The trend for bushy beards has caused a problem for the food industry because of strict hygiene rules.
Beard wearers working in the preparation or packaging of food should wear a net – or snood – to stop customers getting a nasty surprise as they tuck in.
Firms that make the snoods report an increase of around a third in orders over the past three years.
The current trend for beards is said to have stemmed several years ago from the ‘Hipster’ subculture of New York, characterised by a bushy beard, shaven hair at the side, and tattoos.
Earlier this year it was reported sales of razor blades have suffered as a result of the trend but the million pound beard snood industry has reaped the rewards.
Lion Haircare & Disposables have invested in more staff and equipment to keep up with demand as the craze for breads has taken a hold in the UK and beyond.
The company based in Nottingham supply the snoods globally and have introduced a new range which include built-in antibacterial agents.
Adrian Wright, Chief Operating Officer at Lion Haircare & Disposables, said: “The last three years has seen a 32 per cent increase in beard snood volumes. This is a significant rise and we now sell well over three million snoods annually.”
“The rise in demand seems to be coming from a combination of factors. Trends towards more facial hair, whether that is full beard or the stubble look and increasing quality assurance demands during food preparation. The two aspects go hand in hand.”
He said the bread snoods have has to “evolve” to “meet the hygiene requirements of the latest facial hair fashions”.
Mr Wright continued: “This year our organisation modified its beard snood and hairnet products to include built-in antibacterial agents that inhibit microbial growth.
“It’s not something people necessarily want to think about, but germs are a consideration where hair is present. Even moderate stubble brings additional risks of touching and scratching.”
Barbers are also benefiting from the hipster trend.
Laura Howlett, manager at the Ruffians Barbers in Edinburgh, said: “For the last 18 months the trend has been really big.
“At least 60-65 per cent of our customers have beards. It’s quite a lot.”
She added: “People have always has stubble but guy of all ages, not just students, have decided they are going to grow beards.”
Clive Franks took his own life on Monday, November 10, at his home in Dalgety Bay, Fife.
Mr Franks was a member of the Law Society of Scotland’s complaints sub-committee.
But the 60-year-old was himself under investigation by the Law Society, the organisation confirmed yesterday.
Mr Franks had been involved in defending a high-profile case involving the will of a building tycoon, who it was confirmed during the case had sexually abused a young girl.
The Law Society of Scotland has refused to confirm whether their investigation related to Mr Franks’ handling of this matter.
Mr Franks, from Dalgetty Bay, Fife, was a partner in Edinburgh firm Franks Macadam Brown, based in offices in the city’s St Andrews Square.
As well as his high profile role in the Law Society, and running his own legal firm, he was also a member of Dalgety Bay Sailing Club.
Sources close to the investigation confirmed that he had taken his own life.
His body was found in the garage of his home after family members contacted police to say they had not been able to get in touch with him.
A spokeswoman for the Law Society of Scotland said: “We can confirm that Mr Franks was subject to an investigation by the Law Society.
“We can also confirm that Mr Franks was formerly a member of one of the Law Society’s complaints committees.”
The spokeswoman confirmed that a “judicial factor” was appointed in relation to the death on Friday.
Such an appointment is made when there is suspicion that client money is missing or the accounting records are so poor they cannot tell if client money is misssing.
The Law Society said clients of Mr Franks could contact the judicial factor at the firm with any queries they may have.
The spokeswoman added: “We were very saddened to hear about the death of Mr Franks and offer our sympathies to his friends and family during what must be a distressing time.”
Mr Franks was involved in the case of businessman Alfred Stewart, from Fife, who changed his £7m will days before his death in April 2008 to leave the cash to the charitable trust he founded.
Mr Stewart cut his daughters out of the will, sparking a bitter legal battle.
Mr Franks was both an executor of the Mr Stewart’s will and a trustee of his charity.
Until 2012, he was also a secretary of the Alfred Stewart Property Foundation, a limited company set up after Mr Stewart’s death.
Mr Franks was named as one of several defenders in the legal battle over Alfred Stewart’s will in a case at Edinburgh’s Court of Session which ended in April 2013.
During the case, evidence was accepted that Alfred Stewart had sexually abused a girl from the age of four until she was ten.
