2022 Armitage Weekly Round-up #26

So how do we feel about Dr Armitage 🎓? I saw some really fun pictures of the “Doctor of Lettuce” yesterday. Trust RA to imbue such a dignified honour with a bit of humour 😉. (Sounds as if I have a problem with that. No! I think it is a sign of humility and it makes him come across as someone who is not going to parade his new title all over the place.) Since my recording of RA’s graduation speech was less than optimal shite, here is the University of Leicester’s own excerpt from the ceremony, starting with the laudatio that lists all of Richard’s accomplishments and career milestones, then the actual handing-over of the degree certificate, followed by his speech.

But can I just say that I was a bit surprised at Richard’s casual get-up for the ceremony? An open shirt, slacks and casual shoes? Richard!!! Did you not get the memo??? 😉

Maybe graduates honoris causa get a special deal…

Anyhow, I am sure his presence at the ceremony was a great surprise and bonus to his fellow graduates. Judging by the many pictures that popped up yesterday with graduates taking selfies (or pictures) with him, he made the day special for many graduates. I know it would have for me, just as the presence of Seamus Heaney did when *I* graduated ten years ago. Luckily I was less “speechless” with Heaney than I usually am with RA, and actually had a little conversation with the poet while we were waiting for the ceremony to begin. A much treasured memory for me, just as I am sure it will be for the UL graduates this year.

Ok, right, enough of that, here is the round-up.

  1. Middleearthpixie has written a story with both Guy of Gisborne and John Porter
  2. Richardarmitagefanpage has discovered that The Man from Rome will premiere at a film festival in Spain in October
  3. oooh, angry Guy 😱. Gifs by riepu10
  4. Official photos of RA at the degree conferral, posted by richardarmitagefanpage
  5. And this is interesting: The official accolade in the UL graduation book, also posted by richardarmitagefanpage
  6. Olya-dwarf has put some of the graduation day photos in a little clip
  7. Here is a set of gifs posted by yestekla-blog. But is that really Spooks season 9? Lucas had slightly longer hair than that, and I think he also was less substantial in figure. Could this actually be BS season 1?
  8. If you are in need of smiling RA, here is a gif set by simpweeb190
  9. Some nice gifs of Thorin with overlays. By lordoftherazzles

Sorry, I’ll leave it at 9. There were lots of posts there, regurgitating the graduation photos, and I didn’t want to repeat them over and over.

Hope you’ll have a lovely weekend!

Sonja ❤️

PS: Oh, I nearly forgot: I have a tiny update on personal matters. Mr Guylty and I had another meeting with the hospital this week. We finally have a decision, and it is good news. Mr G has been offered to take part in the transplant programme. His name is not on the list yet, but he can ask to be added any time. This is big, because it means that he now has options. So, in general terms, I was very happy with the outcome of the meeting.

52 thoughts on “2022 Armitage Weekly Round-up #26

  1. Great news about your hubby 🙂 I was very surprised when I found out about Richard’s Doctorate, I thought maybe over the past years he had secretely studied for a Degree but then I found out about the Honorary Doctorate. He has provided services to Literature and Letters in many ways and God knows how much art in many forms, but especially books, audio-books and films/tv series have helped many people out in sailing through the lockdowns. I know it has helped me for sure. I like his casual look, I’m not a fan of suites and formal attire in general. I think the “knight in the red armour” look suits him well. I liked the speech too, honest about the good and the bad in his industry and generally in life but still full of hope and encouragement for the young graduates.

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    • Thank you, Manu.
      As an entertainment professional with many feathers to his cap (see what I did there), he sure has contributed to the culture and education of people. I wonder whether RA would really have the time to do a full-blown PhD, though. So this is a nice award for his accomplishments. I was glad to hear that he did not speak all about himself in that speech but made it about the graduates. Well done.

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  2. Wonderful news for you and your husband Sonja, after such a long time it is great to have a definite course of action. I too observed the casual attire as that green shirt looks to be the same one he wore when pictures emerged of selfies from France when filming wrapped on Damage.

