The Magic Beard

24 Oct 2021
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I thought you might like a smile at my expense today. I have dyed my beard! There are three main reasons for this. Over the years, it has gone grey in bands. It is rather fetching (he thinks!) Thus, there was a canvas awaiting the transformation from black-and-white to technicolour!

Secondly, I get bored easily. I went to see my pink-haired friend, Vanda, and we decided it was time to change style. With no hair on top, options were limited. But Vanda did have product – which she gleefully ‘pushed’ on me (“Like there was any resistance?” – Ed) In fact, Vanda stands alongside the mighty Dawn who has had parts of pinkness for as long as I’ve known her, and I’m a big fan of both. I think I wanted to join their tribe because we all want to be more like the people we like, don’t we?

Then there’s “Eric.” I haven’t met Eric yet but his legend precedes him. He is the Chef at The Black Swan and I have been mistaken for him many times – leading to one lady sharing some rather intimate details with me about her operations… until I politely pointed out that I thought this was a case of mistaken identity! Fortunately, she saw the funny side. He is French so I would have thought the accent was a bit of a clue…

The way to lay the confusion to rest, I thought, would be to stand out with a pink and now pink and blue beard! (The addition of the blue was at the request of the bride whose wedding I shot last week!) The confusion continues…

Anyway, I’m having a lot of fun with the affect the beard has on people. It’s clearly a magic beard. Stranger strike up really friendly conversations or flip the other way. One shouted, Weirdo!” at me when she saw it! The top Google entry on “Weirdo” says, “a person whose dress or behaviour seems strange or eccentric.” That’ll do nicely!

My favourite was last Saturday morning. A friendly chap was freight-training a cage full of cardboard for recycling through our tiny Tesco-Express. Being shy, I found myself making the sound of a Steam-Train-Whistle as he shot past. Turning round to grin, his first words were, “Love the beard!”

Here’s the truth, I’m trying to get in touch with my inner warrior. To assert this, I replied, “Thanks, I’m going for the whole ‘Braveheart’ – Mel Gibson – thing.” To the utter joy of all who heard his reply, he said, “Nah, it’s more like ‘My Little Pony’!”

It’s a kind of magic… Dare to be different but don’t be surprised if your ‘difference’ is interpreted in the way the viewer wishes to see you!

Lex

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Dido

Oct. 25, 2021, 3:33 a.m.

hi Lex, love the story and the vision of your beard. I use colour a lot qith vaying reactions. I do a good line in brighyly kniyyed socks that cheer me up no end. I always wear them with my sandals against all the rules. I have a friend who has cancer and she went full rainbow before she shaves her head . She loved it so much she did it when her hair grew back and is known locally as yhe rainbow lady, *** Dido

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Lex

Oct. 25, 2021, 6:47 a.m.

Oh, I love the sound of The Rainbow Lady! And you've inspired me to re-invest in Rainbow Socks too, dear Dido! Thank you! Lx

Mary Wednesday

Oct. 25, 2021, 4:29 a.m.

Oh Lex, I want to see your beard! What a wonderful idea - and I love the concept of our Lex as My Little Pony! (Adorable creatures, giving hour of joy and imaginative play for millions.) You make a good point, that others see us through the filter of their own ideas and experiences. When we remember that, we are less hurt by their comments. As St Francis of Assisi said (and indeed, Steven Covey), Seek first to understand before seeking to be understood. I hope you keep the rainbow beard, darling Lex!

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Lex

Oct. 25, 2021, 6:48 a.m.

It's here to stay, dear Mary... as I've only shared a fraction of the stories. This beard is opening doors! (I'll send you a picture, though, looking at it this morning, I think a reapp is due! Lx

Teg

Oct. 25, 2021, 7:59 a.m.

Hi Mary Good to see you commenting again! Take care

the room above the garage

Oct. 25, 2021, 4:29 a.m.

Thank you for this today :-) I love that your Tesco man responded so humorously, the very best of connections with a shared sense of fun. I can only dream of having a beard to dye, I’m only about an sixteenth of the way there but I’ll keep trying! Love ratg x

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Lex

Oct. 25, 2021, 6:49 a.m.

It was a wonderful moment, dear Ratg! And I shall 'dine out' on the story for quite a while. How do you dare to be different (while waiting for a beard upgrade wink-wink)? You're creative! Lx

The Gardener

Oct. 25, 2021, 8:28 a.m.

A great university friend had prostate cancer, treated successfully with hormones, but a risk of getting 'female' effects. I promised him a pink golf bag.

Lex

Oct. 26, 2021, 5:51 a.m.

Dear Gardener, what perfect humour - I'd have been really uplifted by that idea - especially in the face of such health issues. Lx

Orangeblossom

Oct. 25, 2021, 6:41 a.m.

Thanks for your fun-filled & intriguing blog Lex. We have sometimes encouraged my other half to dye his beard purple. The poem by Jenny Jones called ‘Warning ‘ is one of my favourites. I have highlighted my hair purple but my Mum hated it. No one else did. And I did it for my own entertainment.

