Sunday, April 29, 2007

Beards, Earthquakes and Talking Buildings

This earthquake in Kent, which seems to be the only news story in the world this morning, produced a consolingly bearded seismologist on television this morning. (I'm anti-beard, downright beardist in fact, but academics on television news shows should have beards.) He said we know a lot about quakes in Kent because of Canterbury Cathedral. It's an ancient structure with long terms records which include reports of the earth shaking. There are downsides, of course, but, on the whole, it is a wonderful thing, living in an old country where academics on TV are nervous and have beards and the buildings tell us stories.

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  1. No one really injured, TG. While it seems a quick shimmy round with a dustpan will do much of the cleaning. But I'll bet it put a added frisson to Saturday night nooky in the County. And possibly knocked the house foundations back into place.
    But how often could an earthquake expert expect to be wheeled out to provide his tuppence worth, no wonder the chap was skittish. While Canterbury was designed to tell a story, abet not about earthquakes. But most of them had beards.

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  2. What's the problem with beards? Are your bearded blog readers and commentators not welcome? Should I consider joining the Beard Liberation Front?

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  3. No, all welcome, of course, David, but I do like the idea of the BLF. I don't know, I've always found beards wrong somehow. Grew one myself once. Horrible, it was. Perhaps beards are like hats, they need a way back into to men's repertoire of possible appearances.

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  4. Thanks for the words of reassurance.

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  5. Susan, chin admirerApril 29, 2007 2:45 pm

    Of course, Bryan, you wouldn't hide your chin cleft under a bushel -- er, beard -- so no wonder you dis' em.

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  6. The cleft is, indeed, a great consolation. One day I shall get to the bottom of it.

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  7. Until now I Had thought a "beardist" was someone who believed in the inherent superiority of a particular type of beard? What would be the word for that Bryan?

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  8. The bottom of a great consoling bearded cleft? Back in Dali territory, I presume.

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