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    • Thanks, Deirdre. Yes, much relief that the surgeons feel that they would be able to operate on him…
      And haha, thank goodness it is that French shirt because I had been thinking about the green number from the 2005 BBC staircase shoot 😂

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  3. It must have been a great relief to hear the decision that Mr. Guylty has options. I’m so glad to hear that good news 💗. Still all the best to Mr. Guylty. I hope he liked the exhibition he was visiting last week and that it was a nice distraction from waiting for news.
    Richard’s contribution to the dissemination of knowledge about literature is really big, so with his hard work and passion he absolutly deserved this Honorary Doctorate as recognition of his accomplishments. And apparently, meeting with the students brought him real joy. His speech is the best speech for alumni I have ever heard.
    As for the outfit, I like the combination of this nice green of his shirt with the red of the robe. It was also terribly hot, so you could pass out under those robes. I think he took that into account, and I think he likes that shirt 😂, which doesn’t surprise me.
    The funny thing is that he has now also been promoted in the comments of Mr. Graza from *our actor* to *our Dr (h.c.)* 😊 😂.

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    • Yes, we are glad that the waiting is over and that we have a decision from the team. I think it has also galvanised Mr G into thinking more long-term, which is good.
      I have to listen to RA’s speech again. My first impressions were good, but I was distRActed 😉
      While I always prefer casual RA to formal RA, I have to admit that I thought he was a bit underdressed for the occasion. I mean, he even wore a suit when he picked up his Saturn Award… And this was a degree conferral! However, I suspect nobody noticed it. He still cuts a very fine figure, in any get-up.

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      • That it galvanised Mr Guylty into thinking more long-term is brilliant and much needed for him and the whole family. Very happy about this.
        You were distRActed, but why?😉. Hmm, maybe because sometimes there are as many as 3 RA‘s (ah, those big screens). Just kidding. It’s better to listen to him when the camera is closer. I like that part of the speech about the difference it makes when someone believes in you.
        You’re right, suits are good for formal occasions, but nearly 40 degrees of warmth is beyond my imagination, and he chose the colors nicely. I really like the photo where he signs, doesn’t look at the camera and smiles (something similar to what you described about one of the earlier beautiful photos of RA). It seems he felt very happy among the students. So maybe in the future he will decide to teach.
        And most importantly, since I’ve been here for a year now, I’d like to thank you for all, Sonja! ❤️

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        • Thank you, Graza.
          Yep, there was a lot to take in in that clip…
          The heat certainly excuses the lack of formal dress… although I still think it was a little too casual. However, I’m sure it only stood out to us and not to anyone else. Talk about tunnel vision…
          Is it your first anniversary, Graza? If so, congratulations on holding out so long and becoming part of our community. Glad to have you here 🤗

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  4. I have to say I was quite surprised that Richard had been awarded an honorary doctorate. I remember my graduation ceremony many years ago at which Jimmy Saville was awarded an honorary doctorate by my University! Thankfully, he did not give a speech.
    I enjoyed Richard”s speech although I have mixed feelings on his story about miming playing the cello and not playing a single note during the concert performance! Hmmmm….no wonder he never told his father!
    I agree with you. I think he was underdressed for the ceremony, way too casual. Just as well he was wearing a gown. Maybe this is what happens when you don’t use a stylist? I can imagine Ilaria shaking her head in despair!
    Glad to know your husband has options. Xx

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    • I was surprised, too, but it kind of makes sense. The university likes to honour people who have a connection to the place, and as was pointed out in the laudatio, he is a prime example how public education/grants can lead people to greater things. – Jimmy Saville 😬…
      When he talked about miming playing the cello, I was wondering whether he was stretching the truth a bit 😉. I just can’t imagine that he sat there not playing at all…
      Personally, I don’t think his attire was quite appropriate, but the gown covered it all nicely. But what counts for me is that he looked really happy in all the footage and pics I have seen.