Mr Stewart, 71, planned to leave Leonie, 40, and Linden, 42, each more than £1million worth of property.
But he changed the will just 27 days before losing his battle with leukaemia.
Neither of Alfred’s sons Garry, 45, and Calum, 41, were named in the will.
The action was brought by Mr Stewart’s children, who claimed their father suffered from paranoia and was not in his right mind when he changed the will. However they lost the case.
The Alfred Stewart Charitable trust’s claim to his fortune was upheld.
Mr Frank’s family declined to comment.
The head of one of the country’s best performing state schools has raised serious concerns claiming “a bunch of youngsters seem not to be part of the exam system”.
Meanwhile an English teacher said the new qualifications will be viewed as “for ‘the stupid kids’” or “essentially worthless”.
Standard Grades were replaced with the new National 4 and 5 qualifications in a controversial shake-up this summer.
While pupils doing the more difficult National 5s take externally marked exams all work done for National 4 qualifications is graded by teachers in school.
The lack of any externally marked papers has led to fears pupils sitting the less advanced qualification will not be taken seriously by employers or universities.
David Dempster, the headteacher of Edinburgh’s Boroughmuir High School named Scottish State Secondary of the Year in 2012, challenged the Minister in charge at a recent conference.
“Now we have created this year a two-tier system, where a bunch of youngsters seem not to be part of the exam system, and I’m not so sure it’s a good way forward,” he said to Learning Minister Dr Alasdair Allan.
This has been backed up by English teacher James McEnaney who says the popularity of #Nat4scum hashtag on Twitter is evidence of the problem.
He said: “If you are going to maintain a system which still worships at the altar of the May to June assembly-hall exam, then any qualifications which do not incorporate that – that is, the National 4 – are, without a shadow of a doubt, going to be viewed as second class, for ‘the stupid kids’ or, in the worst-case scenario, essentially worthless.”
It is not just teachers who are panicking about the new qualification with no external exams.
Iain Ellis, chair of the National Parent Forum of Scotland, said: “Parents and pupils are unclear about why some Nationals are internally marked and others aren’t.
“It gives the unfortunate impression that some qualifications have a higher value than others, which is not what we want to see.”
Learning Minister Alasdair Allan said he was “relatively impressed” with the first year of the new qualifications.
He added: “I don’t accept the charge that the [National 4 and 5] create a two-tier system.”
Larry Flanagan, general secretary of the EIS teaching union, said: “[National 4 is] robust in that all work is assessed and graded by class teachers who are familiar with pupils and their particular abilities.”
A senior PE teacher told a conference that computer games such as the violent shooter reward children for their determination and taking part.
He said the same “exciting” approach used in Call of Duty could be applied to teaching sports such as basketball.
A top academic told the same conference that lessons learned from the multi-million selling game could result in more responsible and independent children.
Aberdeen PE teacher Iain Stanger, was speaking at a meeting of the Scottish Association of Teachers of Physical Education (SAPTE).
According to a report in education magazine TESS, he said: “In these games, kids get rewarded for their tenacity, their participation.
“If something goes wrong they go back and they try it again. I think it’s about trying to reward kids for that.”
He added that the same approach should be taken to sports such as basketball, and recommended that children be allowed to enjoy the excitement of playing first before having to concentrate on learning technical skills.
He said: “That’s what happens in these video games. They go in, they play, they’re maybe not successful but they go: “This is fun, it’s exciting, I want to get better at this and learn these skills.”
But Mr Stanger warned that the gaming culture could also have a negative effect.
He said: “There is a danger in this world where it’s, ‘Oh, I’m out, I’m dead – I can just start all over again.’
“There are potential benefits, but I’m also worried that the whole gaming culture has impacted on resilience. There’s no consequence of giving up, because it’s just ‘reload and start again’. You can’t stop a game of football and say, ‘Hold on, we’re losing 3-0, let’s start again.”
Len Almond, former director of physical education at Loughborough University, referred to recent Canadian research into the educational aspects of computer games.
He said: “The games expected kids to explore and find things out for themselves and have creative responses, and they could come back and correct their mistakes.
