Peter Rhodes on teaching an army, growing a beard and Boris's praise for China
A survey reveals that, for the first time in many decades, more than half of British men have facial hair. I wonder why.
To look more intelligent, perhaps? I am reminded of that late, great writer A A Gill who referred to “beards as a substitute for thought”.
The good news is that proper beards now outnumber so-called designer stubble, as cultivated by the BBC's climate-catastrophe guru Justin Rowlatt. I'm not sure why Rowlatt goes for the scruffy stubbly look, unless it's to put across an urgent and rather poetic little message: “No time to shave, I've a planet to save.”