Even beards need to stay safe too

By Ayyaz “The Bearded Captain” Malik

Hello and greetings my bearded beloved’s, good afternoon. As we are insolation season, I will make sure that I address you, my soldiers in this time.

A lot of you, might be fighting boredom, and other dom’s – maybe stardom, but as you are not as magnificent as The Captain, that’s unlikely.

I am very flattered of course, but there have been two tales of when your captain has been stopped twice, due to his face trophy – his beard.

Once in Wakefield West Yorkshire, the other in Small Heath Birmingham. The occasion in Birmingham gave me great joy as on this occasion I was stopped due to being recognized as The Bearded Captain.
Yes, this tale will be told to the kids and grandkids … can you blame me? Gloating aside, gleaming aside I want to talk about the issue at hand. This issue is an important one.

For the die-hard fans of this blog amongst you, I know you’re in your masses, then you will remember a blog post where I stated that even The Captain can get man flu as well as other bearded men.

This blog post is essentially about that, but it’s just reminding you brothers, that stay safe and weary in these times. I know you have Herculean faces brothers, but in this pandemic of Covid 19, please follow the guidelines that your government has set.

I can’t do this post, without mentioning the tragic bearded news that some of our bearded brothers have been lost in the battle of covid 19. There are beards who, in the fight against this pandemic are giving up their time and facial hair to help our elderly and vulnerable.

The Captain gives those now beardless men and the women a fully-fledged bearded salute and running socially distanced bro hug. A mention to my brothers, thanks for helping the ill and affected, I know it must be hard to remove your face diamonds from your face.

Looking like your barely older enough to have left school, never mind have a fully-fledged full-time job, what these male nurses, in this case, are doing is of course admirable.

Some nurses are working close to 15 hours a day, without some time off in site. My beards, just because you are still bearded where some might not be, just please stay safe and take care.

You are superheroes, yes, but just like Superman and Batman, they can get hurt and feel pain. My brothers so can you, stay safe …. and look after yourselves and your beards!

It’s over and out from The Bearded Captain , peace.

An amusing story to make you smile during covid 19

By Ayyaz “The Bearded Captain” Malik

Hello and good greetings from The Bearded Captain. Good afternoon my bearded soldiers, I pray we are well, in the middle of maintaining our beards and in these unprecedented times, looking after our health.

Just like in other addresses, I will again use this chance, to express my thanks to NHS staff, from Dr’s, nurses and to other staff who work for the health service. Thank you for your efforts to look after the old and vulnerable where at times you can’t look after your own old and vulnerable.

My beloved’s I reach out to you today because I want to tell a story. I hope this tale brings a smile to your face. As I type this out, it brings a wry smile to my face just thinking about it.

The story is a short one, but yeah anyway. One morning, after waking up and having my bearded breakfast (two eggs, two toast with no butter and a glass of orange juice), I decided to check the post.

Now, as you know the post usually consists of bills and “junk” (but unfortunately no blank cheques). In the case of this story, it would be “junk mail” that came in the post I want to talk about.

What came in the post, was a little leaflet from Harry’s. Yes, that’s right Harry’s the shaving guys who make themselves out to be so ethical people.
But are the same people who promote the cutting of your face and to go out against father nature in this instant and shave their beards (you see what I did there, I got your back guys).

Whoever was on their marketing team and thought this was a good idea to send a leaflet to the house which has three fully bearded men in there is hilarious.

Maybe, they were trying to encourage The Captain to shave his head all those months before he eventually started using a razor to shave his head, who knows.

One thing I do know, when I saw the leaflet, it really made me laugh. Telling this story, I thought it could make you laugh too.

A guide to survive in isolation

By Ayyaz Malik (The Bearded Captain, leader of all beards)

It’s a strange world we live in. Not as strange though as the times we are currently living in. We are in the 21st century of course, but currently, we are living something of a life which looks familiar to Yester century (this is now a thing). 

Hello and greetings from your bearded captain. On this blog, you would have seen me write more in recent times in the form of the sports buff, the sports aficionado on sports from football to WWE. 

A lot has changed for your captain and a lot has changed in the world we live in, since my last bearded captain blog post, I am doing vlogging about my beard, you can find me here;  https://www.smartlightpeople.com/uploader/ayyazmalik86gmail-com/    

Of course, I am also on youtube, with the aim to spread the message of beard far and wide. My bearded soldiers, my bearded brothers we are in times, that we hope that we don’t have to face again, the time of the coronavirus. 

