Day 70: How To Trainer Your Dragon

You feed him a crunchy snack, clearly. Quick, sponsor me before the Dalek population of Wales is wiped out… 

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Mmmmmm, crunchy on the outside, soft of the inside. That’s the kind of titbit a Hungarian Horntail likes the most. So a few Daleks should keep him happy and tempt him away from that antique (not plastic at all, honest) Viking’s helmet he’s been guarding.

March 11 300And now I have his trust, I must train him to do my bidding. For a start, he can keep my coffee from going cold.

Random fact for you: you probably know that the Night Fury in How To Train Your Dragon is called Toothless, but his name isn’t quite as random as may think. The word pteranodon (prehistoric flying reptiles) means “toothless wing”.

As for today’s trainers, they’re a cheap pair of plimsolls I picked up on eBay (99p!), and the lable says they’re Crooked Souls, and that’s about as much as I know about them other than they have laces seemingly made out of elastic! It was like trying to knot a couple of Slinkies. Very strange!

But come on guys! I shouldn’t be buying off eBay for fear or running out! That’s 99p that could have gone straight to Alzheimer’s Research UK instead (although admittedly, I am planning a car boot sale to sell a few pairs… profits to the cause). So if you haven’t done so already, it’s time to donate. Details below. And spread the word about this blog. There are some special, rather elaborate posts on the way in the coming week or two…

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Usual sign-off:

Current total: £550 (Thanks to Wendy Mann for her donation yesterday!)

• 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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