The 2nd fanstRAvaganza begins today!

[Edited for link rot, 7/22/15]

Welcome to fanstRAvaganza 2! Get ready for a week of especially intense blogging across the worldwide sisterhood of blogs devoted to your favorite actor and mine, Richard Armitage. You’ll discover new fanfics, polls, quizzes, comments, and interviews and have the chance to win especially attractive giveaways. And of course, the best part — the chance to discover new blogs and new ideas and meet new friends, all the while reveling in the myriad and sublime joys — intellectual, aesthetic, psychological — all ineffable, of Armitageworld!

This event was organized for you and us by Nat and Traxy, whom I want to thank expressly. Every blogger has her own series of posts and timing for them — there’s no set schedule — so keep clicking around the world to see what’s new.

fanstRAvanganza 2 bloggers:

An RA Viewer’s Perspective (Mulubinba)

The Spooks Fan Blog (Skully) [domain not renewed, Spring 2015]

The Squeee! (Traxy)

Avalon’s Blog (Avalon)

Phylly’s Faves (Phylly)

RA Frenzy (Frenz)

The Richard Armitage Fan Blog – (Nat)

From the Quill Tip (Sarah)

CDoart: Richard Armitage & History & Spooks (CDoart)

Nevermind, Mr. Armitage (pi)

Mesmered’s Blog (Prue) [blog deleted, 3/27/15]

White Rose Writings (Musa)

Confessions of a Watcher (Judiang)

Richard Armitage Fan Videos & Graphics (bccmee)




I asked to have first crack at talking about John Porter for this event and I’ve decided to start with an incredible weighty question:


(If I wrote about the cap, it’s hyperlinked. It surprised me a bit. It was John Porter who really got me interested in Richard Armitage’s rear anatomy.)

1. Uniform slacks, frontal:

John Porter (Richard Armitage) and his wife, Diane (Nicola Stephenson), snipe at each other about their move in Strike Back 1.1. Source:

2. Suit slacks, from a distance, badly fitting:

Porter (Richard Armitage) asks Kenneth Bratton (David Butler) for a job in Strike Back 1.1. Source:

3. Desert camo, frontal:

Lt. Layla Thompson (Jodhi May) explains to Porter (Richard Armitage) that he’ll be on Bravo team in Strike Back 1.1. Source:

4. Boy next door, DIY, or rescue you from terrorist jeans, rear:

John Porter (Richard Armitage) and Katie Dartmouth (Orla Brady) run for the helicopter in Strike Back 1.2. Source: Richard Armitage Central Gallery

5. John Dean the diamond dealer jeans, rear:

Porter (Richard Armitage), masquerading as John Dean, enters a bazaar in order to make a purchase that will put him in prison in Strike Back 1.3. My cap.

6. No jeans, rear:

John Porter (Richard Armitage) during prisoner processing at Chikurubi Prison in Strike Back 1.3. My cap.

7. Prisoner wear, cotton, no panty lines?:

John Porter (Richard Armitage) in a staged battle with a fellow prisoner in Strike Back 1.3. Source: Richard Armitage Central Gallery

8. Weapon dealer cargo pants, from below:

John Porter (Richard Armitage) surveys the situation as he tries to figure out how to get Gerry and himself out of Afghanistan in Strike Back 1.5. Source:

Here’s your ballot. You may choose two answers; each IP address may vote once. Poll remains open until the end of fanstRAvaganza 2, approximately one week from today.

I hope everyone has a great fanstRAvaganza … let the fun begin!

~ by Servetus on March 14, 2011.

68 Responses to “The 2nd fanstRAvaganza begins today!”

  1. You didn’t! LOL!! No, my eyes are playing tricks on me. LOL!

    • Fraid so, Frenz. I was sort of curious how this would actually shake out, and couldn’t resist.

  2. Last option: All of the above CHECK!


    • yeah, but then people wouldn’t be forced to choose. The secret of a good quiz is forcing people to pick …

  3. I have to give it thought–decisions, decisions! So many yummy choices! And I love the no pants option–LOL!!

  4. WHAT? WHAT? Methinks she jumped the gun! πŸ˜‰

    Hmmm, decisions, decisions…..

    • Judi- the server servetus’ blog is on is on European time …she didn’t really jump the gun…it is Monday where the server is!

  5. I voted for number 4. I would have chosen number 6, but my view wasn’t so good. I needed a closer look for a proper judegment. πŸ˜€

    • If I had been filming, the view would have been better πŸ™‚

      Thanks for the comment and welcome to the blog, Sarah P.

  6. To wake up to John Porter as the first posting in the FanstRAvaganza, how scrumptious is that! Love the banner, love the quiz! And, of course, being able to vote every day means a different option each day because, let’s face it, John Porter looks good in and out of trousers!

