Richard’s Message from New Zealand

What a way to stick my toe back in the water. Over my head more like. LOL!


Dear All,

I wanted to post a message to say a huge thank you for your generosity of donations to the Christchurch fundraiser on 22nd May, I gather there was a considerable contribution from members of our little community, which is gratefully received to help a rather larger and damaged community ‘rise up’ get back on its feet. I am so grateful and proud to see such support from so far away, you really are hugely reliable when it comes to those in need. Thank you. I hope our little teaser want too much of a tease, it is so difficult to give anything away, of the movie we are making but we had to do something; I have resisted signing anything ‘Hobbity’, until the film is finished (just a little bit superstitious) but I was very proud to add my name to the book for Christchurch.

I had a belated request from a certain Wizard about some cello playing, now as a music lover, and particularly that instrument, I can see how that might be a real possibility and perhaps a joy to hear…if Yo Yo Ma were asked. However, raising money for charity by simulating the sound of a strangled cat whose claws are clinging onto a chalkboard for dear life, whilst someone in another room tries to tune a radio in, would result in a charity deficit, with demands for refunds and compensation to boot. So I may have to decline for now, until I have had time to practice a bit more.

With regards for requests for social media, blogs tweets etc. I have always worried that I will reveal something about the project I am working on that I am not allowed to, added to the fact that I am just about up to e mailing and little more, I may have to abstain for now.

So were are about to depart for our short hiatus and I will be sorry to say farewell to Wellington and NZ, one of the most exciting places I have been lucky enough to live and work, not just a magnificent landscape but a warm, friendly, generous and really cool community, which has welcomed us with open arms. Seriously this place has to go to the top of the Bucket List.

Much Love

I don’t know if Richard Armitage reads all of the stuff on these blogs, and really, I’m not writing this blog for him, but if he ever does, I hope he knows how much fun he’s afforded us and no need for a tweet or blog or Facebook or any of that from him. Frankly, the fundraiser was a blast. It was especially a hoot on Twitter (pardon the pun), and I wish I could have participated more. Coincidentally, I was drafting a post about my own receipt, which I hope to receive soon, and my angel did receive hers. I’ll post all of it when I get mine.

Message courtesy of RichardArmitageOnline.Com


  1. So great to hear that he’s aware of what’s coming out of his fan community.
    And ehm…I’m sure the cello playing isn’t as bad as he’s trying to make us believe. My first reaction after reading that was: “He didn’t rule out playing the cello completely!”

  2. The informal fan challenge was a heartwarming initative! I have sent a tweet as well. Wasn´t aware of the many tweeters causing a storm on Twitter, so please fill me in with details!

    Didn´t think cello playing was an option, all very short notice. Read that Hobbit segment would contain of Peter Jackson saying something, then Ian McKellen and then the Dwarves. Usually this all wouldn´t take more than a couple of miniutes. Likely no room for an individual Dwarf to perform something. So I hoped for something Dwarvish, like a Dwarves´ song, or a shoutout, thinking this would be them in jeans. not Dwarf costume. But hey, they made an effort! :D

    Sorry to ask you to read my post, but I do here:
    I´m with joy that there is truth in my real fiction! :D

    And the Dwarves pretending to be Gnomes led to another post!

    Thanks Frenz!

  3. I was hoping for a Dwarves´ song on the telethon, I settle for cello playing :)
    was what I tweeted, so I didn´t rule it out!

  4. What a guy! Thanks for sharing, Frenz. Nice way to start the day. :)

  5. A Dwarves’ song accompanied by the cello. Not too much to ask?! OK, too much but fun to think about.

  6. Wonderful ! I was a happy fan girl seeing the dwarves contribution to the Telethon; and even more so on seeing this message.

    Bless his heart. And yes well done to you ladies who also did your bit to swell the coffers.

  7. That note is so charming!

  8. […] [I'm really late on commenting on this: posts on it from Calexora and RAFrenzy.] […]

  9. Congratulations ladies – Calexora, serv and of course you, Frenz. Thanks Mr RA for the message. :)

  10. Thanks for your participation, everyone! It’s great to come together for a cause.

  11. It’s nice to know you are on the side of The Angels (or they are on your side)! Thanks for your participation on this fabulous Fund raiser. It was lovely to read Richard’s thank you note. He is always so polite and gracious, but I especially love his cheeky humour! :)

  12. Finally found the signed Hobbit book being auctioned off. Bid is at $1,180!

  13. Love how he refers to “our” community – like he considers himself just one of the gang! Very nice of him to write a note, and to specifically refer to the request for the cello. I can’t recall who originally made the cello request, but I’ll bet she’s thrilled that he replied to her challenge

  14. I have to say it again — this was a blast. Loved the Twitter part of this. So many other possibilities with that tool. I’m becoming addicted. I readily admit it. Too much fun!

    But I hope Richard Armitage knows some of us are not waiting with bated breath for him to establish a FB, Twitter or any other kind of social media account. So far things are humming along just fine. If he were to be communicating all of the time on an “official” page, those notes would not be nearly as special.

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