Friday, April 17, 2015

Day 12 Richard Armitage 31 Day Challenge

How has he inspired you?

Seeing his dedication to his work and listening to him talk about his work with such pleasure and passion is an inspiration. 

He inspires me to:

Go on some crazy adventures to see him in a distant city (OK, New York, not so distant).  I've hailed cabs at 3:00am in two different cities in a 24 hour period, without any sleep, just to see him and hear him speak. This is not like me at all, I rarely venture out at dark on my own in my own neighborhood. He's inspired me to take chances and do things at the spur of the moment, to let the "Took" part of me take over, and to enjoy the moment, and for that I'm grateful.  

* Write humorous posts for my blog. Or at least attempt to be humorous. I had not really been inspired to do so before discovering Richard Armitage, and he seems to be the only one that inspires me to write in that way, or attempt to do so. I don't know how successful I really am at humor, but that's part of this too. He inspires me to give it a try, and to enjoy the process.  

Read books I had not heard about before, nor would have selected on my own to read. I've had immense pleasure in reading them, and have discovered new "worlds" because of them. I'll mention three:  Stiff, Urban and the Shed Crew, Unfinished Tales. Some are books he's mentioned he's read or is reading, some he's read as part of his research to play a character, and some are connected to the work he's presently doing. I have a long Richard Reading List and it's growing.

* Find something interesting or something worth learning in even the most frustrating tasks at work. I find this interview he gave while working on Captain America particularly inspiring. Richard wasn't on screen very long, but he still managed to make this an interesting experience for himself. And he made this a more interesting experience for us, his fans, by sharing his thoughts with us.

* By opening a new world I can share with fellow fans around the world every day, on every project. Even if we only share because we're thinking about him at the same moment in time, though each of us is separately in our own real world. I look forward to the next adventure in RA World. (Our next adventure we know will be in Ireland, I'm already enjoying the moment). 

Happy Birthday Sean Bean - Have a Lovely Day

As a Sean Bean fan, and a fan of his alter ego Richard Sharpe, I'm so looking forward to The Battle of Waterloo with Sean Bean, a new documentary for the History Channel.

I imagine that filming this documentary brought back some beautiful memories for Sean.

As a Sharpe fan, looking forward to the documentary brings back many memories. There are times when I miss those days very much. Miss the thrill of expecting a new Sharpe series.  I know that dear Sean, like me, remembers those dark days before the Internet, Netflix, or Amazon.  

Since I live in the US I had to be pretty enterprising to watch the show. You see PBS, or my local PBS (Public Television) stations decided to only show a few episodes of the Sharpe series before, without any warning, taking it away. However,  I'll be forever grateful to them for putting me on some Public TV mailing lists, because they brought these catalogs with all sorts of UK TV shows for purchase to my door. (Remember catalogs? They used to come in the snail mail.)  Pretty expensive for me at the time, those VHS tapes. They brought Sharpie back into my life, after being betrayed by my local PBS station. I'm sure Simmerson had something to do with it. 

(Remember those VHS tapes Sean?) 

I still have the entire Sharpe series on VHS, except now I also have the entire Sharpe series, including the most recent episodes, on DVD.  They are very dear to me.

  Still Sharpe

Dear Sean, as you celebrate your birthday today, do you think there's the possibility of one last new episode of Sharpe? There's Sharpe's Devil (the book) which has not been filmed. I'm sure Daragh/Harper is ready for another adventure. And you know we all want Sharpe to reunite with his daughter. 

Is she like her mother Teresa?  

Happy Birthday  - Feliz Cumple

Dear Sean 

The Battle of Waterloo with Sean Bean

For the 200th anniversary of Waterloo, Sean Bean tells the story of one of history’s bloodiest battles through the eyes of the soldiers who fought it. Working with present-day and retired soldiers as well as experts in military history he stages hands-on challenges and experiments to discover the reality of warfare.

 (Oh Sean, I just heard you will be a granddad in the very near future. That's so wonderful. Hugs my dear.)

Thanks to The Mighty Bean

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Dav 11 Richard Armitage 31 Day Challenge

A charity you'd like to see him work with 

I would like to see him include some international charities in his JustGiving page.  

 He's talked about this himself a few times.
He now has more and more fans around the world, all over the world, and it would be nice for those fans, all fans, to have him acknowledge this through his charity choices. 

I would leave the choice of international charity or charities to him.

Richard Armitage

Fundraising on JustGiving since 2009

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