A longer version of the BBC Midlands interview — he likes Red Leicester, too!

ETA: the user removed the video. Look in the comments for a link to a transcript of the full interview.

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and specifically mentions Melton Mowbray.

~ by Servetus on April 3, 2014.

34 Responses to “A longer version of the BBC Midlands interview — he likes Red Leicester, too!”

  1. Really nice interview. It’s nice to hear him expand on some things.

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  2. Ahh, parents. Of all the curiosities about Thorin Oakenshield…how did they get your eyes so close together? LOL

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    • that was really funny. And the pattern continues of deflecting questions about his family.

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      • Although you could see he did sort of do an impression of his dad at that point, which always amuses me when people do that. 🙂

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        • yeah, that was sweet.

          It’s also one of those high sympathy points. My dad heard me lecture once (in modern history, on “who voted for Hitler” and which social segments in Germany were most likely to support the NSDAP) and afterwards the only thing he said to me was, do you know what kind of motor moves that sliding chalkboard?

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          • Oh gosh, fathers. My dad never knows what to say to me when presented with something I’ve worked hard on. The last time he came to one of my choir performances, his only comment was, “You sure look like you’re concentrating.”

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  3. This interview makes much more sense now! I could not understand why he launched straight into talking about being in the orchestra when she asked about his arts background.

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    • I also really appreciate the comment about free music lessons. The man has a conscience.

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      • Yes, it’s interesting that he has started to comment on social issues lately. Just prior to the NY interview I was reflecting that he never spoken on those topics.

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        • Well, if he ever wanted to say anything about social issues, this next role should give him that opportunity.

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          • YEP! I am very curious about what he will say. He certainly has a conscience but I’m not sure that he is used to thinking about these problems in a systematic way…

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            • I don’t think he’s a systematic thinker, period. But that’s been a tense topic here.

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            • see discussions on posts “How thick is Richard Armitage?” — I think there are two. I had to close discussion both times.

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              • I’ve seen those posts. Perhaps a provocative title 🙂 ? It was interesting that in this interview he expressed disappointment that there was not a single original Robin Hood story. He didn’t seem at all happy that it is a fable that is re-told over and over again. I think he’s naturally bright but it’s obvious that he hasn’t had the kind of intellectual training that a university degree gives you.

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                • the title wasn’t the problem. The problem was that I dared to say Richard Armitage isn’t the intellect many people want to believe him to be.

                  What i thought was odd about it was that he obviously knows a lot more about myth now (after all the Hobbit preparation). Maybe he was recalling his frustration from back then.

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  4. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX He also showed that he realizes how important that free music was and I’m sure if he expanded on it he would also say that it is really a shame that music is one of the first things cut from school. It is the same here really. I didn’t buy the comment that he didn’t know what his mother thought of him in The Hobbit but for some reason he chose not to share that and to share his father’s comment instead which was funny. It was a very nicely done interview with some really good questions.

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  5. I had free music lessons at school too. I learnt the violin and hated it! I really was one of the kids who pretended to play in the school orchestra. Lol! The fact that he played in the Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra playing at the big concert hall in Leicester suggests he was much better at it than he’s willing to admit!

    Lack of musical instruments in schools today is a hot topic at the moment, with less and less money being available for music education. Yesterday I donated an electronic keyboard that I never use to the school I work in. The nature of my school means music plays quite an important part so our kids are quite well served but they’re still short of instruments that are in good condition.

    As for Red Leicester cheese is not a favourite of mine…a bit too orange for me 🙂

    And my dad is also quite reticent about saying anything too positive about anything I do! My mum on the other hand is always telling me how clever I am! Lol! She thinks anything I do is clever if she doesn’t know how to do it herself, like finding information on the internet or driving 🙂

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    • We had free music lessons at school but we had to come up with the instruments ourselves (unless it was something like a tuba). However, my school didn’t have string instruction. We borrowed a clarinet from someone for two years and then my parents bought a used one that served pretty well for a few more years.

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      • My violin was mine not the schools, but there were instruments at school. I was taught by a peripatetic teacher that I assume the school or local education authority funded. I had piano lessons too but those were outside school and paid for by my parents.

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      • We also had free music lessons at school. My parents purchased a flute for me and a clarinet for my sister. We had a band not an orchestra, like Servetus mentioned we didn’t have strings either. My sisters and I all took private piano lessons for about six years each. The thing I remember most about band is the girl who played flute next to me did not have a pinky finger. Her hand did not look deformed but it did make it harder to play the flute. Funny the things you remember.

        By the time my son (now 30) was in school they had a program to rent instruments. You paid a monthly rental fee but the lessons were still free. My step father taught music and substituted until he was 90.

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  6. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX That is so true. I never had an offer of any kind of music instrument. Very self conscious about my voice as it wasn’t like most girls so no singing even for me. I would have liked to learn the piano I think but we didn’t have money for that sort of thing. The fact that he took the free music lessons and accepted the cello says that he was interested but he downplayed himself as usual. His tastes in classical says that he got a lot out of playing it. All we had in school for music was a music appreciation class.

    I love cheese but can’t have much of it due to headaches. Never had that Red Leicester though.

    Yes, fathers will play it all off by a comment like that but you know that they noticed and it wasn’t meant to hurt. You know that his mother is very proud of him but understandingly he doesn’t want to elaborate on that so he just says he doesn’t know what she thinks.

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    • if you have access to a Whole Foods or a store like that, you can probably buy a tiny piece of gold-plated Red Leicester to try 🙂

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  7. The video is not available any more for viewing. Do you know why? It’s not available on Youtube either.

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  8. Any chance someone downloaded it from YT? Pretty, please?

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  9. I can’t see it either. sobs

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  10. Neither can I. (Several Guy of G sniffs of disappointment)

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  11. I couldn’t see it either. I wish I hadn’t waited on this one. I found info at http://richardarmitagecentral.co.uk/

    UPDATE: The video has been removed from youtube by the user. However, we did update our transcript with the new bits of the interview. The first of five pages is HERE, click the next arrows to continue.

    I’m going to read it now.

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  12. I’ve read the transcript earlier. I guessed I’ve missed the clip only by minutes last night.

    His answer about his dad is a typical story and made me giggle. This could be my dad. They never make a fuss and a good clap on the shoulder is all those old school dads can give. It’s sweet he told it!

    I’ve had music lessons at school, too. I learnt the flute and was singing in the choir for couple of years incl musicals. Great projects! Don’t know if it’s still offered in our schools today. But I think, playing the cello is as difficult as playing the violin? I had enough with the flute.

    Red Leicester, Stilton or any other cheese is good with me. Can’t live without it.

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  13. I’m sure that vid will eventually reappear somewhere. Cough.

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  14. I went to watch it again late last night and was really sad to find it had been removed. It was a great interview and gave us a few more glimpses into his younger days, and his food preferences! 🙂

    I too was blessed in having received free cello lessons at school and I doubt if I recognized at the time how thankful I should have been. According to a very musical uncle, I played rather well, but of course I had to give it up when I left school as my parents could not afford to buy me an instrument of my own. I still find it sad that the importance of music in children’s lives is still not recognized by some, even though it has been proved to be so beneficial to their general education.

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