looking for people who far exceed the call of duty to ensure visitors have an amazing experience, whether it's on a day trip or a holiday.Martin, they added, is a prime example.
Martin has worked in tourism all his life – at the Pump Rooms in Bath and for the past 11 years at the Jane Austen Centre. He does charitable work, is Father Christmas, teaches dancing and is a keen re-enactor. Online there are lots of images of Martin posing with visitors.It's free to vote for your Tourism Superstar (not only that, but by voting you enter into a draw to win an English staycation), and the vote is open until midnight on March the 20th. The winner will be announced at the end of English Tourism Week on March the 24th. We would be so grateful if you could spare a moment to visit the dedicated page on the Mirror's website and vote for Martin. He's a real gentleman and without a doubt a superstar in our minds. If we could all work together to help him win this award it would mean so much to all of us.
Mr Darcy Takes A Turn About Tinder... The TV channel Drama has masterminded a new project, which has taken three of the most well-known and much beloved romantic novels, and has given then a ‘digital makeover’ to show the effect that digital devices are having on romance. Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, and Tess of the d’Urbervilles are the three novels in question, which now include social media, internet dating and Wi-Fi issues within their pages. Researchers from University College London and Professor John Sutherland have worked on the project, and they believe that the re-imagined novels illustrate how modern communication can be the ultimate romance killer.
A Mr Darcy obsessed with digital media and a Heathcliff that spent his time hashtagging or checking his emails certainly wouldn’t be identified as the romantic heroes we still think of today.
The Pride and Prejudice reimagining sees how Darcy and Elizabeth’s courtship may have been affected by the perils of WhatsApp message distraction and ‘accidental tagging’. (Elizabeth causes a Twitter storm by accidentally tagging Mr Darcy in a photo she takes of him swimming in the lake.) While the Bennet sisters, being mostly ladies of leisure, now spend their time competing against each other through online games, even during social events, leading others to balk at their brash enthusiasm and competitiveness. If you're curious to read the novels, they're free to download here.
If you asked me on a top 10 list of things that I did not expect to find myself doing as an 18th-centuryist when I first started this study on the history of distraction, I would say lying on my back in an MRI scanner trying to figure out how to position paragraphs by Jane Austen so that you wouldn't have to turn your head while reading with a mirror.
Last But Not Least, Mansfield Park! Our final Austen exam-revision crossword is here. Mansfield Park puzzle in the first link, answers in the second. (We've also included links to the previous crosswords below in case you missed them.) Mansfield Park Crossword Mansfield Park Crossword Answers *** Pride and Prejudice Crossword Pride and Prejudice Crossword Answers * Sense and Sensibility Crossword Sense and Sensibility Crossword Answers * Emma Crossword Emma Crossword Answers * Northanger Abbey Crossword Northanger Abbey Crossword Answers * Persuasion Crossword Persuasion Crossword Answers
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