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Puffer last won the day on May 23 2019

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  1. About two miles from my home is a 'forest' which is open to the public for recreational walking; it has no other facilities apart from a couple of bins for dog's mess! I had never been there, although my wife has on one of her regular pre-virus exercise walks with a friend. We decided that it would be a good place for solitary exercise yesterday, and so it proved. We drove there, and parked outside the main gate at 9.30am. We then walked around the perimeter, covering a little more than three miles in about 80 minutes. We passed or saw no more than 10 couples, half-a-dozen solitary dog-walkers and a couple of small family groups. Almost everyone greeted us on passing, at the prescribed distance, and the whole experience was enjoyable - the forest was quite dense but easy to navigate on well-trodden paths and with a refreshingly peaceful atmosphere; I shall go again. I dropped my wife at the small supermarket about half-a-mile from home so she could pick up milk, a newspaper and a couple of other essentials and she told me that there was no queueing or other problem there. We had gone out for our walk quite early in the belief that the forest would be busier (if never exactly 'crowded') later in the day, given the fine weather. But I see from the TV news this morning that other areas (such as the Brighton seafront, and along the river or in the park at Richmond) were very busy yesterday with whole groups of people inevitably failing to distance themselves, on the move or otherwise. It was hardly surprising that the Police were taking action. What will happen today, with even better weather, remains to be seen but I'm doubtful that Joe Public as a whole will be taking proper notice of the 'instructions'. I shall remain at home; there are useful tasks to be done in the back garden.
  2. Here are the other two 'Tina' pictures. I don't know why they couldn't be included above.
  3. I have commented before on the 'Faith' shoes shown above - see my post above of 11 Jan 2016 in particular. I have now been able to photograph the two pairs of shoes in my wife's wardrobe that were the subject of my earlier comments, and here they are (one of each shown): I have two other pics of these but, for some reason, cannot upload them all to this post - so will try adding them in a further post below, although my attempts to do so are being blocked at present. The black suede is the Faith 'Tina', size 8 and with 4.5" heel. The black leather is the Barratts ('Comme il faut' label) 'Tina', which seems to be absolutely identical (apart from the leather finish). These Tinas are very similar to the Faith 'Gina' illustrated above by FastFreddy but I think the Tina heel is a little higher, despite the claims on the Gina box that this has a 110mm (almost 4.5") heel, as I recall was stated for the Tinas. Neither pair was worn more than a couple of times by my wife, and only then about 20 years ago, before we married. They have languished in her wardrobe ever since, as she stopped wearing 'proper' heels not long after we married (undoubtedly not a coincidence but a deliberate denial or withdrawal). That is a matter of sorrow as I think these shoes in particular look very elegant - a nicely tapered toe, open throat, and a slim, properly-shaped and positioned stiletto heel - a classic court by anyone's standards. Rarely will my wife wear anything more than a 3" cuban heel these days, and even more rarely will she wear any heels because I ask her to.
  4. I'm retired, so work in the conventional sense is not an issue, but much of my time in recent years has been spent on property renovation around the family. (No, we are not property tycoons - but several of my close relatives have an investment property in addition to a residence.) That work is sporadic and has not been too demanding or critical recently, so nothing much to abandon or postpone at present. My wife does admin for a charity one day each week but that is now shelved. So, my time is almost entirely spent on indoor home-related tasks at present (with some outside decorating lined-up when the weather is milder) plus reading (including hobby-related researches and a little writing), TV, puzzles and the like. Whether I will survive like this for possibly several months remains to be seen! Going out is currently limited to essential shopping (wife and I take it in turns) and a modest exercise walk every couple of days, if possible combined. I totally agree with the view taken by Shyheels above that it would be more sensible and less risky to all to drive (isolated in one's car) a few miles to some uncrowded and more remote place for a solitary constitutional, rather than walk through local streets to a nearby park with the probability of meeting/passing quite a number of other people. The Police allegedly take a different view - challenging people found more than a mile or two from home or driving/parking outside their town and even 'moving on' or threatening anyone seen taking a brief rest during a walk, as some may have to in order to catch breath. One eminent lawyer has already challenged the legality of such 'exercise' restrictions, without suggesting that we should in any way start mixing again.
  5. Not now, you ain't! Lockdown does create some opportunities but, equally, dictates other priorities for many. I have been too busy this last few days to post anything but have something to say on another recent post, which has to wait until I can take a couple of pics. But don't hold your breath ...! (Actually, in view of government guidelines, it is highly advisable that you do hold your breath!)
