New shoes and ramblings
Weirdly, though both pairs were from Van-Dal the red ones had been in British sizes and the green ones were in European sizes, so no half sizes. (If the appalling mess that is Brexit brings any benefit at all I'd quite like half-sizes for shoes back.) I ordered a six, and a wider fitting, because the problem with the red ones had been that they were too narrow, and the green ones are a little too long, with a gap of about a centimetre and a half at the end of the toes, but they're snug enough to be wearable.
Result: I now have green loafers. I've got loads of '60s clothes these will go perfectly with. I would have done a photo of me in them, but it looks like raining today, so I left my loafers at home. No point soaking them on their first day out.
My back has been playing up for over a week now and I am FED UP of the constant pain. I went to the doctor, whose conclusion was basically, "It's not sciatica, take lots of painkillers, keep exercising to build up your core muscles, and live with it." I can't help feeling like I've been fobbed off again for being Fat in Possession Of A Spine. At least he's said I can keep going to the gym, though I should lay off the running (it's high-impact) till my back's better. I took photos of myself in gym kit at the start of the year, and did some more last weekend, and there's been a definite effect, so I don't want to have to stop now.(Last week I was saying the gym hadn't achieved anything, but my photos have proved me wrong. It's nice to be wrong, sometimes.)
Complete change of subject: did you know Talking Pictures TV existed? I didn't. It's squirrelled way down the listings on my TV menus (I get cable), so I'd completely missed it. It's free on a number of other platforms, like Sky and Freeview, and shows loads of archive films, mostly from the 1930s to 1960s. There's a small amount of serial stuff too. I've been Tivoing episodes of Colonel March of Scotland Yard, which stars Boris Karloff, and all sorts of classic films. A great way to get your vintage fix on a daily basis.