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Jimmy Anderson & Moeen split hairs in England cricket team Beard Index

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2014 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front
Press release 29th July contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Jimmy Anderson & Moeen split hairs in England Cricket Team Beard Index

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has issued an update to its England cricket Beard Index which shows Moeen Ali and Jimmy Anderson tied with Ian Bell and Alastair Cook moving up the rankings

Hirsute England players have only recently been a significant factor in the team’s performance but the campaigners say that facial hair on the pitch can have several, sometimes combined, impacts:

1] Beards can add gravitas and presence. Moeen is known as ‘the beard that’s feared’
2] Beards can influence aerodynamics both with bat and ball as a movement of the facial hair can cause subtle changes to air currents

Beard Index [combining factors 1 & 2] out of 10

Moeen 9
Anderson 9
Bell 6
Cook 6
Broad 4
Plunkett 4
Prior retired due to beard injury

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, One way or another Jimmy Anderson and Moeen’s beards have made an impact at the Rose Bowl and that’s reflected in the ratings

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Campaigners call for London statue to mark Frank Dobson’s political career & beard

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2014 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Press release 28th July contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Campaigners call for London statue to mark Frank Dobson’s political career & beard

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has called for the erection of a statue in central London to mark the political career of Frank Dobson.

Dobson who was MP for Holborn and St Pancras since 1979 announced his decision to stand down at the next Election in 2015 last week.

He is a former Cabinet Minister, one of Britain’s most well-known beard wearers and a former winner of the Beard of the Year award

The campaigners say that to mark his impact on British political life it would be appropriate to erect a statue of Mr Dobson in his north-central London constituency

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, the newly pedestrianized area at the front of Kings Cross station would make an excellent location for a Dobson statue. We will be judging support for the idea over the summer before deciding how to proceed

Do you support the plan for a Frank Dobson statue?

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The Ambridge Socialist: Should we feel sorry for Rob Titchener?-poll result

In Uncategorized on July 27, 2014 by kmflett

The Ambridge Socialist
27th July CONTACT KEITH FLETT 07803 167266
The real Borsetshire Echo: 60 years of class struggle in Ambridge

Should we feel sorry for Rob Titchener: Poll Result
We asked if Ambridge Socialist readers felt sorry for Rob Titchener. 13% of you did. However 54% did not feel sorry him while 33% backed a hard line, answering yes to ‘where’s the piano wire’?

Location Ambridge: Protest called as Kirstie Allsopp opens village fete
The Ambridge Socialist called a protest as well-known Tory Kirstie Allsopp was set to open the Ambridge Village Fete on Sunday.

Allsopp made her name on programmes like Location, Location, Location

Allsopp told the Radio Times in 2013 that she was a union basher, anti-comprehensive schools and friend of commentator Toby Young

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2013-07-23/kirstie-allsopp-talks-britains-education-system-working-hard-and-filling-your-house-for-free

The protest gathered on the Village Green at 8.30am on Sunday morning with a view to making sure that Allsopp got a traditional Ambridge welcome.

Ambridge Socialist Editor Keith Flett, the big issue in Ambridge at the moment is the threat of a new road and changes that the new owners of Borsetshire Land plan for the area. This is not the location either for Tories or Kirstie Allsopp

In other news
It was John Tregorran’s funeral on Friday. The Ambridge Socialist last week saluted him. His partner Carol has returned to Ambridge and is being played by Eleanor Bron. After the new Tony Archer the arrival of another fine actor in the village can only be a good thing, and a further blow to the Castism of the self styled Archers Anarchists

Nancy Banks-Smith
The Guardian, Wednesday 23 July 2014
Fallon, the landlady’s daughter at The Bull, has become a professional stripper, egged on by PC Burns, the singing detective, who has spotted there is money to be made selling distressed whatnots back to the people who gave them away in the first place. Kirstie Allsopp (or “Kirstie Allsopp! No!” as Susan Carter put it), the Gypsy Rose Lee of strippers, will open the Ambridge fete on Sunday and, one fears, encourage Fallon on this downward path.

All this is disturbingly reminiscent of Syrie Maugham, an interior designer between the wars, who stripped, painted, pickled and crackled furniture like a thing possessed. Her husband Somerset Maugham complained that if you turned your back, she would pickle the sideboard. The marriage, for one reason or another, did not thrive.

