Has Richard Armitage a designated “Tweet Day”? Seven days since his last
advertising communication tweet, he put three tweets out there. He hinted at a charity offering in aid of Great Ormond Street – probably the children’s story that he had asked for recommendations for a while back. And a characteristic Armitage praise tweet for the forthcoming release of The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner. Always the gentleman and the kind promoter of other creatives’ work. However, I’m a little bit disappointed that most of his recent tweets are really just advertisements in disguise, linking directly to his audio books on the platform where you can *buy* them. Nice that he is able to fill his time usefully and creatively with these audio productions, and I welcome new audio material. But yeh… 🤐. Not that he needs my approval *at all*, but I did like his tweet re. the Fleabag Fundraiser, though. But it definitely rubbed me up the wrong way that author Natalie Jenner enthusiastically credits Richard with “your talent & dedication have powered it onto Audible’s Most Anticipated Spring Listens list”. No doubt he has talent for and dedication to the audio genre, and his audio books are proven best sellers. But Jenner’s book is only in the “most anticipated” list because RA’s (and her own!) *fans* have enthusiastically and faithfully pre-ordered the book. You’re welcome, Ms Jenner.
Do I sound grouchy? Maybe I am cracking up? We are coming up to seven weeks in Covid quarantine now. Today my daughter had to sit an online exam for the end of her first year in college. It was an “open book exam”, i.e. the students are allowed to have their reference material at hand. It didn’t go as well as she had hoped, though. Two further exams have been replaced by essays that are due this week. I feel sorry that my children have to miss out on the fun of going to college… Meanwhile, Mr Guylty and I have finished our Covid project. We have reupholstered an old armchair, and I have to say I am chuffed with the results. I also had new covers for our Ikea sofa made and sent from a company in Germany. They arrived this week and we put them on the sofa today. A bit of an effort, but the results are lovely and it feels as if we have a brandnew sofa. Heck, it even looks like a brandnew sitting room. Interior decoration porn, here we come! So those covers were well worth the price!
But I said I’d answer another challenge question. So this time it is
11. Which episode did you watch more than five times?
I’m going to sound like a broken record, but I have to say Strike Back, and episode 3 and 4 both. I have watched most shows that he has been in several times. That even includes NS. The “Handsome Stranger” episode in VoD used to be a particular escapism favourite of mine, even though I was never that enamoured with Harry, mainly because they really only allowed him to be totty. But then again, sometimes all a girl needs, is some totty. But *ooof*, if I want some action and entertainment, SB is the go-to. I feel totally reassured by that capable soldier, the way he knows exactly what he is doing, the self-confidence he has in his own abilities both physical and mental – as well as moral! I love how he changes his mind because he is following his instinct. He has strength and conviction, and essentially also a good heart. Porter is good for you.
Having said that – it’s been a while since I have last watched SB. I wouldn’t mind doing it again. And while I always find it really hard to get through the first half of the first episode – I just can’t stand seeing Porter broken – the road to redemption is ever sweeter for it.