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Guy of Gisborne Taking off his Armour.

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Armitage Weekly Round-Up Week 8

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Welcome to week 8 of the Armitage Weekly Round-up.

 Guylty almost developed a case of sprained finger and wrist from clicking up and down the Tumblr feed to pick out the best of microblogging, so check out the Tumblr Round-Up for week 8.

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Here are the RA/Hobbit/OT posts, I hope they brighten up your day :)

Still spReAding the love!

ZaRYSIOwana serves up some Heartbreaking Guy (Polish, breathtaking photos)

Some more Guy, courtesy of Zan, sunny-side up

A Guy waking dream is enough to brighten up the day

The best image to recommend John Porter apart from naked Porter abs and pecks

Need a portable RA shrine? Guylty’s got it covered

Prue Batten’s Guy of Gisborne’s books really can be a Friday Favorite

Does Richard suffer from gynopogonophobia? *checks for stray chin hairs*

On Nazgûl’s- I love a man in black…

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Hey, have you ever wondered if you might be *gulp* Smaug?

Grati looks at the simple gifts of love.

The RA thumb appreciation society seems to be growing, right Siriouslygrednforge? And a word/image from the RATAS founder

Dwarf+Brainstorming= This

The perfect hot beverage to sip on when reading The Hobbit

It warms my heart when Richard is included in a “perfect casting” pick. Make it so!

I really need to pack a suitcase and head to Hobbiton (and yes, I know I say that almost every week)

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Will Comic Con get the dwarf treatment in 2014? Here’s to hoping!

To celebrate, how about a Dwarvicise video to build up a sweat (an oldie but goodie).

Hey dwarves, let’s get physical!

Don’t forget to check out Guylty’s Tumblr Round-Up!

Thorin is spreading and I can’t make him stop (where are Orcs when you need them!!!)

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I don’t know about you, but I always enjoy posts which feature pics of bloggers in their natural habitat and am often confused that they actually exist in RL in oppose to being conveniently placed right inside my laptop.

Today I will be posting tiny peeks into Chez AgzyM, dust bunnies, vinyl wallpapers and all ;)

There’s a room in my flat which has  a set of shelves on the left hand side as you enter.

chez1Even before I move in, I started collecting fancy little shoe figurines and added the Andy Warhol Shoe book of illustration to the mix.

It was a cute feature, but it was time for a change…

You see, I’ve been fiddling about and in the meantime my Erebor has been slowly taken over!

 Thorin had been creeping into my flat (I have a sneaking suspicion he found my secret dwarf door and just used his key…and I don’t mean that in a dirty way…).

It started with London Thorin, a gift from my BFF while we were in London in 2012 to see The Hobbit AUJ.

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Then this Christmas I added Anime Thorin to the collection (thanks not-so-secret- Santa!).

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Then a beautiful Thorin stamp rounded things up (I’ll be changing the stamp background today, I think I can do a bit better and it certainly deserves it…).

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OK, three is hardly a company of dwarves, so Lego Thorin was added to strengthen the group.

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When you’ve already let decency go, it’s easy to go from four to five, so that’s how I ended up with Heroclix Thorin.

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If we add my own Stockingface Thorin who remains blind, so he won’t be battling dragons any time soon…

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….that makes SIX Thorins in one woman’s flat!

Slightly excessive, no?

I gathered my company of dwarves on my bookshelves, but the written word started to fight back, so I’ve succumbed and gave the shoes the boot…

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One bookshelf is hardly excessive, but then, if I’m honest, that’s not the only place where RA pops up.

There’s an Action Figure Gizzy on the way (and I’m still not ready to talk about that particular impulse buy…).

Gizzy will come stomping his feet, clad in squeaking leather, wielding his sword, and will find the lodgings somewhat cramped…

There’s my Pop Art Richard Pic that’s standing right by my front door (and contrasts the authentic 20s telephone pretty nicely, right?):

chez 9Then there’s the kitchen.

I really liked the beautiful card from Guylty and thought it’s go well with my 60s Polish Ćmielów figurines that are right above my cooker:

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I dare not think who else will set up camp in Chez AgzyM (although I’m certain it won’t be Weta Thorin, at least till I win the lottery…).

Other RA items are put away, for now, although last night I dreamed up a board where I could display all the beautiful cards I’ve received from my Armitage Admirer friends.

I’ll keep you posted…

Oh, and Sir PJ, as you vacation in luxurious exotic locations and I freeze my bollocks off, you’re very welcome ;)

Update:

I think Stamp Thorin looks much better… onto the shelf it goes!

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ArmiBat. The Dark Knight remains silent as usual…

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Tomorrow I’ll be making an announcement regarding what I have in store to coincide with King Richard Week.

Let’s just say I’m interpreting King Richard in a different way, and if you remember Operation Armitage from last year, you’ll have a clue as to what’s coming :)

In the meantime, let me tackle something that’s been floating around in the past few weeks.

Armitage batman Armibat

Is he or isn’t he?

Of course Richard knows, but he’s not telling, but then he never does.

