Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Meet Another Canadian Fan... my friend Tyme4t!

Tyme4t has been one of my most faithful commenters since I started blogging back in 2010.  I've often thought we seem to have a lot in common -- besides our mutual admiration for Richard Armitage.  I really didn't know much about her other than she was also Canadian.  I knew she lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia -- too far away to visit (as she is on the east coast of Canada and I am located near the middle).  So I decided if I wanted to find out more about her - I had better ask her!

Welcome to Phylly's Faves Tyme4t!  Thanks so much for agreeing to this guest post. Tell us something about  yourself...

I am a proud Canadian, born and raised and currently living in Nova Scotia. I have a University Degree in Political Science and College Degree in Public Relations, and am currently working as a Customer Service Supervisor, I am single, never married (but still hoping Prince RA I mean Prince Charming comes along). And I have a wonderful family - I love spoiling nieces and nephews.  My other loves are: Bruce Springsteen! -- I have seen him in concert 3 times! ; reading ; the beach -- especially in autumn and spring! ; learning about other cultures and countries.
A favourite place... the view from her parents' cabin

 Please tell us how you became a fan of Richard Armitage.

It began as a comment from a roommate:
"Hey! That's the new hottie spy on [spooks]!"

Looking at her bewildered I replied - "What's [spooks]?"

"It's a British spy drama called MI-5 here and every few years they get a new good looking guy in the lead. That guy playing the vicar's date is the newest one."
Richard Armitage in The Vicar of Dibley
Although I first saw Richard Armitage on Vicar of Dibley, it was MI-5 that I crossed over to the "fangurl" dimension! And really it was my developing obsession with MI-5 that lead me to so many of the great blogs and new friends.

Up until finding MI-5, I was never one to go to YouTube or visit a fan forum. I just didn't "get" why people would join or become involved in those things. But because both RA and MI-5 were in Britain...and I am in Canada...the internet became an essential link to finding out more about both.

First I tried YouTube....typed in Richard Armitage - the first video that popped up was Nat's Stick Figure Richard!! I loved it! and then I did a brave thing...I clicked on the link to her blog! From then on...I was hooked. I discovered other fans, blogs, sites, forums I could check out. Heavens above...there were a LOT of them and so varied. 
Richard Armitage and Rupert Penry-Jones in Spooks/MI-5 series 7
Then I stumbled upon the [spooks] forum. I lurked around for a bit and then decided to join. For me that was it....I found soooooo many people hooked and loving MI-5 as much as I did. My roommate although a fan, was not ADDICTED as I was. Now I had discovered a community of people who, even though we may have differing opinions, understood the obsession. My favourite part of the forum was becoming friends with people from around the world who were having fun like me discussing episodes as well as trying to stump each other with quotes; ogling gorgeous pictures/graphics of the various actors and suggesting other tv programs/movies that members may enjoy. From this forum I made friends from Britain, Germany, Brazil, Spain, the US and met other Canadians which I keep in touch with in other ways now. I was (and still am) amazed at the creative people who do the graphics, banners, art, fanfic, blogs, etc with Richard Armitage as one of their muses. I always have fun with doing captions or funny poems like limericks or Haikus. I have been asked in the past if I was going to start blogging. I have considered it but I don't think it's for me. So I tend to be the one who drops by and makes a comment or a funny observation. But never say never..... So who and what other movies/programs did I discover because of my RAddiction?

These actors: 
Matthew Macfadyen - (visit Darcylicious everyday) ; Rupert Penry-Jones ; Peter Firth ; Hermoine Norris ; Nicola Walker ; Danny Oyelowo ; Keeley Hawes ; Trevor Eve ; James Nesbitt ; Martin Freeman ; Benedict Cumberbatch.