    A huge and happy grin as I trot off to work! πŸ™‚

    • yeah, I wanted to make sure that the Europeans weren’t drooling all day waiting for this to start. Though I guess the Australian bloggers had a jump on me, too.

  7. Voted! (and not for the nakey bum, mind you.) πŸ™‚

  8. I like a few things left to the imagination so I went for the cargo pants πŸ™‚

  9. I know what I should answer….and I know what I want to answer!

    • One sort of imagines a whole series of polls coming out of this: did you try to enlarge the naked butt picture; if so, why; if not, why not; if you voted for the naked butt picture, why; if not, why not … each poll illustrated with that cap …. πŸ™‚

      • Well, I voted for the naked butt, and the reason was the incredible beauty of the whole body, the whole man. πŸ˜€ And I am not even embarassed.

  10. What a nice poll! Marvellous idea. Voted. πŸ™‚

  11. It’s 6 am here – we just put the clocks ahead to Spring Forward this weekend, and we’re “jet-lagged” from having lost that hour. 1-3 hours behind many in N.A., and a day behind others in the RA blogosphere. Speaking of behind(s), have to think seriously about where my vote will go…

  12. Meant 1-3 hrs ahead of many in N.Still mourning the lost hour. OK, the 20 IB feline gourmand fed, the 5 IB feline grazer..(and I thought dogs were demanding?) Ready to join the FanstRAv week. Thermos of tea ready…

    • the missing hour was hard on me, too — the only salvation was that we have no classes this week. Otherwise I’d ahve been done for.

      • I felt a bit hellish today. I never deal with time changes well, I get all discombobulated. 😦

  13. I voted, in uniform slacks looks very masculine, * thud *
    “fanstRAvaganza 2” I like, a beautiful banner, I’m glad that began with John Porter, because there is still almost 2 hours I begin watching the SB on TV (I’m so excited, I already have a plan of action, so: remind my friends that they MUST watch the SB, set up equipment for recording, phone off, turn off the lights, prepare a tea with jam petals of the roses and … RA as a JP
    (and the world ceases to exist

  14. I voted for number one although the jeans are very-very close second.

    OML πŸ˜‰

  15. After much reasoned thought, I voted #8. And I’m NOT disussing reasons for the decision. NOT. NOT. NOT.

  16. Wonderful poll but difficult to chose a favourite. I went for the uniform slacks as they emphasize his hips not to mention other areas (I mean his THIGHS ladies! NOT going anywhere else, truly! Of course I also liked the “run for the helicopter” jeans, the “John Dean” jeans as well as noticing the cotton “no panty lines” prison garb. Did wonder why there were none – in an analytical way of course!!

    • yes, purely analytical. In practical terms you might think that in a scene like that they’d have the actors wear some sort of (cough) protective gear.

  17. Well, for some reason I didn’t think we could comment on this post, so I wrote Serv privately asking her to do another poll:

    Raise your hand if you zoomed in on the nekkid butt one. And don’t lie. You know where you’ll go if you lie.

    @Fitzg…I like the way you think. Or don’t think. Either way.

  18. JOHN PORTER, yeah baby! (I am thinking lots of things but can’t and won’t say them.)

    • I am totally with you on that. There are a ton of things that I’d probably only say when extremely drunk. Drunk blogging bad.

      • Drunk blogging..I would pay to subscribe to that! Is that the event that starts the AFTER fanstRAvaganza ends? πŸ˜‰

        • yeah … you’ll find out all about the maudlin details of our private Armitage fantasies …. snippets of stuff we wrote and were afraid to publish … and lots, and lots, and lots, and lots, of typos to hide it all πŸ™‚

  19. I forgot to say this…the banners for this thing absolutely ROCK!!! Whoever did these..Great job!!

    • She wishes to remain nameless, but I agree — fantastically well designed and if you look at them for a few minutes stuff you don’t see right away pops out at you.

  20. @NB, I’m a LADY. So Victorian protocol prohibits direct comments. “Royal We” stick to innuendo. πŸ™‚

    @Teuchter, one suspects an absence of underwear? (Think I just crossed my line…)

  21. RA just looks like a tall drink of water in the cargo pants with gun…or maybe I NEED a tall drink of cold water after viewing these pics! πŸ˜‰

  22. […] fans in Armitageworld. Thanks to Nat and Traxy for their organizational efforts. You can vote on my poll (which Porter trousers?) from Day One till the end of the event next Monday — one attempt per person. And don’t forget to […]

  23. OMG!!! em..em….John Dean in jeans!

    • I know. With all of the worn-down places from friction. Wondering what he was rubbing his thighs against πŸ™‚

  24. servetus!!!

    OK, you said it. I didn’t πŸ˜€ and giggles…

  25. Well I voted and resisted voting for the ‘no jeans’ option too, that was very cheeky to include it *blush*


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