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Beard Week 2022. Hirsute Personality of the Year

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2022 by kmflett

Beard Week 2022 starts on 27th June focused on all things hirsute from the most beard friendly sandwich to the most beard friendly employer.

On Monday the Hirsute Personality of the Year is announced. This focuses not just on the best beard but the beard wearer with the most positive public Personality.

There is a live poll on twitter @kmflett Contenders are:

Iolo Williams. Springwatch

Patrick Butler Great British Sewing Bee

Philip Wilton, Wildes Cheese

Michael Eavis, Glastonbury founder

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NOT calling time on writing Fletters

In Uncategorized on April 1, 2022 by kmflett

NOT Calling time on writing letters

The below of course was posted on April 1st so I can confirm that I’m NOT calling time on writing letters. Even so, the points made here remain relevant. Much comment is now on-line and that poses significant issues for future generations who want to discover what people were thinking and saying before them. Very far from all letters written either personally or to publication survive for posterity, but many do. By contrast while some electronic comment is archived there is no guarantee that it will be available in future decades as technology moves on…

According to my (not particularly accurate) Wiki entry I’m a ‘prolific letter writer to the British press’.

That bit at least is true. I write less these days but I haven’t stopped, despite occasional suggestions that I have.

I started in the mid-1980s writing to the Guardian (which I still do)with the expressed aim of trying to provide some historical perspectives to a media that seemed even then to be obsessed with out of context for the moment reports.

The letters don’t and never have covered just that though. Beer, beards, cricket, cheese and of course socialist politics all feature.

Now however I’ve decided after 35 plus years or so to call it a day.

While I still see the value of the edited (in effect moderated) letters page compared to social media and below the line commentary, the sad reality is that the audience for letters to the editor has diminished over the years. So too have the publications that one can write to, as many either go on-line only or close altogether.

What’s Brewing, the monthly paper of the Campaign for Real Ale, has published its last print edition. I used to write letters regularly, but no more. Beer discussion has moved almost entirely on-line some time since.

I comment on Twitter and Facebook and run a blog. All excite considerable comment on occasion. I’m afraid published Fletters mostly pass by more or less un-noticed by comparison. Those that ask me, for example, if I’ve stopped writing to the Guardian I suspect mostly don’t read the print edition anymore (nor do I) where the letters are prominent in the comment section. The letters appear in the various Guardian digital versions (which I subscribe to) but you have to search them out.

If you do actually want to read what I’m saying a good point of entry is on twitter @kmflett. If you don’t you won’t come across me inadvertently as you’re flicking through a paper or magazine anymore

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St Patrick’s Day Beard of Ireland 2022: Full results of the ‘Beard Off’ final

In Uncategorized on March 17, 2022 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Press release 16th March

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

ST PATRICK’S DAY BEARD OF IRELAND 2022. FULL RESULTS OF THE BEARD OFF

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that the on-line vote for the Irish Beard of the Year 2022 has concluded with Northern Ireland Retail Consortium Director Aodhan Connolly retaining the title he first won in 2021.

Connolly shaved the opposition with academic Peter Coles and Northern Ireland Health Minister Robin Swann runners up while rugby player Jamison Gibson-Park was fourth.

Full Results

Aodhan Connolly 64%

Robin Swann 17%

Peter Coles 13%

Jamison Gibson-Park 6%

605 votes in the Beard Off round

The 2017 winner was politician Colum Eastwood who bearded broadcaster William Crawley for the annual Award.

In 2018 the DUP’s Lee Reynolds shaved writer Dominic O’Reilly for the honour with Colum Eastwood in a steady third place.

In 2019 Lee Reynolds retained the title

The 2020 winner was Maynooth academic Peter Coles

In 2021 Aodhan Connolly shaved opponents to win the coveted title for the first time

The BLF says that while traditionally a land of predominantly clean-shaven cultures, Ireland has in recent times become something of a centre for stylish and trendy beards.

