The world as it is today cannot go unmentioned even here in this ‘happy place’. With Russia invading Ukraine, war has become tangible in Europe. I am old enough to feel catapulted back in the times of the Cold War. Even though I was a child back then, I was keenly aware of an ever-present threat – due to living in the centre of Europe, right at the line that marked the border between East and West. Yesterday I found it hard to concentrate on anything else but what is currently happening in Ukraine, and how the situation could escalate. We are hosting a very good friend of ours this evening, who has been based in the Donbass region for work for the last three years. Coincidentally (and luckily) he left the region just prior to the escalation. But I can’t wait to speak to him tonight and get his assessment of the situation.
I also can’t stop thinking of our fan sisters in Ukraine and Russia. Those who are suffering right now in the war zone and those who cannot speak up for fear of reprisal. We have a fandom member right in the centre of Kyiv, and she tweeted about the situation on Thursday.
You can read a translated version of her 3-part tweet when you click on the embedded tweet above and go to Twitter directly (The translation function should be visible in blue underneath the tweet). While you are there, please consider giving her a message of support ❤️. As usual, when faced with both natural and man-made disaster, it feels as if we are helpless. But we can stand together against war and dictatorship, put pressure on our governments to act against this aggression on a sovereign nation, and we can support by making our opinion heard and by spreading information such as the waived visa requirements in many European countries, Ireland among them.
Donations are a first step, as well. I have chosen the UNHCR for now, but all major charities are currently appealing for monetary help. Some well-known charities to consider:
There are doubtlessly also national charities in your own country that are collecting donations for Ukraine. The site for the Ukrainian Red Cross is down, but they are probably a good option for getting the funds straight to where they are needed.
I hope this war is ended before it escalates any further. I don’t want any blood shed, no mother to cry, neither on the side of the Ukrainians, nor the Russians. Peace in Ukraine NOW, Russia must pull out.
Is it frivolous to now move on to the regular Saturday round-up? I certainly do not mean it to be! Here we go.
- Damaged Goods by middleearthpixie is now on ch. 44 and I have a lot of catching up to do
- Given the situation the world is in rn, I pretty much feel like Guy in this gif set by riepu10
- Lucas in a suit – a great distraction. Gifs by mezzmerizedbyrichard
- Achrisevansandrichardarmitagefan has it down to a tee… female protagonists in period dramas… *sigh*
- Astrovian notices Ray’s hairless arms…
- Screenshots from the recently published Tongue Twister Challenge with Richard in his charity shop jumper. Posted by richardarmitagefanpage
- And here as a moving image, giffed by riepu10
- And yet another picture set from the challenge, this time by astrovian – and for the massive pompadour 😂
- Dragon!Thorin!!!! Who would’ve thought there is such a thing! Drawn by citrusro
- How far would *you* go for the chance of seeing RA on stage (again)… Astrovian is worrying already 😉
- Not Mr Thornton himself, but by association… a fun edit of Mama Thornton by withlovemuffin
- 😂 Yep, Guy has it down. What a Guy Wants by nfcomics
- The height difference between Thorin and Arwen… fan art by fistfuloflightning
There we go. And now back to reality.
Still wishing you all a peaceful weekend!