Surprise! Surprise! This morning the postwoman didn't simply left our mail but called me outside to be sure I received a parcel from the States. What was it ? The first book (thing) I have ever won in my life. I wrote about my winning a giveaway at Ms Lucy's blog, ENCHANTED BY JOSEPHINE, some time ago and, at last, Michelle Moran's CLEOPATRA'S DAUGHTER is on my bookshelf. I am so proud of it. It has a wonderful cover and came directly from Ms Moran, the author, with a dedication to me (!!!) on the first page. Great!
2. A NEW AWARD
Surprise, surprise, surprise! I was awarded the wonderful Great Look Award by Heather at GOFITA's PAGES. Thank you so such, Heather! It is the second award I receive from you! Thank you so much! But, enthusiasm apart, I must say that Heather is facing a problem in these days and has stopped blogging to take care of her baby boy who is in hospital. I wish her and her little son the best and send her a big hug. I'm sure everything will be ok very soon.
Now, to go back to this award, Heather wrote that it is meant to pat on the back the ones paying particular attention to their blog presentation.
I'm flattered, but I'm not that satisfied with the look of my blog...So I'm glad to pass the award along to bloggers who really have good-looking sites, in my opinion. God knows some of them look awesome! Of course none of them are pretty empty shells, so there’s no shame to mention how nice their blogs are!
HERE WE GO THEN:
Here are the rules:
1. Post the award on your blog, with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.
2. Pass the award to 5 other blogs that your particularly like. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.
3. RICHARD ARMITAGE' S LATEST INTERVIEW
Surprise, surprise, surprise, surprise! It is on line and it was such fun to read it. I've seen it on several blogs already, so it is no news, I know. I just wanted to mention it in my exceptionally- full -of -surprises Saturday posting. Allison Pearson is a journalist and a writer who is also a great fan of RA so ... her report is not at all objective or professional... but so amusing! I particularly loved some passages:
(1)"Is Richard Armitage a reluctant Love God? In truth, would this superb actor rather play Richard The Third at Stratford than have besotted women sending him chocolate underpants through the post?
On a warm, late-summer's day I was sent to south-east London, to the set of the new series of Spooks, to find out. Sorry, ladies, it's a tough job, but someone had to go it alone.
So, Mr Love God, how would you describe your own romantic history?
He laughs nervously. 'Er, sparse.'
Sparse? Oh, Richard.
'OK, frugal,' he tries again.
FRUGAL? That's even worse!
"Sparing. Cautious. Careful,' he says carefully. When he looks at me, those pale blue eyes are glinting with merriment.
Hell's bells, man. A sparing, frugal, careful romantic history. It's not very Sexiest Man on Two Legs, is it?
'No, it's just quite old-fashioned, that's all,' he says. 'I don't put it about. Never have. I'm a late developer in everything. I have a fast mind and fast metabolism, and I'm an intense worker, but in terms of life development I'm way behind.'
(2)"For this new series of Spooks, he has put some of the weight back on. He looks burnished and indecently handsome, although in his head he says he's still the geeky Richard that his mates got round to lay their laminate flooring when he was between acting jobs, which he was for so many years.
You know, I wonder if being a late starter isn't the key to Armitage's vast appeal. By the time we first clapped eyes on him as John Thornton, he was already a proper grown man, in sharp contrast to all those snub-nosed pretty boys who pass for movie stars these days. Richard Armitage reminds you of those calm, classic leading men of the 1940s and 1950s - the men with the depths below the still waters".
(3)"It can't be easy for this faintly old-fashioned Northern bloke to find he is male totty. Status based on good looks feels undeserved, and Armitage is big on needing to earn what you get. Some of the vanity of his profession makes him wince. For example, he has a horror of walking down the red carpet.
He says he took the Tube to his first film premiere and was amazed to come round the corner in Leicester Square wearing his tux and discover that you were supposed to arrive by car. "
I must have said it already somewhere here in my blog, Richard being himself is his best performance to me. Not a hero, but a hard-working, modest, old-fashioned, extremely charming good man. This interview just confirms my idea of the man Richard.
You can see and read a printed version of the interview HERE
or an online version HERE
A WONDERFUL SATURDAY NIGHT TO YOU ALL!!!