This pandemic, has sadly taken lives many lives, and it will look to take many more – but it’s also taken beard lives too. Lives matter, beard lives matter but on a serious note perspective here is needed. A big mention must go to the NHS (or national health service for my friends abroad).

Despite some of the men having to be clean-shaven (for health/hygiene reasons) these men and women are at the forefront helping our uncle’s, auntie’s, mum’s, dads and grandparents alike. 

A salute goes to them ‘men’ and women, (yes you read that right, but it’s the one and only time). They are (some of them) are caring for the elderly, (not all corona patients are elderly) This is of course a bearded trait an important one at that too. In their line of profession, the medical professional’s have deemed it necessary to remove beards. 

I would hope it’s all part of a conspiracy theory, but in these times the need to stay safe is most important above all else. Those clean-shaven men are looking after those who could be our loved ones. 

In certain cases, they can’t come back home and see their loved ones due to taking safe distancing measures. So, in a nutshell, my beards, this blog post was just me saying, I am still here. 

Over this isolation period, I The Bearded Captain will be looking to keep you lovely souls entertained. That will be through my TikTok videos and also my blog series, as well as the vlog updates on smart light people. 

Also, hoping you are able to sit in your garden, and sit out there and take in the good weather, hopefully this will be an option. Read my blog posts and other brilliant blog posts is another option.

Guys, this isolation will no doubt be challenging, but maybe read a book, watch a boxset, find some indoor exercises to do – these are just some things that you can do to keep yourself occupied.

My beards, you can make sure you keep your beard nice and soft in this period too. Whatever you do brothers, being bored should not be one of those things!

Weekly sports round up; Fist of Fury: The Sports Buff

By Ayyaz Malik 

Boxing

Manchester-born Tyson Fury spectacularly became a two-time world heavyweight champion after beating American Deontay Wilder with a knockout win in the seventh round.

American fighter Wilder (34) was looking to win this fight between the two men and defend his title for a record 11th time, but as far as Wilder was concerned, that was sadly not to be. 

The former world title who of course came to Yorkshire last year just had no match for the man who calls himself The Gypsy King. Usually, The Bronze Bomber would rely on his power to get him out of trouble in the past, which it has done, fights against fighters like Bermane Stiverne. 

On Sunday morning, however, that golden punch didn’t arrive as Wilder was floored in the third and fifth rounds. In a match that promised so much for both men, it turned out to be Fury who would rise to the occasion. 

Deontay Wilder just wasn’t able to exert any influence on the fight. The only way this one ended was when Wilder’s corner threw the towel on behalf of their fighter to end the fight. The 34-year old seemed initially irked by the decision, but even he later admitted: “the better man won”. 

After the fight, the victorious Fury called out fellow Brit Anthony Joshua, who is the world champion of the three other belts. If the two men do face-off, the winner stands the chance of unifying the belts. 

The last man to do that was fellow Brit Lennox Lewis. As glamorous as a fight between Fury and Joshua could be, both men have a few obstacles to overcome to make the fight happen. 

For two-time champion Joshua, he might need to face mandatory challenger Kubarat Pulev and for Fury, he too might need to face mandatory challenger, Derek Chisora. Tyson Fury might also get lured into a third fight with Deontay Wilder. 

Should we get any news on a potential fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, we will be sure to let you know. 

Football

Champions Manchester City strengthened their grip on second place with a hard-fought 1-0 win over third-placed Leicester City. City did miss a penalty through record goalscorer Sergio Aguero, but strike partner Gabriel Jesus was able to score the vital goal to give The Citizens the win. 

Neighbours Manchester United were able to capitalise on Tottenham’s slip up (a 2-1 defeat by Chelsea) as they beat struggling Watford 3-0. The win for The Red Devils sees Ole’s men back up to fifth, just three points behind Chelsea. 

As for Watford, The Hornets now appeared to be set for relegation, which some would have thought wouldn’t have happened when boss Nigel Pearson became the third manager to take the Vicarage Road hot seat this season. 

Looking forward

There are other things to look out for in the world of sport such as the start of the Pakistan Super League. The tournament, which is in its fifth year, is just five games in, and already seems to be set for a tournament to remember. 

Players such as Alex Hales, Luke Ronchi and Colin Monroe will be competing in Pakistan’s domestic cricket showpiece, providing evidence that Pakistan can host a cricket tournament to a decent standard. 

In the early stages, all matches will be played in Lahore and Karachi. 

In the rugby, beaten world cup-finalists England, ended Ireland’s grand slam hopes with a 24-12 win at Twickenham. Eddie Jones, who got embroiled in a race row this week, would have been delighted to have been able allow his actions on the rugby field take centre stage.

