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2016 ‘Beards, Shorts & Sandals’ season reaches peak

In Uncategorized on July 25, 2016 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

26th July Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266



BLF permission given for official engagements only

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that the 2016 Beards, Shorts and Sandals season has reached its peak in the recent warm weather in some parts of the UK.

The campaigners say that with temperatures well above 20C in some places the rise in the wearing of beards, shorts and sandals has been significant

Shorts and sandals may be worn all day until 9pm at the discretion of the wearer.

The campaigners say that the image of organic beard, shorts and sandals is one of the key male fashions of 2016 not just in Hackney and Dalston but across large parts of the UK as fashions change and develop.

The official 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.

The BLF says that ‘beards, shorts and sandals’ is often a stereotype deployed by pogonophobes and so the wearing of shorts and sandals by the hirsute is best done within an agreed and defendable framework.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said If beards and shorts and sandals are worn in busy City streets care should be taken to have robust sandals or permission for sock wearing may be given. We can confirm that Jeremy Corbyn has BLF permission, exceptionally, to wear socks on official occasions because of the real and present danger that hostile forces may try to tread on his sandals.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett in The Guardian (26th July) on the issue of beards, sandals and socks:

  • Criticism of Jeremy Corbyn’s beard is one thing but the suggestion that socks should be worn with the beard and sandals (Brief letters, 25 July) is an unforgivable hirsute fashion faux pas.

Keith Flett






Arena on 1966: an agenda of change

In Uncategorized on July 25, 2016 by kmflett

Arena on 1966: an agenda of change


On Sunday 24th July Arena on BBC4 ran a programme based around Jon Savage’s book on 1966. Savage’s thesis is that 1966, 50 years ago, is the pivotal year in the development of the trends we can see in modern Britain in 2016.

There are other claims for the year perhaps most notably Mark Perrymen’s book on the 1966 World Cup which arguably emphasises somewhat more the differences with the present day.

Even so for anyone who has caught any of Dominic Sandbrook’s TV cultural history programmes about post-1945 Britain, the Arena programme suggested a different approach and perspective.

Sandbrook is an engaging writer and TV presenter but his thesis, whatever cultural event he is detailing, is that nothing much can disturb the conservative nature of British society in the end.

Savage presents a rather more disruptive view of history.

The Arena programme carried a fascinating range of excerpts from the UK in 1966. Films like Morgan, A Suitable Case for Treatment and the War Game, together with a reminder of how challenging politically and sexually bands like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones could be 50 years ago.

There was also a very interesting section on the move of young women to London to pick up a job and struggle to find appropriate accommodation in order to be part of the fast changing culture focused on the Capital.
The overall impression was of a society changing from the stultifying conservatism of 1950s Britain (I was born in 1956 and I can well remember, for example, what Sundays were like in the 1960s..) to something more open and diverse.
The change took time. In 1966 neither male homosexuality or abortion were yet legal.

Just watching the Arena programme you might I suppose get the impression that this was a rather middle class affair, which to some extent it was. In reality though the people that listened to the popular music of 1966 and picked on the cultural trends were overwhelmingly working-class. They picked up from the mood for change the possibility of challenging the boss at work.

A look at how this process worked its way through would be interesting and Savage provides the basis for this whereas Sandbrook never would.

Finally there is the awkward issue of the 1966 Wilson Labour Government which the Arena programme touched on in terms of the wage freeze of that year.

Certainly the 1966-1970 Labour Government was much criticised from the left, rightly so in my view. But in an era of capitalist prosperity it did also have some achievements to its name as well. That is the wider context of 1966 perhaps. People saw change, voted for change, but as ever how it worked its way through was both messy and complex.

