Day 361: Planet Of The Gorillaz

The Gorillaz are almost sci-fi, aren’t they?

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The Sole Of Sci-Fi goees 2D today* as I don the final pair of on-loans trainers from Will Guyatt: a pair of Gorillaz Cons. A whole range of these came out a couple of years back, and these were the least oviously Gorillaz-themed, but they’re hiding their best side – the inside.

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The interiors are plastered with cool Jamie Hewlett art! The geometric camo design on the outside is cool too, whether you get the Gorillaz link or not. Thanks, Will, for all the trainers you’ve loaned me over the Christmas period. Even if some were on the large size. Clown feet ahoy.

(That’s the name of the cartoon character in Cons in the picture… don’t you just love a gag that needs explaining.)

Off on the train home soon. Blu-ray heaven here I come. Although I have spent this morning watching Doctor Who “The Ambassadors Of Death” on DVD – the last surviving Doctor Who story I’ve never seen before. It’s a bit dull. Seven episodes is clearly way too long for a Doctor Who story. Still interesting to watch, though.

See you tomorrow.

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Day 342: Red Star Rabbit

It’s amazing how many variations of black Cons you can get…

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Once again, even though it’s now and truly well into winter, the bare legs come out. I do apologise, but we’re getting some decent winter weather, and while that continues – and I’m not doing in-office freelance –  I might as well take advantage of it and cycle somewhere to find a decent backdrop for the Sole Of Sci-Fi photos other than my back garden again. And I hate cycling in jeans (and I own no Lycra leggings or longjohns I hasten to add) so you have suffer the naked calves of doom.

Having said all that, the weather took a turn for the grey by the time I reached this old railway bridge, so I ditched the sci-fi theme I did have and swapped it for the more sympathetically-coloured Frank from Donnie Darko. In the process I’ve accidentally created one of my favourite shots of the year.

Yes, another pair of black Converse high-tops, but these one have a red trim and red lining. They were originally in aid of another charity – a percentage of what you paid for them went to AIDS charities, but now they can help with Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Which reminds me – have you donated yet?

I have been working as well today. Three reviews for SFX. All my shows – SHIELD, Gotham and The Flash – have had some great episodes recently. SHIELD, especially, has finally kicked into gear big time. Tonight’s Gotham is a bit weak, but next week’s is simply stunning.

Haven dave vinceHowever, a show I don’t review, and is a bit crap really (but I love the characters), had my favourite line of the year in its mid season finale. That show is Haven, and the scene has Duke trying to get information out of Dave and Vince, when he says, “And you are going to tell me right now, or I’m going to beat you to death… [he looks at Vince] with him [he nods towards Dave].” Classic!

I’m glad I don’t have to review Haven these days, because I would have to mean about it (especially some of the embarrassingly bad CGI effects and it’s cheesier fantasy moments) but at the same time I really enjoy it. It’s the best example of dumb fun I can think of on TV at the moment.

See you tomorrow!

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Day 307: Who Watches The Converse?

Being chased by Rorschach down a back alley is not a great way to start the week…

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Can you believe I’ve got to November without wearing a pair of classic Converse white high tops? I’ve worn a couple of variations of white low tops, but I’ve never actually owned a pair of the high tops in white. And as you can see, I haven’t bought these ones especially. They’re borrowed from another old mate called Dave (I’ve known a lot of Daves in my life; in fact, two of my three bast mates as school were called Dave), who hasn’t really been following Sole Of Sci-Fi and seemed a bit bemused I wanted to nick his shoes for a day. I’ve seen that look a lot this year.

Spent most of yesterday reviewing this week’s batch of TV episode reviews for SFX, so it’s not going to be a very exciting blog today. It may not be tomorrow, either, as I have three more deadlines today. Then another one for a massive feature on Wednesday. Then I have seven days working on a bicycle magazine in Bristol. Suddenly life is very busy, so Sole Of Sci-Fi may, by necessity, go back to being a little basic for a while.

But hey, less than 60 days to go! And I’ve got something special planned for early December to push for a last few donations.

See you tomorrow!

