Monday, October 31, 2011
I have been given a form to fill in as a pre-assessment. It has questions I would expect such as
- Are you generally in good health?
- Heart disease of any sort?
- Bruising or bleeding problems?
But also odd ones, such as
- How many pillows do I use at night?
- How many flights of stairs can you climb before stopping to rest?
- Do you get short of breath when resting or when active?
We're supposed to start from scratch and start tomorrow clean-shaven. I trimmed away my beard yesterday but today was the first I'd shaved around my mouth for a long time.
It feels weird. It looks weirder. My face lacks definition and my mouth is too small.
Yesterday I marvelled at how much younger I looked without the damning white facial hair. I am only 47 but my upper lip hair is mainly white. The rest of my beard and head hair is dark. Shaving it all off made me think, yesterday, that I had lost 10 years, perhaps more.
Today I think I look like I am made out of plastic, like Bruce Willis in Surrogates or Barry Manilow in anything.
So, for the next month I will let my moustache grow and regrow my head hair (I've been shaving that for the last couple of months) and try not to look like an ageing porn star.
The end of the month will tell whether I shave the tache again or regrow the beard. Vanity or practicality?
Movember is a cause that espouses research into illnesses that affect men. Things like prostate cancer and testicular cancer. Because they're illnesses that affect males, they don't get the coverage that other illnesses get. Go to the Movember website and read about it.
While you're there, if you find my page (and there is only one Robert Williams in the UK doing this - how sad is that?) and you can spare it, bung me a couple of quid.
Better yet. Grow a moustache and raise money yourself. Now, I know the ladies will find this a bit of a challenge but you should at least try!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
But wait! Announcement ... the 08:01 was also cancelled.
The driver for the 08:01 was on the train that would become the 07:57.
Saturday, October 01, 2011
I have registered with the Movember website and plan, at the end of October, to shave off my beard and grow a moustache throughout November. I'm doing this for the fun of it but would like to raise a decent amount of money in the process.
Movember raises money for research into men's illnesses, particularly prostate cancer by encouraging men to do something intrinsically male, grow facial hair.
I know moustaches aren't popular these days. Straight men still think they are gay and gay men think they're something that died out in the eighties ... but when does it ever matter what anyone thinks?
This is a good cause, so click here to sponsor me. Better yet, if you're a man, take part! Raise some money yourself and add another moustache to the world.
Throughout Movember I plan to post regular updates to my blog, my Movember page and to Facebook. You're going to get sick of my face.