  6. Price and quality must be considerations too. Would many otherwise interested men buy knee boots if they were either of cheapish synthetic material (and of dubious wearing quality) or better made in leather and probably costing well in excess of £100-150? Aside from a few young trendy fashionistas, few men buy cheap disposable clothing or footwear and a significant 'investment' in a pair of longer boots is unlikely to be anything but a considered and occasional purchase. OK, one might well say that such an investment purchase is just that - something that will last for several years and justify the initial outlay - but the volume of such business is unlikely to be attractive to many suppliers.
  7. I did not suggest that the HHP departures were all inappropriate as I recognise that some of them were justified for the reasons you indicate. However, you have perhaps closer knowledge of the background as the true circumstances were not clearly revealed at the time, especially as 'offending' posts are invariably removed by El Supremo (usually without explanation) before many members can see and judge them. I understand that this action has in turn caused others to withdraw. I agree that there is scope here for more than just heel and fashion discussion, a point that has been made before. And you are right that attempts (including mine) to widen the content have often failed.
  8. As far as HHP is concerned, I think you are right about the seemingly growing trend towards extreme styles and conduct. That has perhaps alienated the large body of members who do not (or cannot) share that interest. A secondary reason is the apparent 'resignation' (or 'removal') in the last couple of years of several long-term and moderate members who in some way have either upset the apple cart (allegedly) or been upset by it, and whose contributions were invariably both valid and appreciated. This board, quiet though it has become, appears to have mostly members of a more 'reasonable' type - with a few exceptions who have likely deserted for that reason. Perhaps existing members don't consider their interest and activity sufficiently exciting to merit mention here, or perhaps they just want to take without giving. But unless they start contributing, we shall remain in a rut. And any contribution does deserve some sort of response, even a negative one if genuine.
  9. I wasn't particularly intending to buy anything; most of the offerings are wrong style for me!
  10. By chance, whilst searching for something quite different, I came across this UK seller on eBay: https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/highestheels?_trksid=p2047675.l2559 The seller is based in Luton, England and appears to offer a wide range of high heels in an equally wide range of sizes. Many of them are very high stilettos – some being familiar models (e.g. Pleaser) but others apparently made to order. Prices are mostly in the £50 – 100 range but include postage. I have no further knowledge of the business but it is apparently run by an ‘enthusiast’ and feedback is very good. The above is one example – 6” wedge sandal in sizes UK 2 – 12 (Eu35 – 45), £69.99.
  11. You might consider Miguel Jones in Mexico: http://www.custom-boots.net/ His made-to-measure boots are reasonably-priced; I have one pair (see below) and am pleased with their fit and quality. - pic here:
  12. I would agree that knee-length boots should be a perfectly acceptable fashion for men, although much will depend on the styling. A plain 'riding boot' with an almost flat heel should cause no adverse reaction (as Shyheels has found out) but is that what we really want? To my mind, the boot should be close fitting and worn over skinny (or at least straight/narrow) jeans/trousers - and with an almond or chisel toe to minimise the 'beetle-crusher' look. A stacked bock or cuban heel (say 2 - 2.5") would look less boring than a minimal flattish heel, but a higher heel could be fine if it wasn't too slim. I'm not sure about straps or decorations - probably a 'step' too far - and in the UK the same goes for cowboy boots unless they are not too fancy, no more than calf high and worn under jeans; this is not the Wild West! Something like these, perhaps?
  13. Not my style, but I can see why you like them and how they might harmonise. I do hope however that you will not be wearing them with the same sort of worker boots as the female model is wearing on the web page; her outfit as a whole rather suggests that she should be out buying fish in a wholesale market- only needing a flat cap! The Topshop website reveals there are some very nice ankle boots with moderate (Cuban) heels on offer at silly prices - but I guess the challenge will be finding any still in stock in the largest sizes. The (allegedly) 'latest' styles with slanting or other oddly-shaped heels are not nearly so wearable - where is fashion going?
  14. That must be worrying - although we don't know your age and general situation. Were you able to wear 'ordinary' (flat/boring) shoes during the period of swelling? Sane - are you sure?? HHP appears to have lost a number of stalwarts who seemingly fell foul of 'management'. But there are also a number of extremists whose activity perhaps puts others off as it is often difficult to identify comfortably with what they say and (allegedly) do.
  15. But surely some members can make a positive contribution rather than just sit back waiting for someone else to do so? I have contributed in the past but the seemingly minimal feedback (good, bad or indifferent) to my latter efforts did not encourage further significant investment of my time. That, however, should not be seen as a valid deterrent to others with a story to tell or an observation or adventure to report ... OVER TO YOU!
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