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Most beard friendly mince pie of 2017 revealed

In Uncategorized on December 12, 2017 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Press Release 12th December. Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Waitrose ginger & chocolate named beard friendly mince pie 2017

December is the season for mince pie eating, but it can provide particular challenges for the hirsute.

The Beard Liberation Front has identified two key issues:

Icing sugar in the beard: this can have the effect of turning it prematurely white and can be difficult to remove if stick. It may also lead to white beard syndrome and people shouting ‘Oi Santa’ at you.

Pastry flakes and crumbs in the beard: If this occurs it is guaranteed that any pogonophobe within 100 metres will shout ‘oi mate you’ve got the remains of your breakfast/lunch etc in your beard’.

There are several ways of avoiding the issues above:

1] Wear a special mince pie beard snood

2] Focus on eating only beard friendly mince pies. In particular pies where the ratio of filling to pastry lies with the former are likely to be more beard friendly.

3] If time and culinary skills allow you can of course make your own beard friendly mince pies

The Beard Liberation Front continues to research the beard friendly mince pie. The latest results are below:

Supermarket mince pies: Tesco, Sainsburys, Lidl, Morrisons, M&S etc. Check for the amount of frosting/icing sugar etc. Most have lids with frosting.

Ginger & chocolate (available in Waitrose). These have no icing sugar topping or flaky pastry & have been judged the most beard  friendly of 2017

Designer mince pies: as Christmas Day nears these become more widely available. They are often smaller than the traditional mince pie and the emphasis tends to be more on the filling than the pastry which can help beard friendliness.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, there are some reasonably beard friendly mince pies out there but the hirsute need to choose carefully. For the unwary eater icing sugar and pastry flakes in the beard can be a serious concern

 

 

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Can Prince Harry beard Jeremy Corbyn to win victory in the Beard of the Year poll?

In Uncategorized on December 12, 2017 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Media Release 12th December

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Can Prince Harry beard Jeremy Corbyn to win victory in the Beard of the Year poll?

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that with voting underway for the coveted Beard of the Year 2017 title, the big question is whether Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn can crown his year with what would be only his second ever victory in the annual vote which has been running for over 20 years, or whether second placed Prince Harry can secure victory to mark his engagement to Meghan Markle.

Corbyn has won the Parliamentary Beard of the Year seven times, although he was ineligible this year, but the Beard of the Year only once, way back in 2001.

Prince Harry by contrast has received considerable criticism for wearing a beard and has yet to win an award for his beard:

http://metro.co.uk/2017/11/12/prince-harrys-beard-defended-by-fans-after-hes-accused-of-letting-queen-down-7073244/

Recent Beard of the Year winners

2016 Tim O’Rourke (Howling Hops brewer)

2015 Bryan Spooner (Weird Beard brewer)

2014 Conchita Wurst (singer)

2013 Gareth Malone (Chorister)

2012 Robin Lustig (Broadcaster)

2011 Jay Rayner (critic)

2010 Ai Wei Wei (artist)

The vote closes at midday on December 24th and the winner will be announced on December 29th

The Beard of the Year Award is about people who have consistently had beards over the year and who have promoted a broadly positive image of the hirsute in public life.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett, it’s fair to say that Jeremy Corbyn and Prince Harry come from rather different places in society but when it comes to Beard of the Year they face each other..

Beard of Year shortlist

James O’Brien. Broadcaster and Beard of Autumn 2017

Jeremy Corbyn, politician

Michael Rosen, Hirsute Broadcaster 2017

Prince Harry, Royal

Gary Lineker, broadcaster

Moeen Ali, cricketer

Harry Kane, footballer

Billy Bragg, musician

Hefin David, politician, Beard of Summer 2017

Colin Kaepernick, NFL player

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Are Tory MPs ditching the Thatcher image after Ben Bradley wins Parliamentary Beard of the Year?

In Uncategorized on December 11, 2017 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Media Release

11th December

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Are Tory MPs ditching the Thatcher image after Ben Bradley wins Parliamentary Beard of the Year?