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Lex

Oct. 25, 2021, 6:51 a.m.

Purple is my thing, Orangeblossom... and partially because I love that poem - it is so much the antithesis to the other aging option: world of beige! Your purple hair will be welcome here anytime. Lx

Jul

Oct. 25, 2021, 6:50 a.m.

I love your blog Lex! In the past my hair has been all colours of the spectrum and even more. It has attracted comments, good band bad in equal measure . I can imagine you with a blue and pink beard. men rarely dye their hair different colours, only dark if they fear going grey. I am sure work prevents most men from having dramatic hair and beard colour. But it's a shame men can't be as experimental and creative with their hair as women. It's interesting the way people think they have the right to express their personal opinions about someone's appearance. As if it matters! (their opinions I mean) But good for you. You could do a video and let us see your face. Jul xx

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Liz

Oct. 25, 2021, 7:41 a.m.

Hi Jul, got to ask, what was your favourite colour? x

Lex

Oct. 25, 2021, 7:54 a.m.

I shall be revealed!

Jul

Oct. 25, 2021, 12:21 p.m.

I liked it hennaed red! Jul xx

Lex

Oct. 26, 2021, 5:52 a.m.

Here's a new thought, Jules... Sponsored Beard Colours for a good cause! Lxx

Liz

Oct. 25, 2021, 7:36 a.m.

Hi Lex, how strange that I should have ombre'd my hair last night - teal (more like a sort of blue as I'm blonde) in homage to my love of all things mermaid. I'd love to go the whole hog but because of my job I have to kind of tow the line a little. Right or wrong I may be perceived as unprofessional if I turn up to see a family or take a service - in another world I would dye the whole ****** lot teal/blue - I just love the colour. These little blue bits are my rebellion and I will pop a clip on to hide the blue bits. But I absolutely love the sound of your beard - can just picture it. May it bring you (and others) much joy. You are already creating a ripple effect. Thank you for your lovely positive blog. You bring so much to Moodscope. x

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The Gardener

Oct. 25, 2021, 8:16 a.m.

Liz, I can't be tempted, hair like a horse, resistant to change. Doing a book launch, spent a fortune having it 'streaked', no effect. Also, due to poking mascara brush in eye had eyelashes dyed, ditto no effect. Stick with nature, (wish I could have lovely white hair like my pa-in-law). x

Lex

Oct. 25, 2021, 10:59 a.m.

I LOVE Teal!!! And "Hats" to The Gardener! We're seeking to source LED light extentions for Christmas!!! Lx

Daisy

Oct. 25, 2021, 7:43 a.m.

Dear Lex Loved the story looking forward to seeing the photo Thanks

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Teg

Oct. 25, 2021, 8:03 a.m.

Good morning Lex You never cease to amaze! I think you may have extended the definition of diversity. And as a distraction technique you have definitely found the ultimate. If I had a beard I would go for claret and blue as I am an AV supporter.

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The Gardener

Oct. 25, 2021, 8:30 a.m.

Teg, I'm all for diversion, the wider the better. Please, what is AV? I presume Aston Villa, but with the colours it could be a condition where you bruise easily.

Teg

Oct. 25, 2021, 8:37 a.m.

Sorry TG. I assumed Aston Villa was known worldwide!

Sue

Oct. 25, 2021, 8:16 a.m.

A my little pony beard sounds wonderful Lex. Like the others I can't wait for the picture.

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Lex

Oct. 25, 2021, 10:59 a.m.

I think I will redo the colour in your honour and in honour of other Moodscopers who are curious! Lx

The Gardener

Oct. 25, 2021, 8:25 a.m.

Oh Lex! You've hardly started! People watching around Windsor last week. Business men in dark suits with red-plastic rimmed spectacles. Fashion for waxing whiskers ('masher' stuff, I dare you). Horrendous tattoos on all visible parts of body. Pony tails (men) my sons tried to persuade Mr G to have one - even bought him an ear-ring! Took me a decade to get him into coloured clothes and go to parties (and enjoy them). My b-in-law was conservative to the last - but his installation as Dean at his university saw him in spectacular renaissance robes - and a hat to die for. My youngest grand-son has a pony tail - probably more because over 160 days locked down in Melbourne he could not get a hair cut.

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Lex

Oct. 25, 2021, 10:57 a.m.

...all the encouragement I need. Come pay-day, 'twill be new items for the wardrobe. "All the World's a Stage..." Lx

Lex

Oct. 25, 2021, 9:02 a.m.

This might work! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IduQUf_6d7lbPqoZ_FYokbGb9CS4fhvZ/view?usp=sharing I do know it needs re-bluing!!! and re-pinking!!!

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Lex

Oct. 25, 2021, 9:03 a.m.

And here's the pink phase before the blue for the wedding. Have to say the hat has been much covetted! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hcnxPXV-Z1287tjXQnckTiQAJ4C8-DaZ/view?usp=sharing

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Huw

Oct. 25, 2021, 9:34 a.m.

