HI! I’m Guylty Pleasure and I am writing here to say thank you.
Seriously, that face above – easy to miss on the source video because it’s right at the beginning and half greyed-out – is pretty accurately the look on *my* face when I received a whole batch of happy mail yesterday. But I’ll get to that in a mo, first I want to get back to that happy clip.
OMG – if that isn’t a happy clip then I don’t know what is… After throwing us a tidbit just the other day, this is the morsel that Richard referred to: a free Audible download of a short Christmas story called The Christmas Hirelings. Happy happy – because like I said elsewhere, I *did* think it was about time that Audible rewarded Richard’s steadfast and loyal fans with a freebie. I have duly downloaded the piece – but not listened to it. Yet. But Richard sells the story well in this clip. It sounds sweet, and much better than the grumpy, misanthropic A Christmas Carol.
I have never liked that story and could never fathom why that moralistic Victorian dampener was imposed on Christmas every year *ugh*. Happy happy happy.
And yes, he looks really happy in this interview, too. Speaking lively and with many smiles. It could be the subject matter – a happy story of innocence and goodness and happiness.
Mind you, The Snowman is another sweet Christmas story read by Richard, yet the video interview didn’t have the happy vibes that this one has. Anyway, you’d have to be a miserable old sod to frown while talking about this story, but I also hope it’s a little bit of genuine, inner-RA happiness, reflecting some regained peace and hope?!
And lastly, reading spectacles! Ha!
Listen, Richard, now that you have come out with your presbyopic glasses (much less discreetly called “old-age sightedness” in German – Alterssichtigkeit – yup, the Germans tell it as it is…), how about you also lay off those
pubescent Instagram filters and present yourself as the gorgeous mature man that you are? Especially since you don’t seem to mind the bits of silver on your temples and your chin? Those eye crinkles do not make you any less of an attractive man.
And just a quick word about the voice. *Guylty melts into a puddle just from listening to the interview* This quote:
The excitement increased to fever-heat when Mr. Danby found a sixpence in his portion, and exhibited an amount of pleasure which indicated an avaricious disposition, and quite shocked Moppet. “I suppose you’ll give me your sixpence,” she said, stretching out a tiny palm in his direction. “You can’t want it yourself.“
Particularly “exhibited an amount of pleasure which indicated an avaricious disposition” is actually quite a tongue-twister to read, but oh, Mr A voices this as smoothly as a knife cutting through soft butter. Try saying “avaricious disposition” quickly five times in a row… yup, avarishush dishposishush… It just proves once again – he truly is a *great* narrator. And not only that, also a tremendous performer – the way he voices Moppet in that excerpt, is just the cutest thing ever… In short – I do look forward to listening to this story, and I am already quite grateful to Audible. Not just for the freebie – but also for a lovely interview. (I am only still puzzled why that video appearance needed a stylist? Surely Mr A looked pretty au naturel… Honestly, styling community, lay off that stunning man. He doesn’t need improving!)
Anyway, after my recent grumbling, grousing and general nagging over anything vaguely related to RA, does this happy post convince you I am still with you all, smitten by Mr Armitage? Well, I am.
Not least because this fandom will not let me go. It’s just too nice. Continuing with the happy theme, I really feel that I need to mention the amazing happy mail that I received yesterday. First of all – for those who are unfamiliar with the term happy mail: Usually describes receiving unsolicited mail containing anything that relates to the recipient’s individual hobbies. I initially encountered the term ‘happy mail’ in the junk journal community where crafters often share their ‘happy mail’ in videos – packages and parcels full of papers, stickers, lace, fabric, and any kind of bits and pieces that the recipient might like to have. So yesterday, I had “deliriously happy mail”! I received three parcels which I had not expected at all!!!
I am still floored by all these unexpected parcels and gifts. Christmas has definitely come early for me. Big thank yous to all of you, Donna, Hariclea, Kate and Eugeal – not just for the gifts enclosed, but actually for the gift of your time, your thoughts and your implied friendship. I am very, very happy to receive it all. And I hope I can eventually return all your kindnesses in some shape or form. Thank you xx.