“Audio Recording: Three scenes w/ Richard Armitage in Pilgrimage”, April 25, 2017 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1059)

With Special Thanks to @mooseturds on Twitter for sharing these audio clips:

“Audio Recording: Three scenes w/ Richard Armitage in Pilgrimage” video by Short RA Clips


And according to @mooseturds, the “Pilgrimage” film will have subtitles for the non-English dialogue. Yay!

So we can focus on the velvety deep voice of the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage portraying Frenchman Raymond de Merville in “Pilgrimage”.   *THUD*!

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“Hidden Figures–Don’t be delicate. Be vast and brilliant.”  April 22, 2017 Gratiana Lovelace (Post#1058)

Last weekend when Liesbeth Lap shared this Shinedown music lyric quote and a beautiful dancing lady illustration (see below) on Twitter, the image and quote moved me.

On one level, I like the sentiment about women being strong and independent.  We live in an age when women have more freedoms than my mother or grandmother had—though they were both women of uncompromising spirits.

And yet, we live in times that also challenge us/women at every turn—
with the beautiful people issues of magazines, when beauty is a cultural and generational (a 1520 beauty at right, Venus by Titian who would be considered “plus sized” in modern times) construct that is ever changing, or reminders to women of the “gender pay gap” compared to men’s salaries, etc.  It sometimes seems like one step forward, two steps back.


And then we have wonderful inspiring examples of women empowering themselves and each other—even to the moon and back, in the 2016 film “Hidden Figures” (see Wiki excerpt below):

“Hidden Figures is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi and written by Melfi and Allison Schroeder, based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly about African American female mathematicians who worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) during the Space Race. The film stars Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who calculated flight trajectories for Project Mercury and other missions. The film also features Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan and Janelle Monáe as Mary Jackson, with Kevin CostnerKirsten DunstJim ParsonsGlen Powell and Mahershala Ali in supporting roles.”

Hidden Figures | Teaser Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX

These ladies of NASA weren’t delicate.  They were being vast and brilliant!   And their examples shine in my heart–and make me want to dance like the lady in the illustration above.  Will you join me?

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Entertainment Tonight Online touts Pilgrimage as one of the Tribeca Film Festival’s Must-See Films for 2017,  April 18, 2017 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1057)

Entertainment Tonight Online touts the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage’s (in foreground below from “Pilgrimage” film still; Thanks to Chrissyinwm) film “Pilgrimage” as being one of the “must-see” films for 2017—and ranks it in the top have of the films being shown at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival April 19 – 30th, 2017.  For more about the Tribeca Film Festival, click here.

2014 Pilgrimage as Raymond de Merville

I have pasted an excerpt below from the ETonline article about the Must-See films for the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival:
“11. Pilgrimage

Starring: Tom Holland, Jon Bernthal, Richard Armitage, Stanley Weber (Dir. Brendan Muldowney)

What It’s About: A cadre of 13th century Irish monks are tasked with transporting their land’s holiest relic to Rome, but first they must traverse a deadly countryside filled with violent marauders and warring clans. The pilgrimage teaches one of their youngest members some brutal lessons about the savagery and self-delusion of man.

Why We Want to See It: Tom Holland — aka Marvel’s Spider-Man — plays a young monk who has to fight his way through the horrors of the Middle Ages! The only way that could be cooler is if he somehow got to actually play Spider-Man doing that exact same thing.”


Grati’s 2 cents:
Tom Holland — I have to say, that the gushing about the 21 year old Tom Holland—
because of his spandex wearing Spider Man role– seems  incongruous with his role in Pilgrimage as an innocent young monk (image below, far right in backgoround).  Dare I say, product placement for Spider Man films with this ET article?

And if Holland’s youth is being relied upon to evoke innocence and naivete, I for one will be closely analyzing his hand movements—especially to see if any Medieval spider web like lace erupts from the palms of his hands, or if he swings from tree to tree on their journey (rather than swinging from building to building as Spider Man does).  *facetious alert* if you’re a Tom Holland fan.

