Can waiting be damaging to your health? Do controversies have a detrimental effect on your mental balance? In short, are you in need of First Aid? It’s an exciting time to be a fan of Mr A’s at the moment. Not only are we still waiting with bated breath for an announcement re. his next acting “gigs”
and boy, the lack of oxygen is beginning to take its toll on my body…, but within that vacuum, Mr A launches a couple of well-meant comments, only to withdraw his – frankly harmless – opinion in his by now trademark self-censoring way. No wonder that such a modus operandi creates waves – at a time when his well-wishers are focussing more than ever on his Twitter mouthpiece, in joyful anticipation of project announcements. Ever in Armitage Protection Mode, Guylty thinks that this was not a case of throwing TWO glasses into a full bar and then leaning back to watch the chaos (see THIS for reference) but an inadvertent, yet ill-advised case of second-guessing.
FWIW – Dear Richard. Don’t. Please don’t second guess yourself. You’re entitled to an opinion, and you have a right to voice it. If it sparks discussion, well, isn’t that also part of the democratic, multi-cultural, mutually respectful society that you so eloquently praised in your recent letter to fans? You are *not* creating dissent by voicing a firm opinion. You are merely suggesting *one* possible interpretation, and your readers are free to agree or disagree. If anything, I enjoy the challenge of a firm opinion thrown at me, of having to dissect and understand it, and then sort it into my own interpretation of the world. Those are good things. Your voiced opinion is a good thing, too, allowing me to exercise my brain, and my knowledge, and my interpretive powers. If anything, then disagreement with your opinion should be taken as a sign that you are deemed worthy of reaction and consideration. We wouldn’t engage with you, if we didn’t care! Please don’t devalue your power to reach people by retracting your opinions. You are worth hearing. And your comments are worth remaining online.
Ok, off the soap box. I wonder if Richard is in need of some First Aid when it comes to getting burnt on Social Media? Maybe I need to make a little RAPS for him with a mantra that reinforces his right to post whatever he likes – and stops his thumb from going anywhere near the delete button… In that sense, he is definitely not the right addressee of today’s little shrine. I doubt he’d take much pleasure in looking at himself in a shrine!? But if you, dear reader, feel you need a little bit of tender care after the controversies of the weekend, then have a look.
A while ago, lovely fellow fan and tweep Nokisuu had to deal with a bereavement. When she mentioned it on Twitter, I remembered that she had sent me a whole heap of material, including this:
Not sure whether it is original and clever to send a donated tin back to the donor, but it fitted this occasion because Nokisuu really needed some distRAction and love. Call it self-serving (because I am still stuck in a Porter-love phase) but I think Porter is the man to call on when it comes to an uncompromising, yet sensitive hero to rescue a woman. Thus…
Porter is ready to…
… take care of you. And it is intensive care:
Just look at the smile. If that isn’t intensive care on *his* part, then it certainly demands intensive care for the recipient of that reassuring smile. *thud* I guess you can call this RAPS an “intensive care unit”…
Several weeks have passed since Nokisuu received the RAPS, but I hope that it will serve her well, beyond the first response. Maybe previous First Aid recipients can shed light on the effectiveness of RAPS intensive care units? The first such was deployed pretty much exactly two years ago, and another went to Budapest two months ago. Interestingly – all three of these ICUs contain Porter in some shape or form. So is it just me or is he the go-to man when it comes to picking up some tender care from an
unfortunately fictional chaRActer?
As for intensive care – I could’ve needed one just now, myself. I was floored by two letters I received this morning. Super-talented artist Rachel Burns gifted me this stunning original drawing of my favourite
quick iPhone photo really doesn’t do it justice. It is absolutely amazing. She *always* manages to catch RA’s likeness without fault. But it is a hundred times better when you see the drawing close up and in RL. I had no idea, for instance, that she was using pencils to draw. You can see every single stroke of the graphite, and that brings home how much time and talent goes into these pictures. Her art should be selling for hundreds of Euro! You can see more of her work on her Twitter. In particular, I recommend you look at this picture of RA himself. Be-au-ti-ful! Thank you so much, Rachel. I LOVE original artwork, it is very dear to me, and I know the value of it. I think this is the last stroke needed for me to go ahead with my Guy of Gisborne gallery…
But wait – I got two letters. Esther of the Book Esther Blog had already warned me that a gift was on its way. Everybody always writes “little gift” – but then I receive tons of stickers and glitters and bits and pieces, which I love and do not think “little” at all!
Thank you so much, Esther – those stickers are brilliant, and you are absolutely right, they immediately get my creative juices flowing.
And I really need a little motivation, I haven’t done any shrining for a few weeks… Oh, and the big padded stickers are *perfect* – I had no idea such things existed and therefore I had to make do with my own homegrown solution. These will make things much easier for me! Have a look at Esther’s blog if you haven’t yet – she always has something interesting to say, and I love that she is one of those people that you can have a proper discussion with. (Cos that’s how we first started communicating, on another blog, over a controversial matter – and we managed to discuss to the point and respectfully. As it should be.)
So, lots of love everywhere today – for a fellow fan in need, for an artist whose work is amazing, for a fellow fan who is generous and kind. Oh, and last but not least – lots of love for good old Richard, too. We still luv ya, matey 😘.