Contenders for the title in 2022 included a diverse range of the hirsute- a golfer, rugby player, political and trade union activists, a broadcaster, an academic as well as a Health Minister.

The campaigners say the poll is specifically about the impact the beard of an individual has made in Irish public life and no other factor.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, competition for the 2022 Beard of Ireland Award bristled and Aodhan Connolly is to be congratulated on being the first person to win consecutive titles. Clearly his beard is making a positive impact in the public eye.

Aodhan Connolly has posted this message on social media:

I can now stick Beard of Ireland 2022 on my CV! Well done to all the finalists inc eternal good guys, @telescoper, @williamcrawley &  great health minister @RobinSwannMoH. Thanks to Beard Liberation Front Leader @kmflett. Fletty you are a legend. & thanks to all who voted for me!

There were two preliminary Beard Off votes between 5-7th March and 9-11th March. The top two from each round went through to a Best Beard of Ireland vote between 13-15th March

Beard of Ireland 2022 shortlist

William Crawley, broadcaster

Matthew O’Toole, politician

Jamison Gibson-Park, rugby player

Peter Coles, academic, Maynooth University

Shane Lowry, golfer

Aodhán Connolly, Businessman

Robin Swann, Health Minister, Belfast

Owen Reidy, ICTU officer

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NOT calling time on writing letters…

In Uncategorized on April 1, 2021 by kmflett

NOT Calling time on writing letters

I’m pleased to note that the below was generally met with indifference. However it was posted just after midnight on April 1st and there is a tradition involved with that….

So in fact I have no immediate plans to give up Flettering. That said the trends I outline below do exist. The countervailing point is that the published letter still has value. It can be discovered and recovered for future reference in a way that many other ‘for the moment’ comments cant or wont be. Whether this will continue to be the case does very much depend on the continuation of the print format, even if it does become more of a niche than a mass medium.

According to my (not particularly accurate) Wiki entry I’m a ‘prolific letter writer to the British press’.

That bit at least is true. I write less these days but I haven’t stopped, despite occasional suggestions that I have.

I started in the mid-1980s writing to the Guardian (which I still do)with the expressed aim of trying to provide some historical perspectives to a media that seemed even then to be obsessed with out of context for the moment reports.

The letters don’t and never have covered just that though. Beer, beards, cricket, cheese and of course socialist politics all feature.

Now however I’ve decided after 35 years or so to call it a day.

While I still see the value of the edited (in effect moderated) letters page compared to social media and below the line commentary, the sad reality is that the audience for letters to the editor has diminished over the years. So too have the publications that one can write to, as many either go on-line only or close altogether.

What’s Brewing, the monthly paper of the Campaign for Real Ale, has just published its last print edition. I used to write letters regularly, but no more. Beer discussion has moved almost entirely on-line some time since.

I comment on Twitter and Facebook and run a blog. All excite considerable comment on occasion. I’m afraid published fletters mostly pass by more or less un-noticed by comparison. Those that ask me, for example, if I’ve stopped writing to the Guardian I suspect mostly don’t read the print edition anymore (nor do I) where the letters are prominent in the comment section. The letters appear in the various Guardian digital versions (which I subscribe to) but you have to search them out.

If you do actually want to read what I’m saying a good point of entry is on twitter @kmflett. If you don’t you wont come across me inadvertently as you’re flicking through a paper or magazine anymore

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Calling time on writing letters

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2021 by kmflett

Calling time on writing letters

According to my (not particularly accurate) Wiki entry I’m a ‘prolific letter writer to the British press’.

That bit at least is true. I write less these days but I haven’t stopped, despite occasional suggestions that I have.

I started in the mid-1980s writing to the Guardian (which I still do)with the expressed aim of trying to provide some historical perspectives to a media that seemed even then to be obsessed with out of context for the moment reports.

The letters don’t and never have covered just that though. Beer, beards, cricket, cheese and of course socialist politics all feature.

