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The Ultimate Nonesuch of a Celeb Crush: TAE Word for the Day


Nonesuch (noun): a person or thing without an equal; a person or thing declared as perfect or excellent.

From the Old English nan,  from ne (not) + swelce/swylce. Earliest documented use: 290.

If I were trying to create my very own Perfect Celebrity Crush from scratch, what would I include in the mix?

Stunning good looks, fab physique and sex appeal to spare?


Talent–multi-faceted, versatile, amazing–to spare?



A dedication to his craft that brings such intensity to his performances?



Intelligent, articulate and insightful, a pleasure to see/hear/read in interviews?



A wonderful sense of humor?



An endearing  boy-next-door vibe, gentlemanly, polite, modest, humble, well-grounded and generous of spirit?


A celeb who truly appreciates his fans and treats them well?

courtesy of awkwardcelebencounteres


And that, ladies and gents, are some of the reasons Richard Armitage is my choice of the absolute nonesuch of a celebrity crush.

A Man of “Mense”: TAE Word for the Day


Mense (pronounced “mens”): (noun) propriety, decorum, manliness, dignity, comeliness, civility (transitive verb) to grace; adorn.  NOT to be confused with “menses.” Totally different meaning . . .

(Propriety is the quality or state of being proper or suitable; decorum refers to appropriateness of behavior, conduct. The plural form decorums refers to the conventions of polite behavior.) 

Mense comes from the Middle English menske (honor), derived from the Old Norse mennska, (humanity), related to Old English (man).

I think we would all agree that Richard Armitage is a well-brought-up gentleman. His parents, teachers and other mentors taught him about good manners, suitable behavior and the importance of civility, and it seems to have stuck.

There are no stories of Mr. A throwing cell phones at beleaguered hotel staff members,  engaging in fisticuffs outside nightclubs, acting like a divo on set or staggering drunkenly around an English neighborhood in the wee hours shouting at the top of his lungs, “I’m Guy of Gisborne. Let me in!”

He is a man who exhibits mense. Polite, soft-spoken, thoughtful, never one to push himself forward, good-humored but never mean-spirited–Richard is an example of manliness in its most beautiful form.

Our Munificent Man: TAE Word for the Day


Munificent: ( adj.) extremely generous

Munificent is a word often used in reference to someone who makes large donations to a worthy cause–a munificent supporter of the American Cancer Society or the humane society or a college scholarship fund, for example.

But a munificent person can also be someone extremely generous in other ways: generous with their talents, creativity, time, compassion, kindness, friendship, humor.

Surely, then, our Richard is a not only amazing, marvelous and magnificent, but also munificent?  Of course, he is a supporter of a number of charities himself and seems to engage whole-heartedly in efforts to help raise funds to “raise up Christchurch” after the earthquake in New Zealand.

Richard posing with an official at one of the Christchurch fundraisers he and fellow TH cast members participated in.

But he is munificent in other areas of his life, too. Witness the recent meetings with fans and their family members on the Black Sky set. Richard was under no obligation to take the time out of his busy work schedule to talk with fans, pose for photos and sign autographs. But he chose to do so in a truly munificent manner.

Photo courtesy of RAlover of Richard obligingly posing for pix on the set of Black Sky.

Lucy Griffiths described RA as a great screen partner. It seems he was munificent as he worked with this younger and less experienced actress. There was certainly a lot of enthusiasm in her voice when she talked about Richard (but then again, can we blame her?).

Screencap courtesy of RANet of Richard and Lucy as Guy and Marian in Robin Hood.

And our hard-working actor who keeps putting his all into his parts, who researches each role, creates bios for his characters, a man who has mastered sword fighting and archery and horseback riding and dealing with his water phobia, a man who can hair act–this, dear friends, is a man who is truly munificent with his gifts and talents. And we all benefit from his munificence, don’t we?

Richard Crispin Armitage: a munificent man in many ways.

Crow’s feet have never looked better


Today’s selection from A.Word.A.Day is crow’s feet. I think we all know what the phrase refers to, but just in case you don’t, here’s the definition:

Crow’s feet (noun) wrinkles in skin around the outer corner of the eyes.

I’ll be honest. I’m trying to ward away the crow’s feet from my own eyes. Oh, I know it’s inevitable I will get (more) wrinkles; goodness knows I have no desire to possess one of those plastic faces devoid of all expression. But I do use eye cream, following in the footsteps of my mom who always encouraged us to moisturize. I wear sunglasses to protect my light-sensitive eyes from squinting. I guess I hope to age gracefully.

But certain things I don’t like about my own appearance–such as that spare hunk of flesh under my chin that screams “matronly” or the incipient wrinkles–I adore when it’s part of Mr. A’s visage. The gorgeous young man who played the flirty-girty lifeguard has more–character in that handsome face now.

In some of his studio photos RA’s crow’s feet have been erased or greatly diminished. Even the photo in the background here, which I love, has clearly been tampered with.  Of course, that’s standard practice.  We know all those actresses and models we see on the covers of magazines or in their 8 x 10 glossies aren’t that perfect, that flawless, that ageless in Real Life.  We know Richard himself always wished they would let his hair be mussed and his wrinkles show on Spooks, but they kept coming around and touching things up.

Frankly, Richard’s real face, crow’s feet, crinkles, wrinkles, scars and all suits me just fine.  I hope that he won’t ever feel the need or feel pressure to tweak and nip and tuck. He grows more attractive to me with each passing year; I think he’s going to be a beautiful older man, quite distinguished in looks.

