Birthday wishes with hugs & kisses

I have been at work all day, followed by a drinks after work get-together and dinner; I only just got home at a little after 10 pm. But I can’t let August 22nd pass without also commemorating my favourite actor’s birthday here on blog.

So… Happy 46th Birthday, Richard Armitage!

I haven’t been able to celebrate much online, but, over a beer, I confessed my admiration for you to my new colleagues (Who? The Hobbit?). I also told them it was your birthday today, showed them the picture I have of you & me at the Old Vic stage door that is still on my phone (it was unanimously admired)…


… and in my mind I toasted you with a beer! So, see? I didn’t forget you, even if it is close to midnight now as I type this.

I am sorry I can’t be more eloquent, but slightly too many beers after a long work day will do that to you… Instead, let me just thank you for being you and for bringing so much joy through your work. Best wishes and kisses and hugs coming your way!

May your Just Giving charities receive a butload of money in honour of your birthday (you have inspired a lot of fundraising efforts)! And may we all take pleasure in seeing all your new projects (and some older ones we haven’t seen yet hopefully as well) in the coming year!

Auctions Now On!!! #CelebRAtionWithPurpose

Guylty’s charity auction with unique Richard Armitage fan items has started today! It’s a #CelebRAtionWithPurpose on the occasion of The Armitage’s birthday and will benefit the Young Minds UK charity. Lots of great items to choose from, take a gander and bid if you can/want…

Guylty Pleasure

It’s that time of year again! Our favourite actor’s birthday is coming up, and as in previous years, I would like to follow Richard’s suggestion that we give to charity instead of investing money in a present for him. It is a lovely thought – both in terms of his followers wishing to shower him in gifts, as well as of Richard to channel those gifts into much-needed donations. A fundraising auction is the perfect middle ground – a #CelebRAtionWithPurpose, benefitting a charity with the proceeds, while honouring Richard’s suggestion. Added bonus: You can do good and get something material back in turn: fan items. Lots of winners – a charity, the birthday boy who is being honoured with donations in his name, a fandom to show its kindness, and generous auction winners who receive fan memorabilia in return.

The current charity initiative comes off the back of our combined…

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Rapid Fire Book Q&A

Sue over on her I’m Feeling This blog answered some quick questions on books and now these questions have been floating around my head as well! So, I thought I’d have a go at them myself and try to answer them as briefly as possible…

Ebooks or physical books?

Lately, Ebooks, but I love having physical books too, especially of favourite books. We have a lot of books in our house.


Our livingroom bookshelves (you can’t see the two more rows of books below those shelves visible here and the other books in other places in our house).

Paperback or hardback?

Paperback. Cheaper to buy, easier to hold while reading in bed and easy to put into my work bag.

Online or in-store book shopping?

Online when I know what book I want, in-store for browsing.

Trilogies or series?

Hmm, not a big fan of either. Harry Potter was a good series, though!

Heroes or villains?

Heroes, but no super-heroes.

A book you want everyone to read?

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Recommend an underrated book.

Dunno! Sue answered ‘chick lit’ here and I kinda agree. Love that for easy reading when I don’t want to tax my mind too much.

The last book you finished?

Liverpool Sisters by Lyn Andrews, chick lit about suffragettes. Sadly found it a bit disappointing.

Weirdest thing you used as a bookmark?

Small used plastic sandwich bag?

Used books, yes or no?

Yes. I like buying them from Amazon marketplace.


Borrow or buy?

It used to be borrow from the library but I buy more now (second-hand mostly).

Characters or plot?

Character-centric plot.

Long or short book?

250 – 400 pages is fine

Long or short chapters?

Whatever is needed.

Name the first three books you think of?

Mr Rochester by Susan Shoemaker that I just downloaded on my e-reader after reading a review on Herba’s blog.

Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman, because there was so much Richard III on my holiday and I’m more curious than ever now. This reminds me I still need to look for it on Amazon.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte because I still want to write up my thoughts of the play I saw in Leeds a few weeks ago.

Books that make you laugh or cry?

Oh, how to choose? But I think I have read more drama than outright comedy.

Our world or fictional worlds?

Our world.

Audiobooks : yes or no?

Nope. I tried, but no. Not even for Richard Armitage.

Do you ever judge a book by its cover?

Covers can attract my attention but I try not to judge too quickly.

Book to movie or book to TV adaptation?


A movie or TV adaptation you preferred over the book?

Atonement by Ian McEwan. I loved the movie, then read the book and while I did finish it, I found the book very tedious.


Series or standalone?


Anyone else feel inclined to answer these? Please feel free too!

FlixChatter Review: PILGRIMAGE (2017)

Ruth on Flixchatter, a blog I very much enjoy and have been following for a while, has reviewed Pilgrimage. Ruth is an advocate for independent film (she is just now finishing making her own first short film called Hearts Want, info on Facebook if you’re curious: and she liked “Pilgrimage”.

Of Richard Armitage as Raymond de Merville she says: “Armitage is good but I feel like he’s basically reprising his role as Guy of Gisborne in BBC Robin Hood, though his French is rather impressive.”

Have a read if you like and check out her “Hearts Want” Facebook page too. I helped crowdfund that movie. 🙂

FlixChatter Film Blog

It’s been ages since I’ve got time to write a review, but I knew I had to write one for this after I saw it last weekend.

I’ve mentioned PILGRIMAGE all the way back in January 2016. It’s been a long time coming but I’m glad I got to see it on the big screen (though it’s a shame it’s only playing in a single theatre in Twin Cities suburbs with odd screen times!)

In 13th century Ireland, a group of monks must escort a sacred relic across an Irish landscape fraught with peril.

The premise is simple, but it’s packs a punch in terms of its thought-provoking story and the unrelenting violence these monks face along the journey. It opens with a horrific stoning of Saint Matthias, the apostle chosen to replace Judas Iscariot following his betrayal. The barren landscape of Ireland, an island on the edge of the…

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Relief… and sadness.

One piece of unrest has been taken away after my post yesterday. After a few more calls and an e-mail we have confirmation from the director himself: our daughter can indeed attend the new school! Got the relieving phone call at 4 pm at work this afternoon and this is how I felt…

Things still need to be formalized and we still need to figure out schoolbooks and such but on Monday morning at 10 am my daughter can report to the new school for her first day there.  The relief is great! Whew!

Now, if only I could start feeling this happy about the news, but alas, there has been more tragedy today… Today there was another terrorist attack, this time in Barcelona. My heart goes out to all the victims…