A dose of fever reducer, gallons of tea, and Armitage …

Guy of Gisborne (Richard Armitage) in Robin Hood 2.12. I’ve always thought it sounded like he had a cold in this scene. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com

I was out sick yesterday. High fever, sore throat. No way I was going to lecture to anyone, even for 75 minutes, and the 3.5 hour evening session was definitely not on, even from the optimistic perspective of 8 a.m. No internet service at home, so I had to scrape myself out of bed anyway to drive to the edge of campus where I could pick up a wifi signal in order to cancel my classes. It really is becoming essential and not just a luxury for the well-employed. That about put paid to any energy I had for the day. No tv at home, either … and NPR has been annoying the heck out of me lately.

Laying aside how I felt about this dereliction of duty (the last time I took a sick day was when I had swine flu in the fall of 2009), and the fact that in the back of my mind all day was worry about how to catch up my classes when I got back, the real problem of the day was:

What to do?

Part of that problem was solved by the fever, which kept me dozing in and out of consciousness for most of the morning. Around noon I had a bit a break and ordered some food. Eating it made me sleepy and feverish again. And for all of this time, I must say: Luckily, I have tons and tons of Richard Armitage on my harddrive.

Should this happen to you, I have the following recommendations.

For the early morning doze, which is always the worst, something that makes me feel especially good: Richard Armitage reading Venetia. Here’s my favorite minute of my favorite chapter of his reading:

For the late morning stupor, which is only better because hopefully you’ve rehydrated at least slightly, Strike Back 1.2. I think this spoke to me yesterday because she’s so strung out and he strokes her face anyway. John Porter, come stroke my fevered brow. Please:

For early afternoon languor, sleepy but alert enough to follow a plot, Spooks 8.7. This is my goto episode in moments of stress for the last several months. It’s Armitage in the Spooks blue period, there’s no Sarah Caulfield except by reference, the moral conflict at the heart of the episode is interesting and I’m never tempted to speed through the parts without Armitage, and there’s that great superhero ending sequence. Here a clip from the beginning that combines that great accent, sexy clothing, lots of finger elegance, and the always beloved DIY Armitage:

For the late afternoon, usually my best time of day when I’m sick, and thus most alert:

I actually made an Armitage pause here because I discovered that Pride and Prejudice had delivered automatically with the download of my Kindle for Mac app, and the last time I reread this might have been the week I had the swine flu. Read the first part of it while listening to one of my favorite early music ensembles, Anonymous 4, singing this and other pieces on their English Ladymass album:

I got to Charlotte’s marriage to Mr. Collins before my brain got too fuzzy to read anymore.

For the evening slump, when you realize you’re starting to wane: I picked Robin Hood 3.6. When my critical faculties are flagging, the weirdness of series 3 bothers me less, and there’s lots of weirdness to love here — that beginning scene with Guy being awakened and the closeups on his face, the amazing way they light Mr. Armitage to make his eyes look amber,

Guy of Gisborne (Richard Armitage) on his knees before King John in Robin Hood 3.6. My cap.

the amusing scene at the dinner table where Guy and the Sheriff are worried about being poisoned — I noticed, this time, that they’re eating broccoli (one of Servetus’ favorite vegetables)!

and, of course, the final fight scene between Guy and the Sheriff. Here’s my favorite chunk of that scene — a declaration of identity for Guy:

The camera is at too close range for that first left shovel hook to look convincing — but the second punch, the left hook, looks a lot better. I’m impressed that Richard Armitage can fake a punch with both arms.

And finally, for falling asleep to, eschewing violence, the awesome final disc of Armitage reading Sylvester. Here Sylvester describes Phoebe to his mother:

And, for heaven’s sake: don’t forget the tea. Either in this form:

or in this one:

I’m feeling somewhat better today — at least enough better to sit at my desk and grade. What’s your preferred Armitage for a sick day?

~ by Servetus on November 16, 2011.

37 Responses to “A dose of fever reducer, gallons of tea, and Armitage …”

  1. I love that post. I never become ill, but just as prevention, I will take your advice. πŸ˜‰

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  2. I’m supposed to watch RA on a sick day? Should I have him on a 24/7 loop then? πŸ˜‰

    BTW, I tried to tell you, wi-fi + television = civilization. Yup. Feel better fast.

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    • I think it’s a fair question to ask how a sick day differs from a normal day, say, about a year and a half ago when I was filling every spare minute with him. Thanks for the good wishes.

