Tom Power

I’m over the worst of the recent Yannick Bisson preoccupation spell but I did come across an interview for Canadian radio with him the other night from a few years ago that I quite enjoyed. You don’t have to watch the whole thing, it’s 15 minutes, but I’m posting it here to just give an idea.

The questions were not always original questions but what I liked about this interview was that the interviewer, Tom Power, really seemed to listen and then consequently would pose follow up questions because of what he heard. He seems genuinely interested in the person he’s interviewing and seems to try and dig deeper in what makes the person opposite him tick. His questions seem to resonate with those he interviews too as they all become thoughtful when giving their answers. I’d like to see him interview Richard Armitage sometime.

Tom Power is a Canadian musician and he interviews a lot of musicians but also actors. I’ve recently been listening to a few other interviews he’s done and so far they are worth a listen, even if you don’t know much about that person or actor – or maybe especially if you don’t know that much about them. I watched another one with Natalie Portman (whom I also don’t know well) that I liked and that led me to a video that was mentioned of an intense and funny rap she did on Saturday Night Live that goes against her image. I really like some well-done sarcasm.

Anyway, I’ve only seen 3 or 4 interviews, but there are many more up on YouTube (mostly musicians but also actors, directors and even with author Margaret Atwood, which I haven’t seen yet). Link to a playlist of interviews here in case this has also whetted your appetite (there are a lot). I do plan on watching some more of them, it’s a nice change to the normal soundbite interviews on late night talkshows.

Meanwhile, let me leave you with two gifs from that SNL video…

I can relate.

Strange dreams

Man, I just had a strange night with two very weird dreams.

In the first one I was getting married to Mr Esther, not as we were 22 years ago but as we are now and we were very happy. Everything had been arranged at some minimalist low-key venue / restaurant place but then I found I had forgotten something essential (flowers? dress?) and Mr. Esther and my oldest brother went off in search of it. The next moment it wasn’t me getting married but my younger sister and we were at the speeches part. My father stood up to give his speech and I was really looking forward to that as he always gave well thought through speeches. He walked over to another open area and we all followed with interest (strangely, my sister didn’t have a partner there, so who she was actually marrying was unclear). My father started to address my sister but after two sentences some very corny song started playing (can’t remember which one) and my dad transformed into a walrus! He was wearing a walrus suit and lying on the ground, holding a microphone pretending to sing that song to my daughter. He had no tusks and looked pretty much like this…

Everyone was laughing as it was so out of character for my dad to do this, he was not a performer and certainly not someone who liked to dress up. “I need to film this for Mr. Esther!” I immediately thought as Mr Esther wasn’t back from his errand yet and I took out my phone to do so. When my father ended his act everyone applauded and I just felt very sad because that really hadn’t felt like my father at all; I really missed the thoughtful speech he could have given. At that moment I woke up, feeling very out of sorts.

It took a while for me to fall asleep again and then I had my second weird dream. Due to Corona restrictions all restaurants here are closed and dining indoors or outdoors at one is prohibited. I was walking in a town and saw that outside a restaurant some tables were occupied by diners. A lady waiter in passing said that it was just the staff taking a break but it looked like there were too many people there to just be staff servicing take away orders. Then Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) from the TV show was suddenly there, looking very much like this…

… and he started asking the same questions, intending to enforce the Corona restrictions. He wanted everyone to disperse but first started grilling the waiter about why so many people were eating outdoors and clearly didn’t believe all the people there were staff. I didn’t want to stick around for that, mostly because I suddenly found myself standing there in just my underwear without a bra! I turned around to leave and just then a tram arrived. I quickly hopped in, feeling very self conscious about my state of undress (even though I did have a lovely, trim body very unlike my own). I walked to the back of the thankfully almost empty tram and there found a bra and a trenchcoat which I quickly put on. At this point I again woke up.

Yeah… I’m still trying to figure out what all that was about… Showing your true self? Missing my father? Missing family parties? Desperately wanting to eat out again? Wishing law enforcement looked like William Murdoch? I think I’m going to be feeling a little weird all day.

