The hottest day

Today was the hottest day on record here in The Netherlands. In the south of our small country, in the city of Eindhoven, the hottest temp ever was recorded at 39.3 degrees Celsius.

I see that our Richard has been running in the heat today in the UK…

 

 

… although (I just checked), max temp in Stockport today was 26 Celsius, so quite bearable, I think. 🙂

Day off work for me today, Mr Esther had the afternoon off, the kids are on their summer holidays, so we decided to do something nice today. My son went swimming with friends, and Mr Esther, my daughter and I drove to the medieval town of Deventer. We’d never been there before and it was so pretty (and yes, that’s an Albert Schweitzer statue)!

It was 37 degrees Celsius there, so that is probably why it was not very busy in the streets. We took many breaks, for drinks and something to eat…

The oldest still standing Dutch stone house (from 1130) is in Deventer…

.. we also came across some World War II monuments: “Stolpersteine” infront of a house, commemorating the Jews who lived there and were killed in concentration camps, and a monument for those who suffered or died at the hands of the Japanese in South East Asia…

Several streets in Deventer were decorated with fun, colourful umbrellas:

We walked by a church and another square (lot’s of open spaces/squares in Deventer).

We took a look at the riverside…

There were also cats who needed to be petted and we ended our day in Deventer with a pizza dinner in one of the umbrella streets…

It really was a very lovely hottest day in The Netherlands ever!

Richard Armitage in ‘The Stranger’

This morning I’m minding my own business, reading through Twitter updates while eating my Weetabix and having BBC Breakfast on (as I often do when I decide to work from home for a day). I was about to actually start up my laptop when I see on Twitter that Harlan Coben will be on BBC Breakfast this morning and another tweet tells me it will be around 9.20 a.m. my time!

I dutifully start up my laptop, get some e-mails and messages out of the way for work and 20 minutes later I’m at the TV. Sure enough, during the interview a first clip of Richard in The Stranger is shown! And yes, I recorded it on my phone. 🙂

OK, so quality isn’t great, maybe someone else will have better quality video up soon, but for now this makes me happy on my Friday morning! Some grainy screenshots:

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The actress playing the stranger (I’m sorry, I don’t know her name) sure has mesmerizing eyes… Yes, I think I am actually looking forward to this production now!


MTA: the actress is Hannah John-Kamen, I am told. Thank you Ella for the info. 🙂

MTA number 2: Hariclea tweeted out the full interview (in better quality) here:

Catchin’ up with Rich

I’m way too late to the Richard Armitage Sundance film festival and Red Dragon convention parties but on this very rainy Sunday here in The Netherlands, I just need to share some of my fave images of the past weeks that I have just been reviewing in peace and quiet (instead of feverishly perusing on the go).

This one from the Sundance film festival has already become a fave. The look, the smile, the placing of the hand… all swoon worthy! He is almost inviting the viewer in.

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These were nice too:

And these (especially the second picture):

I liked that Richard reconnected with Mindy Kaling from Ocean’s Eight:

At Sundance I thought he looked most comfortable with Amy Ryan, his co-star in the Love Love Love play he did in the fall of 2017. For some reason, I wouldn’t mind seeing them together as a couple in a movie, they look really good together.

Although he did have some fun with his The Lodge people, the movie he had come to promote at Sundance…

… to me there wasn’t much magic with Riley Keough, his The Lodge co-star, at least not in the pictures I saw. They were nice but a little perfunctory to me…

However, this following one did seem quite sexy to me somehow… I think it’s the leaning in and the darkness surrounding the rest of the image that gives it some intimacy…

Richard+Armitage+Vulture+Spot+Sundance+DAY+GxehbkbbUcvl… and these have a fun, relaxed look…

Of course there were many many more images, but I won’t share them all here, these were just the stand out ones for me. As was this little film he shared of him skiing down a mountain while he was there, I just loved that!

Sundance was the last weekend in January and during the first weekend in February, Richard was in London. I happened to be in London as well that weekend for a last-minute visit to see my brother and niece but had totally not registered that I’d be in London on the same weekend as the Red Dragon convention that was being held near Heathrow airport. I didn’t have time to go there at the last minute, but did follow the goings on a bit on my phone. I got a huge kick out of the whole “Jills Gymkhana” tweets thing, all thanks to Kate who reports on it so beautifully here. In fact, read all four of Kate’s accounts of the weekend over on her blog, I promise it’s worth it. As is all that Armidreamer has reported about her visit to RDC as well, and of course Guylty has lovely reports too, the latest one as I type now is this one. Guylty also took loads of pictures, so be sure to check them out as well, for instance here.

Anyway, I was going to share my fave images that I came across, like this one by Guylty:

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I love the little shadow show that Richard is performing. I liked these images too (don’t know who took them, so if someone claims credit, please let me know)…

In fact, Richard’s outfit looked almost the same as what he had worn in Newcastle at the film festival last year. Same leather jacket and same (kind of) pants as at NIFF…

I also really liked these two images (again, let me know, don’t know who took these)…

… and these, taken by Guylty, with Richard trying to eat his fist…

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… and I love the profile shadows on these…

A fan book had been made for Richard by some fans, which he received and sweetly acknowledged

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… and the con organizers, Starfury, released some really lovely pictures too.

Yep, after seeing all these, and reading all the lovely accounts, I am on a bit of an Armitage-high right now.

I like that Richard showed his Equity card as a support for unions a little later on in February…

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And now it’s all about The Stranger, Richard’s newest project that he has started to film now in Manchester.

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It sounds good, the cast sounds great (if you read German, see the excellent cast recap here on Herba’s blog) and this is something new to look forward to after the disaster of Berlin Station season 3 (I quit watching after 2 episodes). With all this Rich-love there is also a little annoyance: I just hope that (preaching aside) he doesn’t use this emoji too much…

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I know someone in real life who uses the begging/praying hands all the time in text messages, most recent example being a text I sent saying “Happy Birthday to your son!” and she answered the message with that emoji (yet again)… a regular smiley or just ‘thank you’ would have sufficed. It always feels overly submissive and even insincere to me, which annoys me to no end.

But let me end on a positive fangirling image. This was shared by Mina Tander on her Instagram recently…

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… and it gives me much joy! Being a Richard Armitage fan has been quite fun these days. 🙂