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Day 168: Indiana Jones And The Leap Of Faith

In the quest for the Holy Cons, Sole Of Sci-Fi’s resolve is tested to the limit…

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Maybe it’s cruel to remind poor old Harrison Ford that he won’t be on his feet for a while, but it was about time for another Indiana Jones pic. Maybe a pair of brown canvas Cons aren’t the best footwear for a spot of spelunking, but if I’m going to take a step onto an invisible bridge, I want something with a rubber sole that’s gonna hold fast.

Harrison Ford ankle gag joke(On a related note Rob Power, whom I used to work with on SFX, emailed me the day after Ford’s accident to reveal that his cousin – a paramedic – was one of the guys called to the scene. Apparently he got to go on the Millennium Falcon, lucky git. And his professional assessment of Ford’s ankle? “F**cked!” )

Hmm, thinking of Harrison Ford, how come it’s taken me so long to think to come up with “Han Sole-o”? Watch out for that gag on a blog near you soon.

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m travelling to Oxford today to visit the guys at Rebellion, the publisher of 2000 AD among other things. I think alcohol may be involved. So, it’s a brief blog today. Bit I’m going to continue to nag for sponsorship because look – only £65 to go to £1,000!

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Day 139: Talos Meets Toe-Los

The Sole Of Sci-Fi goes in search of the Golder fleece (hint, it’s on a coat hook by the front door)

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While Talos is off chasing those pesky Argonauts, he doesn’t notice an even larger menace on the plinth behind him – the dreaded Toe-Los, wearing the fabled “slightly odd, bobble-covered, leather Cons”. Uh oh, he’s come alive…

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The mini Talos actually belongs to my mate Jayne Nelson. I kidnapped him when I stayed there last week, and his sword didn’t survive being carted about in an overpacked overnight bag for a day and a half.

On the other hand, we did discover that the little superhero cloaks that adorned the free bottles of Mountain Dew at the X-Men premier last week fit him perfectly. Is it a bird? Is it a plain? No, it’s Captain Ancient Greece!

May 19 cloak

Tomorrow’s my birthday. I wonder if I’ll get any trainers? Or any donations? Either would be nice. Today’s a work from home day, so I’d better get on with some work. But apropos of nothing at all, here’s a couple of photographs I took at Chew Valley lake yesterday.

• Chew Vally Lake 1 • Chew Vally Lake 2

 

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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 132 (Part Two): An All-Star X-Men Premiere

Live(ish) from Leicester Square, The Sole Of Sci-Fi walks the red… erm, blue carpet at the Days Of Future Past premier

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You probably guessed if saw this pic I Tweeted earlier as a clue…

May 12 Magneto and Converse

I was at the X-Men: Days Of Future Past UK premier tonight,  wearing Jordan’s suede Converse All-Stars as I walked down the blue carpet in Leicester Square. The legendary Jayne Nelson was there too, getting very excited at the idea of being in the same room as Gandalf and Gollum (Andy Sirkis was in attendance as well.)

The film’s great fun, with some awesome action scenes and some wonderful moments of humour. Didn’t like it quite as much as First Class, but it’s not far off. Was geekily pleased to see Iceman doing his ice-slide thing in the first big fight scene. And there’s a Quicksilver scene that had a huge round of applause. But it’s a tad talky and the time travel elements make little sense, but then again when do they? McAvoy is superb as an angsty Xavier. The effortlessly cool Fassbender somehow manages not to look like a tit in a cloak and a tin bucket. But it’s a bit talky and slow in places with a couple of “character” scenes that could easily have been trimmed because they just seemed to be saying the same things twice over. And Storm was completely wasted. Again. But definitely worth seeing.

Here’s a few people who were in the audience with us, who you might recognise (on the far right is Jonathan Ross, who seems to have been sent to the naughty step).

Naughty step

Ian McKellan also managed to pull… (He actually genuinely said he’d brought Michael Fassbender as his date because Patrick Stewart had brought his wife.)

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Fassbender even gave a little skip as he was lead away.

Two Magnetos

Wesley  Snipes also turned up, but we’re not sure why…

Wesley Snipes

There was some pretty darned good cosplay too.

Cosplay

So there you go. Sole Of Sci-Fi at the movies. I would wibble on longer, but it’s really late and I really should try and post Day 132’s blog on Day 132.

And anyway, after two pics of two Magnetos copping off with each other, who needs to hear me droning on?

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Cheers Dave G

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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…

April 30 opening the sand crawler

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

April 30 mini R2D2

…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!

Cheers Dave G

 

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