However, since the central plot point of the Pilgrimage film is purported to be about faith, morals, intrigues, betrayals, deception, etc., I will look to the more heavy weight actors in the line up to supply the gravitas:

Jon Bernthal – 2nd billed, but playing a mute (without even a character name provided thus far) in Pilgrimage (I believe that Bernthal’s character is in the extreme foreground in the image above), the not quite 41 year old actor will have to create his character portrayal not with words, but with actions.  I am unfamiliar with Bernthal’s work, but have hyperlinked his name to his IMDB page for those who are interested.

And interestingly, Bernthal’s resume also includes a reference to superhero land via his voice performance work in the role of Trigon for the animated video Justice League vs Teen Titans.  Yet he portrays a mute in Pilgrimage.  Having no dialogue has often been said to be the greatest of acting challenges.  So I look forward to seeing how Bernthal pulls it off in Pilgrimage.

Richard Armitage – 3rd billed, but a man who easily is a more recognizable star than anyone else on the Pilgrimage cast roster–for his compelling portrayal of Thorin Oakenshield (image pasted below) in The Hobbit trilogy of films by Sir Peter Jackson in 2012, 2013, & 2014–Richard Armitage can wield a crusades era broadsword like he was born to it.  In fact, Armitage’s earlier roles included a 3 year stint playing Sir Guy of Gisborne on the British tv show Robin Hood, as the Middle Ages bad guy that everyone rooted for to become good by the show’s redemptive finale.  That was a soul searching journey!

And not the least of which, the not quite 46 years old Richard Armitage’s deeply resonant baritone voice –that has also leant itself for prominent audio books produced by Audible such as the recent Hamlet Prince of Denmark: A Novel, David Copperfield, and Romeo and Juliet the Novel–will be sure to have a dark and treacherous quality to it as, perhaps, one of the more menacing characters in Pilgrimage.  I wonder if Armitage’s Raymond de Merville’s  (right) character arc will also take him on a redemptive path?

Of course, I’m an avid Richard Armitage fan, so I am more conversant with his past role portrayals.  But it will be interesting to see how the ensemble of actors fit together to make the story of Pilgrimage come to life.  And despite the fact that no women actors are touted with major or any roles in Pilgrimage—as if women did not exist in Medieval times, it seeming so far that none of the characters had mothers or sisters, etc., who impacted their character development–I can’t wait to see the film!

P.S.  For a listing of more of my posts about Richard Armitage in Pilgrimage, please click here.

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“Flower Gifts for You, Easter 2017″, a video compilation by Grati,  April 16, 2017  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1056)

I adore flowers and Leo Delibes’ “Flower Duet” song from the opera “Lakme”, “first performed in Paris in 1883”.

And the artist Susan John exquisitely performed the “Flower Duet” song on her 2010 album “Chanson Boheme” (right).

So, I put them all together in this video compilation of music and flower images from my online friends.  Enjoy!

Wishing you and yours a joyous Easter Weekend!  Hugs & Cheers!  Gratiana Lovelace

P.S. The video is in memory of my father, who surrounded us with his beautiful flower gardens as we were growing up.


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Grati’s original Regency romance “Encouragement” reaches #30 out of 1,000 on Wattpad Historical Fiction rankings!  April 09, 2017 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1055)

My grateful thanks to my many Readers/Friends for helping my original historical fiction Regency romance “Encouragement” reach another milestone!

“Encouragement” is now ranked at #30 in  Wattpad’s Historical Fiction rankings (out of 1,000)!   And its readership and story chapter votes have nearly doubled in just one week.  I am quite bowled over with the wonderfully positive response to my story!

My heartfelt thanks to the many continuing and new readers for “Encouragement” on my Wattpad site and here at my blog Something About Love, who are helping to make my original Regency romance become better known and read!  I am delighted and humbled that everyone is enjoying it so much!  Feisty heroines rule!

Hugs & Cheers!   Grati  ;->

P.S.  For those yet to read “Encouragement”, I pasted below my story’s Introduction page link on my Wattpad site (where my stories may be read with contiguous chapters):



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Why?  Tears in Syria,   April 6, 2017  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1054)

I have no eloquent words to express my heartbreak about the deaths of Syrian children and families from a vicious and unconscionable Sarin gas chemical attack Tuesday morning that killed dozens of people just trying to live their lives–just like you and I.

