Nelson Mandela dies at 95
Former South African President Nelson Mandela has died, President Jacob Zuma announced Thursday.
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Photo: Mandela takes the oath on May 10, 1994, during his inauguration in Pretoria as the country’s first black president. “The time for the healing of the wounds has come,” Mandela said. “The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come. The time to build is upon us.” (Walter Dhladhla / AFP - Getty Images)
Mark Campbell and Julia Udine as the Phantom and Christine
Okay, so you may or may not have heard about the PHANDOM SECRET SANTA! This is a really cool thing that everyone should sign up for!
"But RJ, what *is* a secret santa?", you may ask. A secret santa is when everyone gets randomly matched up with another person who they then get to buy/make/steal (note: stealing is bad, please don’t actually do that) a gift for, and in return receive their own mystery gift. Obviously this works best when there are a lot of people taking part.
And that’s where you come in! I’ve wanted there to be a Phandom secret santa for *ages*, so I was really excited to see that tumblr user schwarzerprinz (holiday url snowangelofmusic) set one up! But apparently people are being a bit reluctant to join in. :/
Maybe you guys are hesitant to give your addresses to a random person on the internet? That’s totally cool: giving your address is not mandatory to participate—in fact, it’s mentioned in the rules of the secret santa that if you don’t want to tell anyone your address you can specify that (in which case you can instead receive an internet-friendly gift such as art/edits/fic/playlists/etc).
Or maybe you guys just don’t have any idea what you should send to a stranger as a gift? Well, you do have one big clue: this is a *Phandom* secret santa, so there’s a pretty good chance that they’ll be a phan. :P Draw some phanart, dig up some extra playbills/pamphlets, write a phic, make a CD of your favourite Phantom performers—just try to think of things that a fellow phan would appreciate! (I’m not entirely sure how the assignment of partners is going to work, but you might also be able to stalk their blog for ideas.) Oh, and if you don’t have/can’t find/can’t make anything Phantom-related, I find that most people also like candy. :P
I really recommend that everyone who is able will take part in this. There has been a lot of talk lately about the Phandom being overrun with negativity, and this would be a great way for everyone to spread a little kindness instead (plus, you get a surprise present, and that’s always fun!). Who knows, you might even make a new friend (the person I got matched with in the Secret Phandom Valentines project last year is now one of my best friends)! :)
If you’d like to take part, hurry and send your information in, because the deadline for sign-ups is December 7th!
Note: I am not affiliated with the Phandom secret santa other than as a participant. I just felt like promoting a worthy project. Please direct any questions to snowangelofmusic or the officialsantaphantom blog.
Peter Karrie’s final “You Alone….”
from the last show of the UK Tour from November 11, 2000.
I mean it when I say this is the best I have ever heard this line sung, its sung with true heart and complete passion and….
Just please, take a moment and listen, you’ll see.
okay but I’m actually crying right now and it’s not even funny
I really want to watch Tanz Der Vampire but at the same time I don’t really have the time for my life to be ruined by another musical
Finnish Musical Advent Calendar 2.12.