Movember: two days to go!

You might remember that Eben has been taking part in Movember this month, giving over his top lip to charity for thirty days. He’s raising money for men’s mental health, in memory of our friend Oggie, who died in 2007. He elected for the Magnum PI look (geddit?), but sadly, as the month has progressed, we have come to realise that Tom Selleck’s ability to grow hair on the top of his head as well helped him to avoid looking like an angry square-basher and gave him a certain Hawaiian je ne sais quoi. Eben lacks that tonsurial ability, and has found that his moustache makes him look very…military.

We call this look the “Brigadier who has smelled something nasty”.

The moustache has been very well travelled this month. Here it is in Cornwall:

…and we call this look the “Oswald Mosely”.

And here it is in Manchester, being concealed behind a handy insta-hipster window.

The moustache, in its early π symbol incarnation, accompanied us to Wales on visit to Sony, where it was mocked roundly (mostly by me, if I’m to be completely honest), resulting in the loss of its…wings.

Back in Cambridge, Eben discovered that there is at least one benefit to owning a moustache: namely, if your hands are full and your nose is itchy, you can use your top lip to scratch it.

And most recently, the moustache has been to New York, where it caused untold problems at immigration (the passport inspector had one look at Eben’s passport photo and one look at him, and said: “What the hell happened to you?”).

At the Intrepid Museum in New York. Only one of the nose cones on display has enough room underneath it for a LUXURIANT MOUSTACHE.

The moustache has not been to space.

Eben has had a tough month. People who have not heard of Movember believe he’s growing it in earnest, people who have heard of it are pointing and laughing, and I am finding it hard to bestow wifely kisses on him without sniggering. Most recently he has found himself having to trim it every morning because the hairs get in his mouth and tickle his lips. And Mooncake the cat is confused by the moustache, and nibbles it in the night.

So he (and I) would be very grateful if you could send some last-minute moustache sponsorship by clicking here or on any of the pictures.

Roll on December 1.


ukscone avatar

> Roll on December 1.

oh you mean you hadn’t heard? they’ve extended movember thisyear to the end of december to give everyone even those who are folically challenged to have a chance

liz avatar

You are a horrible, horrible man, Scone.

Dave Akerman avatar

> The moustache has not been to space.


But no. Just no. :-)

ukscone avatar

if he shaves it off over some sellotape to catch it all you could send it up on the next Babbage trip. Babbage would look cool with a ‘stache

Dave Akerman avatar

What part of “no” did you miss? :p

ukscone avatar

i’ve lost my dictionary so i am currently unable to look up word definitions.

come on you know given half a chance you’d do it just so you’d have the highest HAB bear with moustache world record

The Raspberry Pi Guy avatar

I vote that parts of Eben’s moustache should go to space!

The Raspberry Pi Guy

bertwert avatar

Moustache to space- YAY!!!

bradley avatar

Is there any way of sponsoring the tache for having to have an Eben stuck to it’s behind for a whole month?

The Raspberry Pi Guy avatar


liz avatar

There is not enough money IN THE WORLD.

meltwater avatar

Almost there.

Please we want more photos!

My little girl thought it was so funny (she remembers meeting Eben).

The rule is that if you laugh at a Movember-er, you have to make a donation. Totally worth it!

IrishFramboise (AlanMc) avatar

Why did I not know this Rule#0? Does this mean that I have to return to see everyone I’ve met in the last 3 weeks?

Oh well, at least it was the opportunity to speak about serious issues in a funny way with a huge amount of people (donations=2, brief conversations about Men’s Health {depression & cancer} >100) =o) To quote a large cosmetics firm “Because we’re worth it“.

PS Thanks ladies for putting up with us.

Dave Akerman avatar

We’ve just been watching Despicable Me 2, and we think we’ve seen what Eben was aiming at … :-)

IrishFramboise (AlanMc) avatar


Davespice avatar

Over a grand, jolly good effort! =)

BlueSky avatar

It looks something from a German video in the 1970s.

stick avatar

Your Country Needs YOU, and the PI.

liz avatar


Peter Ryan avatar

The first photo kind-of-sort-of looks like this:

…if you squint a bit! Prior to shaving, may I suggest waxing the ends and wearing a beret?!

happeningo avatar

I didn’t want to scare people with a pornstar mo. So we caused an incident on Abbey Road to send a Movember message.

mark avatar

I love that Ebon is tough enough to publicly endure the ribbing. Both of you must be a wonderful couple. I’ve been married to my wife for 27 years — cheers to you both.

IrishFramboise (AlanMc) avatar

I can relate to the immigration problem.

I nearly wasn’t let into the UK on Monday last and nearly not let back home to France on Thursday thanks to my Mo. The things we have to bear….or is that “bare”?

I now look (and speak) like Brad Pitt in Snatch (Mickey)! *Got hat*.

b1ackmai1er avatar

Reflecting on the Picture of the Enterprise:

1.7bn to manufacture, 450m to launch, made of millions of custom components vs. Raspberry Pi.

Could there ever be two titans so completely different but at the same time so inspiring.

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