Daily Archives: April 16, 2012

I didn’t make it to Photoshop class . . .


Due to some continuing problems with IBS. However, I am staying in practice, as you can see.  Oh, what a joy it is to work with that amazing bone structure and incredible physique–if only in a virtual reality sort of way.  Richard Armitage, you really are a beautiful man.

I hope all are well.

Mr. Armitage, Paragon: TAE Word for the Day


I am familiar with today’s word, but I had no idea it had so many different meanings. It’s almost as multi-faceted as Richard Armitage!

RA, a paragon of good manners and kindness to his fans.

Paragon (noun) : (1)  A model of excellence and perfection. (2) a match or an equal, (3) a perfect diamond wearing 100 carats or more, (4) a very large, round pearl, (5) a type size of 20 points.

Paragon (verb, transitive):  to compare, parallel, rival or surpass.

The word comes from the Middle French paragone/peragone (perfect diamond), old Italian paragone (touchstone), from Greek parakonan (to sharpen), from akone (whetstone), from akme (point). Ultimately from the Indo-European ak-, which is also the source of acrid, vinegar, acid, acute, edge, hammer, heaven, oxygen, eager and mediocre. (See, I told you it was a complex entry!)

Sir Guy of Gisborne in his S3 mode was a paragon of masculine beauty.

Richard is also an absolute gem, and as I already said, a multi-facted fellow, so we could also consider him a paragon of the diamond variety, wouldn’t you agree? And I believe his performance as Thorin will paragon those of Sir Ian and other cast members.

Richard Armitage–actor, dancer, singer, narrator, all-around good guy–is a paragon of pure yumminess and awesome talent who paragons all the rest.

So, so British and too cute.

Afternoon Tea or The Gossips, painting by Sir ...

Afternoon Tea or The Gossips, painting by Sir John Everett Millais, 1889, The Winnipeg Art Gallery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Knightsbridge: The Berkeley hotel, SW1 The Ber...

I received my latest Londontopia email this afternoon and was charmed by the event described therein and the accompanying photo (below).
I have read countless novels and seen many films and television shows where the characters enjoyed their afternoon tea, but never one featuring edible delights quite like the ones the Berkeley is offering in honor of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, on her first ...

The 5-star luxury Berkeley hotel in Knightsbridge is celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by offering visitors a Prêt-à-Portea – The Royal Collection afternoon tea.

The Berkeley’s fashion-inspired afternoon tea Prêt-à-Portea showcases the season’s fashions in pastries and biscuits. The designs normally change twice a year to coincide with the Spring Summer and Autumn Winter fashion collections.

To mark The Queen’s 60th anniversary on the throne, from 29 May to 9 June the hotel’s special afternoon tea will include biscuits, fancy cakes and choux buns made to resemble the most memorable hats worn by the Royal Family.

The fashionable edibles will include a praline profiterole inspired by the much-talked-about Philip Treacy fascinator worn by Princess Beatrice at last year’s Royal Wedding and a vanilla biscuit with icing and sugar diamonds resembling the crown Queen Elizabeth wore for her coronation in 1953.

There will also be a strawberry pannacotta macaroon made to look like the Canadian maple leaf hat designed by Angela Kelly and worn by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge when she visited Canada.

It is believed that Elizabeth II has worn more than 5,000 hats since she became Queen in 1952.

Klaus Kabelitz, General Manager at the Berkeley says: ‘It is most definitely an exciting year for London and we had to think of a unique way to pay tribute to the Queens’s Diamond Jubilee. Our fashion-inspired afternoon tea has always been a favourite with visitors and Londoners alike and we felt this was the perfect way to join in the nationwide celebration in June. The Berkeley is only a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace and I will personally be making a celebratory afternoon tea delivery to mark this special occasion.’

The teas will be served in the Berkeley’s Caramel Room and will cost £36.50 per person, or £46.50 with a glass of Laurent Perrier champagne and £53 with a glass of couture champagne.

The Berkeley, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RL
Tel: +44 20 7235 6000
Website: www.the-berkeley.co.uk

Oh, dear Mr. Thornton, leave that mill and come and dine on a luxury tea with me.

Queen of United Kingdom (as well as Canada, Au...

Queen of United Kingdom (as well as Canada, Australia, and other Commonwealth realms) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I would be happy to play mother and pour Mr. Thornton a cuppa.

An Afternoon Tea

An Afternoon Tea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Armitage as a silver fox?


You may have noticed in the recent photo of my family, taken on a long-ago vacation,  the very distinctive white streak in my mother’s otherwise brown hair.

It started when she was in her late 20s as a grey streak, which gradually widened and whitened over the years. By the time that photo was taken, she was in her very early 40s. A fellow student at my elementary school came up to me in the bus parking lot and said, “I know which one is your mama. She’s the lady with the two-toned hair!” Indeed, she was.

People who knew Mama in later life almost invariably remarked on her beautiful head of snow white hair, so becoming to her clear blue eyes and fair complexion.  I am a bit prejudiced, but she really was a beautiful older lady. She was always pretty, resembling actress Anne Baxter. But in her final years, there was a sort of incandescent quality to her, in her eyes and her smile, that just drew you in.  Sorry I don’t have the photos scanned in, or I would share some of my favorites.  Here’s one of Miss Baxter:

The late Anne Baxter, a wonderful and lovely actress whom my mother resembled.

I inherited my dad’s family’s blonde, wavy hair and warm coloring (very fair, but with yellow undertones to my complexion and green flecks in my blue eyes) and my mom’s premature grey.

Let’s say grey is not my best color, so I have been tinting it for years to combat the ever-increasing number of silver strands. One day, when it goes completely white, as it almost inevitably will assuming I live long enough, I may dispense with John Frieda and become a true platinum blonde.  In the meantime, John, Benny and I will be convening in the bathroom every few weeks.

So what does all this have to do with Mr. A? Well, now that he has been able to put aside the black dye for a while, we are glimpsing more and more grey in his hair, a fact I find oddly endearing.  I wonder what Richard’s parents’ hair is like in terms of natural color these days. And I also wonder if, in future roles that may be less action/romantic hero-oriented and more character-driven, we will ever see a naturally grey Armitage onscreen?

We got hints of it with the role of Monet.

George Clooney is an example of a current star who has allowed his premature grey to shine; one of my all-time favorite stars, Cary Grant, sported silver/white hair in his final years and looked marvelous. Grant was always a good-looking man, but his looks, like someone else we know of, seemed to just improve with the passing years.

Cary Grant, looking very distinguished with his silvery white hair.

So, I was playing around with Photoshop yet again and I think this gives a glimmer of what RA might look like as a silver fox.

I am not trying to rush Mr. A into letting nature takes its course. I am sure his hair color, just as its length and the presence or lack of facial hair, will change as required by his various roles.  He’s gorgeous no matter what color his hair is. He’d look hot with a chrome dome.

But I do think he will be one devastatingly distinguished and handsome gentleman in his mature years. Yes, even more than now. *gulp*  Will my poor heart be able to bear it?