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Subject: Re: [Norton AntiSpam]Re: Lookin good/BEARDS ETC
From: Kiwi <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Kiwi <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:08:57 -0500

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I would counter that SOME men look good in beards;  others look not so good. 
It comes down to the eye of the beholder and obviously no one size fits all.

I will say for me, and me alone, I prefer clean-shaven but if there MUST be 
facial scruff, I prefer a close shaved fringe or a neatly maintained short, 
even beard.  The longer beards, especially the ones that look like worn by a 
mountain man who never owned a comb or brush, is an absolute turn-off--for 
me.  It has a big yuck factor.  For me.

-----Original Message-----
From: Discussion of opera and related issues 
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Clarissa Cheer
Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2017 9:30 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Lookin good/BEARDS ETC

A comment: Men look good with beards. I like beards, my father had one all 
his life, and in World World II they were not very common. The marvellous 
Museum of Archaeology in Naples is full of the most striking statues of 
Hercules and other ancient Greek heroes with magnificent bodies, and huge 
beards. Beards were ideal then and not worn among just the old men. In Roman 
times the men were pretty much clean-shaven.

Later explorer Columbus was perhaps beardless, Vasco de Gama was not. Cabot, 
Amerigo Vespucci and Marco Polo all had beards. King Henry VIII of England 
sported a beard, most of his citizens did too. Monteverdi was bearded.
Handel, Bach and Mozart were beardless. A clean face and short hair 
expressed the end of the French Revolution. Often the 19th century composers 
were clean-shaven, like Beethoven, Weber, Bellini, Rossini, Donizetti, 
Wagner, Meyerbeer, Chopin, Liszt, Rubinstein - and the singers Rubini, 
Mario, Lablache. However, by the mid century moustaches became fashionable 
and beards made a comeback, I counted Balfe, Sousa, Bizet, Brahms, Verdi, 
Gounod, Tchaikovsky, Thomas, Debussy, Dvorak to name just a few musical 
figures. Whiskers arrived in force, British composer Elgar had huge whiskers 
tweaked up at the ends. How about today?

Cheers, Clarissa Lablache

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