Day 73: Pumas Attacks!

The Pumartian’s are coming! The Pumartian’s are coming! Day 73 of the charity blog recreates War Of The Worlds… on a budget.

March 14 main

No one would have believed in the early years of the 21 century that a man would stoop so low as make a Martian “tripods” gag involving actual tripods. The chances of anything approaching true wit coming from this blog are a million to one, but  still the puns come.

I love War Of The Worlds. I love the book, the George Pal film, the Roland Emmerich remake (because that’s what Independence Day is, essentially, with a computer “virus” replacing the flu virus) and even Jeff Wayne’s musical version (especially “Forever Autumn”, even though that wasn’t even written for War Of The World originally – it started life as the music for a Lego advert in the early ’70s, fact fans). I think the Spielberg version has its moments but suffers from artificially tacking on an unnecessary and unimaginative father/son relationship subplot. I never quite understood the point of the hint that the Martians were emerging from underground in that one, either.

Not keen on the US TV series, though, to be honest, which felt more like a limp attempt to recapture the success of V rather than anything to do with Herbert George’s book (or even the George Pal film version which was a more direct influence, especially in the “to Hell with faffing about with three-legged war machines” department).

Heard the Orson Welles radio play version once and wondered how on Earth it caused all the mass hysteria it allegedly incited among credulous US audiences who thought that it was a real news report about alien invasion when it was originally broadcast in 1938. Though these days it’s accepted that that story is pretty much an urban myth, or massively overstated at the very least.

Jan 3 muddy shoes copyAnd today’s trainers? A pair of Pumas on loan from Mr Simon Withers (a name you’ve heard on here before). They’re the first “official” pair of Pumas I’ve worn in this challenge, but not the first pair of Pumas I’ve worn this year. No, I’m not cheating. If you’ve been following this challenge since Day One you’ll know that I often wear a pair of tatty old astroturf Pumas when cycling in mucky weather (allowable as part of the “don’t get decent trainers dirty” get-out clause). One day they will have a blog devoted to them. I feel they deserve something special for duty above and beyond this foul winter.

Puma special 2871These Pumas of Simon’s are a very different kettle of fish indeed. The style is called Puma Special 2871, and it’s a 2005 release based in Puma’s fencing shoes of the ’70s, apparently. Admittedly, I’ve never known Simon to do any fencing, but maybe he brandishes his épée in private.

Remember… this is all for charity so, usual sign-off:

Current total: £560 

• 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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