Seriously, are we only eight people down yet? There are 25 participants in total of our travelling shrine initiative, and I have the pleasure of telling you that Flat Richie is currently in mainland Europe. He arrived there last week, travelling from England. I have been told that all is well with him, and that he looked very well padded and wrapped up in suitably black latex *coughs*. Well, or some other kind of almost-leather-y looking material. Flat Richie is currently with Nordlicht, and when she was last in touch on Friday, she said she hadn’t yet decided what she was going to choose from the package… Let’s see if she will give us a clue soon 😉 But for your overview here’s Flat Richie’s European progress:
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While we are at it, here is a little Sunday Miscellany
- It was Mr Guylty’s birthday last week. The man is about the unvainest person I have ever known. *little dig at RA in lieu of a birthday present for the best husband of all* As in: he didn’t want any mention, any presents, any parties for his birthday. However, the children and I decided we were going to ignore his wishes and instead kidnap him and treat him to a ‘spice bag‘ at a chipper where the kids used to hang out after school. Anyway, none of that is important to the blog topic, really, but this: Instead of a blindfold, Mr Guylty was told to pull his hat down, and *whoa*, did I have sudden visuals… (see evidence right). Honestly, I totally get now why the crew was gasping there on the set of Hannibal when RA starting crawling over the furniture with his woolly hat rolled down.
I might have to ask Mr Guylty to re-enact the scene for me at home in our bedroom. Minus the lip-smack, though.(The spice bag was thoroughly disgusting, btw.)
- I have the bestest fellow fans in the world. Check this out:
Is this the funniest tin you have seen yet, or is it??? A huge big thank you to Sparkhouse for this unexpected gift. I have never seen a tin like that before, and yes, even if I *hadn’t* recently come under the spell of the Red Dragon, I would still have considered this the ideal tin for a Francis Dolarhyde RAPS. The ring in the shape of a stag’s head is fabulous, too. Again, imagery from Hannibal. Many, many thanks, Sparky 😘
- I didn’t think I’d be so enthusiastic about this… especially in light of the fact that I will have to resubscribe and *pay* for yet another subscription, but after listening to the trailer, I am really looking forward to the next season of the Wolverine podcast:
I totally bought that American accent during the phone calls. In fact, that accent is beginning to grow on me *eeeeek*.
I think I have been totally brainwashed at RDC5! I’m not sure *what* the guy exudes when you stand in close proximity to him, but it feels as if most if not all my resistance to succumb to his charm has been eroded. Richard Armitage, mutant? Anyway, there’s another audio thing I have to make time for…
- And yet another fellow fan who has picked me up when I was feeling low. I am still struggling with some rather unexpected nastiness in the fandom, and the best antidote, of course, is the fandom itself. Unexpected and definitely not required, LoLo sent me a beautiful present for a photo of mine I had provided.
It’s a slim Zox strap – and I love everything about it: the travel theme, the adventure theme, the map, the colours… Lololove it. (Wearing it right now. In fact, I haven’t taken it off since it arrived this week.) Thank you, LoLo!
- Also, in case you haven’t seen it (although the master himself tweeted his thanks last night), Ali has just transferred the latest proceeds from the Amazon referral fees to Childline.
It’s not the first time Richard has acknowledged Ali’s wonderful, generous and regular donation scheme. Over the years she has donated in excess of 14,000 Pounds for a good cause – so I’d like to remind and encourage everyone to use her links if you are ordering via Amazon. I do so, too, even though I have Prime membership. And here’s a handy hint: In order to always generate donations with your Amazon purchases, you can basically save the referral link to your browser!
Doesn’t really matter whether you use Chrome or Safari (as in my example above), just create a bookmark in your browser with the link provided by Ali on her landing page. Every subsequent times you want to shop via the link, just open it in your bookmarks. I have moved my bookmark even into a tab of its own, for easy access. – Anyway, big massive thanks to Ali for continuing to generate donations. And to all the fans for continuing to shop!
- Have you gotten stuck into the latest piece of audio yet? I was still only half way through The Guilty Ones when Audible notified me on Thursday that my preordered audio recording of The Taking of Annie Thorne was ready for me to download. I actually got a little nervous about the whole thing, not least because I saw that Tudor had been given a shout-out by the king of horror himself, Stephen King. Admittedly, he was talking about her debut novel, The Chalk Man. But a signal-boost from Stephen King himself… Well, it got me worried. Because I have never had any desire to read Stephen King’s brand of horror, and I assume his validation of C.J. Tudor means his horror sensibilities are being satisfied by her book. 😱 Well, I decided to ask her whether she is writing horror or not, and she replied “I write what some have called thriller-horror hybrids. Mysteries with a dark twist!” Well, I think I can deal with that. However, if anyone has finished the book yet – do let me know whether it is long-term traumatising or not.
Whatever happened to scaredy-cat Armitage, btw? I thought he didn’t like horror. First Hannibal, then The Lodge and finally reading Annie Thorne. Mind you, I can just about imagine him doing his audio performance thing on auto pilot. In the sense that he can perform it without “hearing” it…
- Finally – cod, I am missing Twitter! If anything for the quick and easy way of passing on news such as “paypal received” *thanks Linda60*, “Flat Richie arrived”, or “read this”. I read something the other day that was just so fitting, I screen shot it – and then realised I wasn’t tweeting anymore. *drat* Well, now *you* have the pleasure of seeing it here. Just because Brexit is affecting Ireland more than we really want – and some Brits have a rather funny idea of how the whole “hard border” and “backstop” mess could be avoided. As in: Offering Ireland to re-join the United Kingdom. (I won’t use any further adjectives to describe that idea, for fear of upsetting and offending my esteemed British readership… ) This is why Peter Flanagan, a London-based Irish comedian is exhausted about the whole Brexit mess:
Friendly greetings to all and happy Sunday, lads xx