Awards have a hirsute tie: Prize for Beard of the Year is three way split
Lisa Markwell is the editor of The Independent on Sunday. She was previously executive editor of The Independent, i and The Independent on Sunday and has edited the features pages, and both the Saturday and Sunday supplements. She writes comment pieces for the papers and restaurant reviews for the New Review. Lisa has worked across a variety of newspapers and magazines and can now tick off every publication cycle from daily to quarterly. She is an enthusiastic foodie, mother of two teenagers and drives an electric car. She is writing a book about adoption.
Sunday 29 December 2013
It has not been, we must report, a vintage year for facial hair. The prize for the annual Beard of the Year has had to be shared between The Choir's Gareth Malone, actor John Hurt and rugby player Geoff Parling.
The three-way split of the award, organised by the Beard Liberation Front, suggests a nation underwhelmed by pogonophilia (although it did attract more than 10,000 votes). Perhaps things would be different if Prince Harry, who has a hirsute new look thanks to his Antarctic adventure, had been eligible. Ditto the editors of The Independent and i, both of whom have luxuriant beards and do, we would argue, fit the competition criteria of "the impact of the beard in the public eye [being] positive". Maybe next year....
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