“I’m not saying children should play more computer games, I’m saying we need to learn the lessons and apply them.
“We’ll have more responsible and independent children.”
The evil genius, who calls himself Professor Colossus, placed an advert for minions on the free advertising website Gumtree.
The sinister crime lord helpfully included the GPS coordinates for his “secret” base.
And a quick check on Google Maps reveals the location to be the Careers Scotland office in Byres Road, Glasgow.
In his Gumtree ad, the head of Professor Colossus Industries describes himself as an equal opportunities employer.
He apparently doesn’t mind if you shoot like a Star Wars Stormtrooper – though the ability to aim is a plus.
And, unusually for evil henchmen, the position is considered “permanent”.
His advert, posted on November 20, for a permanent position, says applicants: “Must be prepared for long working hours, taking part in heists of all kinds, car chases, assorted guarding duties and other assorted overly elaborate plots.
“On the job training provided, including perfecting sinister laugh. This will be graded.
“We are an equal opportunities employer, eye-patches and hook hands are in fact a plus for any applicant. As are disfiguring scars and mutations. Please send photo.
“Ability to shoot straight a major plus but not a necessity. All denominations and ethnic groups welcome. We pride ourselves on our inclusive policies. Even though we are a Cthulhu company.
“We look forward to receiving your application. All applications are read. Please include CV of any previous satisfied super villains you have worked for.
“Non smoker preferred. Professor Colossus Industries (Glasgow)”
The GPS location given in the ad – 55.8708 degrees north and -4.29973 degrees west – corresponds perfectly to the Byres Road office of Careers Scotland.
A receptionist at the office said yesterday morning: “I’m sure that there’s no evil lair down there.
“But I’ll ask my team leader about it when he comes in.”
Social media users were last night dusting off their CVs.
One wrote: “Best job advert I’ve seen in ages, might be in with a chance.”
Another said: “Thanks, Great opportunity, I have just sent my CV.”
Ironically, Professor Colossus’ advert for henchmen cannot be found on Careers Scotland’s website.
He could not be contacted for comment.
On a visit to Elgin, Morayshire, yesterday (Thu) the Royal was photographed walking past a giant sign for the store.
Her Majesty even appeared to have brought along her own bag to the Station Road store to avoid the dreaded 5p plastic bag tax.
The Queen’s German heritage could have been part of the draw, but with bubbly on offer for £12 it is also possible she was doing her bit to keep Royal Household expenditure down.
Twitter users enjoyed the snap when it was posted on social media.
Colin McGregor, who tweeted the picture, wrote: “Here’s @Queen_UK after doing her shopping at Elgin Lidl today!”
Cinders23 Tweeted: “I’m glad she went shopping. She seems to wear the same outfit day after day, after day, after day, after day…..”
While Ryan Main wrote: “I heard she emptied the bakery aisle for the flight back to London. #pretzelsgalore”
Hundreds flocked to meet Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh when they arrived by Royal Train train in Elgin yesterday.
The Queen and Prince Philip then went on to RAF Lossiemouth in Moray on what was their 67th wedding anniversary.
A total of 1,381 patients received ECT in 2013 without consent compared with 755 in 2008.
The figures mean that around a third of all patients who receive the treatment do so without giving permission.
Electro-Convulsive Therapy, commonly used to tackle depression, can be given without permission if authorised by two doctors.
Patients who refuse the therapy can be forcibly held down and anaesthetised for the procedure. Many suffer from headaches, nausea and muscle pain as side effects.
The report, released by the NHS Information Services Division, also shows that the total number of people receiving the treatment in Scotland has risen by 26% since 2008 to 4,186.
The therapy is available at a range of psychiatric hospitals across Scotland, including at the Royal Edinburgh and Royal Cornhill Hospital.
However, general hospitals also offer the treatment. Over 850 patients have undergone ECT since 2010 at the Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline, Fife.
Paul Farmer, chief executive of mental health charity Mind said: “ECT is an invasive and irreversible procedure.
“It should only ever be used as a last resort for cases of extreme depression, when every other treatment has been tried.
“Even then, it should never be given without fully informed consent, except in an emergency.”