Those left behind and the people murdered had hopes and dreams—wishing for peace someday, hoping to find love and acceptance, and wanting a better life for their beautiful children.

“Aya (left) and Ahmad Youssef at their home in Idlib before they died in a Sarin gas attack CREDIT: ALAA AL-YOUSSEF” (TELEGRAPH.CO.UK)

But now, the murdered innocents will never have their dreams fulfilled, they will never have their voices heard, and they will never have the chance to become something more than themselves as part of a community, as part of a society.

What the world has lost, we will never know—a brilliant mind who could have found a cure for cancer or aids, a voice who could have been heard to champion and broker peace or eliminate hate, a future parent who would have sung a lullaby as their own much loved child drifted off to peaceful sleep.

And the only thing that I can think of right now, as I write this–about the Syrian attacks and other senseless violence that barrages us daily–with tears streaming down my face is, why?  Why?  WHY?


And when my heart turns to grief and loss, I think of Eric Clapton’s song “Tears in Heaven”–written for the memory of his toddler son Conor who died tragically.

So I share Mr. Clapton’s song “Tears in Heaven” in the video below—in comfort for Mr. Abdulhamid al-Youssef, a father who has lost his family, has lost everything–and for all those left behind like Mr. al-Youssef, who struggle with continuing their lives after tragedy.


And the lyrics to the song “Tears in Heaven” appear below (courtesy of azlyrics.com):

“Tears In Heaven”, by Eric Clapton and Will Jennings, 1991

“Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven?
Would it be the same
If I saw you in heaven?


I must be strong
And carry on
‘Cause I know I don’t belong
Here in heaven


Would you hold my hand
If I saw you in heaven?
Would you help me stand
If I saw you in heaven?


I’ll find my way
Through night and day
‘Cause I know I just can’t stay
Here in heaven


Time can bring you down
Time can bend your knees
Time can break your heart
Have you begging please, begging please


Beyond the door
There’s peace I’m sure
And I know there’ll be no more
Tears in heaven


Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven?
Would you be the same
If I saw you in heaven?


I must be strong
And carry on
Cause I know I don’t belong
Here in heaven”


And now, for the love in our world that exists in all peoples of many nations and myriad faiths who care about and mourn these children’s and families deaths in these recent attacks on Syria and Syrian victims elsewhere, our tears are for Syria.


P.S.  And at times, I find myself wanting to do something substantive to help those suffering under such desperate circumstances.  So as I do often, I have made another modest donation to USA for UNHCR—the United Nations Refugee Relief organization.   And if you feel so inclined, the UNHCR hyperlink is there for you.

Or if you have another relief/aid organization that you would recommend to those who wish to help, please share its link in a comment below.

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Sexy SatuRdAy Richard Armitage Characters April Fools Prank,   April 01, 2017 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1053)

It’s the Friday night before April Fool’s Day, on Saturday April 1st, 2017.  And the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage and his various incarnations/characters are kicking back with his brethren for a guy’s night out into early morning that will live long in their memories—unfortunately.

The gathering is being held at a Safe House—since many of Richard Armitage’s roles have a spy element to them— in the North of England that is colloquially known as Spark House.  The men are ushered into a converted barn—with more emphasis on the barn aspect than any renovation looking like it had taken place.

John Standring:  At first startled (above), to seethat  so many of the guys have turned up, Standring then regroups. “Thanks for coming blokes.”  He smiles shyly but warmly, him having changed into his Sunday best coveralls to meet with the guys.  “Sit anywhere ye like—the hay bag chairs, the hay lounger, or even the hay couch.”  All are covered in durable canvas tarps with a distinctly fuzzy sheep patterned theme.  The man lives, eats, and breathes sheep.

Gary Fuller:  “Thanks for having us!  Well!  I can see that Standring went all out to create this man cave of his.”  The American jokes, but it falls flat—as most American jokes do. Fuller frowns (right, via Armitage Angels).  Yet, he is the only guest to thank their host for inviting them.  So there is that.  “Where do you want the cheese wiz?  I brought the large economy size?”  Fuller holds up what looks to be a magnum size of cheese under pressure.  One would think a man hailing (pun intended) from the tornado center of the United States  would shy away from explosively swirling masses—like Cheese Whiz.  Guess not.

