Informal fan challenge

[Still grading. Second third of grading done and grades submitted. Last third of the work was due at 5 today, so there’s a big stack of papers here still.]

In honor of the Rise Up Christchurch – Te Kotahitanga Global Telethon to take place Sunday, May 22, Servetus will donate $1 (USD) for each comment on this post by a unique commentator / IP address up to the first 100 comments. After that 0.25 USD (twenty-five cents) per comment up to a maximum total donation by me of USD 200. (That would be 500 unique commentators / IP addresses.)

Challenge closes at 11 a.m. UTC + 2 (the time on this blog, i.e., CEST, the time in Berlin, FRG), Sunday, May 22nd.

[ETA: You may also “like” this post for credit, but this counts as your one comment.]

[Disclaimer: All I know about this event is that some Hobbit cast will appear at it. I have no knowledge about whether Mr. Armitage does or does not endorse this charity or plans to participate in the telethon. If you wish to support a charity that you know Richard Armitage endorses, please visit his JustGiving pages. I am participating in this event solely as a representative of myself. As evidence of my donation I will publish a separate post with a copy of the receipt I receive from the website, scrubbed to make myself anonymous. This is all the proof I will make available, so if you are suspicious of me, don’t leave a comment! Thanks for reading.]

Finally, I also want to stress, because I feel it is true: earnest prayers and heartfelt wishes for the revival of Christchurch are also an important donation that everyone of us can make.

Your comment can say anything, but if you’re out of ideas: what’s your favorite part of being an Armitage fan?

~ by Servetus on May 17, 2011.

212 Responses to “Informal fan challenge”

  1. Man, great minds think alike. 😉 I’m doing something similar but perhaps not as reverent although I certainly hope people are praying.

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  2. This is a brilliant and generous offer, servetus. The Richard Armitage community is very supportive of each other and of those in need. 🙂

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  3. Lovely idea! I haven’t commented lately so here goes..! This ia my favourite part of the RA fandom, other than fanvids and ogling pictures! 🙂

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  4. I must stay say RA fans are classy. I hope to stick around long enough for it rub off on me. 😉

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  5. I don’t normally make my giving known, but I hope all this talk we’re doing will encourage others. And no, I haven’t finished my post yet. LOL! It will have to go up tomorrow as I’m bushed and on my way to bed. Night all.

    Judi, I don’t think you’re in need of any class. LOL!

    Now Phylly, if we could just figure out how to do all three at once. 😀

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  6. …beautiful and generous idea …

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  7. I feel compelled to delurk to salute your ingenuity with this endeavor. RA and this fandom has been for me a healing tonic for mind and body plus other additional benefits (ogling, drooling, dribbling). All joking aside, the RA universe has been a lifesaver at a very low point in my life which is why this blog resonates so. I’m inspired by the diversity, humanity & charitable instincts of RA fans among other things.

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  8. Oh, RA bloggers ae a wonderful group of people aren’t theyI received secerl emails telling mewhat folks are up to to support the telethon. All I can say is you Rock ladies

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  9. What a wonderful idea 🙂
    It’s amazing how sensitive (empathic) is the Richard Armitage community.

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  10. Great idea, Servetus. And indeed, thoughts and prayers to all who are suffering from such appalling natural disasters in NZ and elsewhere.

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  11. Wonderful idea, Servetus.
    RA is not very known in Portugal, since most of his work has not been shown around here. So, since I became a fan, I have discovered many great tv shows that otherwise wouldn’t have known about (Spooks, Strike Back, Sparkhouse, The Impressionists).
    I’ve also come across a lot of intelligent, funny and talented women whose existance I wouldn’t have been aware of.
    So, thank you Mr. A. 🙂

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    • I must say, I agree with Sandra, although I should replace Portugal with Estonia (but I’m visiting Portugal this summer, finally!). I have also enjoyed watching so many different shows of his, his performances and all of the analysis of the fans. I have been reading most of the fanblogs since December, but rarely commented on anything. So, for your cause, I kind of reveal myself 🙂 I must say, I have just lately reached an understanding, why there are so many bloggers around. Because there’s so much to tell and share! I doubt I will start one, as I have problems posting in my personal one as often than I should.