Now however I’ve decided after 35 years or so to call it a day.

While I still see the value of the edited (in effect moderated) letters page compared to social media and below the line commentary, the sad reality is that the audience for letters to the editor has diminished over the years. So too have the publications that one can write to, as many either go on-line only or close altogether.

What’s Brewing, the monthly paper of the Campaign for Real Ale, has just published its last print edition. I used to write letters regularly, but no more. Beer discussion has moved almost entirely on-line some time since.

I comment on Twitter and Facebook and run a blog. All excite considerable comment on occasion. I’m afraid published fletters mostly pass by more or less un-noticed by comparison. Those that ask me, for example, if I’ve stopped writing to the Guardian I suspect mostly don’t read the print edition anymore (nor do I) where the letters are prominent in the comment section. The letters appear in the various Guardian digital versions (which I subscribe to) but you have to search them out.

If you do actually want to read what I’m saying a good point of entry is on twitter @kmflett. If you don’t you wont come across me inadvertently as you’re flicking through a paper or magazine anymore

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Second ‘Beard-Off’vote for Beard of the Year features Michael Rosen & Bill Bailey

In Uncategorized on December 19, 2020 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

19th December

Contact BLF Organiser Keith Flett 07803 167266

Second ‘Beard-Off’ vote for Beard of the Year 2020 features Michael Rosen & Bill Bailey

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers has said the second ‘Beard-Off’ vote for the Beard of the Year 2020 is open.

The final list consists of eight names after two earlier voting rounds shaved the longlist of twelve names

There are two ‘Beard-Off’ votes for Beard of the Year 2020 which open on 14th December and close on 22nd December. The winners of each vote will face each other for a final Beard of the Year vote on 23rd and 24th December.

Michael Sheen and Peter Coles won the first vote and go forward to the final on 23/24th December.

Beard of the Year will be announced on 28th December.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, we’ve made some changes to the way the Beard of the Year vote runs for 2020. We’ve moved the vote to twitter where polls often have great engagement and instead of two polls which ran for many weeks we’re running a series of shorter more focused polls. May the best beards win!

Vote at this link (or pinned @kmflett) :

Beard of the Year 2020 Shortlist

Michael Rosen (winner Beard of Summer & Autumn)

Michael Sheen (winner Beard of Wales)

Peter Coles (winner Beard of Ireland)

Richard Osman (winner Beard of Spring)

David Olusoga (historian)

Stormzy (musician)

Bill Bailey (comedian)

Lenny Henry (actor)

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Vote for Best Organic Santa 2020 open

In Uncategorized on December 18, 2020 by kmflett

Campaign for Real Santas

Media Release 18th December

Contact Keith Flett 07803 16726

VOTE FOR BEST ORGANIC SANTA 2020 OPEN

The Campaign for Real Santas which believes that only Santas with genuine, organic or knitted beards should be deputies for Santa, world famous for his organic beard, has said that the on-line poll for the best Organic Santa 2020 is now open

The campaign says that there are still far too many Santas with fake beards around, when genuine Santas with real organic beards are available

The campaigners have urged parents and children to visually check the beards of Santas they encounter as a test as to whether they are in the presence of a real Santa or not. If the Santa is not real and the beard is made of cotton wool a visual inspection should make this clear.

CFRS organiser Keith Flett said, when it comes to the best Organic Santa we’re looking for real facial hair of course but also someone who can represent the complexities of Santa in a positive way. Its to got go beyond saying ‘ho, ho, ho’. Does their beard promote the spirit of Christmas for example…

The vote is open for 24 hours from 00.01 on Friday 18th December

Vote at this link or pinned @kmflett

Philip Ardagh

Brian Blessed

Bob Dylan

Michael Rosen

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First ‘Beard-Off’ vote for Beard of the Year features Michael Sheen & Lenny Henry

In Uncategorized on December 14, 2020 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

14th December

Contact BLF Organiser Keith Flett 07803 167266

First ‘Beard-Off’ vote for Beard of the Year 2020 features Michael Sheen & Lenny Henry

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers has said the first ‘Beard-Off’ vote for the Beard of the Year 2020 is open.