Hmmmm, secrecy is a prerequisite for any successful superhero…

My sister asked how I feel about Armibat and I’m giving this idea  two thumbs up (do bats have thumbs?), but then I’m so starved fo anything new from RA.

On top of that, I wouldn’t mind Richard clad in black rubber getting tangled up in my hair, but that’s a whole different story, and one best left for RA Confessions.

As the Armibat rumours ripple across our fandom, I especially liked Seba’s take on the issue.

I starting forming thoughts in his comments, then decided that it warranted a further analysis.

Pot Kettle Black!

It’s all fine and dandy for Gizzy and Thorin to laugh at Armibat, but let’s delve not much deeper into the stories of these three characters.

There are multiple similarities:

They all went through a trauma in their childhood/youth that shaped their life

They are all outsiders trying to fit in

They are on a mission and stop at nothing to achieve their goals

They all wear outfits that make great Halloween costumes

When we break things down though, Batman doesn’t look all that silly in his pointy-eared mask.

For one, he runs a successful business, albeit inherited, but still he didn’t let a dragon who sounds oddly like Sherlock Holmes take it away.

He doesn’t have to suck up to a demented sheriff to gather his fortune.

Let’s just say, Batman is laughing all the way to the bank.

On top of that, he has a secret lair which includes a Playboy Mansion style waterfall.

Beat that Shorty and Grumpy!

That’s prime real-estate, and there no huffing and puffing dragon parked there.

And the voice.

Oh, Batman’s voice!

Imagine Richard doing the “I’m Batman” line!

Batman also wins hands down in the accessories department!

Beardy and Gayliner can sheaf their toothpick swords…

You add Bat to any word and Batman’s got it!

Batsignal? Check!

Batmobile? Check!

Batman utility belt? Yup!

Cave, blaster, girl? Check, check, check!

Hell, he’s even got Robin and who wouldn’t want a brightly dressed and pantyhose clad boy for a sidekick!

All I’m saying is that Gizzy and Thorin need to wipe those smirks of their cute cartoon faces as they choke on the batmobile’s dust.

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On a serious note, do I think Armibat is going to happen?

Well, no news on new RA film projects would make sense if he’s already tied down for Batman (just had a vision of RA in the Batman costume literally tied down, another one for RA Confessions me thinks…).

On the other hand, all the mentions of RA playing the part are of the “Hey, wouldn’t he make a great Batman” variety, so that’s hardly hard-hitting journalism.

I’m gonna call this particular rumour BS.

And then I’ll keep my fingers crossed that I’m made to eat my words wrapped up in a sexy Armibat sandwich :)

And here’s one of my favourite Big Bang Theory moments featuring Howard as Batman.

It’s all about Thorin! Thorin! Thorin!

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There was a Brady Bunch series where Jan, the middle daughter, complained that ‘It’s all about Marcia! Marcia!Marcia!”

I think we can easily apply this thinking to our little fandom, as it does all seem to be about Thorin! Thorin! Thorin!

I think it’s only natural that the lead-up to Richard’s biggest step in his career means we have shifted focus from other beloved characters.

I have observed that about 80% of Armitage news and posts is connected to The Hobbit.

Believe me, I know I’m guilty of focusing a majority of my posts on that little sexy bushy-eyebrowed devil!

I too am beyond excited about December, although I’ve vowed not to send a penny on merchandise until I actually see the movie, but it does make me feel like I’m ungrateful to the other RA characters.

Let’s not forget the months at a time when there’d be absolutely no RA news.

The drought was painful, and yet we survived and thrived because we found hidden depths in the characters available to us.

We had to dig a little deeper and flex our creative muscle to shed new light on old characters.

I miss Thornton and Porter a little and wonder when they will once again get the attention they deserve.

I have a quick question for you today:

Taking Fashion Tips from Guy of Gisborne

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I came across the following image at Debbie Does Doodle and it immediately made me think that it’s focusing on the wrong character from the Robin Hood story :)

Here’s the styling, which really embodied Robin, but interprets it in a way that any woman would feel feminine and sexy.

Gone are the green tights and dodgy hat.

I especially like the arrow earrings and gold leaf bracelets.

I though about how to reinterpreted the style of our Sherwood sweetheart Guy of Gisborne, and perhaps it could serve as inspiration for a mild version of a Grizzly Gizzy Halloween costume, or a least a themed outfit that nods towards him.

I see plenty of leather, beautiful boots, an interesting studded trench and some green velvet, here present in the form of a clutch bag.

The thighs are on full display and the shoulders are bold.

What’s missing?

I doubt any modern woman could afford to be tied up quite as often as Guy seems to be!

Let’s leave the rope at home!

I’m especially excited about the black pearl Ciate nail varnish.

I’m actually going to get my hands on it today and I’m still not sure if I love it of find it really weird.

Because I’ve been eating very healthy, my nails are very long and strong, so I may end up looking like I was given a manicure by Morticia Addams.

