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  1. Tried them again this morning. The 2nd ones https://www.asos.com/simmi-shoes/simmi-london-jemma-chunky-ankle-boots-in-black/prd/14194498 are still too tight, quite narrow across the toe box. Really liked the look of them but being synthetic they won't stretch well The 3rd ones https://www.asos.com/asos-design/asos-design-wide-fit-ellen-chunky-lace-up-boots-in-black/prd/12152117 really didn't fit. The right foot might have been OK with a little wearing in but the left was impossible. I think my left foot is slightly larger than the right. The boot may have been slightly smaller too. If theya re wide fit I hate to think what the standard fit is like. So they are all going back.
  2. Decided to get a pair of the ASOS Chelsea boots as mentioned above: https://www.asos.com/asos-design/asos-design-heeled-chelsea-boots-in-black-leather-with-zip-detail-on-black-platform-sole/prd/20048891 Despite being sold as men's boots something was adrift on the sizing. I ordered UK9 (they are marked UK9 EU43) but couldn't even get them on my feet. Possibly because I have a fairly high instep. I could try a UK10 but they look uglier in real life than online so they're going back. Free delivery, free return so no problem. While I was ordering, I decided to try some other chunky boots that were available in UK9. I quite like the look of these so it's shame they are too tight: https://www.asos.com/simmi-shoes/simmi-london-jemma-chunky-ankle-boots-in-black/prd/14194498 These fit reasonably. I'll try them again in the morning. If I keep them then the price is right, though they aren't real leather: https://www.asos.com/asos-design/asos-design-wide-fit-ellen-chunky-lace-up-boots-in-black/prd/12152117
  3. Since jamie1608 is in the UK I assume he means UK8. This is equivalent to EU42, US men's 9 or US women's 10. This is always an approximate conversion since sizes differ between makes and styles. I usually take UK9 shoes. I used to own a pair of Devious 1020 ballet boots which were marked 11. I think this was US women's size. With ballet boots never go too big. You need a tight fit so that most of your weight is on the instep, not your toes. In case anyone is wondering, I got mine out of curiosity, secondhand. I could just about walk in them after some practice and then felt they weren't worth the effort.
  4. Who didn't read until the end of the article. The customers holding those dormant account will never lose their money. " If at a later date a consumer discovers that they had a dormant account and their funds have been transferred into the scheme, they will also always be able reclaim the full amount owed to them. " I'm not sure who would be liable to repay the customers under those conditions. For the banks who hold these accounts £150 million is a drop in the ocean. And the chance of more than a tiny amount needing to be repaid is minuscule. I'm well aware of dormant accounts in the UK. I've had a couple I've forgotten about over the years, usually with just pennies in them, sometimes where it was more hassle to close them than abandon them. Some notes about the UK dormant accounts scheme: https://www.moneysupermarket.com/savings/dormant-account-guide/
  5. In the UK we say Lorry, not Lorrie. We also say Truck. The words are interchangeable. I've rarely if ever heard the term "Fuel Bowser" in the UK. Tanker is the usual usage.
  6. In the UK anyone who hasn't got a good reason to be driving far away from home is likely to get stopped by the police and fined. Two examples amongst many: https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/man-stopped-police-m1-leicestershire-4023239 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-52532267 While there have been examples of overzealous policing of the lockdown in the UK the cases I've mentioned certainly deserved their fines. Example of idiotic policing which I mentioned before. There are others : https://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/bakery-employee-confronts-police-officer-after-threat-of-fine-for-putting-safe-queuing-marks-on-pave-1.498565 At least I don't think we've had any incidents like this in the UK yet: https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-michigan-family-charged-with-murdering-security-guard-who-was-enforcing-face-mask-policy-11983353
  7. Our present Home Secretary is no stranger to garbles. I think she's been isolated for the duration.
  8. Typically on these ballet boots the heels are about 10mm too long. I had a pair of similar ones once(same model but matt leather) and shortened the heel slightly. I could then walk in them after a fashion. They are long since gone. You need to extract the heel tip, peel back the covering on the heel, cut off 10mm with a hacksaw or grinder, drill deeper for the pin, put back the heel covering and hammer in the tip. It's not too hard if you have reasonable tools.
  9. I don't know if I believe this, but I've been told by a reasonably reliable source that some British banking software still runs in pre-decimal Pounds, Shillings and Pence. It's wrapped around with heaven know how many layers of abstraction to use in modern systems. There are some bits of code in older systems that nobody wants or dares to touch. Even if they still have the source code which isn't a given.
  10. One friend of mine complains that some pieces of music have far too many notes in them. Her husband and son are both very musical (mainly classical and vintage 1920s-1950s), she just puts up with it. This is the sort of thing she really hates:
  11. Policing in the UK is different to most countries. Our cops don't routinely carry guns. Policing is, or should be, done with the consent of the community. The police are meant to be part of the community, not "other". When this relationship break down, the whole system of policing breaks with it. There have been serious problems with racism in the police. Though that problem is hardly unique to the UK. This story is disturbing. From 2 news outlets with very different political viewpoints: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/nov/26/police-officer-robyn-williams-sentenced-unpaid-work-possessing-child-abuse-video https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11171358/senior-met-police-sacked-child-abuse-possession/
  12. Example of truly idiotic police officer just a few miles from where I live: https://metro.co.uk/2020/03/28/bakery-threatened-80-fine-drawing-chalk-pavement-promote-social-distancing-12471130/
  13. I have them in black, brown and tan. All in size UK9/EU43.
  14. I have a couple of pairs of DM "Una" clogs. 4" heel, just under 1" platform. Very comfortable. Photo is from a website, not of my pairs.
  15. A few years ago I linked to this excellent high-heeled performance on the piano. It's good enough to repeat on this thread: Or for a very different genre of music being played in HH:
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