Fans Wax Lyrical

Guylty Pleasure

I was idly watching the Sunday go by when for no apparent reason I remembered some fun fan poetry that I meant to post in a separate post long ago. Maybe today is the day, with nothing else happening? I really think you will have fun with some of this. And it goes to prove the point that it is well worth reading comment strands on posts. There are true gems to be found in there, honest.

So, we were going about our business on the comment thread of one of my *ooof*s over on me+r when inspiration struck and Kathy Jones started waxing lyrical. The context was an imagined male underwear collection called “The Line of Durin”, modelled by the Durin boys. And Kathy came out with this gem:

Ode to Pelts (Poetry Intervention)

There once was a man with a pelt,
Who sported a big shiny belt,

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Thank you from the bottom of my heart


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A huge thank you to Guylty, ra-overload and Jane who have made this an incredible day!

I got back from walking the dogs to find:


so I took care of doggie business and dug out my scissors


Inside was a POSTER FROM THE CRUCIBLE because an anonymous donor gave some to Guylty to share with Well Wishers who were were unable to see the play.   I’m going to the framing shop tomorrow to have the poster pressed and mounted.   This lovely piece will be a life long treasure because whether or not RA is always the man of my fan-girl dreams this poster will always be a token of the beautiful spirit of lovely people from around the world who make strangers happy without any consideration for themselves.   There is kindness and goodness in this world and ironically John Proctor’s face will always remind me of that.


There was a lovely note from Guyly in the tube, written on custom stationery.  You made my heart sing Guylty!



A Guylty orginal … her own photo of our hero at the Berlin premiere of The Desolation of Smaug in Berlin, December 2013.   It is a magical thing to hold a real photo taken by a real person in the real world in comparison to all of the virtual beauty I’m used to.


But that was not all.   My heart lept into my throat when I found a tin in the package.  The level of high pitched squeals emanating from the general vicinity of my flailing body sent our dogs into fits.   I did the dance of joy and scared my poor son.



When I opened the enchanted RAPS I giggled, snorted, oohed and ahhhed.  Thornton was my, as any others, gateway drug.  It was through North & South that I first became aware of a compelling actor who had a powerful way of drawing you in by barely moving.  Thornton was not an easy, genial man.  He was prickly, outspoken and had quite the temper but Richard made you want to know more, to care and for the difficult man to get the girl.   That kiss in the train station had me weeping and swooning.  To have my very own portable shrine means there’s always a swoon at my fingertips :-).  There are also giggle snorts because of the bunny.   Guylty wouldn’t know it when she made it but ever since an early chapter in a Richard RPF I’m writing I will never be able to see a bunny again without giggle-snorting.  It is apropos to have a bunny in an RAPS.



Thank you Guylty for this wonderful treasure.  You have so much happening in your own life and yet you take time, energy, creative efforts and resources to make others happy.  You are a treasure and an inspiration.     Thank you to Jane for donating the poster and resources.  You are this summer’s Secret Santa – bringing joy to girls and boys who weren’t able to journey to London to see our Hero in the performance of a lifetime.   Thank you to ra-overload for putting a bee in Guylty’s ear to suggest that I might go insane for a RAPS – you are a loving kind friend and I am sorry to tell you, you’re stuck with me 😉

You ladies have made me happier than happy and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

With love, gratitude and happiness, Alana

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RA Pocket Shrine 38/? – Thorin, One Last Time?

I was so touched by the enthusiasm of Guylty and the generosity of Jane as benefactor. There is such love, support, enthusiasm, humour and creativity in this special gift and in all that Guylty does. Sending you awe filled thanks, hugs and oodles of chocolate ice cream. xo

Guylty Pleasure

how many shrines eachFor some reason I thought that Thorin was by far the most popular of all RAPS subjects. To me it felt as if I had enshrined the noble King more than any other chaRActer over the course of the last six months. I thought he had beaten the old favourite, Mr Thornton, and even my very own gorgeous knight, Sir Guy. Thorin on map, Thorin with crowns, Thorin mad, Thorin sexy… It was all Thorin to me. But when I did a little bit of analytics today, I realized that Thorin is *not* the “most favourite” RAPS subject at all.

In fact, there is no clear favourite. Much to my own surprise Thorin is up there with Mr Thornton and Guy at five shrines each. And – this is the biggest surprise for me, considering my great difficulties at confining the spy to a tin – with…

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RA Today ~ August 12, 2014

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Great interview with new and interesting quotes on things like future projects – must read

Is Richard a star?  An op ed

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“Ye-es, there is, and I may have just auditioned for it. I’ll let you know if it doesn’t come through, because if I do get it, you will read about it!” ~ upon being asked if there is a once-in-a-lifetime role his heart desires.  See article in Sundries above.

any guesses what the role of a lifetime might be?  I’ve picked Sunne in Splendour but I’m not putting money on it, lol.

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sorry, the tweet from Fraser’s Mom on the details of the bracelet has been taken down

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and an oldie but goodie

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Richard at the 2010 Baftas by mezzmerizebyrichard

Nice random pics by azseagal

Birthday gifs by mrsjohnstandring

How it’s made – the Strike Back promo manip photo of Richard & Orla

Tauriel & Kili art

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my gif from the new ConnTV interview (link above)

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happy fella ~ my screen cap from ConnTV interview

So This Happened: RA US Shot Video on the Into the Storm Red Carpet…

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Richard Armitage US Special Correspondent Sara Alize Cross gets this shot of the man himself on the (Black) Carpet of the "Into the Storm" NYC Premiere! Richard Armitage US Special Correspondent Sara Alize Cross gets this shot of the man himself on the Red – well, Black – Carpet of the “Into the Storm” NYC Premiere!

How did it happen that Richard Armitage US was asked if we wanted to field a reporter on the Into the Storm Red Carpet? We’ve only been around little over a year. All I can say is that 1) Producer Todd Garner is one fun tweeter, and we’ve been exchanging tweets for months, 2) Mr. G. got some RA US Atlanta peeps passes to a preview screening, 3) Warner Brothers arranged the passes, and then their Interactive Marketing rep got in touch to say she liked the FB site and would we like to have reps at the premiere (yes, m’dears & m’darlin’s, I did squeeee a wee bit), and 4) Into the Storm has some heavy competition, and the…

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