Remember, remember the month of Movember

Well, it’s the end of November and if you look around on the streets you can see something that wasn’t there a month ago.

Moustaches.  Everywhere you look.

And it isn’t some random new trend because come December 1st they will most likely be gone and clean-shaven faces will reign supreme once more.  No, the reason for the return to the seventies ‘tache is Movember, a campaign to raise both awareness and funds for men’s health and, in particular, prostate cancer and other male cancers.

As a woman, I count myself to be very lucky in that we are educated from quite a young age about breast cancer and the importance of checking regularly for any changes in our breasts.  Breast cancer is a very hot topic with a number of high-profile sufferers such as Kylie Minogue and whilst the other female cancers are not as well publicised, they seem to be better publicised than their male equivalents (although having never read Men’s Health or GQ or anything similar, that is purely a female perception).

So Movember is a brilliant innovation as far as I’m concerned as it brings men’s health to the fore and as the boys are wearing the evidence on their faces it’s something that no-one can forget for a month.  I have heard a couple of comments along the lines of “I banned my husband/boyfriend/partner from growing a moustache” and I am so disappointed in what I feel is a really short-sighted perspective.

As a girl I can’t take part in Movember but I am supporting a team of my favourite boys from Birmingham Royal Ballet (were you expecting them to be from anywhere else?!).  Twenty nine members of the company (including one girl oddly enough although quite how Samara is managing her moustache is a bit of a mystery) have teamed up and at my last check had raised a rather fantastic £2,479 as well as having grown some amazing ‘taches!  Check out Oliver Till, Aonghus Hoole, Kit Holder and, for sheer comedy value, the artistic director, Mr. David Bintley whose photos are hysterical (I like the Mahatma and the Clouseau ones myself).

So whether you know anyone who is taking part or not, and if not, feel free to donate the BRB team, I’m sure the boys would appreciate a last-minute boost to the amount they have raised, please go to and donate to what is a really worthy event that has been organised in such a brilliantly fun way.

Average Josephine x


The healing touch of skin on skin

Massage bliss

Well, I thought I would start this blog on one of my favourite treats- having a good massage.  Massage is an incredibly personal therapy, some people love it, some hate it and what works for me does not work for a lot of other people.  If I’m going to have a massage, I would likje to feel relaxed afterwards but more than that I want to stop feeling like I am carrying a ten ton weight on my shoulders.  I am a person who is naturally stressy and I carry that stress in my shoulders, like a lot of people do.  So when I go for a massage as much as it is lovely to have a nice, relaxing gentle massage, the only thing it is likely to do is send me to sleep.  And then there’s the sort of massage that I tend to go for: deep tissue, at moments painful, kneading the knots out of tense muscles, hacking and cupping to loosen the muscle fibres.  The difficulty has been finding a therapist who I have gelled with and who has provided the sort of treatment I need.

Luckily, I work in Brindleyplace in Birmingham and round the corner there is a little salon called Ego where I have had several massages in the past.  But a couple of days ago I booked in for a massage with Melanie and lo, there it was, nirvana!

Don’t get me wrong, this is not a nice quiet massage, it was hard work but I felt so much better afterwards.  And unlike a lots of places, it advertises 30 minutes for the treatment and the treatment itself was actually thirty minutes rather than back at the desk paying at the end of that half-hour.  The salon uses Dermalogica so you end up smelling rather nice as well!

The salon also offers a loyalty scheme whereby you get a stamp on a card for every £25 spent.  After ten stamps you get a £25 voucher towards your next treatment which works out at 10% so that’s pretty good too.

All in all, it’s a lovely salon with very good staff and a nice atmosphere and I look forward to going back, as soon as possible!!

Ego Beauty, Unit 3, Liberty Place, Sheepcote Street, Birmingham, B16 8AE.  Tel: 0121 633 7007