      The only thing, that has been on our TV for sure, was George Gently in April, but perhaps in the autumn and winter, they will get to Spooks S7.

      Great idea and good luck!

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  12. Lovely! Challenge accepted 🙂

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  13. Wonderful idea. Servetus, you are great! Thank you !

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  14. Servetus, you and your blog model the best qualities of RA fandom – ones that I’m sure the man himself would appreciate. I certainly do.

    To whit, intellect, curiosity, creativity, honesty, and scrupulousness. And humour!

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  15. VVery wonderful idea!!!!

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  16. Great idea!
    My favorite part is a simple thing: wake up every morning and thank heavens for being alive and knowing that HE exists, in this same time and planet, a man who is the closest to perfection I’ve ever seen in every way.
    And be able to read all the fantastic RA related blogs, of course.

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  17. I don’t know if I am unique, but I will comment nonetheless

    Not directly related to RA, but Servetus I hope you will consider the idea of writing fanfic at some point. I have loved the little bits you have posted recently. Also, good luck on the career change. Scary, but I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and that we all end up exactly where we should be. Keep the faith

    PS Also, I love that you inject Jewish stuff in here on occasion! I live in an area where other Jews are few and far between, so it’s fun to connect with someone who “gets” the cultural references.

    OK, I’ve rambled enough. But thanks for all you do on the blog, it’s greatly appreciated.

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  18. Fav part of RA fandom…you guys.

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  19. And all of the blogs.
    Oh, the fan vids.
    Also my ongoing education in All Things Armitage AND the cyber world. RE: I now have all sorts of new fonts thanks to bccmee. And have the beginnings of understanding Twitter and caps. And who knew there were so many RA blogs and sites?

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  20. There’s also the fanfics…altho I am definitely not old enough to read some… =0)

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  21. Ooops…you said one thing. Sorry.

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  22. And yes. I have nothing else to do. Sitting in business room of Texas hotel waiting on hubs. Might as well rack up a few posts while I’m at it. Am I getting on your nerves yet? Remember. This is for a good cause. 😉 And who knows. Might any of us match Serv’s final total? Just sayin’.

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  23. What a wonderful idea, Servetus. I endorse what bccmee says about the RA community being supportive of those in need and of each other. It really is and that is something veyr special, I feel.
    My favourite part of being an RA fan? All the wonderful RA related blogs and sites I have discvered and the amazing intellects, creativity and humour of the people I have ‘met’ through them, all the hugely enjoyablefanfic I have read [ some fo which November Bride, I am not old enoujgh to have read either!!] and of course, mny ongoing education in developing my computer skills and knowledge of the cyber world, which I don’t think I would have done otherwise. Certainly I would never have gone near Photoshop. You said one thing? You sure? Sorry, I really can’t narrow them down.

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  24. Hmmm. I’m on the road later today, so that ought to jack up the ip addresses. LOL!

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  25. In reverence to to Cause and since RA is in NZ, here I am as a humble fan. Thank you for initiating such a drive to help. LOL

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  26. “We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love.”

    — Mother Teresa

    What do I LOVE about being an Armitage Fan? This post. The heart that this “community” has.

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  27. Sensational idea, Servetus! I do believe Richard would be proud of you.

    What do I like most about being an RA fan? Being part of a lovely, caring community of intelligent, creative, curious folks who all share the good taste gene and who have a heart for those who have been dealt a blow. I have been touched by all those in the community who have prayed for and/or sent donations to help the tornado survivors here in Alabama. The fandom–like Richard himself–is a class act. 😀

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  28. Wonderful idea! proud of the Armitage fan community which i have joined a bit late, only this march but its been great.

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  29. great idea! fav part of RA fandom : all of the blogs and sites. thanks to all of you for creating this parallel universe for RA fans. can’t live without 🙂

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  30. Appreciate your initiative very much. The fandom is a very healing daily experience for the most of us.This charity is the occasion to heal other people’s griefs. Many thanks

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  31. Well, here’s my comment – nice to see so many here!!!

