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World Beard Day

Posted in Beards with tags , , , on September 5, 2020 by telescoper

Today is the first Saturday in September which means that it is World Beard Day.

I quote from official guidance:

On World Beard Day, it is customary for the bearded members of a family to relax and partake in no jobs or chores. The beardless members of the family traditionally show their support by waiting on the bearded hand and foot. World Beard Day is all about promoting and elevating the global status of the the beard. Whilst many countries and cities practice World Beard Day customs specific to their own region, shaving on World Beard Day is universally considered to be highly disrespectful.

See here for a celebratory blog post by Beard Liberation Front Organiser, Keith Flett.

Van Dyck and Beards

Posted in Art, Beards with tags , , , on April 23, 2020 by telescoper

The 17th-century Flemish painter Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641) is famous not only as an artist but also for a particular style of facial hair, the goatee/moustache combo now known as a “Van Dyke”, as demonstrated by the man himself in this self-portrait:

What I didn’t realise until recently however that van Dyck painted a very large number of studies of men with all kinds of beards. Here is a particularly fine example (Study of a Bearded Man with Hands Raised, 1616).

I’m not an expert but based on the poses I suspect these studies were done in preparation for paintings with biblical themes. Indeed the model looks rather similar to the figure in Jude The Apostle completed about three years later:

Doubt expressed over accuracy of measurement of the ‘Beard-Second’

Posted in Beards, Science Politics with tags , , , on September 4, 2017 by telescoper

As a practising scientist I too am concerned about the reliability of the definition of the `Beard Second’. In addition to the intrinsic variability from one individual to another (including genetic influences) many external environmental factors affect beard growth, so any definition must include conditions such as temperature, pressure, sunlight levels and whether or not the beard is supplied with nutrients. In any case the term `average’ usually applies to the arithmetic mean, whereas the quoted text seems to imply the median.

My advice to the Beard Liberation Front is to refer this matter to the National Measurement and Regulation Office for review but along with most government offices nowadays it only seems interested in issues that directly affect the ability of businesses to profit rather than safeguarding the accuracy and reproducibility of scientific matters of direct interest to the public, such as the rate of beard growth.

In the longer term, however, I believe the only way to establish a reliable standard for the `beard second’ is through an extensive research programme. A detailed proposal is in preparation to UK Research and Innovation, as it seems an appropriate topic for an interdisciplinary award.

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Beard Liberation Front

press release 3rd September contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Doubt expressed over accuracy of measurement of the ‘Beard-Second’

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has expressed doubt over the accuracy of the unit of measurement known as the ‘Beard-Second’.

The ‘Beard-Second’ is designed to measure how quickly in time a beard grows.

According to Wiki:

The beard-second is a unit of length inspired by the light-year, but applicable to extremely short distances such as those in integrated circuits. The beard-second is defined as the length an average beard grows in one second. Kemp Bennett Kolb defines the distance as exactly 100 angstroms (10 nanometers). as does Nordling and Österman’s Physics Handbook. However, Google Calculator supports the beard-second for unit conversions using the value 5 nm.

The beard-second establishes a related unit of time, the beard-inch which is 29.4 days (or 58.8 days…

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Chance’s Beard to Darwin

Posted in Beards, History with tags , , , , on January 25, 2017 by telescoper

One of my global team of unpaid researchers emailed me to tell about this short video, one of a series called Curious Objects commissioned by Cambridge University, which tells the story of a rather hairy encounter between Charles Darwin and a man called Dr Frank Chance. Dr Chance attempted to counter Darwin’s claim in Descent of Man that beard hair is always lighter than hair on the head – and went as far as sharing some of his own trimmings with the great man himself (although he seems to have had plenty of his own).

Is it true that beard hair is always lighter than scalp hair? And what about other hair…..the downstairs kind even?

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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Beard Liberation Front

PRESS RELEASE           4th 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 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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Beard Week 2015: Pogonophobe of the Year poll

Posted in Beards with tags on June 17, 2015 by telescoper

I have been remiss in not passing on this important poll, but there’s still plenty of time to vote for Katie Hopkins..

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Beard Liberation Front

Press release 9th June contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Beard Week seeks Pogonophobe of the Year

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that it is searching for the Pogonophobe of the Year as Beard Week 2015, a celebration of hirsuteness, starts on 29th June.

In 2014 Nigel Farage, arguably the epitome of the clean shaven white man in a suit, was awarded the title.

In 2015 the BLF is running a poll to determine who should be in the frame as the beard hater of the year. Of those on the shortlist only former England rugby coach Clive Woodward and inevitably Katie Hopkins have made openly pogonophobic comments, but the others are believed to be some way from pogonophilia, the love of beards

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, of course pogonophobia is a generally acceptable prejudice. Our aim is to make it a bit…

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Conchita Wurst wins 2014 Beard of the Year poll

Posted in Beards, Biographical with tags , , , on December 29, 2014 by telescoper

Many congratulations to the fabulous Conchita Wurst, who has won the coveted title of Beard of the Year 2014. I finished in 3rd place. Huge thanks to everyone who voted for me. I’m quite chuffed to have finished in the top 5 actually, and am delighted that Conchita Wurst was the winner in the end.

