In the world of facial stubble, the famous five o'clock shadow has become the nearly permanent 10 o'clock shadow, proving -- as if you needed proof at this point -- that this is the season of facial hair.
You know it's a friendship you should keep when you show up to her house 25 minutes late, toss the contents of your purse all over her sparkling clean table and announce "WAX IT ON THE COUNT OF THREE!" and she obeys.
I am not attracted to men with facial hair. It's not really a phobia, though I confess I am somewhat ambivalent about both Santa Claus and Jesus. It is all because of my childhood Pediatrician - my parents called him a baby doctor - had a mustache exactly like Adolf Hitler's.
Beards are back in fashion around the world. To be sure, beards have gone through many fashions. Just think of the handlebar mustaches of the 19th century, the clone look of the 1970s or the permanent growth fancied by the bear community. But I think this time is different.
In the late 17th century, Peter the Great, Tsar of Russia, ordered men to shave in order to bring Russia closer to modern Europe, and went so far as to collect a tax on beards. There is no shortage of opinion on beards today.
Jonathan Pryce devotes certain hours of his day to document the beard culture, which he labels "a developing trend," in the British capital. His daily discoveries end up on his blog, also the home of his project, 100 Beards, 100 Days.