A Valentine’s Day declaration of love

I’m not that big on Valentine’s Day – my husband and I say we prefer to show our love all year round, we don’t need V-day.  🙂 But on blog I felt I couldn’t quite ignore it, especially after I came across these very fitting Hugh Jackman gifs…

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So, a Valentine’s Day post it is. This means that, of course, one of my fave on-screen kisses ever by Richard Armitage and Daniela Denby-Ashe needs to be featured here…

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And Colin Firth declaring his love can not be ignored…

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The kiss I have been most pre-occupied with in recent months needs to be included. Suits finally returns for it’s second half of season 7 at the end of March when we will finally, finally see what happens after this Donna & Harvey (#Darvey) kiss…

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However, for all these things, the true love in my life really is my husband. After last year’s V-day post I came to singing his praises in the comments there and now here, in its own blog post, I want to reiterate what I wrote then, for all to see…

Mr Esther and I have been together for 26 years now and this is the first picture of us as a couple, taken during the first weekend in February of 1992, just a week after we got together (Mr Esther was close to 21; I was close to 22)…

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We were both in college at the time and from the very first kiss everything felt completely right between us. We’ve been soul mates, best friends and lovers ever since. In 1999, on our 7.5 year anniversary, we were married…

The declaration of love that I made in the comments last year still holds true today, even though we are really getting old and fat (these pics were taken last summer and 9 years ago respectively)…

I suspect I will always love this man from the bottom of my heart. Quoting from last year:

“No, Richard [Armitage or any other man actor crush for that matter] is in no way whatsoever a rival for my husband. I think even if I would know Richard in real life, who knows whether I could really love him in the romantic sense? He could be a Mr. Grumpy pants for all I know, or a work-a-holic who’s never around, whose life and career would possibly take precendence over me, etc. etc. I don’t share a 25 year personal history with Richard, I don’t have children with him, he isn’t the one who has helped me deal with losses and disappointments, he isn’t the one who supports me and leaves me free to be who I want to be, who nurtures me and encourages me, he isn’t the one who loves me completely as I am, warts and all, he isn’t the one who is there for me physically and mentally – my husband is all that and no one can replace that. And I hope I am all that to him. [It’s] a personal exchange. When my husband and I met I was already a fan girl of all sorts of movie stuff, with posters of faves all over my room, he doesn’t know better than that I am always in love with some actor or other and it never bothered him. Also, I find that the actors I love all seem to have a bit of my husband in them, so basically when I fall for an actor, I’m falling in love with aspects of my husband… Yeah, I’m so so lucky. 🙂”

We don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day but today is as good a day as any to let my husband know yet again that I love him! Maybe when he reads this post it will earn me a surprise bouquet of flowers? Or at the very least an extra little caress and/or kiss, like these from the sweet movie Something New that Simon Baker and Sanaa Lathan made in 2006…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Music to my ears… partially…

So, there’s lots of audiowork from Richard right now…

First off, he narrated a very iffy romance called Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely. When Richard speaks about this project, it does sound interesting in theory…

… but in practice I remain sceptical. Also, it’s an audiobook, which I’m generally not into anyhow. Perry was kind enough to listen to it so that I don’t have to and share her thoughts. Thank you for that! And yeah, I’m convinced more than ever that this is not for me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for a good romance but this doesn’t sound good to me at all… Sounds like more sex than plot & character, and while I don’t mind a graphic scene or two, I hate when there’s too much of it. It’s basically why I skipped through 80% of Fifty Shades of Grey and never bothered with the two sequels. I’m not sure I want to listen to some guy or girl masturbating on tape and, really, I mostly only like to hear dirty talk from my husband anyhow… So, yeah, I’m skipping this one, this project is not music to my ears.

The other project, the Wolverine one, IS music to my ears, as I already posted about here! It’s the first audio project of Richard’s that I am actually looking forward to! He’ll be on a panel at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin, Texas on March 11th, talking about Wolverine. Here’s also a press release about that. I’m looking forward to hearing more about what he says there, hope some fans can go and report back!

A third audio project that Richard narrated was released yesterday and is The Martian Invasion of Earth which I understand is a retelling of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. This could possibly be music to my ears, even though it is an audiobook! I don’t think I ever read the actual book and the movie with Tom Cruise was alright but not great. The adaptation I have always really loved of this book, however, is the rock musical Jeff Wayne made in 1978, narrated by none other than the late and great Richard Burton (that man had a great voice)!

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It’s the only audiobook of sorts that I’ve ever really enjoyed. What I love is the combination of Burton’s voice, the manner of narration and the great music that gives this an extra dramatic character.

So, I’m curious about the adaptation Richard A. has done and whether it can live up to the Jeff Wayne / Richard B. version. Richard A. is following into some big footsteps!

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The bits I have heard do sound promising, so I am going to try this despite it being an audiobook. Here’s hoping this will become music to my ears.

Yesterday news also came that Richard is filming again, this time a horror picture. “Noooo!”, was my first thought. Guess he changed his mind about not wanting to do horror. This is definitely no music to my ears. If there’s one genre I really can’t do, it’s horror. He’s filming something called The Lodge now.