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  32. The amazing passion, creativity, generosity, and integrity of RA and his lovely fans! Such an inspiration to pursue what we love with no regrets.

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  33. Good for you, Servetus. I had a tooth out today and am medicated. Not too medicated to wonder which Hobbit character will appear nor to slow down on the bloody marys. I’ve been thinking we ladies may be an embarrasment to Richard. If Richard were to choose his fans, who would he choose? Probably Hollywodd producers.

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  34. A splendid idea! I too believe that Richard would be proud of you. I often wish that somehow he could be made aware of the amazing influence he has on so many of us because of the kind of person he seems to be himself. To be part of a group such this with all these amazing people who love and care for one-another as well as for the wider communities has forever changed my life.

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  35. Dear Servetus, this is eine ganz tolle Idee and it finally helps me to post my first comment on a blog ever. I´m following your cerebral feuilleton (!) (and some other RA-related blogs) for more than half a year now, having such a good time in reading the incredibly diverse topics and enjoying all your explorations, wherever they go. The digging in the depths of this craziness for beloved Richard is amazing and inspiring and I´m quite often overwhelmed by the outburst of emotions (yours and mine!!), still also trying to understand what´s all between the lines,(as additionally to the complex theories (hello confusion!!), my English is actually not as good und wortgewaltig as yours, but hopefully improving with (at least) a daily 4-5 hours English-treat. LOL. So this unexpected RA-Fandom-thing is still so exciting, breathtaking, sleep-robbing and yet energy-fueling I can´t get away from it. It´s a pleasure to read all these witty, warmly written comments of all the ladies around here. A lot of “names” sound already so familiar. Good to have this place (and the others) to come back when there is an Armitage-cold-turkey. Grin. I´m on board. Thank you so much for sharing feelings, worries, thoughts, time and much much more. (Finally succeded my jitters).Wow.

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  36. I’m still grading, but I’m delighted at all the comments and especially the lurkers who dropped a line. Thanks to you all!

    There won’t be a new post tonight but maybe somebody could tweet this?

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  37. Don’t publicise my donations either. But this is a great cause. Not just because I’m in an earthquake zone, too – only nothing akin to the much more serious fault lines of the world. Just an appreciation of what the real thing does to lives.

    How marvellous to see “lurkers” from so many other countries here!

    Nothing wrong with dipping into the Alternate Universes. Not when it inspires such generosity and commonality.

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  38. Great idea.

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  39. I am just another lurker who never comments. I have a huge family and a lot friends in my life but I have more in common with you and all the ladies that comment on here, I even dream of frenzy, angiek calexora sometimes. I really enjoy this blog. One more thing why hasn’t anyone challenged Mr A to an Argentine Tango? That would be be great to see!

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    • Oh gosh, I am entering people’s dreams! LOL And @Patti, I do agree RA being challenged to show off those snake hips in the Argentine tango–great idea!!

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      • The Argentine Tango! Yes please!! How could I have forgotten that! Can hardly bring myself to contemplate what watching that would be like! “Stirring” to say the least! 😀

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    • I think the tango may be more realistic and achievable than the cello challenge, to be honest!

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  40. Adding my comment for a worthy cause 🙂

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  41. Thanks so much for doing this.

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  42. Very nice of you! Such a big heart! Richard would be proud, I think.

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  43. […] New Zealand is in need after the devastating earthquake to Christchurch in February. Servetus has issued a wonderful challenge on her blog to help with the effort occurring this weekend. I will also match whatever she raises up to $200. See her blog piece (below) for details on how to participate. No donation is required from you, but if you’re inclined, she has information in that regard as well. [Still grading. Second third of grading done and grades submitted. Last third of the work was due at 5 today, so there's a big stack of papers here still.] In honor of the Rise Up Christchurch – Te Kotahitanga Global Telethon to take place Sunday, May 22, Servetus will donate $1 (USD) for each comment on this post by a unique commentator / IP address up to the first 100 comments. After that 0.25 USD (twenty-five cents) per comment up to a maximum … Read More […]

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  44. Heartwarming initiative, Servetus!

