Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Telegraph & Argus reports the tourism boost in Yorkshire as a direct consequence of last year's Tour's Grand Depart Yorkshire stay:
Tourism businesses across the Bradford district have seen a huge surge in visitors over the last year thanks to Yorkshire's Grand Depart of the Tour de France.
Figures from Visit England show the amount of money spent by visitors to Yorkshire is up by 45 per cent since last June, while the number of people visiting the county was up by a quarter and the number of overnight visitors was up 20 per cent.. (...)
A spokesman for the Brontë Society said: "The Brontë Parsonage Museum welcomes approximately 70,000 visitors every year, many of them from outside the UK. The Grand Depart did much to raise Yorkshire’s profile and this, together with TV coverage showcasing the stunning landscape of Brontë Country, has helped ensure we remain on the ‘must-see list’ for visitors – essential when there are so many destinations, attractions and leisure activities all vying for customers." (Rhys Thomas)
Via The Times we have found a Brontë mention in David Cameron's take on gender inequality in the workplace as posted on his Facebook wall :
Transparency, skills, representation, affordable childcare — these things can end the gender pay gap in a generation. That’s my goal. In past centuries, the Brontë sisters published their novels under men’s names; Marie Curie released her research as her husband; Ada Lovelace made great leaps as the first computer programmer but watched her male colleague get the credit. (...)
Curiously La Región (Spain) also mentions the male pen name of the Brontës:
La lista de mujeres que tuvieron que escribir bajo pseudónimos masculinos para poder publicar es interminable, desde las mismísimas hermanas Brontë (Jane Eyre, Cumbres borrascosas…) hasta nuestra Cecilia Böhl de Faber, que tuvo que firmar como Fernán Caballero. (Cristina Carro) (Translation)
If you stay at the Ace Hotel London Shoreditch you will find something Brontë according to Forbes:
My deluxe double room had a suitably hip, industrial-warehouse feel, all slate grays and somber blues. Graffiti covered one wall and the black-and-white-tiled bathroom resembled an antique barbershop. Hipster touches abounded, like ironic winks: a nostalgic old pencil-sharpener screwed onto the shelf, a lone copy of Wuthering Heights, a jean tissue-box cover, an old-time radio with its own stations, including “Gaydio” and an all-80s channel.  (Baz Dreisinger)
Guillermo Del Toro doesn't forget his sources of inspiration for his next feature, Crimson Peak. In Time he once again says:
Did any of his films serve as inspiration?
I actually tried to keep the movie rooted more into the novels I love: Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, short stories like The Fall of the House of Usher,Northanger Abbey, Secret Garden. All those are tinged by this gothic romance spirit. (Eliana Dockterman)
We read in The Telegraph the fascinating story of Professor Tessa Nelson-Humphries:
So, despite tragedies and culture shock, that is how I got from the Brontës to the bluegrass, and I retain immense affection for many of those mountain folk and also for the numerous former students who have become valued friends and gone on to stellar careers in education, medicine and even the CIA.
The New Indian Express reviews Amy Snow by Tracy Rees:
Although the book captures the flavour of Victorian England very authentically, the writing meanders and the description sometimes feels repetitive. The length of the novel could have been reduced. A touch of both Jane Austen and Brontë is seen in the textured details. This book makes for an interesting read only during long weekends or holidays. (Meera Bharadwaj)
The Hearts & Essex Observer (and others) highlights the latest episode of C4's Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners devoted to Prehen House:
Prehen House was built in the 18th century in Co Londonderry for the MP Andrew Knox. It is now owned by Colin Peck, a distant relative of much-missed Hollywood star Gregory Peck, who regarded the place as his ancestral home. Emily Brontë is also said to have been aware of it. Prehen House is undoubtedly a beautiful property in a wonderful setting, but it does have a big problem - namely the amount of clutter it contains.
The actor Julian Legere is interviewed by New Westminster Record (Canada):
When not at rehearsal, Legere is also working as an assistant manager for the Royal Canadian Theatre Company’s production of Dracula. His acting resume also includes playing Mr. Bennett in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. That classic, and others, like Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, is the kind of literature Legere said appeals to him most.
The New York Times reviews Oreo (1974) by Fran Ross:
“Oreo did a double-take. Vogue? She had misjudged the woman. Harper’s Bazaar, yes; Vogue, no, she would have sworn. Oreo now saw that she had missed the gaining-circulation squint of the eyes, the condé nast flare of the nostrils. Oreo was disappointed in herself. It was like mixing up the Brontës.” These lines sent a flare up my own nostrils. (Dwight Garner)
The Irish News has a not really very real idea of the Heathcliff-Cathy relationship:
According to a recent poll, the chief constituent of a perfect holiday is ‘good company'. A moot point. Our best ever was the year he went to Canada for a month to visit his folks and I went to South Africa to visit mine. Returning, we ran towards each other like Cathy and Heathcliff… (Anita Robinson)
An unexpected Brontëite on Bergens Tidende (Norway), the cross-country skier Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen:
Da hun i 2007 ble verdensmester på sprint, satt hun og leste Jane Eyre mellom prologen og finalene. (Odd Inge Aas and Jan Paszkiewicz) (Translation)
More one-hit-wonder mentions of Emily Brontë, as a result of the publishing of Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman: Reuters; Patheos reviews Jane Eyre's Sisters by Jody Gentian Bower; Yoors posts about Wuthering Heights in Dutch.

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