Popping up with Richard

I’m a bad Armitage fan right now. Still haven’t gotten up the courage to see My Zoe yet and I admit to not minding so much that Richard is relatively quiet on social media. So much happening on social media these days that it gets exhausting to follow and him not being around so much is almost bliss – one less thing to occupy my mind with. Now Richard has popped up again and this time it’s not someting I want to ignore, so here I am, popping up as well with a blog post.

So, Richard Armitage is now promoting again, this time the audiobook of selected Chekhov tales he is reading. Yeah, really not interested in another audio book, but I do like seeing a new picture of our Richie again…

The image was used in a recent NME interview called “The Soundtrack of my Life” which was published yesterday. Not too revealing an article but a fun enough read.

He really is of my generation with his Abba and Eurythmics and Queen memories/choices. Imogen Heap I have heard of by name, listening to that song he shared I don’t think I need to hear more, it’s not for me. His Tina Turner story intrigued me as I remember wanting to go and see her as well during that tour but although I liked Tina Turner I was never a real fan and in the end felt it was too expensive. I thought I’d check the tour dates to see when Armitage would have been in Amsterdam to see her but according to Wikipedia she did her Dutch concerts in Arnhem not Amsterdam! Memory is a tricky thing, even for Richards. Maybe he stayed in Amsterdam, which is about an hour and a half away (or a little less) from Arnhem. That last video he shared of that Icelandic band’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest was awesome. I had seen part of it before, never the whole thing, and it just cracked me up.

Then yesterday evening another item appeared about Richard being in an Empire podcast. My brother had come by unexpectedly, so I chose him and a nice cheese evening instead of the podcast…

Richard still wasn’t a priority during the day today when I decided to spend it finally finishing my Audrey Hepburn in World War II book (post on that will be forthcoming). This evening after dinner I finally did make some time and listened to the podcast. I skipped ahead till I got to the Richard bit at 1 hour and 10 minutes.

So, the man is in New York. Lots of audiobook and Chekhov talk that were mildly interesting to me (I’m sorry, I just can not get hyped up about audiobooks!). I liked the latter part of the interview better when chat turned to other things. I really liked that little stage door story of when he realized that Toby Jones had played Dobby the house elf. Until this evening I too hadn’t realized that Toby had played Dobby.

I could identify with the getting fat and grey at 50 comment, because that’s what’s going on with me, but I somehow don’t think that will happen with him just yet. He commented on being semi-introverted and slightly anti-social, so that going into lockdown was alright for him (alone I wonder?) and with that too I can identify. He mentioned about staying off social media (yeah, noticed that) but that it was maybe time to come out of hiding now. The tombstone epitaph that he thinks would be fitting for him saying, “He was fully committed” – yeah, I can see that too. There wasn’t that much new in this interview but it was nice hearing him speak again.

A nice little Armitage distraction, but now it’s back to other things again for the rest of the evening, here in our garden with a little outside fire burning and a glass of white wine. The son is out, the daughter is watching a movie in her room, the husband is reading and I am tryping this…

… while I listen to the two little hedgehogs that live in our garden waking up and moving around in the undergrowth. Mr Esther was able to take a picture of them 3 days ago…

I think I may go back to Anthony Andrews land again when I sign off here. Been in that land for a little while now, ever since I posted about him in that fictional crush challenge I did…

… or I may pick up another book again. Needs to be a good one because I had quite some frustration with the Audrey Hepburn one and I don’t want to be frustrated again. Enough chat for now. Over and out

8 thoughts on “Popping up with Richard

  1. Esther
    What a lovely backyard sanctuary you have!!
    I’ve not listened to the NME interview yet although I am dismayed he is in NYC instead of London😢😬
    My Zoe well I’ll just say watch it. He’s brilliant in it.
    AA yes I don’t blame you for reminiscing about him. He was a very dashing guy
    I just turned 53 yesterday still am carrying too
    much weight, have to die my hair honey broth to hide the grey (freaks me out too much) but you walk and eat healthy and seem happy and that’s half the battle!!
    Glad your book reading is going well! 😘❤️

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    1. Thanks, Michele!
      I walk less than I should and could do better with the eating but i really don’t mind my grey hairs, I quite like them, actually. I don’t see how you carry too much weight, btw, you looked more than fine to me in London! 🙂
      About My Zoe – it sounds so bleak with the child dying and the cloning, I’m not ready for such bleakness. I will get around to it eventually, though,

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      1. Esther
        Thank you and I was gonna say you look great in London as well !
        Since I’m dubbed apparently “queen of spoilers “ 😉🙄I will just say it isn’t as bleak as it looks. The story is more about a marriage that died and both Julie and Richard are very good as the sparring parents. This role for Richard was a wonderful showcase of his emotional range IMO
        Have a relaxing Sunday lovely ❤️❤️

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  2. Looks.like a great evening..slightly jealous!
    I did have to laugh at Richards comment about being lucky enough to get fans at stage door 😂 Pull the other one mate! ( not complaining because he did come out-just that I don’t think he considers himself lucky in that respect)
    I did a squee when I saw your little hedgies 😍

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    1. Yeah, I think he has very mixed feelings on that stage door thing…
      Those hedgies are cute! We always had one in our garden but then a few months ago we found one dead in a small alley near our house and wondered whether that was “our” hedgehog. Then about a week or two ago Mr Esther heard some rustling in the undergrowth and then recently took that picture. They may be two new hedgehogs but I love that we have them!

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