John Thornton: “I’ll take that and put it next to the ale in the hay icebox over hear.”  He points in the direction of Harry Kennedy, who stands up sheepishly.

Harry Kennedy:  “Well, that explains why my backside was feeling chilled.  Ha ha ha!”  Kennedy (right, via TeresaA) laughs a bit self consciously, wondering if any of the guys need their taxes done for them.  Fuller does, but he always waits till the last minute anyway—evidenced by him spending a weekend in England when he should be organizing his receipts.   Kennedy plops into a lumpy hay bag chair, then he tries to punch it to reshape it so he can sit without leaning to one side.

Ever comfortable in high powered business offices, spy command centers, or desert terrain, John Porter lounges on the hay lounger.

John Porter: “I could get used to this hay lounger.  It’s nice and firm—and relaxing.  But how are you getting it to vibrate?  I don’t see the power cord?”  Just then, the wriggling ceases as a tumult—not sure how many that is, but let’s say a couple of dozen—barn mice burst out of the back and sides of the hay lounger, leaving it considerably altered in shape.  “Bloody vermin!”  Porter  swats at the mice as they dash over his legs.

John Standring:  “Now be nice, Porter.  The mice are my friends.”  Standring smiles fondly at the mice.  Then he rounds them up by clanging two metal potato chips and pretzel bowls together—really dog watering bowls.  “Foods on!”  He calls cheerfully and the mice do a 180 and head en masse toward their favorite corner of Standring’s Man/Mice Cave—an empty horse stall converted into a mouse palace.  Then Standring sets the bowls down on the hay coffee table in front of the guys.  “Eat up!  I have plenty of pretzels and chips to go around.”

Daniel Miller:  Picking up a pretzel from the bowl, examining it for other species, then seeing there are none and gamely popping it into his mouth, Miller smiles.  “Good pretzel!  Though if you really want a man sized pretzel, you have to go to Berlin, Germany.”

Sir Guy of Gisborne:  Gingerly leaning upon haphazard sacks of grain in his leather ensemble (right), Gisborne ruminates.  “Yes, I know of this Germania you speak of.  Our Middle Ages escapades were filmed in nearby Hungarian forests.  Bleeding hot I was in this leather costume of mine.”

John Thornton: “Then why not switch to wearing cotton blend fabrics?  They breathe better, especially in warmer climates.”  Of course, Thornton is a cotton fabric manufacturer—and never one to miss a sale.

Glaring at the warm woolen suit and cravat clad undertaker looking man—Thornton—Gisborne is dubious.

Sir Guy of Gisborne: “I thank you for your suggestion, Sir.”  Gisborne sneers.  “But my métier, my ouevre is leather—which has its benefits in attracting the ladies.”  He smirks.

John Standring: “I like my oeuves scrambled!”  Standring butchers the French word for egg, oeufs.

Lucas North: “Oeufs, my good man, oeufs!”  North corrects Standring.

John Standring: “Yes, but I like more than one egg.”  Standring surmises that if the plural of a Hobbit Dwarf is Dwarves, then a plural of egg  oeufs is oeuves.  Too bad that King Thorin isn’t here to clarify it for him.

Daniel Miller:  “Anyway, since the others could not make it—and our fearless leader is also missing in action—we should lose no time deciding on our April Fool’s prank on Richard Armitage is this year.”

Harry Kennedy: “Why is Miller in such a rush?”  Kennedy looks around quizzically.

Lucas North: “His series, Berlin Station is in production for season 2—so he has to get back to Germany.”  North intones blasely.

Sir Guy of Gisborne:  “Well, enjoy it while you can, Miller.  Just make sure that if you go to a third season that your contract states: no staged hangings, your not being used as archery target practice, nor almost being buried alive under road gravel.”  Gisborne curtly juts his chin out.

John Porter: “Shall we stay on track, gentlemen?  Now what can we come up with that Armitage will not suspect, find amusing, and only slightly embarrass him?”  Porter unsuccessfully tries to stifle a smile (right, via RAnet).

John Standring:  “Well, we could give him a pair of coveralls and seal up the front and back flaps.”  Standring grins.  “I have a pair like that already.    Not these ones, of course.”  Then when Standring thinks the other guys aren’t looking, he tests his front flap and sighs in relief.  “Hhhh!”