Alison McIness, MSP and liberal democrat spokeswoman said: “I find these figures disturbing. It is a hugely controversial treatment and I don’t think people should be given it without their full consent.
“The fact families are not able to refuse treatment on the patient’s behalf is also something that needs to be looked at.
“There are human rights issues that should be looked into, but unfortunately this is a very neglected issue and often these patients don’t have anyone sticking up for them.”
Scottish conservative health spokesman Jackson Carlaw said: “Every situation will be different and there’s no doubt some of these patients will present extreme challenges to health professionals.
“But I think the public will look at these statistics and think we should be reducing the number of those who receive this care without granting the go-ahead.”
ECT has been used by scientists since the 1930s. It involves placing electrodes on the temples and delivering a small electric current, with the intention of restoring the brain’s natural chemical balance.
In 2012, Aberdeen University researchers published a paper which stated that the treatment appears to turn down an overactive connection between areas of the brain that control mood and the parts responsible for thinking and concentrating.
Professor Ian Reid, who led the research, said at the time: “ECT is a controversial treatment, and one prominent criticism has been that it is not understood how it works and what it does to the brain.
“However, we believe we’ve solved a 70-year-old therapeutic riddle because our study reveals that ECT affects the way different parts of the brain involved in depression connect with one another.
“For all the debate surrounding ECT, it is one of the most effective treatments, not just in psychiatry, but in the whole of medicine, because 75% to 85% of patients recover from the symptoms.”
NHS Fife general manager Mary Porter said: “There is a greatly increased risk of suicide in cases where severe depression is not improved by psychiatric intervention.
“ECT is considered in cases where a patient’s condition has not been improved by medication or psychological therapies, or where their illness is so severe it is considered life-threatening.”
Scottish Fire and Rescue were called to a residence in Midlothian where the man was found dead in his house which was on fire.
The fire occurred between 4am and 5am at a compound of detached bungalow static houses at Nivensknowe Park in Loanhead, Midlothian.
According to Police Scotland the man who died was not killed by the fire.
A police spokesperson said: “Police in Midlothian can confirm the body of a man was found in a caravan which was destroyed by fire in Loanhead in the early hours of this morning.
“We can confirm that his death was not a result of the fire.”
Neighbours woke later in the morning to find a fire engine and police officers surrounding the street and the row of houses on Hedge row, where the man lived, cordoned off.
According to neighbours he was an elderly man in his 70s but he was rarely seen out of his home.
One elderly neighbour Jean MacBeath said: “some of the neighbours have said it was a wee old man named Frank. Apparently he died of a heart attack.”
“I only know he lived alone and we wouldn’t really see him around, I don’t think he was able to get out much.”
Another neighbour, 67 year-old plumber, Gordon Alexander looked saddened when he discovered the news.
He said: “He was nice man, would always smile and say hello when passing by.
“I haven’t seen him in around 6 months though. I think he was housebound so one of the ladies on the street would bring him shopping.
“He moved here about 6 years ago with his wife but she passed a couple of years ago.”
Marilyn Beaumont, who lived about 200ft from where the blaze happened, moved into the area around the same time as Frank. She said: “I remember seeing him out and about. He would always look very smart with his shirt and tie on going to the hospital to visit his wife.
“But she passed away a couple years ago and I haven’t seen him around much since then.”
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “The investigation is still ongoing and we cannot release the name until the postmortem has been carried out and the family have been informed.
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The attack caused £3,000-worth of damage to the paintwork on Brian McPhillips’ car.
The footage, filmed from his house in Prestonpans, East Lothian, shows a man wearing a grey hoodie walk up to the motor.
He can be seen pouring a tin of “corrosive gel” on the roof of the vehicle.
Mr McPhillips has no fewer than three CCTV cameras attached to his home, all of which captured the attack on the early evening of November 13.
The 42-year-old garage owner said: “The insurance company were out yesterday. They said the car was beyond economical repair.
“That’ll be it written off. It’s the recovery vehicle so that destroys that business.
“It’s not just the car being damaged. I can’t think why anyone would do this but it certainly looks like it was deliberate.”
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “We can confirm this incident of vandalism took place. Police Scotland are currently appealing for witnesses”]]>