MOvember 2013: DAY THIRTY


Day 30, the final 24hrs of MOvember 2013. It all ends tonight, and I will be sad to say goodbye to the hairy caterpillar that has been sat upon my upper lip for the last 30 days.

I think I’ve seen more MO Bros this year than in 2012, which is obviously great and I’m sure will be the case next year. If you grew a MO this year, let me just simply say “well done and give yourself a pat on the back.”

Today’s FINAL MOPhoto for 2013 is a homage to that classic bathroom scene in the 1960 thriller by British-born director Alfred Hitchcock. But the outcome of this scene ends with a little less dread. It’s only the MO that ends up deceased.

Raising funds and awareness of men’s health is the true reason for MOvember and I just hope that I’ve done my bit for the cause.

“It’s been emotional”



MOustaches in the news

Last year 82.2% of the funds raised by MOvember was committed to programmes supporting prostate cancer and testicular cancer initiatives.

Movember’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health. Three of the biggest health issues facing men that the charity supports are prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.

The four key programmes that MOvember invest in are awareness and education, living with and beyond cancer and staying mentally healthy. Finally research into various health issues effecting men supported by the charity.


Famous MOustaches 

Fu Manchu

Fu Manchu

Although a work of fiction, Dr. Fu Manchu’s renowned moustache is known far and wide. Manchu first appeared in British author Sax Rohmer’s The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu (1913) and since then has gone on to appear in various films, television, radio and comic books.

A master criminal, Fu Manchu’s murderous plots often involved guns or explosives plus henchmen and natural chemical weapons.

Fu Manchu’s on-screen debut came in The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu (1923), Christopher Lee got the chance to play the character in The Face of Fu Manchu (1965).

This university educated criminal mastermind has become an archetype of the evil criminal genius.

Dr. Fu Manchu sports the original ‘Fu Manchu’ moustache – long, downward pointing ends, generally beyond the chin.





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Day 27 of this year’s MOvember, I can’t believe how close to the end we are. It’s been one hell of a hairy adventure. Spreading the awareness, uploading weekly MOposts and most of all having a ball with my hairy upper lip has been high on the agenda this month.

This week, the final one of MOvember 2013 will be my time to sit down and reflect on my part in this year’s event. I will finally get the chance to really get in depth with my MO and discuss what we’ve *both* learnt from our precious time together.

Today’s MOphoto finds me in 1930’s London. I’m there to watch the unveiling of a brand new tram system. I’m wrapped up warm and enjoying my favourite brand of tobacco – MObeat.

God speed all you MO Bros out there…!


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MOustaches in the news

Ice Rink

London will host a very hairy charity flash mob this week in honour of MOvember.

The city’s Broadgate Ice Rink will be inviting MOskaters to take to the ice at their ‘Tache on Ice’ extravaganza on Wednesday (27 MOvember).

Samantha Rush, Broadgate’s head of marketing, communication and events, said that around 250 people are expected to hit the ice during the two sessions. “It is a great charity, and we have been looking to do something fun that everyone can get on board with.”

All the proceeds made will be donated to the MOvember Foundation.



Famous MOustaches 


Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948)

Born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on the 2 October 1869 in Porbander, India. Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.

A Hindu, Gandhi trained in law at the Inner Temple, London before practicing it in South Africa. After returning to India Gandhi organised protests with peasants, farmers and labourers to protest against excessive land-tax and discrimination.

Gandhi led nationwide campaigns for easing poverty, expanding women’s rights plus building religious and ethnic amity.

In 1948 Hindu nationalist, Nathuram Godse, assassinated Gandhi by firing three bullets into his chest at point-blank range. Fortunately the year before Gandhi was able to see India granted independence from Britain. He is un-officially considered as “the Father of the Nation”.

‘Chevron’ moustache (thick and wide, usually covering the top of the upper lip) during the latter part of his career.



Facts about MOustaches

 On the 2 August 2003, husband and wife, Linda and Jack Noble, from Birmingham, UK, won £10.2 million on the National Lottery. Before claiming the money the winning ticket originally went missing for weeks before Linda found the ticket in her husband’s moustache.