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  45. I’ve had a very dear friend pass away unexpectedly last evening and ask for prayers for her family. I was going to issue a challenge as a lark. In lieu of that, I have reblogged Servetus’ challenge and will match what she raises here. So get your friends to post a comment on her blog! 🙂

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    • Sorry to hear about your loss Frenz. My thoughts go out to her family and friends.

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    • RAFrenzy, I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you. I’m amazed that, during this difficult time, you had the wonderful idea of matching the amount raised by Servetus. You are a kind and generous person! x

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    • Thank you both!

      I just read my comment, and I want to make it clear that my desire to post a challenge as a lark was not contingent on my friend’s death. I guess I left out a sentence so that it sounds that way. What I meant to say is the death had curtailed me wanting to do that, and really it’s better this way.

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    • There is another person who wants to match but do it anonymously, so that will be $600 if the goal of 500 unique commenters is met.

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      • That is SUPER, Frenz! 😀 This is such a giving community. I’ve just been looking at this week’s Sports Illustrated with the cover story on the devastation of Tuscaloosa. I started crying yet again. We all have to remember–it could have been us, our friends, family, co-workers, students–who were victims of disasters like the NZ earthquake and the horrible tornadoes. Do unto others as you would have them do to you.

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  46. […] P.S. A fellow blogger is donating $1 to benefit the victims of the New Zealand earthquake for each comment made on her post here: https://meandrichard.wordpress.com/2011/05/17/informal-fan-challenge/ […]

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  47. What a wonderful idea! This is one of the numerous things which make me feel proud of RA fans. Special fans for a special man.

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  48. Such a great idea Servetus! I join in.

    OML 🙂

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  49. I’m from yet another earthquake zone (Italy) and greatly appreciate your charity project. RA should be proud of his fans – Gosh! May I write ‘fans’? Is it ‘politically correct’? 😉

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  50. That’s very generous of you Servetus. And with Frenz matching funds, I’m sure Mr. A would be overwhelmed if he knew the impact he is having, indirectly, in raising funds for Christchurch.

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  51. […] you haven’t already heard, Servetus is also raising funds for Christchurch and Frenz will be matching funds raised by Servetus, all […]

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  52. A wonderful idea. RA world is such a great place to live. Hope he knows. and if he could see his way clear to play the cello or maybe even sing, well, cups would overflow.

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  53. Hi! It’s the first time I post a comment on your blog.
    I’m a Brazilian fan of Richard Armitage.
    Congratulations for your great idea!
    My favourite part of being an Armitage fan? It’s just what darlingdarling said: the amazing passion, creativity, generosity, and integrity of RA and his lovely fans. And all the fun! It’s such a lovely community. And Richard is such a fantastic actor and person.

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  54. YAY!!! Me here!!!

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  55. I join all of the above comments. You guys (and RA) brought me a lot of joy every day in the past year, and I wasn’t even in a bad time in my life to begin with!
    Thank you, Servetus. I’m sure this will come back to you in a good karmic way.

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  56. Great idea Servetus, so generous! x

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  57. Great idea. Happy to help 🙂

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  58. Great idea! 🙂 Happy to be here! 😀

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  59. Great idea for a great cause.

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  60. This is not only a wonderful idea but very generous too. I’m so happy to be part of this community, where I have met so many lovely and intelligent people thanks to Mr. Armitage 🙂

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  61. I hope you get many many comments here: a great idea, for a worthy cause, with a lovely inspiration!

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  62. I can only repeat what the other commentators have already said – this is a wonderful idea or in Inge60’s words “eine tolle Idee”. Thank you Servetus and Frenz both for your blogs and for your generosity. Suse

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  63. Count me in, Servetus. NZ is my nearest geographic neighbour and one of the most beautiful places in the world. Christchurch suffered so badly and then appeared to disappear off the world’s radar so well done on raising the profile and the money. I’m going to try and access the event itself and donate through that or if not possible then via the Salvos or Red Cross again.
    PS: Son and partner are off to NZ in Oct. and are on notice to return with ‘stills’ of filming or not return at all!

