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For Guylty…”Friendship is a light in dark times”

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I had written a huge intro, but I decided to keep it simple: Let’s give back a little bit of that positive energy that Guylty has been showering us with.

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I am sure that most of you are already aware that Guylty’s father died last week after a sudden and unexpected illness.  The obituary for her father appeared in their local paper yesterday, and it asks mourners not to send tangible expressions of sympathy to the family.  The desired beneficiary of any memorials is a Heimatverein via a German bank account.

Since this will be a bit difficult for people outside of the EU to participate in, Servetus and I talked it over and we thought that a donation to one of Richard Armitage’s Just Giving charities on behalf of fans might be in order (similar to the one that was organized in memory of Servetus’ mom last summer).  I have set up a new PayPal account to collect donations which will then be donated at the Just Giving site.

This post is not meant as a pressure to donate;  …

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What we leave behind, what we pass forward

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I’ve been thinking a lot about change within our fandom, but then most of us have.

After two and a half years I’ve experienced a lot, people have come and gone but every now and again I get the ‘hey, I wonder whatever happened to so and so…’.

One of the first blogs I stumbled upon fuelled by my Thornton high was Befuddled Musings by Calexora.

I was mesmerised by her frank posts where she’d share not only her fangirling feelings towards Richard, but also the difficulties she faced as someone suffering from a chronic disease.

At the time I was very much a shy lurker and would never even dream of leaving a comment, but day in and day out I’d go back waiting and hoping for a new post.

By the time I had delurked Calxora had decided to focus all her energy on RL stuff and go on hiatus.

That’s hard enough on a devoted reader, but there were the old posts to fall back on, filled with insightful comments and humour.

  Calexora stopped posting, but I was particularly sad to see that she had completely deleted her blog about a year ago.

She wasn’t the first nor the last, but losing all those wonderful posts that she so lovingly created throughout her time as an RA blogger triggered something in me.

It made me think about the aspect of fandoms being the keepers of archives.

Every post, every comment, image, recording etc. documents our journey both as individuals and as a group that wouldn’t have existed prior to the availability of the internet.

We are the network society, the keepers of information that captures who we are now.

Much like the books of old, they preserve our journey as we mould our little group of friends.

On my part I have made a promise that when (and unfortunately there are no ifs about it) I’m ready to let go of the RA fandom and I’m done with this blog I shall leave it intact.

Even if I’m ready to move on, I’d like others who are travelling down this road to be able to access the info that I’ve gathered here, but more importantly what others have helped co-create by commenting etc.

On the off chance that you’ll ever read this Marie, you were a very important part of our Armitage community, you are missed and thank you for all the energy you put into blogging.

Although your posts are no longer available for other Armitage fans to read and enjoy (and that’s a real shame), at least their ghosts exist in the memories of those who were lucky enough to be regular readers 🙂

To those who have their finger on the delete button I urge you to reconsider.

Perhaps shut down comments, delete any personal info that you don’t want “out there”, but leave your posts as testaments to the journey you and fellow RA fans have taken, to the person you were and the community you were an active part of.

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Talking about the fandom and contributing I absolutely love the idea behind Spreading the Love 2014 (read more here).

Get this:

An anonymous donor will donate £1 for each and every act of kindness “spReAd the love” mentioned here or here till the end of February 2014, up to a limit of £200!

This can mean a donation to charity, like Just Giving or an act of kindness, however you choose to interpret it!

I hope everyone will take a moment and think about what they can do to make sure the whole sum of £200 finds its way to those who need it and thank you anonymous donor for your generosity.

Great idea, great initiative!

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It’s curtains for RA Silent Auction 2013

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I can finally announce the end of the Richard Armitage Silent Auction 2013 event.

I’d like to thank all the people who donated items, bid, made direct donations, reblogged, retweeted and so on, for taking part!

Almost all the items found new homes and I hope they are making their way to the winners as we speak (or in our case I type and you read).

When I first came up with the idea for the auction, I thought auctioning off 10 items and raising  100 GBP would be great.

I’m so happy to announce that we have exceeded my expectations many times over.

The final tally for RA Silent Auction is:

RA Silent auction tally

Yup, that’s 668,62 GBP!

The funds raised during the silent auction are being transferred to a Richard Armitage Just Giving charity that you chose in the poll:

ChildLine

Unfortunately due to a limit as to the amount I can transfer in one go, I have separated it into separate operations, the first 3 were already completed on Monday for the sum 350GBP.

The additional 338,62GBP will be transferred today 🙂

I hope that the money we have raised will help offer assistance to children in distress.

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If you’d still like to contribute to the Richard Armitage charities, you can participate in the Just Giving Back Fundraiser.

From now through December 15th you can make a donation as way of thanking Richard for his wonderful work and to celebrate the premiere of The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.

I know I’ve said it before, but the RA Community of Armitage Admirers is an incredibly generous bunch!

I can’t tell you how much it warms the cockles of my (frozen) heart that you reacted so positively to my idea.

Thank you to Magzy, Guylty, Serv and Arky for their assistance when I was ironing stuff out and needed someone to bounce ideas off and hold my hand.

I’m very thankful that all of you took the time to contribute and who knows, maybe the RA Silent Auction will become an annual event  🙂

UPDATE:

It turns out that I have to verify the Paypal account before I can make any other transfers as I’ve reached “the annual limit” 😦

I’m doing my best to fix this as soon as possible, but I probably won’t deal with the issue till I’m back from London on Monday, so the last transfer won’t be through till then.

 Bear with me, the money is safe and waiting to find it’s way to the ChildLine account.

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