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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… 🙂

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I’ve been feeling like this today…

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.. wishing things my younger sister says and does didn’t bother me so. Plus, I’m paying the price for doing too much yesterday. I was away almost all day for fun stuff (in spite of my sister) but clearly my inner ear viral infection (my current working diagnosis of what’s ailing me) wasn’t too happy with that and I feel… well… like the GIF featured above.

I came online today to see what’s happening with the Urban & the Shed Crew premiere at the Leeds Film Festival and was greeted by this lovely tweet of Richard’s…

Brightens up my day considerably! I love the delight and excitement this picture exudes!

I also came across this picture from yesterday evening which somehow fascinates me: Richard paying attention to what is being said before he goes on to promote the film.

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Thanks for making a dreary day just a little less dreary, Richard!

Wind in His Hair

I’ve got to say that I liked that first teaser trailer for Urban and the Shed Crew from a few months back better than the latest Urban trailer.

This new trailer is fast paced, ‘cool’, a bit Hollywood, really. Which is, I guess, what is necessary to sell the film? Anyway, there was one image in the trailer of Richard that made me laugh – this one:

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The gorgeous man, the almost slow motion hair blowing in the wind thing and the intense look to go with it …it felt like a Hollywood cliché to me and made me laugh out loud! At that moment I couldn’t really conjure up any images in my mind’s eye in what movies exactly you see these hair blowing, dramatic looks but I know they exist. And then I thought of this…

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…from Dances With Wolves. And to boot: the character’s name is Wind in His Hair!

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Still, I am very much looking forward to seeing the Urban film. 🙂

What I have learned in the past 9 days

On the travel front

  • The Czech Republic is beautiful and green and hilly with lots of woods.
  • I literally can not understand a word of Czech… learning to say “thank you” (“děkuji“) properly is quite a task…
  • I remember loving Prague when I last was there 20 years ago and I now remember why: it is truly beautiful! Granted, it is overrun by tourists like me but it’s beautiful.
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Prague, central square

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My daughter trying to catch bubbles in Prague

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Prague – Charles bridge

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Memorial to 80.000 murdered Prague Jews in WWII (all their names emscribed on the walls)

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Prague – Old Jewish cemetery

  • Sometimes I wish I was a man, then I wouldn’t have to miss certain sites like this one:
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Men’s room in a shopping mall in Prague… DH was kind enough to document it, I think he peed in the urinal beneath the lady in red… 😉

  • We have visited many places already. Besides Prague my so far other favorite place is the town of Telč (Teltsh)
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  • Yet again confirmed: my kids are so much fun and make me laugh!
Headstone for a dead bug made by my daughter.

Headstone for a dead bug made by my daughter.

My son high-fiving the Virgin Mary

My son high-fiving the Virgin Mary

On the reading front

We have also had some down time. We stuck to our campsite now and again and when the kids go off to play in the pool or with new friends on the trampoline, there is plenty of time to read. With bad internet connection I have been less glued to the laptop and have been able to finish 3 of the 9 books on my summer reading list! I have learned that:

  • GSaWHad I read “Go Set a Watchman” before “To Kill a Mockingbird” I would never have loved Atticus Finch quite as much but I do still love the way he parents. “Go Set a Watchman” is a good book about growing up and letting go of the image of a parent as a superhero, but nothing can beat Harper Lee’s first novel. And I can’t let go of Attitcus as one of my heroes…
  • Parents can screw up their kids so badly! Well, that is no news, of course, but in “Urban Grimshaw and the Shed Crew” that became so verUGatSCy painfully clear yet again. And the character of Chop in “Urban Grimshaw”: he is so far from perfect, how can he be the one to help Urban? And yet, he does. A little attention, a sense of right and wrong, a little love and some nurturing can help a young life forward and can redeem your own. In the end, even when people are more or less redeemed, humans remain fallible, that is also clear. Can’t wait to see what Richard Armitage has done in the role of Chop when the film comes out!
  • It’s amazing what the chemistry in a brain can do to wreak havok in a life… Susannah Cahalan’s story in “Brain of Fire” BoFwas a very interesting read. And her dad, I love how he and Susannah ‘found’ each other again. He has a tough facade but is gooey on the inside. A role I already look forward to seeing Richard in.

On Richard Armitage

I was able to view the first two Hannibal episodes he is in and… WOW! The show still creeps me out (I started watching and I couldn’t make myself view more than a handful of episodes) but he is amazing. The things he does with his body I have never seen him do before!

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The quietness and the hidden emotion and the insecurities and the creepiness.. ah, this man is good! And I really love how he is stretching his acting legs, finding roles that challenge him as I think this one did.

Finally

I hate wasps, the ones that sting and are circling around my head  right now as I try to post this blog entry with awful wifi, which means it will take ages to load. Nonetheless, I am loving my vacation. 🙂

Urban Watchman and Bridget, Jephte and Laura on the Brain for the Summer!

In a week I’ll be leaving on a 3 week holiday with DH and the kids. We’re going to the Czech Republique (among other places to Prague) for 10 days and after that will travel to Silesia in South-West Poland. We love visiting cities, towns, castles, museums, we’ll probably throw in a bit of hiking as well, maybe an amusement park for the kids if there is anything around and the kids will also want to relax at the pool or lake. I’m good with that! It means that after I dip my toes into water, I let the kids enjoy the water on their own and grab the chance to catch up on my reading. This year, more than any other year I think, I have a collection of books with me that I REALLY want to read. But: where do I start???? See for yourself:

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I think I really will have to start with Go Set a Watchman as I have been so eager to read that the moment publication was announced (I made sure I got my copy straight away yesterday on the date of publication)! Opinions on Watchman seem quite divided and in addition there is also the controversy of whether Harper Lee is being taken advantage of in her old age or not with the publication of this book. All this makes me a bit hesitant to start reading it. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorite books evah, after all, and I don’t want anything to spoil that! But now that the book is out there, I really need to read it for myself and judge for myself… Which probably means I will have to take Mockingbird with me as well for reference….

After that it’ll have to be either Urban Grimshaw or Brain on Fire, which I may never have come across hadn’t it been for Richard Armitage, but which both sound like they’ll be really good reads. I am still planning on putting Edith Wharton’s Summer on my e-reader as well, although for some reason that book doesn’t attract me as much as the other Armitage-related two. I’ve already passed over reading that for some years now but as Richard will be playing a part in the adaptation, I have just enough curiosity to try reading it. It’s at the bottom of my list, though. Notice that I am not going to read anything Red Dragon related. I’ll watch the Red Dragon on Hannibal but I am not in the least attracted to reading it, just not my genre.

So, after the “Richard Armitage books” I want to move on to the others, though not sure in what order yet. Can Bridget Jones really be any good without Mark Darcy? The first book (and film) were better than the second, how will this third book fare? And then there’s Laura Ingalls Wilder who I grew up with and finally, after all these years, I got the idea that I’d like to know more about her apart from her Little House books. Jephte’s Daughter is a book my mother had lying about and when I leafed through it (I often look through her book shelves), she told me to take it with me on holiday. I’m so dutiful. 😉

There is a problem, however: once I get into a book that really interests me, I go into binge-reading mode and am no good to the family… not such a great thing on a family holiday… and I only have 3 weeks to read all these books!  I guess now may be a good time to learn how to juggle like Tom Hiddleston (yeah, I really like Tom Hiddleston)….