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    I tried to find some reasonable quality images from Buck Rogers, and couldn't find anything other than low quality screen shots. UFO and Space 1999 were British contenders for the 'close fitting' clothing prediction. It's been some time since I've seen a body that would suit a catsuit, with the possible exception of Bella Thorne. Both these pictures were taken a couple of years ago when she was 17. This one when she was 18. Not sure when this was taken. She currently has over 26M followers on social media. Sadly, she now has piercings that include her septum, which I always see as excess liquid dripping ...
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    Cycling seems a worthy topic - certainly it's an old favourite pastime/activity of mine. As discussed on the PVCs thread (see Outfit critique) revamping the 'engine' on a bicycle is a cheap and healthy alternative to costly upgrades and titanium do-dads. Have been working hard on my engine lately and noticing the results. I have never raced bicycles, nor had the least desire to, but have always looked upon cycling as a pleasurable form of escape - a chance to see the countryside in an unhurried fashion. No cycling clubs for me, just the quiet solitude of a bike ride on a quiet country lane...
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    It's generally the engine that could do with improvement on a bicycle, or so I have found
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    I missed out on those chocolates in my youth so I guess I didn't contribute. I was eating M&Ms.... Nice to see they had the good taste to include mine in the list. Maybe one day I'll be a celebrity....
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    Headline should read: "Complete air-head wears PVC jeans" ..... The heiress Millie Mackintosh. (Yes, that Mackintosh.) More pictures, same pose >> here <<
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    I suspect you are correct. Certainly the late 60s and early 70s were very fluid and groundbreaking in terms of fashion, style and colours. I was certainly into flares, Jesus shirts, paisley and bandanas although I never wore platforms. Then, as now, I thought they were clumpy and disliked them. I do not really recall much about heels. What I do remember from that era, and which caught my eye at the time were girls in white go-go boots. For the life of me I can't recall if they had heels or not. I think they were just low 'normal' heels. I recall a very pretty red haired girl in my eighth grade class who wore go-go boots nearly every day, as did a couple of her friends. But her I remember in particular. I thought she was very pretty. And she was certainly very nice. I liked her boots very much too - and I wished I could have a pair just like them This may sound odd, but I was a daydreamy kid with my head in the clouds and in those fairly unisex days I did not grasp straight away that these boots were strictly girls only - I mean, I knew that girls wore them, and I hadn't seen any on guys, but I did not grasp the strength of the taboo, not straight away at any rate, and so I very nearly came out asked for a pair for myself! Something or somebody clued me in - I forget what or how - and I was mortified to find I had been fancying boots that were strictly for girls. I felt as alarmed and embarrassed as if I had been inadvertently wanting to wear a dress. Indeed I was so mortified that I buried this new discovered and unnerving partiality for what society deems to be "feminine" boots for decades. In that time my tastes evolved away from go-go boots to more elegant knee and otk suede boots, riding style, no heels to speak of. It was not an obsession, but when the autumn styles would come out and tall boots would feature once more in display windows and advertisements I would give a sigh and wish that it were possible for men to adopt the style.
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    I have a theory that a lot of today's male heel wearers were growing up during the time of unisex clothes and shoes. I was a teenager when flares and platforms were in - most boys wore heels of some sort, and some of the girls wore delightful high heels - not just clumpy platforms. Perhaps my love for wedges stems from that, but a couple of girls used to walk to school in very high stilettos. It always made my tongue hang out and made me wobble on my bike... I've always pined for those days. For some reason the male heels have never come back although a lot of female fashions have been revived over the intervening period.
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    Slits in a pencil skirt are as attractive to me, as a platform on shoes. Might be different if there was a glimpse of stocking on offer, but not in my time. (Unless a girlfriend had decided to have her evil way with my body.) Here is a very modern take on the longer, truly pencil style:
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    New York Style in 1954 – by photographer Nina Leen
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    Gene Tierney in a stunning off the shoulder red dress -1948.
