Day 362: The Ex-sole-sist

Many, many apologies for that headline…

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Adding some Adidas to The Exorcist has the peculiar effect of making it look less like a horror movie and more like a David Blaine stunt.

Off out soon, so a short blog today. I’ll make up for it with a couple of longer ones in the last few days. You’re not escaping without my review of the year!

See you tomorrow.

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Day 360: Boxing Day Trainers

Little boxes everywhere…

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Some sci-fi boxes for Boxing Day, along with a pair of Stan Smiths (with blue trim this time) on loan from Will Guyatt. They’re brand new, so I’ll wear them around the house, but I think I’ll swap them over later for a more practical pair that I won’t mind getting wet and muddy when we go out later.

Loved Doctor Who “Last Christmas” just as much on third viewing, and thankfully, the FX and old-age make-up did stand-up well even on a proper TV. If you read my review on the SFX website, you’ll see that I covered my arse as regard those aspects, because it’s difficult to tell for sure in the BBC Previews site’s pixel-o-vision. For example, I really couldn’t tell before last night if there was snow on the TARDIS in the opening titles; I suspected there was, but it wasn’t entirely clear on the preview version.

I’m also wondering if by the end of next season we’re going to be seeing “Team TARDIS” with both Shona and Ashley becoming companions before Clara leaves. That’d be… interesting. I think either could make a great permanent companion. (But with Moffat in control, who knows? One of them may be Missy in disguise.)

Great to see Carrie Fisher on QI as well. Surely you need to be British to be that eccentric?

And so now I have a load of new Blu-rays to watch (they were presents), and staying with APs who have no Blu-ray player. It’s like some form of mental torture! Home tomorrow, though.

Last few days to get some sponsorship money in!

See you tomorrow!

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Day 356: Snow Shoes

Ice ice baby…

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Wow, great day for new donations! The actual sponsor site is still lagging behind by £30 because I still haven’t added the £30 I collected in cash the other night, but for some reason my own sponsorship page won’t let me donate! In any case, look how near the total is to one and a half grand now. You look make me proud!

Today’s trainers are a pair of Adidas Revenergy, which at any other time of the year would probably have inspired a “Revenge Of The Sith” photo and headline, but with Christmas so near, the colourway just made me think of ice and snow. They’re on loan from Simon Withers and he hasn’t even worn them yet! They’re also the smallest size nines I’ve ever worn…

Went to bed in a sulk last night because Mark won The Apprentice. Oh goody, just what the world needs – another self-appointed SEO guru. I think next year I may well try to put my idea for an “Ignore Page One Day” campaign into action (as long as Apple don’t mind it being shortened to IPOD – I’ll make sure there’s o lower case “I”).

Here’s a prediction: in a year’s time, if do a Google search on “Improve my SEO”, I bet Climb Online ain’t on the first page. Or the second.

See you tomorrow!

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Day 351: Today’s Tron-ers

You may groan at that headline…

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An image-lead blog today, because I think the images speak for themselves: Tron Legacy Adidas trainers loaned to me by Will Guyatt shot from just about every angle to show off their full glory.

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It’s my last day on Procycling in Bristol today, so it off into the mists on my bike soon. Honestly, when I saw I would rather freeze my balls off than use First Bus I’m not kidding…

And tonight, I get to see the Doctor Who Christmas special. Before you get jealous, please refer to my earlier blog about having to review things on the BBC preview site. And yes, the site did give away massive spoilers again when I went in to check if the preview was there… (and no, I won’t be able to write about it tomorrow as there’s an embargo, sorry).

See you tomorrow!

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Day 334: Loch Ness Trainers

A Scottish theme for St Andrew’s Day

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Happy St Andrew’s Day to all my Scottish followers. Wearing some suitably-coloured Adidas in honour of the occasion.

I’ve actually spent all morning doing the next three days’ worth of Sole Of Sci-Fi images, because I’m working on Procycling again next week. With the early morning starts that entails (and the lack of light in the mornings and evenings now) it means my time is going to be limited during the week. But there’s some fun stuff to come, I can promise you!

There’s no rest for either for the rest of the day. I’ve got five reviews to write for SFX. Luckily I’ve watched and read everything I need to watch and read already. I’ve got a rough idea what I want to say about each. I should be able to finish before midnight.