Again Savage and the Arena programme provide an excellent basis to follow through on some of that


‘Unacceptable face of capitalism’ Sir Philip Green barred from Beard Awards for 5 years

In Uncategorized on July 25, 2016 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front
Media release
25th July
Contact Keith Flett 07803 162766

‘Unacceptable face of capitalism’ Sir Philp Green barred from Beard Awards for 5 years


The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that following a House of Commons report where former BHS owner Sir Philip Green was labelled the ‘unacceptable face of capitalism’, he has been barred from consideration for all Beard Awards until 2021.

The BLF which runs the annual Beard of the Year Award, says that while Sir Philip has recently been sporting what some might call a designer beard, the only real impact has been to bring the hirsute into disrepute

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, one of the main reasons for our existence is to promote a positive image of the hirsute in public life. Sir Philip Green has managed precisely the opposite. By his conduct he is helping to promote pogonophobia


The Ambridge Socialist: is Owen Smith set to chair Ambridge Fete Committee?

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2016 by kmflett

The Ambridge Socialist

July 24th CONTACT KEITH FLETT 07803 167266

The real Borsetshire Echo: 60 years of class struggle in Ambridge

Owen Smith set to chair Ambridge Fete Committee?


The Ambridge Socialist is backing Team Fallon against Team Lynda in what has been described on the BBC as a ‘coup’ over arrangements for the Village Fete. Snell has stated that the coup leaders including Fallon and Kenton Archer may move on the Flower and Produce Show next.

The coup claim arose after there was opposition to the traditional appearance of the Edgely Morris Men at the Fete. Fallon and Kenton made a counter proposal of a Samba band to fit in with the Rio Olympics.

There were claims that the Samba band would be noisy in contrast to the gentle jingling of bells and whacking of sticks produced by the Morris Men.

The upshot was that Lynda Snell has, for the moment, resigned from the Fete Committee. A unity candidate may be the way forward but it remains unclear if Owen Smith has ever heard of the Archers or indeed if anyone in Ambridge has ever heard of him.

Ambridge Socialist Editor Keith Flett said, Chair of the Ambridge Fete Committee seems like an ideal role for Owen Smith. However let’s be clear, we are Team Fallon.

Net closes on Titchener

It’s taken a while- far too long- but the net is closing at last on Titchener. We expect him to be barred from the Ambridge cricket team before long.

Ambridge cricket team win a game

Under the new captaincy of PC Burns the Ambridge cricket team have beaten Loxley Barrett by 3 runs. The fact that the captain had several of the opposing team arrested during the break of innings may have helped.




Plotting in Highbury Fields

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2016 by kmflett


One for conspiracy theorists. Picture of myself plotting with Mr Corbyn’s man in Islington on Highbury Fields, 23rd July. But about what?

Thanks to former Beard of the Year winner Paul Mackney for the photo


Labour Leadership election: will the beard win it for Corbyn?

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2016 by kmflett


The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that Jeremy Corbyn’s beard could be a key asset in his renewed battle to keep the Labour leadership. While his opponent Owen Smith has a magnificently hirsute dog he himself remains clean shaven.

Corbyn’s image is central to the man while Smith remains comparatively anonymous

The BLF is discussing what precisely makes Corbyn’s beard so iconic.

How would you describe the Labour leader’s beard?


Hirsute campaigners warn security services may try to tamper with Corbyn’s beard

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2016 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Media release

22nd July

Contact Keith Flett 07803 162766

Hirsute campaigners warn security services may try to tamper with Corbyn’s beard


The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that following reports that Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey believes that security services agents may be seeking to disrupt Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign for Labour leader it believes that they may seek to interfere with his iconic beard.

During the 1960s the CIA attempted to damage or destroy Fidel Castro’s beard, including with the use of an exploding cigar and crystals designed to promote hair loss, believing that if his beard fell out it would destroy his authority.

The campaigners say that Mr Corbyn would be well advised to take precautions including avoiding any visits to barbers shops and not allowing anyone else to prune his beard even in the hot weather

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, it may seem unlikely that the security services would target Corbyn’s beard but the CIA did later admit to Congressional hearings that this is precisely what they had tried, and failed, to do with Castro’s beard.


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