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Cardiff Brewery Tap wins Beard Friendly Pub of the Year title (UK)

Posted in Beards on January 16, 2017 by telescoper

Another important accolade for Cardiff, winner of this year’s Beard Friendly Pub of the Year in the “Outside London” category!

There’s a news item about this prestigious award in the local media here.

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Beard Liberation Front

January 15th

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CARDIFF BREWERY TAP WINS BEARD FRIENDLY PUB OF THE YEAR TITLE

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The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that the contest for the Beard Friendly Pub of the Year has concluded with the Crafty Devil Beer Cellar in Cardiff bearding the Cloudwater brewery tap in Manchester for the UK (outside of London) title

The Cock Tavern in Hackney won the overall poll but the result of the on-line vote saw a major new development with Brewery Taps- where drinkers socialise at the breweries themselves- coming second and third in the overall national vote.

The winners in 2016 included the Jolly Butchers in Stoke Newington, the Cock Tavern in central Hackney and the Bag of Nails in Bristol

Beard Friendly Pub, Bar, Tap 2017

UK

1 Crafty Devil Beer Cellar, Cardiff

2 Cloudwater Brewery Tap, Manchester

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Campaigners warn on Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night Pogonophobia

Posted in Beards with tags , , on November 5, 2016 by telescoper

Remember, remember the…. er…

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PRESS RELEASE           4th November

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CAMPAIGNERS WARN ON GUY FAWKES BONFIRE NIGHT POGONOPHOBIA

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The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has warned of Guy Fawkes pogonophobia as bonfires around the country burn effigies of a hirsute man over the weekend.

Pogonophobia is the ancient Greek for an irrational fear or hatred of facial hair, known as beardism in modern English.

The BLF says that November 5th is the traditional highlight of the pogonophobes year as they burn an effigy of what they assume to be a dangerous radical figure with a beard, although few will openly discuss their often deep-seated concerns about beard wearers

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said the irony is that Guy Fawkes was a deeply reactionary character who, had he lived now, would almost certainly not have had a beard under any circumstances

The BLF is calling…

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Did Jesus have a Beard?

Posted in Art, Beards, History, Uncategorized with tags , , , on September 20, 2016 by telescoper

I don’t often venture into matters religious via the medium of this blog, but I think I’ll make an exception in this case to address a question that must surely be of prime concern to theological scholars.

The question Did Jesus have a Beard? was provoked by this image which I saw on Twitter this morning:

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This is the oldest known depiction of Jesus found in England, a Roman mosaic found at Hinton St Mary, which dates from around AD 350.

All the very old depictions of Jesus that I’m aware of show him clean-shaven. The oldest I have seen in person (in the Basilica San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy) shows him likewise beardless (he’s in the middle):

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Another famous depiction, in the Basillica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo also in Ravenna, which is dated 520 AD) shows him in a series of scenes in which he appears beardless, but the final scene (of the Passion) shows him with the full beard that became the norm for later portraits and remains so up to the present day. This image is from the 6th Century AD and is very much in line with the we have come to assume Jesus looked like.

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As far as I am aware, it doesn’t say anywhere in the Bible whether Jesus had a beard or not, so does the fact that the oldest known depictions show him clean-shaven mean that the real historical figure of Jesus didn’t have a beard?

Not necessarily. You have to remember that these early depictions were Roman, so it’s natural that they would have reflected the conventions of the culture at that time, not those of a different country (Judea) more than three centuries earlier. Being clean-shaven would have been regarded as a mark of nobility in Roman society, which probably explains why he was represented in that way.

I will probably get a deluge of corrections and clarifications from people who know a lot more than me about the early Christian church, so I’ll now step back and let the Comments Box do its work!

 

 

2016 ‘Beards, Shorts & Sandals’ season reaches peak

Posted in Beards on July 26, 2016 by telescoper

The Great Question of the day..

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26th July Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

2016 ‘BEARDS, SHORTS & SANDALS’ SEASON REACHES PEAK

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BLF permission given for official engagements only

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that the 2016 Beards, Shorts and Sandals season has reached its peak in the recent warm weather in some parts of the UK.

The campaigners say that with temperatures well above 20C in some places the rise in the wearing of beards, shorts and sandals has been significant

Shorts and sandals may be worn all day until 9pm at the discretion of the wearer.

The campaigners say that the image of organic beard, shorts and sandals is one of the key male fashions of 2016 not just in Hackney and Dalston but across large parts of the UK as fashions change and develop.

The official season traditionally runs until August 31st. During…

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Strictly Come Dancing winner Jay McGuiness joins Beard of Year shortlist

Posted in Beards on December 20, 2015 by telescoper

It’s hard to believe it’s a whole year since I found myself as a surprising contender for this coveted award (only to see my challenge fade badly in the final stages). Anyway, here’s a reblog to encourage you to cast your vote in this year’s poll. As usual I don’t know who most of the contenders are, but I’m sure you will all find a favourite.

I voted for Moeen Ali, by the way..

 

 

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19th December

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Strictly Coming Dancing winner Jay McGuiness joins Beard of Year shortlist

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The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that Jay McGuiness part of the winning pair in the 2015 Strictly Come Dancing final has joined the Beard of the Year 2015 shortlist.

The winner is determined by an on-line poll of supporters currently in progress.

The poll will close at 6pm on December 28th with the winner announced on December 29th

The winner in 2014 was singer Conchita Wurst

The Award is focused on those whose beard has had the most positive impact in the public eye during 2015.

BLF organiser Keith Flett said, Jay McGuiness has been a fantastic positive ambassador for the hirsute on Strictly so it’s entirely appropriate that he joins the Beard of the Year shortlist

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Guidance on how to take care of the beard in snowy weather

Posted in Beards on November 21, 2015 by telescoper

It’s not actually snowing in Brighton, but you never know….

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Beard Liberation Front

PRESS RELEASE 20th November

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GUIDANCE ON HOW TO TAKE CARE OF THE BEARD  IN SNOWY WEATHER

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The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has issued important guidance for the hirsute in as the first snow of winter is forecast for some areas of the UK

The BLF says that it is essential to keep the beard protected from snow. The best way to do this is may simply be to remain indoors and away from all possible contact with snow.

However if venturing out in the snow, the following guidelines should be followed:-

1] Protect the beard in its entirety with a scarf or roll neck jumper

2] Sweep any drifting snow from the beard on a regular basis. Do not allow snow to accumulate in the beard

3] If the beard becomes chilled or frozen due to icy…

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Campaigners warn on Guy Fawkes night pogonophobia

Posted in Beards, History on November 5, 2015 by telescoper

No beards on your bonfire please!!

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Beard Liberation Front

PRESS RELEASE           2nd November

Contact Keith Flett     07803 167266

CAMPAIGNERS WARN ON GUY FAWKES BONFIRE NIGHT POGONOPHOBIA

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The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has warned of Guy Fawkes pogonophobia as bonfires around the country burn effigies of a hirsute man on Thursday evening and the following weekend.

Pogonophobia is the ancient Greek for an irrational fear or hatred of facial hair, known as beardism in modern English.

The BLF says that November 5th is the traditional highlight of the pogonophobes year as they burn an effigy of what they assume to be a dangerous radical figure with a beard, although few will openly discuss their often deep seated concerns about beard wearers

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said the irony is that Guy Fawkes was a deeply reactionary character who, had he lived now, would almost certainly not have had a beard under any…

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