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  1. Way back then, men wore frocks (often called robes) and high heels didn't exist. As the late great comedian Dave Allen used to say when signing off at the end of his programmes: "And may your god go with you". Don't know if that show ever went across The Pond. I'm sure most us here will know the quote: "He's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy!" That's my sort of religion! Along with the cheesemakers.
  2. I think this about when you first signed up to the site. In my case 2006, which makes me a fairly old timer but not truly vintage.
  3. I would much prefer not to muck about with computers. Most of the time all I need is a web browser and office stuff. Unfortunately I've had to learn far too much in order to support my own work requirements. Being self employed I either have to pay somebody to help or do it myself. I'd rather rely on my own efforts.
  4. If you want to get an Apple but need to run Windows stuff that what Parallels and/or virtual machines are for. If you run Linux (just about any variety) then a lot of Windows software will run using WINE. Otherwise a virtual machine. I've certainly run XP under Linux Mint using VIrtualbox. For that matter I've run XP under later versions of Windows when I 've had to use software that won't work on W7 or later. The performance hit for using a VM on modern hardware is minimal.
  5. French slang for the "facilities" was (possibly still is), in bad phonetics: "le vaysay". Which is how the letters WC might be pronounced in French. Incidentally the term "crap" predates Thomas Crapper, the famous maker of water closets.
  6. My paternal grandparents were from here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kropyvnytskyi#cite_note-enc-15 Ukraine's record is hardly spotless, but then which country can claim that. Certainly not the UK or the USA. They left (forced out might be a better description) c1900 and arrived in London as refugees. In 1905 the British parliament passed the first act to limit immigration, in response to the surge of refugees from eastern Europe. Many from that part of the world would have landed at Ellis Island which is now a museum of immigration. I would recommend that museum in New York to anyone.
  7. And since when has Russia even regarded itself as communist or socialist? Not in this millenium. Unlike China, they don't even pretend to be communist. Looks like Zelinskiy* was a better entertainer than a certain B-movie actor who ended up as president of the USA a few decades ago. Even a recent former governor of California did better in the movies than that ex president. *The transliteration of the name from cyrillic is variable. Zelinsky looks natural to western eyes but is now often regarded as rather too Russian. Zelinskyy just looks odd so the usual version is Zelinskiy.
  8. There are a few videos out there of men dancing in hihg heels but this is both impressive and relevant. For some reason it made me rewind over 50 years to somebody who danced a lot, but probably not in high heels:
  9. It's not difficult to cut about 10mm off the heel of a 1020 to get the balance right. I did it when I had a pair. Peel back the covering, pull out the tip, cut the heel with a hacksaw or dremel (grip the scrap end in the vice), drill the hole deeper, glue back the covering, replace tip.
  10. Looking at the mytheresa website I can't find those actual boots but all their stuff is expensive. A few hundred £££/$$$. If you decide to buy them (and why not) make sure there is an easy returns process in case they don't fit.
  11. Saw a man (I think it was a man, only had a back view) wearing huge platforms in London yesterday. At least 3" platform and 5" heel, possibly more. Not so rare in Camden where there are lots of goths who wear that sort of thing, but this was in Dalston.
  12. You've given me a first opportunity (outside of maths lessons) to use the word "frustum". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frustum
  13. Had another compliment on my Asos leopard boots yesterday. At an orchestral concert in central London. She was oriental, at least 30 years younger than me, and with her male partner.
  14. This seems to be based on a widely circulated story, usually called "The Outfit". Can't immediately find an online reference but here's something I had on file:
  15. Took a screenshot, saved as JPG. Was 117kB so it loads here without trouble.
  16. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-hampshire-59745374
  17. Evans no longer exists and most shops only go to UK8, sometimes to UK9. For fetish/glam/goth footwear (Pleaser, Ellie etc) Alternative Footware are reputable: https://www.alternative-footwear.co.uk/ For mainstream you could look to Magnus and Long Tall Sally. I'm sure there are others. By googling "large womens shoes uk" I found this for example: https://www.prettybigshoes.com/shops?location=uk
  18. Went to see the new West Side Story film last night. Rita Moreno doesn't have a big part this time but she is an absolute star. She was also executive producer. Apparently during planning for the film Sondheim and Spielberg were SS1 and SS2.
  19. Some amusement here: https://www.cartoonstock.com/directory/p/platform_shoe.asp Not sure where this extreme platform picture came from. I found it on my PC in a file dated 1999. The domain name that's visible no longer seems to exist. Falling off these could be rather nasty. Doorframes would be another hazard for many of us.
  20. Love them or loathe them, platforms seem to be making a comeback. Lots of articles earlier this year and this the other day: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2021/nov/28/walking-tall-platforms-are-shoe-of-choice-for-the-party-season Possibly also for men: https://www.justjared.com/2021/11/26/tom-daley-rocks-a-red-suit-platform-heels-for-2021-team-gb-ball/
  21. For men's shoes most places seem to convert UK9=EU43. For women's you often see UK9=EU42. Since both UK and EU sizes are meant to be the same for men and women this is just plain crazy. In theory a single increment of UK, US and EU sizes is meant to be the same amount bigger. Real world says that sizing often verges on random.
  22. I am UK9/EU43. I ordered my boots from Asos in UK9 and UK9.5. I kept the 9.5 and used them with a contoured insole. The UK9 would have fitted well without but were less comfortable. I know that conversion is an inexact science. I've often seen UK9 equated to EU42, at least for women's footwear.
  23. I don't wear HH all the time but I quite often wear these ankle boots out and about: https://www.asos.com/asos-design/asos-design-heeled-chelsea-boots-with-pointed-toe-in-leopard-print/prd/21030697?ctaref=we+recommend+carousel_4&featureref1=we+recommend+pers Yesterday evening in a small art gallery in London's West End the gallerist said she liked my shoes. I don't think it was obvious they were boots as they were partly hidden by my trousers but the heels were clearly visible. I thanked her of course. I should add that she was a good looking woman, at least 30 years younger than me. Nicely dressed, though not in heels herself. Earlier that evening my partner and I had been at Bernie Dieter's Berlin Underground: https://londonist.com/london/on-stage/bernie-dieters-berlin-underground-review The first show we've been to since lockdown which had a full audience. I wasn't surprised to see the performers (men and women) in high heels of various kinds for parts of their performances. From red stiletto pumps to sparkly ankle boots to OTK boots,
  24. Somebody suggested that we start a thread for grammar fiends, spelling hounds, latinists and other pedants. So let's split the infinitive and take the Fowler* express to the land of the semicolon. *Those from outside this Septic Isle** may not be aware of Fowler's English Usage: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fowlers-Modern-English-Usage-Re-Revised/dp/0198610211 **See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/This_Sceptred_Isle PS: When I wrote the OP, I'd forgotten that another Fowler was a railway engineer. A double meaning without even realising that I was doing it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Fowler_(engineer)
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