Congrats, Richard!

He has hinted at it but now it’s apparently almost done: Richard Armitage has written a book!

He’ll be going to Switzerland in July, to Geneva I presume, to finish it – I wonder when and for how long? Should he happen to be in Lausanne at the beginning of August, I’ll be there for a day and will be happy to meet him… 😉

Anyway, the Audible page that Richard refers to in his tweet gives a little synopsis of the story…

“Nobel prize winning scientist Sarah Collier heads to an important conference in Geneva with her husband Daniel. But while there being lobbied by corporations for their support she begins to experience confusing contradictions and lapses of memory…
A dark psychological thriller for fans of Before I Go to Sleep and The Woman in the Window, written and performed by Richard Armitage.
©2022 Richard Armitage (P)2022 Audible, Ltd

I am still not one for audiobooks, so I really hope this will appear in print as well. I hope this new Daniel will fare better than the last Daniel Richard was involved with…

The sentence “she begins to experience confusing contradictions and lapses of memory…” makes me think of gaslighting, just as Charles Boyer did with Ingrid Bergman in the 1944 movie Gaslight.

Will this Daniel be the baddie? Or will he be Sarah’s rock? Although I’m not really one for reading psychological thrillers I am curious about this one, due to the sole fact that Richard has written it. For him I will brave this genre. Congratulations Richard on writing and publishing a book!

Discreet fangirling

I’ve been working at the university now for three years and apparently that means it’s time for my work laptop to be replaced. My old laptop was a tablet of sorts with detachable keyboard which I hated because if you actually want to use it briefly on your lap, the keyboard detaches too easily and you can’t always prop up the screen properly on uneven surfaces (like on our outside front garden table). As the old laptop still works fine I never had the heart to ask for a different one even though I had been wanting a new one for a while now. Now, without needing to ask, I was offered a new choice. Three years ago they were only starting out with giving out laptops and that tablet-laptop was the only option at the time. This time around I was given a choice between the tablet kind and an actual laptop and I was very happy to be able to pick the actual laptop now.

The new laptop came in on Saturday, I set it up for personal work use today and then studied it for a bit. How, I wondered, was I going to tell my black work laptop apart from other colleagues’ black work laptops if I happen to leave it lying around in an office and then come to pick it up again? I then remembered little Richard Armitage shrine stickers that Guylty had sent along with auction winnings last year. They are cute but I had no real use for them… until now! And so the bottom right part of my laptop now sports a little RA in profile sticker…

I then installed my new cordless mouse and that really needs its own distinguishing feature even more, as such a mouse is much more likely than my laptop to wander or be forgotten. My laptop mouse now looks like this, featuring some very nice North and South shrine-art…

With discreet fangirling in place to distinguish my laptop and mouse from others, I’m ready for work now in the morning.

As Richard selfies go…

… this new one on his Instagram isn’t half bad…

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Maybe it’s his blue eyes and the green shirt matching the beautiful setting in the sunshine so well?

Thank goodness we all downloaded that adorable picture from a few days ago, as it now doesn’t seem to be on Richard’s Instagram anymore! It was taken in, I think, around the same spot and with him wearing the same shirt. Now, why on earth would he decide to delete a sweet picture like that? Even Charlie Murphy, the actress with him in the picture liked it, so it could have been no offense to her…

Ah, the rollercoaster of Richard Armitage’s social media life remains a bit of a mystery…

The sea and the sunshine makes me long for our summer holiday that we have just planned this past week. It will be the first time in 21 years that Mr E and I will be spending it on our own! Junior will be heading to the south of France (possibly Marseille as well!) with a friend of his and mini me is staying at home to work and save up for her holiday to South Korea in the fall.

Mr Esther and I had been thinking of several options such as Scotland and Ireland but then someone mentioned Pompei, which is a huge dream of Mr E’s to visit. I want to see it too, although perhaps not in the same detail that Mr E plans on seeing it, so we’ll do part of that together and then when he goes into full out Pompei geek mode, I’ll go walk through Napels or find a relatively quiet beach spot to read. I researched and was able to find very afforable accommodation there during the summer high season and so we just went ahead and booked!

