I’m not particularly enamoured with the Australian commentary at the Games, especially the gymnast commentary duo, but you can’t love ‘em all! Anyhoo, there’s a trend amongst the male commentators that is starting to get on my tits and that is their need to comment EVERY TIME on the dudes with the big moustaches who come out for the medal ceremonies.

I mean, how many times can you hear “Merv Hughs has got some competition” or “maybe they’re getting ready for Movember” and find it amusing? The point was made the first time!

I definitely think it’s time to explore some new options, so commentators, here are two suggestions to consider: ‘a girl could get a hold of that mo and make some use of it’ or ‘obviously if women had handlebar moustaches they’d come in handy’? Maybe my plethora of blog followers would like to include their thoughts?

As a bit of background, these moustaches have a long history and a great Indian mate of mine, Gautam, tells me it symbolises masculinity in the Delhi /Rajasthan areas. However, handlebar moustaches are closely associated with the British Armed Forces, particularly the Royal Air Force during WWII, where apparently to help retain their shape and structural integrity, they used wax on their whiskers. So another Commonwealth link, which is obviously appropriate.

Just in case you’re interested, a true handlebar moustache must be particularly lengthy with graspable extremities, and is named for its resemblance to handlebars of a motorcycle or bicycle.

It’s a bit of an institution this handlebar stuff and there’s even ‘The Handlebar Club of London’. Its aim, according to their Website, is “to bring together moustache wearers (beards being strictly prohibited) socially for sport and general conviviality. The aim of the Club is to assist by all means at its disposal, any worthy charity or cause, particularly those devoted to ex-servicemen.” One should definitely peruse their Website

Or better yet, click on the title of this story and you’ll see some terrific handlebar moustaches.

Quite interesting when you look into it and commentators, we’re just looking for some variety -not too much to ask, is it?

Yours, without the bollocks

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