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  1. I've been looking at those red boots. Nice. Same basic design as my leopard print ones.
  2. They have the leopard print boots back in stock: https://www.asos.com/asos-design/asos-design-heeled-chelsea-boot-in-faux-leopard-print/prd/203044136?clr=brown&colourWayId=203044145&SearchQuery=mens+heels I wear mine out quite often and have had several admiring comments. All from women. I don't think men even notice them.
  3. Outfits shown on the catwalk (runway for left-pondians) are nearly always extreme in some way. Whether they are on women or men. They are intended to amaze and inspire, rather than actually be worn by real people in real life situations. This is not a new phenomenon. Go back to Dior and the "New Look" in 1947 or even further and you'll see what I mean. Perhaps things have got even more extreme in recent times but I wouldn't be too confident about that statement.
  4. Although it's hardly appropriate for the new King, I can't get "Vicar of Bray" out of my head. "In good King Charles' golden days when loyalty no harm meant A zealous High Church man was I and so I got preferment...." Plus I've got parts of Charles Ives' "Variations on America" as an earworm. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variations_on_"America"
  5. A different take on the various kings Louie.
  6. She's hanging from one arm, which means very good grip strength, but she isn't doing a one arm pull up. Still impressive.
  7. "Engineer" means different things in different countries. In France, Germany and some other European countries it's a protected title. You can't call yourself one unless you have the right qualifications. This is roughly equivalent to Chartered Engineer in the UK. Over here, the word "engineer" is often used to mean anyone using an oily rag. No disrespect to those who get their hands dirty - thay do necessart work - but in France they wouldn't be called engineers (ingenieurs). In the US it also means the driver of a railway locomotive "I'll tell you the story of a great engineer, Casey Jones...." Possibly a difference in how thing evolved. in the UK, engineers like Newcomen and Watt evolved from very practical folk such as millwrights. In continental Europe it evolved from a more theoretical and abstract base. None of these is wrong, just different. Now if those pesky natural philosophers would get their act together... (we call them scientists now)
  8. If it moves, it's biology If it stinks, it's chemistry If it's physics, it doesn't work properly Another old joke:-) All the science is either physics or stamp collecting. Attributed to Rutherford.
  9. Rocket science is easy. Rocket engineering is very hard. PS: I'm an engineer (Chartered Electrical Engineer, Fellow of the IET). I still have immense respect for scientists, even if some of what they do verges on non-falsifiable and hence not really in the realm of science at all. Engineers have simpler criteria to judge their creations: Does it work?
  10. My wife and I have just been to a restaurant for dinner. I was wearing a simple kahki skirt, below the knee. I was wearing flat mean's sandals. This guy had a mixed experience: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2022/jul/11/harry-styles-can-get-away-with-wearing-a-skirt-but-can-i
  11. My understanding Is that if you wear a skirt etc and present as a man then that's OK. If you try to appear as a woman then it isn't. There will be a few awkward edge cases but most will be pretty obvious.
  12. Twinkle, twinkle little LED How I wonder if you're dead. This side of The Pond we say it as both the word LED and "ell ee dee". The wiki entry for TTFN https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TTFN states what I believe is the correct origin, the BBC WW2 radio comedy "It's that man again", usually abbreviated to ITMA. The Winnie the Pooh film reference is given (it's not in the books) but the surprise was its use in Batman in 1966.
  13. I too corresponded with Megan. A lovely person and a great loss.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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/
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