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Richard Armitage Silent Auction! RASA for JustGiving 2013

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Welcome to the Richard Armitage Silent Auction.

You can read all about the rules of the auction here, so please do so before you bid.

All of the money raised will go to a Richard Armitage JustGiving charity, but which one will be determined based on the poll results, so please take a moment and vote.

To learn more about the charities, please click on the link above where (on the right hand side) you can read about the specific charities.

As way of thanking those who have contributed to the RA Silent Auction, either by donating and bidding, or commenting, reposting, retweeting, reblogging,  I have also prepared a giveaway where you can get your hands on this Thorin Bookmark.

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Please click on the following link to take part in the bookmark giveaway: a Rafflecopter giveaway.

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For those who will not be bidding on items but would like to contribute, please click on the Donate button in the sidebar or the link below.

Before I present the items that you can bid on, just a quick reminder!

The aim of a silent auction is to submit via email a bid of what you are willing pay for an item, however the bids are not revealed.

 The highest bid wins.

All bids must be sent via email at RASilentAuction [at], with the number of the item in the subject line, before Monday Dec. 2nd 9pm GMT.

Bids in comments will not be accepted, although please feel free to leave your thought there.

All bids must be in GBP (pounds sterling) and the transfer conducted via Paypal once the auction is won.

Some items have a minimum bid in order to cover their cost of production or because they are rare/one-of-a-kind.

OK, enough with the chatter, let’s get on to the main event!

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Let’s start our auction of with this beautiful handmade and one-of-a-kind Keyring donated by Arkenstone:

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The Hobbit inspired Keyring depicts symbols from the book and movie.

It includes a ring (The One Ring), a bird (A Thrush), a key, dragon (Smaug), a door that opens (Bilbo’s door),  and a stone (the Arkenstone).

It comes with a removable ring and a secret behind Bilbo’s door.

No minimum bid.

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Arkenstone also donated an item that will allow you to start every morning with Richard:

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A 15 ounce (450 ml) Coffee Mug!

 It is a two-toned  blue/white ceramic mug with 1 small picture of
Richard Armitage and 4 of his characters under a sealed finisher.

It cannot be used in a microwave and must be hand-washed and dried, much like Richard himself!

No minimum bid.

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If you need a bit of RA luck, Arky also donated this amazing one-of-a-kind Thorin Charm Bracelet:

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This Thorin’s Quest Charm Bracelet depicts symbols from the book and movie and is a must for any Majestic Dwarf fan!

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It includes a door (Bilbo’s door), a key, a Warg, a ring (The One Ring), a sword (Orcrist) a dragon (Smaug),  a Wizard (Gandalf) a bird (a Thrush), and a stone (the Arkenstone).

These are separated by small green flowers and leaves (Mirkwood).

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It is silver toned and has a lobster claw closure.

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Total length of the charm bracelet is 9½” (22,8 cm).

Minimum bid: 13 GBP

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Guylty is not content with making you *ooof* with her weekly posts, now she wants you to feel that all year round, so she’s created and donated this RA Calendar:


That’s right! A Richard for every season!

Or as Guylty describes it: a Richard or six a month!

This beautiful and one-of-a-kind calendar consists of the most stunning RA images hand-picked by our photographer extraordinaire!

This calendar is an A3 size (29.7 x 42.0cm, 11.69 x 16.53 inches).

Minimum bid: 15 GBP

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Guylty has also prepared another special calendar consisting of images close to her heart:

This Ireland 2014 calendar (30 x 42 cm) contains beautiful photographs of Irish landscapes taken by Ms *ooof* herself.

The calendar shows the beauty of Irelands landscape, dotted with castles and monasteries, steep hills and green fields, framed by the ocean… all captured by Guylty.

Minimum bid: 15 GBP

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Ingrid has donated an item that will be music to your ears:


If you are in need of hearing Richard’s velvet baritone, The Lords of the North Audiobook, narrated by Richard Armitage is perfect for you!

 The third in Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon Chronicle series is set in the time of Alfred the Great was released in 2007 and has since become a fan favourite!

This one had me sobbing and laughing out loud and I agree that it may possibly be one of the best audiobooks Richard has recorded to date!