On the subject of hopeless husbands, you never saw such a wrong ‘un as Rob Titchener in all your puff. He could, as Wodehouse said, hide at will behind a spiral staircase; conger eels could take his correspondence course. And no one in Ambridge suspects a thing. However, this month Rob’s mother, a nice if nonplussed woman, rang and, when Helen answered, was shocked to hear they were engaged. Galvanised, Helen arranged a getting-to-know-you dinner. Salmon, lamb, hazelnut meringue. Lovely. It was, therefore, a bit of a blow when the Titcheners failed to show. “Maybe you think I didn’t even invite them?” huffed Rob. That is precisely what we all think, you lying hound. Look, if that hazelnut meringue is going begging …

Meanwhile, there is a lot of throbbing in the Orangery at Lower Loxley, where Roy continues to declare his passion for Elizabeth, though his wife is waiting at home with his favourite fish pie. Elizabeth, conversely, has begun to regret sleeping with the staff.

Back to the land. Tony Archer has bought a beautiful new bull: “Straight back, perfectly proportioned, and a self-replacing index of 58!” I was going to say thank God, at least there’s no sex involved here. But, on second thoughts, I think there may be.

A month in Ambridge returns on 20 August

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Call for return of W G Grace to address England cricket crisis

In Uncategorized on July 27, 2014 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Press release July 27th contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Call for return of WG Grace to address England cricket crisis
The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has called for the return of WG Grace to address the crisis in English cricket.

The campaigners say that while Grace died in 1915 and so it is physically impossible for him to return in person, his spirit and in particular his beard can inform England’s play in the remainder of the Test series against India

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, there are two things about WG that England need to take on board. Firstly, he was never knowingly out. Second he was the original ‘beard that’s feared’

Rose Bowl starting Beard Index

1] Beards can add gravitas and presence. Moeen is known as ‘the beard that’s feared’
2] Beards can influence aerodynamics both with bat and ball as a movement of the facial hair can cause subtle changes to air currents

Beard Index [combining factors 1 & 2] out of 10 based on Summer Test series so far [Sri Lanka & India]

Moeen 7
Plunkett 4
Broad 3
Bell 2
Prior 2*

*beard retired for the series

Stubbling Under:
Anderson
Cook

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Campaigners back right to wear shorts at work in hot weather

In Uncategorized on July 26, 2014 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front
PRESS RELEASE 26th July
Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266
CAMPAIGNERS BACK RIGHT TO WEAR SHORTS AT WORK IN HOT WEATHER

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has defended the right of people to wear shorts, sandals and beards at work in hot weather.

The matter was debated on Radio4 Today on 26th July with Editor of the Sunday Telegraph fashion magazine Stella, Anna Murphy saying it was unacceptable.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28499237

The campaigners say that provided the shorts are of appropriate length and match the beard and sandals where worn, there is no reason why they should not be worn at work

Guidelines on shorts, beards and sandals at work

1] Shorts and sandals may be worn after 6am until 10pm 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 be around or below 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
6] Care should be taken that areas exposed to directly to sunlight are protected with sun screen unless the beard is sufficiently long to cover them

The official Beards, Shorts and Sandals season traditionally runs until August 31st. During that period the wearing of shorts and sandals- preferably without socks unless special dispensation is given-is permitted for BLF supporters.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said in hot weather particularly we believe that the wearing of shorts in the workplace, preferably with beard and sandals, is perfectly reasonable. The time of the man in a suit for all seasons is past

Are you allowed to wear shorts at work in hot weather?

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Brewdog Cardiff: Anwe

In Uncategorized on July 26, 2014 by kmflett

Brewdog Cardiff: Anwe
I have had and have my criticisms of Brewdog but here is not the place to tiresomely repeat them. You can find them on my back pages should you be interested.

Rather I’m celebrating the official opening of Brewdog in Cardiff on 25th July as something positive in terms of the ‘beer revolution’ that has been underway in the UK and elsewhere for a while now.

The Cardiff Brewdog is very close to Cardiff ZeroDegrees, the Tiny Rebel backed Urban TapHouse and the Brains ‘free house’ the City Arms. In short it creates a beer nexus which is not to be found in too many other places in the UK. All the pubs mentioned are within a couple of minutes walk of each other and within five minutes walk of Cardiff Central rail and bus stations. They are also opposite the Millennium Stadium if watching Wales win at rugby is your thing.

