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The truth about beards: The resurgence is putting them back in the spotlight!

Shaving may look straight-forward, but it is a complex process looking after a beard.

Adapted by Frank Morris

So, you want to grow a beard. But you can’t decide which style to settle on? Well, you have reached the modern-man’s dilemma. Ask yourself these questions. Are you right for a full-bearded look? A slightly dishevelled, just got out of bed stubble? Or, do you opt for a nice trim look?

Answer: A beard, like any other fashion choice, is supposed to suit your character. In this case, the shape of your face.

A man’s beard can say a lot about his personality. But the one thing you don’t want it to state: is that the fact you don’t care about grooming.

Which beard suits your face?









ROUND is for a full, round jawline. Go for a neat moustache or trimmed beard to help slim the face and make it appear more elliptical. OVAL is for the visually symmetrical face, with evenly spaced eyes. You win the facial hair lottery; most styles suit you face. Whether it’s a goatee, neat trim, or scruff – you own it. OBLONG/RECTANGLE is straight, narrow sides of face and slightly rounded chin. A neatly trimmed moustache shortens the face; while a neatly trimmed beard also squares the face.                                                    








SQUARE is broad, square jawline; forehead, cheekbones, jaw are the same width. You can work a scruff as well as a neat beard with hard lines, both of which enhance your square jawline. TRIANGULAR is broad jawline and narrow chin. A trimmed or scruff full beard minimises the pointed chin. Avoid too much fullness across the sides as this will further emphasise your wide jawline. DIAMOND is wide cheekbones and narrow chin. You’ll do well to opt for a full beard as it squares off the face and hides a prominent chin.

Shaving, according to Gillettes, may look straight-forward, but it is a complex process: beard hairs can be as strong as copper wire. But don’t forget, they are rooted in soft, jelly-like skin.

For an optimal shave, the 3-in-1 razor has to cut these hard hairs closely while avoiding damage to the delicate skin surface. The comb can be used to trim a beard, side-burns or moustache. The edging blade helps to create sharp and precise lines to finish off the most detailed of styles.

[Information on Beard Basic is supplied by]


Race thrill! The school celebrates its 50th birthday by staging a billycart derby during its annual Spring Fair. But what will make this year’s fair extra special? The billycart derby using REAL billycarts. None of the Fancy-Dan approaches that make it look like a space-craft or something else; billycarts of the last century! The derby organiser said the billycarts and their riders would race down certain streets and finally lead into a blocked street that would lead the carts still racing to the finish post. The children could use the school holidays to build their entries for the chance to win the Transgrid Trophy. The organiser said: “The trophy will be awarded to the cart and rider that goes the furthest on the day. But it not about who wins; it’s really all about having fun and celebrating the school’s 50th anniversary.” The billycart were on display at a major hardware store. – FM.


Dinosaurs were roaming around the earth between 65 and 225 million years ago then suddenly and mysteriously they disappeared. Welcome to the Age of the Dinosaurs.

The exhibition which takes you back through time to when these awesome prehistoric creatures existed in the Mesozoic Era. Some of the dinosaurs were as large as large a two-storey house; while others were no bigger than a chicken.

These robotic dinosaurs are literally half-size models. And based on the latest scientific evidence, they act like a dinosaur, the move like a dinosaur, and look like a dinosaur. These accurate reproductions are individually crafted by using plastics, silicon and synthetic fibres.

A computerised system allows the creatures to growl and roar, swish their tails and lift their legs. They even roll their eyes. The dinosaurs are:

TYRANNOSAURUS is the largest known carnivorous dinosaur. Its skull was extra strong, possibly to withstand the impact caused when the creature attacked its prey. Its teeth were 15 to 20 centimetres long with sharp serrated edges, like a steak knife.

STYRACOSAURUS has a large neck frill that was probably used to attract mates or threaten rivals. The large horn on its nose would have been a formidable weapon.

MUTTABURRASAURUS has an extraordinary bump on its nose which may give it a better sense of smell, or may have helped it make loud noises, or even a mating call. This dinosaur is based on the most complete dinosaur fossil ever found in Australia.

STEGOSAURUS means ‘roofed reptile’. The dinosaur is best known for the large bony plates along its back. The sharp tail spikes would have been used for defend. DIMETRODON is a predatory creature who lived well before the dinosaurs, approximately 250 million years ago. Its sail shaped back, according to science experts, would have acted as a solar panel for regulating body temperature.

Other dinosaurs are the Parasaurolophus, Apatosauros and Ceratosaurus.

Keep watching the media for announcement of the program in a surburb near you.

[Adapted by Frank Morris from the National Science and Technology Centre on Dinosaurs.]


Streets ahead! Dunedin knows how to keep its visitors fit and trim. Everyone is expected to jog up and down Baldwin Street at least 10 times before breakfast! Only kidding. But, seriously, it wouldn’t hurt to do it at least once a day. Baldwin Street, which runs off North Road, is the steepest street in the world – and the Guinness Book of records proves it. It has a gradient of 1 in 1.266. That’s steep! Dunedin also prides itself on having the only castle in New Zealand – Larnach Castle, built in 1887. It is also, apparently, steeped in a tragic and scandalous past … Anyone for Pavlova? This rich sweet dish of meringue and marshmallow topped with whipped cream and fruit originated in NZ. It was name after the celebrated Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova, who twice toured NZ in the 1920s. – Frank Morris.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 08 May 15

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