No minimum bid.

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This navy blue T-shirt donated by Perry is the hot item within The Hobbit fandom!

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The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Worldwide Fan Event New York T-shirt is a size Medium and is in pristine condition, not to mention it was within a dozen meters from Richard!

And if he ever put the T-shirt on, he’d look a bit like this:

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Richard looks mighty pleased with himself and so will you when once you get your hands on this T-shirt.

These are going like hot cakes at online auctions, so here’s your chance to snag this incredibly rare item!

Minimum bid: 15 GBP.

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While we’re on the topic of The Hobbit, Mezz has donated a paperback copy of The Hobbit to round up your dwarf experience:


Who wouldn’t want to snuggle up in bed with Mr Majestic?

To make reading this Tolkien classic even better, I’m adding this Thorin bookmark:

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It’s made of bronzed metal and has a picture of Thorin “Hot Dwarf” Oakenshield behind a cabochon.

You are bidding for both items together.

No minimum bid.

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Continuing on the theme of lying in bed with a good read, Joanna has donated Elizabeth Gaskell’s North & South:


This is a paperback Penguin edition and is in English.

Richard read this book to prepare for the part of Mr Thornton, and now you can see what all the fuss is about!

I am also adding a Thornton bookmark which will come in handy if you can resist reading Gaskell’s masterpiece cover to cover in one go.


It’s made from silver-coloured metal and features a profile of John “Mummy’s Boy” Thornton under a cabochon.

You are bidding for both items together.

Unfortunately, hunky mill owner not included.

No minimum bid.

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Joanna has also donated a copy of Gaskell’s North & South in Polish.


Książka jest wydawnictwa Świat Książki i jest wymarzoną lekturą dla każdej romantycznej duszyczki!

Dorzucam zakładkę z pięknym profilem Thorntona.


Ta metalowa zakładka jest srebrnego koloru i widnieje na niej podobizna Johnu pod kaboszonem.

Dla chętnych dorzucę kilka wacików z bawełny 😉

No minimum bid.

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To continue with the northern theme, I’m donating a John Thornton brooch:


I must admit I have a similar one pinned into my winter coat lapel and it’s comforting to have Mr Thornton accompany me as I go about my day.

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It’s a bronze-coloured metal brooch (20×33 mm) with a 18×25 mm cabochon.

You bet that if I actually owned/wore a cravat, I’d be pinning it there too!

No minimum bid.

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Talking about having a dashing handsome character close to you, here’s a Thorin tote bag:

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This linen bag (40×40 cm) is fastened by a wooden button and has zipped pockets inside.

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It’d be the perfect bag to take with you to The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug première, and will easily fit your 3D glasses, some sweets and a bottle of champagne water to celebrate!

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No minimum bid.

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Kelly Duck was inspired by The Hobbit to create this beautiful necklace:

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Kelly created a similar design for the AUJ New Zealand Premiere last year and we all know it was lucky for her, so let’s hope the luck rubs off!

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This is a white glass pearl accented with a burgundy coloured Czech glass leaf.

The metal is antiqued copper, and the chain is approximately 18 in /46 cm in

No minimum bid.

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If one adorable acorn necklace wasn’t enough to spoil us, Kelly has also donated this version:

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This necklace contains a dark brown glass pearl accented with a light amber
coloured Czech glass leaf.

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The metal is antiqued brass, and the chain is approximately 18 in./46 cm. in length.

No minimum bid.

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If this picture of Richard Armitage intrigues you:


…then Serverine has donated the perfect prize for you!

Get your hands on the Malice Aforethought DVD featuring a moustached Richard Armitage.

It’s the perfect item to round up your Armitage DVD collection!


(DVD cover may differ from the one above)

Format: NTSC on DVD-R
 Region: Multi-region ‘0’(free) so will play worldwide, including PAL DVD players.
Source: copy/transfer from DVD import to allow play worldwide.
Quality: 8.5/10 (better than video)
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 – 1.33:1 (not widescreen)
Number of discs: 1
Language: English (no subtitles)
Classification: Unrated
Studio: Wgbh / Pbs
Run Time: 150 minutes

No minimum bid.

