Day 90: Gremlins 2: The Shoe Batch

A cautionary tale in today’s installment of the 365-day charity challenge…

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Three simple rules of purple Vans. Never expose them to bright light (because they’ll fade). Don’t eat kebabs after midnight when you’re wearing them (’cos you’ll be pissed and you’ll end up getting garlic sauce stains all over them). And never, ever get them wet because…

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…Well, Gizmo can tell what’s coming!

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Purple Gremlin alert!

(BTW, in case anyone thinks I’m cheating and wearing the same purple Vans I wore way back on Day Two, those were Vans Vulcanized trainers and these are Vans Eras… and I prefer them, to be honest.)

Gizmo is courtesy of my good friend Helen, who completely coincidentally had already tied a purple bow around his neck. This particular little Gizmo’s actually been an internet star before; he featured in this video created for SFX a couple of years back… See if you can spot anybody else you know in it.

Loved putting that video together! Ah, those were the days.

They say you can prove anything with statistics, so today either is or is not a quarter of the way through the challenge. Because it’s the last day of March, which is the third month of the year, so on that level, I’m a quarter of the way through. On the other hand it’s day 90, and 90 times four is only 36o… five days under a full year. Damn you February for being so short and giving me false hope.

So how am I feeling (nearly) 25% of the way through the challenge? Well, it’s certainly taking up more of my time than I expected. I’m pretty certain I will complete the challenge, because as the year goes on I’m actually being offered more and more trainers (could still do with  more, though… hint, hint). But keeping the photos and blogs interesting is time-consuming, and I know already that if I have three “second gear” days in a row, then hits and donations fall off. I think some people reckon this is an easy challenge, but over the course of this year I reckon I’ll have put in many, many more hour than anybody training for a marathon.

Admittedly, I’m well onto the way to hitting the £1,000 target, but I know how many people are checking out the Blog and the Tweets every day. If a quarter of them donated £5 each, I’d easily hit over £2,000 by the end of the year. I appreciate every donation I’ve had so far, but I hope people who haven’t donated yet appreciate why I’m doing this.

It is a hugely worthwhile cause. Alzheimer’s research is seriously underfunded, partly because Alzheimer’s is one of those illnesses that it’s all too easy to turn a blind eye to because a lot of don’t have to face it until late in life. It’s an illness that sucks the life out of the mind in a slow, cruel way, robbing a sufferer of the things that make them them – their memories – and leaving their families with a living ghost to cope with; an decreasingly recognisable echo of a loved one who demands constant attention while growing ever more incapable of giving love – or even understanding – back in return.

So please, if you haven’t donated yet, now is a good time. I believe I’ve proven that I’m committed to this, and that it’s a constant, daily effort, not something I can knock off in a few seconds. So a bit of support would help make the fact that I’ve got 75% of the challenge left to go a little less daunting.

Sermon over.

Hemlock Grove Peters chest

Spent most of the weekend proofing pages of Comic Heroes and watching the entire series of Hemlock Grove for review. Odd show. The oddest thing  not being how the guy playing Peter looks about 15 years too old to be at High School, but why everyone keeps calling him “hairy” or “hirsute” when I’ve seen more hairs in a Little Chef cheese sandwich than he’s got on his chest. Also, the werewolf transformation is very impressive – with the wolf kinda bursting through Peter’s skin – but you are left wondering what happens when he transforms back… which handily always happens off-screen.

See you in April…


Current total: £620 (cheers to Charlotte Martyn!)

• 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 I 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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