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  64. Ditto on all of the above.

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  65. another dollar. so fun to read comments from first-time posters. (i don’t post much either.) thanks for your fundraising generosity, servetus and rafrenzy.

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  66. I’ve been lurking away in the RAsphere for many months, just happy to enjoy all the blogs, but had to delurk to post for this cause!

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  67. I appreciate your generosity toward this very worthwhile cause….

    Let’s celebrate the wonderful RA fans, like you, who appreciate the Man for his talent, skill, work ethic, and yes, handsome gorgeousness (let’s be honest here! LOL)…*round of applause*

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  68. It is horrible what happened in Christchurch and it is too bad that they have disappeared off the world’s radar–as someone mentions above. I have been wondering about their rebuilding efforts.

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  69. Oops, I put that comment in the wrong place.

    One more time, and please forgive me Servetus for cluttering up your comment section.

    There is another person who wants to match but do it anonymously, so that will be $600 if the goal of 500 unique commenters is met.

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  70. Thanks for this…. I think this is one good reason to be Ra’s fan: being one among a group of fabulous and caring people. Only goof ones like RA 😀

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  71. This is a lovely thing you’re doing, I commend you for it!

    Pauline x

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  72. Nice idea, thank you.

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  73. Favorite part of being an Armitage fan? Definitely you guys!
    As GizTheGunslinger said: special fans for a special man 🙂

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  74. Yet another lurker here, from yet another earthquake zone, so I feel Christchurch’s pain just a little.
    My comment on Armitage fandom:
    O brave new world, that has such people in it!
    You ladies are quality. But then so is our esteemed principal himself.
    And the best bit is, it is such fun, the very best antidote, when life gets difficult or unpleasant.

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  75. What a lovely idea! Your thoughtfulness and generosity is heartwarming….

    Much love
    FH

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  76. Wonderful thing to do.

    Love the comment that we live in a “parallel universe”. What a beautiful world it is. 🙂

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  77. HELLO 🙂

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  78. This is very generous of you. Such a wonderful idea deserves all our support.Thank you for doing this.

    megs x

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  79. Big hearts have big ideas (just made that up, but I think it’s opportune). From Portugal with love.

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  80. I join!!! I guess I can’t say anything more. Lovely people are the Richard Armitage fans. He is a lucky man and we are too to meet thanks to him, and Christchurch and NZ because he is rooting and all of us are focused there.Isn’t it great how easy can be to help people and do them happy?

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  81. Favourite part of being an Richard Armitage fan? Definitely the opportunity to gaze at his beautiful face as often as I possibly can 🙂

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  82. Hi,

    I am a RA fan from Brazil and i loved your idea! Congratulations! I am sure RA will be so please with your idea!

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  83. Well done, fabby idea

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  84. What a generous gesture! Such a small thing we can do to make a big impact!! When GREAT people come together, GREAT things happen! Love this idea!

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  85. Well done, you! 😀

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  86. sounds like a lovely cause!

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  87. What a generous idea of you, especially in times like these.

    I don’t really have anything to add, just to wish you lots of luck and plenty of time as the definite end of your current career is rapidly approaching.

    But as I said earlier, welcome to the club. We’ll just fumble along for who knows how long. 😉

    And the Kiwis will no doubt appreciate your kind gesture.

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  88. […] [Comments on this post closed so that you can add your COMMENT FOR CHRISTCHURCH here!] […]

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  89. Thank you Servetus for your interesting blog and this generous donation to a worthy cause.

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  90. Such a lovely idea 🙂 That is very generous of you and looks like it is a success already with over 100 comments! Yay!

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  91. […] kicked things off in the blogsphere by offering to donate $1 (USD) for each comment on her post by a unique […]

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  92. What a wonderful thing to do.
    My favorite part? The eyes–of RA, that is.

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  93. I think my previous comment put me in the money making end of this (although do home and work count separately?)

    It is so generous of you to do this and necessary for us to remind Christchurch that they are not alone and forgotten as disasters cascade throughout the world….