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If moustached Richard is not your mug cup of tea, CDoat has just the thing for you:

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This mug features an image of ‘our’ King Richard – film king and king of fans in real life.

It’s a 11 oz (325 ml) ringer mug with coloured handle and rim.

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 It is dishwasher and microwave safe, in other words Richard in a crown will withstand (almost) any machine treatment.

Mug back

Wrap your hands around this beautiful mug and keep them toasty!

Minimum bid 18 GBP.

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Although Richard makes us feel all warm and fuzzy, sometimes that just doesn’t cut it, so Obscura has the perfect solution:


This scarf is hand-made from a cotton blend yarn and is 266 cm/105 in long and will brighten up even the most gloomy day!


Talk about a labour of love, Obscura had to pry the neon yarn from her daughter’s hands.

Now that’s  taking one for the (Armitage) team, all for a great cause!

No minimum bid.
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Here’s fifty shades of grey… and pink that Obscura knows you’ll love!


This beautiful hand-made scarf is woven by elves by Obscura from cotton blend yarn and is 202 cm/79.5 in long.

I’ve asked a very special model to show us how the scarf can be worn:

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Not bad Richard, now work that catwalk park lane!

No minimum bid.

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The author Trudy Brasure needs no introduction to the avid North and South fans.

Trudy has donated a paperback copy of her N&S continuation A Heart for Milton: A Tale from North and South.


When Margaret Hale hastily rejected the wealthy industrialist’s fervent marriage proposal, she could not have foreseen the events that would lead her to change her mind and open her heart. But was it too late now to let the handsome, brooding mill owner know? Based on the novel North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, this book weaves a change near the end of the original plot to create a romantic continuation of an enduring love story.  A Heart for Milton brings to life all of Gaskell’s rich characters: Nicholas Higgins, Hannah Thornton, Henry Lennox, Mr. Bell, and others. But at its core, this tale unfolds the joy, hope, passion, and fulfillment of the love forged between John Thornton and Margaret Hale as the reader follows their journey through the uncertainties of their engagement to the trials encountered in their first year of marriage …and beyond.

I am also adding a Thornton bookmark, although I guarantee you won’t want to put this book down till you’re done.

This metal bookmark is bronze-coloured and features our dashing mill owner under a cabochon.

You are bidding on both items together.

No minimum bid.

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If you are already a fan of Trudy Brasure’s writing, this item is an extra special treat.

She has donated a copy of her brand new book In Consequence.


The book isn’t out of print yet and you will receive a copy hot off the press mid December.

The winner of this auction will literally be one of the first people to get their hands on the book!

Trudy is very hush hush about the details of the plot, but if her previous book is anything to go by, this one will be a corker!

No minimum bid.

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If there’s too much Thornton for your taste, the wonderful Charlotte Hawkins is throwing in some ebook Grizzly Gizzy into the mix and has donated:

The Tempest: A Guy of Gisborne Story

Book 1 in the Gisborne Series

The Tempest

Guy of Gisborne, a man of great darkness and sin, meets the woman who will be his redemption… Sir Guy is a fierce, brooding knight. He is both feared and scorned by those under his command. But under his harsh exterior lies a tortured soul, haunted by his many sins… Cassia is a peasant healer, with a secret longing for the fearsome lord Gisborne. When fate thrusts him into her hands, she soon finds he lives up to his fearsome reputation. But she also learns there is more to him than meets the eye… Soon they are drawn into a passionate love affair, one that will alter both of their lives forever…


My Lady Gisborne: A Love Story

Book 2 in the Gisborne Series

My Lady Gisborne

Lady Evelyn Gisborne desires to be a proper young noble-woman, but independence runs strong in her blood. She follows her heart as well as her head, and temptation soon beckons her in the form of a handsome rogue.  René Jean-Bastien is clever, bold…and forbidden, for she has been promised to another. Simon Jean Carré, Marquis of Laroque,  is a born soldier. His life is commited to the pursuit of battle and the honor of the knight’s code. When he journies to the Gisborne estate, his only intention is to meet his promised bride. But he soon finds himself entwined in the life of a most unusual family…and falling in love with the woman he has sworn to keep at a distance. Evelyn is torn between two loves. Will she choose the man to whom she is promised…or the dashing thief who has stolen her heart?


