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Expect ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ this December … plus, DOS EE!

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Peter Jackson announces Hobbit 3’s altered title

Forget The Hobbit: Into the Fire; the third film will be renamed The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – states Peter Jackson on his Facebook page, here.

In the mind-blowing statement, Jackson discusses how he and his team arrived at such a significant alteration:

“There and Back Again” felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced—after all, Bilbo has already arrived “there” in the “Desolation of Smaug … And so: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ it is.“.Peter Jackson

The news comes straight from the director himself, barely half an hour ago.

Totally unexpected and intriguing.

I personally loved “There and Back Again”, but I understand…

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Armitage Visual Fest 8

I don’t often make gifs but here a few favorites of mine.

They aren’t all that, but I remember having a blast (and tearing out my hair with frustration) when making them 🙂

Maybe honing my gif skills should be my summer 2014 resolution?

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Armitage Visual Fest 7

One of my favorite manips I’ve made is my Mickey Richard.

It was inspired by pop art and Mr Brainwash’s art like this Spock one:

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I didn’t feel a particular need to have Richard done a Marilyn wig, but if you’ve seen Banksy’s film Exit Through the Gift Shop you’ll understand why the studded Disney Mickey Mouse ears 😉

RA mickey studded pop art 50BTW, I actually have this image printed out and framed.

I remember once taking a picture and posting it a while back but as I don’t currently have the image in my RA file, in accordance to Armitage Visual Fest rules, I can’t insert it here 😉

Armitage Visual Fest 2

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I’m still continuing taking a look at what goodies my RA folder holds.

I think it’s safe to say I have a thing for Richard’s profile.

Don’t get me wrong, I like him from any angle, but there’s something about the nose, chin, ears, all coming together to produce…

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Not bad mother nature *gives a round of applause*

Of course profile pictures are not only limited to the face…

I’ll leave that for another day…

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Yup, I’m checking it out too…


Don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t mind a Pina Colada…


Hey there, could you use a good holiday?

Well, pack your string bikini, suntan lotion, Pocket Shrine® and get ready to board the Armitage Airways.


You liked Pina Coladas

and getting caught in the rain
And the feel of the ocean

and the taste of the champagne
If you like making love at midnight in the dunes on the cape
You’re the lady I’ve looked for, come with me and escape…

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Unfortunately, I’m not going on an exotic holiday, but I have some exciting new RL stuff going on (not to mention the not so exciting end-of-semester yawn fest ) and I need to focus my energies on doing everything to the best of my abilities.

I know, it’s always a bummer when making a living/having a life infringes on my Armitage admiration time, but what’s a gal to do?

I’ve scheduled a few “favorite pictures” posts to litter the blog while I’m away.

Be good to one another, keep on Richarding and I’ll be back in no time 😉

RAworld Secret Valentine: Love for Agzy

RAworld Secret Valentine: Love for Agzy

Happy RAworld Secret Valentine’s Day!!!
As I go through the cards, vids and letters members of our community of friends have created to celebrate the occasion, to quote Pam from The Office, “I feel god in this Chili’s” 🙂

I absolutely loved my Valentine’s and I’d like to thank my beautiful Valentine for brightening up my day!
Check out all the love here:
Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

RAworld Secret Valentine 2014

First of all, a very Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone! I hope you guys are having a wonderful day.

And now, to Agzy, who happens to be my  Valentine (fortunately/unfortunately, depending on how she sees it), thanks to the Goddess of Coincidence 😛 Happy Valentine’s Day!!

I’ve been a fan of Agzy’s blog, a big fan. Her funny and brilliant posts never fail to make me smile,  especially when I have bad days. Her’s and a few other blogs are perhaps one of those many ‘feel good’ places I head to when I’m down with the blues. So when I got Guylty’s email, I was really happy at getting an opportunity of expressing the admiration I have for one of my favourite RArmy bloggers!

Agzy is probably the most cheerful RArmy member I’ve ever known. Witty, funny, amazing and with a knack for craft, this is how I would like…

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Just a quick note…


Dear Friends,

Things have been a tad shitty as of late, not something I’m ready to write about just yet, but it may mean that I’ll be stepping away from the blog for a while, especially with Christmas preparations and such.

I hope to get an RA Xmas post in, but if I don’t I just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and I hope there are more RA goodies than lumps of coal stuffed in your stockings 🙂

Be good, be kind, enjoy each moment with your lived ones, focus on what is important and let the rest melt away like snow!




Richard: “I’m sorry, what was the question?”

The Hobbit Google+ Hangout was fun today, although I fantasise imagine that if I were to ever actually hang out and chill with Richard, there’d be less people around.

