Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Tuesday, July 07, 2020 10:03 am by Cristina in , ,    No comments
The Independent lists '10 great places to have a staycation in the UK this summer', including
Yorkshire
Dodge the crowds in the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors and instead head west to Haworth Moor and Top Withens for a wild moorland walk. This is Brontë country, birthplace of the prolific sisters, and while the Parsonage where they grew up remains closed, the “wild and windy moors” remain open. The Pennine Way long distance footpath passes through this area, as does the Brontë Way, the Bradford Millennium Footpath and the Great Northern Trail, meaning plenty of options to roam. Elsewhere, Bradford’s grandiose Piece Hall is gradually reopening – and well worth a visit. Higher Scholes Cottage offers jaw-dropping views of the surrounding countryside and includes an outdoor hot tub. (Joanna Whitehead)
While Rail Advent reports that,
The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway has announced that they can begin running trains again on Wednesday 19th August 2020.
Steam trains will run from Oxenhope to Keighley, where passengers can stretch their legs and look at the steam locomotive up close taking on water.
The railway will be using first-class and vintage carriage stock, these are rarely used on the railway. Compartment carriages will seat up to 8 people, allowing you and your family to enjoy a train ride through the Worth Valley, safely.
Tickets will go on-sale online on Monday 13th July, and pre-booking is essential. Tickets will available online only.
The KWVR has been awarded a Good to Go industry mark, meaning the KWVR have the measures in place to mainline cleanliness and make sure you can have a safe visit.
The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway runs for 5 miles from Oxenhope through Bronte Country and the Worth Valley to Keighley via Haworth, Oakworth, Damems and Ingrow West.
Dr Matthew Stroh, Chairman at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, told RailAdvent: “Being so near the reopening after the disappointment of the sudden closure is fantastic. It’s testimony to the great team effort needed to prepare the railway for operation in very trying circumstances, particularly with the challenge of having to recommence the work to replace the 115-year old bridge.”
“We are looking forward to welcoming our passengers on board in the coming weeks and to bringing steam back to the Worth Valley.” (Michael Holden)
Scroll (India) looks at what people are reading during lockdown.
When I asked her about how she felt when she was reading the news, Avantika said it was part of her job, but it felt like “a pendulum [that swung] between being quite afraid and being sort of detached.” For something familiar, she’d turned to Emily Brontë’s 1847 novel Wuthering Heights, which she’d devoured along with other British classics and works of young adult lit as a younger person. “I need books to be a safe space and comforting and home. Maybe, through these books, I’d been trying to look for a time in my own life when things were simpler.” (Subuhi Jiwani)
Sometimes (most of the time?) the silliness of Twitter is simply over the top. Meaww tries to report something while failing at understanding that the original tweet was that great Twitter obstacle: ironic.
"Okay class raise your hand if you read a book by a woman that was published before 1997," the tweet read. It was posted along with a screenshot that read: "Not long before Rowling was published, women authors were unheard of. Now your generation gets to take us further than my generation ever could because we aren't living your lives. But at least acknowledge that we laid the groundwork for you to take us on the next step." The controversial tweet soon went viral with almost 5,000 retweets and 22,000 likes and Twitter was bombarded with a string of popular female author names. (Jyotsna Basotia
We understand, though, that the tweet was ironic while the screenshot (which may have been from some other account) may or may not have been in earnest. Anyway, the Brontës were brought up profusely and indignantly by many an angry Twitter user (again: is there any other kind of Twitter user?).

Jessica Simpson must have used one of those YourTango lists for Instagram captions. As reported by Page Six,
On Sunday, the “Open Book” author, 39, commemorated her wedding anniversary with Johnson, 40, by posting a sweet photo of the couple posing with Johnson’s gift to her: a large butterfly-shaped crystal.
“Eric Johnson, my Husband, I love you. 6yrs ago today I married my perfect soulmate,” Simpson wrote. “Our unity was written in God’s sky of colliding stars. Together we manifest dreams, nurture desire, and hold space. Destined, it always has been and always will be, forevermore.” [...]
“Anyone who knows me at all knows that this crystal butterfly is my dream gift,” Simpson added, concluding her message with a passage from the Emily Brontë classic “Wuthering Heights”: “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” (Jaclyn Hendricks)
La Nación (Argentina) recommends watching Jane Eyre 2011 during lockdown. BBC News reports briefly about the Koekelberg square to be named after the Brontës.

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