Just got back on here. I still have my Astra, and I still have problems! However I seem to have learned how to use the choke successfully, combined with some pumping or whatever to get it going. I know Gerald disagrees, but I've found the best way to start it in the morning is full choke and hold the accelerator to the floor, then pump quickly when it starts to catch - the risk being that it sometimes gets very flooded!
And on driving in heels - always, never less than 4.5"!!!