The Beard Liberation Front the informal network of beard wearers has said that with Tory MP for Mansfield Ben Bradley becoming the first ever Tory MP to win the Award for the Parliamentary Beard of the Year, the question is being raised as to whether Tory MPs are moving on from the image Mrs Thatcher shaped for the Party in the 1980s.

When Prime Minister, Mrs Thatcher famously would not tolerate beards in her Cabinet and was reputed to have ordered Minister John Gummer to shave his beard.

The BBC reported in 2000: ‘Ever since Margaret Thatcher announced she “wouldn’t tolerate any minister of mine wearing a beard”, male Tory politicians with an ounce of ambition have been slaves to the daily shave’.

Mr Bradley took over the title from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who was ineligible in 2017.

Mr Bradley got just under 50% of the poll for the Parliamentary Beard of the Year, beating Edinburgh South Labour MP Ian Murray, who got 45%, by a whisker

Former Tory MP John Randall shared the Award with Jeremy Corbyn in 2012 but no Tory MP has been the outright winner.

In 2017 however several Tory MPs including George Freeman, Ed Vaizey and Nadhim Zahawi made the shortlist

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, it looks like the times they are changin’ image wise in the Tory Party with increasing numbers of male MPs Brexiting the shaving brush. That said the Cabinet remains remarkably clean shaven. At the moment.

Parliamentary Beard of the Year 2017 final shortlist

Chris Elmore (Labour)

Lord Tony Greaves (LIbDem)

Paul Flynn (Labour)

Lord Hylton (Crossbencher)

Lord Toby Harris (Labour)

John Spellar (Labour)

Nadhim Zahawi (Tory)

Ben Bradley (Tory)

Barry Gardiner (Labour)

Fabian Hamilton (Labour)

Alex Cunningham (Labour)

Ian Murray (Labour)

George Freeman (Tory)

Stewart Hosie (SNP)

Ed Vaizey (Tory)

Andy McDonald (Labour)

Recent winners

2011 Jeremy Corbyn

2012 Jeremy Corbyn/John Randall

2013 Julian Huppert

2014 Jeremy Corbyn

2015 Jeremy Corbyn

2016 Jeremy Corbyn

 

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Can Jeremy Corbyn seal a good year with victory in the Beard of the Year poll?

In Uncategorized on December 11, 2017 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Media Release 11th December

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Can Jeremy Corbyn seal a good year with victory in the Beard of the Year poll?

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that with voting underway for the coveted Beard of the Year 2017 title, the big question is whether Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn can crown his year with what would be only his second ever victory in the annual vote which has been running for over 20 years.

Corbyn has won the Parliamentary Beard of the Year seven times, although he was ineligible this year, but the Beard of the Year only once, way back in 2001.

In the June Election Corbyn led Labour to a significantly better than expected outcome and in the late autumn he won the Sean MacBride Peace Prize:

http://www.ipb.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Press-release_MacBride-Peace-Prize-2017.pdf

However the Labour leader faces competition this year from, amongst others Prince Harry, in the news after his engagement to Meghan Markle.

Recent Beard of the Year winners

2016 Tim O’Rourke (Howling Hops brewer)

2015 Bryan Spooner (Weird Beard brewer)

2014 Conchita Wurst (singer)

2013 Gareth Malone (Chorister)

2012 Robin Lustig (Broadcaster)

2011 Jay Rayner (critic)

2010 Ai Wei Wei (artist)

The vote closes at midday on December 24th and the winner will be announced on December 29th

The Beard of the Year Award is about people who have consistently had beards over the year and who have promoted a broadly positive image of the hirsute in public life.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett, Jeremy Corbyn has taken an early lead in the poll, but in the past the vote has been a close shave and we don’t expect it to be much different in 2017.