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    Whatever year marker you want to out on it, I do think the arrival of stilettos ushered in a (literally) heightened sense of glamour
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    It was also the era when tall boots came into fashion in a big way, helped along in no small part by Nancy Sinatra's saucy song
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    Yes, a choker can be very attractive on almost any woman, young or old. But only if it is the classic 'Victorian' style, typically in black satin or velvet, not more than 1" deep and with a small jewel (single or cluster), brooch or pearl at its centre. An example: I wonder too if such a choker (with minimal embellishment) could look good on a man, worn with an open-neck shirt in, say, white silk? Certainly no more flamboyant than an ordinary neck-tie (such as Shyheels favours) or a foppish cravat.
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    I agree totally with the 'ideal female outfit' you describe, as exemplified by the pic above. But I think your period is a little out; whilst it started with Dior's 'new look' in 1947, it was not really everyday/high-street fashion until roughly the time when stilettos truly arrived in the mid-50s (and thereby completed the ensemble). I'm pleased to say that I was around then and very conscious of my surroundings; imho, the 'golden years' closely matched those of the rock-and-roll era: say 1956 - 1964. In other words, from when Bill Haley etc arrived and until the Beatles etc became too hippy and psychedelic (and Mary Quant's mini skirts and low heels had gained the upper hand, and thigh). OK, not all women abandoned the classic look you describe (thank goodness) but it became all too rare by the mid-60s, when I came of an age to truly appreciate it but scarcely to enjoy it, alas. If I could turn the clock back to, say, 1962 and be there again but 10 years older than I then actually was, I would be delighted - and want to stay.
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    I've always had a thing for them. They ought to be useful/practical for older women, as they hide the turkey-neck we older folk sometimes acquire. I'm growing one ..... Perhaps why they were popular in Victorian times across all ages? (Of women.) A thick/heavy choker was this years accessory. For a while, Kendall Jenner was seldom seen without one. Some images from a Natalie Chapman (choker designer) article that includes celebs wearing her products: Full article >> here << And to bring the thread right back on track, a picture of the designer (note leggings).
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    Surely you mean "classic" rather than old? Hippy? The first generation of a post-war era. They witnessed regeneration and investment in infrastructure not seen in the UK (since the Roman visit 2000 years before). New social housing created on an industrial scale, new towns and new manufacturing built to support the increase in commerce. A time when young people thought the world a great place, where social migration was easily achieved by those who wanted it. Jobs a plenty. Government money providing a world-leading health service that was free to those that needed it most. If ever there was a point when Utopia was within sight, it was then. In the mid-sixties, science and fashion forecasters thought we'd all be wearing lycra based catsuits that showed off our perfectly formed slim/fit bodies, results of better eating and moderate exercise. Both results of the anticipated continued increases in the 'quality of living'. The forecasters did not anticipate personal entertainment centres (phones/tablets/video consoles) that would keep the populace hooked to their wifi connection, nor the advent of cheap easily available fat-foods. This two-part combination keeping the would-be lithe millennials, too fat for lycra catsuits to be anything other than unattractive. My 'fav' period during the last century, would be the late 40's early 50's. Everyone skinny (unless you worked in a canteen or a butchers). Women in long tight pencil skirts, heels, nipped in waist with wide belt, tight blouse with pointed bits, heavy eyeliner, and red-lipstick. I think I need to lie down ..... And an image by the greatest fashion photographer ever: John French.
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    I liked the sign I saw once in a wildlife park in Tasmania - "We have defibrillators on hand; if you need one please ask a member of staff..." I just love DIY defibrillation...
