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Campaigners say Embassy stay may have damaged Assange’s beard and follicles

In Uncategorized on February 5, 2016 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Press release 5th February

Campaigners say Embassy stay may have damaged Assange’s beard & follicles

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The Beard Liberation Front the informal network of beard wearers has said that Julian Assange’s beard, in the news again after a UN ruling on his ‘unlawful detention’ at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, may have suffered significant damage during his stay.

The campaigners say that while Assange was clean shaven when he entered the Embassy his beard appeared not long afterwards. It was originally a well pruned ginger colour with some grey highlights. However more recent photographs show Assange with an almost entirely grey to white beard.

The BLF says that indoor confinement can adversely impact on the beard in several ways:

Lack of sunlight means a reduction in vital nourishment for the follicles

Lack of exercise means that the beard hairs lack stimulation

Inability to immerse the beard in nourishing liquids such as draught imperial stout can lead to brittle beard syndrome.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, while we appreciate that Mr Assange’s case is not about facial hair as such there does seem to have been a significant detriment to his beard during his period of confinement and it may be that irreparable damage to the follicles has now been done.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hirsute set for first Beard Festival of Spring

In Uncategorized on February 5, 2016 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Contact Keith Flett      07803 167266

HIRSUTE TO MARK FIRST SIGNS OF SPRING BEARD GROWTH AT FIRE FESTIVAL

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The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that supporters will mark the first signs of new Spring beard growth on Saturday 6th February at the Fire Festival, held at the Celt Brewery in Caerphilly.

The Fire Festival coincides with the Imbolic festival widely celebrated in Celtic areas of the UK, originally part of the Pagan calendar but later also claimed by Christians.

The campaigners say the February festival marks a transitional period for the hirsute with the organic beards of winter, sometimes shown as a hirsute version of the traditionally subversive Green Man, giving way to the new beard growth of Spring.

The Beard Liberation Front awarded the Beard of Winter title to England cricketer Stuart Broad on 31st January with the Beard of Spring scheduled to be announced on Easter Saturday March 26th.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said beards and flames don’t mix, that was the point of the CIA trying to destroy Castro’s beard with an exploding cigar, but the Fire Festival marks an important and symbolic moment in the beard calendar as the first hairs and follicles of spring start to grow.

Notes

The Beard Liberation Front announces My Hairy Valentine, the sexiest beard, on February 14th

 

 

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Beard Friendly Pub of Year Award goes to Bristol pub

In Uncategorized on February 4, 2016 by kmflett

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Beard Liberation Front

Media Release 4th February

Contact keith flett                                            07803 167266

 

BRISTOL’S BAG OF NAILS SET TO GET BEARD FRIENDLY PUB OF THE YEAR AWARD

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that the contest for the Beard Friendly Pub of the Year that ended with a close shave a fortnight ago is set to reach a conclusion on Friday 5th February when the out of London winner, the Bag of Nails in Bristol receives its Award.

With 7,419 votes cast overall when the on-line poll closed the Bag of Nails in Bristol, a pub also known for hosting a large number of cats, won the out of London poll with the Fuggles Beer Café in Tunbridge Wells not far behind them.

The overall London winners were the Hackney pubs, the Cock Tavern and Jolly Butchers, but there was also a contest for pubs out of the Capital, where concentrations of hirsute pub goers can vary more.

The campaigners say that the Award is mostly a light hearted post-Christmas diversion but is also aimed to provide a positive counterpoint to Dry January, which promotes not drinking. The Beard Friendly Pub will certainly contain beards but the wider point is that it is a diverse environment, friendly to all, not a hipster beard parlour.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said the Bag of Nails in Bristol can now be noted for its beard as well as its cat friendliness and will be officially marked and recognised with Friday’s Award

The criteria for the Award include:

Beard Friendly Pub: a pub that welcomes the hirsute and often has a significant number of hirsute customers.

Beard Friendly Ambience: a pub that may have fewer hirsute customers but is welcoming to the hirsute through bearded bar staff and beard friendly beers

The campaign group says it welcomes diversity in both appearance and drinking but does think that there is a link between stylish beards and beers and good pubs

 

The Beard Friendly Pub of the Year Short List

Bag of Nails Bristol

Café Beermoth, Manchester

City Arms, Cardiff

Cock Tavern, Hackney

Euston Tap, central London

Fuggles Beer Café, Tunbridge Wells

Hanging Bat, Edinburgh

Jolly Butchers, Hackney

The Maltings, York

Piccadilly Tap, Manchester

Urban Tap House, Cardiff

 

 

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Campaigners say purpose and future of Assange’s beard still remains unclear

In Uncategorized on February 4, 2016 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Press release 4th February

Campaigners say purpose & future of Assange’s beard still remains unclear

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The Beard Liberation Front the informal network of beard wearers has said that Julian Assange’s beard, in the news again after a UN ruling on his ‘unlawful detention at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, remains as problematic and enigmatic as it was when it received its first public airing back in April 2013.

