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Movember: a follow-up

Well, as promised, I grew a moustache for Movember with the aim of raising some money for the people at BeyondBlue who do a terrific job helping people through depression. And while that was over a month ago now, I did in fact grow my moustache (much to the disgust of those around me) and in the process raised over $100.

I also made one other promise, which I have been dutifully reminded of, and that was that I would provide photographic evidence of the mo. As much as I may believe that to be a very misguided request, I will stand by the promise to fulfil it.

So here goes. May I insert a warning that the following post contains images which some people may find distressing.

These lines are here for the benefit of those who don’t want to see this image. That way it won’t startle them when they open it.

No, seriously, I’d just close the page right now. It’s pretty bad.

OK, well you asked for it:

That image was me at Movember the 26th, about indicative of the horrible growth that plagued my face for that month. The mo was gone just a few days later.

For those who haven’t barfed or defenestrated their computer monitors yet, here’s a picture of me looking slightly less disgusting (yes, only slightly) after the removal of the mo (and a haircut) in December.

I was a happy man that day!

So there, I did it. And probably will never do it again. I hope you survived that traumatic experience.




As the clock strikes twelve, and the day ticks over, I realise it’s the beginning of the new month. No longer is October the here and now, for we are in November.

No wait, we’re not, it’s been renamed Movember. Instead of seeing just the ladies wearing less clothes in the warm weather, we’ll be seeing guys with pathetic attempts at growing facial hair sprouting all over the place (as well as the aforementioned ladies, unless this weather persists). The era of the clean shave is no more for the next thirty days as men of all ages get together to let their top lips gather hair for a good cause.

I have decided that I too will take part in Movember this year. Despite the fact that I think I will look horrendously creepy with a pathetic piece of bum fluff on my upper lip, I think the opportunity to do something outlandish while actually helping the wider community is too good to pass up.

So, from this moment forward, no razor will touch anywhere north of my mouth for the rest of this month (though the Mo may have to come off a day or two early, as I start a new job at the end of November, and may feel the need to impress rather than gross out my new employer).

I will be taking donations, but won’t be actively hounding anyone for them, I’ll let the furry creature beneath my nose do all the talking. I will donate everything I receive, plus a personal contribution of my own, to the Beyond Blue foundation, who do a fantastic job raising awareness for and helping those suffering from anxiety and depression. This is a cause that is very close to my own heart, and it will be a great privilege to support an organisation that helps others who have been through what is often an unrecognised illness that deeply affects many within our community.

However, I do apologise in advance for everyone else who is going to have to see me look like a creep for the next month. But I think it’s worth it.