The kicking of the ever reliable Owen Farrell, helped  England open up a commanding 17-0 half time lead. The Irish did rally in the second half, but Eddie Jones’ England held on to move into second in the table and leaving France as the only side who could could achieve the Grand Slam.

See you same time next week. Before we go, please be sure to check the weekly sports round up video here;  https://www.smartlightpeople.com/others/fury-dismantles-wilder-weekly-sports-round-up-the-sports-buff/.

The Sports Buff sports round up: Manchester City face two year ban

By Ayyaz Malik (The Sports Buff)

Football 

Premier League champions Manchester City, have sensationally been banned from European football for two seasons, after being found guilty of breaching financial fair play. The Citizens, who have also been handed a £30 million fine on top, join top clubs such as Paris Saint Germain (fined £30 million) and AC Milan (banned for one season) in being punished for similar breaches.

In the case of Italian giants Milan, they are serving their ban this season, but with the former six-time Champions League winners, enduring a difficult season domestically, it appears like that AC Milan, will be absent from European football for two years at least.

Manchester City, have been given 10 days by the footballing governing bodies to appeal, if not the ban will stand. This landmark decision will send shock waves across the game, and serve as a warning to other teams like recent big spending Barcelona, to name just some clubs.

On the pitch, City’s rivals Liverpool continued their relentless pursuit of this year’s Premier League with yet another win, this time against relegation-threatened Norwich.

The Canaries, who boast a very youthful squad, gave the champions-elect a scare, but Sadio Mane, with another late goal, helped The Reds on their to opening a 25 point lead at the top.

Defending champions Manchester City face West Ham on Wednesday. The last two weekends of fixtures have been halved of course, and that’s been due to this season being the first season that the winter break is getting trialled.

With the Premier League arguably won by Liverpool, the race for second and the race for fourth spot, couldn’t be tighter. Leicester City, this year’s surprise package are just a point behind City (but they have played a game more).

Chelsea, who faced Manchester United at home on Monday, are just one point above Tottenham overcame Aston Villa 3-2, in what was an entertaining game at Villa Park. The Blues going into their game against The Red Devils, knew that only a win would suffice as Jose’s Spurs, look to make an assault on the top four.

North London rivals, Arsenal racked up an impressive 4-0 win against Newcastle, to give manager Mikel Arteta his biggest win since he took charge at The Emirates Stadium. That win took The Gunners into the top half of the table, and it will be hoped by Arteta, that this win, will signify a European push.

Cricket

England’s cricketers after beating South Africa 3-1 in the test series, also came out on top in the T20 series winning 2-1, after winning a thrilling match decider. After winning the toss, new South Africa captain Quinton De Kock elected to bat.

The decision by the new Proteas skipper, seemed to be the correct one as the home side racked up 222-6. England were facing a difficult task, but not impossible and so it proved.

After the early loss of Jason Roy, Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow were able to hit half-centuries (57&64 respectively) to help the England run-chase to get back on track. When Jos Buttler was out for a well constructed 57, this sparked a mini-collapse.

Bairstow (64), who would end up top-scoring for the tourists, fell as well as Dawid Malan which meant England had a mini-collapse and were in danger of a mini-collapse, but captain Eoin Morgan (57 not out) and Ben Stokes (22), helped England win a thrilling run chase by five wickets.

There is more cricket to come, especially in the way of T20. The Pakistan Super League returns for another year. Unlike last year, this year’s tournament will be in Pakistan, unlike last year where the latter stages of the tournament was held in Pakistan and the earlier stages in Qatar.

Here, I Ayyaz Malik (The Sports Buff) will give you a weekly insight into the world of sport, every week. Do look out for my videos The Sports Buff sports round up: Manchester City face two year ban see you next week for more!

 

The Bearded Captain; “Away from the chin beard needs care too”.

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Alhamdulillah, this is an example of bearded magnificence.Bearded brothers, with a beard comes responsibility don’t abuse the magnificence of your beard.

 

Hello and greetings from your Bearded Captain, leader of all beards and flag-bearer of all beards. My bearded soldiers, as always I love how you have shown love to me. My beards, we need to talk about an important issue, it’s an issue which we all go through.

I am talking about the dreaded beard itch. In fact, I would even argue this is in the top three of the importance of a subject. The subject in question is the flakiness of the beard (back of the chin) and the beard itch. These are two issues, rolled into one.

There is a reason I have put this into one big topic, simply because there is a link. The beard itch nine times out of 10 is usually not from the same area. What is relevant to take into account is that to counteract the beard itch, The Captain says make sure you use beard oils or even beard balm.

