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Too much Doctor Zhivago

Friday, 16 December 2005

Too much Doctor Zhivago
Originally uploaded by Mags.

Back in 2002 or so, I created Faction Paradox’s Cousin Octavia of the Eleven Day Empire, who led an army of ghosts against the Thirteen Day Republic – a splinter faction with a heavy Tsarist/Revolutionary Russia image. Imagine permenant white nights, Imperial palaces with mirrors reflecting themselves, snow under a blood-red sky and lots of business with sabres, mad monks and storming of gates.

Yesterday, I got a new pair of cod-Victorian boots from Clarks, the home of sensible shoes. Except these are calf-length lace up boots with a 2″ heel i.e. not that sensible. As you can see, worn under my old winter coat – the one with the wide astrakhan collar and the cinched in waist – it all goes a bit Cossacky which was a deliberate choice last night. And it only just struck me this afternoon that it is also more than a little Thirteen Day Republicany. Is is a bad sign when you accidentally dress like one of your characters?

these shoes! they fit perfectly!

Tuesday, 6 September 2005

I love my consnew shoes!
lovely new moss green and pink low top all star converse.

These babies join the existing gang
A concise history of my cons 1998-2005

Just why are cons the design classic beloved by both freaks and geeks? I saw my first real pair in about 1980, and bought my first pair (neon yellow hi tops) in the mid-80s. When you open the box, there they are, snuggled together and emitting a smell of new rubber. They promise kicking around for hours with nowt to do but scuff up the white trim. Worn with a suit they say “yeah, I may work now, but I’m not giving in just yet”, worn with old jeans and a scruffy tee they say “yeah? what?”. For what is technically a sports shoe, what it never says is ‘sports’. I love knowing I can just order a 39 and know they will fit. I love the fact every pair I own has worn out in exactly the same spots because the design never changes. I love the fact the ‘all star’ tab on the back gives you something to aim at when kicking them off still laced up. I love my cons.

And did I mention the new Doctor wears a pair? Oh, I did…

I mean, you gotta be somebody, don’t ya?

Monday, 25 July 2005

Click to see Tennant as the 10th Doctor.

Back in ’79/’80 one of my siblings dressed just like this. Seriously. Right down to the battered white sneakers under a pinstripe suit. And the hair. I knew mod and ska stuff before I was even watching Doctor Who. I have a stronger memory of crying when the Jam broke up than I do of the Tom Baker / Peter Davison regeneration. There was a kid at our school who had a fishtail parka with the Who logo painted on the back. These first hand memories of the time also explain why I love the Blue Monday comic, obviously.

Steph: Going to be one of the faces?
Jimmy: What do you mean going to be? I AM one of the faces!

So, time rolls forward and suddenly there’s a skinny-arsed Doctor with a dirty grin and a crumpled suit, as if he’s stepped out of my memories of 1980. All street riots, punks and mods. All council estates, scooters and old cars with Ghost Town blaring out and sirens wailing. And they’ve even put the companion in a parka.

This is some parallel universe, right? Right?

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