One thing leads to another: a penetrating discussion


Funny how you start off in one place and you end up in another sometimes, isn’t it?

We got into a discussion concerning whether or not Mr. A had “piercing” blue eyes in the Chameleon Eyes post.

Are his blue eyes only “piercing” when he’s playing Lucas on Spooks or Monet in The Impressionists and their blueness is more pronounced?  Would Mr. Thornton’s, Porter’s or Harry’s eyes not be considered “piercing” in comparison?

I decided I should look up just what “piercing” is defined as being, in relation to eyes.

Piercing (adj): (in relation to eyes or a look) intense and penetrating; perceptive.

Hmmm. This is interesting. No mention of color or the deepness or brightness of said color.

So I went a little further.

Synonyms for piercing: sharp, keen, searching, acute, discerning

A piercing gaze is one that seems to look right into you.

Hmmmm. Remind you of anyone?


Some of the words above that really capture my attention in relation to Mr. Armitage/his eyes are searching, discerning, perceptive.

Do any of us doubt this is a man of discernment and perception?  Surely, part of our fascination with those eyes is the mind, the spirit, the soul we seem to glimpse when we look into them.

Richard giving this crew member of TH a keen look with those piercing eyes.

A searching glance is defined as one that is unusually observant or penetrating.

A discerning person is one who is unobtrusively observant and sympathetic. He is sensitive and able to make and detect effects of great subtlety.

The discerning person is also tactful.

A tactful person has or shows a sense of what is fitting and considerate in dealing with others.

Richard being unobstrusively observant during the Maori ceremony on The Hobbit set.

An unobtrusively observant, sensitive, perceptive, tactful individual who understands subtlety. Could that be our Mr. A? I like to think so. 

And oh yeah, I like those piercing eyes of his, too. No matter what color they are.

photos courtesy of Richard Armitage Net

Happy Guyday Friday the 13th!


“Your readers seem to be glad to have you back, LW.”

“They are glad to have both of us back, Sir Guy. It seems there was great sadness in Armitage World over the thought of no Guyday Friday.”

An irresistible smirk spreads across his face, those kohl-rimmed azure eyes glinting with light. He does so enjoy being loved. It made up for, well–a lot of things he has suffered in life.




“Do you know one of the things I have always admired about you, Sir Guy?”

He raises a dark brow, his voice a soft velvet rumble. “No . . . but you’re going to tell me.”

“As much as life kept kicking you in those extemely handsome teeth of yours, you never completely gave up. You wouldn’t concede defeat, not to Robin, or–her–or the Sheriff or Prince John or–anybody.  Not when you were tied to a tree–twice–or stuck in a cage or rejected again and again and again.  You’re a fighter, Sir Guy, and I don’t just mean your skill with your sword.”

His lips twitch. “As your fan vid says, ‘I get knocked down, but I get up again, nothing’s ever gonna keep me down?'”

“Precisely so.”

He tilts his dark head, folding his arms across his chest. “So–you are saying I am a sort of–role model?”

She smiles up at him. “Yes, in your own unique and beautiful way, Sir Guy, I think you are. You’ve always been my hero, anyway.”

Another one of those irresistible smirks. “Not Justin Beiber with scruffy facial hair?”

“NEVER. Not from day one.”

His brow furrows a little. “But you didn’t–love me from the very first, did you?”

“Well, let’s say it took me some time to warm up to you. I had to catch some glimpses of the good man beneath the bad boy exterior. Mind you, I always DID like that exterior . . .” She gives him a flirtatious smile and bats her eyelashes. “After all, how could any self-respecting female with a pulse not respond to THAT?”

“You’re teasing me again, Ladywriter. You must be feeling better.”
She inclines her head and gives a little sigh. “A bit battered and bruised, but–yes. Better.”

“She’s not gonig to win, is that? That–woman.” The sneer is all too evident in his voice. Sir Guy does disdain so beautifully.

“No, she’s not. Oh, I don’t know what the ultimate outcome of all this will be, but I will tell you this. What’s she managed to accomplish is to show just how strong and united your Creator’s followers are. Her actions have allowed me to see more than ever that you and I have a great many friends–good friends, honorable ones, kind and true. United we stand.”

She flashes him a rather wicked grin. “And frankly, Sir Guy, Karma is a you-know-what. And in life we eventually get what we so richly deserve . . .”

“That’s the spirit, LW.”

selected lyrics from the song “Fighter” Christina Aguilera. They seemed particularly appropriate, wouldn’t you agree?
May Guyday Friday the 13th be particularly lucky for you.

‘Cause if it wasn’t for all that you tried to do, I wouldn’t know

 Just how capable I am to pull through

 So I wanna say thank you

 ‘Cause it made me learn a little bit better.

 Makes me that much stronger

Makes me work a little bit harder

It makes me that much wiser

So thanks for making me a fighter

 Made my skin a little bit thicker

Makes me that much smarter

 So thanks for making me a fighter
Never saw it coming, all of your backstabbing . . .

I heard you’re going round playing the victim now

But don’t even begin feeling I’m the one to blame

 ‘Cause you dug your own grave

After all of the fights and the lies ’cause you’re wanting to haunt me

But that won’t work anymore, no more, It’s over

 ‘Cause if it wasn’t for all of your torture I wouldn’t know how to be this way now and never back down

So I wanna say thank you