I did have big plans for a final push for sponsorship planned for December 1st but work has got in the way of that. Hopefully I’ll have time to out together a video in the next week or so! But as for those friends who still haven’t donated yet, they will be getting the personal approach.

See you tomorrow!

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Day 327: Unearthly Trainers

A year on from Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary…

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Fifty-one years ago today, Doctor Who was first broadcast. And no, I wasn’t there. I was, in fact born on the day Doctor Who episode premiered and it was in black and white (with Daleks!) but I’m not quite that old.

Doctor_Who_-_An_Adventure_in_Space_and_Time_PosterJust a year ago, we celebrated the 50th anniversary in style, though my highlight of the celebrations had already been broadcast the night before – Mark Gatiss’s sublime An Adventure In Space And Time, the dramatised story of the creation and early years of the show. Even on the actual day of the anniversary – 23rd November 201 – I think I most enjoyed the little gem that was The Five(ish) Doctors, Peter Davison’s wonderful, cameo-packed fictional pisstake of what life is like after Doctor Who for ’80s and ’90s Doctors. The scene when Peter Jackson and Ian McKellen turned up was probably my geek highlight of the year.

That’s not to sat I didn’t enjoy the big  centrepiece of the celebrations too. “The Day Of The Doctor” was enormous fun, but somehow, it suffered from weight of expectation. The Five(ish) Doctors and An Adventure In Space And Time were unknown quantities, and unexpected delights. But we all expected so much from “The Day Of The Doctor” it was bound to be subjected to closer scrutiny, watched in a different way.

The fact that it was received so well, then, was amazing in itself. It was enormous fun, with some classy, expensive-looking set pieces and three magnificent performances from the Doctors. I just found it difficult to totally lose myself in it a year ago; one of the downsides of being a fan.

Surprisingly, yesterday was the first time I’ve watched it since. I haven’t actually been avoiding it; I’ve just had a weird old year since, and I never got around to it. But I’ve had the Blu-ray since the day it was released, so a yea on seemed a good time to make the effort.

And I pretty much loved it. More so than on the night, definitely. My main gripes are minor. I hate the portrayal of Queen Elizabeth; I’ve never minded New Who reinventing historical figures in the past, but this was so unlike any version of Liz I I’ve ever read about, they may as well have replaced her with a pantomime cow. But maybe I’m just being a history snob. I think bringing back Billie Piper just to play the avatar for a GPP bomb was an utter waste.  And the big climax was a little confused and very contrived to set up that “all the Doctors!” guff. But they were mere quibbles. Why complain when you’ve got Daleks invading Gallifrey and John Hurt being magnificent?

It also gave me the chance to watch David Tennant and Matt Smith side by side and try to work out whose Doctor I preferred. You know what – it truly it too tough to call. I love Smith’s physicality and his ability to act old in a young body, but Tennant… well, he was wearing sand shoes. I’m biased.

I’m going to watch “The Time Of The Doctor” soon. I’ll warn you, though – going against the flow of public opinion, I loved that even as the time!

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And here, for no better reason than it’s my blog, and everyone like to trumpet their own opinions, are how I rate the stories in Peter Capaldi’s first season from my favourite to least favourite:

1) “Mummy On The Orient Express”
2) “Listen”
3) “Into The Dalek”
4) “Flatline”
5) “Dark Water”
6) “Time Heist”
7) “Deep Breath
8) “Death In Heaven”
9) “The Caretaker”
10) “In The Forest Of The Night”
11) “Kill The Moon”
12) “Robot Of Sherwood”

And just so you know, One to Six I all loved, Seven and Eight I though were great but flawed, and Nine to Twelve I had severe problems with. Poor old Gatiss, going from writing my two my favourite episodes of series seven B (though “Hide” remains my fave) to penning my wooden spoon winner for series eight.

See you tomorrow!

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Day 325: Dancing Shoes

I am not Groot. I am a little tiddly…

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This morning, my internet wasn’t working. Then I went for a business lunch, which went on longer than expected. Then I came home, and my internet still wasn’t working. So I tethered my laptop to my iPhone (no doubt increasing my mobile bill by about £200 in the process), struggled with Photoshop in a slightly tiddly state and came up with this last minute Sole Of Sci-Fi masterpiece(ish).

And that’s yer lot. It’s been a weird day.

See you tomorrow!

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