Hi lex, a man who doesn’t mind being compared to my little pony can’t be all bad :). Maybe try the Brave Heart kilt.

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Lex

Oct. 25, 2021, 10:56 a.m.

Yes! Yes!! YES!!! Huw!!!! I'll check my swatch to see if it will go with the Mackay tartan! Lx

Valerie

Oct. 25, 2021, 10:39 a.m.

Oh,you have got me thinking Lex.Spock has no hair,with a neat trimmed short beard.When he shaved it off once I commented that he looked like a boiled egg,so he regrew it.Now his beard is going white, causing his mug to lack definition. I am inspired by your blog to get creative with some dye when he's fast asleep.Thanks for this Lex.***

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Lex

Oct. 25, 2021, 10:55 a.m.

I dare you, Valerie! I've just come of an inspiring call with my friend, Tessa... discussing impact on Zoom. It may even be a bit of lip gloss for me next! Looking at the shared images... the colour needs redoing today; it washes out quickly! Lx

Patty

Oct. 25, 2021, 1:48 p.m.

Oh no Lex. Not lipgloss too lol! What color will it be ? Pink or blue or one color on each lip?

Lex

Oct. 26, 2021, 5:54 a.m.

Great idea, Patty. I'd love to explore 'Egyptian' style eye-enhancement, but I suspect wearing glasses would diminish the effect. I'm such a New Romantic (or is it an Old Romantic nowadays?) Lx

Lex

Oct. 26, 2021, 5:54 a.m.

Great idea, Patty. I'd love to explore 'Egyptian' style eye-enhancement, but I suspect wearing glasses would diminish the effect. I'm such a New Romantic (or is it an Old Romantic nowadays?) Lx

Harriet

Oct. 25, 2021, 11:38 a.m.

Thank you for this blog Lex - it has put a big smile on my face for the afternoon!

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Lex

Oct. 25, 2021, 7:51 p.m.

Then I am well-happy, Harriet! Keep smiling! Lx

Jul

Oct. 25, 2021, 12:26 p.m.

Thanks for the two photos Lex. You look good! I really like the beard too. It's quite subtle. I wonder if you'll start a trend Jul xx

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Lex

Oct. 25, 2021, 7:52 p.m.

A Fashion Guru, moi? Surely not! Ha ha xx (Thrilled you like it!)

Bearofliddlebrain

Oct. 25, 2021, 1:11 p.m.

Ha Harr it’s Cap’n Bluebeard! Oh no it isn’t! It’s Cap’n Pinkbeard…aharr me hearties…..I bet your favourite cheese is cheddarrrr!!! The beard is not as pink or as blue as I thought it was going to be - ve ve subtle indeed. Loving the fedora - what a fabulous hat! Stunning colour! You’ve cheered us all up Lex! I stopped colouring my curly locks last September and just let the sparkles come through the curls….kept having it shorn until December then it was lockdown…by March, I decided to be a short-haired Bear and am completely and utterly loving the ease and the many colours of grey! Have shocked friends who haven’t seen me for 8 months - haven’t seen some relatives for nearly a year so they will have a surprise and family further afield haven’t seen me for two years…they will say I am my mother!!! ;-)* Fun blog, thank you dear boy, Love and Bear hugs x x x Wantthathat.comx

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Lex

Oct. 25, 2021, 7:54 p.m.

The subtlety is 'seasonal' as the colour is washable after a while. So, tonight, it's re-prime night! Of to the 'Salon'! xx

Patty

Oct. 25, 2021, 1:54 p.m.

Fun blog Lex. I am not brave enough or maybe I'm just to conservative to color my hair in bright colors like I see done all the time. It looks fun but at my age just not for me. I know that sounds boring but I live that you did your beard. What fun! My temples and bangs are almost white and the rest brown so I have my hair foiled with

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Patty

Oct. 25, 2021, 1:59 p.m.

Oops. With blond and white to match the natural white. I like it Probably if I were in my 20s I would do that, but I am not one to have tattoos or body piercings either. Even if younger I'm sure I would not. I love what YOU did with your beard though. What fun! I wish I could see it though! It's too bad we can't post pictures on here. Love it Lex.

Lex

Oct. 25, 2021, 8:05 p.m.

I think the most important colour is the colour we are 'inside', Patty. You sound pretty scintillating to me! "Shine on, you crazy diamond!" (As the Floyd would say!) Lx

Lex

Oct. 25, 2021, 9:21 p.m.

Pink and Blue Boost tonight! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1n70yjaUPN1OuYVjmCicrcGAmQZjljE4p/view?usp=sharing

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Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope

Oct. 25, 2021, 10:26 p.m.

Very smart! :-)

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Lex

Oct. 26, 2021, 5:54 a.m.

Thank you, Caroline! Lx

Bearofliddlebrain

Oct. 26, 2021, 6:11 a.m.

Colourful Viking rather than Cornish pirate!

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Lex

Oct. 26, 2021, 7:39 p.m.

Me likey!!

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