For a while now the Liebster blog award has been swirling around my favourite blogs.
I wonder who started all that nonsense 😀 I confess I quite like quizzes, both reading what others disclose about themselves, and answering for myself. Thus I am delighted to have been nominated by Preoccupiedwitharmitage and another kind blogging friend – [edit: Zeesmuse who is unforgettable]. I have been pretty much occupied with my mum’s visit and my mind has been elsewhere these last two weeks – I am sorry! But better late than never, and thank you both for the nomination! I am delighted to answer the questions by Preoccupied.
1. How or why did you choose the name of your blog?
I chose “Guylty Pleasure” when I established my first RAblog over on tumblr nearly two years ago. I wanted a reference to Guy of Gisborne in the blog title, which is why it is spelled “Guy-lty” over there. However, that means that some readers pronounce it like Gisborne’s name – which always makes me laugh because the pronunciation then sounds like the German word for “horny” (geil). Believe me – that was unintended *ggg*
2. What is your specialty dish – that you’d cook for company, or take to a potluck?
Sweet potato curry with fresh spinach leaves
3. If you were at a karaoke party with Richard Armitage, and Richard owed you a song of your choice, what would you have him sing?
I’d go for a duet – “You’re the one that I want”, from Grease. It always has me in stitches, it is just the funniest karaoke duet *ever* with much room for stage antics. Plus, I want to hear Armitage sing at me “I got chills, they’re multiplyin’. And I’m losin’ control. ‘Cause the power you’re supplyin’, it’s electrifyin’!” so I can rebut him with “You better shape up!” Ha!
4. If you had the opportunity to interview Richard Armitage, what question(s) would you pose?
“So, Richard, tell me, what do you *really* think about all that fan malarkey?”
5. Aside from any Richarding pursuits, what is your guilty pleasure?
I love reading interior design magazines.
6. Do you have a hobby, craft or artistic outlet, or one that you’ve always wanted to learn but don’t have the time for?
No. Because if I really wanted to, I *could* make the time. But then there are the crafts and arts that I would like to do and have no talent for, such as painting.
7. Are you an “animal person”? If so, tell me a little about your favorite pet, past or present.
I don’t really think that I am an animal person. We have two cats, though. In truth, however, I would much rather like to have a dog…
8. Who is the funniest person you know?
In RL? A friend of my hubster’s, called “Goz”. In entertainment: Irish Comedian Dara O’Briain.
9. What works of fiction would you recommend a friend?
A lot of my favourites are German, but well: There is “The Boat”, an intense anti-war novel set on a U boat and based on RL events by Lothar Günther Buchheim which was made into a film by Wolfgang Petersen in the early 1980s. I also love the novels by Siegfried Lenz, particularly “The German Lesson”. When it comes to English lit, I am a huge fan of David Lodge – his campus novels are endlessly entertaining. My favourite English classic is Austen’s “Persuasion”.
10. If Richard Armitage was to be cast in a remake of a classic or popular film or series, what role would you choose for him, and why?
I’ve been saying this for ages: I’d love to see RA play the father in a modern remake of Vittoria de Sica’s 1948 classic “Bicycle Thieves”. If you haven’t seen it – here it is:
11. I know Richard has said he would never do a reality TV show, but if he was to change his mind and appear (as himself), which one would amuse or delight you the most? If the thought of Richard in a reality TV show horrifies you, which one would horrify you the most?
Not a real fan of reality TV along the lines of “I’m a celebrity get me out of here”, “Big Brother” or even “Dancing on Ice”, but there are some formats that are tolerable, even enjoyable. My choice would be “Who do you think you are?” because I love history, I believe RA is interested in history, too, and he even seems to be particularly aware of his own family history in the North of England. WDYTYA does a great job at putting history in context, showing the reality of life in ages past, and it is really nice to follow a celebrity (or anyone, for that matter) down the road into their own family’s history. “Bilbo” has already done it, and this was actually one of the many episodes of WDYTYA that have stayed in my memory, mostly because
for a change I quite liked Martin Freeman as he appeared there…
(If you haven’t seen them yet, check the episodes with Stephen Fry – who never fails to be extraordinarily interesting, thought-provoking, impressive and funny – and my all-time favourite with Jeremy Irons, who I totally loved for his dear wish to find a connection to Ireland…
don’t we all… )
Right, that’s it. Oh, and I am back in business, btw. My mum has just left.
We may have both been mutually relieved… My year is starting NOW. And message to all those lovely people who sent me e-mails during the last three weeks: I am planning to catch-up with them now and finally reply. Sorry you had no word from me!