I’ll keep you posted :)

Have a wonderful Gizzy Day, take some fashion tips from him and strut like you won’t fit in the door frame!

If Sheriff Vasey was high in Nottingham, that would explain a thing or two…

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I was meaning to write about this story over a month ago, but it got side-tracked.

It seems that Keith Allen, who is constantly described by British tabloids as ‘Lily’s Dad’, will be taking a cocktail of Class A drugs on British  TV.

Allen, who has a history of drug use, will be under strict doctor supervision.

This will be part of Channel 4′s Drugs Live, a program, which will be screened in the Autumn, that will examine the effects drugs like cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy have.

You can read more about it here.

I really don’t have an opinion regarding the program, and will reserve judgment until it airs, although it does seem like a very controversial idea, and no doubt will bring in plenty of viewers.

In a world where having sex live on Big Brother, and selling booze at petrol stations, is apparently OK, some may regard this next step as natural.

It did however get me thinking of Sheriff Vasey.

Talk about mood swings!

I wonder if Allen drew upon his experiences to add that note of drug-infused madness to the character.

An addiction to some mood-altering substance could explain his volatile behavior, controversial ideas, and why he was so prone to violence.

There’s a twinkle of madness in Vasey’s eyes.

Of course, his temperament, and horrible behaviour towards Guy of Gisborne, could simply be the result of a thoroughly nasty character.
Maybe the sheriff’s simply high on life, and drunk on power!

2 Days till Richard’s Birthday! Operation Armitage Competition!

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Welcome to the countdown to Richard Armitage’s Birthday!

This is day SIX of Operation Armitage.

I’ve been having so much fun, and I hope you have too.

Congratulations to the winners so far!

Congrats to the winner of the competition from yesterday :)

To read about the rules, please go HERE.

This image of  Thorin, Gizzy, Thornton, and bearded Armitage, created by our super talented  Seba, from Gisborne’s Boy, is one of my favorites :)

It’s hard not to be swept away by Richard Armitage.

Even producers agree, and have hired Richard to play in a tornado movie.

I think all of us hope that if a tornado sweeps Richard away, he’ll land right on our doorstep.

Remember that to enter the competition, and get have the postman deliver this bag to your door, please leave the answer to the following question in comments, and keep your fingers crossed.

The question is:

If you could save only ONE Armitage DVD or audiobook from a tornado, which one would it be and why?

Comments close at 12pm GMT tomorrow, when the next opportunity to win an Armitage shopping bag is posted :)

Please make sure I have the means to contact you, either by email or Twitter!

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3 Days till Richard’s Birthday! Operation Armitage Competition!

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Welcome to the countdown to Richard Armitage’s Birthday!

 This is day FIVE, so we are over half-way in the Operation Armitage competition.

There’s a chance to win an Armitage goodie today and for the next 2 days.

Congratulations to the winners so far!

The winner of yesterday’s competition is:

To read about the rules, please go HERE.

The cotton shopping bag up for grabs today is decorated with the illustration of the battle between brains and bulk!

Thank You Seba, from Gisborne’s Boy, for creating such a lovely pic!

I’d say the pen is mightier, but it’s less fun to swoosh around, pretending you’re Luke Skywalker battling Darth Vader!

Remember that to enter the competition, and get your sharp claws into this item, please leave the answer to the following question in comments.

The question is:

 If Richard Armitage wrote an autobiography, what would be its title?

Comments close at 12pm GMT tomorrow, when the next opportunity to win an Armitage shopping bag is posted :)

Please make sure I have the means to contact the lucky winner, either by email or Twitter!

Good Luck!

*bows down to Seba, Magzy, and Max’s iPhone*

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4 Days till Richard’s Birthday! Operation Armitage Competition!

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Welcome to the countdown to Richard Armitage’s Birthday!

This is Day FOUR of the competition!

Doesn’t time fly…

I’d just like to say how much I’m loving the answers to the competition questions!

I don’t reply to each individually, as not to be accused of favoritism, but some had me crying with laughter!

A huge congratulations to the winners, and hopefully you (yes, YOU) will be one of them after today!

Congrats to the winner of yesterday’s competition!

To read about the rules, please go HERE.

Both Margaret Hale and her cousin doubted the value of cotton.

Today, I prove them wrong with this snazzy cotton shopping bag!

 This one-of-a-kind illustration, created by our very talented Seba from Gisborne’s Boy, shows the most handsome that blue, black and orange has to offer!

This set of characters is actually quite appropriate.

Guy tries to do as much damage as he possibly can, Lucas tries to stop him, and the good doctor A ends up picking up the pieces.

Remember that to enter the competition, and get your mitts on this item, please answer the following question in comments.

The question is:

Apart from a bum that just won’t quit, and a body to die for, what else do these characters have in common?

Your answer can be as broad as you like!

Comments close at 12pm GMT tomorrow, when the next opportunity to win an Armitage delight is posted :)

Please make sure I have the means to contact you, either by email or Twitter!

Good Luck!

Big Up to Seba, Magzy, and Max’s iPhone!

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