Confession time: I haven’t found the last few months very easy, in fandom terms. Well, you could almost say I haven’t found the last 24 months easy. Yes, ever since Richard himself emerged on Social Media, I have found myself veering ever closer to chucking in the towel and giving up on this whole “fan thing”. It’s hard to pin down what it really is. Is it just the “normal” demystification process that happens over time, the proverbial dying down of a flame because things are not exciting and new anymore, overfamiliarity with the OOA? Has everything already been said before and therefore there is simply no point in getting involved anymore? Is it a disenchantment with the mannerisms and politics that Richard is now more confident to disclose? Or a reaction/resistance to a changing fandom that I occasionally find hard to navigate? There are probably elements of all these aspects contributing to my burn-out. But the fact of the matter is that my heart is reluctant to give up my fandom activities, however much my brain occasionally tells me to not bother anymore. So in a conscious effort to regain my former enthusiasm, I have decided to push myself to a birthday countdown with seven days of posts in the run-up to Richard’s birthday on August 22nd.
I know there are other fans who are celebrating with a #RCArmitageWeek and there is a Twitter handle that pulls together activities under the same name (@rcarmitageweek). I’m afraid my birthday countdown is a rather selfish affair – it’s all about *my* fun, possibly *your* fun, too, but not really directed at the birthday boy himself. I want my crush back, that’s all. And maybe that means returning to a more enthusiastic, more innocent, more optimistic approach – the kind of attitude I had when I first started on the fan journey, where no detail was too small to discuss, where every smile of the man was pant-droppingly effective, and every single one of my own reactions was accompanied by butterflies in my stomach. Can you ever go back to innocence? I don’t know. If my plan fails, this last effort could be my swan song, but well, it’s a risk I owe myself. And if so, hopefully I will sink with a splash.
So here’s my plan: 7 days of posting. Some RAPSes, some discussion, a round-up, an *ooof*, a birthday post – and a charity auction. The latter will be running for several days, via eBay (I hope), and have some interesting items on offer. Just to tease you: There will be some crafted items, but also some collectors’ items such as programmes and magazines. More details to be disclosed over the next few days, but I can already say that I am planning to let the auction run next weekend to come to a close on Richard’s birthday next Monday. The proceeds of the auction will once again go to Save the Children. It would be lovely if you kept an eye on the blog and favoured me with your attention, and to sweeten the deal, there will be shrine raffles for participants and/or supporters!
To start me off, here is a wee RAPS post.
The post may be wee, this RAPS certainly is not. It’s difficult to see the scale of it, but it is larger than my usual rectangular tins such as this Dance RAPS from a few weeks ago. The dimensions are about 10 x 9 cm, and I actually prefer the
almost square format of these tins, but they are harder to come by than the mint tins. It’s actually a cigarette tin (gifted to me by Suzy, if I remember correctly) – and hence the complete disguise. In our rightfully anti-smoking times, I doubt that the (non-smoking) recipient wants to be caught carrying a cigarette tin in her bag… So I had to be creative with the cover.
A word on the recipient of the RAPS. The shrine was made for a lovely fellow fan of ours, MatildRAs, as a thank you for the great tour of Berlin she gave me earlier in February this year: After connecting with her on Twitter, MatildRAs had offered to meet me in Berlin and take me to the locations of Berlin Station which she, a local, had identified. (You can see some of them in my post HERE.) I guess you can already imagine which *disguise* the mutual object of our affection is taking in this shrine…
Daniel right! The spylicious Daniel Miller, under cover of his oversized collar in Berlin. There is a bit of glare on the background, so forgive me for overloading you with another image of the tin top where you can discern the scenario a bit better.
I couldn’t resist
misusing Sarah Dunn’s “hide the weird beard shot” for this scenario. (FYI – I *ooof*ed a similar shot from this series HERE). The similarities with the Berlin Station poster are striking… And for those in the know: Spot the Hermitage?!
But well, beard lover or not, it’s a shame to hide 50% of Armitage’s face in a RAPS. To be remedied in the bottom half of the tin:
There, that’s better. Daniel Miller in his element. Proper spy-candy, trapped between the Brandenburg Gate and “Victoria” on the triumphal column, irreverently also named “Goldelse” by the Berliners (translates to something along the lines of “Gold Lizzie”). I would like to think that Victoria is tenderly patting Daniel’s head there – an omen of what is to come in the show? Fingers crossed, people!
There we go, the RAPS in Berlin. I am really looking forward to Berlin Station, not least because thanks to MatildRAs I feel a certain familiarity with Berlin, and I hope and expect to see our German capital to be a character of her own in the show. MatildRAs took me on another tour when I visited Berlin last week, and we toured past film locations as well as other sights made familiar through tweets by Richard and his cast mates. A picture post of those places is coming soon.
In the meantime, once again a massive thank you to MatildRAs for showering me with gifts and entertaining me in Berlin. It was an absolute pleasure to spend the afternoon with you, chatting about Berlin, Berlin Station, Richard, and so much more!
To everyone else – thanks for reading, and please stay tuned for further announcements re. the charity auction!