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  94. A wonderful challenge and a wonderful community of fans.

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  95. Thank you for giving. I enjoy reading your blog.

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  96. […] So everyone else: let’s go! If you’ve already commented, know that your comment has just increased in value by 40 percent. Feel free to publicize this to your Armitage friends. And if you haven’t yet, please go here and leave us a comment! Comment for Christchurch! […]

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    • Just thought I’d mention that we are already well over $1000. Quite a few other fans have already pledged support, to be sent directly to Rise Up Christchurch, in addition to your informal fan challenge. Something Mr. A would be humbled and proud to know I’m sure.

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  97. Splendid! Important to not lose focus on one disaster, when the media has left for another, or for the latest international or whatever sex scandal. We can’t save the world, but many playing little parts and contributing in however small ways can make an enormous difference. This campaign is shaping into something much bigger than imagined.

    Huzzahs for a Pheonix of Christchurch! And admiration for the doughty New Zealanders.

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  98. Great thing you’re doing here–wishing you well with the challenge and your own new life ahead!

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  99. Great idea! I’m happy to support it!

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  100. I was told about this generous effort by NovemberBride, and although I’m a bit confused, I’m happy to join in. Do we make a donation as well as post?

    My heartfelt prayers are lifted up for our friends in Christchurch, as well in Japan, petitioning that their lives may return to normal as quickly as possible. No, better than normal.

    Thank you!

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  101. Loving the work of the rather foxy Mr Richard Armitage, happy to meet all you lovely fans x x

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  102. This is great!

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  103. Awesome idea. Good luck.

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  104. Well done, RA fans! What a great idea. And thanks to the 2 “angels.”

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  105. So simple a thing to do… A few words to support a good cause. I am proud to be able to participate with this post.

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  106. What a nice thing to do, Servetus!

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  107. I just heard about this comment to raise cash for Christchurch, so I thought I’d add to the count. Good luck!

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  108. What a great idea! Best wishes to the people of Christchurch NZ.

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  109. Great idea to do this! It’s so sad that this happened to the church and will be praying for it.

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  110. Correction–It’s sad what happened to tthe cathedral, the people and the area.

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  111. Thank You for this wonderful idea.

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  112. My thoughts and prayers are with Christchurch and their community. A wonderful initiative from you and the others who are matching donations! What a brilliant bunch of people RA fans are and I’m happy to be one of them.

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  113. A comment from a sunny Stockholm, Sweden.

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  114. I wonder if Richard has any idea of the kind of impact he’s having on this event for Christchurch, through these generous bloggers and his incredible fan community. I’m sure he’d be very proud of ‘his gang’ :-))

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  115. Way to go! 🙂 – The internet / social networking at it VERY BEST!

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  116. This is such a wonderful idea that I’ve finally come out of lurkdom to thank you and other bloggers for all the interesting articles, discussions and fun you’ve entertained me with in the past year or so. Thank you for all your hard work.

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  117. Well done you!

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  118. A most generous idea for a deserving cause.

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  119. Richard, from Russia with love!

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  120. Your idea is just fantastic Servetus, well done !… Richard has the talent to inspire the best feelings to his admirers !!! I’m glad to be part of his fan community : all are sensitive and creative and I love that !! And as I’m planning to go to NZ this year for the rugby, my passion too, I really do want to support your action for CHRISTCHURCH !

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  121. I hope it doesn’t have to be a witty comment. I’m happy to support Christchurch and I pray they recover from the earthquakes, but I’m all out of witty this morning!

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  122. I too had to de-lurk for this. I’ve only recently been introduced to the wonders of Mr A. and of this fandom, but I’m enjoying it tremendously. And, as a long time fan of Tolkien’s work, I am delighted at the prospect of both worlds getting to meet :).

    Great idea, so generous! Cheers from France

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  123. This is AWESOME, way to go!!! 😀

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  124. great idea!!!! i hope is a success!!!

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  125. […] https://meandrichard.wordpress.com/2011/05/17/informal-fan-challenge/ […]

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  126. Wonderful idea Servetus. All these natural disasters; with the destruction, the loss of lives and homes that have accompanied them are terrible indeed. God bless and help all those who have suffered
    in whatever way.

