Daily Archives: February 19, 2012

Paper doll Armitage? I wish . . .


Twiggy paper dolls offered lots of mod outfits to little girls of the '60s.

Little girls enjoyed their mom's McCalls--the Betsy paper dolls were the draw.

A Norma Shearer paper doll with one of the gorgeous Adrian gowns--and anachronistic "Knickers". Ladies would not wear any form of underpants for decades to come.

So, I was watching the 1938 version of Marie Antoinette this morning, the one with Norma Shearer, and I have to say the costumes were absolutely to die for. Designer Adrian really did outdo himself creating the magnificent gowns featured in the film. It was originally supposed to be shot in color, but it was decided the cost was just too high.
Even in black and white, it’s breathtaking. And if you need color, you can add it to B&W paper dolls of Shearer’s costumes.

Do children of today even know what paper dolls are? I certainly enjoyed them as a child. I fondly remember my Twiggy, a magnetic figure with mod outfits, and Betsy McCall from the old McCall’s Magazine.

The paper dolls I see now are all geared towards adults who love fashion and/or film and have a nostalgic yearning for the playtime of the past.

Suddenly, I find myself yearning for a Richard Armitage paper doll set. Of course, it would also need to have the accessories: his military berets, and those to-die-for scarves of John Porter’s and cool sunglasses, Thornton’s top hat, Guy’s sword and gloves and so forth. And changeable hairstyles and degrees of facial hair, too. And removable tattoos for Lucas!
Hmmm. Maybe the figure should be made of that wipe-off material and you could use a dry erase marker to add as much or as little “hair” as you wished.

Of course, Richard Armitage paper dolls wouldn’t be as good as having the real thing to dress and uhm—undress, but I think I would quite enjoy it.


Not that I think Richard Armitage actually NEEDs any sprucing up, but it did pop into my email today and some of his characters have undergone transformations . . .

Spruce: (verb) to make neat or dapper (often followed by up); to make oneself spruce (usually followed by up).(adjective) Trim in dress or appearance; neat, smart, dapper.

Before his wedding to Carol, Yorkshire farmhand John Standring traded in his crop of unruly curls and coveralls for a haircut and a new suit. He looked very spruce.

Sprucing Up Armitage: TAE Word for the Day

Sunday Spotlight: The Rebel, Ricky Deeming


In 2007, Richard donned black leather–not to play Sir Guy, but a new character for the 60s-era BBC television drama George Gently. RA played the part of the enigmatic and charismatic leader of a Geordie biker gang, the Durham Defenders. When two of his gang members are murdered, Ricky is the prime suspect.

The rebellious Deeming does not care to play by society’s rules. His life revolves around the biker gang, which becomes like a family for its members, who all look up to their leader. Ricky glories in speed, telling detective George Gently about the attraction of it, “when you and the bike are one, the machine, the ghost in the machine . . .”

It is never spelled out in the script just what Ricky’s sexual orientation is, but several of the gang members suspect he might be gay. Homosexuality was still illegal in England at this time, and his reputation may endanger his life . . .

Richard faced two big challenges with the role: learning to master a 60’s motor bike and creating a believable Geordie accent. He actually tape-recorded a driver on the Vicar of Dibley set. Hearing the driver’s Newcastle accent, Richard asked the man to read some lines from his GG script to help him in perfecting his Deeming accent. His efforts paid off when a reviewer praised RA’s “excellent north-east accent.”

Once more Richard crafts a memorable character out of whole cloth and keeps us guessing as to what is going on beneath the surface with Deeming, an enigmatic rebel who captures our imagination. And on a purely shallow note, RA looks sexy as hell in those biker leathers.


The unexpected pleasure of "Guy of Gisborne" smiling. Irresistible.

From an early RH interview for the Beeb. There's the necklace again. Love the way he tilts his head and the sweetness in his smile.

My gosh, but doesn't he look baby-faced and sweet here? And there's another necklace for you, Judit. It's hard for me to believe this is the same guy who played the sometimes stern and temperamental Thornton.

Our shy boy's reaction when John Rhys-Davies informs the cast women all over the world will be chasing the dwarfs once the movie hits the screen. Judging by my own reaction to what i have seen of Thorin, RA better start getting ready NOW for the onslaught.

Wow! I go away for a lo-o-o-ng winter’s nap and see thing have been busy (oh, tell the truth, fedoralady. Once you finally succumbed to Morpheus, it might have taken an orchestra on the doorstep playing the 1812 Overture to wake you).

More than 10,000 views since I began this blog late on the evening of February 2. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Obviously, I could not have done it without you all. Onward and upward!

And for you deserving ladies, more Armitage goodness. And for Laurie, the video she requested, “He’s So Shy.”
Don’t we just love it when he’s being his shy, sweet, modest self?
It’s as if we are all felines and he’s our catnip. We just can’t get enough (but that’s another video . . .)

10,034 and counting . . . and more Armitage yummmm.