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A matter of moustache style is considered for Movember

This entry is part 2 of 14 in the series Movember

By Robert Washburn

Moustache growing is serious business, at least if you are a member of the American Mustache Institute. The first thing to get right is the spelling, which is different than the British. The institute was founded in 1965 to fight discrimination against people with moustaches. It claims to be the world’s leading facial hair advocacy organization and think tank committed to promoting the growth, care and culture of the “lower nose forest”, says its website. Quick history lesson points to the Second World War and the decline of the moustache due to Adolph Hitler’s toothbrush-style. Continue Reading →

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Maybe I am too old fashioned for the Movember promotions

This entry is part 3 of 14 in the series Movember

By Robert Washburn

Movember is meant to be a fundraising and awareness campaign for prostate cancer. It is a disease affecting one in seven men in Canada.  The money raised goes to Prostate Cancer Canada, a global leader in the battle against prostate cancer. What is always interesting is how businesses leverage this kind of effort. There was a time when a business would merely cut a cheque and there would be a presentation – a grip and grin, as we call them in journalism. Not any more. Continue Reading →

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Rating a great moustache for Movember

This entry is part 4 of 14 in the series Movember

By Robert Washburn

One of the greatest moustaches of our time is the one sported by Kurt Russell in his role as Wyatt Earp in the 1993 movie Tombstone. It’s a classic. Sure, Russell gets some stiff competition from his fellow actors Val Kilmer and Sam Elliot. They sport some pretty cool moustaches. But nothing comes close to that thick black handlebar on Russell’s face. Continue Reading →

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V is also for Movember

This entry is part 5 of 14 in the series Movember

By Robert Washburn

The minimal outline of a moustache is forming. The area under my nose is not so barren, but it is far from proper facial hair. Looking at the various high-profile moustaches, it was interesting to see the Guy Fawkes masks, used in the 2006 movie V for Vendetta, appearing at the Occupy protest events. The mask appears internationally as a common sign for revolution. The creator, artist David Lloyd, is quoted as saying he is pleased the mask is being used as a symbol of protest against tyranny. Continue Reading →

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Learning a lot in Movember

This entry is part 7 of 14 in the series Movember

By Robert Washburn

A colleague shared the spirit of Movember with me on the way out the door Friday. It seems her husband had a beautiful moustache when he was younger, but it did not suit him as he grew older. So, off it came. Now, for Movember, he is growing it back, much to her chagrin. Like the rest of us, it tends to be a bit pokey (her term) in the early stages. Continue Reading →

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Asking for your donation for Movember

This entry is part 8 of 14 in the series Movember

By Robert Washburn

With just over two weeks left in Movember, it is time to get serious about raising money. So, I am asking all my friends and family to please donate to help fight prostate cancer. It does not need to be a lot: $5, $10, $15, $25 or more, if you can afford it. It does not matter. Any amount helps. Continue Reading →

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A Movember moustache without a name

This entry is part 9 of 14 in the series Movember

By Robert Washburn

One of my students was doing a video for a Movember story. He was asking a set of questions to each of the members of the Loyalist Mo-crew, the team of journalism students raising money for prostate cancer research. After a few standard questions, like “Why are you doing this?”, he quickly asked me if my moustache had a pet name. Huh? (more…) Continue Reading →

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Prostate cancer is not just an old man’s disease

This entry is part 10 of 14 in the series Movember

By Robert Washburn

The moustaches grown by the Loyalist Mo-crew, meaning all the male journalism students is coming along very nicely. There are a few struggling to muster some facial hair, but it is really cool to see their attitude. Despite the lack of growth, they are happy to be part of the Movember movement. (more…) Continue Reading →

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