SpReAd The Love – a covetted bookseries

I’ve been pondering all week which book to feature.

The first one, De Kabouter or Gnomes by Rien Poortvliet and Will Huygen which influenced, me I was first almost embarrased about until I found how other people cherished it. I realized also donating it would be problematic, I couldn’t part with my copy. Since I’m from Belgium I obviously have the non-translated one.

The next bookdownload Griekse Mythen en Sagen, Gods and Heroes by Gustav Schwab I would read over and over again is also a hard find. I probably will still pass it on to my niece but given with the Percy Jackson series making those myths easier to read I’m not sure how much they will be loved like I did. That would be my Island book to have.

And then I remembered a covetted bookseries : simple stories with beautiful illustrations a child would get lost in. It’s not surprising how hard it was for me to remember. Children’s books were, well books in general were prized possessions, picture books even more so. Besides Belgium also has a rich comic book culture, and we devoured various series, Asterix and Obelix would be the most well known over here, TinTin wasn’t really on my family’s radar, the memory of reading those are stronger. :)

I have three copies of the Tiny series,Tinny would be the english pronounciation, the series of about 60 stories is translated in 15 different languages and in English she’s called Debbie or Emma.

The Belgian series comes translated out of french where she’s known as Martine. The stories are very simple written by francophone Gilbert Delahaye  and beautifully illustrated by Marcel Marlier with big pastel drawings taking up the space of over half the page. My plan is to donate my these cherished copies to my sister who’s name very nearly resembles our heroine.

Below are the three editions that have been gathering dust on my shelf, I did share them with my daughter but alas teaching a secondary language is not an easy task.

Tiny aan Zee : Tinny at the Shore

Tiny op de Kermis, Tinny at the Fair

Tiny leert tekenen : Tinny learns to draw

here a couple of illustrations :

 so reminiscent of a time of innocence.


Richard Armitage Out – Tom Hiddleston In

Fanny/iz4blue:

I was already excited to see this performance broadcast but this clip of Tom Hiddleston preparing for his performance makes it hard to contain it :

 

Originally posted on Armitage Agonistes:

I’m finished with Richard Armitage and on to Tom Hiddleston – when it comes to live stage performances that is.  This, thanks to   National Theater Live.  I’m seeing Coriolanus next Thursday, live streamed from London, in a theater just across town. And it just might be within distance for you, too.

ntlive_template-large_0

I rarely tout anything on my blog – but in light of the bug we all caught with Richard Armitage’s live performance this week, I thought I’d share this.

National Theater Live is the British National Theater’s initiative to bring their stage productions to audiences throughout the world via  live streaming to local movie theaters that sign up as designated venues. Taped encore productions are also shown -Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller ( TWO Sherlocks together?) is playing in February.

While I knew about one particular live stream performance that was…

View original 340 more words


Strike Back Origins Starring Richard Armitage as John Porter Begins Showing in the U.S., October 19, 2013 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #459)

Fanny/iz4blue:

It’s about time! Love this new interview where Richard recalls filming Strike Back and is a cheeky devil. Please someone cast him in a rom com!

Originally posted on Something About Love (A):

Yayyyyy!  “Strike Back Origin”–a six part miniseries originally titled Chris Ryan’s Strike SBPromoDVDCover-35-RichardArmitageasJohnPorterOct1913ranetBack that aired on Sky1 in 2010–with British actor Richard Armitage starring as SAS Agent John Porter [center, image right] is finally showing in the U.S.

RANet has more info about the “Strike Back Origins’” broadcast and links in their October 19th News post for today–with interview caps noted to follow tomorrow.