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    I'm assuming that Freddy (at least) would really aspire to shiny black narrow tyres on his penny farthing? Meanwhile (back on course), how about this look:
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    Freddy's 'electricity escapade' closely mirrors one of my own at age 8 or 9. I was getting annoyed with the moths that decided to flit around my bedroom when I was attempting to sleep. (They had doubtless escaped from my father's wallet - more on that another time.) I decided that electrocution was the answer and made up a 'probe' by fastening a piece of wire (from a paper-clip) to one sprung plunger inside a bayonet socket that was at one end of an extension cable used for a table lamp. [The bayonet socket was effectively the same as one still uses in a ceiling light; it would accept a plug with bayonet fittings as found on a light bulb. The other end took a two-pin (unearthed) plug that went into a socket at skirting level. Nowadays, of course, proper 13a plugs and sockets would be the norm.] The 'probe' would not have worked, even if connected to the live plunger, as no circuit was completed by touching the moth, or anything else unless it was effectively earthed. But, weapon in hand, I advanced on my quarry when it alighted on a table and succeeded in prodding it. Nothing happened, so I prodded harder - and the wire must have twisted to the side to touch the other plunger: BANG, FLASH and all the house lights went off as the fuse was blown. I dropped the probe and I remember it bouncing off my bare leg, so it was just as well that it was then 'dead'. It only took me a minute to retrieve and dismantle the 'evidence' - before dad came into my room to tell me (unnecessarily) that a fuse had blown so my reading light would not work. As such blown fuses were not uncommon (our wiring was then pretty hairy, especially after a few of dad's 'improvements' - another story there to tell) so no suspicion fell on me and the moth lived to flit another day. I have had a few 'proper' electric shocks over the years, all accidental and arising from a fault or contact with a live circuit that shouldn't have been. Luckily, I've never experienced more than a tingle, probably because I was not properly earthed, but I treat electricity with respect - but not with fear; it can be worked on 'live' if necessary if care is taken.
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    One for today: Full article >> here <<
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    Sounds pretty much like a lightning strike in terms of bad luck. I have had a couple of brushes with catastrophe, but I prefer to put them behind me and out of mind.
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    Indeed. I don't do the ponies. It seems the horses I follow like to follow other horses.
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    Bicycle touring has much to recommend it. I have toured all over the world and know no better way to get about and see the countryside. Britain and The Continent are both especially rich in possibilities.
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    I quite like Celine Dion. Maybe not so much for her singing, though some of it is very good. She remains slim when most people her age (49) are getting tubby. Recently she has been headlining with some fairly way-out outfits. Apparently, she is doing some magazine modelling work in France. (I haven't researched this extensively, just taking the headlines as being correct.) She is known to like a heel, and is reasonably keen on thigh highs too. Many of the images I have seen recently, have her in high boots, usually with a decent height stiletto heel. But for the fact she's enormously wealthy, and still grieving for the loss of her much loved husband, she would be the perfect woman for me. A couple of days ago, I saw some images of her wearing heels, that just about stopped me in my tracks. I didn't like the embellishments on her skirt, and I thought the buckle on her belt a tad too large, but her shoes were (almost) heart stopping. Have a look for yourself. From >> here <<
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    When I used to work in Antarctica, up in the high mountains there, I had fourteen stilettos on each boot! They were not terribly high, but they were certainly meaningful and gave a wonderful grip on a slippery surface!
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    I agree from the close-up of Mathilde's shoes that they don't look as high as I suggested before, i.e. 4.5". I can only say that they did seem higher when viewed side-on as she laid her wreath. But they still appear nice, as she does. As to Celine, the actual height of her heels is really irrelevant as the angle of her foot says it all. If she can walk easily at that angle it doesn't matter whether she has small feet and a 4" heel or big'uns with a 6" heel. She is said to be 5' 7" and to wear a size 9US (7UK) shoe. I can't say I find her rather skinny body, or her often eccentric clothes, very attractive but she does wear some decent heels :
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    I've had two narrowboats in the past, one of which I lived on for a while, yes it is a lifestyle choice and a very pleasant one, However, it can get cold and damp in winter, if you don't have a mooring you can only stay in one place for two weeks, I've had frozen water tanks, frozen diesel... if I didn't have to work I would again get afloat. Btw the diesel is the cheap bit... you use red gas! That particular boat you posted is ideal, purely for the mooring! Oh and heels and wet decks...... I can see Freddy taking a swim
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    I love the blue and white canal boat! I could quite happily live on one
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    Well, a first for me this morning... Our number two son turned up last night, about two hours before we expected him, and I took my heels off quick. (The same son I mentioned in an earlier post.) This morning I was determined his presence wouldn't make any difference to our household arrangements, so I put my 'work' heels on before leaving the house. I'm almost sure he saw them - he probably noticed my difference in height, if nothing else. He didn't comment, though. I'll be interested to see if there are any repercussions - I don't think he'd mention it on Facebook...!