The Baron’s Lady

Book 3 in the Gisborne Series


Owen Gisborne is a knight in training. He vows not to lose his heart to a woman, but only to dedicate himself to the prestige of his warrior’s class. But to be a Gisborne is to love with a great passion, even if it goes against the rules…

You are bidding on the entire set of 3 ebooks from the Gisborne Series!

The Gisborne’s will have you steaming hot under the collar!

Format: Mobi for Kindle

No minimum bid.

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Well, hello there Mr Postman, do you have something in your bag for me?

Ela has kindly donated an awesome Thorin treat:


There are TWO Thorin stamps up for grabs!

The stamps go to the top and second largest bid (one stamp each), so if you want both, bid big 🙂

No minimum bid.

Armitage Silent auction thanks you

I hope you enjoy the items on offer at the RA Silent Auction, dream big and bid big!

The auction will run till Monday 9am GMT, so make sure your get your bids in by then.

I will be contacting the winners on Tuesday, as well as the raffle winner.

Enjoy 🙂


The Auction is already over and a huge THANK YOU! to all of those who took part!

I will be contacting the winners today (Monday) with details regarding the Paypal transfers.

If you have any questions please contact me at rasilentauction [at]

The Richard Armitage Silent Auction starts Friday! Rules and Procedures

This is a looooong post, but please read through it carefully before you bid.

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The RA Silent Auction starts this Friday 29th of November at 9am GMT.

The auction will last till the 2nd of December 9am GMT.

We have an amazing variety of items going under the hammer (20 goodies in 17 separate auctions), many but not all connected to RA.

Please make sure you stop by, peruse over the delicious goodies we have lined up, and bid your heart out 🙂

ALL of the proceedings from the auction will go to an RA JustGiving charity!

Below I have written out the procedure of the silent auction, as well as the general rules that apply.

Before bidding, please make sure that you read through these points and please email me if you have any questions at RASilentAuction [at]

Apart from the silent auction there will also be a poll to determine which RA JustGiving charity the RA Silent Auction funds will go to.

There will also be a raffle for all of those who bid, comment, retweet, repost, reblog and are generally refabulous (not a real word…), with the chance to win an RA goodie.

If you wish to contribute to the RA Silent Auction Fund, but will not be taking part in the bidding, I have established a Donate button on the side.

Please state clearly that this is a donation and not a payment for an auction item.


RA Silent Auction procedure:

The auction starts at 9am GMT on the 29th of November at 9am GMT and ends on the 2nd of December 9am GMT.

Any bids that come before or after that time will not count.

All items will be featured in one auction post that will be published on Friday the 29th of November at 9am GMT.

All bids must be sent via email to RASilentAuction [at]

Comments to this post will be open and you are encouraged to leave your thoughts, but bidding in the comments section will not count.

All of the items up for auction have been generously donated by my wonderful RA friends.

Some items are one-of-a-kind and a minimum bid has been established, the other items have no minimum bid.

 The good news is there’s no maximum, so bid big on multiple items 😉

Each item has an identification number.

When emailing your bid please write the item number in the subject line.

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Apart from the item number and your bid, please do not include any personal details, address etc.

After you have won the auction I will email you with further instructions regarding the transfer.

 After the money is transferred I will request your shipping details which I will pass on to the person who donated the item.

Make sure to check your email so I can contact you if/when you win.

All bids must be made in GBP (pound sterling) in order to unify the currency.

All transfers are to be made to the RA Silent Auction PayPal account.

PayPal converts your currency automatically.

Unfortunately, due to logistics other means of transfer will not be possible.

If you do not have a PayPal account, I can assure you it’s very quick easy to set up and safe to use.

If I do not hear from the auction winner by the 8th of December 10am GMT the item goes to the second highest bidder.

After the transfer is completed and I have received your shipping details, the item/items will be sent directly from the person who donated it.

The postage + packing costs will also be covered by the person who has donated the item/items.

