So, this weekend there was a video of Richard Armitage on his Freigeist bike for Berlin Station and a little interview to go with it.
Gotta say, I don’t only like the look of Richard on that bike (and in that little interview), I like the look of that bike as well!
As you may or may not know, the Netherlands is a biking nation. Seriously, bikes are everywhere here. There are bike paths everywhere and bikes everywhere you look. We have 16 million inhabitants and I read somewhere that we have 22.5 million bikes in this country. There is a whole bicycle infrastructure here, up to what can best be described as bike parking garages, like this huge one next to Amsterdam central station:
Seriously, bikes everywhere, and no one wears helmets (except for an occasional kid on a bike). I think they tried to advise people to wear them once a few years back but no one bothers with it.
I live in a town and when I want to go to the town center the bus service isn’t all that. It’s much quicker (and cheaper) to just take the bike. All kids here, seriously every kid, bikes to school. When you get on a bike on a school day at around 8 am in my town, it’s one of the busiest times of the day on the bikepaths.
Recently more and more people have been getting e-bikes, it’s the new rage here, even though they are quite expensive. I know a few people who have one, but I’ve never actually ridden one. To hear Richard speak of riding this Freigeist e-bike is almost like talking with people I know here about the same subject! So, this video was extra fun for me as the topic of biking felt familiar.
I couldn’t resist and made some screencaps from that video. It was sweet seeing Richard prepare and warm his hands for the bike ride (yeah, your hands can get really really cold when you don’t wear gloves and it’s a little chilly out)…
… and then the man took off! I’ve gotta say, I love the confidence he seems to have on the bike, he’s going really fast which will make for nice, dynamic shots in the TV series and I love the flapping coat-tails!
And they also got night shots in as well, where Richard smartly does wear gloves. He looks like he’s really enjoying riding this bike! I think I would too.
Richard was apparently interviewed on the day he wore that grey suit a couple of weeks ago. Lookin’ good, I love seeing him in grey… and with beard, of course. 🙂
So, I was watching all this this weekend while trying to figure out what to make for my friend’s birthday on Sunday. She does this high tea every year where she asks her girlfriends to make something and bring it and we all indulge in all the goodies together. It’s really fun! This year, however, she made it a little more challenging by asking everyone to make something with unrefined sugar or no sugar. I was stumped there for a bit, no clue what to make except that I wanted to ideally bake an easy cake (easy being key because I don’t do kitchen fondly), and was naturally distracted by the above bike-goodies. So, I had “Cakes” and “Richard” swirling around my laptop and in my mind and then it suddenly hit me – didn’t Guylty post something about a vegan chocolate ‘Armitage’ cake a few weeks back? Why, yes she did! I checked out the recipe, she even mentioned unrefined cane sugar! In the store I also found some biological strawberry jam made with unrefined cane sugar and one of those mini bottles of red wine (as naturally we never have left over wine in this house once a bottle is open).
My daughter and I set to baking (the girl loves to bake! I swear she doesn’t get it from me…). We didn’t have a round tin, but I figured a regular cake tin would do as well…
The result turned out good! Richard (hanging in my kitchen/dining area) took a sniff and I think he approved…
My friend approved as well as did the whole high tea party when they had a taste! I love the twang of wine you can taste along with the chocolate in this cake. Truly, this is an Armitagean cake if ever I saw one! So, thanks for the recipe, Guylty, and for (unbeknownst to you) saving my ass figuring out what to make. I recommend this cake to anyone, it really was easy to make; my daughter had fun and I had fun because she had fun.
We couldn’t finish all the cake at the high tea, so, oh torture of tortures, I had to take leftovers back home with me again… Needless to say the cake-supply here is quickly dwindling. 🙂