Day 58: Game Of Thrones – The Nike’s Watch

A special preview for you today of the pop-up book that wins the throne, plus some very classic trainers… Remember, it’s all in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK

Games of Thrones pop up book and map on white

Games of Thrones pop up book and map on white

Wasn’t sure whether people would be more interested in the Pop-Up Guide To Westeros or the trainers today, so I’ve given you photos foregrounding each!

Fantasy and maps go together like Joffrey and bad parenting. But as ever, Game Of Thrones make things a little more extravagant than other fantasy sagas…

Part book, part map, all magnificent paper engineering: look in awe upon Game Of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide To Westeros.

At first it’s a book. A pop-up book. And even on that level it’s a card and paper marvel with towers and castles and the Wall unfurling in front of your eyes, and loads of extra bits and pieces to pull open to reveal  spell-binding corrugated surprises.

But break the magnetic seal on the spine and you can open the entire thing out into a pop-up map of Westeros around three feet long. It’s like recreating the opening titles on your living room floor.

It’s £40, and it’s available from Bantam Press from 24 April. And no, you can’t have ours because there’s currently a Game Of Thrones style power-play going on in the office to prove who is worthy to own it.

As for the trainers, that man Steve Gotobed (he’s loaned me a number of pairs of Nikes already) has come up trumps again. Never thought I’d ever wear a pair of Air Jordans because a) I only really know them fro their later, really hideously over-the-top-designs and b) they’re are a style so beloved their fans I assumed they would be be too precious to ever be loaned to me for this charity challenge.

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However, Steve’s pair, although manufactured in 2003, are a reissue of the classic 1985-look Air Jordans, and back at the start (line was launched in 1984) the Air Jordan was a lot less ostentatious than the bizarre creations branded with that name since the mid ’90s…

air jordans

Gotta admit… I wore the wrong jeans for the Game Of Thrones photoshoot though! Air Jordans look much better with narrower jeans (even if my arse doesn’t). Hence the quick reshoot in the office this morning… and to prove I’m actually wearing them today (because I only quickly slipped them on for the photoshoot yesterday).

Anyway, it’s Thursday – Comic Review day. Must get on!

See you here tomorrow!

And don’t forget, this is all for charity. If you haven’t donated yet, help me get to £500 by the end of February!

Usual sign-off:

Current total: £490 (so nearly at the £500!)  

• Remember this is all for charity, so any pennies or pounds you can spare PLEASE DONATE BY CLICKING HERE.

• Follow me on Twitter to make sure you see what trainers I’m wearing each day.

• If you have any trainers you could donate (either on loan or old pairs you’re getting rid of) which are size 9 (ish – I can do anything from 8 to 10) contact me at so we can arrange collection.

• Please, please, please leave comments below! I’m after ideas for mini-challenges, future photoshoots and how I can find enough pairs of trainers!

Dave G


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