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Issue 25

A few more art exhibitions to add to the diary and an in depth discussion on men with beards...

Beards: Insanity or Vanity?

Once considered the relic of a bygone era, appropriate attire for either fishermen, rabbis, pirates or pornographers, the ubiquitous crumb catcher has made a remarkable comeback in parts of the capital with some barbers in trendy parts of East London charging hipsters twenty quid a pop to have their man hair shaved, sculpted and styled much to the opprobrium of an anonymous Londonewcastle employee.

The unnamed individual, a harsh critic of beards has gone on record lamenting that “if I see any more barber shops in Shoreditch or cupcake shops in Primrose Hill I swear I’m going to burn the f*****g place to the ground.” Furthermore he hypothesised a marked correlation between the denigration of ones masculinity and the prevalence of beards; in other words when an individual’s masculinity is called into question beards provide a natural defence mechanism much like a sea bird which puffs out its chest.

Although we are frequently told beards are the ultimate symbol of masculinity, the individual in question has gone on record to describe them as “the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions”. Furthermore he opines they are “the opium of the masses”. He reasons “look, there are two reasons that men grow beards, either they’re ugly and they’re hiding it or they are vain and spend hours in front of a mirror”. Asked if laziness could be considered a contributory factor he commented “no, I don’t think so. If you have stubble you are lazy. You have maybe rolled out of bed once or twice and thought no, not today. Today I will have my lie in and enjoy the peace and solemnity of my bed. But you are making a conscious decision persistently not to shave when you grow a beard. Therefore laziness should be discounted as a factor.”

David Barnett, Londonewcastle's CEO has a beard. He declined to comment but has said the individual in question has been reprimanded

East End Print Fair

The East End Print Fair 2016 is well worth a sunny afternoon visit this weekend.

Great work available to buy from the likes of Felicity Taylor and David Shand.

Also, some intricate and intriguing views from Maptrail.

Saturday 21st May 2016 10-5pm

Sunday 22nd May 2016 10-5pm

At the FOUNT London Courtyard

Railway Arches, 358-360 Westgate Street, London E8 3RN

Just 5 minutes away from Broadway Market and London Fields, opposite Netil Market.

Punk 76-78

If you haven't visited the national institution that is the British Library at St Pancras, this exhibition is a great opportunity to do so.

Along with an amazing collection of punk fanzines, flyers, recordings and record sleeves, there is also a Pop-up punk shop. In the grand entrance hall, the shop is packed with vinyl, t-shirts, prints, books and exclusive prints by legendary music photographer Sheila Rock. You can also have your picture taken in a photo booth and experience the 70s listening booth, kindly lent to the Library by the Mick Jones of the Clash.

Picture of Debbie Harry from Blondie, performing on their first major UK tour at our favourite London venue, the Roundhouse, in March 1977.

Exhibition runs until October 2nd.

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