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MOvember 2013: DAY TWENTY-TWO


Day 22, the penultimate week of MOvember 2013. Its been a blast so far, haven’t made as much money as last year but I’ve had even more fun uploading MO-posts to my blog.

Earlier this week my MO and me travelled to the Highlands. Wrapping up nice and warm was essential – I made sure my MO was covered throughout the trip to avoid the harsh winter and to prevent the chances of the hairs recoiling back into the skin, which is what often happens in cold weather conditions.

Today’s MOPhoto is in honour of all those singer-songwriter duet bands out there. ‘Brothers MO’ are a band from Inverness, their latest LP entitled Mo You Up has been no.1 in Puerto Rico for the last seven years.


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MOustaches in the news

Cook Like A Man

The creators of MOvember have released a cookbook aimed at the modern gentleman and his Moustache.

Cook Like A Man is the official MOvember cookbook and includes a number of manly recipes including spiced crab and avocado on toast plus tai loin of pork and prawn with grilled sea bass.

MOvember co-founder, Justin Coglan, said: “We thought we’d teach the modern man how to cook, what he needs in the kitchen, and how to woo a lady, or a man, at home.

“It’s all about cutting out fast food and teaching guys how to cook cool stuff so you can have a dinner party and have people bring wine to your house.”

Recipe contributor David Johnson, Head Chef at Swan Shakespeare’s Globe, and Sam Wilson, head Chef at Caravan Kings Cross London suggested that the cookbook is all about keeping it simple.

He said: “It can be for lunch, brunch – if you put a poached egg on top – or you can break it down to smaller portions for a party.”



Famous MOustaches


Jules Winnfield

A character portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction (1994) directed by Quentin Tarantino, Winnfield is a hitman working alongside Vincent Vega for Marsellus Wallace.

The role of Jules Winnfield was actually written with Jackson in mind but after his first audition the actor almost lost out after being overshadowed by Paul Calderón.

Border lining a beard, Winnfield’s ‘Horseshoe’ moustache – Often confused with the Handlebar Moustache, the horseshoe was possibly popularized by modern cowboys and consists of a full moustache with vertical extensions from the corners of the lips down to the jawline and resembling an upside-down horseshoe.

“And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.”


Tea Break...

Facts about MOustaches

A number of tribes in Brazil use moustaches as “Dream catchers”. They believe that by sleeping in the same room as a man wearing a moustache, his hairy upper lip can catch all their bad nightmares and keep them there until the moustache is removed.

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MOvember 2013: DAY EIGHTEEN


I’ve finally got round to posting day eighteen. It’s been one hell of a busy week so this has literally been the first chance I’ve had.

MOvember 2013 has so far gone without a hiccup! No close shaves with the razor (unlike last year) and I have noticed many MOs out-and-about on the mean streets of the UK since the start of November.

Day eighteen’s MO is a snapshot of a 1980’s “Hipster” posing in front of his new ride on a Sunday afternoon preparing to cycle to the 7-Eleven store for groceries.

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MOustaches in the news 

Pizza MOs

To do his bit for this years MOvember artist and chef, Domenico Crolla, has added moustaches to a number of his celebrity pizza art portraits.

Just some of the famous faces which appear in the Bella Napoli restaurant owner’s pizza artwork are Lionel Messi, the Mona Lisa, the Pope and Vladimir Putin.

Donenico of Glasgow, Scotland, said: “Giving celebrities a range of taches – from thick handlebars to small Chaplinesque styles – is a fun way to help change the face of men’s health.

“Whilst the effect can be comical – my own favourite is Vitoria Beckham sporting a Zapata-style growth – other famous figures, such as Tom Ford or Frank Sinatra, actually suit a moustache.”

To find out more visit:!pizza-art/cpap



Famous MOustaches 

Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy (1961 – present)

Born Edward Regan Murphy on the 3 April 1961 in Brooklyn, New York City, Murphy is an American stand-up comedian, actor and writer.

