Leibster Award

Jazzbaby1 was nominated for a Leibster Award and is spreading the love. ¬†She’s very generous like that – always making people feel special ūüėÄ

Okay, ready? First, the rules.

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog into your post.

2. Answer 11 questions which you have been asked by the nominating blogger.

3. Nominate 5 to 11 other bloggers who have fewer than 1.000 followers.

4. Add a new list of 11 questions for the nominated bloggers.

5. Paste these rules into your post.

6. Make sure your nominees know about your post and their nomination.

JazzBaby’s questions:

1. Beatles or Rolling Stones?  Beatles.

2. What was your Richard Armitage gateway drug role?
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3. What’s your favorite Richard Armitage role?

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4. What’s your favorite picture of Richard Armitage?


anything by Robert Ascroft … or this year’s Sarah Dunn or … selfies or …

5. What song would you like to hear in a fanvid? Any particular scenario? It Had to be You ~ rom com wooing the love of his life

6. Coffee or tea? Both (but not at the same time)

7. If you could have dinner with any two people living or dead who would they be and why those two? #1 My mom РI have so many questions about her childhood and want her to know how much I love her.  #2 Richard Рduh?

8. What book are you reading right now?  Roger Sudden by Thomas Raddall

9. If a train leaves the station travelling east at 50 MPH and another leaves fifteen minutes later travelling west at 55 MPH how long till I start crying because I hate word problems? 0.00000254 seconds.

10. Fili or Kili? Kili (loved Aidan in Being Human before The Hobbit)

11. How long did it take you to answer these questions? a couple of days – coming back to it off and on.

Thanks to jazzbaby1 this was fun!

My questions (all about RA):

  1. Did you know you were sunk the first time you noticed him:
  2. An interview/ comment/quote that you enjoyed:
  3. Does your family know about him, if so: their thoughts:
  4. A silly fan thing you have done:
  5. A kindness you’ve done/received from a fellow fan:
  6. A photo that moved you:
  7. A scene from his oeuvre which made you cry:
  8. A song you’d like to hear him sing:
  9. A reading you’d like to hear him perform:
  10. A nice encounter with him:
  11. A question you’d like to ask him:




RA Today


Happy Thornton Thursday & Guy Friday! ¬†I might have gotten a titch¬†carried away with doing Guy edits. ¬†If I was to sort the images in my edits file, I’m pretty sure there would be far more of Guy than any other three characters combined. ¬†This is amusing because I wouldn’t necessarily say he’s my favourite RA character. ¬†I’m a bit partial to pre-Bateman Lucas and Porter and Harry and Thornton and … oh dear. ¬†Zeesmuse and Guylty, who I think are tops, really like Guy so it hopefully it will give them a smile to see him.

Planet715 has done several more drawings of Richard and his characters. ¬†Here’s a sample:

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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 ūüėČ

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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