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    I think 'tacky alti' is closer!
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    Further to this, Tech has very kindly changed my name, so all of a sudden Russ in boots has become Tacchi Alti, which is what I have been known as on hhplace for over 15 years. In case anyone's wondering, that's simply Italian for high heels, and is pronounced something like Tacky Elty. Here endeth the lesson to grandmothers who already know how to suck eggs... ;-)
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  5. Not sure why I stopped wearing heels. I seem to remember I was having a lot of pain in my right foot after only a very short while wearing heels. I might of injured my foot at some point and didnt know about. I didnt have any problems last week whist wearing them so I might be better now.
  6. Strictly - It Takes Two

    We saw these heels earlier ..... And the skirt worn was this ..... Very attractive! This dancer is quite petite, and would look good in anything, but the 5" Loubies were back again, seen here. With her tiny size 4 feet, they have probably the sharpest rise of any shoe seen on this programme.
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    Zoe in her Saint Laurent ankle boots....
  8. Photo's ..... The Big Question.

    Well, despite hearing about the 'all singing all dancing' Lumix G9 only a few days ago, I've actually placed an order for the G80 (with lens I may sell immediately). John Lewis were offering a trade-in discount, with Panasonic offering some cash-back too. These combined effectively knocked 25% off the cost of the kit. Although Black Friday is only 11 days away, it was still too good an offer to miss. If B/F produces a better discount - which I've been assured by several sellers is very unlikely - I can still return the kit I've ordered for a refund. My worry remains image size, 16mb vs 20/24mb, somewhat solved by the availability of the Lumic G9 with its 20mb base to 80mb image size for stills and landscape photographers. (Sensor shifting composite technology.) Since I don't have a need for larger files as yet, I plumbed for the lower budget option which for what I want, might be perfectly adequate. G80 body (before discounts) £629. G9 body..... £1499. This a serious contender for a pro rated camera, following on the success of the GH5. Only nerds need watch .... Does everything. Competitor to D500 perhaps? The gig yesterday went well. There were at least two others there photographing/videoing the event, each with significantly more expensive kit than myself. While that was a little daunting, me and my little camera were able to move about discreetly and get some pictures without upsetting anyone there by blocking their view or interrupting procedures with loud clicking. I was called this morning at 9.30 by the local paper, to ask if I had any more than those submitted yesterday, so it looks promising to see some images published. More news as it arrives.
  9. Ebay And Shopping.

    Is there a reason you stopped?
  10. I think I bought about 4 pairs of heels since I last posted on this thread. I haven,t worn any heels for at least 3 months. I did wear a pair last night and I,m wearing a pair of boots now. I not sure if I will get back into wearing heels again
  11. Strictly - It Takes Two

    I can remember steam trains going past the end of our garden - they finished in 1967, I think. I wonder how people alongside the preserved lines (Bluebell Railway etc) like the smoke. Would it make everything dirty? Washing etc. Bombsites? We had one upstairs until a couple of years ago when our son moved out...
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    My late mother never wore heels of any significance (alas), although in her late 30s when the stiletto era was emergent. Stockings/suspenders, yes, but she preferred to go bare when possible and was always a (flat) sandal lover. Thinking about it, she was pretty unfashionable all round and somewhat bohemian; never glamorous. There was an easy way to approximate a post-decimal conversion back to 'real money'. Double the decimal figure and put a 'shilling stroke' between the figures, e.g. 27p = 5/4d; 93p = 18/6d; £2.63 = 52/6d (£2.12.6). (it works the other way round too: 4/9d = 24p. I remember too bombsites, rationing (just), smog, Sputnik and the Suez crisis!
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    I remember some of it - just - but you have the advantage on me. I don't remember my mother wearing anything other than tights, and certainly not stilettos, although my nan wore a girdle and stockings with real metal clasps on the suspenders. Policemen in helmets, of course, and pre-decimal currency. Then the problem of trying to divide 5 by 12 to try to work out how much you were paying...
  15. Strictly - It Takes Two

    Not unkind at all! I'm proud to have been around (and observant) when winkle-pickers and policemen's helmets were seen every day. And nurses wore seamed black stockings and starched caps, errand boys whistled and railway porters carried luggage for a tanner tip. Alas, nostalgia is not what it used to be ...
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    Well... Couldn't resist! ;-)
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    That's a little unkind ....
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    Ah, it was you who said it, was it? The right era, I suppose... ;-)
  19. Strictly - It Takes Two

    I remember that exchange too - and I'm sure I've posted it here. My copyright!
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    Those toes are almost exactly like the ones on the boots I was mentioning. They remind me of a policeman's question once to someone wearing winklepickers: 'Do your toes go right to the tip of your shoes?' The answer: 'Does your head go right to the top of your helmet?'
  21. Photo's ..... The Big Question.