The final list consists of eight names after two ‘trim-off’ votes shaved the longlist of twelve names

There are two ‘Beard-Off’ votes for Beard of the Year 2020 which open on 14th December and close on 22nd December. The winners of each vote will face each other for a final Beard of the Year vote on 23rd and 24th December.

Beard of the Year will be announced on 28th December.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, we’ve made some changes to the way the Beard of the Year vote runs for 2020. We’ve moved the vote to twitter where polls often have great engagement and instead of two polls which ran for many weeks we’re running a series of shorter more focused polls. May the best beards win!

Vote at this link or pinned @kmflett

Beard of the Year 2020 Shortlist

Michael Rosen (winner Beard of Summer & Autumn)

Michael Sheen (winner Beard of Wales)

Peter Coles (winner Beard of Ireland)

Richard Osman (winner Beard of Spring)

David Olusoga (historian)

Stormzy (musician)

Bill Bailey (comedian)

Lenny Henry (actor)

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London Evening Standard predicts Corbyn will lose Parliamentary Beard of the Year to a Tory MP. Correct?

In Uncategorized on December 11, 2020 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

11th December

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

London Evening Standard predicts Jeremy Corbyn will lose Parliamentary Beard of the Year title to Tory MP. Correct?

The Londoners Diary in the Evening Standard has reported on the 2020 Parliamentary Beard of the Year vote and predicted that Jeremy Corbyn will lose to a Tory MP just as he did in the General Election on December 12th 2019

Another electoral defeat beckons for Jeremy Corbyn. He’s currently second in the public vote for Parliamentary beard of the year to Tory MP Stuart Anderson, who’s on 70 per cent to Corbyn’s 19, with two other candidates trailing before final results on Saturday. A silver lining: Corbyn has already won the prize a record eight times.

The winner of the Parliamentary Beard of the Year vote will be revealed on 12th December

You can have your say in the final Beard Off vote here:

Or its pinned @kmflett

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Jeremy Corbyn faces Tory MPs in Parliamentary Beard of the Year ‘Beard-Off’ Vote

In Uncategorized on December 10, 2020 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Media Release

10th December

Jeremy Corbyn faces Tory MPs in Parliamentary Beard of the Year ‘Beard-Off’ vote

The Beard Liberation Front has said that the voting process for Parliamentary Beard of the Year 2020 has reached its final stage with Jeremy Corbyn facing two Tory MPs and a Scottish Nationalist in a Beard Off vote for the annual honour.

In two ‘trim-off’ preliminary rounds of voting 8 candidates attempted to shave each other for the coveted annual accolade. 2020 sees the highest proportion of Tory MPs on the shortlist ever reflecting more hirsute Parliamentary times.

The votes ran from 30th November until the 9th December. Each vote consisted of 4 MPs with the winners of each vote going to a Beard Off vote on 10-12th December.

Tory MP Stuart Anderson and SNP MP Stewart McDonald won the first ‘trim-off’ vote with Jeremy Corbyn MP and Crispin Blunt MP winning the second vote

The winner of Parliamentary Beard of the Year will be announced on 13th December

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, this is one vote in 2020 when Jeremy Corbyn, who has won the Parliamentary Beard of the Year a record number of times, does feature. Whether he and more particularly his beard wins again or not will be entirely up to voters

Vote here, or pinned @kmflett

Parliamentary Beard of the Year 2020 shortlist

Lloyd Russell-Moyle (Labour)

Liam Byrne (Labour)

Stuart Anderson (Tory)

Stephen Kinnock (Labour)

Stephen Crabb (Tory)

Jeremy Corbyn (Labour)

Crispin Blunt (Tory)

Stewart McDonald (SNP)