He makes his own period clothes having worked for a gentleman's outfitter and costume hire company. "I bought myself a little sewing machine and I do all the research as to what men would have worn during Jane Austen's time."...others might be more surprising...
When Martin's not working he's a rock 'n roll fan and dresses as a Teddy Boy or Elvis and goes to gigs. He also loves motorbikes and dresses head to toe in leather when out on his beloved Honda 750.You can read the full interview with our Mr Bennet here.
here, and our Mr Darcy can be found here.
We care because it is our biological destiny to be interested in people and their stories - the human brain is a social brain. And Austen’s characters are so believable, that for many of us, they are not just imaginary beings, but friends whom we know and love. And thanks to Austen’s ability to capture the breadth and depth of human psychology so thoroughly, we feel that she empathizes with us, her readers.Wendy Jones explores the many facets of social intelligence and juxtaposes them with the Austen canon. How did social intelligence evolve? Why is it so valuable? (The book might be a good way to convince those academics who are dubious about reading Austen to give it a go having been given a glimpse of her characters in the psychological explorations.)
As for “nice,” it’s definitely had a semantic rollercoaster ride from a Latin root that meant “stupid, ignorant, foolish” to “fussy, fastidious”, to becoming polite society’s catchall, “a very nice word indeed. It does for everything” as Jane Austen once wrote. The crazy semantic shift for “nice” from negative to blandly positive caused a bit of a confusing time during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries as it became legitimately difficult to figure out what people meant by it, the OED tells us.As voracious readers we thought this was rather interesting, and so thought you might also find it such. If you'd like to read the full article on lost words it can be read here.
Jane Raises £6000 for Children In Need It's been a year since the four specially engraved £5 notes (engraved with a tiny 5mm portrait of author Jane Austen and reckoned to be worth up to £50,000) went into circulation. We say four, but specialist micro-engraver Graham Short (who was the artist to engrave the notes) did engrave a fifth, which did not go into circulation but was gifted to us at the Jane Austen Centre for Austen fans to see and enjoy. Three of the four released into general circulation have been found (though one remains somewhere out there yet!), and one of these notes was in the spotlight this week as it went up for auction in London to raise money for the charity Children In Need. The note spent in Northern Ireland was returned to the gallery in south-east Scotland with a small, hand-written note reading: "£5 note enclosed, I don't need it at my time of life. Please use it to help young people, kindest regards J…". In the end the note sold for £6,000! Although not £50,000, this is still more than 1,000 times its face value! James Morton of auctioneers Morton & Eden who sold the note said: "We are delighted that this unique £5 note has fetched such a substantial amount of money which will be used in accordance with the finder's wishes." Mr Morton added that Morton & Eden will not be charging a seller's commission, and will also donate the equivalent of the buyer's premium to the charity.
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