Beard of Year shortlist

James O’Brien. Broadcaster and Beard of Autumn 2017

Jeremy Corbyn, politician

Michael Rosen, Hirsute Broadcaster 2017

Prince Harry, Royal

Gary Lineker, broadcaster

Moeen Ali, cricketer

Harry Kane, footballer

Billy Bragg, musician

Hefin David, politician, Beard of Summer 2017

Colin Kaepernick, NFL player

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Tottenham Ploughman: on being Santa

In Uncategorized on December 10, 2017 by kmflett

Tottenham Ploughman: on being Santa

The December Tottenham Ploughman festival at the historic Bruce Castle in Tottenham is of course a winter festival and you expect it to be cold, but heavy snow is a slightly different thing, even if it is seasonal in a Dickensian sort of way.

Suffice to say I enjoyed it a lot, and there was still a good turn-out. Tottenham favourites such as Craving Coffee, Wildes Cheese and Redemption brewery were all in attendance and looked to be doing decent business.

Of course I also attend in a sort of official capacity as Secretary of Haringey TUC and along with that goes my annual appearance as Santa. I already have the real beard, and this year I sported an upgraded Santa costume.

I thought I got the mix of jollity and grumpiness about right, and thanks to all those who said ‘hello Santa’. One small child did question me as to whether I was really Santa, and of course the answer is not exactly, but I endeavour to help out.

In particular that means raising awareness of Crisis UK, who at this time of year open shelters for those who have nowhere to go at Xmas. Thanks to those who took donation forms and those who donated directly. A cheque for £52 is on its way to Crisis, enough to fund two Christmas shelter places.

It was of course well organised and great fun in adverse weather and thanks must go to Cheryl and the Tottenham Ploughmans team for continuing to put on such a great community event.

Tottenham at its best.

Link to Crisis

https://www.crisis.org.uk/get-involved/reserve-a-place-at-crisis-at-christmas/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Brand%20(X)&utm_term=crisis%20at%20christmas&gclid=CjwKCAiA07PRBRBJEiwAS20SIMSNtykSq8OeUa7WcSnG69N2SCQax7GY7qBXEX1KjVIZbVGHBWARXhoC9UcQAvD_BwE

 

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The Ambridge Socialist: Is the Grundy’s Tumble Tussocks cider craft?

In Uncategorized on December 10, 2017 by kmflett

The Ambridge Socialist

65 Years of the class struggle in Borsetshire

Dec 10th

Is Tumble Tussocks cider craft?

Thanks to the Ambridge Observer

It is now firmly pre-Xmas in Ambridge and that means Grundy turkey season. This year they are offering a bottle of cider made from the rare Tumble Tussocks apple as an incentive. At a tasting the Professor has described the cider from the second barrel of three as excellent. The other two, as Joe Grundy freely admits, are disgusting. The big question is, does Grundy’s Tumble Tussocks qualify as craft cider or not?

The Wedding: crisis, what crisis?

The Wedding is (at the moment) officially OFF. However the Panto is merely (as yet) in crisis, mainly thanks, obviously to Lynda Snell. We shall see…

In other news

Ian can’t father a baby

Ruby has had an anti-vomiting injection

Pip is planning a termination

 

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Official guidelines on how to protect the beard in snowy weather

In Uncategorized on December 10, 2017 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

December 10th

Contact Keith Flett      07803 167266

Official guidelines on how to protect the beard in snowy weather

A beard snood

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has issued important guidance for the hirsute in as snow is falling in many areas of the UK

The BLF says that while a beard can protect the face from snow it is also essential to keep the beard protected from snow penetration.

The best way to do this may simply be to remain indoors and away from all possible contact with snow.

However if venturing out in the snow, the following guidelines are advised-

1] Protect the entire beard with a scarf or roll neck jumper. If the snow is a heavy a snood may be advisable

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 weather it is essential to thaw it out slowly. Immersion in a glass of imperial stout will help this process

4] Dry the beard slowly in a warm room and check for any damaged hairs and follicles

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said snow in the beard can cause serious damage to hairs and follicles and the hirsute are urged to make sure they are protected before venturing out in snowy weather

Notes

The Beard Liberation Front announces the Beard of the Year 2017 on 29th December

https://kmflett.wordpress.com/2017/12/09/can-jeremy-corbyn-win-beard-of-the-year-vote/