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  3. Oooh Armitage Therapy, absolutely the best kind! Thank goodness for your hard drive, you’ve made some lovely choices there.
    Fortunately I am very rarely ill, can’t remember the last time I was confined to bed or couch, but if I HAD to make a choice about which Armitage I would prefer I think I’d choose one of the audiobooks, for ease of use and because his voice is THE BEST medicine. πŸ˜‰ They are all on my iPod, as is Clarissa. But please don’t make me choose which one!!! I love Venetia, RA’s Damerel is divine, Sylvester has grown on me and I’m currently giggling my way through The Convenient Marriage. Richard’s Crosby Drelingcourt is a scream, with his high pitch and poncy delivery. I also have RA’s radio interviews on my iPod, so I would have more than enough to keep me going for a sick day!
    My LOTN cds arrived yesterday, and they’re going in my car’s player. Luckily I have an hour or so’s driving today so I’ll be able to start listening. Yaaayy!! πŸ™‚

    I hope the Armitage Therapy and rest is helping and that you are feeling much better,servetus. Take care.

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    • Oooh, enjoy LOTN. It’s a serious pleasure!

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      • Serious pleasure? I’ll say!! Three chapters in and I’m seriously hooked! The way Richard gets his mouth and tongue around those Saxon/Danish pronunciations gives me goose bumps! I’m thinking I should reconsider listening in the car, because while his voice is lovely theRApy, its effect could be hazardous when driving!! πŸ˜‰

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  4. I hope you take the time to really recover before you get back to work. Staying in bed for one day probably isn’t enough but somehow I feel this will fall on deaf ears πŸ˜‰ Excellent choice of “RA medicine”. In case of emergency I’d have all the audiobooks on my IPod – just like Mezz – but now I can come back to your post for reference on what episodes from Strikeback, Spooks and Robin Hood are particularly suited to conquer fever. Great πŸ˜‰
    P.S. Thanks for discovering that broccoli and cauliflower seem to have been on Guy’s and the sheriff’s menu

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    • I *have* to lecture once tomorrow, but after that I’m retreating back to under the covers.

      As a consequence of writing this post, I learned that broccoli has been consumed in the West since Roman times and cauliflower since the 12th c.

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  5. I know RA is the best medicine, but take care of yourself and treat yourself well with more medicine ;o) All the best to you and you need an excessive RA-covery time! (Don’t ask what my RA-therapy is. I have the most angry looking RA picture looking down on me then, so I try to get well as soon as possible. But next time, I must surely follow your recommendation. It sounds much more effective ;o)

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  6. Sorry you’re sick. Get well ! What I’d do if I’d have been sick ? Except of sleeping? I’d watch Spooks 7 official DVD which I brought from NY. That’s all I could find, and even this was an important gift of fate))) First of all it’s not a pirate version. Second of all, there is an original sound available. Which is extremely important considering the Voice. Now I’m dreaming that I finally have an excuse not to work, even not to answer my phone calls. I can’t believe that I have these DVD and still cannot watch them. Absolutely have no time!

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    • That’s happened to me, too, Alex. It’s a dirty secret of mine that I haven’t listened to all of LOTN yet, only the first three discs. I console myself that I’m saving it for a really desperate moment.

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  7. RA-therapy is definitely a sick day essential…that gorgeous voice to lull you to sleep. Praying that you have a speedy recovery. In the meantime, I hope you find plenty of time to rest.

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  8. Sorry to hear you were sick, but I do love your choice of TheRApy. I agree the audio books would be an excellent choice if one is too tired to watch TV. The Porter choice is excellent, however. *Sigh!*

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  9. I hope you are feeling ever so much better soon. Take care and get the rest you need, my dear.

    I have the Heyer books alll on my Kindle as well as the CDs and it’s handy to plug in the earbuds and listen to his dulcet tones. Sometimes if I really am out of it, just looking at photos of him, of which I have a jillion on this laptop, makes me feel better.

    And there is that whole thing of fantasy conversations with the various characters. Working on the book, because it’s fun imagining RA as this version of Guy acting out the scenes . . . and not, NOT just the steamy ones. πŸ˜€

    Re the banquet scene in RH, it is one of my favs. Love watching Guy and Vasey in their cat and mouse game, and their expressions when the doctor informs PJ just what Robin thinks of him . . . those little comedic moments I treasure as Guy didn’t get many of them, did he? Not that I didn’t love him with his growls, scowls and smoulders. πŸ˜‰

    That’s also the scene where we get that marvelous close-up of Guy with his lips pursed looking like he is ready to give you a kiss. He is just so purty there. Who would have thought prunes, broccoli and cauliflower could be so sexy?! Guy, I should add, is very pleased he could be a pick-me-up for his poor ailing Servetus. He’s smirking, actually.

