Movember

Christian with moustache in Southampton
Christian with moustache in Southampton

Correct me if I’m wrong readers, but I think that the concept of Movember started in Sydney, Australia in 2004. An amalgamation of Moustache and November, Movember is a concept whereby a moustache is grown for the month of November to highlight men’s health issues. It has caught on throughout Europe now.

Regency-styles for men, including sideburns or beards are especially fashionable where I live in Southern England. I really like them.

Bar tender from The Rockstone Pub
Kiwi, from The Rockstone Pub
These guys are regular contenders at The Rockstone
These guys are regular contenders at The Rockstone

Each year I go to The Rockstone, a pub run by youngsters in Southampton. It holds some ‘jolly’ Beard Off competitions.  By doing so, money is raised for charities dealing with prostate cancer awareness among other issues. They will be celebrating their 4th this month.

The Rockstone Pub holds an annual Beard Off
The Rockstone Pub holds an annual Beard Off
The Lounge Kittens - musicians at The Rockstone
The Lounge Kittens – musicians at The Rockstone

Many pub landlords seem to adorn facial hair these retro-loving days.

Landlord of The Butcher's Hook micro-brewery, Southampton
Landlord of The Butcher’s Hook micro-brewery, Southampton

Stick-on moustaches are usually around in the shops in November for those unable to grow their own – usually children and women.

Stick on moustaches are popular
Stick on moustaches are popular

However in the last few years Movember has even prompted women, prone to excess hair growth for their sex, to grow moustaches and even beards for the month. I think they also look amazing.

Harnaam (above) and Siobhain (below) went on TV to highlight women's hair-growth last year.
Harnaam (above) and Siobhain (below) went on TV to highlight women’s hair-growth last year.

Siobhain-Fletcher

I myself draw on a Duchamp-style line with an eye-brown pencil while looking in the pub mirror, but not until I’ve had a few beers.

Goodwood Gaggers at the Regency Ball
Goodwood Gaggers at the Regency Ball
Tony the actor
Tony the actor, Goodwood Regency Ball
Dave Tart the Poet at East Street Arts Festival, Southampton
Dave Tart the Poet at East Street Arts Festival, Southampton
Seamus the Postie
Seamus the Postie, Southampton
James the boffin
James the boffin, Southampton

 

 

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