Between 1980 and 1984 he was a regular on Saturday Night Live and spent time as a stand-up comedian. Murphy is ranked number 10 on Comedy Central’s list of the ‘100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time’.

In 2007, he won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of soul singer James Early in Dreamgirls, plus Golden Globe nominations for the Beverly Hills Cop series and Trading Places.

Eddie Murphy has been known to play multiple roles in addition to his main character; this is intended as a tribute to one of his idols Peter Sellers.

For most of his career Murphy has expertly sported a ‘Chevron’ moustache (thick and wide, usually covering the top of the upper lip) often with a small triangular beard on his chin.



Facts about MOustaches

Scientists in Russia conducted an experiment in 2004, which found that some moustaches carry tiny particles of radiation that if combined with ‘Ethylene glycol’ could knock out organ systems systematically over the course of 72 hours. In a worst-case scenario too much exposure could even cause an apocalypse.


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MOvember 2013: DAY FOURTEEN


Pretty much half way through this year’s MOvember 2013 and my MO has so far taken me to new heights. I’m noticing a hell of a lot more MOs out there now. A recent press trip I attended saw me sport my MO in a very formal – professional manner. I kept it well groomed throughout the proceedings and more than once I just had to quietly reassure my hairy caterpillar that no one here meant it any harm (a lot of strangers in one place can really bring a MO distress).

In todays MOPhoto I am a 1950s novelist, currently working on my third book entitled Help, I’ve fallen in love with my own MO. This was a follow-up to 1953’s Help, my best friend’s MO is trying to kill me.

Good luck everyone doing MOvember this year, day fourteen – keep on keeping on!

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MOustaches in the news

MO Cocktails

A hotel in New York City will be celebrating this year’s MOvember with a “manly cook-off” at its restaurant.

The Muse Hotel’s second annual “Eat Like a Man” competition will put two chef toe-to-toe in a very hairy cook-off.

The two chefs, Jarret Brodie and Danny Bortnick will cook for guests who will then have the opportunity to vote for their favorite “manly” dishes. On the menu will be a five-course prix fixe menu with beer and wine pairing.

Immediately before the main event guests will be able to enjoy signature cocktails such as the “Mo’Hattan” and “Old Fashioned Mo”. Twenty dollars from each ticket sold for the cook-off will go to the MOvember Foundation.



Famous MOustaches


Salvador Dalí (1904 – 1989)

Born Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí on the 11 May 1904 Figueres, in the Catalonia region of Spain. Dalí was best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His art mediums included film, sculpture, and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media.

His best-known work, “The Persistence of Memory”, was completed in 1931 and has been at the Museum of Modern Art in NY since 1934.

Salvador Dalí once published a book dedicated solely to his moustache which was narrow, with long points bent or curved steeply upward. Areas past the corner of the mouth were shaved and artificial styling aids were always needed. Named ‘Dalí’ after the man himself.



Facts about MOustaches

 A medium length moustache, cleaned regularly can become a handy nail brush. Combined with some soap and water, the wearer can use his moustache to keep his fingernails clean all year round.



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MOvember 2013: DAY TEN

MOvember DAY TEN

Day ten… That’s ten whole days into this year’s MOvember 2013. And today’s MOPhoto finds me down a warm, dusty mine with only my MO for company.

Today was Remembrance Sunday and at the centre of commemorations was Whitehall’s Cenotaph. Britain held a two-minute silence at 11am to pay tribute to those who have died in conflicts since the First World War.

My MO is really coming along now, I am chuffed with my progress and am hoping to style my MO this year, past years I’ve just let it grow freestyle.


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MOustaches in the news

Dave "Darth Vader" Prowse

Star Wars actor Dave Prowse MBE, has been encouraging MO Bros to take men’s health problems more seriously.

Dave who famously portrayed Darth Vader in the Sci-Fi trilogy, got involved with the charity, Prostate Cancer UK after his brother was diagnosed with the disease.

Dave said: “My brother had been diagnosed and he was treated and went on to recover perfectly fine.”

To show his support Dave organised a golf day to help raise money for the charity. “After the golf day, it was at the cheque presentation that I got chatting to someone from the charity who told me that I was at an increased risk of developing prostate cancer myself, because a close relative diagnosed with the disease.”