In fact I was in the lead until two days before the end of polling. However, on Saturday 20th December, I checked the voting and found Conchita already was on top of me, pulling away. The resulting surge was extremely impressive and exciting to witness…

I would have happily settled for second place but then, on Monday 22nd, the last day of voting, Bartosz Bialkowski, who wasn’t on the shortlist until that point, made an unexpected appearance and quickly romped up the table. I’ve never heard of Bartosz Bialkowski before that day, actually. Apparently he plays in goal for Ipswich Town, in the Midlands. Anyway, although many will be surprised that 2nd place went to someone who isn’t among the list of official contenders, there’s no doubt he has an impressive beard and enthusiastic support from Ipswich Town supporters who no doubt were responsible both for his late inclusion in the list and in the heavy voting on Monday that relegated me to 3rd place.

Anyway, that’s it for Beard of the Year. My brief venture into the limelight is over, and I’ll now return to my normal state of well-deserved obscurity…

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Beard Liberation Front

Press release 28th December

Conchita Wurst tops Eurovision win with Beard of the Year victory

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The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that in the best supported contest since 1995, the winner of this year’s Eurovision in May Conchita Wurst has also won the 2014 Beard of the Year poll with 33.54% of the vote.

The singer narrowly beat Ipswich Town goal keeper Bartosz Bialkowski who made a late bid for the title with 31.89% and University of Sussex academic Peter Coles who polled consistently well throughout the three weeks of the poll to end on 14.58%.

Other well known beard wearers including cricketer Moeen Ali and author Philip Ardagh also polled well.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, The Beard Liberation Front stands for diversity of dress and appearance and the breadth of appeal of this year’s winners underlines that. Let’s…

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Hairy End to Beard of the Year 2014 poll forecast

Posted in Beards with tags , on December 20, 2014 by telescoper

Polls close at Midnight on Monday 22nd. It seems I even have a chance of winning! But whatever the finish, you can bet it won’t be smooth!

And so it seems! During the course of today Conchita Wurst has romped into the lead!

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Beard Liberation Front

Press release 19th December

Contact keith Flett 07803 167266

Hairy end to Beard of the Year 2014 poll forecast

contenders include Philip Wilton, Conchita Wurst & Billy Bragg

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The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that with the final weekend of voting for Beard  of the Year 2014 underway, the poll looks set to get hairy.

The final weekend usually sees peak voting patterns and this year is expected to be no different.

Already around a 1000 people have cast their vote and many more are expected to do so in the next 3 days.

The on line poll ends at midnight on Monday 22nd December and the winner will be announced on 29thDecember

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, The Award has run since 1995 and there is always a finally bristling of votes with the tallies of…

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Roy Keane shaves beard but will still compete for Beard of Autumn

Posted in Beards with tags , , on October 12, 2014 by telescoper

I felt the urge to reblog this to encourage folks to vote in the Beard of Autumn poll, despite not having been nominated myself, especially since the great Leonard Cohen is a candidate. Surely he deserves to win more than Roy Keane who has already shaved off his beard?

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Beard Liberation Front

Press Release 10th October Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Roy Keane shaves beard but will still compete for Beard of Autumn

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that it regrets but respects the decision of Roy Keane to shave his beard ahead of Ireland’s European Championship game against Gibraltar on Saturday.

Keane has a history of suddenly shaving his beard but the campaigners say that the four seasonal awards run each year are designed to capture in particular those who have noteworthy but transient beards.

The BLF has for that reason decided to keep Keane on the longlist for Beard of Autumn, the winner of which is announced on October 24th after a public on-line poll

The Award is the final one of four seasonal Awards before the announcement of the coveted Beard of the Year Award at…

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Warm Weather advice on Beards, Shorts & Sandals issued

Posted in Beards with tags , , on July 3, 2014 by telescoper

Important seasonal advice from the BLF…

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PRESS RELEASE 3rd July
Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

WARM WEATHER ADVICE ON BEARDS, SHORTS & SANDALS ISSUED

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has issued updated advice on the wearing of Beards, Shorts and Sandals with warm weather in some areas of the UK forecast for the next few days

Guidelines
1] Shorts and sandals may be worn after 9am until 8pm at the discretion of the wearer.
2] Where sandals are worn the wearing of socks is discouraged but not forbidden
3] If socks are not worn toenails must be neat, trimmed, clean and fungus free
4] Shorts should ideally be around knee length to provide a balanced image with the beard
5] Shorts should be of conservative design and colour. Wearing of bright red, yellow or floral patterned shorts is forbidden and shorts should generally come below the knee
6]…

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