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Pogonophobic reaction to Eminem’s beard shows need for National Beard Week

In Uncategorized on June 27, 2017 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

27 June

National Beard Week 2017 from Monday 26th June: A celebration of the beard

 

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that pogonophobic reaction to the decision of Eminem to grow a beard underlines the continuing need for National Beard Week 2017.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett, Beard Week is the only annual celebration of hirsute where we highlight the positive impact beards have in society. We happen to think Eminem’s beard is an improvement, but whether he has one or not is surely not something that should be a major media event.

Monday 26th June: Hirsute Personality of the Year: the beard wearer who has made the positive public impact during the year. 2017 Jeremy Corbyn MP

Tuesday 27th June: Beard Friendly Sandwich of the Year: the sandwich that goes in the mouth not the beard. 2017 winner Cheese & Red Onion.

Wednesday 28th June: Hirsute Broadcaster of the Year: the broadcaster whose beard has had the most public impact

Thursday 29th June: Pogonophobe of the Year: the most notorious beard hater of the year

Friday 30th June: Beard Friendly Employer of the Year: the field grows wider each year

Saturday July 1st: Beard of Summer 2017: the third of the four quarterly seasonal Awards

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National Beard Week call for sandwiches to be more beard friendly

In Uncategorized on June 27, 2017 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Press release contact Keith Flett 07803 167266 27th June

National Beard Week call for sandwiches to be more beard friendly

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has issued a call in National Beard Week for sandwiches to become more friendly

Each year during Beard Week in June the campaigners search for a sandwich that does not have excessive mayo or salad which tends up in the beard rather than the mouth.

In addition with the rise of signature sandwiches the bread around the sandwich filling, whether a traditional slice, flat bread or ciabatta often fails to contain the contents which can then spill out into the beard even with the most careful eating.

After an on-line poll Cheese and Red Onion has been declared the Beard Friendly Sandwich of 2017

In 2016 avocado on rye was named Beard Friendly Sandwich of the year.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett the world of sandwiches is fortunately moving on, partly as a result of our campaigning, but there is still much campaigning work to do. Too many sandwiches still have excessive mayo and salad that ends up in the beard of even the most careful hirsute eater

National Beard Week shortlist for the most Beard Friendly Sandwich

Fish finger, aoili

Avocado on Rye

Sausage, Onion

Cheese & Red Onion

Ham & Mustard

Crab, Chilli

Peanut Butter

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Beard of Summer 2017 poll opens with Glastonbury focus

In Uncategorized on June 26, 2017 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Media release

26th June

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

BEARD OF SUMMER 2017 POLL OPENS WITH GLASTONBURY FOCUS

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said the poll for the coveted Beard of Summer Award is now open with the result revealed at the end of National Beard Week on Saturday July 1st

The poll is the third of four seasonal Awards that culminates in the Beard of the Year Award at the end of December.

The campaigners say that as ever it is not just the style of the beard but the impact it makes in public

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, we’re looking for the summer beard that adds the most gravitas and the shortlist probably has the biggest range of beard styles ever

Beard of Summer shortlist

Bill Bailey, comedian

Peter Coles, cosmologist

Hefin David, politician

Michael Eavis, farmer

Guy Garvey, musician

Prince Harry, politician

Harry Kane, footballer

Father John Misty, musician

Ed Sheeran, musician

Stormzy, musician

Beard Week 2017

Mon 26th June: Hirsute Personality 2017 announced: the hirsute person who has made the positive impact in public life during the year. 2016 Winner, Jeremy Corbyn MP 2017 Winner Jeremy Corbyn MP

Tues 27th June: Beard Friendly Sandwich 2017 announced: the sandwich where the mayo & salad doesn’t get caught in the beard. 2016 Winner Avocado on Rye

Wed 28th June: Hirsute Broadcaster 2017 announced: will there be a TV reporter this year? 2016 Winner James O’Brien

Thurs 29th June Pogonophobe of the Year announced. 2016 Winner Jeremy Clarkson

Fri 30th June: Beard Friendly Employer 2017 announced: are there more than ever to choose from? 2016 Winner Beavertown Brewery

Sat 1st July: Beard of Summer 2017 announced. The third of the four quarterly seasonal Awards leading up to Beard of the Year in December. 2016 winner Joe Ledley

 

 

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DUP-Tory deal: Cobbett’s ‘Old Corruption’ returns

In Uncategorized on June 26, 2017 by kmflett

With a deal between the DUP and the Tories revealing at last that there is a magic money tree- to the tune of an additional £1bn in funds for the Six Counties, an echo of William Cobbett’s pre-1832 Old Corruption is to be found in Westminster.