After all the transfers have been completed, I will tally them all up and send the money from the RASilentAuction PayPal account to the RA charity that was chosen in the poll that will appear in tomorrow’s auction post.

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The auction is open internationally and everyone can bid (apart from me, AgzyM, unless an item does not receive any other bids), including those generous people who have donated the auction prizes.

You can bid multiple times on multiple items.

You may raise your bid, but please don’t lower it.

All bids are confidential (hence the silent auction) so I will not be disclosing any information during or after the auction.

All bids must be made in GBP via email RASilentAuction [at] and all transfers via PayPal.

ALL the money raised during the auction will be transferred to an RA JustGiving charity.

The information that you provide, including your email address, bids, shipping details etc. will be handled with respect and the information obtained will be treated as confidential.

Due to the nature of this auction, I have asked Guylty to serve as independent arbitrary/umpire.

If there are any questions regarding the auction, bidding, money transfers etc., Guylty will have access to auction information and will analyse your question/claim as an independent arbitrary.

If you have any questions about the auction, please email me at RASilentAuction [at]

By bidding I will assume that you understand the procedure and rules of the auction and have agreed to them.


I hope everyone enjoys the  auction and see you back here Friday 9am GMT 🙂

Shake, Rattle and Roll Hobbit Boys

Tomorrow I’ll be posting the rules and guideline regarding the RA Silent Auction.

I’m so excited as there are 20 items to date to bid on and they are really cool!

While I was creating the auction post my PS Elements 6 crashed and I had to upgrade to CS6 which seems awesome, but I’m having to learn many functions from scratch.

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I feel that while I’m busy organising the auction, Armitage admirers are continuing with their….well… admiration and I feel a tad out of the loop.

Never mind, I’ll be back, but till then here are The Hobbit boys showing us their moves!

And I will NOT be writing about the placement of Richard’s hands… let’s just assume it’s a line dancing move…

Debbie does Dallas, Richard does Old Hollywood…

There WILL BE a “what’s Richard leaning against?” brainstorming post once the RA Silent Auction (coming to a computer near you this Friday!) is done and dusted, but I’ll leave you with this image I’ve been toying around with:

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I simply refuse to let go of Old Hollywood Richard!

Scientists keep on trying to figure out Viagra for women.


Here it is, and without any nasty side-effects!

In the meantime, here’s the image and you can start thinking where we’re going to stick Richard 🙂

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Another Dwarven’ Fabulous Birthday!

I’m still here and very much alive.

Work has been very busy the past few weeks and I’ve spent every free moment trying to bring the RA Silent Auction together ready for Friday (yes THIS Friday…. may the freak out commence…).

There are a few things I’d like to share with you, but I figured I’ll write about the nicest one and the rest will keep till after the auction is done with.

By the way, if you’re interested in donating for the auction, please email me at rasilentauction [at]

We have some amazing items donated, but I’m greedy and want more 🙂

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Back to the main issue, I’ve written a few times how my family and friends are supportive of my fangirling ways and even end up encouraging them.

I shared with you the amazing birthday cake Magzy designed for me, last year the postman brought me some pretty amazing postcards.

This year my birthday was just as dwavin’ amazing!

It seems that Magzy hit the craft box HARD and came up with  a one-of-a-kind birthday gift!

The adventure started at 8.30 am when I started my quest.

Instead of sweaty dwarves knocking on my door I was handed this lovely box:



When I opened it puzzle pieces came out:


When I put the puzzles together I got this crossword puzzle:

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Unfortunately no clues were attached, so I knew my quest was far from  completed.

A few hours later we met up with my BFF who handed me another box:



Inside was another (bloody hard) puzzle to put together:


 I put my Thorin wig thinking cap on and got down to dwarven’ business.

The box consisted of a puzzle that gave me the clues to my previous puzzle:


See if you can slay Smaug and guess what the proverbial pot at the end of my birthday rainbow consists of!

The gift is absolutely amazing and a huge THANK YOU to Magzy and her magic fingers (not to mention the rest of her…) for getting crafty and making my B-Day ace!

