Friday, August 28, 2020

First of all, don't miss the Brontë Parsonage Twitter updates on its grand (and safe) reopening. We wish them the very best.



The best walks around Brontë country in The Yorkshire Post:
While the Dales and North York Moors are among the best loved walking trails, Brontë Country is another spot not to be missed. The Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty sits in the south Pennine hill, just west of Bradford, and earned its name from its association with the Brontë sisters. Taking inspiration from the landscape, the famous sisters penned some of the world’s most famous literary classics, including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, while living in the area. If you are keen to head out on an outdoor adventure, here are nine of the best walks to enjoy around Brontë Country.
1. Brontë Waterfall and Top Withens
Starting from Haworth, just over two miles of footpaths will lead you to the Brontë Waterfall and a further 1.25 miles will see you arrive at Top Withens, the ruined farmhouse said to be the inspiration for Wuthering Heights.
2. Brontë Way
The Brontë Way is a long-distance footpath which stretches for 43 miles, starting at Oakwell Hall near Birstall and finishing at Gawthorpe Hall in Padiham, Lancashire. It typically takes four days to walk and passes through Penistone Country Park and several famous Brontë landmarks. (...)
4. The Railway Children Walk
This six mile route takes in many of the locations where The Railway Children was filmed and is divided into two parts, taking in Oakworth station, Mytholmes tunnel Ebor Mill, the Three Chimneys near Oxenhope and the Brontë Parsonage.
5. Wuthering Heights Walk
Take in some of the most famous Brontë landmarks, including the Brontë Bridge, Brontë Chair and Brontë Waterfall, on this nine mile route from Top Withens to Stanbury, which follows a section of the Pennine Way. (Claire Schofield)
Jane Eyre on Physics Today? This is too good to be true:
I don’t remember much about my first undergraduate class in classical mechanics. But I remember the unusual way the professor once defined physics: as “the study of the universe and everything in it.” Is there anything that wouldn’t be covered by that definition? The Napoleonic Wars, the composition of Jane Eyre, and the Trump administration’s attack on the US Postal Service are all things that have happened in the universe. Their study, apparently, would count as physics. (...)
Likewise, Napoleon Bonaparte, Charlotte Brontë, and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy are also bunches of atoms governed by quantum mechanics. But even if their trajectories could be computed with any meaningful accuracy, the analysis couldn’t identify certain movements of atoms with the Battle of Waterloo, the character development of a romantic heroine, or the integrity of a presidential election—and if it could, it would be history, literary analysis, or political science, not physics.
Viewed that way, chemistry and physics are separate disciplines not because of which objects they study but because of how they study them: Which features of a system, on which level of complexity, are worth talking about? (Johanna L. Miller)
Drew Reports News on how one of the biggest inspirations of Alanis Morrisette was Kate Bush:
The 46-year-old vocalist is a big fan of Kate’s 1978 debut single ‘Wuthering Heights’, and has admitted to being motivated by her success.
Speaking on the inaugural episode of ‘Alanis Radio’ on Apple Music Hits, she stated: ”She was 19 when this came out in 1978, she’s English, the song is called ‘Wuthering Heights’ and she became the first female to achieve a UK Number 1 with a self-written song.
”And the song title and the narrative and the content of the song is based on Emily Bronte’s book by the same name, ‘Wuthering Heights’. Emily Brontë of the Brontë sisters, Charlotte and Anne, Charlotte having written ‘Jane Eyre’, lots of books.
”They originally published their poems and novels under male pseudonyms. Oh, patriarchy.
”They had to pretend to be men to be taken seriously in the literary world, but that obviously changed, which is exciting…” (Brittany Long)
Which, of course, fits in nicely with the story of When Alanis Morrisette saved Jane Eyre. The Musical.

Interactive Investor has one of those Brontë references we love on this blog:
Every long-term investor’s portfolio contains at least one embarrassment like Bertha Mason; the madwoman, locked in the attic, in Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre. These are the shares we would rather not talk about, even if - like Edward Rochester’s first wife - they used to be close to our hearts or wallets. (Ian Cowie)
Money Week's wine of the week is a Constantia wine made in South Africa:
This epic sweetie, fashioned from super-sweet muscat de frontignan grapes, and coming from one of the most dramatic properties in the Cape, uses a recipe handed down from the 1700s. Adored by Dickens, Baudelaire, Brontë and Napoleon, to name but a few luminaries, this inspirational wine is one of the only truly great sweet wines which tastes stunning from the off and then matures gracefully for an eternity. (Matthew Jukes)
Nice to be on that list. But unfortunately most likely wrong too. We rather think the journalist confused Brontë with Austen who actually features Constantia wine in Sense and Sensibility.

We have to agree with this comment on Patheos:
If you love Jane Eyre as much as my family, then one can feel like a Victorian, but one cannot really go back and no Christian could wish to do so. Sufficient to us is the evil of our time without adopting the evils of the past. (John Mark N. Reynolds)
The News-Gazette reviews the film Centigrade:
Rick and Ilsa had to contend with the Nazis in “Casablanca,” Heathcliff and Cathy had divisions of class to overcome in “Wuthering Heights” while Jenny and Oliver battled terminal illness in “Love Story.” (Chuck Koplinski)
Western People (Ireland) talks about the upcoming film by John Patrick Shanley, Wild Mountain Thyme:
In the final installment of a three-part podcast interview Mr Shanley told presenters, David O’Hara and Ed Malone, that Jamie Dornan was one of very few if not the only actor who could play “Anthony” – the lead role in Wild Mountain Thyme – who he likened to an Irish version of Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights. (Orla Hearns)
La Repubblica (Italy) interviews film director Ferzan Özpetek:
A undici anni leggevo Jane Eyre e Cime tempestose, poi ho scoperto nella libreria di casa James Baldwin. (Arianna Finos) (Translation)
Kristianstadsbladet (Sweden) reviews the book Jag borde sagt det först by Annika Wall:
Även om, tja, pengarna försörjer familjen. Fia är dessutom den som organiserar familjeprojektet och skjutsar tonårssönerna kors och tvärs, medan Kristian allt mer drar sig tillbaka till sin musikstudio i källaren. Den moderna könskampen: om feminismen i början handlade om galna kvinnor på vinden, som i Charlotte Brontës ”Jane Eyre”, så är dagens arketypiska bild den frustrerade, onödige mannen undanstuvad i källaren. (Lotta Olsson) (Translation)
Haber365 (Turkey) posts about Wuthering Heights:
Uğultulu Tepeler, Catherine Earnshaw ve Catherine'in babası tarafından sahiplenilmiş olan Heathcliff arasındaki yoğun ve neredeyse şeytani sevginin tutkulu bir hikayesidir. Bunun da ötesinde hikaye geliştikçe, ilerledikçe karakterlerde fazlaca görünen gelişimi anlatır. (Translation)
According to the Agence Bretagne Presse, the Brontës are some of the favourite authors of the actress and writer Léa Chaillou. Emily Brontë is one of the favourites of the writer Monique Wine according to Gândul (Romania). Books are Brain Food reviews Wuthering Heights.

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