Sadly, this won’t stop the beard itch 100%, but my beards please factor this into consideration, a beard itch is a crucial part of beard life. If you can deal with the struggles of beard itch, then this will also help you adapt to any struggles of beard life as you have learnt the key component .. patience.

How this is linked (beard flakiness at the back of the chin and general beard itch), is that in both instances beard oils or beard balm will help. Again, it’s not 100% guaranteed, but it does help.

What this issue has done is this my beards, it’s made aware of issues I underestimated the importance of. I hope I have been of help to you this evening my beards … It’s over and out from The Bearded Captain.

The Kellogs Crunchy Beard?

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Alhamdulillah, yours truly in his bearded magnificence. My beards, please take care of your beards and be careful of the Kellogs Crunchy Beard

Hello and greetings my bearded soldiers. As you know, I go by the name of The Bearded Captain. My aim, my goal and my mission is to make you lovely souls laugh and smile, but educate and inform you of the perks of beard life as I do it.

That my bearded soldiers, won’t change, even until the day I die, Ameen. my bearded brothers/ my bearded soldiers, please note I am a loving captain. I can say, I won’t need to go on undercover beards either to see how good I am as a bearded leader.

I know, I tell debatably funny jokes and am very obsessed and driven when it comes to the beard, the facial hair; the man fur. With this in mind, and trying to be mindful that I don’t go too off-topic, my beards I want to talk about the Kellogs Crunchy Nut beard.

What is this? I hear you ask .. don’t worry my beloved’s The Captain is here, he will tell you all about it. The Kellogs Crunchy Nut beard is quite simply when you’re having your favourite cereal (apparently it’s ludicrously tasty and all), sometimes, if not all the time cereal gets stuck in your beard.

This issue doesn’t just stop there … toast, kebab, crisps and other bits of food gets stuck to theirs too. So what to do, how to resolve this issue? Well my beards, there’s no easy answer.

I will say this though my beards, it’s a real issue, and the solution isn’t to have a beard. Yeah, I know those clean-shaven “funny men”, will tell you any gibberish to try and make you give your face trophy the heave-ho.

No, no! Not going to happen at all !!!. Now in food prep areas, bearded men where bearded nets the way women wear hairnets. This could be one option, but not ideal. There is another option, for you to put a bib over your face.

Again an option, but not the most ideal. It’s better than the first option of course, but yeah it’s something to consider. Your captain, of course, goes through this issue, and as much as it pains me, I don’t have a magical solution for this problem, I know it’s a serious issue too.

What I suggest is a mixture to be done here. This means, look to put a face bib over your face if the surroundings are right. A beard is a prized possession and people treat their clothes as a prized possession. Do you see my point?

I would also say, beards keep your beard comb close. By keeping your beard comb close, this could help clear up your beard from food crumbs, or any other bits of food. I hope this goes some way to solving an age-old issue.
It’s over and out from your Bearded Captain.

The Bearded Captain with a revamped look, but still Captain of the cool beards

Ayyaz Lister Park

Still captain of The Cool Beards, even with a changed look

 

Hello and greetings from your Bearded Captain. My beards, I sincerely apologise to you my bearded soldiers, my bearded beloved’s. I pray you’re all well and in the process of growing beards and maintaining the way, that is fitting for a bearded man.

My soldiers, it’s clear and apparent I have for you (the ones who grow their beards nicely and look after their beards). It is an issue I have spoke about time and time again, so for the day one fans, sorry but I am going to talk about this issue, the issue of growing and shaving your beard as you please.

My beards, the beard isn’t a fashion accessory. Yes, my beards you look desirable by growing a beard, but please note, this is by no means a symbol for you use, lose it and abuse it as you please.

Just wish the fella at work would see the light, but patience, perseverance etc etc. As annoying at that is, I am not here to talk about him, I am here to talk about me. Why? Well this blog is about me, and I love me! (hehe).

My beards, I used to make many entries before I didn’t need glasses, but ever since I am now wearing glasses, I sadly haven’t made any entries since. Of course that’s going to change my beards, the reason why I am saying this is because, just because I need glasses, the need for facial change won’t be needed.

You get some, who just find any reason to give the man fur the heave ho. Err, excuse me! you need your beard and the beard doesn’t need you. I thought if you have glasses, you would be able to see that better?

For some bearded brothers, sadly that isn’t the case. That negativity aside, my bearded brothers (as shown in the photo), I now where glasses! It’s not changed the fact that I have a beard, but as it happens what’s changed is my weight.