After tests with the actors local GP, it was found that Dave too had prostate cancer. “I had no symptoms,” he said. “And there are other men too who won’t have symptoms. My advice is to: just go and see and doctor, it’s as simple as that. There’s a straight blood test, the doctor stuck his fingers up my backside and had a feel. He said my prostate gland was slightly enlarged and later we found out I had cancer.”

Treatment lasted six weeks; during this time Dave used his fame to help others. He concluded: “A lot of people – either who had cancer or had relatives who did – came and started talking to me and asking me for advice. I ending up mentoring all these people and it was great.”



Famous MOustaches 

Charles Bronson

Charles Bronson (1952 – present)

Born Michael Gordon Peterson on the 6 December 1952 in Luton, Bendfordshire, Bronson is a criminal often referred to as the “most violent prisoner in Britain”.

In 1974, twenty-two year old Bronson was imprisoned for seven years for an armed robbery at a Post Office, during which he stole £26.18.

While in prison, Bronson fought convicts and prison officers, embarked on one-man rooftop protests and during his time in prison has been moved 120 times.

In 1988 Bronson was released but only spent sixty-nine days as a free man before he was arrested again.

In August 2013 a petition with 10,000 signatures was presented to 10 Downing Street calling for his release. Bronson who has spent over 35 years in prison currently resides at Woodhill prison.

Bronson sports the classic ‘Handlebar’ moustache – bushy, with small upward pointing ends.



Facts about MOustaches

During the late 1990s youths in Roeteng, East Nusa Tenggara, believed that a moustache gave the wearer special powers and abilities. So during this time many youths wore moustaches on their faces in the hope that they too would acquire certain abilities and powers.

One Small group called themselves “The Legion of Hairy Heroes”, and spent most of the nineties fighting crime and aiding locals in need.



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MOvember 2013: DAY SIX


Almost one whole week into this year’s MOvember and I’m feeling relatively happy with the progress made so far. The hairs above my top lip are making themselves known as last night I shaved for the first time this month leaving only my MO where it will sit proudly upon my face for the next 24 days.

So far I haven’t seen too many MO Bros out and about, but I’m sure I will over the next few weeks. Work colleagues of mine are participating this year which is great, the office is sure to get rather hairy this MOvember.

In today’s MOPhoto I travel back in time to San Diego Comic-Con 1979.

“MO the Force be with you”

MOvember 2013


MOustaches in the news 

Andrew Taylor

A town clerk in Lincoln, UK has flipped this year’s MOvember completely on its ‘hairy’ head by removing his furry caterpillar for charity.

Andrew Taylor, chief executive and town clerk at the City of Lincoln Council has sported a MOustache for the last 38 years.

The town clerk challenged council staff to donate money for the exchange of his MO. He requested £200 to shave it off in front of his colleagues.

Andrew said: “Movember is the only month of the year where I appear to be a style icon. More than one comment has been aimed at me for being stuck in the 1980s which is untrue. I have had this ‘tache since the mid 70s.

“But one of our former colleagues has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone and so the Mayor has adopted the Motor Neurone Disease Association as his charity this year and I could not think of a more persuasive cause to shave it off – although admit to being genuinely extremely nervous.”

So far the £200 requested by Andrew has become over £500 for the chosen charity.


Famous MOustaches

Mark Twain

Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)

Born Samuel Langhorne Clemens on the 30 November 1835 in Florida, Missouri, Twain is best known for writing The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885). An author and humorist, Mark Twain was famous for his wit and satire and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.

Twain was born shortly after a visit by Halley’s Comet and died the day following the comet’s subsequent return.

Some hail him as the “greatest American humorist of his age,” and “the father of American literature.”

Twain sported the ‘Walrus’ moustache – bushy, hanging down over the lips, often entirely covering the mouth.


Facts about MOustaches

On average 17 male adults a year are killed at the hands of their own moustache. In most cases their moustache suffocates them. The number of females affected by this is considerably less with only three cases reported in the last 25 years.


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