Arty Farty Friday: Ai Weiwei, Without Fear or Favour


I’ve done quite a few Arty Farty Friday posts in the past few months, loosely interpreting what art is.

I’ve tried to cover a variety of topics, from artists and their paintings and origami to fashion and documentary films.

Today I’d like to suggest a documentary film about Ai Weiwei, one of China’s best knows artist, who is also regarded as the one of the most dangerous public figures.


His work don’t reach the highest prices at auction, but he has become the face of human rights struggles in China.

  His criticism of the authoritarian regime has resulted in prison time and a ban on traveling without official permission.

The Chinese officials certainly have a problem with Weiwei.

On the one hand he is kept under house arrest, on the other he is the most noticeable artists of his generation that cannot be erased so easily, if nothing else he’s the architect who designed the Beijing Bird’s Nest stadium.


If you’d like to read more about Weiwei, I suggest a brilliant article at

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy Without Fear or Favour and remember that art isn’t only about beauty or subjective emotions.

How can I possibly improve on Armitage perfection?

You may have noticed that I haven’t touched upon the subject of the Esquire Magazine Richard Armitage shoot.

I haven’t mentioned the pictures, nor have I tortured them with my limited PS skills or disembowelled them for my own amusement.


The truth is all the first immediate ideas I had (once I came round after passing out at the sheer beauty) had already been realised by others: Bond? Check! Cary Grant? Yup! Sit there and lick the screen? You bet!

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I usually like to add, subtract, filter or crop an image to scratch a need, to test an idea, to push the boundaries of the original, annoy photography purists, but with this set there was nothing, no impulses I wanted to act upon.

Apart from a slight crop, what else could I do to heighten the senses and boost emotional response?

What could Photoshop and my imagination come up with that could perfect the perfect?

That is why today I shall stick with simplicity, at least until these photos relinquish control over my sensibilities, or another RA photoshoot pops up and I can take these picture down from the plinth their beauty has placed them on.

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Ok, maybe just a quick silly one for the road…

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Tipping the Velvet, Pride and Prejudice with “naughty bits”

Just a quick word of warning.

I will be writing about homosexual themes in this post.

If it’s not something that you are comfortable with, you should give it a miss.

Although I am straight, I wholeheartedly support gay rights and anyone who leaves homophobic comments will literally feel my wrath.

So, keep it clean and don’t be mean!


Every time I researched more costume dramas that would be in the vein of North and South or Pride and Prejudice, I’d come across Tipping the Velvet.

That’s not surprising seeing that the script for  P&P and Tipping were written by the same screenwriter Andrew Davis, although he described the latter as P&P with naughty bits.

It ended up on my shortlist as a Benedict Cumberbatch project and I finally watched it during the summer.

Word of warning, Ben is in it for just a few minutes and he plays a misogynistic so-and-so who tries to bully his way into his girlfriends pants, so if he’s the only reason you want to watch this series, you’re going to be disappointed…

Anyway, I’m not sure what I thought this story was about, but it certainly was unexpected.


The 2002 BBC mini series is based on a novel by the same title written by Sarah Waters.

Had I know the slang meaning of the expression “tipping the velvet” I would have been tipped off regarding the plot (if you’re curious click here).


Nan (Rachael Stirling), an 18-year-old oyster girl leads a seemingly ordinary life until she sees Kitty Butler (Rosie Kennedy Keeley Hawes), a male impersonator and performer, serenading woman on stage.

When Nan moves to London to become Kitty’s dresser, their friendship evolves into love and they develop a passionate physical relationship.

Nan joins Kitty on stage and they both achieve success as a duo act of male impersonators.

Life seems perfect for the two women.


Unfortunately, like with many love stories, betrayal follows and Nan finds herself alone, destitute and struggling to make ends meet.

Although Tipping the Velvet describes a lesbian relationship, the concept of love leaving you devastated and heartbroken is universal.

The themes that appear in this story can be disturbing and yet the writers and producers manage to install a healthy dose of humour to make even the most bleak or absurd circumstances watchable.


In many ways this is a story of self-discovery, a picaresque plot which describes the lower-class protagonist struggling in an unfamiliar urban setting,  experiencing adventures that they can only survive (semi) unscathed from with the help of their wit.

