It’s the most wonderful time of the year Richard Armitage…

The review of the classic myth is a taste not much in vogue, but when it surfaces, i get a kick out of it, almost like a private/public joke.

Ancient Armitage


No, no, no…not THAT  “wonderful time.”  It’s the wonderful time of the year when my Topics in Ancient History class gives their presentations on Pompeii and Herculaneum.  As always, the first topics snatched up were those relating to sexuality, brothels and prostitution.  I am currently on a countdown to when the famous Priapus fresco from Pompeii will make an appearance.   For those who have not met him, Priapus was a Roman deity associated with the harvest and fertility whose most marked attribute was his ithyphallic appearance.   The anticipation of running into Priapus and the subsequent student reaction to him is killing me! (my classroom pleasures on this level are few and far between…don’t judge me 😉  )

What makes it even better this term is that thanks to my RL Facebook feed, I can see that Priapus fresco and raise with this little gem…

Priapus de Rivery Priapus…

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Berlin Station Eps 1-3: Accent on America

Richard surely appreciates your work on his behalf.

Armitage Agonistes

I don’t know if other bloggers have the issue I’ve been battling; I want to/ought to write on a topic, and I just don’t do it. I come up with legitimate excuses, but in the end, I think my procrastination might be directly related to my point of view of the work.

This is the case with with Berlin Station, which I’d like to address before I get to my Love, Love, Love experience.I promised a  forthcoming post  about Berlin Station the very night the first two episodes became available, but somehow, it never materialized. After successfully accessing Episode 3 last night on my laptop, using the EPIX free trial, I am ready to share.

I wouldn’t call this a review. I’m focusing on Richard Armitage first, and what interests me about the series, second.


Richard Armitage’s ability to perfect an American accent has been an obsession of…

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Richard Armitage as “sinister lizard”: Tomorrow, Guy of Gisborne is ten years old!

Me + Richard Armitage

Richard Armitage as Guy of Gisborne in Robin Hood 1.1. Source: Richard Armitage as Guy of Gisborne in Robin Hood 1.1. Source:

Ten years ago tomorrow, UK audiences saw that particular black leather-inflected smirk for the first time when Guy of Gisborne rode into Locksley to investigate a theft. Robin Hood was commissioned to alternate with the revived Doctor Who episodes in the Saturday night evening slot on BBC One. You can read about the origins of the series; it got a big budget, was designed to be shot in HD — only the first of Richard Armitage’s association with high resolution formats! — and its first series was bedeviled by the theft of its tapes. When it aired, responses were mixed, but Armitage and Keith Allen generally came in for praise. In the reviews of the first episode, “Will you tolerate this?” Armitage was described as “flouncing darkly” and “a cool and sinister lizard.” That episode got…

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Richard Armitage in “Brain on Fire” — evaluation (Toronto trip part 2)

a lot to digest, i will wait and see for myself, if it comes around here.

Me + Richard Armitage

Continued from here. Sorry for all that background, but I needed to establish the larger parameters of the film in which Richard Armitage is operating. Also, I wish I had more pictures with which to illustrate this post; I would have made some surreptitious cell phone photos in the theater but I didn’t want to embarrass Babette or get us thrown out! I thought for a while about the best way to present this. If the film will not receive a general release in any form, a detailed accounting of every second I remember would be best; but for the sake of readability, something less detailed might be better, because I don’t want to reveal every second or limit other fans’ capacity to discover the film for themselves. I’ve tried to make a compromise here. Babette, you’re invited to chime in with additional detail you think is important on…

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Vulpes Random: Everything you need to know about Georgette Heyer’s novels

a rare audible pleasure,for RA’s supporters.

Vulpes Libris

Heyer 1My younger daughter, aged 18 and a half, has just fallen headlong into Georgette Heyer, and is spending her summer browsing my collection. Occasionally she reports back to me, in passing on the stairs or by Skype messaging if I’m not on the spot precisely when she wants to Tell Me What She Thinks. (For example, she hates the emotional abuse in Bath Tangle, but loves Freddy in Cotillion.) She’s using this really excellent online guide to the plots from Tor, an emporium of science and fantasy reading and games. Heyer is absolutely a fantasy novelist, so I can see the connection, even if she’s writing about landaulets rather than elvish lore.

The author of the Tor synopses, Mari Ness, writes with a deep knowledge of the plots, Heyer’s life trajectory, and the historical and literary contexts. She’s also a damn good writer herself, so this is a…

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North and South: 10 Ways the Film Is Not Like the Book

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I am very pleased with the film version in 2004. There is another film version in 1975 [i think with Picard of Star Trek and some not too memorable actress] which was rather stolid to this version. I thank the script writers and director and cast for their brilliant performance all around. I am glad that other writers have picked up the threads of the film and book to fill our evenings for light romance which keep our smiles on our faces until we put down the book . If the book was filmed according to the book, it would have been too tiresome.The four hour spread was long enough to feel the atmosphere of divine and unceasing desire for the beloved,if on unequal terms at the start, the class struggle hinted at the misery of the working poor and the destitute habitues of Manchester.The Nobility is still beyond touch, but slowly being overtaken by the rising bourgeoisie or thei rpotential allies.I will not quibble with the differences, which are matters of perspective. I believe in free expression with dignified intent. We care enough that our readers will be pleased with words that are uplifting without hyperbole.Good night and happy dreamings.