Official opening night in Cardiff was busy and for those familiar with other Brewdog pubs there isn’t anything particularly new to report. The small-ish downstairs area is very nicely done out, the ground floor has a mix of spaces and front windows that open out on to the street. For non-Welsh readers that is a reminder that it doesn’t rain that much in Cardiff..

There were around 30 beers on, on opening night. The full-ish Brewdog range and a list of guests from Stone, Anchor,Mikkeller and the like. Prices were as usual.

There are challenges for a bar like Brewdog here though.

South Wales remains quite a traditional drinking culture. That is, many still prefer to drink pints of cask ale of modest strength and mostly brown in colour. Indeed on Friday there were a good many more pint drinkers in Brewdog Cardiff then I’d expect to see in many other Brewdog pubs.

Of course combined and uneven development applies so Wales also has some of the most interesting breweries in the UK now from Otley to Celt, Tiny Rebel and Waen.

On the other hand finding pubs that sell what some term ‘craft keg’ is rare. In fact in Cardiff possibly only the Urban TapHouse and the Lansdowne reliably sell it. Brains also sells its own craft keg products in a few of its pubs [these sell mostly on cask].

So the offer of a substantial keg range in Cardiff is really new and price might [or might not] be one inhibitor. I have only a very partial insight here as a union officer, but according to a Financial Times report wages in Cardiff for the kind of professional jobs that I represent workers in are 25% lower than in London [but house prices are much lower still]. Obviously in my area of the private sector we stick to one UK wide pay rate[the London one]and this may apply elsewhere too. However the difference in disposable income in some areas may have its impact.

A third issue is how much of a current market there is in South Wales for some of the beer styles that have become popular in London and some other places such as sours and double and triple ipas.

We’ll find out, no doubt, but if Brewdog can do well in Cardiff, and I hope it does, it offers the prospect of lifting and changing a little bit the drinking culture for the better. So I salute the initiative and raise a glass to James Watt & Co.

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Campaigners say Miliband can beat Cameron on image by growing gravitas enhancing beard

In Uncategorized on July 25, 2014 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Press release 25th July contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Campaigners say Miliband can beat Cameron on image by growing a gravitas enhancing beard

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that while Labour leader Ed Miliband has said in a major speech today at RIBA that he can’t beat PM David Cameron on image, in reality he could easily do this simply by growing a gravitas enhancing beard

The campaigners say that people would warm to Miliband if he became the first Labour leader since Clement Attlee to sport facial hair.

The BLF view is that many people are fed up with the image of the clean shaven suit wearing politician who they feel is more than a little untrustworthy. A beard can make a politician stand out- just look at the media coverage that new Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb has had.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, The Parliamentary summer recess is about to start. What better time for Ed Miliband to grow a beard as Jeremy Paxman did with such effect at this time last year

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From Havana to Hyde Park: The Stones July 1969

In Uncategorized on July 25, 2014 by kmflett

From Havana to Hyde Park: The Stones in the Park 5 July 1969
In July 2013 the Rolling Stones played two concerts in Hyde Park. A year on in 2014 marks the 45th anniversary of the concert they played there on July 5th 1969

While the concerts attracted publicity as well as a large audience it seems unlikely that anyone would have thought they were about changing the world.

That was not the case 45 years ago.

The Stones 1969 Hyde Park concert came just two days after the death of founder member of the band Brian Jones. At the start of their Stones set Mick Jagger dressed in a white dress read lines from Shelley, and cabbage white butterflies were released into the crowd.

The concerts were a huge media event not least because by 1969, with the Beatles on the verge of splitting up, and newer groups such as Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, yet to achieve ‘superstar’ status, the Stones were arguably the biggest rock and roll attraction in the world

By all accounts- and recordings of the concert are widely available- the band, who had not played live to a public audience since 1967, did not play well or even in some cases in tune.

It was perhaps the occasion and the crowd that were more important than the music itself.

Granada TV captured the day on film and their main emphasis was on the people who had turned up to listen not those on the stage.

Writing of the concert in the sociological magazine New Society the following week Geoffrey Cannon described it as ‘A World Turned Upside Down’.

This was the end of the 1960s, the age of CND, Vietnam and Paris revolt just the year before. The event was certainly far more political [at least with a small ‘p’] than it might be expected to be today. There are memoirs which show that revolutionary students leafleted some of the crowd for example, although with what impact is less clear.
Writing in The Guardian, Richard Gott claimed the Stones in the Park was an epoch changing event in a way that the Investiture of Prince Charles at Caernafon Castle on 30th June 1969 had not been.