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      • I agree, he looked very happy to be receiving his honoury doctorate. I liked the speech by the Dean / Provost introducing Richard which gave some info about his family background, connections to Leicestershire, and also the importance of his family. He spoke in a modest serious tone rather than usual showbiz gushing. I got the impression Richard was quite moved by that (as I was too).
        To me, I think we got some more glimpses of the real Richard at the ceremony, rather than the actor “luvvie” construct, and as a fan that is lovely to see.

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        • The speech by the dean was really interesting and very in-depth. He really explained thoroughly why Richard was a worthy recipient of the honour. And it was touching to see how pleased and happy Richard was.

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      • Not sure you can mime playing a cello! That would mean not letting the bow touch the strings – not easy to do! Like you I think he was stretching the truth as he must have been pretty good to have been chosen to play in the orchestra in the first place! 🙂

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        • Exactly my thinking, Teuchter. How can you mime playing the cello without even inadvertently touching the strings? And as you said, he was asked to play in the orchestra, so surely someone checked his proficiency beforehand. But hey, nice story, Rich! 😂

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  5. Among the exciting news and plethora of photos (dare I say an embarrassment of riches) coming out of Richard’s latest accolades this week you have reminded us of what is truly important, Sonja. What wonderful news for you and Mr. G. Another hurdle overcome. Another giant step toward your ultimate goal. Congratulations!

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  6. How nice to have Richard Armitage present for the graduates of the University of Leicester.
    Richard Armitage besides being an excellent actor is a good person, this he clearly demonstrates, congratulations to all the graduates of the University of Leicester.

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  7. I’m so glad to hear your husband got good news! RA’s speech was short and sweet and cute, but I’m not so sure he should be allowed to dress himself for things, so I’ll gladly volunteer as a tribute to handle that for him just to be safe. And thank you for including me in your roundup again. 💜

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  8. Good news re your husband indeed! I am glad there’s a positive development! Keeping my fingers crossed for All of you!
    Re the casual 👨‍🎓 Dr of lettuce – maybe his suitcase hadn’t arrived in time? 🤔😁😉

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    • Thank you, Ellen, much appreciated.
      LOL, oh yes, you could be right!!! With all the airport chaos in recent weeks, that almost seems likely. If so, all is forgiven.

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  9. That’s wonderful news about Mr G – it must be such a relief to have answers and options. Good luck!
    Re #7: yes, definitely Spooks 9. Could it be he looked less like Lucas because he had come off filming Strike Back and was still carrying some muscle bulk? In the first episode of Spooks 9 he was very Porter-ish in his camouflage fatigues *drool*

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  10. Such good news about Mr. G. Very happy that you are out of the waiting zone and have a concrete plan to move forward. Sending you big (((hugs))).

    I haven’t had the brains to listen to Dr. Ricky‘s speech (yes, that’s his new official monicker chez Kate). I personally didn’t dig the green shirt/red robe combo, but he seemed happy and relaxed in the photos and that’s the main thing.

    I’ve now forgotten everything I wanted to say about the roundup except that last Guy!gif with the hair toss is epic and needs to be made into a standard reaction gif for storming out in a huff. Brilliant work by Paula, as always.

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    • Thank you, Kate.
      No brains needed for Dr Ricky’s speech. It is short (7 minutes or so) and very accessible. Best of all, he doesn’t read off a pre-written speech but makes it look as if he is speaking ex tempore. That makes it easy to listen to.
      Oh yes, Guy has the answer for all reactions…

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  11. What wonderful news about Mr Guylty, it must be a great relief, I am so pleased for you all.

    Well at least he wore sensible heels to avoid tripping up the stairs. It is lovely that RA has been recognised by the University , he must be so proud, and to have his acting contribution acknowledged in the thoughtful and perceptive introduction: ” One of the most recognisable actors of our time’. RA’s speech was great too, humorous and modest. (So his mum called him ‘Rich’, is that the long-wondered family pet name then?)

