“41st Birthday Greetings to Richard Crispin Armitage at the Start of KRA 2012 (poem)”, 8/22/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #255)


Dear Richard,

It is my humble task, to offer you initial greetings on this your 41st Birthday,
On behalf of your many fans—and especially, the bloggers of 2012 KRA.

The KRA initiative is comprised of fans supporting your goal of producing a film about Richard the Third.
That you hope will redefine his history—jettisoning forever the image of him being an evil nerd.

And who better to bring accuracy and honor to the history of King Richard the Third than yourself?
For you are soon to be seen as Thorin, a king among men in “The Hobbit” films—well, as a Dwarf, not an Elf.

It is said that you were named Richard after KR 3, since your 1971 August 22 date of birth,
Was the 486th anniversary of King Richard III’s 1485 death with valor at the Battle of Bosworth.

KR3 was only 33 years at the time of his death from a grievous head wound caused by a poleaxe.
A Welshman claimed the deed, with Henry Tudor the 7th taking the crown and changing the KR3 facts.

So we fans look forward with gleeful anticipation your revising of King Richard the third’s historical tale.
You are an exquisitely masterful and talented actor and storyteller, whom we hope will prevail.

We KRA 2012 lady RA bloggers devotedly wish you the most joyous of 41st birthdays this year.
Joining with your world wide fans and their celebrations for you, our hearts are most true and sincere.

Very Cheesily Yours, Melissa the Mouse
(via my scribe, Gratiana Lovelace)

Some 2012 KRA Week (August 22 – 28, 2012) Programing Notes, also in rhyming couplets:

Now turning our attention to the KRA 2012 celebration by the lady RA bloggers with special posts this week,
These posts, essays, and activities are many and varied, so visitors should find something that they seek.

On Thursday August 23rd,  Phylly’s Faves (http://phyllysfaves.blogspot.com/2012/08/august-22-birthday.html) will delight us with her eponymous blog and its post.
Whereas Friday August 24th, Maria Grazia of Fly High has some interesting words that she will host.

And Saturday August 25th is the day that Servetus of Me+RichardArmitage will share what her pen has begot.
Sunday August 26th features Fabo Laktuko at White Rose: Sincere and Simple Thoughts.

Not to be outdone, dear Fitzg on Monday August 27th will share her thoughts on the KRA 2012 main page.
Where also on Tuesday August 28th, the Richard III Foundation’s information will be sure to engage

Throughout the whole week there will be a special KRA 2012 Scavenger Hunt Quiz as a special treat,
Involving Richard 3, Richard Armitage, and KRA news.  Some prizes are offered to make the fun even more sweet.

The Wednesday August 29th finale–with Zan–will also recap all of the KRA 2012 postings our dear readers visited.
It will have been a week of celebRAtion, fun, and sharing—that we hope, kept you riveted.

                                             References not Listed or Linked Elsewhere
(1) General references for King Richard Armitage Week 2012 are found at http://kingrichardarmitage.rgcwp.com/contributions/king-richard-week-2012/

(2) Image representing the virtual Melissa the Mouse–a character that Grati created and will expand upon in future posts–was found at http://images.macworld.com/appguide/images/312/621/772/ss2.jpg  ;  lavender dress was composited onto the mouse image and was found at http://www.meetgypsy.com/Oscars_04_G400.jpg

(3)  The stunning King Richard Armitage pencil drawing by Daria GizTheGunslinger and Kin Richard’s personal banner were found at http://kingrichardarmitage.rgcwp.com/2011/11/30/fan-art-gizthegunslinger-and-king-richard-iii/#comments

(4)  Other images are courtesy of RANet (www.RichardArmitageNet.com), and Wikipedia or KRA 2012.

(5)  Nota Bene:  Melissa the Mouse is a fictional, virtual character created by her human Gratiana Lovelace.  Melissa the Mouse plans to virtually visit and fictionally write about her experiences in mice life.  So, please suspend your disbelief and join her for the ride.  All references to real living persons that she may or may not have met and actual places are pure whimsy and meant in good fun.

About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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42 Responses to “41st Birthday Greetings to Richard Crispin Armitage at the Start of KRA 2012 (poem)”, 8/22/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #255)

  1. Fabi says:

    Hi Melissa the Mouse,
    What a creative and supportive way to celebrate a birthday! Congratulations to all organizers, bloggers and participants of King Richard Armitage Week 2012!
    Long live Our King Richard!
    (Now I’m going to submit my answers to the quiz, day 1.)


  2. Dear Readers,

    It’s not too late for you to send birthday greetings to Richard Armitage.

