Wonderwall

Nowhere in Particular RA

We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting laundry ~E.B.White

 

When I think of what it is to be a fan of an actor, following their career and taking part in discussions about them and their work, words that come to my mind are things like admiration, gratification, fulfillment, passion, camaraderie, fun. that’s what I feel when I’m admiring on my own or with like minded people but when someone asks me about my hobbies, what I like to do for fun, do I say I like to admire actors and discuss their work online? (oh! that was good phrasing, I need to remember that…) the answer is: no. why? because the words that swirl around my head in those situations are more along the lines of childish, shameful

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Wonderwall

My Emmy Dream Come True?

Armitage Agonistes

Thanks to Servetus on Me and Richard for posting a link to this article suggesting that Richard Armitage should receive an Emmy nomination for his guest role in HannibalHere

I don’t know who Gold Derby’s Daniel Montgomery is, who how successful a track record he has for predicting nominations,  but it is true, endorphins soared while I read this article and I feel rewarded for my good works today, volunteering for a spay/neutering program and helping  64 dogs and cats get through recovery after surgery today.

I’m probably a little more optimistic than Servetus that an Emmy nom may come, just because it’s so deserving and I still want to believe that talent will win out over other factors.

These were a few of the highlights for me:

[Armitage/Dolarhyde] speaks and moves as if apologizing for the space he occupies. Then he meets a film developer, Reba („True…

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My Emmy Dream Come True?

Interview with Trudy Brasure & Giveaway

From Pemberley to Milton

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Hello everyone,

As you must have noticed, last week I returned from my holidays and posted a review on In Consequence, a North and South variation by Trudy Brasure. But before going on holidays, I also told you that this month From Pemberley to Milton would have a lot of surprises with interviews, guests post and giveaways so, today I am happy to share with you an interview with author Trudy Brasure.

If you already know Mrs. Brasure I hope you find this interview interesting, and in case you don’t, I hope it makes you curious about her and her work. She is one of the biggest supporters of North and South discussion groups as well as one of the most known authors of N&S fan fiction, and I was very happy to receive her in my blog.

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Interview with Trudy Brasure

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Interview with Trudy Brasure & Giveaway

Small acts of kindness and love

Usually, I’m not a political person. Give me enough food, some books, a video game and WIFI and I could stay in my own little flat for quite a while without bothering if the world outside is still there or not. As for the refugee crisis … I’ve come to the conclusion that I’d rather stay the hell out of any discussions. The problem, I guess, is that I can somehow understand both aspects: the sufferings of these poor people as well as let’s call it logistical problems. The idea of welcoming refugees and of open doors seems great, of course, but how to make it possible? Where to get shelter, supplies, education, so many wheres and whats and hows …

But I’m not here to bother you with my thoughts on something that can’t be discussed in only a few paragraphs. There is something about Richard’s latest tweet that just made me sentimental in a way that I am usually not.

His report of the visit to the Berliner Stadtmission has something very simple and therefore beautiful for me. He’s playing himself down as some “dumb average actor” as we are used from our moody anti-socialite, but this time he also points something out at what he considers himself more than average: observing people and feeling Empathy. I guess we can agree on that from his roles – I for myself cannot remember thinking “Ah, now he’s acting”. Richard always seems to be his role. No acting, but Empathy.

And his record of playing with the kids … Thinking about it, it’s quite heart-breaking. I have never considered that a balloon could be an inappropriate toy for these kids! And though Richard manages to tell in a light tone, even with a sense of cheerfulness (like his brilliant multi-colored hairstyle drawings or being built like a climb frame) you feel a kind of helplessness while reading. And kicking down the lego wall with Paul …

But what I like to point out is the one thing that Richard really manages: He is not talking about problems, pros and cons of refugee policits (though he states his own opinion of the importance of home, safety, and health) … He is not actually judging anyone or anything. But he reminds us that we shouldn’t imagine “refugees”, but humans.

This made me think of one of my favourite quote from the Hobbit movies:

It is the small things, everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keeps the darkness at bay … Simple acts of kindness and love.

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Visiting these children and playing with them may seem like a simple act of Richard, but it was full of kindness and love indeed. Maybe this is what we should think of – not only when talking about refugees, but in general.

 

Phew. It feels quite good to have this written; I guess it would have bothered me otherwise (though it still does, in a way – and I think it should!). Thanks for your honest and truly felt words, Mr Armitage. You made me think, and that’s the most important thing one can do. And thank you, my readers, for listening to my thoughts.

Don’t bother knocking, Aquilea

 

 

Small acts of kindness and love

From the Wastepaper Basket of the Interwebs

Guylty Pleasure

Twenty days into Lent and the fasting-induced suspense is killing me. I can’t believe I am missing such fun and games over on Twitter. *whine and head-desk* From the discussions that are going on on blogs far and wide and German (amongst others), I glean that there is much excitement to be had on Social Media these days. My imagination is running riot. Forgive me if I am entertaining myself with combing through the non-Social Media. Or should that be „anti-social media“? A poor, disconnected fan girl has to distract herself with *something*.

Luckily, one can always rely on the distracting power of retail therapy. I was unsuspectingly trailing the interwebs when this suddenly popped up on my screen.

Buy Guy 1Guy Buy 3

Seriously. I really had to laugh. No fake.

However, when it comes to fakes, I am not so sure about this other item. Look what I found in the wastepaper basket of the world press. Read…

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From the Wastepaper Basket of the Interwebs