Day 120: Sand Shoes Meet Sand Crawler

It’s the Doctor Who/Star Wars crossover you’ve been waiting for! Possibly…

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April 30 Doctor Who converseBack to the All-Stars, with a burgundy pair hi-tops similar to the ones the Tenth Doctor used wear when he had his blue suit on.

I say, “similar” because mine don’t have the stars on the ankles removed by the BBC. Quite why the Corporation felt it needed to do this when it doesn’t bother sticking Gaffa tape over the logos of every car it features in a drama is unclear. Especially when all the Corporation’s younger, male news reporters wear anoraks emblazoned with “NORTH FACE” in huge DayGlo letters during any Winter/Autumn outside report.

I’ve got to admit, though, that until “The Day Of The Doctor” 50th anniversary special, I had never heard of plimsolls being referred to as “sand shoes”. It was still a great gag, but “sand shoes” was a new one on me. So I did a bit of Googling… erm, research, and discovered that it’s a term used mainly in Australia for what we British call pumps or daps. Maybe the War Doctor liked a good barbie?

April 30 Dunlop VolleySpecifically, there was one brand of “sand shoe” that was hugely popular in Australia – the Dunlop Volley. They were apparently legendary for their supergrippy soles which made them the choice footwear for roof tilers. Dunlop Volleys were standard issue by the Australian Army and RAAF until the late 1980s and are still issued to date by the Royal Australian Navy. Presumably they don’t go into battle wearing them. Although maybe they do, to prove how hard they are: “Only Pommy soldiers wear boots. We can kick ass in rubber and canvas.”

As for the dinky Sandcrawler, that was another item I picked up in the Lanes in Brighton. Little did I know it was hiding a surprise…

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When I got it home I discovered that you can actually open a hatch in its side. And hidden in the interior was…

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…The tiniest R2D2 I have ever seen! It looks suspiciously like something you might find in a Kinda egg. Or maybe a Christmas cracker. I’m not even sure the two originally came together or whether somebody just stored their R2D2 in their Sandcrawler and forgot when they came to sell it. Can anybody shine any light on this mystery?

More intense deadline wrangling today. Thinking about taking next week off to recover.

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

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Day 119: Nike, Danger Mouse!

Hint: you need to pronounce Nike the proper way – not the British way – to make that headline work…

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Meet the greatest. He’s fantastic! Wherever there is danger he’ll be there. He’s the ace. He’s amazing. He’s the strongest, he’s the quickest, he’s the best.

Let’s hear it for… Penfold.

Crikey.

Oh yeah, and Danger Mouse (probably the best role David Jason has ever played). And look, he’s even parked the car in the basement here at Future Publishing!

Today I’m helping them combat the latest nefarious scheme concocted Baron Greenback. And I’m wearing a pair of Nikes from the Boo collection as I save the planet from amphibian terrorism.

In-between I’ll be pushing through more pages on the latest SFX special (deadline Friday), trying to get the cover sorted and getting images sorted for the next Comic Review. Fun, fun, fun.

April 29 FelixI’ve now begun cat sitting duties. The two felines in question are Lily ands Felix. Lily is the one who like like Toothless, but she’s young and out exploring all the time, so I don’t have the photographic evidence yet. Felix is the needy, old one who demands a lap to sit on permanently. I say sit; he actually contorts himself into all sorts of positions, none of which could be reasonably described as “sitting”.

Anyway, cute cat pic and Danger Mouse photo. Surely that deserves some sponsorship. It went up a little yesterday again (thanks Russell), but it‘s payday time of the month, so I reckon a few more of you should be feeling flush and altruistic.

Let’s get to £800!

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

Cheers Dave G

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Day 118: Feet-T Phone Home

The Sole Of Sci-Fi charity challenge is pleased to hear that ET has been excavated in New Mexico…

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Second spooky coincidence in as many days!

I didn’t intend to give today’s blog an ET theme. That was a last minute change when my original plan went a bit awry. Regular followers of the blog will know that I’ve been warning that some photoshoots at the moment may have to be a little simpler to set up than some of my past blockbusters because of a certain two-weeks-t0-produce-a-164-page-magazine palava. Well, I thought I’d come up with a great solution for a few days’ worth of easy-to-shoot geekery. I’d have an “SFX covers” theme week, featuring the issues whose numbers corresponded to that days of the challenge this week; in other words issues 118 to 122.

April 28 SFX spines (b)Except when I got to the office, issues 118 to 120 were missing from the collection.

Aaaarrgghhhhhh!

A fevered hunt around the office for possible props unearthed ET on Jordan’s desk. Two ETs, in fact. But the other one looked like Ann Widdecombe and was far too disturbing to use as the main image.

April 28 Ann Widdecombe

And so, rapidly coming up with the worst shoe-related pun so far in this challenge, I shot today’s blog photo.