Alhamdulillah, I have lost three and a half stone in six months! So the lesson is there my beards, you can make changes in life, life doesn’t stay still, but for the love god, please don’t change your best gift …. your beards.

It’s over and out from The Bearded Captain *** gives Bearded Salute ***

The Bearded Captain; “When You Sleep Keep Your Beard Comb Close”

The Captain At BMT

The Captain is still here, worry not my soldiers. I am alive and kicking, ready to portray The Bearded Message more than ever.  My beards, this is one my favourite photos. Old But gold as they say

Hello and greetings from your Bearded Captain, I pray my beloved soldiers are well and are in the process of growing beards. Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer they say, but this saying gets a bit lost on The Captain, I have never understood it, but there you go anyway …. I pray my soldiers are well and are doing the best they can to maintain their beards.

As the regular readers of my blog (my soldiers) know, I am a simple person who doesn’t like drama in life. I am passionate person, a driven person and one thing that I am drive about is ensuring that my Bearded Kingdom is a Kingdom, which is governed with love and care.

On that topic of care, we as beards know the need for caring for our face. Fellas, you’re probably gonna nod profusely at this point but when she asks which blusher looks better, when they’re all the “same” and you think this is a pointless conversation.

Now though fellas I must say be careful now that you have said that because you might need their advice (the women folk) we might need their advice on what comb is the best. When you rolled your eyes and thought this is a pointless conversation, could very well come back to bite.

Your women folk are the crown jewels, take care of them and them being the shining diamonds that they are, enable them to shine. If you get yourself the right woman, she will be the kind of lady who will encourage you to rise above social pressures.

There’s plastic combs, but there’s also wooden combs too. The plastic ones although cheap, do have a durability to it. Sadly I speak from experience, I was gifted a personalised beard comb (wooden one), sadly it broke and that left me heart broken.

I ended up going five/six times a week to the gym, to soften the blow and also  on cheat days (honest) have Dixy chicken. Five or six months down the line, I have over come the grief, I can now talk about this topic with a bit more ease.

My beards, The Captain says this, make sure you keep your beards nicely maintained. This can be done, by ensuring that you have your beard comb with you at all times. For every day use, plastic comb is fine, but special occasion when you want to make a statement of intent isn’t ok.

In this instant a wooden personalised beard  comb is sufficient. Make sure you look after your beard comb, it’s one of your most prized possessions after your beard itself. It’s over and out from The Bearded Captain.

The Bearded Captain’s Tribute To Shelby, AKA Shelbs

The Captain At BMT

The Captain is still here, worry not my soldiers. I am alive and kicking, ready to portray The Bearded Message more than ever. This one goes out to Shelby

 

The name Shelby Sheridan, might not mean much to the vast majority of you lovely readers, but to myself and many more in the Dyno world, here is an example of the biggest nut job going. Quite a strong statement I here you say, but please let me explain this is Shelby who thinks that in Ramadan, Muslims go up on the roof to spot the moon (don’t ask she’s “special”).

Now, why am I doing this blog post when I could write about  more fun things, like my facial hair, my aftershaves, how I am banging and clanging and my love of Dixy chicken. If I tell you this is the same Shelby who has the ability to make the evil look to make you turd your pants and the one who broke her brothers fingers … come on can you blame me?

 Schizophrenic and more swings of her mood more than my local park , Shelbz is quite infectious in terms of her character . An avid reader of my blog and an avid follower of the bearded movement, there’s a method to her madness after all.  

 A mention is necessary of Shelby is necessary (hope it won’t inflate her ego), because this is the same Shelby who just simply said Ayyaz, don’t worry about any backlash from Manchester attacks because we as Dyno colleagues will support you. This is the same Shelby who makes it a point to give me The Bearded salute whenever I pass her in work.

 

Small things you might think, but this is Shelby Sheridan who said she will track me down if I don’t give up junk food for a month …. she isn’t as big as me but o God, don’t get on the wrong side of her * has a big gulp*. Yes, she is cookoo … Justin Beiber’s Despicto, heard of that? Well, now there’s a remix of that called would you like a Dorito? Don’t ask …

So to sum this up, Shelby is hilarious with the stuff she comes out with knowingly and unknowingly , but the underline thing is, she is one of the most loyal people you will ever meet. This one’s for you Shelby, you nutter!

PS, this particular post would have been up much sooner, but as I do value my own health …. and safety, I decided to check and check again with her. But I am sure it’s still not to standard, but it’s still getting put up on my blog.

Lessons in life, death is certain taxes are certain getting beaten up by Shelby Sheridan is also a certain if you get on the wrong side of her.