    Unless I spend £1800 on a Nikon D500 body (I have Nikon lenses) I'm going to get the G80 despite the small sensor size. I can't afford to invest money on a semi-pro/enthusiast camera, just for taking photo's of Ebay sales stuff (as I pretty much did with the G5. ) Panasonic have knocked £100 off the price of the kit, if you commit to taking a camera in for part-ex "at some time in the future". Basically, they are temporarily reducing the price of the kit to 2016 prices to stay competitive over the Christmas period. I think Nikon are knocking £200 off the D500 too, but the body is still twice the price of the Lumix kit. To be honest, it's twice the camera, but I don't need that yet, I have in mind to buy a Sony next year. Compact full frame like the A7S II, but I'll wait for the Mark III that hopefully comes with an even better focusing system than the already improved MKII. The outlet I plan to buy from, provide a 2 year warranty with the Lumix, but I won't be buying before Black Friday since it's only a couple of weeks away and in principle, I'm not in any hurry. That said, I have my first (unpaid) commission this century, coming up next weekend. I've been asked to produce some PR images of a local Remembrance Day parade. As I understand it, the pictures are to be publishes in the local newspaper, and I've been asked because the local paper doesn't want to pay for a photographer on the day especially if it helps promote the good work done by the organisers, who have endured some criticism from the paper. If they are provided images, they will publish one, for the benefit of those who lost family members in two great wars. Taking photo's of me wearing various types of footwear is still proving to be a challenge, but I've produced some results and they will be published soon. I have used fully 'manual' settings, and this is simple for me due to my experience with film cameras. I took a lot more care with exposure levels, and made some progress. Still less than ideal, but some improvement has been achieved. Last Saturday, I used the G5 and took photo's of perhaps 10 styles of boot and clothing combo's. the first hour (or more) had me trying to work out what I had done to screw up the settings and get a 3 shot burst on every photo, no matter what I did. With the clock ticking, and light changing, I gave up and reset everything choosing to work out the problem later. The session went fine after that. The culprit was the HDR setting. On my phone, (the only place I have any previous experience of it), selecting HDR -I thought- allowed a wider dynamic range at the cost of image quality in some areas. This might be the case, but it certainly isn't with the Lumix. Selecting HDR means three images are taken and subsequently merged into a single image matrix. Image detail that would otherwise be missed by the sensor are recorded by both over exposing a frame (to get shadow detail) and under exposing (to try to recover detail, blown out in the highlights). It helped explain why I heard 3 shutter movements, but could only find one image to delete! While I was at it, I remapped the function keys to do the things I need them to, rather than what Panasonic thinks might be useful... I'm finally learning how to use the camera - as I'm about to upgrade it.
  22. Strictly - It Takes Two

    The toes are not particularly long or very sharply pointed. The whole appearance is well-balanced; they would look totally wrong imho if they had a stubby or rounded toe, quite apart from the foreshortening effect. My Miguel Jones boots have a high 5" heel and their pointed toes are longer - perhaps a little too long (and I like pointed toes!) - but again the overall look is balanced:
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    They look great! Personally I wouldn't want the toes so long and pointed but that's just a matter of personal taste. One advantage with long toes is that the foot still appears a man-size length even if the heels are high. One of the most noticeable things with me must be my tiny feet in heels! I have a pair of cowboy boots with block heels about 3.75 inches and long pointed toes but I have to say they're not my favourite pair.
  24. Strictly - It Takes Two

    True about the men's Cuban heels, which are traditional for Latin dances. Indeed, the 'Beatle boot' (of happy memory) was derived from a flamenco dancer's boot but with a more pointed toe. I have two pairs of these Madcap zip-sided boots, with 2.7" heel and neat centre-seam on the pointed toe, the tan leather (as shown) and black suede : They are good to wear, although I've not (yet) tried dancing in them. My wife doesn't like them - she thinks the heels are effeminate (not so) and that I don't need to be taller (true) whilst the pointed toes are 'old fashioned' (nonsense!). .
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    I suppose the cuban heels are a start. At least it's some sort of heel to get people used to them. Awesome pictures of heels here, though. It makes me jealous that they can wear them regularly!
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