And if celeb sex tapes have taught me anything, it’s to keep that camera switched off at all time, so no steaming on YT, but I digress…

Only a few people got to ask questions and one or two were asked while the rest of us were watching the footage not really…

As you know, me and the RA posse are tight, so they shared with me a question that wasn’t shown.

Can you guess what question Richard is answering based on his gestures?

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Can you guess what question the interviewer asked?

Can you???


Here it goes:

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I bet ALL of you guessed this one!

Easy peasy, orange squeezy, one may say 😉

“All that Once Was is Lost” A Thorin Halloween Ficlet

I wanted to do something special this Halloween, so I decided to write a tiny ficlet about Thorin.

I’m not a writer by any stretch of the imagination and this is my first attempt, so I hope you’ll be understanding.

I’ve taken some liberties with the story, especially with the idea that once the Durin dwarves passed away, the line was broken, which isn’t true as Thorin’s cousin took over.

Nothing about Thorin’s life was easy, why should the afterlife be any different?

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He sees  the mountain in the distance, shrouded in clouds that hang low above the iced cap.

All that once was is lost.

Everything he loved had turned to dust, only echoes of people and places remain, delicately vibrating somewhere deep within him.

The Durin Dwarves, once a noble family of kings, is now reduced to tales recorded in books by careful scribes,  told around campfires over a jug of beer, whispered to children at bedtime.

Nothing remains but his wandering spirit, trapped on Earth to roam the familiar lands.

As his body fell on the battleground and his blood seeped into the scorched earth, his soul had not been greeted by his forefathers in the grand halls of Mandos.

There was no feast in his honour, nor toasts of fine red wine raised to celebrate his glorious time on earth.

His beloved nephews did not intonate a song vivating their victorious battle, nor where their voices of praise joined by his ancestors.

He did not return to the earth, as the elves believed, turned into stone from which dwarves were made of.

Aule had devised a cruel fate for the one he had created in the chamber beneath the mountains of Middle Earth, the beloved son of Durin kings, leader and defender of his people.

He stays here trapped, looking but not seeing, listening but not hearing, feeling nothing but regret at all that had come to pass.

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Gone is the burning desire for gold and treasures, he can taste the remberence of proud utterances passed through his lips, but what they were, he cannot recall.

He gazes upon Erebor and a faint emotion flutters in his heart.

Is it despair, regret, passion?

What strange memories stir within him, disturbing the nothingness of his purgatory existence?

Whatever possessed his soul in life had now left an ice cold emptiness deep inside him, a vacuum in which thoughts of a distant time long past resonated in echoing vibrations.

If he could feel anything anymore, his spirit would burn as if Smaug’s breath still cast fire on the treasure his ancestors had kept hidden from greedy hands.

His heart would swell with pride and love at the thought of Fili and Kili, his beloved nephews, who stood by his side and fought like the heirs of great warriors they were.

What fate Aule had in store for them he did not know , but Thráin’s grandsons did not carry on the line of Durin, of that he was certain.

He uttered words resembling a pray, a hope that the brothers were together in the afterlife, spared the pain of loneliness, an existence in limbo.

Jewels, which reflected sparkles in his eyes, threw shadows onto his noble features, caught the light of the flickering candles and torches, and glistened on the walls of the halls of generations of kings, all was lost.

Nothing remains but distant memories that haunt.

Arty Farty Friday: Tom Ford is my Secret Crush


There, I’ve said it!

Something about Tom Ford makes me secretly swoon- he’s intelligent, talented, unbelievably stylish and you just know he smells good!

He first came to my attention when he took over designing for Gucci in 1994 and created some of the most recognisable silhouettes of the 20th century.

He was also one of the hardest working designers, although the pace of life being a fashion demigod wore him down.


The documentary I’d like to recommend isn’t as gritty as I like them, there’s plenty of arty farty talk (and not in the good way), but there are some gems, like when he described being a boy, looking down at the new shoes his mother had bought him and just knowing there was something flawed in their design.

It’s also fascinating to watch his designing process.

I’ve mentioned many times that despite having a degree in fashion design, I know I’ll never work in fashion.

One of the reasons is that I have little attention to detail which is essential in creating clothes.


It’s fascinating to watch Tom get his scissors out and start hacking away at a jacket I would have given the green light to.

What I admire most is that in 2004 Ford was able to walk away from a career that was slowly destroying him and turned to making another dream come true meaning directing.


In 2009 he wrote, produced and directed The Single Man, which is based on a book written by  Christopher Isherwood of the same title, much to the disbelieve and amusement of the fashion world.

Ford has stated that the main character is loosely based on his own experiences, and was his way of dealing with his mid-life crisis.

How can you not just crush on this guy?

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