I'm glad I was tagged by you, lunarossa. I didn't know about tagging, either, so your "invitation" came to me rather unexpectedly these days. But it was a nice surprise and I think it is a pleasant way to know people in the Net. I'm terribly busy at the moment so I did everything in the bits of spare time I've had today.

As a "young" blogger I don't have many friends online so I hope the few I'm going to tag will respond.

Here are my answers and the new questions.

What are your current obsessions?
Do I have to be truthful? Please, may I tell you a white lie? Don’t know, something like … My current obsession is losing weight (I should do it, at least 4 kilos!), to get an appointment with a plastic surgeon (not interested at all!) or avoiding mirrors (I’ve always been distracted by the many things to do,I always forget to look at myself in the mirror even while putting on make-up!) ???
No? You want the truth? I’ll confess, then. RICHARD ARMITAGE. A lovely, charming, good – looking obsession! Since I saw him last summer in 2004 BBC “NORTH AND SOUTH”(one of my DVDs) , I have looked for, got and seen anything he has done so far ( Sparkhouse, Robin Hood, The Golden Hour, The Impressionists, Between the sheets, The Vicar of Dibley Christmas Special, any interview or clip I found on line, etc.,) . This handsome northern British actor has unexpectedly turned me into a … fan. I’ve never been a fan of anyone, neither when I was a teenager! I’ve heard there is an “Armitage Army” on line, but I’ve resisted the temptation to enlist … due to my convinced pacifist faith. Will I have the strength to go on resisting? Well, but, of course, what I appreciate most in him are his undoubted acting skills!

What’s for dinner tonight?
Fish & chips, for my boys (husband and sons); salad and salmon for me. It doesn’t sound typically Italian, does it? But they love fish and chips and we usually eat fish on Friday evenings. Then, I always say “I’ve ‘landed’ in Italy by mistake”

What’s the last thing you bought?
Small additions to my collections , just arrived today from Amazon by mail :
1. Audio-book The Witchfinders from Robin Hood read by …. Richard Armitage
2. Book Jane Austen, Sanditon
3. Book R. L. Stevenson , The Suicide Club

What are you currently listening to?
Coldplay, The Script; my favourite song at the moment is Malika Ayane, “Come foglie”(“Like leaves”)

What are your favourite holiday spots?
For a relaxing, defatiguing holiday I prefer Sardinia, Puglia, Calabria … any beautiful seaside resort in Italy. Then I love London, of course, but not to relax!

What are you reading now?

Lots of tests, essays, reports by my students. But also the last pages of Deirdre Le Faye, THE WORLD OF JANE AUSTEN. Hope to finish it soon. It’s quite a bit it ihas been in my bag or on my bedside table!
Use 4 words to describe yourself
I hate describing myself. (They are 4, aren’t they)

What is your guilty pleasure?
When I’m exhausted, to leave my husband do the washing –up after dinner and go to bed very early. Turn the lights off, put on one of my favourite DVDs and relax. (What a selfish woman!)

What is your favourite film?
I love costume drama, have a look at my blog and you’ll see it is true! My favourite one is NORTH AND SOUTH (BBC 2004) based on Elizabeth Gaskell novel and not only because my favourite actor stars in it. It IS one of the best adaptations of a classic I’ve ever seen. Have you seen it? Give it a try! (IF YOU'RE INTERESTED, HAVE A LOOK AT MY POST ABOUT IT. HERE)

What part of your body do you hate? (this is the question I replaced, well, I changed it a bit)
My hands, I’ve always hated them and tried to hide them ( but where!?!). Perhaps this is why I always notice other people’s hands, especially if they are beautiful.

What is your dream in the drawer? (This is my new question)
I don’t know if you say it in English. I just literally translated from Italian. Anyhow, my dream is to run a small beautiful old-fashioned bookshop but I am sure I couldn’t live on it. Have you seen the film “You’ve got mail” with Tom Hanks and … Meg Ryan.Was it she?
What do you fear the most?
To go crazy, to lose the control of my mind and my body (degenerative deseases).

What’s on your bedside table?
Some of my favourite books, some DVDs, a notebook with quotations I like to write down, pens and pencils.