But it appears I’m not the only one unearthing ET at the moment. It was only when I came to write the blog I saw this in my Twitter feed:

Which lead to this video:

Has Sole Of Sci-Fi suddenly become precognitive? Or is this site actually reshaping reality itself?

Maybe I should write a blog tomorrow about Trap Door and cross my fingers there’s an announcement about a film version coming out!

Today’s trainers are another pair found in the Future Publishing cycling magazines’ free giveaway box. They’re the first Mizunos of the challenge. I always think that the Mizuno logo looks like some  kind of cyborg kangaroo.

Meanwhile, it’s the end of the month, which means that pay day must be around now for a lot of you. So if you’ve been following and enjoying The Sole Of Sci-Fi and haven’t donated yet – and stats on the blog would suggest I’ve picked up a few new followers in the past couple of weeks –now’s the time to show your support for Alzheimer’s Research UK. Just a fiver can make a lot of difference to help research into combatting this mind-eating disease. Please be generous.

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• Current total: £755 

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

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

Cheers Dave G

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Day 117: The Not-So Giant Robot And The Secret Tardis

The internet’s only sneakers-meet-sci-fi blog makes an amazing discovery…

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It’s spooky coincidence time.

This morning I decided it was time for a change of scenery. I’ve shot a few too many Sole Of Sci-Fi photos in my garden or on the office recently, so  it was time to go on location again (after all, the Brighton Beach shot turned out particularly well – see Day 82).

So, accompanied by my travelling companion – a Giant Robot from Doctor Who who’s seen the wrong end of a tissue compression eliminator – I cycled a couple of miles to Warmley Waiting Room, an old railway station that’s been converted to a cafe that’s on the Bath to Bristol cycle path. The platform is now populated by some metal, 2D sculptures of passengers waiting for a ghost train that’ll never come. I thought they’d look suitably sci-fi. Actually, I find them slightly chilling and mournful, but that probably says something more about me than the artist.

I’ve cycled past Warmley Waiting Room hundreds of times, but never actually stopped there for a coffee; it’s too near home, so I’m never thirsty by that point. On the way there this morning, for some odd reason, I started thinking about the Tardis I once part-owned for a very brief period. (Actually, I was thinking the other guy still owed me £50 from when we had to hire a van to transport the blimmin’ thing, and wondering whether I could con… er, convince him to donate it to Sole Of Sci-Fi, but that’s another matter.) I genuinely haven’t thought about that Tardis for years.

Then I arrive at Warmley Waiting Room, cycled up onto the platform, and see – for the first time – that there’s a garden and seating area behind the station building. And in that garden is… a Tardis!

April 27 Long shot Robot Wall Tardis Warmley Waiting Room

There was also a rabbit hutch, but I yet to confirm if it contained the bemused bunny that featured in “The Day Of The Doctor”.

But how weird. I had a Doctor Who-themed photo panned which then became even more Doctor Who-themed by complete accident. I did try getting a photo of the trainers (which are on loan from Russell Lewin, by the way), the robot and the Tardis all in one shot but that proved… erm, challenging. Especially with no assistant. I need my own Leela (I’ve often thought so). Then we could also discuss why the robot looks bigger in this photo, and yet is still small enough to fit in the Tardis.

April 27 Robot closer wall Tardis

Believe me, getting him to stand up on the wall was a feat in itself. He’s a bit top-heavy and there was a lot of this taking place…

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The rest of the day will mostly be taken up by proofing the next SFX special, though I also have to get packed for a week’s cat sitting for my friends Simon and Shirley in Bath while they’re off on holiday. One of the cats, Lily, looks the spitting image of Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon. There will be photographic evidence.

April 26 aFinally, I’m happy to part with yesterday’s Adidas trainers for £15 (postage included) to the first person who Tweets me wanting them. They’re £65 new. They have been worn, but they’re in incredibly good nick as you can see form the photo, with very little wearing on the soles. They’re eight-and-a-halves but I think they’re on the small size, so if you’re an eight they should be fine. Proceeds will be ploughed back into the challenge.

Have a sole-ful Sunday!

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Cheers Dave G

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Day 116: Jurassic Park – Welcome To Isla Sole-na

The DNA of some prehistoric* trainers was used to create today’s soul of sci-fi presentation… (* well, 1984)

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(This blog would have been called “Peggy Shoe Got Married” but all the ideas I had for a photo were too embarrassing to carry through…)

In 1984 Adidas had got it pegged. Sadly time wasn’t on Nike’s side. The “adjustable peg cushioning system” was a gimmick with a limited life because Nike came up with an even more successful “cushioning” gimmick – making their signature air cushion visible! So the “adjustable peg cushioning system” was consigned to history. Until, of course, it became “retro chic” and more of a fashion statement than a way of making your trainers more comfortable.