Update!  The You  Tube video promo below shows Richard Armitage graciously promoting this six part series (thanks to M.I. Rogers of It’s an RA World for the link):

Original video with other info is found at:

http://www.cinemax.com/strike-back-origins/video/?bctid=2753236148001

Why was Richard Armitage gracious in the video interview?  Because as you saw in the video above, SB series director Daniel Percival does a copious amount of attempting to link Strike Back Origins–touted as a prequel, when Armitage’s SB was the original series adapted from Chris Ryan’s book…

View original 179 more words


Remembering Anna

I met Anna P from NZ on twitter at least over a year ago. We probably chatted over a certain chap, cue gorgeous picture :

by Richard Ashcroft : source : richardarmitagenet.com

this latest picture directly inspired by Swooning Maruca’s post

Our conversation went beyond RA from flowers into period drama and specifically Garrow’s Law,

with Andrew Buchan, which I had recently discovered and was watching with friends on twitter. She even managed to join us virtually for watching several episode, not easy with the time difference!

Because I’m pretty sure this would make her smile I can’t resist adding this fanvid about the series!

Andrew Buchan as William Garrow

As fate will have it I discovered via an Andrew fansite which Anna had introduced me too, that Andrew together with Jenny Agutter just did a Word and Music episode as Richard Armitage fans we’re familiar with his episode

Andrew Buchan

With that in mind I thought it worth sharing, this episode is entirely different as the description tells you. Enjoy!

Words and Music : Ave Maria

Ave Maria: Music and texts inspired by the Blessed Virgin Mary with Jenny Agutter and Andrew Buchan.

Jenny Agutter can currently be seen starring as Sister Julienne in the hit BBC TV series “Call the Midwife”, and Andrew Buchan is currently playing the part of the father of a murdered boy in the ITV drama “Broadchurch”.

The Virgin Mary has inspired perhaps more writing and music than any other historical or Biblical figure and this edition of Words and Music attempts to dip a small toe in the ocean of material available. Following the Biblical narrative from the Annunciation, the birth and life of her son Jesus Christ and his death on the cross, the story goes beyond the New Testament into Catholic traditions concerning the Assumption of Mary into Heaven, her crowning and, back on earth, the numerous visions and miracles that have been reported in her name over the centuries.

The programme includes poems, prose and texts by a wide variety of authors including Thomas Hardy, Rupert Brooke, Dorothy Parker, W.B. Yeats, Marina Warner and Carol Ann Duffy, as well as extracts from the Gospels.

An eclectic selection of music includes works by Bach, Messiaen, Rautavaara, Robert Parsons, James MacMillan, Massenet and Jacqui Dankworth.

Producer
Helen Garrison.

UPDATE : demurely1 responded after she was informed about Anna, recalling a post she had contributed and including a response from Anna’s husband : http://andrew-buchan-fansite.tumblr.com/post/50009766284/demurely1-andrew-buchan-fansite-jody-id#


A CelebRAtion of RA’s success!

I believe I speak for many Richard Armitage fans that we are all happy and proud for him.

'the hobbit - an unexpected journey' world film premiere, wellington, new zealand - 28 nov 2012

looking stellar

The Hobbit premiere has launched his career with a bash and I love the idea of giftbombing his charities. Click on the widget for Richard’s page on JustGiving to choose your charity of choice, you have a choice of leaving a message or not and remember what’s most important isn’t the amount but the thought that counts. click & shARe your RA love :)

http://www.jagrant.com/watcher/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/rahobbitgiftbombforcharitynov2612gratianal21.gif

Info on past donation drives can be found on Richard Armitage Online and RichardArmitage.net

Happy fangurling and giftbombing!

EDIT: Can’t leave with some silly pun:

He’s sure now on people’s RADAR (that’s cause there isn’t a celebRAtion fanvid to my knowledge, YET)


I cast my first US vote

Organizing my thoughts don’t come naturally and writing them down is even harder; as I tend to overthink it. I had a great blogpost in the shower one morning which I intended to finally whip up .. and Oops I published my rambling notes from the past week.

I’m the last leg of a blog chain following a conversation about voting traditions around the globe. Heidi, a natural instigator, kicked this off here from an American perspective, and then Katie posted her Australian perspective here, followed by another American perspective here and now it’s my turn in this round robin.

First i should note if you haven’t added your vote in support of fellow FanstRA blogger Melanie do so! Be sure to vote everyday, I won a give-away from her blog awhile back and if I remember correctly its via her N&S blog event we all got to know Heidi.

