“During November each year, the Movember (Moustache- November) is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces around the world. The aim is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically cancer.”
At Londolozi we chose to not only raise awareness for men’s health by supporting the Movember tradition, but also took the opportunity to raise some funds for a cause closer to home – the Madlala High School. On Movember the 1st, the ‘Mo Bros’ of Londolozi paid their entrance fees, to be donated to the Madlala High School, and began grooming and trimming their unique moustaches.
Now…picking a moustache style is no mean feat. Not only do you have to sport something original yet fashionable, but there is also the added dimension of “growth curveballs” which can have some unexpected side effects on the development of a man’s moustache. By the end of Movember, some interesting styles had emerged – each with a fitting name:
Steve Siegel: The “Pablo Behind-the-Bar”
Named after the Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Our resident bar manager seemed less concerned about moustachery as he was about embracing his character in full. Staff members all agreed he was getting a little carried away when he paid his Movember entrance fee in a black plastic bag, simply marked “For the cheeldrin– regards, Pablo”.
Chris Goodman: The “Duran Duran”
Named after the famous boxer Roberto Duran. Initially Chris set out to grow the “David Boon” sadly however, he was hit square in the face by a growth curveball (or lack thereof) and had to change tactics to a style with a little less volume. Having just purchased a boxing bag and gloves to match, Chris was not overly disappointed in his new character and could often be seen running around the soccer field wearing a hoodie singing “the eye of robertooooooooo” at the top of his voice.
Mike Miller: The “Delfuago”
Classic Biker Handle bar moustache. Mike started slipping into this character months ago by continually wearing vests around camp and sporting leather jackets on leave. It was a natural transition when he finally had the handle bars to match.
Rich Ferrier: The “Earl Hicky”
Named after the lead character from the popular series “My name is Earl”. Coincidently the comedy series is based on the lead character Earl paying off his debt to society. Very fitting indeed.
James Tyrrell: The “Swamp thing”
Named after the pilot from the movie Con Air. James was visibly and audibly disgusted with his assigned name and stormed out of the office muttering “How come Rex Miller gets to be Robert Redford? Naught, this is way unfair”. We thought about letting him argue his point but after comparing the images below, we felt he had no leg to stand on.
Dean Smithyman: The “Purple Cobra”
Named after the lead Character White Goodman in the movie “Dodgeball”. When asked why he had gone for this particular style he replied “Mens health and supporting our future generation’s education is pretty important and we all need to take the bull by the horns…..literally……it’s a metaphor…but this one really happened.”
Lucien Beaumont: The “Hulk Hogan”
Similar to the “Delfuago” (see Mike Miller) except blonde and with more volume. Lucien used his natural growth areas beautifully here to produce an almost unrivalled volume display.
Daniel Buys: The “Bieber”
Named after the teenage heart throb Justin Bieber. Members initially felt guilty for assigning a style that so openly mocked a Mo Bro’s inability to get solid growth, but when Dan’s girlfriend walked into his room and saw him practising the Bieber flick in front of the mirror singing “I’ve got the fever, I’ve got the Bieber fever” all sympathies went out the back door.
Sean Carter: The “Tom Selleck”
It’s just a pure volume game here. This style was made famous by the 1990’s series “Magnum PI”, maybe one day someone will call it the “Sean Carter”.
Byron Serrao: The “Reese Feldman”
Named after the lead antagonist in the Movie “Starsky and Hutch”. When asked why he had chosen this style, Byron’s response was an emphatic “I am to the Reese Feldman like seafood is to a good white wine on a tropical beach somewhere, besides, I’m a bit of a gangster myself….”.
James Hobson: The “Mark Lievremont”
A style synonymous with the French National Rugby Coach, quite fitting when one considers James’s passion for touch rugby. Once, when asked if he was the best rugby player in the Sabi Sands he replied matter-of-factly “Probably not the Sabi Sands, but definitely Londolozi”…sorry John Holley.
Rex Miller: The “Sundance Kid”
Named after Robert Redford in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”. When asked about his chosen style Rex replied “I was a little disappointed I couldn’t get the required growth to be Paul Newman, but I guess I’d rather be Robert Redford than the Swamp thing”. This remark did nothing for James Tyrrell’s jealously issues.
Wade Williams: The “Che Guevara”
When asked his thoughts on this style, members realised Wade had actually put some thought into growing his mo, “Not only are we going to revolutionise the way we raise funds for Madlala, but also the way we view our health, I have already stopped smoking cigars”. At least somebody hasn’t lost sight of the cause.
Adam Bannister: The “Hetfield”
Named after James Hetfield, co-founder of the heavy metal band Metallica. This is clearly Adam projecting his childhood dream of becoming a rock star. He still shudders as he recalls his audition as a teenager to become a lead guitarist in a heavy metal band when he was told offhandedly “The auditions for Simply Red are down the hall”. We are all pleased Adam finally got to express himself, even if it was in monochrome ginger. Be sure to monitor his musical prowess in a Londolozi boma near you.
David Dampier: The “Dave Varty”
Named after Dave Varty of Londolozi. When asked why he was sporting this particular style Doyle commented “You don’t just sprout a Dave Varty 80’s moustache over night, you have to grow into it’s character. There’s a certain charm and charisma to this style that says, I’m a businessman, but I could track and find a pride of lions if I chose to…And I like that…Besides we have the same name anyway, we’re practically brothers”. Dave Varty was unavailable for comment.
Tom Imrie: The “Merv Hughes”
Named after the charismatic Australian cricketer who opened the bowling for his national side in the 1990’s. Merv Hughes is still revered today as one of the game’s greatest sledgers and Tom was very pleased with this persona. Under much duress, our blog team finally agreed to post Tom’s picture in black and white in order to draw a more reasonable parallel to Merv after Tom’s growth came out unexpectedly orange.
Jimmy Marshall: The “Chuck Norris”
Jimmy Marshall grew a moustache at the age of 18……seconds. Not many candidates are able to pull the “Chuck Norris” off, but after 25 years of Londolozi Bomas we decided in a strange twist of irony that Chuck Norris in fact wears the “Jimmy Marshall”.
As of today, the 30th November, the Londolozi Rangers along with donations from staff and guests have raised over R 3000 for the Madlala High School. To find out more about the Madlala High School and the work that the Good Work Foundation is doing, be sure to Like their Facebook Page to receive the news updates.
Let us know in the comments section below who you think best resembles their accompanying picture, we are looking forward to hearing your thoughts and comments. 🙂