I dont see a particular issue with the additional funding provided May abandons austerity and does the same for the rest of the UK and perhaps particularly for the NHS.

Short of this the deal does look Cobbettian.

Cobbett had in mind particularly political rather than personal corruption. Individuals certainly did benefit personally from Old Corruption but the key point was that a certain layer of people got preference over anyone else when it came to public positions and public funds.

Cobbett wrote on 2nd November 1816 in his Address to the Journeymen and Labourers ‘it is the enormous amount of the taxes which the government compels us to pay for the support of its army, its placemen, its pensioners, and for the payment of the interest of its debt’.

Cobbett was referring here not to people who did actual jobs or received pensions having once done them, but in summary people in ‘honorary’ positions who received financial payment because of who they were and their position in society.

It was pre-democratic and today’s deal has a sense of that too.

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National Beard Week: 26th June-1st July. A celebration of the beard

In Uncategorized on June 26, 2017 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

25th June

National Beard Week 2017 starts on Monday 26th June: A celebration of the beard

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has revealed the details for National Beard Week 2017.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett, Beard Week is the only annual celebration of hirsute where we highlight the positive impact beards have in society.

Monday 26th June: Hirsute Personality of the Year: the beard wearer who has made the positive public impact during the year. 2017 Jeremy Corbyn MP

Tuesday 27th June: Beard Friendly Sandwich of the Year: the sandwich that goes in the mouth not the beard.

Wednesday 28th June: Hirsute Broadcaster of the Year: the broadcaster whose beard has had the most public impact

Thursday 29th June: Pogonophobe of the Year: the most notorious beard hater of the year

Friday 30th June: Beard Friendly Employer of the Year: the field grows wider each year

Saturday July 1st: Beard of Summer 2017: the third of the four quarterly seasonal Awards

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The Ambridge Socialist: Brexiteer Adam faces fruit picker crisis

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2017 by kmflett

The Ambridge Socialist

65 Years of the class struggle in Borsetshire

June 25th

Brexiteer Adam faces fruit picker crisis

For reasons known only to himself (and possibly the scriptwriters) Adam was a self-confessed Brexiteer last June. Particularly in the agricultural world what is sown is also reaped. Media reports have indicated a significant fall in the numbers of fruit pickers this year and that crisis is being felt in Ambridge. Whether it is so serious that Adam needs to employ Freddie Pargetter even just at weekends is another matter.

Why has Tom sold out?

The deal to sell off a part of Bridge Farm to create Ambridge New Town has dominated news in the village this week. However there is another, related, story. Why has Tom sold out?

Kirsty has broken relations with the man she almost (but prudently did not) marry on the basis that he has gone to the dark side. He no longer sees his part in trashing GM crops as being a positive thing and sees no harm in selling land for profit, albeit he is useless at actually doing so.

While Lillian is interested in why Tom nixed an offer of £1m for land from Justin, the Ambridge Socialist is more focused on the question of why Tom has sold out his principles.

In Other News

Adam is 50

Matt is being himself

 

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Jeremy Corbyn voted Hirsute Personality of 2017 after Glastonbury appearance

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2017 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Press release June 25th

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Jeremy Corbyn voted Hirsute Personality of 2017 after Glastonbury appearance

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that with Beard Week set to bristle off to a start on 26th June Jeremy Corbyn has won the Hirsute Personality of the Year poll.

The Labour leader took 45% of the poll with Logan Plant of Tottenham’s Beavertown Brewery second and author and broadcaster Michael Rosen third.

Jeremy Corbyn won the accolade for the first time in 2016 although he has won the end of the year poll for Parliamentary Beard of the Year a record seven times

The shortlist comprised well known beard wearers, focusing not just on their place in the public eye but the gravitas and impact their beard adds to their public image and appearance.

Unlike the Beard of the Year in December, those on the short-list don’t need to have a full-time beard. Rather they need to have been in the public eye while hirsute. Neither is the contest about who has the ‘best’ beard.

The winner of the on-line poll is announced ahead of the beginning of Beard Week 2017 on June 26th. Other Awards that feature during the week, designed to promote a positive image of beards, are the Beard Friendly Sandwich of the Year, Hirsute Broadcaster of the Year and the Beard Friendly Employer of the Year.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett, said Jeremy Corbyn’s Glastonbury appearance boosted his vote on the final day and Hirsute Personality of the Year is another accolade he can add to the many he has achieved recently.

Shortlist

Brian Blessed, actor

Billy Connolly, entertainer

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of Labour Party

Michael Eavis, Glastonbury founder

Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool FC manager

Gary Lineker, Football commentator

Logan Plant, brewer

Michael Rosen, broadcaster

Ben Stokes, England cricketer

Philip Wilton, cheesemaker