Liebster Award #2

When I was quite new to blogging I was nominated for a Liebster Award and I dutifully answered the questions I was posed. Now Die Pö has nominated me for another Liebster Award. Thank you!

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The rules are as follows:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog into your post.
  2. Answer 11 questions which you have been asked by the nominating blogger.
  3. Nominate 5 to 11 other bloggers who have fewer than 1,000 followers.
  4. Add a new list of 11 questions for the nominated bloggers.
  5. Paste these rules into your post.
  6. Make sure your nominees know about your post and their nomination.

Die Pö posed her questions in German, but I’ll just translate them into English before I answer them.


1- Do you only write on your own blog or do you also write on other blogs or platforms?

For my work I have in the past written messages on our work intranet and I have written some content for a company internet page. Privately, I used to post on a few forums (parenting ones back in the day when I first became a mother and a Richard Armitage one later), I have posted some fan fiction, and I post reactions on other blogs, but basically the only place I ever really post any original content is here on my own blog.

2- Which of your posts hasn’t been clicked on enough?

Nothing really springs to mind. I don’t really evaluate the success of a post by how much it is clicked on, the value comes from my satisfaction writing it. For instance, one of my most clicked-on posts is a translation of a Dutch newspaper article on Richard Armitage but it is not my most satisfactory post – it’s just a piece of translation that actually I did not enjoy doing that much (I’m just not a translator at heart). So, I looked into my blog statistics to answer this question and I see that the least clicked-on post is this one: https://bookesther.wordpress.com/2015/09/26/where-is-my-mind/. It’s about a piano cover that I really loved in a movie I saw and that lead me to reminisce about Greta Garbo.

3- What excites you at the moment?

Besides the fact that France elected Macron as its new president (and not the extremist Le Pen), I have been very happy about Portugal winning the Eurovision song contest this past weekend! We watch the contest every year and we vote in it too, but most years you just sort of vote for the least bad song. This year was different. Well, not that different, as there were so many songs there we didn’t much like! So many songs are about effects and fireworks and being sexy, with all the women screaming out high notes. However, there was one song, the Portuguese entry, that captivated me. This song was so touching in its simplicity, differing very much from most of the other entries. It was a solo performance sung by Salvador Sobral and was written by his sister Luisa. After winning he and his sister sang the song together as a duet. Not only does Salvador have a beautiful voice, so does his sister Luisa! (The song starts at 3:55 minutes)

What excites me is that such heart-felt simplicity can triumph almost unanimously (from juries and audiences alike) over bombastic songs that all sound almost alike.  (P.S. I also liked the Belgian song, despite the young 17 year old singer’s nerves – she came in 4th)

4- Which TV-series did you love in your youth?

Without the shadow of a doubt it was Little House on the Prairie. I adored everything about that series. I loved Laura Ingalls. In hindsight it was dripping in all too Christian values, but that’s OK and I still enjoy re-watching bits today!

5- The first 4 months of the year have passed: what is the best movie you have seen during that time?

May I name two? I absolutely loved both Moonlight

… and Lion.

6- What is your current favourite catchy song?

I love Human by Rag’n’Bone Man. Can’t get enough of it…

7- If you had to summarize your past week in one word, what word would that be?

Reconnecting.

8- What is your favourite photo of the past week on your mobile phone and are you willing to share it?

I was at my mother’s house yesterday and we opened a box of letters that my father had kept that had formerly belonged to my grandfather (his dad). My grandfather had been a theologian and pastor (just like my dad had been) and during the Second World War he had received many letters from parishioners, men who had been deported into forced labour for the German occupiers. In that box of letters (fascinating stuff, btw!) we also found a post-war (1946) invitation for my grandfather to attend a ceremony at Leiden University where Winston Churchill was to receive an honorary doctorate! I took a picture with my phone of that personal invitation…

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9- Quickly: what does the word “Light” make you think of?

Candles.