Thing is, I recall when Adidas trainers with mutlicoloured pegs were the coolest kicks in the playground. But I don’t remember anyone ever adjusting them. You could, in theory, take them out and swap the around for a more comfortable walking/running experience. I’m pretty sure nobody ever did. Oh, sure, with your first pair you’d immediately check that you could pull them out, but it wasn’t easy, and the difference you could feel was next to imperceptible, you couldn’t arsed experimenting with ’em more than once.

But hurrah! Like the dinos in Jurassic Park, Adidas managed to resurrect the pegs – and the LA Trainer range – for a new generation. And Here I am wearing a pair. And no, I haven’t been tempted to play with the pegs.

proofingAnyway, I’m at the office now. Another weekend wiped out by that stupidly short deadline on the latest SFX special. Have I mentioned that before? But, cross fingers, it looks like we may actually hit deadline thanks to a Herculean effort from the small but dedicated team. You should see the pile of proofing I have to plough through tomorrow, though. It’s as daunting as embarking on the latest Ice And Fire novel.

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

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Day 115: DayGlo Of The Triffids

Welcome to my garden… it’s the one with the “Beware Of The Plants” sign

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For the past year and half – on and off (mostly off to be honest) – my life has been a battle against a pernicious, invasive, alien lifeform. Alien to the UK, at least. It is the plant known as bamboo.

Y’see, I moved into a new house at the end of 2012, and it has a small yard garden. When I arrived, it was full of bamboo. And I mean full. It was like hacking your way through a small, intense jungle. This stuff may be grass, technically, but it’s mighty mutant grass with super strength. Hell, they use this stuff for scaffolding in the Far East.

So while a little bit of bamboo in the corner of a large garden can be attractive (it does sway very soothingly in the wind), a forest of it in a garden the size of a walk-in wardrobe is overkill. And the roots were lifting up paving stones, so Lord knows what they could do the the foundations.

April 25 big clump

So I’ve been clearing it. This is not an easy job. The roots are like something out of an alien invasion movie, all twisted and knotty and clinging on to anything they can with a stubborn grasp of iron. It’s been hard work, but it’s great when a huge chunk (like the one above) comes up all in one go…

April 25 knotty heartBelieve it or not this little bastard on the left took more time to extract that the big guy above. I reckon it looks like I’ve pulled the heart out of some Swamp Thing-style supernatural beast.

I’m about halfway there now. The garden looks about twice the size it did as compared to when I moved in. And I’ve discovered all sorts of things hidden behind the bamboo veil, including an urn, a porcelain hedgehog, an electric water pump, the fourth episode of “The Tenth Planet”, a bird box and, would you believe, a polystyrene rock.

April 25 polystyrene rock

Yes, the sci-fi journalist has a Star Trek prop in his back yard. Who’d have guessed?

April 25 footThe delightfully garish, DayGlo Adidas trainers are another pair from the Boo collection. They look for all the world like they’ve been designed with the aid of a pack of Stabilo Boss. Speaking of trainers, I forgot to post this yesterday (it was a very busy day) but here’s what Wednesday’s K Swisses did to me.

Who needs to run a marathon to get blisters for charity,eh? I’m physically suffering for the cause here, folks, so the least you can (if you haven’t already) is leave a donation. (Subtle? Me?)

 

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

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Day 114: The Lonsdalek Invasion Of Earth

The power-made pepperpots join forces with mutant mixed-martial arts brand to invade the charity challenge…

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“‘Sole’? I have no understanding of the word. It is not registered in my vocabulary bank. EXTERMINATE!” Daleks don’t have soles. Well, they haven’t got any feet so why would they need soles? So I’m not expecting to get many donations from any mutant Kaleds in metal casing. So we’ll leave them take over the world (again) safe in the knowledge that the Doctor will rescue us (again).

This time they have new henchmen: the LonsDaleks. Mutated from a boxing brand, this pair are somewhere between a mixed martial arts trainer and a motor racing shoe. I think the double-swoosh logo thing is supposed to represent my driving – a bit all over the ship.

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These are the first of the Boo selection. One of the most loyal Sole Of Sci-Fi followers on Twitter she actually managed to convince her workmates to part with five pairs! The package arrived yesterday, and I was going to photograph the whole lot for you, but that feels a bit like spoilers. It’s an impressive selection, though. And I still have to fit in donations from Russell Lewin, Jordan Farley and  Pete Bayly on the coming days. I may even make it into May before panicking again.

Anyway, usual Thursday apology. Have to keep the blog short and to the point today because it’s not only Comic Review day but also we’re in the middle of that eight-days-to-produce-a-special chaos I may have mention once or twice. Honestly, I’m so knackered at the moment I could barely stay awake through Hannibal last night.

Hannibal season 2Speaking of which, anybody else watching season two yet? Is it just me, or are they now using the incidental “music” (or “electronic tonalities” as the musicians’ union forced them to be credited) from Forbidden Planet in the background now? I was convinced watching it last night that the serial killer was going to turn out to be the monster from the Id – I could hear its footsteps!

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• Current total: £745 

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

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

Cheers Dave G

 

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