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How these rugged retrosexuals have economy on a razor’s edge

By Robert McNeil

The nation’s press are in a lather again this week about chaps growing beards “to help beat the economic downturn”.

Believe me, ladies and gents, men and not-men, growing a beard doesn’t help, unless you’re thinking of begging and want to look authentic.

The blame is placed squarely on the face of Hugh Laurie, about whom I wrote a few weeks ago, following the shock news that his was the new coupon of L’Oreal, a leading manufacturer of pongs. And he’d grown a beard to have his photie took.

The name of Hangover actor Zach Galifianakis — you could chew a whole bun while trying to pronounce that surname — has also been adduced in the charges.

Now, leading worriers are ululating that sales of razors have declined because of the “rise of the rugged retrosexual”.

Rugged?

Certainement non moi.

A rugged librarian perhaps.

A slightly wild accounts clerk.

But that’s as far as it goes.

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