Yannick Bissoning it

I’ve been a bit of a downer of late and by of late, I mean that it’s been going on for a few months. The vertigo I had (thankfully all gone now) didn’t help, depressing weather and shorter days in wintertime didn’t help (I always have a bit of the winter blues), job dissatisfaction didn’t help, a year in lockdown didn’t help and not moving enough probably didn’t help either. Now with the days thankfully getting longer again, I try to get out more, like during the walk I posted about earlier this week. I’m getting tired of walking, though, and so today I Yannick Bissoned it (yep, I invented a new verb)!

Yannick (him with the dreamy brown eyes) is a mountain biker. He bikes on The Murdoch Mysteries

… but most of all he’s a biking nut in real life…

On his social media he posts little biking movies…

… and, inspired by Yannick, I found myself thinking that with the weather improving a bit, I should really go biking again as well. It’s something different than taking all the same old walks all the time. I don’t do the adventurous mountain biking that Yannick does but The Netherlands isn’t anything if not a biking country and it’s easy to step on your bike and just go. So, Yannick Bissoning it (biking and filming along the way) seemed the way to go.

Lockdown measures have been prolongued here to mid April at least (Corona cases are on the rise again and vaccinations are not moving quick enough), which means we are all still limited in our movements. Biking is not limited, though, and so at the end of the afternoon I stepped on my bike again for the first time in many months and biked into town. I have no leg muscles left to speak of, so I decided on a leisurely pace. I have also not been into our town centre for months, so it was nice to just bike to and around there for a bit. I made some gifs from the few short videos I made (had to hold it in my hand, don’t have a camera fixed on me like Yannick does).

I plan on Yannick Bissoning it way more often now as the weather improves. It will be good to build up a little stamina again as well and, as I do so, maybe I can take some longer bike rides by the time the weather really gets warmer. Time will tell…

DB, Yannick and Gabriel

Yeah, I’m not done with Yannick Bisson and Gabriel Macht and their brown eyes just yet. This past weekend I was also distracted by DB Woodside’s eyes again. Via Twitter I saw that he was doing an online pay-what-you-can convention event and before I knew it I found myself signing up for his 45 minute Q&A session at a quarter past midnight on what was technically not Saturday night but Sunday morning for me.

This man is such a gentle and thoughtful soul, very much impacted by the Black Lives Matter movement that is going on, harbours a huge affection for his Lucifer colleagues and I really enjoyed the 45 minutes listening to him (and looking into his eyes). He directed one of the final Lucifer episodes recently and loved it. It will be a while before we see it but I am curious.

In other brown-eyed news, I finished two Yannick Bisson and Deanne Bray in Sue Thomas F.B. Eye videos. One video I made was to the song ‘Grow As We Go’ which I’m not too happy with but I uploaded it anyway because I got impatient. I may take it down again but if anyone wants to see it, it is up on my Sue Thomas videos page (for now). Over here I will share the video I just finished today after work, because that one I do quite like…

I just can’t get enough of Bisson’s brown eyes (click images to enlarge)…

I also have a Gabriel Macht in Suits video idea that I want to explore next. I need a little video creation break but I am looking forward to using those brown eyes and that shit-eating grin in the video I’m considering making…

Thank goodness I still have fun and beautiful things to distract me even after being in Corona lockdown for a year.

Richard Armitage on Dibley

Yesterday a programme aired in the UK about The Vicar of Dibley and, among many other people, Richard was interviewed for it as well. Servetus has been so kind as to provide two clips from the programme where they all speak about Harry Kennedy as embodied by Richard Armitage…

Source Servetus
Source Servetus

She was going to find her romantic and intellecual equal, writer Richard Curtis says of Geraldine finding Harry and he’s a really good romantic hero with a twinkle in the eye, Dawn French says. Dawn’s smile says it all really (click images to see the smiles more clearly)…

Here are a buttload of screenshots as Richard is interviewed (click images to enlarge)…

I like that Richard’s biggest laughs were about the mud being splashed onto Geraldine’s wedding dress (the last four pictures above). Gotta love a man with a silly sense of humour! Guylty has compiled some nice gifs from Tumblr and videos on YouTube, check them out here if you like.

I really did enjoy the distRAction but now I need to get back to Gabriel Macht and Yannick Bisson with their beautiful brown eyes again…

… and wait a bit till I can make some more time and space in my head to watch the whole The Vicar of Dibley Inside Out programme. I always loved The Vicar of Dibley and I always loved that Richard was able to be part of that as well.