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The 2013 Damian O’Hare Advent Calendar

Posted in charity, everything else with tags , on 30 November, 2013 by ambarussa

There was a Christmas/Yule/whateveryoucelebrateornot contest every year since the beginning of this website. I’m sorry that there won’t be one this year; vet bills come first. But it wouldn’t be Christmas without some goodies, so you’ll get an advent calendar instead. Every day until Christmas, I’ll add one picture – the Daily Damian, so to speak. I hope you’ll have fun with it, and who knows, maybe there will be some pictures you haven’t seen yet?

adventcalendarIf you have a quid or maybe five left after all your Christmas shopping, it would be really neat if you could donate to


We support Magic Breakfast, a charity which provides a healthy breakfast to some of the 700,000 children who arrive at school too hungry to learn every day. If you want to learn more about this great project, or if you want to donate through our “Just Giving” page, please click on the picture below.

Thanks for supporting this important cause.


“The Royal” ITV3 Re-run Dates / New Charity

Posted in charity, the royal, tv, website with tags , , , , , on 19 November, 2012 by ambarussa

Here are the dates for the re-runs of the first eight episodes of series 7 of “The Royal” (the ones featuring Damian O’Hare as Dr. Nick Burnett) on ITV3. I have no news regarding programming during the holidays yet, but I’ll let you know about the re-runs of episodes 9 – 12 as soon as possible.

Wed 12 December, 2012, 2.20pm 7/1   Against All Odds
Thu 13 December, 2012, 2.20pm 7/2   On the Road
Fri 14 December, 2012, 2.20pm 7/3   Blood’s Thicker Than Water
Mon 17 December, 2012, 2.20pm 7/4   Slings and Arrows
Tue 18 December, 2012, 2.20pm 7/5   To Love and to Lose
Wed 19 December, 2012, 2.20pm 7/6   Stolen Dreams
Thu 20 December, 2012, 2.20pm 7/7   Home from the Hill
Fri 21 December, 2012, 2.20pm 7/8   Pastures New


After five years of supporting HeroRats, it was time for a change (no worries, the heroic rodents will continue to be supported, but privately). Our new charity of choice is

Magic Breakfast!

They deliver free, healthy breakfast foods to UK primary schools with more than 50% free school meals. In each one of those schools, children start the day too hungry to learn, and a hungry child is often unable to concentrate in class. Magic Breakfast provides a healthy breakfast to 6,000 children each morning, as essential fuel for learning. This improves child attendance, punctuality, concentration and behaviour. All for just 22p a day.

I’ve been involved with social work for a long time, and used to work in an institution for male teenagers with “behavioural issues”. I met 15 years olds who never had a decent breakfast in their lives. Every child fed by Magic Breakfast is a child who gets a chance – to learn, to grow, to thrive, to dream. And for every child who has that chance, there’s one teenager less who hasn’t.

Thanks to the generosity of Damian’s fans, we already managed to drum up £ 220 for Magic Breakfast.

The next target is £ 500; if you’d like to help us getting there, you can learn more and donate by clicking on the button below:

Usual disclaimer: this is the charity of choice of the Webgnome running this site.

In completely different news: the sidebar of the blog has been changed; I hope it’s less cluttered and easier to navigate now. It should make browsing on mobile devices easier.

Happy Birthday to us! Party with us and help School Kids getting a decent Breakfast!

Posted in movies, theatre, tv, website with tags , , , , , on 22 July, 2012 by ambarussa

On 12 August 2012, it will be five years that we provide the world with information on Irish actor Damian O’Hare’s work. Which just goes to show that ideas conceived at 3am after a pub crawl don’t necessarily have to be bad (though we’re glad we didn’t go for calling the site “D’Oh!”)

Running such a website is only fun if the fans to go with it don’t take things seriously, and luckily, that’s the case with Thanks a lot to all of you who contributed to the website, for mailing news, making screencaps and all the silly discussions.
(I still think “Dr. Burnett carrying kittens in a basket to safety from a burning house while single-handedly rescuing  30 girlscouts/nuns/vicars from a bus stuck in a ditch” would have made an awesome episode for “The Royal”!)

Thanks also to Damian O’Hare; we’d never made it to five years if he’d decided to drop acting and become a plumber. The people who “discovered” him in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies continued to follow his work all through the years, from The Royal to Taking the Flak to Hatfields & McCoys. If you manage to get and keep such a loyal fanbase, you know you’re good at what you’re doing.

So – party! We won’t share the cake, but we want to share the food: to celebrate five years of, we’ve set up a fundraising site over at for “Magic Breakfast”, a charity which provides a decent breakfast for some of those 700,000 children who arrive at school too hungry to learn every day. All you have to do is click the button below, get more information and, if you feel like and can afford it, share a quid or two.  Your donation will make the wee ones happy, it will make the charity happy and it will make us happy. And happy Webgnomes are a very good thing!

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Thanks so much for your generosity, and to the next five years!

Your friendly neighbourhood Webgnome xx

PS: As usual, the person responsible for this charity drive is the Webgnome; Damian O’Hare is not involved with this in any way, form or shape. Have complaints? Then mail us.

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