Yeah, I can’t follow him there, I don’t think. I was only just about able to bear Hannibal, and admittedly, I think he did a great job there! However, it’s not something I can revisit and watching more horror is not something I can do… probably…

This horror movie and the sex book job sound like odd choices to me and it has me wondering whether he actually wanted to do these, or whether he was just obligated to do them, or whether he still feels like he can’t refuse stuff during down times even if they are iffy, or whether he finds them to be new challenges that somehow give him something, or whether he’s just a workaholic. I hope the answer is about new challenges and I hope he enjoys them…

Anyway, quickly shaking off this ice cold horror vibe that just ran down my spine from the horror movie choice, let me move on to another piece of audio. This time no Richard, but Hugh Jackman (yes, I know, him again). I was driving to work yesterday morning, listening to The Greatest Showman soundtrack yet again and having such a blast with it, I decided to film the experience on my way home from work. This is what came of it… It’s my current fave song from that soundtrack, called ‘From Now On’.

And while I have Richard and Hugh in one post yet again, here are two more pictures of these two dashing gentlemen. I saw this picture of Hugh…

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…. which somehow made me think of this picture of Richard, one of my faves ever of him…

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These are not music to my ears but a feast for my eyes to end this post on instead. 🙂

Wolverine

So, a first trailer has appeared of the upcoming Wolverine podcast where none other than Richard Armitage will be voicing Wolverine. Here’s the trailer, Richard can be heard several times, the first time at 1:01 minutes…

I’ve gotta say, to me he sounds better here than ever before. Depth of voice and such intensity… I think he’ll do great as Wolverine! I don’t do audiobooks well (or in this case, podcasts) but for the first time I am thinking I might actually listen to his audiowork on this all the way through for a change!

As I am very much into catching up with Hugh Jackman right now, I was also just now listening to a podcast Hugh Jackman did for Empire magazine this past December about The Greatest Showman. Then close to the end, unexpectedly and to my great delight, Hugh gets asked about Richard Armitage playing Wolverine and what he thinks of someone else taking over his role! Have a listen (from 18:25 minutes till 20:05 minutes)…

Hugh Jackman brilliantly played Wolverine for the very last time a year ago in Logan (watch the great trailer here – in my humble opinion Hugh was robbed not being nominated for an Oscar for this!). He leaves a great challenge for anyone to follow in his footsteps. Yet, going by what I heard in the Wolverine podcast trailer above, I do believe that Richard can deliver the intensity needed.

So, intense Wolverine/Logan played by Hugh…

… will be followed by intense Wolverine played by Richard! As I hear him as Wolverine, with above intense images of Hugh in mind, I think of Richard doing The Crucible with the same intensity…

Hugh says he is excited to see what other people will do with ‘his’ Wolverine and I’ve gotta say I am quietly getting exciting for Richard doing this now too!

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So, I’ve been catching up on A LOT of Hugh Jackman on YouTube (watching interviews, hosting gigs, theatre shows). That man can really sing and dance besides act! They call him ‘the triple threat’ because of it. No wonder he’s so good in The Greatest Showman. In addition, I’ve been reading articles on Hugh and then yesterday evening I came across this heart-stopping image of him…

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It totally reminded me of these Richard Armitage images that I love…

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Yep, Jackman’s really my ‘type’. He always was but I have resisted him somewhat. Now that he’s maturing (his face has more character now than, say, 10 years ago) and he’s surprising me with his talent and he’s surprising me with just how lovely he seems to be… yep, I’m sold!

Happy son, happy mum!

For the past 2 years or so my 16 year old son has been an Eminem fan. It’s almost all he listens to. His fave Christmas gift was Eminem’s newest album Revival. Last summer I finally sat down with him and watched the 8 Mile movie about Eminem, which I really enjoyed! I am no rap fan, but, through that movie, his music grew on me. I’m by no means a real fan, but I can really appreciate some of the music of his that I now know. I especially like this one…

“Now, you really like Eminem, right?” my son said to me after I had seen him roast Donald Trump last fall. Gotta admit, he did grow in my estimation. 😉

Heard some stuff off the new album that I also like, for instance this one, a duet with Beyoncé…

… or this duet with Ed Sheeran…

Anyway, earlier this week I found out that Eminem is coming to The Netherlands this summer! His first concert here since 2003, apparently. Tickets went on sale here at 9 a.m. this morning. Of course, I just had to try and get some and, by golly, it worked!

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I understand I’m one of the very lucky ones. On the radio they just said that the concert sold out in 20 minutes! My son is over the moon with happiness! I gotta say, once the tickets were purchased for the concert in Nijmegen, I teared up a little because I know how much this means to him… I love making my baby happy…

The only time I have ever been to a concert in the Goffertpark in Nijmegen was when my own dream concert happened when I was 20 and I finally saw David Bowie live! The only time I’ve seen him live, by the way… It’s so very cool that my son will now see his favourite live at the same location! An extra mother-son bonding moment. 🙂

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If you’d told me a year or more ago that I’d ever go to a rap concert, I’d have laughed loudly in your face. But here I am, a 47 year old mum (well, 48 by the time I go) off to see Slim Shady live this summer! An old dog really can learn new tricks, I guess… 😉