    Thanks for the great round-up. Yes, definitely Spooks 9, it was that one-off ‘Rashomon’ style episode. I remember it well because he looked particularly hyperventilatingly gorgeous in that suit.

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    • Thank you, J!
      Heels! 😂 I confess I had visions when you said that. But yes, when he quoted his mum “Rich”, I also pricked up my ears.
      And thanks for confirming it was indeed Spooks 9. Funny how different he looks there to the rest of the series. (I always thought he looked particularly good in that season… I loved the casual look on him.)

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  12. Congratulations on the good news Guylty! I hope a transplant won’t be needed but as you said: it’s good to have that option when push comes to shove.

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    • Thank you, Herba. Well, the transplant is probably the only chance of regaining some quality of life, tbh. But at least that option is available now. Not everyone in Mr Guylty’s position is offered that chance. For the moment he has chosen to continue as it is, but if there is any change in his health, he will opt into the programme. And then we will have to wait for a suitable transplant to become available…

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  13. Anyone know if there is a transcript floating around out there somewhere? A non-English speaking member of a FB fan group said she had difficulty following RA’s speech and thought a print version might help (perhaps to run thru a translation program).
    Thanks.

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  14. Oh, Sonja, I am so thrilled with the news!!! Mr Guylty will have his chance. Everything will be just perfect, I am quite sure about that!!! All the luck of this world!!! My prayers, thoughts and love are with you… As for Richard, I felt so proud of him… I was also glad that he didn’t read a speech, but spoke from his heart, even though he must have been prepared. And I agree with you. It was a graduation! He should have chosen a formal outfit. Maybe a grey suit, a red tie and defintely a different pair of shoes. As for the Marseille green-mint shirt, did you ever think of making a pocket shrine using the Tiger’s spearmint little tin? I have the intention that the shirt and the tin have almost the same shade of the green colour. Just a thought, because you are a magician of the pocket shrine creativity (and not only)!!!

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    • Thank you, Poppy. I appreciate all the good thoughts and prayers that have been sent our way.
      I really liked that he didn’t read from a piece of paper but spoke just like that. It makes for better listening – and it looks so much better, too.
      Oh, what a great idea re. a RAPS featuring the green shirt… I must try and do that!

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  15. Thanks for sharing the good news about hubby. Wishing him well for the process.
    I didn’t even think about Richard being underdressed. I’d call that smart casual, really, and sensible in last week’s heat, which I think would have been extraordinary up there. Loved the reappearance of that shirt; given he can surely afford never to wear the same thing twice, he must really like it! Anyway, he looked gorgeous, and I’m personally glad to see some facial hair back.

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    • Thank you, Sarah!
      I hadn’t thought about the heat last week, so that’s true. But hehe, I am still thinking he could’ve put on a smarter pair of trousers and shoes. Just because of the occasion. (Otherwise I much prefer the casual look on him.)

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  16. I’ll join with the others in saying that is great news about your husband! It must be a great load off your mind so thank you for keeping us updated!
    I was thrilled about RA receiving the Honorary Doctorate but I have to admit feeling rather disappointed with what he was wearing. I’m usually very much in APM but couldn’t help wishing that he had at least worn a dress shirt and tie on such an auspicious occasion,.as well as one of the lovely pairs of shoes we have seen him wear? The suggestion that his luggage might have been lost or delayed made me laugh but if that was true he surely could have bought a new shirt and borrowed a tie, bless him!! 😉

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    • Thank you, Teuchter. Yes, it is a relief for me, even though nothing is going to change in the short-term. But it might make an impact in the long-term, Fingers crossed.
      Glad I am not the only one who felt that the get-up was a little to casual. It didn’t stand out so much when he was on stage (and covered in the gown), but in the group photo with all the dignitaries and honourary recipients it kind of jarred with me to see his casual shoes… Anyway, first world problems 😂

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