10- Which book is beside your bed right now?

I’ve already finished reading it, but Michael Palin’s diaries that I received last year for my birthday is still lying there.

11- For dessert: pudding or ice cream?

Oooh, tough one! After long deliberation I will choose pudding; to be specific: crème brûlée! I hardly ever eat it because I can’t make a good one myself (and don’t have the patience for it) but when I eat a good one, I absolutely adore it!


Paying it forward

The rules state that I can now pose 11 questions myself and nominate 5-11 others to answer them. I like the questions Pö asked, so I’ll use some of them and add my own (and Pö, if you’d like to answer these as well, feel free to 🙂 )!

  1. What excites you at the moment?
  2. In one sentence: what depresses you at the moment?
  3. Cats or dogs? (Picture material appreciated!)
  4. Which TV series did you love in your youth?
  5. Who is your favourite actor or actress no longer living?
  6. What is the best movie you have seen so far in 2017?
  7. The top 3 live theatre and/or concert experiences you’ve ever had?
  8. What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?
  9. What is your favourite photo of the past week on your mobile phone and are you willing to share it?
  10. Your favourite dessert?
  11. For Armitage fans: your favourite Richard Armitage photo ever?

I am curious to hear answers to these questions but I really don’t like to obligate anyone to do anything! So, I’ll just nominate 11 people (Armitage fans one and all, who do not post exclusively about Armitage) and it’s totally up to you whether you want to do this or not!

If others reading this feel the urge to answer these questions as well, please do so, you’re more than welcome to (even if only in the comments, if you wish to)! If you’re not an Armitage fan you can substitute the name in the last question for the name of your favourite actor or actress. 🙂 I’d love to read any and all responses.

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Liebster Award

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Fellow blogger Richartreehouse (http://richardtreehouse.wordpress.com/) has nominated me for the Liebster award. It is designed to introduce fellow bloggers to each other and I thought I’d give it a go, answering the questions.

Okay, ready? Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog into your post.
  2. Answer 11 questions which you have been asked by the nominating blogger.
  3. Nominate 5 to 11 other bloggers who have fewer than 1,000 followers.
  4. Add a new list of 11 questions for the nominated bloggers.
  5. Paste these rules into your post.
  6. Make sure your nominees know about your post and their nomination.

I am violating rule number 3 – I have no idea who to nominate. Another fellow blogger, Perry, said that was OK, so I’ll just do the answers. Thank you for nominating me Richardtreehouse!

So, my answers:

1.) Richard Armitage Beard, Stubble, Freshly Shaven?  (Important question from Obscura 😉 )

Love the beard! This is one of my favorite pictures of Richard with beard! Actually, one of my fave pictures of him, period. (And I have this as a The Crucible poster with my signed ticket to go with it as well, it’s hanging on my dining room wall). 3679

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But I think I may love the stubble best. He tweeted a selfie in December that made my tummy do flip flops, but I think that also had to do with the smile and the general look of good humor in his face. What I like even more, however, is the stubble with longish hair like in the “woof” picture on the right. 🙂

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2.) Favorite premiere outfit with description or photo:

Oh gosh, I don’t have a ready answer to this one, had to research. I think I’ll go with the Berlin premiere of The Desolation of Smaug. Maybe it’s the long hair with stubble again that I love. And I definitely love blue on him.

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3.) How long have you been a fan of Richard Armitage?

Since the spring of 2006! My mother, knowing that I like period drama, had gifted me a North and South DVD some weeks prior. She hadn’t seen it either but had seen it in the shop and had thought I might enjoy it. I finally got around to watching it when I was sick and home from work one day. Watched the first episode… and got hooked. I remember when I first saw him on the steps overlooking the workers in the mill thinking, “oh, here goes, another tall dark handsome actor. I will not succumb to that” and for about one episode I was able to do that. By episode 3 I was hooked and the “look back at me” scene in episode 4 sealed the deal. I re-watched and then went online to research and became a member of C19 (under another name, not Esther) and wrote a fan fiction piece continuing on where the adaptation had left off and read the book. For a while I thought it was John Thornton I loved but nope, the fascination with Richard Armitage remained long after John Thornton had ‘worn off’ (although, he never really does wear off). And then he played Harrry on one of my favorite comedy shows “The Vicar of Dibley” and then I knew for sure that I was in this for the long haul…

4.) Would you consider yourself a serious, middle of the road or casual fan?

