friday, July 04, 2014

The Daily Mail follows the excitement in Brontë Country with the arrival of the Tour's Grand Départ this weekend:
Even Brontë country has developed a taste for baguettes as Yorkshire gears up for the start of the 101st Tour de France in its backyard this weekend.
In Haworth, the village made famous by the Brontë sisters, the world-famous museum in their honour will close on Sunday because of the huge crowds expected along Main Street to see Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish climb up the cobbles. (Joe Bernstein)
In the same tabloid we can find also 'the poshest' places in Yorkshire to see the Tour. Including Ashmount House in Haworth:
Another establishment adding some sparkle to the event is Ashmount House Hotel in Haworth, West Yorkshire.
As the half-way point in Sunday's leg of the race, the historic home town of the Brontës will welcome the Tour de France around lunchtime. (...)
Ray Capeling, owner of the hotel, said: 'We're offering people the chance to enjoy the Tour De France in a romantic setting, with a unique view of Haworth. We're very close to the heart of the action and are bringing a French theme into the hotel to celebrate the Tour de France with a special menu right on the doorstep.' (Catherine Eade)
Newtonabbey Times presents the Chapterhouse Theatre open-air Wuthering Heights production:
Script writer Laura said she felt honoured to have had the opportunity to adapt one of her all time favourite romantic novels. She commented: “I was really thrilled because I first read the novel when I was fourteen and had a really strong reaction.
“It’s a challenging story to adapt, spanning two generations, but I hope that I have managed to instil all the passion and wildness of Emily Brontë’s masterpiece and that people fall for Catherine and Heathcliff just as I have.”
Director Rebecca Gadsby added: “Your heart will be in your mouth for two hours!
“Jane Austen is my love and passion, but having some dark melodrama to work on will be inspiring and very exciting.”
Hull Daily Mail has an article on Hornsea, East Riding of Yorkshire:
One famous visitor who came to "take the waters" was the author, Charlotte Brontë, who stayed in Hornsea for several weeks in 1853.
The Irish Examiner quotes from the Cowan Bridge school admission register of the Brontë sisters:
It’s not recorded what Albert Einstein’s former teachers thought of him once he picked up that Nobel prize. What was put on record though was his school report: “He will never amount to anything,” predicted a Munich schoolteacher in 1895.
And another teacher who failed to spot their student’s potential was the one who noted that Charlotte Brontë wrote “indifferently” and “knew nothing of grammar”. (Caroline Delaney
The Telegraph is concerned about the use of 'bacteria', 'bacterium', 'decimate'...
As with singular "bacteria", decimate-as-devastate has a long history of use by expert writers: Charlotte Brontë, HG Wells, Samuel Pepys. And the "devastate" meaning is so widespread that it is hard to use to mean "reduce by one tenth" without further explanation. It's not that we're "in danger" of losing that 10-per-cent-cut meaning, it is in all but the most constrained of contexts already lost. Let's use this newspaper for an example. A search on our site for the word "decimate" returns 908 results. On the first two pages, I found nine uses by our writers of "decimate" to mean "devastate", and just one to mean "reduce by 10 per cent". But none of this matters to the sticklers, who think it's just wrong, even if expert writers and the general public have been using the term for centuries, and that we're losing our ability to communicate. (Tom Chivers)
Metroland reviews a Stockbridge production of The Mystery of Irma Vep:
The Mystery of Irma Vep is a whirligig Gothic pastiche that aficionados of the genre—from its great, great grandfather Shakespeare through Charlotte Brontë, Oscar Wilde and Daphne du Maurier—will swoon over. (...)
Tom Hewitt matches Bowers personae to personae, his Nicodemus Underwood—imagine Young Frankenstein’s “Eye-gore” on growth hormones and better diction—rifling through to ingénue Lady Enid Hillcrest—picture a better-dressed giant Kardashian filtered through “Real Housewives of Thornfield” (or Brontë’s Jane Eyre tarted up with Kardashian breasts inflated)—with “Alcazar,” seemingly straight from Boris Karloff’s Ardath Bey in The Mummy with a splash of Sydney Greenstreet in Casablanca to make it all the more campy, to round out the challenge. (James Yeara)
Entertainment Weekly  follows the story of the tiny little Brontë books at the Harvard Library. The Free Press (India) quotes from Charlotte Brontë's famous line in Villette:
Charlette (sic) Brontë says in the book Vilette (sic): “Happiness is not a potato, to be planted and filled with manure. It is generated like electricity which requires fuel and willingness to switch on.”
Rotten Tomatoes remembers Jane Eyre 2011 quite positively talking about the new projects of Cary Fukunaga:
Beasts of No Nation is being directed by Cary Fukunaga, who a few years ago directed that amazing looking remake of Jane Eyre with Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska. (Greg Dean Schmitz)
The Knowledge has good memory too:
Sathe mentions having explored different distribution strategies in productions like Jules Bishop’s Borrowed Time, which pioneered a direct distribution route to its audience, while Wethered speaks of not "playing it too safe” giving Jane Eyre as an example, "where the particular alchemy of a Moira Buffini script, with what seemed at the time an unusual choice of director, Cary Fukunaga at an very early moment in his career (True Detective)”. (Hannah Gal)
Librópatas (Spain) talks about siblings in literature:
Las Brontë. Anne, Emily y Charlotte Brontë son las hermanas literarias por excelencia y el ejemplo habitual que se suele poner cuando se quiere demostrar que el talento se puede concentrar sin problemas en una única familia. También tenían un hermano, (el pobre) Branwell, que además de escritor era pintor. Pero Branwell ha sido olvidado ante el genio de sus hermanas.
Las tres hermanas vivieron en el siglo XIX, en los brumosos páramos de Yorkshire, escribiendo historias bastante trágicas, como en el caso de Emily, o más cercanas a la vida real del momento como las de Charlotte Brontë. Anne, aunque siempre un poco dejada de lado por los críticos por culpa de la obra de sus hermanas, fue bastante revolucionaria: La inquilina de Wildfell Hall fue una novela que rompió con todo en su intento por narrar como era realmente la influencia que el alcoholismo podía tener en la vida de quien lo sufría y de su familia. (Raquel C. Pino) (Translation)
 Penticton Western News talks about the The Mother-Daughter book club saga whose latest title was Wish you Were Eyre. Fig and Thistle reviews The Professor. How Hollow Heart and Full (in Swedish) reviews Wuthering Heights.


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