Dear friends, readers, fellow well-wishers,
the twelve days of Christmas have started, and with it the trickle of Christmas cards. Even packages containing gifts have arrived in Guylty Towers, would you believe, and the festive spirit is blowing hard in my not-so-hallowed halls. As is the custom, I would have loved to send Christmas cards to all my dear sisters-in-RA, seeing that I have so many addresses, that I love letter-bombing, and that I owe so many of you my best wishes and heart-felt thanks. For reading here, for supporting me in my blogging and crafting endeavours, for interacting, for meeting me in London and elsewhere, for presents, and for your unforgettable gift of compassion at the passing of my father earlier this year. Alas, I have decided against sending a Christmas card to each of you, whose addresses are kept safe in my secret notebook. There are simply too many letters to be sent to the fandom, never mind family and RL friends – and I am currently saving *every* *single* *penny* I have for my upcoming trip to NZ (February 2015). I am going the cheap skate route, forgive me, and am posting my best wishes for you here, now, electronically.
So what to give my fellow shippers electronically? A ship, I suppose.
Christmas Richard in all his beardy cheer! If you think that’s all, look again. Mr A is in full Christmas mode.
The RAMBO (RA Matchbox Ornament) may not contain the trademark disco ball
no such frippery – this is Christmas, after all, but in true RAPS-style it comes with a couple of adjustable options: Non-believers, who are in no danger of being excommunicated for blasphemy, may attach a halo to his holihollyness. Those who prefer not to meddle with religious imagery, may stick on Rudolph’s red nose.
You can see the little holder for the halo (a bit of straw – organic, of course) better from this angle:
Both optional attachments are contained in the box – your decision. And Father Richard has brought his colourful sock especially for you!
For added Christmas cheer – or as a signpost such as the original Star of Bethlehem – you can stick the enclosed larger star into the little slot on top.
To tell you the truth, the hardest bit of work for this RAMBO was the tiny writing to label the little slot on the top of the box… I may be a wiz with scissors and glue, but when it comes to free-handing tiny letters I am all a-quiver…
So, M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S and season’s greetings to you all. Richard is smiling at YOU!
When I planned RAMBO, I thought it was going to be a quickie. But as usual I was thinking too
big small. Fiddly! So this is but the poor cousin of a RAPS, RAPSi or RAPS pro, but if anyone wants it for Christmas, leave me a comment and I’ll raffle it off – the winner will receive it on behalf of all of you who have been giving me so much fun, joy, support and consolation this year.
Let’s make it a quick one, so I can send the envelope off in time for Christmas
Postal Service willing – comments until 11.59pm, Wednesday 17th December 2014.
Oh, and if you’re not in luck but you want to try you own hand at a RAMBO – well, I’ve prepared the instructions for you…
Last but not least the obligatory Christmas message to Richard himself:
what a wonderful year – for you, for us as your
We had you back home for Urban, you blew us away with your acting in The Crucible and made many a fan happy with your gracious behaviour at the stage door. You provided us with opportunities to connect amongst ourselves – in London for the play, at premieres for Into the Storm and The Hobbit. You started out on Twitter and created a new medium for the display of your talents – such as inventive hash-tagging and masterful selfie-snapping. You proved that
some men one man can look stunning no matter what length of hair, be it Crucibly-cropped, Urbanny-bobbed, Thorinny-locked – or Richardy-mopped. You gave us insights into your life and work as an actor in many an entertaining, self-aware and articulate interview. And you totally wiped the floor with us when you gave us your portrayal of Thorin in the last instalment of The Hobbit.
I cannot imagine a better time to be your fan – or a better
actor man to be a fan of. Thank you!
Fond Christmas greetings, and ever yours,