Good day to you. Hope you haven’t been blown away by Storms Dudley and Eunice. Northern and Central Europe got a bit of a battering these last couple of days. Ireland as usual gets the first hit of the storms, coming in from the Atlantic. We had the whole yellow-orange-red scale of storm warnings in Ireland, but Dublin was not particularly badly hit, thanks to its situation on the East coast. Just some heavy winds, nasty sleet and rain. In Guylty Towers it always sounds much worse than it is, with the wind howling in our fireplaces and battering the sash windows. But all in all we were snug at home with no major issues, mostly unconcerned. In fact, I spent several hours yesterday afternoon watching the livestream of a plane spotter who stakes out Heathrow Airport. It was fascinating viewing – massive aircrafts struggling against the gale force winds, many of them aborting the approach because the wind had blown them off course or made the aircraft too unstable for a safe landing. You may wonder why Guylty – who has been moaning about her fear of flying for a few years now – obsessively watches planes being landed in the trickiest of conditions. In a strange twist of logic, watching these videos makes me feel safer. When I see those pilots landing a 580 ton A380 (the world’s largest passenger aircraft) in these conditions, and even if they abort and fly a go around, I know that they are at the top of their game and they know what they are doing. They have amazing skills, getting these flying behemoths safely back on the ground. Added to that, the technology in these machines is so advanced, they have all the support they need to make informed decisions on how to approach landing. Oh, and also – I am simply a nerd. I’ve been watching crosswind compilations for years. I find aviation fascinating. And it may be a case of fighting fire with fire. In any case, Big Jet TV is incredibly fascinating to watch, not least because the guy is so enthusiastic and provides a live commentary on every landing. “Easy, son, eeeeeeeeasy.” 😂. Yesterday at some point he had an audience of 200k – while simultaneously being interviewed by countless TV channels. If you are not chickened out by flying yourself, sneak a peek at the livestream linked above. He streamed for 8 hours 😱 and I was there for about 3.5 of them 🤪.
Wow, that was a bit of a detour. One might be led to believe that this is a fan blog for Jerry from Big Jet TV 😂. Ehm. No. Let’s now jump to our *real* OOA.
- I’ve actually got to do some catching up with Damaged Goods by middleearthpixie, now at ch. 40
- A new Hercule Poirot audio book has been announced, reports richardarmitagefanpage. Unfortunately only for US subscribers
- A series of Guy of Gisborne mood gifs by riepu10
- I like the style of hekikiart’s fan art for Man from Rome
- A short Daniel Miller fan fiction by enchatzz – hehe, smut warning 😉
- ICYMI, astrovian has put together pictures of the new Thorin figurine that is released by Weta (cute, but doesn’t look enough like Richard, if you ask me)
- Also from astrovian, a look at the interior of the Dream Head sculpture, used as a location in SC.
Yeah, I’d have no complaints if Ray tried to seduce me in that interior…
- Never miss linking to Richard playing the Russian oligarch. Pictures posted by scmethinginlatin
- Not quite sure what I am fascinated by most: long-flowing locks or luscious bun? Post by thewarriorandtheking
- And for belated Valentine’s Day greetings, here are riepu10’s V-Day cards
- Hekikiart’s Valentine’s gift
- Oh goodness, and did I miss this Funko last week? Fatherofthevortex created their own Funko Pop Rassilon – based on Richard
Before we get to an unlucky 13, I better stop 😉. I have to head out and brave the elements now. As usual, I have left it too late and now have to run a last minute errand. It’s Mr Guylty’s birthday tomorrow, and simultaneously Little Miss Guylty’s last day before she heads off on her awfully big adventure. I have had a t-shirt printed for her, but I am still in the process of creating a “Irland-Heimwehbox” (English: Little box of longing for Ireland). I’m turning a hardcover book into a hidden box, containing bits and pieces of Ireland. A little bit like the fun mini bookshelf I made for my mini books the other day. Alas, I haven’t got the contents together yet, nor is the box ready 😱. Better get my skates 🛼 on!
Hope you are all safe and sound, if not, make sure all hatches are battened down!