    RANet will still accept birthday wishes 20 hours London time on August 22 at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/birthday12.html

    Here is their exact wording on the time: ” The Birthday message page will close for new messages at 20:00 UK time tomorrow. Thank you for all your birthday wishes! An email has been sent to Richard’s agent to notify him.”

    Cheers! Grati ;->


  3. Dear Readers,

    I plan to make a donation to one of Richard Armitage’s chosen charities on the Just Giving link (to the right in the sidebar) in honor of Mr. Armitage’s birthday. You can, too.

    And if you need to wait until pay day–like me–I’m sure that’s fine. A donation of any size is always welcomed by these and other charities, because when all of us put our “little” donations together they become big donations and they really make an impact in helping others.

    Thanks to RANet and others for initially providing those links.

    Cheers! Grati ;->


  4. Dear Readers,
    For a real RA birthday treat, also visit Servetus’ blog post at :


    Cheers! Grati ;->


  5. Melissa mouse, your post is stellar and you write like a scholar, your announcement has been heard and the news shall be quoted! :)


  6. april73 says:

    Very nice post Melissa the Mouse. :-)

    Happy Armitage Day to everyone. :-)


  7. Dear Readers,
    Have fun visiting all of the other blogs today who will also post about Richard Armitage’s birthday. I will post link’s to them here in this comment for your and my convenience. So I will update this comment throughout the day as I become aware of other links. Other RA bloggers are also welcome to post their Birthday links here.
    Cheers! Grati ;->

    RA Birthday Wishes on Other Blogs (in no particular order):







    http://crispinseclipse.blogspot.com/2012/08/my-favourite-picture-for-your-birthday.html?spref=fb (Newly posted!)



    Tannni’s Birthday wallpaper http://foto.germany.ru/albums/2/5/346325/ra.jpg





    I will add more throughout the day.

    And here is a lovely 41st Birthday video by Eileen: http://vimeo.com/47886499

    And here is a 41st Bday tribute and video by Ana Cris and Fabi: http://manedwolfdotwordpressdotcom.wordpress.com/

    And here is April’s Violet’s birthday post: http://aprilsviolet.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/happy-birthday-mr-richard-armitage/

    And Christine Doart–our fearless leader of KRA and KRA 2012 Week–weighs in with her own birthday greetings; http://cdoart.blogspot.com/2012/08/happy-birthday-to-our-king-of-fandom.html

    And Zan has some birthday greetings: http://zaniam.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/happy-armitage-day/

    And here is a non-birthday video, with rockin birthday greetings from Daria GizTheGunslinger and titled “Richard Armitage – Filmstar 2” found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ht7sMplazXg

    And bccmee has one of her wonderful RA birthday videos (be sure to stay for the surprise ending) titled “Richard Armitage 41st birthday video” and found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TsyYTlDgEuU

    And FunkyBlueDandelion weighs in with a “lateral” birthday homage to RA and other fellow birthday celebrators at http://funkybluedandelion.blogspot.com/2012/08/off-road-birthday-what-birthday.html?spref=fb

    Here is a 41st birthday tribute video by PhoenixLupin found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fh9Azv7N_zY&feature=autoshare

    Another Birthday video–supposedly “cheesy”. So Melissa the Mouse voted for this one: “Have a Very Happy Birthday, Richard Armitage!” by Natazukii found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lcQQ8EUWOo&feature=youtu.be&a

    Evie at Middle Earth News weighs in with her Armitage Birthday wishes at http://news.mymiddleearth.com/2012/08/22/happy-birthday-richard-armitage/

    The official The Hobbit Movie Twitter account shared a very hi-resolution image of Young Prince Thorin Oakenshield in honor of Richard Armitage’s birthday today. Here is their link https://twitter.com/TheHobbitMovie/status/238363255083515904 and here is the direct link to the image http://twitpic.com/amk4sl

    A lovely RA 41st birthday graphic from Angelfish69 was shared by RAFandreamer. Here is the link http://angelfish69.tumblr.com/post/29929266094/happy-41st-birthday-richard-armitage-yeah-its

    And here is a lovely RA birthday essay by Sarah at http://vocevivace.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/a-gushing-happy-birthday-post/


  8. bccmee says:

    It’s such a fantastic celebration with so many taking part in Richard Armitage’s birthday! Best wishes to everyone in the community on this special day.


    • Hi Bccmee!
      It is going to be a wonderful day! As I wrote on someone else’s blog post, we can only hope that our fun is eclipsed by Mr. Armitage thoroughly enjoying his birthday.
      Thanks for visiting and commenting! Cheers! Grati ;->


  9. Fabi says:

    Hi Grati,
    Ana Cris and I made a small tribute to Richard’s birthday at her blog, La Loba:
    Thanks for the list of links, so we won’t miss anything on this big day of celebration!