    Really, you can’t go wrong with Guy, Porter, Thornton and all his wonderful characterizations in the audiobooks. So much talent in one lovely man.

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    • I had an idea for a Guy post, recenlty, and I still have to publish the rest of the story of how he returned to you with his beard rubbed off …

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  10. Feel better! I never go anywhere without all his audiobooks on my phone – has got me through many crises!!

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    • I feel like I need to put that line from Strike Back on some kind of loop to listen to — the “I’m going to get you out of here” line.

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  11. Feel better. I am a bit jealous that you got to spend the day with Richard. He makes for great company when a girl is feverish. Doesn’t he? I love that teat cup scene that and the train scene sure to drive off the “mean reds.”

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  12. My fav sick day, sad day Armitage is North & South. Since you asked! But I do love the audio books. They are delightful!

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  13. I love that description of Phoebe. I would love for someone to call me impertinent!!!

    Do you think the Sherif has bowel issues?? : πŸ™‚

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    • people call me impertinent all the time, but not usually as a term of praise πŸ™‚

      it also looks there are pickled mushrooms and red peppers on that plate — i.e., like a central European set designer rather than an English one was at work πŸ™‚

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  14. It never ceases to amaze me how long his eyelashes really are in that RH 3.6 shot. I’m sorry that you have been sick, Servetus, but even with a fever you have still managed to make some great choices of caps, video and audio clips – many of them personal favourites of my own.

    If my memory serves me correctly, Richard admitted to having “a stinking cold” or words to that effect – when they were filming that scene from RH 2.12. You could certainly tell listening to him speak. I’m also very impressed that you ended with “tea”! Always a good choice to my way of thinking!!!! πŸ˜€

    I didn’t think I would be so impressed with the LOTN but I found it to be spellbinding! You are swept along with the narrative and I found myself gasping in shock at one dramatic part.

    Knowing his proclivity for DIY (great choice of scene from Spooks 8.7 btw!) I wonder what he was doing to get the bruised thumbnail which can be seen when he reads “Winnie in Winter” on the Cbeebies bedtime stories. Did he hit it with a hammer or jamb it in a door, or a drawer?? OUCH!!! I know this series was for little children but I’m sure a few of the Mom’s swooned at the “Night-night, sleep tight” ending there!! πŸ™‚

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    • Oh, thankyou so much Teuchter, for bringing up the subject of the black thumbnail!
      Perhaps it’s old hat and everyone knows he hurt it on the RH set… but as I watch the bedtime stories very very often (I have an almost legitimate excuse!) it never fails to catch my eye and I find myself wondering about a certain gentleman wearing a black singlet and morning stubble who sleepily potters over to the bookcase he’s building whilst waiting for his espresso and…bang. Should’ve had the coffee first.
      Could be a bit of a problem mixing Lucas with an early series Guy and adding a touch of Porter fanfic…but I don’t think I’m going to let it bother me.

      Servetus, thankyou, as always, for these recommendations and do please take care of yourself.

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      • For some reason I’ve never read that thumbnail discussed anywhere, hainaut. There was also a style trend in London toward the beginning of the decade that involved painting a single nail black (I discovered while googling it).

        Thanks for your good wishes!

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  15. Get better soon!
    RA for a sick day? Harry Kennedy; all of Spooks 7; RH episode commentaries from the DVD extras. Supplemented by gallons of tea….

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  16. Hi Servetus! I always ended up with RA audiobooks ,as if to watch him and listen was way too much for my ill body:) Take care!

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  17. well, my go-to sick day remedy used to be Sparkhouse, until I found out they took it off Youtube. Lovely, gentle John always made me feel better.

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    • Cindy,

      You definitely need to get your hands on a DVD copy, then, and either a region free DVD player or dowload DVD passkey or a similar free program to your computer so you can watch it whenever you like. You shouldn’t be deprived of your dosage of that sweet gentle giant John Standring.

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  18. I discovered last night that RA’s audiobooks on my iPod wouldn’t just be handy for a sick day. We had a blackout for about an hour because of a storm, and I was quite cozy curled up on the couch in the candle light listening to Horatia and Rule! πŸ™‚

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    • yeah, now we have to add charging our electronics and spare batteries, etc., to the list of emergency preparedness measures πŸ™‚

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