Day 213: Let Slip The Robo-Dogs Of War

It’s a Shakespeare quotation, y’see. And these are MacBeth trainers… Look, it worked in my mind last night when I thought of it, okay?

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Loads to cover today, and typically I’m way behind schedule, so I’ll crack on. Today’s trainers are a pair of MacBeths, perhaps most famous for being Vegan trainers. Not that any of my trainers eat animal products… Oh, right, I see – they’re made entirely from non-animal products.

tom delonge in macbethPerhaps slightly less famously, the MacBeth footwear company is owned by Blink-182 guitarist and singer Tom DeLonge. Maybe I ought to try interviewing him for the site. Here he is proudly sporting (promoting?) his own brand on stage.

So I decided to get into a Shakespearean mood with today’s picture. I did briefly think about doing a vegan/Vogon gag and writing the blog completely in rhyme (because believe me, my poetry is probably as bad as Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England’s). I came to my senses, but here’s a picture of a Vogon anyway, because I went to the lengths of finding it.


Next up, I tried dabbling with the phrase, “Is this a blade I see before me?” (which is from MacBeth) but I couldn’t find a decent enough Wesley-Snipes-in-vampire-mode image that I could make work. Shame…

So instead, I thought I’d use this Muffit the daggit pic from the original Battlestar Galactica, that I’ve been wanting to use even since Pete MacKenzie suggested it on my Twitter feed. At this point I should try to pretend I thought the phrase “Let slip the dogs of war!” was a quote that originated in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, but yeah, it’s actually from Julius Caesar. It probably sounds better in the original Klingon, though…

And in case you didn’t know, the film’s subtitle is a Shakespearean phrase too, from Hamlet. How highbrow is this blog today? Well, highbrow for a blog featuring a robot dog.


Rushed out to see Guardians Of The Galaxy at the earliest screening possible yesterday, and adored it so much I wanted to hug it. I’m not giving any spoilers here, but I will say that the character you’ll love the most may not be the one you’re expecting to, and while it only has 12% of a plot (that’ll make sense when you see it) that doesn’t matter, because this one’s all about the characters. It’s funny, inventive, pacy and oozing charm, and eve the action scenes have a feeling of freshness to them, rather than just more superpowered dudes slugging it out.

I’m glad I didn’t have to review it professionally because then I would have had to admit to a a few minor glitches and problems and give it four stars. As it is, I’m doing a highly objective blog, so I can be a shameless fanbot and go, “WooooooooooooHoooooooooooo! Five stars!”

I may also annoy some people by saying it reminded me of Russell T Davies’s era of Doctor Who. But to me, that’s a good thing.

Before Guardians started, though, I was subjected to the usual psychological warfare known as the adverts. Even the trailers were terrible. There was a conceptual one for The Inbetweeners 2 that looked like it had been written and rehearsed two minutes before the cameras rolled (based on a clever idea, admittedly, but really poor in execution). Even worse was the trailer for Expendables 3 which left me thinking, “Those were the best bits?” It had Harrison Ford making a gag about “short notice” while standing next to a short guy, for heaven’s sake! When the trailer for Into The Storm began, I was convinced I was watching an Airplane-style spoof (and not  just me; there was a girl giggling the whole way through the over-the-top images of hurricane destruction, erupting into guffaws when one character says, “Hey guys, it’s splitting!”  She clearly spotted some innuendo I didn’t.)

barney-chocolate-biscuitAll that pales into insignificance compared to the downright unsettling advert for Barney Bear Cakes. I’ve never heard of these before, but the ad featured a young boy being taken off to a fantasy land to have adventures with a “cute” bear, then returning to his kitchen to bite the head off a cake effigy of the same bear! I’m sorry? This is an ad where the cute bear is inviting you to eat him? I think this blog has just come full circle…

hitchhikers dish of the day

See you tomorrow.

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