    • Hi Fabi,
      Thanks for sharing your and Ana Cris’ link! I hadn’t gotten all the way down my blogger friends list before I had to go to work. I will also add it to my birthday post list in the other comment above.
      Cheers! Grati ;->


    • Ana Cris says:

      Hi Grati,
      What a beautiful tribute to our muse! A feast for the community!


      • Hi Ana Cris
        Thanks for your kind note. RA as our muse deserves all these good wishes and more.
        Everyone is doing a great job with their birthday greetings! I’m sure there are more–since I haven’t accessed twitter yet. Ha!
        Cheers! Grati ;->


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  11. P.S. KRA 2012 Programming Update:

    Please welcome a new RA lady blogger to our KRA 2012 Week, called Zan,
    Her post will be August 29, and is sure to please all fans.

    Cheese! Melissa the Mouse
    P.S. Zan’s blog link is http://zaniam.wordpress.com/


  12. servetus says:

    Happy Armitage Day!


  13. And Servetus shared a link on her later post today which contained a monumentally high resolution image of the buff young Thorin portrait shared just before Comic-Con. Sighhhhh!
    Here is that link to the image http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=93916


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  15. 8/22-23/12–Spend Our Money!
    As part of KRA 2012 Week. Here is the excerpt of Serv’s post about it:

    “King Richard Armitage week begins today and runs through August 28th. See the welcome post, with a description of what’s to come, at Something About Love! Includes poem by Melissa the Mouse.

    and CDoart has a cake for Richard Armitage as well as some information about previous attempts to locate the currently unknown resting place of Richard III’s mortal remains. As you may know, a new attempt has recently been funded, in part by fans of Richard Armitage. Additionally, CDoart offers details about how you can support a current effort to bring attention to the Richard III story on television — to take place this Friday and Saturday.


    As you can see from Grati’s post, a small group of us have banded together to celebrate 2012′s King Richard Armitage Week in honor of the King Richard Armitage fan initiative. The goal of the initiative is to draw attention and express public support for Richard Armitage’s ongoing interest, expressed over the last five years, of pursuing some sort of project regarding the complexities of the life and reign of English king Richard III (d. 1485), either as actor, director, or producer. A petition — please sign if you haven’t! — collects the names of people who’d love to see Armitage’s project realized.

    But what about the part where fans spend our money?????
    Keep reading!”

    [for more, link to Serv’s blog at http://meandrichard.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/spend-our-money/ ]


  16. fitzg says:

    A BIG wheel of cheddar to Melissa!
    Happy Armitage week!


  17. agzym says:

    Melissa the Mouse deserves some cheese for her stellar kick off of King Richard Armitage Week!
    After Armitage Day, I wish everyone a Happy Armitage Week!
    BTW, shouldn’t we make it Armitage Month? ;)


    • Dear Agzym/Pin Up,
      I thank you for your cheese suggestion for me.
      Mice life is wonderful with RA and a bit of brie.
      Cheeses! Melissa the Mouse
      P.S. Happy King Richard Armitage Week/Month!


  18. Hi Readers,
    Although I did not make an RA birthday video this year, here is the link to the “Happy 40th Birthday Richard Crispin Armitage” video that I made last year:

    Enjoy and Cheers! Grati ;->


  19. april73 says:

    Thanks a lot for mentionning my post. :-)


    • Dear April,
      You are most welcome to have your RA birthday post link in the above list.
      Your blog April’s Violet is delightful, and certainly not to be missed.
      Cheeses! Melissa the Mouse
      P.S. Happy King Richard Armitage Week 2012!


      • april73 says:

        Thanks for your compliment Gratiana. :-)

        I’ve just one regret : that my blog is in French, because if it’s ok to write a few word in English, it’s more difficult for me to write an entire post in English.

        But fortunately, Google translator exist, so I can understand almost everything of the blogs in English. ;-)


        • *via Google Translate*

          Salut Avril,
          Il est sincèrement voulu dire. J’ai plaisir à lire votre blog et améliorer mon français – avec un côté par le document translation latérale J’ai mis en place, également traducteur de Google.
          Et votre niveau d’anglais est bien meilleur que mon français. Donc, vous faites très bien.
          Cheers! Grati; ->

          Here is the link for Google Translate for others who want to enjoy April’s and other’s blogs that publish in a language other than their own: http://translate.google.com/

          The English original:
          Hi April,
          It is sincerely meant. I enjoy reading your blog and improving my French–with a side by side translation document I set up, also from Google Translate.
          And your English is much better than my French. So you do very well.
          Cheers! Grati ;->


  20. I fixed the broken link for Phylly’s Faves blog for today–my typo. Sorry about that.


  21. blessings says:

    Indeed dreams have come true especially a lot of birthday congratulations


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