Ok, Guylty’s summer of navel-gazing is over.
I bet you are as relieved as I am. What a bloody saga *sighsdramatically* I am closing the chapter on this fangirl’s individual psychosocial condition and happily return to non-personal shrining and *ooof*ing activities, occasionally laced with a bit of fandom love activism. To transition us in I present you a true work of fan-fan-fan art. A shrine that I made for a fellow fan of the man I fan for but who I am also a fan of in her own right. Confused? Yeah, I know… I’ll explain.
Is this how it happened for you, too? You have spotted this tall, dark, handsome and convincing actor in some role on the small or big screen. You google his name. A few pictures spring up on the search result site. You take a quick overview on wikipedia, checking age, height,
marital status, other roles… You find yourself oddly attracted to the man, and to find out more you go back to the search results. And there, right among the top three results, is not just an entry in wikipedia or imdb, but a proper site dedicated to him. You click…
Yup, I am talking about richardarmitagenet.com. I believe the site is the proper gateway for many new fans who are looking for more info. And who quickly make RAnet a daily habit, thanks to webmistress Ali’s continuous and meticulous updating of her site. I have always been a major fan of her gallery of images. And there is a comprehensive archive of interviews and articles, as well as a handy list of all available DVDs with Richard’s work, which if you click on the provided links, will take you directly to an online shop where you can buy them. I am not a great fan of advertising but in this case I happily do advertise because Ali generates referral fees through any purchase that is generated through clicking on those links. And she regularly donates the accrued fees to Richard’s assigned charities on JustGiving. Afaik she has donated several thousand pounds that way! I think that is pretty amazing, considering that she must invest a lot of time on maintaining her site – and gets nothing out of it except traffic and occasional messages of thanks.
Not only is Ali a web mistress with a conscience, an archivist for the fandom and a fabulous fan, she is also a really nice woman. 🙂 I had the pleasure of meeting her briefly in London before the conversation event, but regrettably did not take the time for a proper long chat.
I don’t think she missed much, though, I was far too giddy, anyway. And she had lots of interesting company, too. But I took the opportunity of presenting her with a special little RAPS, just because I wanted to show her my appreciation of the work she does – for our pleasure and entertainment, but incidentally also for RA’s promotion and web visibility (especially pre-Twitter emergence).
So here is the RAnet Special:
Quite possibly the classiest lid design yet? The shiny mirror R reflects all attention away from itself as the man does himself. (Ah well, ok, I am getting a bit carried away here with advertising speak…)
Richard always cuts a bella figura – whether on stage (Proctor, left), on the screen (Gary Whatshisname, right) or on the red carpet. This, incidentally, is RAnet’s current header image.
And gee, was Guylty chuffed when Ali asked for permission to incorporate Berlin RC RA in that…
Mr A in his
arguably most iconic role. In front of some of his most loved shows and films. Where will it all end? We don’t know but at least we can lean back, secure in the knowledge that Ali will keep an eye on the career developments of RA.
So, if you read this, then thank you Ali, for all the work you do, for the friendly communication you always maintain, for answering questions and for forgiving stupid mistakes.
Yeah, I just cannot let that incident rest. It will haunt me forever. It was a pleasure meeting you, I wish I had had more time. Maybe next time? Hobbit BOFA, London, 2014,? Bring it on!