3 piece suits and vests

Today we were delighted with pictures of Richard Armitage looking very handsome in a 3 piece suit at the Berlinale…

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And yes – there I go: weak in the knees! There just is something about Richard Armitage in a 3 piece suit… maybe because he first grabbed my attention in a 3 piece ensemble?


And there are more lovely shots of Richard in 3 piece ensembles…

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But it’s not just Richard. The 3 piece suit certainly contributed to the reasons why I loved Simon Baker as Patrick Jane in The Mentalist so much!

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And I love my husband in a 3 piece as well!


And then sometimes the jacket comes off and you only have the vest, which is especially sexy with rolled up sleeves!

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Simon Baker as Patrick Jane was good in the only vest look as well!

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And I even dug up an old one of my husband (yeah, it was hot)!

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Clothes maketh the man? Well, it helps in any case! Here, have another 3 piece suit Richard in Berlin… 🙂

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And I’ll just keep swooning over this post again and again…


I’m living in a bit of a weird world of late and it’s this one…

First off: Armitage world

Of course there is always all things Armitage to enjoy, with most recently the Urban & The Shed Crew premiere in Leeds with beautiful reports and updates from the fans. We have Hariclea’s great review of the film or Guylty’s lovely reports here and here with many gorgeous pictures and there are lots of other goodies I can’t even remember the sources of anymore! Thank you to everyone for sharing! For now I will pick this picture Guylty took as my favourite picture from this past weekend, but that preference may well change within the next 15 minutes…

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But there is more to enjoy besides Armitage. I know, GASP! But it’s true.

Blindspot world

A little while back in the comments section of one of Herba’s posts she mentioned a new TV series called Blindspot. I’d seen a few images here and there and had thought of checking it out but never got around to it – until Herba mentioned it and I decided to give it a go. I watched one episode and bam, I’m hooked! Yes, it’s quite violent and in my dizzy state the quick camera movements are sometimes a bit tricky to follow but I really like this show! Here’s the trailer you can see for yourself:

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Jane Doe is so very beautiful (I already knew the actress Jaimie Alexander from the Thor films in which she plays Sif) and very intense. Her eyes… anyone could just drown in her eyes… Great acting from her! I didn’t know Sullivan Stapleton who plays the male lead but apparently he played a lead role in the Strike Back series after Richard Armitage left it!  But there are also some very strong supporting roles. I especially love Ashley Johnson (she once played Mel Gibson’s daughter in What Women Want) who plays tech nerd Patterson and Ashley JohnsonMarianne Jean-Baptiste (of Secrets and Lies fame) who plays the FBI Marianne Jean-BaptisteAssistant Director. And there’s a The Mentalist link too! Michael Gaston, who was a very dubious recurring character on The Mentalist plays another dubious role here, as a CIA Deputy Director. Plus the music for Blindspot  is written by Blake Neely who also wrote The Mentalist‘s music!

So, thanks for the heads-up, Herba! I’m with you on liking this!

Whoopi world

And finally – I don’t remember what prompted me to do so, but over the weekend I watched the 1980s spy movie Jumpin’ Jack Flash  with Whoopi Goldberg again. It’s a Whoopi at the beginning of her career (I think her second role after The Color Purple) and I find her irresitible in it! I haven’t seen the film in many years and guess what? I still like it! Story is a little unlikely and there are some plot holes but I don’t care. Also fun seeing the early computer world of the mid 1980s in this film. That in turn reminds me of  War Games which I really should watch again as well! But I digress… I just love Whoopi in Jumpin’ Jack Flash.

From IMDB: “Terry works for a bank, and uses computers to communicate with clients all over the world. One day she gets a coded message from an unknown source. After decoding the message, Terry becomes embroiled in an espionage ring. People are killed, and Terry is chased. Throughout she remains in contact with this unknown person, who needs Terry to help save his life.”

Here, watch her trying to figure out the lyrics to the Rolling Stones song. Makes me smile every time!

Yeah, I know, I need to get out more but that’s a little tough right now… 🙂


… yes, I do that when I come across something late to the game.

It happened 9 years ago, for instance, with North & South when I got the DVD as gift from my mother. I had it laying around for a while before one day, when I was sick in bed, I decided to watch one episode. Ended up watching all 4 in one go, I just couldn’t stop despite having a headache and feeling awful. And now, 9 years on, I still adore N&S, I still adore Richard Armitage and I even have my signed N&S poster!

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Binge-watching happened again when I discovered The Mentalist. I had known of its existence but didn’t actually catch an episode till the show was in season 3. Someone recommended it to me, so I watched the pilot, and watched the next episode and the next… watched episodes every free moment I had until I was caught up to season 3!

Behind the scenes picture of an episode of The Mentalist that Simon Baker directed.
Behind the scenes picture of an episode of The Mentalist that Simon Baker directed.

From then on I watched faithfully every week until the series finale last spring.

I’ve had other binge watches, but those were slightly less… desperate than N&S or The Mentalist had been.

And now, here I am again, right in the middle (nearing the end) of a new desperate binge watch – the BBC’s Call the Midwife!


Of course I was aware of the series, have been for a few years, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to see a show about other people giving birth. Miranda Hart is on the show and I just love her and loved her Miranda sitcom. So, the other week I happened to catch a rerun episode on TV of what turned out to be an early Call the Midwife episode – I gave it a go because I was curious about Miranda and gosh, don’t you know it, I was instantly hooked! Of course, I couldn’t rest until I had the whole show in my possession and I have been binge watching all the episodes. I love it and already now don’t want the series to end! I love the love that oozes through each episode, the warmth, the strength of characters, all unique and flawed in their own ways. The episodes make me smile and make me cry, they make me feel so many things and make me think.

I am already nearing the end of season 4 now and when I finish that I’ll be all caught up. There will be a Christmas special this year (is it Christmas already?) and early next year there will be a series 5. Whew! The show is still running and I am already looking forward to it in the new year!

Happily ever after for Patrick and Teresa!

I am so very pleased with how The Mentalist ended! I’m still on a high, days later, thinking about it! I’m walking on sunshine, just as they must be (even though they are fictional characters…)

So sad the show has ended but it’s always best to end on a high, I guess. Still, makes me wonder how their lives will take form from now. So, I guess I’m off to read fanfiction now. 😉

The Mentalist going out with a (romantic) bang!

(Beware of spoilers)    On The Mentalist, the Patrick Jane – Teresa Lisbon relationship has been a little angsty of late…

Jane is so afraid of losing Lisbon to the dangers of her job as an FBI law officer that he had to take leave of her for a little bit and figure out how to deal with that.

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On last night’s episode after some time to figure things out he came to Lisbon on a case and said, “I’m back…”

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So, he’s back, but how he plans to make it work, we don’t yet… it was straight back to work to try and catch a serial killer…

Next week the show’s finale will be aired in a double-episode. Last ever The Mentalist episodes… 😦 But these spoiler pictures turned up today and it looks like The Mentalist is going out with a (romantic) bang… a wedding!!

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And Teresa Lisbon gets to be in a Patrick Jane – Kimball Cho sandwich! Lucky woman!

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I know not everyone is pro-Jisbon, but I for one am very pleased they will get their happy ending. They soooo deserve it after all they’ve been through… These pictures exude joyous love and I adore them!

I may have to take the first two hours off work next week Thursday morning in order to watch these episodes as quickly as I possibly can…