    What is more heartening is how times like this bring out the best in the human spirit.
    In a world where we all too often see what the worst of the human spirit can do that’s no bad thing.

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  127. Another lurker coming out hiding. What a wonderful and generous idea!

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  128. Nice initiative, I hope these gifts will help all those who suffered during the earthquake … Merci !

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  129. Simply by sailing in a new direction
    You could enlarge the world.

    ” – Allen Curnow

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  130. Thank you very much for giving the opportunity to help.

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  131. Hi Good luck on the campaign. I love the work of RA.
    As another fan, I’m Brazilian too.

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  132. I already “liked” this post as I didn’t have time to comment yet. But I wanted to make sure to comment as well because this is such a great thing for you to do! Way to go, guys!!

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  133. Love the man. Thank you for doing this.

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  134. Bravo for you generosity and kindness!
    Best wishes from France!

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  135. I have already commented, so my new comment will not count, but I want to let all who want to make donations know, that the website checks spelling and using digits not used in English will not work. So I had to transcribe these digits, e.g. my town name has an ‘ü’ and I had to change it into ‘ue’ to get my donation through.
    This is just to help, as it took me quite a while to understand why my town was rejected.

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  136. Thumbs up for this innitiative. Of course I leave a comment, it’s what you called for, right?! 😉

    Bye the bye, keep up the good work, come to your blog from time to time and it’s always an interesting read, to say the least.

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  137. Great idea! Love your blog!

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  138. have been an admirer of the a~maz~ing Mr A for a very long time. Getting my lap top fairly recently introduced me to this whole new “family” of like minded “ladies”.
    I have met some very special & generous {in many ways} people and here you all go again!
    with very best wishes to everyone “here” and the good people of
    Christchurch.
    ps. as other people have said, am sure Richard is very proud of his peeps! X

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  139. This is a wonderful idea. Thank you for your generosity! 😀

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  140. “We have all of us one human heart.”

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  141. I am Brazilian and I congratulate this initiative!

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  142. Love this idea!!! What a fantastic thing to do, bravo!

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  143. How can I not comment, to help a place I love without even having seen it person? A hearty thanks to you, Servetus, and to everyone who has agreed to match.

    We are here to help each other get through this thing, whatever it is.

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  144. you people are great!

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  145. Great idea for a good cause 🙂

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  146. If only fundraising always worked like this!

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  147. […] top of this, there are other challenges going on, and I’ve heard whispers that many of you are donating in larger amounts independently. That’s […]

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  148. Richard would be proud, he really would!

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  149. Great idea ! RA fan’s from Ukraine with you

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  150. I love your initiative !!!

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  151. Very generous of you, and a worthy cause!

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  152. Here’s my comment! 🙂
    Cha-ching… more money for charity!
    This is great, Serv.

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  153. To help those in need, and to feel part of this wonderfull community.
    Thank you Mr A. for bringing us together.
    Thank you Servetus.
    And I hope you will have nice weather for the big ceremony.

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  154. Thank you for your wonderful idea and so interesting blog!

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  155. What an awesome idea! Kudos, Servetus – great job! Thank you!

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  156. expect descry Mr A.

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  157. Never left a comment on a blog before but it’s in a good cause!

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  158. Brilliant idea. Thanks for involving all of us in such a great project, Servetus. MG

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  159. Fantastic idea. Helping others is a lovely way to use your extra energy. 5*

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  160. Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman..

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  161. Happy to oblige. Nice idea.

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  162. Great idea!

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  163. Hello! Thank you for doing this.

    Love the blog, Servetus!

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  164. […] https://meandrichard.wordpress.com/2011/05/17/informal-fan-challenge/ […]

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  165. I am not sure what is happening with the comments so I hope I have not mucked something up by already donating via another RA site pointer to the telethon. I am commenting just in case that is all that is required in the venture on this site. Thanks for what you are doing.

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  166. Servetus, great idea! I’m happy to be in :-).