I also can’t pass up to mention a story of how a little town rallied to win the title of Ultimate Fishing town in America.

Let me add a disclaimer I’m not the most politically informed person, besides I feel it’s a discussion I don’t feel comforable with on social media. Hence my thought to post this outside of this blog but there is no denying that if it wasn’t for Richard Armitage being the common denominator I would possibly never have bumped into you gals in cyberspace.

I was born and raised in one of the few countries; Belgium where the vote is compulsory versus voluntary. What was interesting is that I always assumed it was because of its smallness in size. My father knew to tell me that years ago the socialist party initiated the compolsory vote with the purpose to increase voters in their favor, according to him it did not pan out that way. In theory NOT voting is punishable by law but these days it’s enforced, my father remembers differently though. As an expat I’ve only voted by mail for national elections and its only in recent years that the government made an effort in collecting those votes.

According to this Elecoral Voting Comission document from 2006 “Compulsory voting has been introduced for a number of reasons and often at times of constitutional and political change, but thedesire to maximise turnout among all sections of society seems to have been a commonobjective. It has often been implemented as a result of wider political reform such as a change in a country’s political system, as in Chile, or alongside the introduction of universal suffrage, as in Belgium and Luxembourg.

Interesting it mentions later on: “The only obvious example where an established democracy appears to have introduced compulsory voting solely in response to low voter turnouts is Australia.”

Personally I have no problem to have it compulsory. As citizen we have to pay taxes, why shouldn’t we vote and be forced to consider our choices? We are LUCKY that we can!

I know that would be unthinkable with this recent ID issue in the States, I find that a hard one to graple, how do people have bank accounts, pay bills?

But most importantly this post is meant to be anecdotal and about my impressions. People’s response to my status change from resident to citizen has been most enjoyable to observe.

Last Friday I had a dinner date with 3 other Belgian girlfriends at a French restaurant. All of us are from the Flanders (for those who are reading The Sunne In Splendour; Burgundy) We met here, two of us recently got our citizenship, one still has to, the other made sure her vote counted last election. I’ve been here more than 20 yrs, 17 as a resident and when the votes got recounted is when I wished for the first time I could vote. As a resident I receive all the benefits of a citizen except I can’t vote & I would have to pay inheritance tax, but there are lawyer ways around that.

I’d like to close this post with two songs from a Belgian artist who made an album recently called North and South referring to the complex conflict in Belgium.

I had to link this song if only in tribute to Frenz’s Ukelele love – the link here is its filming location : Hellend vlak van Ronquièrs it just doesn’t sound as nice translated in English: Ronquières inclined plane

Milow – you don’t know – Ukelele version -

Because I can’t resist linking this to something Armitage this song reminds me how some fans fear sharing our idol.

Milow – you and me :


Collective Reading of The Sunne in Splendour and I want YOU to be a part of it!

Fanny/iz4blue:

To accompany our quest to accomplish The Sunne In Splendour collective reading: Richard for Dummies is visually appealing and will provide us with updates during our journey : Armitage Fandom knows no boundaries. :)

Originally posted on I Want to be a Pin Up:

You’ve probably heard about Sharon Kay Penman’s The Sunne in Splendour.

It’s the book Richard Armitage mentions in the  Vulpes Libris interview as one of his favorites.

This autumn and winter Fanny/iz4blue over at DistRActed musings of one ReAlity is organising a collective read of this historical fiction novel.

The group read will be accompanied by Richard III Bloggers and their ‘ fun activities‘.

Oh Dear ;)

The first deadline is:

Sept 23rd : Chapters 1 + 5 of Book One : Edward

Now, I know what many of you are thinking (I’ve had these thought too…):

Firstly, that bloke Richard III? Again?

He’s not even that good-looking!

What’s up with this obsession regarding some historical figure I don’t really know much about!

Why should I care?

Secondly, how can I possibly read an epic novels the size of a dictionary?

I don’t have the time/language skills/background knowledge to do…

View original 363 more words


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,405 other followers