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Remember Movember. Or “All good blog posts start with some inane chat about the weather”

Ah, November is here.  For some autumnal joy have a look at my Flickr page, including snaps from my recent stroll through the forest near Karlštejn.  I felt the winter creeping on this morning though.  I’d meant to go for a run early this morning but the chilly cloud of frozen fog that had wrapped its sneaky little arms around Prague overnight deterred me. 
 
This weekend is fireworks night.  Except it’s not in Prague.  I don’t know why this came as a surprise to me last year, but Czechs don’t ‘remember remember the fifth of November‘.  This is hardly unexpected:  I suppose there is no particular reason why anywhere except England would remember the failed work of a 17th century English treasonist with sparklers, fireworks and bonfires.  It’s a bit odd that the English choose to do so themselves.  It’s presumably pretty unlikely that any modern-day would-be terrorists will be remembered by jolly campfires and oooh-ing and ahhh-ing at an exploding sky. The only legacy they appear to leave is an ever-growing list of items you cannot fly with.   Great fun though – I love a sparkler. 
 
 
November in Czechland is however marked by one of my favourite annual events – Movember! For those who are unfamiliar with the concept,  Movember is a month-long event taking place in November each year in which male participants grow moustaches.  For the whole month.  Without shaving (although I understand a stylistic prune is acceptable). 
 
Normally, I am completely anti-tashes.  I don’t really like facial hair at all.  Whilst I can make my peace with some designer-stubble I tend to think that once men are old enough to grow proper facial hair, they are also old enough to know better.  Facial hair is itchy, risks trapping bits of food and is frequently (regardless of the owner’s head-hair colour) ginger.  
 

For a "here's one I made earlier" effort, follow the dotted lines

 
However, Movember slips through the net as it is for charity. The tashes of participants are sponsored, to raise awareness and cash for various men’s health issues, including prostate cancer.  So you whilst you might look like a bit of a pillock or like a teenage boy who has just hit puberty, we forgive you as you clearly have a heart of gold.
 
Czechs are not (I think it’s fair to say) widely known for their enthusiasm toward charity.  Charitable giving is not a particularly big thing here and people are sometimes a little wary of philanthropic organizations.  However, perhaps the tide is turning as (not for the first time) the Czech Rep officially recognises Movember and has it’s very own website here: http://cz.movember.com/  
 
I’ve not seen anyone participating yet (although it’s early days).  Last year I did have an uncomfortably experience in the lift when I cheerfully congratulated a colleague on their charitable tash endeavours, only to be met by a blank look. Apparently the moustache in question was not part of Movember and was worn in all seriousness, throughout the year.  Cringe. I changed the subject pretty quickly.
 
I think it’s marvellous what people will do for charity so, whether you’re in Czechland or elsewhere, please let me know if you’re involved and feel free to post a link to your sponsorship page below.  For more information on Czech charities, click here
 
Happy Movember!
 
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A blog about an English lady living in Prague.

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6 thoughts on “Remember Movember. Or “All good blog posts start with some inane chat about the weather”

  1. As a person who is currently sporting a beard, simply because shaving is such a pain in the nether regions, especially seeing as all of my work is computer based and so there is no need for me to ever have to look good for prospective clients, I feel I should take issue with your inference that all facial hair is automatically a bad thing. On women I would agree it is unsightly and really something that needs to be taken care of, but some men can make a beard look quite stylish.

    I am not really one of these people, but I can categorically state for the record that there is neither gingerness or leftover food anywhere in my beard! And with the onset of winter rapidly approaching, my facial fuzz will also prevent the necessity of me wearing a scarf during my regular Sunday afternoon hiking trips in and around Prague, which, for the record, you would be more than welcome to come along and join in with any time you want to get out there and see parts of Prague that you literally would never find otherwise 🙂

    Posted by Damien | November 1, 2011, 4:06 pm
  2. Haha – I thought this might put the cat amongst the pigeons! Of course, facial hair is a (very) personal thing. As I say, I dislike it although I appreciate not every beardy walks around with their breakfast stuck to their face!

    you should have it sponsored though, then it has an even greater purpose as well as keeping you warm!

    I will join you for a wander soon. I will wear a scarf (not a beard)
    \

    Posted by CzechingIn | November 1, 2011, 4:13 pm
    • I am the first to admit that I look better clean shaven. But then, I would look better with a haircut too, but even after 3 years here I am not yet willing to trust my scalp to a Czech hairdresser! And I am too lazy to shave when there is no reason for it. And if I thought that the people I know might actually sponsor me I would happily shave off the lower portion and stick with just a ‘tache for the next 30 days. Sadly, I know from past experience that my friends are all far too tight to give me their money just because I am too lazy to shave!

      Details of our weekly walks, by the way, can be found at;

      http://www.praguehhh.com/mainMenu.hash

      Hopefully I will see you on a trail sometime soon 🙂

      Posted by Damien | November 1, 2011, 4:22 pm
  3. Can you really call someone a beardy?!

    My office did Movember last year and ideas were mooted as to what women could do instead..you can only imagine.

    Rach x

    Posted by Rachel | November 1, 2011, 4:17 pm
    • This time last year I was in Croatia and it appeared that all the women there were taking part in Movember. There were some extremely impressive moustaches everywhere I looked. But I have to say that I really don’t think it’s a look that suits women!

      Posted by Damien | November 1, 2011, 4:26 pm
  4. Movember has manoeuvred to London! The Sanctuary pub in St James has a dedicated sponsored moustachathon during November – raising money for men’s health charities.

    Posted by Cxechingin's mum | November 8, 2011, 7:33 pm

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