Yesterday was a bank holiday in Ireland. While Mr Guylty and daughter went off on a hike in the beautiful Irish scenery, guess what I did? Yep, I pleaded “work” – and then settled in for a big shrining session. After all, the Birthday Auctions are coming up, soon. T -12!
Amazing what you can get done when you are undistracted at home alone. A separate update (with some more sneaky peeks) to follow soon, because another contribution has arrived today…
I’m in a Raybo state of mind, though, and before I launch into today’s RAPS presentation, here’s a little reminder that Canadian film site Get Reel Movies is doing an interview with Richard tomorrow, and has asked for questions to be submitted.
— Get Reel Movies (@GetReelMovies) August 8, 2017
So if you have any clever Qs, tweet at them!
And now into the wilds…
The lush green of the Irish fields, and the rusty browns of the bracken through which Raybo has to fight his way… Here he comes:
This shrine contains a piece of Ireland – the shrubbery (*niii, niii, niii* 😂 – sorry, in-joke for Monty Python fans) which Raybo is purposefully striding through, is actually real moss which I collected in Connemara – right where Pilgrimage was filmed. Chances are, that Raymond trod through exactly those pieces of moss. Well, miniscule chances, but anyway.
I mentioned it elsewhere
and maybe I am a freak, but I find scars fascinating – if not even sexy. Granted, Raybo has a rather scary specimen gracing his cheek. However, it proves again that even a hefty scar cannot disfigure the actor who lent his face to the Norman knight. And despite the scowl, there is a touch of vulnerability there in Raymond’s look… The coincidence of the screen-grab? Or the nuanced acting of Armitage?
In any case, a shrine for those who feel some sympathy for the traumatised knight – and for those who have scars of their own. I used to explain scars to my children as “marks of honour” – evidence of having *survived pain*. In that sense, I hope this shrine will boost not depress.