John Thornton: “Thank you, Standring!”  Thornton says through tight lips.  “Good thought.  A bit messy, but it has the embarrassment factor, I will grant you.  Let us save that in reserve.”

Gary Fuller: “And pranks are right up our alley—as Yanks.  Right Miller?”  Fuller claps Miller on his shoulders.

Daniel Miller: “Speak for yourself, Fuller.  Being raised in Germany, I have more European sensibilities.  I say we send Armitage a lederhosen costume and ask him to wear it to pronounce the opening of a German Cultural Fair.  Then when Armitage gets there, he is told that he also has to dance and fight in the lederhosen.”

Gary Fuller: “Well!  You have surpassed me in crass/krass, I will say that for you, Miller.  I was thinking more like filling his car with water balloons.  We love water balloons in the U.S.!”

John Porter:  “Guys, guys!”  Gisborne sneers at the colloquial use of his Christian name Guy.  “I have the perfect prank on Armitage.  What is the one thing we share in common?”  They stare at Porter quizzically.  “Alright, except for Thornton, there.”

And John Thornton is frankly delighted to be found wanting for having anything in common with these men.

John Standring:  “Aye!  I know.   We don’t have pets!  So we get him a dog!”  The guys stare blankly at him. “Well, er, one that pees in his house?”

John Porter:  “Thank you, Standring, but no.  I was thinking along the lines of a committed romantic relationship onscreen.”

Daniel Miller: “Hey!  I get plenty of onscreen romance.”  Miller brags as he puffs out his chest—like  he does when he’s bare and wants to showcase his muscles on screen (right).

Gary Fuller: “No offense, dude, but I don’t watch sex scenes to see your butt.”

Daniel Miller: “Hey!  The ladies like my bum.”  Miller sounds petulantly pouty.

Well, as one of his lady fans, I do have to say that the character Daniel Miller has a very nice and manly shaped bum.  Sighhh.

John Standring:   “What say we get Armitage one of those there dolls, that blow up like.”  Standring grins and giggles, like a little girl—which make the other guys squirm, since their doll days are long since relegated to their early teen years.

Lucas North: “No, no, but thank you for that image.  Not.”  Then North turns to the other guys and mouths.  “He needs a real woman.”  And the idea for another prank is born—a la a pivotal MASH movie shower scene with a Hot Lips Houlihan stand in–to be utilized at a later date.

Harry Kennedy: “Now blokes, I have it! Just the thing for a prank on the indomitable Richard Armitage himself.   It might take a bit of convincing for a repeat performance, but I think the lady whom I have in mind to help us is not averse to displaying her, shall we say, lusciously sexy side? Especially with Armitage.  We could smuggle her into Armitage’s hotel room late Friday night and early Saturday morning—before he flies to Germany to start Miller’s season 2 Berlin Station gig.  Then he would wake up in bed to a little surprise.”  Kennedy scrolls through his cell phone’s picture archives, stops at one, then enlarges it on his screen and shows it to the guys (see Dawn French image below).

Kennedy becomes visibly flushed with excitement, as do several of the other men while ogling  the luscious image of the woman they behold on Kennedy’s cell phone screen.  The men’s mouths are open drooling as their jaws drop.  Poor John Standring just sits there, completely catatonic—except for one part of him.

And then, of course, the only man in the room in a committed and loving marriage/relationship, leans forward to look at the lovely lady image, then proclaims.

John Thornton: “See Gisborne?  This sexy lady is wearing a cotton silk fabric variant.  You should try it.”

Then there is a commotion as the barn door opens noisely.  Kennedy, turns off his cell phone display and stuffs it into his pants pocket as the Richard Armitage characters men all turn to the barn door to see who it is.

Waving animatedly, Richard Armitage (right) strides into the barn.

Richard Armitage: “Sorry I’m late, blokes!  So what did I miss?”  Armitage smiles warmly as the rubs his hands together in the chilly barn.

Little does Armitage know that his Saturday, April 1st will be quite the Sexy SatuRdAy for him.  Oh dear!


P.S.  And what about you?  Do you have any fun April Fool’s Day pranks past or present that you would like to share?




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