And these shows:
Robin Hood ; North and South ; Cranford ; Wives and Daughters ; The Impressionists ; Shakespeare Re-told ; Life on Mars ; Ashes to Ashes ; Waking the Dead ; Clatterford ; Hu$tle ; Murdoch Mysteries ; Sherlock ; The Hobbit ; Ripper Street
Of course there are way too many to list here but the above is a small sample. I have re-discovered my love of Victorian novels and period piece dramas, at the same time as increasing my love of spy and mystery genre. In a strange way, this "obsession" with RA and MI-5 has also led me to more Canadian novelists, TV shows and movies, as I seek out new-to-me entertainment.
Our mutual "muse" on his Toronto visit
I no longer have that roommate (insert silent thank you prayer)...So thank you Harry Kennedy with your stripey sweaters and glasses! You lead me to MI-5 and soooooo many other amazing shows and actors. But most importantly you lead me to new friends, new art, new points of view, new communities, new ideas. Thanks to Phylly for asking me to be a part of her blog - I am truly honoured.

I am so happy that Tyme4t agreed to this guest post. This introduction made me think of even more questions to ask you! I hope you will answer any questions in the comments below. Thanks for contributing to FanstRA4!

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Traxy said...

Nice to meet you, Tyme4t! :)

When I first spotted RA on Spooks, my first thought was not of Harry Kennedy, but rather of Guy of Gisborne. Admittedly, Harry is a much nicer person!

Can't wait to see what else you've got in store for this week, Phylly! :)

Collar City Brownstone said...

I never thought I would be a part of an online fandom either for any actor until I saw RA for the first time in North & South. Now I am hooked. Richard Armitage has "ruined" so many lines. :-)

Great guest post!

Guylty said...

tyme4t - I'd love to have tea with you (and all the other RA fangirls) and discuss our favourite subject. Like you, I love the way the fandom is so international. It's mind-blowing to think that we are so far apart and yet share this common interest.
Thanks for the post Phyllys!

tyme_4_t said...

@Traxy - Great to meet you! I enjoyed RH as a GUYlty pleasure!

@CCB - I totally understand about the fandom thing! RA is a gReAt distRAction!

@Phylly - I would be happy to answer any other questions that may come up. Thanks for doing such a wonderful job with the post!

tyme_4_t said...

@Guylty - I can imagine a tea party with RA fans getting pretty rowdy! Sounds like fun!

Nat at RA FanBlog said...

tyme4t- Loved reading more about you.

OHMYGOSH, Stick-Figure Richard was your first RA youtube vid??? HAHA! That's so funny! And yes, that was very brave to click the link to my blog. :)

phylly- yay for Canadian pride, aye? :)

Servetus said...

Nice to put a sort of personality behind a name that's very familiar. Thanks for doing this, you two!

tyme_4_t said...

@Nat - LONG LIVE SFR!!!!

@Servetus - your blog makes me reflect and I love reading about the various religious holidays.

Fanny/iz4blue said...

Hiya, tyme_4_t *wave* I miss our Spooky days at Skully's place!! Nice to meet you all over again!
Nat's place particularly the 12 days of Christmas is to blame for coming out of my lurking by then I was already corrupted by YouTube
Cheers *raises her teacup*

Fanny/iz4blue said...

Hiya, tyme_4_t *wave* I miss our Spooky days at Skully's place!! Nice to meet you all over again!
Nat's place particularly the 12 days of Christmas is to blame for coming out of my lurking by then I was already corrupted by YouTube
Cheers *raises her teacup*

tyme4t said...

@Fanny - I miss MI-5 so much!

I am the proud owner of all 10 series and have done my own full re-watch start to finish! I still find the series (even season 10) entertaining and smart and well just so darn good!

tyme4t said...

Just realized I forgot to mention friends I made from Austrailia and New Zealand!!!!

If I have forgotten any other countries (which I probably have) know that I appreciate you all!

Anonymous said...

Good interview and posts! (I miss Spooks fan blog, too - Spooks was a marvellous series.) Cheers, T24, chip?


mulubinba said...

Finally getting around to reading posts. Thanks Phylly and tyme4t for sharing. I loved Spooks too ... !! I must have a rewatch soon.