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  167. I’m a RA newbie, please count me in for a good cause! thanks

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  168. Servetus,

    Thoughtful as is your blog.

    With appreciation –

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  169. Lovely idea!
    Saludos desde México.

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  170. Such a terrific idea for a great cause. Hoping the people of Christchurch will rise above this tragedy. RA would truly be proud of all your efforts for these wonderful people.

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  171. Fantastic idea and a most worthy cause.
    Kia kaha!

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  172. From an Aussie who loves New Zealand and its people, loves Christchurch and really really loves Richard Armitage.

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  173. I’m also an RA fan newbie!
    This is such a great idea.

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  174. As a long time lurker, this does seem the right time to come out of the shadows.

    And since I am now here, thank you for the effort you continually put into your blog, I truly admire your work.

    Foxglove.

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  175. Watching the fundraiser. Love Richard.

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  176. Are you watching the fundraiser. I am. We just saw bits from the cricket match.

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  177. Hey, Hey from the USA. Excited to see everyone come together for a good cause!

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  178. Such a nice idea. Thank you!

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  179. Hello from the USA. So glad to support this wonderful cause. Lots of love to Christchurch and the magnificent Richard Armitage, who helped inspire this donation effort.

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  180. Loving Richard Armitage. hope he makes an appearance.

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  181. I’m in Christchurch and I just want everyone to know how much we appreciate the support from around the world.

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  182. My prayers go out to all the people of Christchurch for health and healing at this time of tragedy. It is when there are troubles that you see the true colors of the people of the worls and I know and have read about all thegood that is being done throughout the whole world on behalf of the people of Christchurch. Thank you, Lord!

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  183. This coming together in a good cause is an amazing rribute to a fine actor and a lovely man! Just adore RA!

    Since researching my family a couple of years ago, I find that there’s a large unkown branch of my family in Christchurch…..so I’m donating to the telethon with them in mind! So for all of my lost cousins, I send my prayers and best wishes!

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  184. I have never posted on this blog, but just had to for this. Wow, us kiwi’s are humbled by the support shown for Christchurch. This is such a fantastic idea, and all the support that is coming in from overseas is so great, especially in the wake of the devastation in Japan so soon after Christchurch. Just about everyone in NZ is affected by this through family and friends, and so many of us know it could so easily have been us. I am in Wellington, watching the telethon. in approximately an hour and a half (5.30pm NZ time) Sir Ian McKellen and some of the hobbit cast are expected at Te Papa to support the telethon, and I will not be surprised to see RA there. You are able to watch online if you are awake! link below. https://riseup.org.nz/watch-online. Once again thank you so much for your support for Christchurch. And to echo a previous poster. Kia Kaha.

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  185. Praying for your guys!

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  186. good luck

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  187. I accept the challenge!

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  188. Yay!

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  189. RA rocks that dwarf/gnome look!!! What a fun was to start a Sunday AM! That inside look on just exactly how these hot little dwarves are gonna look was hilarious. (I watched last night till my eyeballs gave out on me.) Thanks, Serv, for doing this!

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  190. Comments are now closed as the challenge has ended. I’ll reply to some of the individual ones later. Thanks to everyone who commented and donated. There’ll be a results post in a little while.

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  191. […] hearty thanks to everyone who participated in the Informal Fan Challenge, which ended this morning. At this moment I don’t know how much was raised. Servetus will […]

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  192. […] who abandoned their anonymity briefly in order to leave a comment as a donation, not least because I tried to emphasize at the time that I didn’t know whether Mr. Armitage endorsed this effort or would participate himself. An additional piece of information that may be helpful in explaining […]

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  193. […] was really busy today, so I’m posting the following information on the end of the challenge. Both Frenz and her anonymous angel #2 donated to the Rise Up Christchurch / Te Kotahitanga global […]

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  194. […] global telethon. You can help them meet their challenge at the RAFrenzy.com blog and the Me+Richard blog where you will find further […]

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  195. […] begin with, Servetus said she would donate money for everyone commenting on a particular post on her blog, up to a certain amount. RAFrenzy countered with matching her amount, and judiang and others have […]

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