The campaigners say that Assange remains a controversial figure with a range of people for a range of different reasons and it is impossible to unequivocally state that his beard presents a positive public image, a key BLF criteria.

It remains unclear whether Assange sees little point in shaving in captivity, if the beard, which is designer-ish in style, is a fashion statement, or if he is making a more serious statement of hirsute rebellion

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said some might say that Assange has a classic anti-imperialist beard but the reality is that its length indicates that regular trimming takes place. It is not really clear what image or style Assange is trying to present and he seems reluctant to clarify the matter. We do think however that the beard should not distract from the serious issues which Assange remains surrounded by.

 

 

 

 

 

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Campaigners say anti-style icon Corbyn does not need to ‘smarten up’

In Uncategorized on February 2, 2016 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

2nd February

Contact Keith Flett      07803 167266

CAMPAIGNERS SAY ANTI-STYLE ICON CORBYN DOES NOT NEED TO ‘SMARTEN UP’

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The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn does not need to smarten up his image despite detailed advice from men’s outfitter Samuel Windsor on how he should do this:

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Glamour magazine has called Corbyn the ‘face of anti-glamour’ but along with guidelines on how Mr Corbyn might smarten up his dress sense Samuel Windsor also suggest that it is time the Labour leader ‘trimmed his facial fuzz’.

They go on to argue that Corbyn could ‘smarten up his look by removing the stubbly mess from his neck and throat and keeping the rest nice and short’.

The campaigners say that the Labour leader is an anti-style icon and if did change his image he might well be accused of selling out to the political establishment

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, while we are sure that Samuel Windsor are excellent at what they do, in our view Mr Corbyn far from needing to trim his beard more, in fact trims it too much.

Notes

The Beard Liberation Front announces the sexiest beard of 2016, My Hairy Valentine, on 14th February

 

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Cameron’s EU deal: the secret clauses

In Uncategorized on February 2, 2016 by kmflett

The best diplomacy is secret..

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Cameron’s EU Deal: the secret clauses

Nigel Farage not to be recognised in any EU state

Boris Johnson to become officially a stateless person

British sausages are better than German sausages and much better than Polish ones

Rupert Murdoch to be granted the freedom of the EU

A British football team to be allowed to win the Champions League at least once every 10 years

Strict control of population movement in the EU, except for those people who have lots of money (obviously)

An emergency break on excessive tax payments by large multinational companies

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London Beers: the return of Charrington IPA

In Uncategorized on February 2, 2016 by kmflett

The return of Charrington IPA

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When I was a lad.. in the 1970s the beer I probably drank most often in London pubs was Charrington IPA.

I turned 18 in October 1974 but in those days there was less concern about how old you were in many local pubs (the kind that are now often closed and turned into flats) so in practice I drank the occasional pint of beer from 15 or 16 years old.

Why I drank ‘real ale’ as opposed to lager I’m not really sure but probably because I was born with a beard. I did certainly also drink lager at the same time but not keg beer.

Anyway in the early and mid-1970s in London cask beer was somewhat difficult to get hold of unless you lived in the areas of the Capital where Youngs had its pub estate (south-west London primarily) and perhaps Fullers (west London).

In North London there were occasional pubs that sold Courage Best or Ind Coope bitter (Romford) on handpump. But mostly, at least until Draught Burton Ale appeared in 1976 and then Grotney’s Fined Bitter, you had to rely on Bass Charrington pubs for cask.

Real Bass was available but not that much as the brewery was promoting a keg version Worthington E. Charrington IPA hence was certainly the most widely available cask ale.

It has long since disappeared from London bar tops but Roger Protz has some good news about it:

http://protzonbeer.co.uk/features/2015/12/16/cockney-classic-ipa-recreated-in-burton

Charrington IPA is on its way back.

I recall only vaguely what was it was like when I first drank it but I do recall it as a rather sweet and not hoppy beer when production moved to the West Midlands (as Protz notes).

I’m not sure if I ever drank the beer at its original strength of 4.4%. I certainly recall the 3.9% version which followed on.

Protz reports that the recreated beer will be at 4.5% making it these days a ‘session IPA’. It does feed into the debate about what historic IPAs were like and how strong they were.

I am hoping, along with Roger Protz, that Charrington IPA will find its way back on to London bar tops, as Truman’s beers have done, and I’ll be keen to try it when it does.

 

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