Serious fan. I can’t always obsess, obsession scares me a bit, plus I don’t have the time to always obsess but I do read and watch all interviews and watch everything he does on film or TV. Only thing I haven’t gotten around to is his audio books… and my RA shrine is quite sober with a small (signed!) N&S poster in my bedroom:RA N&S signed posterIt’s near my The Crucible program and The Crucible poster I mentioned above is in my dining room. And I will possibly put up a Hobbit poster as well (next to The Lord of the Rings one already up on my bedroom wall – the husband luckily approves) but still have to decide. The poster should include Bilbo and Gandalf as well (at least).

5.) Favorite Richard Armitage photo shoot:

Oh man, so hard to pick, there are so many good ones out there! Some of my faves recently are from Sarah Dunn:

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But I also like this DAMAN one (on the left) and the one of the right, but I can’t remember who the photographer is:

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And there’s this old photoshoot one that springs to mind that I really like (but don’t know who the photographer is either, this is a cutout of the actual picture)

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Easy for me: John Porter. I thought he did some of his best work as John Porter. I was not a huge Lucas North fan. Not a huge Guy of Gisbourne fan either although Richard did awesome jobs with both characters. (Images below thanks to http://www.RichardArmitageNet.com).

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7.) Favorite RA fantasy vacation:

Er… well… I like city trips or a hike through the woods or just relaxing infront of a log fire reading or watching movies. I remember at the Berlin premiere he said he was going to visit the Holocaust museum. I used to (almost obsessively!) study the Holocaust (I grew up in Israel and Germany, so sorta comes with the territory, I guess) and would have loved to have accompanied him to that museum.

8.) A kindness you’ve done/received from a fellow fan: (Great question from Jollytr)

The encouraging and welcoming comments I have received while starting up this blog, including inviting me to do this Liebster award thing. Thank you! I yet have to do a kindness…

9.) Favorite (in character, any character) screen shot:

Oh man, how can I pick? So many! Obviously any North and South screenshot will do (thanks to RichardArmitageNet.com for the shots):

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And then there are Vicar of Dibley shots, the man was having so much fun on that show (these shots are my own):

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And then there’s Thorin, of course (also with thanks to RichardArmitageNet.com):

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And maybe my absolute fave of the past year, as John Proctor. I haven’t seen the filmed version yet but the theatrical version was absolutely stunning and draining and a wonderful thing to have experienced. This shot shows some of the intensity of Richard as John Proctor. I am so looking forward to seeing The Crucible again on screen!

RA Crucible 110.) Role you would love to see Richard play:

Anything that will challenge him, I don’t really have particular ideas about that. I wouldn’t mind a romantic (comedy) role for a change. I like the idea of him doing an adaptation of the Discovery of Witches books by Deborah Harkness, I hope there is a chance for that happening (I follow the Armitage4Clarimont campaign: http://www.armitage4clairmont.com/). I also very much like the sound of the new Pilgrim project he will be doing this year.

11.) Favorite male and female co-star:

Well, really, I love him in my fave roles and that is also due to the people he stars with. I thought he had great chemistry with Daniela Denby-Ashe and from what I remember from The Crucible he was great with Anna Madeley too. Also Jodhi May and Orla Brady had good chemistry with Richard! As for men, I think I liked him best with Martin Freeman.

That’s it, my modest answers! And look at the time, I need to head off to bed now, it’s close to 2 am! And here I was writing about not obsessing…. 😉