It’s also a bildungsroman story, a cautionary tale about coming-of-age and the important lessons the protagonist learns along the way.

You can watch the series (three episodes) on YT with Spanish subtitles:

After you’ve watched all the episodes, I recommend you check out the French and Saunders treatment of the series.

This clip featured possibly the most creative lesbian sex scene ever 😉

I haven’t read Tipping the Velvet, but it got me interested in other Sarah Waters stories.

There are other books that have been turned into movies and TV mini-series, like Affinity, or Fingersmith, which I haven’t finished watching yet.

I hope you enjoy today’s recommendation.

And I’m not sorry, Fangirling is Human Nature…

I’ve been busy with the RA Silent Auction business and it will likely continue till the auction post is out on Friday, the 28th of November.

A quick reminder, if you’d like to donate an item please email me at RASilentAuction [at]

The deadline for photographs of the item (maximum 3 per item) as well as the description is the 26th of November.

Let me just say that it’s shaping up to be AWESOME!


The pic above shows how a slashy fanart image was used by accident in China to promote Thor 2.

Or was it an accident…. hmmm….

On Friday I took part in a Thor marathon.

The triple feature included Thor, The Avengers and Thor 2.

I’m not the biggest Marvel fan, but I sure do like sexy men running around in super hero costumes, although I question where all the kick-ass women are (I have a Scarlet Johansson allergy, so she doesn’t count…).

Anyway, this wasn’t the first movie marathon I’ve attended, but it most certainly had the lowest average age.

There was a sea of teenagers (and I do mean early teens) which surprised me seeing that the last movie finished at 3.30am.

I was relieved to see a bunch of parents waiting in the cinema lobby to ferry their offspring back home and could imagine my poor dad sitting there at all hours of the morning waiting for me to get my fangirl on.

fangirl face

And by fangirling (or fanboying, as the case may be), I really do mean FANGIRLING!

It was actually adorable to watch then squeee every time Loki/ Tom Hiddleston appeared on screen.

After each movie they’d meet up in the ladies loo to continue discussing how unbelievably hot and adorable that Loki is.

Oh, Loki!

My BFF and I are easily aggravated (cos we’re cool like that!) and we were cracking jokes until I realised that I may have much more in common with these high-pitched braces-wearing loonies than meets the eye.


I have seen The Hobbit: DOS trailer twice in the cinema and both times I was:

– punching the air

– jumping up and down in my seat

– nudging my companions when they clearly seemed to be covering their face with their hands

– panting, salivating, squeezing, huffing and puffing, ready to blow that whole cinema down

And that’s just the trailer, mind…


The truth is, some of us will  never grow up, hopefully we never grow old.

Expressing enthusiasm (even if it’s in a public place) is one of the fun things about being a fan.

Running around London and emitting rainbows because you’ve spotted a location where Spooks was shot, getting an issue of Empire Magazine in the post with Thorin growling on the cover (thanks Guylty!!!), holding on to that plastic soft drink cup just because it has The Hobbit written on it…

It’s all part of the fan experience.

I don’t suffer in silence, I certainly won’t explode with glee in silence either.

And I for one intend to continue to embarrass and bug the daylight out of everyone who is stupid enough to go with me to a place that may activate my fangirling 🙂

So, what’s your most vivid fangirling experience?  

Arty Farty Friday: What could you do with a sheet of paper?

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Last week I missed Arty Farty Friday, but I will certainly make it up to you today.

What could you do with a sheet of paper?

I’d either write a list on it (shopping, books, post ideas) or I’d use it as a wrapper for my old chewing gum.


The documentary Between the Folds shows what amazing things others can create using a single sheet and a gift of folding.

This is not merely a documentary about origami, believe me, I made that mistake and was discouraged until I had nothing better to watch.


This beautiful documentary shows folding paper as a means to create art, solve mathematical puzzles, but also as means to making scientific breakthroughs that can influence the way we live our lives.

I dare you to watch it and not be compelled to at least learn how to fold the most basic origami shapes!

Here’s an instruction on how to fold an origami crane:


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