45 years on Prince Charles is still a Prince and the Rolling Stones are still a rock band although both are not only considerably older but also much wealthier. Neither has changed the world in any particularly obvious or helpful way.

Richard Gott is still around too and the interesting point about his assessment of that July Day four and half decades ago is that he was not then, and isn’t now, some kind of woolly liberal overcome with surface phenomena. Gott had been a leading anti-Vietnam War campaigner and was to be the Editor of the Pelican Latin American series of books which chronicled social change and revolution. Gott had met and discussed strategy with Che Guevara in Havanna in 1963.

Gott suggested that the concert seemed to a political activist like himself to be ‘like the climax of an Aldermaston march though without the politics’. At the start in his tribute to Brian Jones Gott argues it was like ‘Fidel Jagger haranguing the assembled workers lately in from the cane fields’

It was of course journalistic hyperbole but it captures well the spirit of the end of the 1960s.

Compare this to the 2014 Glastonbury Festival where the Left Field again did excellent work but was hardly in a position to make any kind of impact when Metallica headlined the festival.

Gott makes the point that ‘those who have come to listen are as important as they who have come to play’, quoting as an authority for this point the US political activist Allen Ginsberg.

He goes on to look at the wider canvass of 1969 when Harold Wilson’s Labour Government was in Office. He argues that perhaps despite the efforts of the administration those attending were ‘less disciplined and puritanical’ than the early days of CND.

Perhaps surprisingly Tony Benn doesn’t mark the concert in his Diary even though he is more often than not alive to such events in its pages

Gott saw a rebellion that he argued would characterise the 1970s.

In a sense he was right. The first years of the 1970s under Heath’s Tory Government saw a wave of industrial revolt unmatched since the Great Unrest before World War One.

Yet the Rolling Stones played no part in this and the counterculture which was such a feature of that Hyde Park day 45 years ago was largely incidental to it as well.
Even so many of those who gathered in Hyde Park 45 years ago would undoubtedly have been participants in those events and some, a much smaller number, would have been political activists trying to give them direction.

The reality is that while these days it can be argued that rock music has very nearly been co-opted into the framework of the market system, 45 years ago in Hyde Park there were still gaps and weak links in the chain

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The Ambridge Socialist: Location- Village Green. Protest called as Kirstie Allsopp to open Ambridge Fete

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2014 by kmflett

The Ambridge Socialist
23rd July CONTACT KEITH FLETT 07803 167266
The real Borsetshire Echo: 60 years of class struggle in Ambridge

Location Ambridge: Protest called as Kirstie Allsopp opens village fete
The Ambridge Socialist has called a protest as well-known Tory Kirstie Allsopp is set to open the Ambridge Village Fete on Sunday.

Allsopp made her name on programmes like Location, Location, Location

Allsopp told the Radio Times in 2013 that she was a union basher, anti-comprehensive schools and friend of commentator Toby Young

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2013-07-23/kirstie-allsopp-talks-britains-education-system-working-hard-and-filling-your-house-for-free

The protest will gather on the Village Green at 8.30am on Sunday morning with a view to making sure that Allsopp gets a traditional Ambridge welcome.

Ambridge Socialist Editor Keith Flett, the big issue in Ambridge at the moment is the threat of a new road and changes that the new owners of Borsetshire Land plan for the area. This is not the location either for Tories or Kirstie Allsopp

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Hirsute pay tribute to ‘iconic beard wearer’ Frank Dobson as he steps down as MP

In Uncategorized on July 22, 2014 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Press release 22nd July contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Hirsute pay tribute to ‘iconic beard wearer’ Frank Dobson as he steps down as MP

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has paid tribute to Labour MP Frank Dobson who has confirmed that he is to step down as an MP after 35 years.

Mr Dobson made the announcement at a meeting of Holborn and St Pancras Labour Party on Tuesday.

The campaigners say that Mr Dobson was an iconic beard wearer and won the Beard of the Year accolade as long ago as 2000

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, Frank Dobson showed that a beard adds political gravitas. He has been one of the most well known beard wearers in Parliament, a standard bearer for the hirsute

Link to news story

http://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/frank_dobson_confirms_retirement_as_mp_common_sense_and_human_decency_have_prevailed_1_3695571

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