Some of you might remember that I had a second batch of badges printed a while ago.
I had ordered them for no other reason than I had run out of the first 100 so-called “fandom identifiers” and thought it would be nice to have some more available for… whenever. Well, it seems as if the opportunity may have arisen just now. The long-awaited Urban and the Shed Crew film will premiere on the 7th of November at Leeds International Film Festival, and I have heard that there may be a fan or two going to the event.
An opportunity to don a discreet little badge that signals the shared fandom to a fellow fan while not plastering the allegiance to Mr A all over the shop. Or as I wrote last year when I originally executed the idea on prompting by notallwhowonderarelost, after realizing much too late that there had been fellow fans at the same performance of TC in London – yet I hadn’t recognised them:
We really need some discreet way of recognising each other in the future. Really, all this clandestine walking past each other while being sure that we have spotted a fellow sufferer of Armitagitis… Silly. I mean, *I* have a brilliant bag with Robert Hermitage’s face plastered all over it, so *you* might spot me. But how can *I* spot you? Save the silly beard idea (really, Richard, that’s a no-go. I don’t even like a beard on you, never mind on myself…), or militaristic uniforms, the only way forward seems to be removable insignia – something unobtrusive to outsiders. Yet recognisable by insiders. A little badge that only gives away that we are part of the RArmy to those with inside knowledge…
I reiterate the fact that this is just a fun little fandom thing and I am not prescribing to anyone that this is the *one and only* badge for fans to wear. It is merely a fun little gift from me and my supporters, CraMERRY and Hariclea, and may even serve a practical purpose. The second batch is ready for anybody who would like to have a badge. I will send a badge to anyone who would like to have one, no matter where, all costs covered! All you need to do is send me an e-mail to guylty (at) photographer (dot) net with your request and address (please put “Badges” into the subject line), and off it goes in the post to you!
However, if you feel like it, I would like to follow the esteemed Mr A’s example and make a little suggestion.
The badges only cost €0.35 to make and postage is € 1.05. Postage, package and badges are covered by previous donations, but if you like I would be delighted to collect donations in return for a badge. The proceeds will all go to Action for Children via Richard’s Just Giving page. (Congratulations at this point to all the generous supporters who have already given money to Richard’s new cause! The £ 2000 mark has already been passed – amazing generosity!!!)
Let me emphasise again, though: This is a voluntary contribution; I do not expect donations but am happy to send them off free of charge.
So, rescue me, I am drowning in a sea of badges. They need new owners. And think of how much fun it would be if you were lucky enough to go to the screening of UATSC in Leeds AND meet a few fellow fans without asking awkward questions…
I await your e-mails!