We decided on driving there, not flying, but it’s a looong drive (1850 km) and we’ve decided to take some time to get down there. We’ll be stopping in Germany and Austria and staying for a few days in the north of Italy on our way down. Then Pompei and surroundings for about 10 days before we head north again. On our way back it’ll be a little more north of Italy, then Switzerland, a day or two in France, a day in Belgium and then home again. 3 weeks and 2 days, accommodation in six countries is booked and I now can’t wait for mid-July to arrive.

Two favourites in one post

It’s the weekend! And I saw this lovely picture come across my Instagram feed this afternoon after I finished working…

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Apparently Damage has wrapped filming in Marseille and this is Richard with his co-star Charlie Murphy (an actress I don’t know yet but seems to also have been on Peaky Blinders). I have a feeling Richard is still wearing filming make-up in this picture but it’s such a sweet picture nonetheless! In his Instagram post Richard says he is ‘transformed’. I’d love to know in what way.

It reminds me of another sweet picture I came across earlier this week that I wanted to share of Colin Firth and Matthew Macfadyen: Mr Darcy 1995 (my absolute fave Darcy ever!) and Mr Darcy 2005…

They starred in their first movie togther and this was them at a premiere…

They seem to like each other apart from that Darcy connection and apparently only briefly exchanged Darcy experiences. They filmed a movie called Operation Mincemeat together about a British deception operation to disguise the Allied invasion of Sicily in 1943, using the body of a dead man, planting fake documents on him for the Germans to find. It’s based on a true story. I went to see the film with my friend last Tuesday (it was a pre-premiere showing). The cinema had a huge display to advertise the film…

It’s not Colin’s masterpiece and I could’ve done without that love triangle part of the story but it was a fun film to watch nonetheless. Ian Fleming, writer of James Bond, was part of the team who executed the deception plan and it was also very amusing finding out where M and Q in the James Bond movies seemed to have gained their names from. Colin and Matthew really play well off each other…

It’s not a film you really need to watch but it really was very nice to have seen it, especially with the added context of that Darcy connection. Although, I admit to not thinking much about either Darcy while I watched this, which is a good thing.

I love seeing my favourite actors making good connections with those they work with and showing it with a hug or a touch. It always makes me feel warm and happy inside.

Depressing News & Eurovision & Mika & Richard

Israeli police attacking Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral (seriously, the coffin almost fell! I’m soooo pissed off, WTF does Israel think they can achieve with that?!), 10 people shot dead by a racist terrorist in Buffalo, NY and possible Russian phosphorous bombs used in Mariupol (Ukraine). In fact, this whole Putin and his war on Ukraine thing is so exasperating! Man, the news cycle these past 24-48 hours is brutal. I think I want to retire to my convent and never come out again. Let’s focus on better things…

Ukraine won the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday, which was fine with me. I had no real favourites and their song was one of the better ones and so I’m glad they won, with the added bonus of again besting Putin’s Russia (Russia and Belarus were banned from Eurovision this year). It shows yet again that Ukraine has Europe’s support (and speaking of Europe uniting, Sweden and Finland are turning to NATO as well!). Eurovision shouldn’t be about politics, of course, but underneath it all, it does get mixed in and this year maybe more so than other years. Aggressors need to be stopped and if culture sending a message can help, even in a small way, then that is a good thing. Apparently Russian hackers also tried to influence the voting results but those attempts were foiled.

Anyway, back to the actual song contest: this was Ukraine’s winning song…

Although I had no real favourites this year, I do admit that I did root for this somewhat absurd act by Norway. I don’t know what it is, but there is something fascinating about it (they came in 10th)…

The singer Mika was one of the presenters of Eurovision. Every time he came on I started chanting at the screen “I can be brown, I can be blue, I can be violet sky, I can be hurtful, I can be purple, I can be anything you like” which is a quote from his most famous song called Grace Kelly

It was also a meme on TikTok last year, where people sing that line as a harmony challenge. Even Ryan Reynolds participated…

In more lighter news, Richard Armitage has been spotted, dining out in Paris…

… and he had some Café Richard coffee…

I can relate to drinking out of a Richard cup, although I had tea instead of coffee last year in Paris…

Anyway, I’m glad he had a little fun with dinner and coffee and hopefully other nice things in Paris as well. It’s good to remember the little joys in life (as I also tell myself for the millionth time as I switch off the news again).