It is the halfway point of November and as you are out at the grocery store, perhaps doing a little early Thanksgiving shopping or just running errands, you become aware of the presence of many more moustaches than usual. At first you attribute it to the recent cold snap, but then you remember Movember and its awareness of men's health issues! The Minnesota Historical Society is highlighting some of the moustachioed men of the past in its photo collection. Perhaps these images can serve as inspiration for grooming as the end of the month nears? The gentlemen above sport matching moustaches that taper slightly in this 1918 photo.
I usually find TV award shows as primarily fluff and hype, and they rarely stir deep emotions in me. However, listening to Benedict Cumberbatch's acceptance speech in the Best Actor category at the American Film Awards ceremonies for his portrayal of Alan Turing in the film "The Imitation Game" brought me to tears.
The month of November is Native American Heritage Month. A recent editorial by Kevin Gover, director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian, suggests that "the vast majority of Americans have a limited -- and often mistaken -- understanding of Native American history."
Whether or not you believe that Springsteen's concert really had something to do with the fall of the Wall depends on how much you believe in the power of rock and roll. But I think what is beyond doubt is that the concert is a glorious example of the influence that rock can have on people who are hungry and ready for change.
Today, Magna Carta is regarded in both the UK and the US as a foundation stone of our freedoms. Next year marks its 800th anniversary, and to celebrate, Lincoln Cathedral in eastern England has sent its copy on a grand tour of the United States. From now until January, it will be exhibited at the Library of Congress.