What’s the best thing you ate or drank recently?
A good red wine and a tasty Italian dinner I had the last time my husband and I had dinner out, just last April. At the restaurant, the two of us, sons on a school trip , both at the same time though in different places… Perhaps it wasn’t the wine or the dinner I liked so much…

What would you like to be when you grow up?
A kind old lady with very few regrets, lots of good memories and … still interested in life.


The "rules" are as follows. Respond and rework. Answer questions on your own blog. Replace one question. Add one question. Tag 8 people.
I'm tagging :
1. ELVIRA at FLORES Y PALABRAS (you can do it in spanish in your blog)
2. MARIANNA alias HANDBAGLADY (in Italian of course!)

Dear Ladies, apologies if you've been tagged before and if you don't feel like doing it or you don't have the time, dont' worry I won't be offended ( Sorry Antonella : I copied it from your post!)


Elvira said...

Thank you so much, Maria Grazia! I like the song very much, and I don't think you sound as a selfish woman at all!!!!

As I said in my blog I don't normally continue these "chains", but I do appreciate having been chosen by you!!


Maria Grazia said...

Never mind Elvira. As I told you, I won't get offended. Sweet dreams! It's so late! I must hurry to bed. It's school time again in a few hours!
Take care.

lunarossa said...

Lovely answers, MG! Love Richard Armitage as well, although my latest favourite beau is Rupert Penry-Jones. Have you seen "Whitechapel"? Superb! Strangely enough I keep on dreaming of having my little second-hand bookshop. I've just discovered a good one in a little village ourside York. Have a great weekend. Ciao. A.

Jane Austen said...


Elizabeth Gaskell is one of my new obsessions. I fell in love with Wives and Daughters and just bought North and South.

Thanks for tagging me. Since I'm trying to keep my Jane Austen persona on the blog I'll answer some questions here:

I'm obsessed with art theft. I study it all the time and have 8 boxes of articles on it and almost every book out there. I love Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell. The Kindle is my new love.

Last thing I bought was a notebook to start my new Jane Austen fan fiction and notecards.

Favorite Holiday spot: Wales.

What am I reading now: Northanger Abbey

Describe myself: Funny, witty, classic, zany

Favorite Film: 1970 Persuasion

Guilty Pleasure: Reading when I shouldn't and Facebook

Body Part: my wrists...they are really small and boney.

My dream is to run the Met and show up to a gala dressed as John Singer Sargent's Madame X.

Biggest fear: Death

Bedside table: Books, CD player, cell phone

Ate/ Drank: It's been a long time since I've had something good.

What would you like to be when you grow up: A curator/librarian.

I'm a librarian who is currently working as an event coordinator at a University. I hope to start the Ph. D. in library science next year at FSU. I love museums and think art should be made accessible for all.

I'm an ubernerd and I love it.

Jane Austen said...

PS Maria....how did you find my blog?

Maria Grazia said...

Well, A. , it seems we've got some common interest. It's good to find people who can understand us, even if only in the Net.A great weekend to you too!
Rupert Penry-Jones was a charming Captain Wentworth (Persuasion) and an excellent spy as Adam, but I prefer dark haired men...
@Jane Austen
How did I find you? Reading your comments in one of the blogs I follow and I've also linked your blog to mine. I can't remember if it war Risky Regencies, but I think so. THANKS for contributing with your comments and answering the questions. By the way, after reading North and South, watch the BBC series. It is REALLY very good!

London Belle said...

I loved reading North and South - I will check out the tv programme now! If you wanna recomend any others I'd be grateful!

Thanks for tagging me!

Maria Grazia said...

@London Belle
If you want to know about my favourite costume drama on DVD, just have a look at the right column: MY DVD COLLECTION. You'll find quite a long list but North and South and Jane Eyre are the two I like best. Have a nice weekend!

AnnikaD said...

Hi ! I'm a lady from Sweden and I like and love him too. I watch Robin Hood in Swedish TV and I'm been fall in love with him atonce and do the thing you do watch everything he done and I'm been more admier of him every time. Richard Armitage is the charmyest man in the world. Hope he is in Spooks very long now he is amazing there and can speak Russia very well. Thanks for this blog I wants to meet all they like him.

I wish you a lovely summer by the way :-)

Maria Grazia said...

Thank you, Annika. All Richard's admirers are welcome on my blog. I'm eagerly waiting to know about and to see, especially, SPOOKS 8.
Happy weekend!