Friday, August 13, 2010

Can't get you out of my head....

 This song kind of describes all these various reminders of 
Richard Armitage I found everywhere on my trip to Britain:

This fanvid is courtesy of Elva75. Thank you for letting me use it Elva!

This lovely shop brought visions of another Thornton to mind!
None other than wonderful John Thornton from the BBC's North and South, (2004),
as portrayed by the magnificent Richard Armitage himself!

Who could resist this Thornton, with his voice as rich as velvety as Thornton's chocolates?
 I couldn't help stopping to buy some luscious chocolates while I was there. 
(What! It was a present for our hosts in Glasgow! )

This shop brought back warm memories of his chocolatey-rich voice-over in this  
Santander Ad:

Even in the washroom in Edinburgh Castle I was reminded of him!  Imagine having Armitage on tap!

The first place we booked for a few days stay in Leeds, West Yorkshire was an apartment owned (or managed) by someone with the last name of Armitage! I figured this was a good omen for the rest of the trip. I meant to embarrass myself by asking if he was related to another famous Armitage (you-know-who), but I never got around to it. I KNEW I'd regret it! Here is how I imagine the conversation probably would have gone (had I bothered).

Phylly: So...your name is Armitage...Is that a popular last name in these parts? 
P. Armitage: Not really, not as common as Smith or Jones at least.
Phylly: Hmmm...I was just wondering because there is this actor I know with the same last name...I wonder if you've heard of him....Richard Armitage?? (said while blushing -- and being elbowed by husband who is wearing a disapproving scowl).
P. Armitage: No, can't say I have...what was his first name again?
Phylly: Richard?
P. Armitage: Hmmm...I have been getting a few strange calls lately from women....asking for a Richard, then giggling and hanging up! I wonder if THAT'S what's been going on!

Somehow, I'm glad I never mentioned it!

Oh, and I saw Richard III's portrait at Windsor Castle. I had earphones on at the time, listening to the audioguide so I didn't realize my voice was a bit loud as I exclaimed excitedly, "That's Richard the Third!!"
People turned around to stare at me, possibly wondering why a portrait of a long-ago deposed king would make me shout in the Queen's state apartments? 
Of course, we fans of Richard Armitage know how he longs to bring to film a new biopic about this much-maligned ruler, possibly with himself in the title role? (We can only hope!)
 I am not even certain that this was the portrait I was looking at then. I can't seem to find another one online that looks more like the one I seem to remember. (I may have to do some library research!) Why, oh why, didn't I buy a guidebook?!!

More about my travels in Great Britain soon. Thanks for your patience!


MaryKwizMiz said...

LOL - sounds as if you had a gRAnd trip...
giggling at your imaginary conversation..picturing the face of yer man when he found out why he was being pestered by fangurls (and the face of your husband :D)
can't wait to read more - till then, have a lovely weekend.

DEZMOND said...

Oh ....luscious chocolates... mmmmmmm ... :)

Seems like you had jolly good times over at UK ;)

RAFrenzy said...

I'm jealous! Can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip.

Phylly3 said...

Thanks! It certainly WAS a gRAnd trip! Even though we had 3 weeks, we were incredibly rushed to see what we DID see. I am still organizing the pictures and some are still stuck on my camera and won't download for whatever reason, so I will be posting about this trip for some time to come!

Avalon said...

Nice photos, thanks for sharing a bit of your trip.

Lol, you should have asked, you never know, he might have been Richard's cousin. Nat would have asked, lol.

Glad you had a good time.

Fanny/iz4blue said...

I'm dying for some chocolate right now!! The edible kind :-)
Great Post. Love Elva's vids too!

Traxy said...

Oh this post made me giggle. Spot on, Phylly! Can’t help being reminded of Mr. A everywhere you turn in this country! :D Sad thing is that one of the women who were murdered by crossbow in Bradford was called Armitage and the first thing that crossed my mind was to do with a certain gentleman rather than anything else! Of the examples you gave, Thornton’s is definitely the best. Scrummy choccies and that velvety smooth voice go so well together. Yum!

Phylly3 said...

@Avalon -- LOL, yes I figure Nat would have asked him. Too bad I didn't have her with me! At the time he was trying to figure out why our Wi-Fi wasn't working so we were a bit preoccupied with that...
@iz4blue -- Elva's vids are great! If you click on her name it will take you to her Youtube site. I think this video was one of the first RA fanvids (or any fanvid) I ever saw! I love how she makes Mr. Thornton walk in time to the beat of the song!
@Traxy -- Always glad to give a giggle! I am so glad that you like this post. It means a lot coming from someone who lives there!

Fanny/iz4blue said...

@Philly I have several of her other vids and your post reminded me about this one. How lucky we are...i keep thinking to have excellent vidders.

Nat at RA FanBlog said...

Phylly, this post made me laugh out loud as I imagined you getting excited at every RA-related sight and talking too loudly in the castle. :) Sounds like a lot of fun!

Phylly3 said...

@iz4blue -- I love Elva's vids. I have used another of her videos before. The one about Far From the Madding Crowd is on my Spring is Sprung post.
@Nat -- We would have had a great time there together! Don't worry -- I'm sure you'll get there some day! I had to wait until my kids were grown.