Here’s our favourite fa­mous fa­cial fuzz

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Geddes Dou­glas Dickie

A Half­way woman was left hor­ri­fied after a blun­der by en­ergy gi­ant npower was set to leave her with no cash on her credit card.

Mum of two Ali­son Ver­non was stunned when she re­turned home from her hon­ey­moon at the end of Septem­ber to find a let­ter in­form­ing her of an in­crease in her monthly bill from £155 a month to £517 in her two bed­room flat in Half­way.

When Ali­son got in touch with npower they stated that the er­ror had been made due to the wrong me­ter be­ing used to cal­cu­late the read­ing.

Ali­son, who works at Tesco in Park­head, thought that would be the end of the mat­ter, but when she was pick­ing up some shop­ping in her work at the start of Novem­ber she found she couldn’t use her credit card, be­cause the £517 was be­ing taken out of her ac­count as a di­rect debit pay­ment.

She said:“I knew I’d been paid by my work the week be­fore.

“I was stand­ing to pay for the shop­ping when I was told that the credit card limit was over.

“It was aw­ful, es­pe­cially when you’re in your own work.

“I couldn’t be­lieve it, es­pe­cially be­cause they’d al­ready said that it was the wrong me­ter read­ing that had been used for the charges.”

The bill was pro­cessed on a week­end, mean­ing that the trans­ac­tion wouldn’t be com­pleted till the fol­low­ing Mon­day.

Ali­son spoke to her bank on the Mon­day, who were able to re­ject the trans­ac­tion tak­ing place.

And she was left fu­ri­ous with npower over the way they han­dled her com­plaint - after they only put £50 back into her ac­count as a “good­will ges­ture”and left her to sort out the mess her­self.

Ali­son added:“They said they would place £50 im­me­di­ately back into the ac­count and that I would need to speak to the bank about it.

“I had to go into the bank and sort it out with them, and make sure the money wasn‘t taken out , but the cus­tomer ser­vice from them was dis­gust­ing.”

An npower spokesper­son said:“We’re sorry to hear about Ali­son’s com­plaint.

“We’re mak­ing sure her ac­count is cor­rectly up­dated and that any re­funds due to her are sent as quickly as pos­si­ble.”

We’re now 12 days into Movem­ber, and at least two mem­bers of the Re­former staff are proud of their ef­forts so far.

Ed­i­tor Kenny Smith is well on his way to em­u­lat­ing his hero, Wil­lie Miller.

Se­nior re­porter Dou­glas Dickie, on the other hand, hoped for a heavy metal look, but it’s more Vil­lage Peo­ple than Mo­tor­head at the mo­ment.

Ei­ther way, both are surely worth a do­na­tion at www. mob ro . co / ruther­glen­re­former for their ef­forts.

All four Re­former staff are tak­ing part on Movem­ber in mem­ory of their for­mer col­league, Brian Logue, who died from prostate can­cer last year. Brian’s son, Chris, is also tak­ing part.

We’ll have pic­tures of Will and Jonathan’s ef­forts next week. While Movem­ber has a se­ri­ous mes­sage about rais­ing aware­ness of men’s health is­sues, there is a fun side to it as well.

With the Re­former staff now look­ing ut­terly lu­di­crous with their mous­taches, we thought we’d pick out their five favourite fa­mous faces with fa­cial fur­ni­ture.

Ev­ery­one will have their own top ‘taches, but, in no par­tic­u­lar or­der, here are five of the best picked by the Re­former staff: Fred­die Mer­cury The im­age of the strut­ting Queen front­man at Live Aid is per­haps most peo­ple’s most vivid mem­ory of Fred­die, and with it the mous­tache that was to be­come his trade­mark through­out the 80’s.

Fred­die, widely re­garded as one of the great­est rock singers of all time, was clean shaven through­out Queen’s rise through the 70’s, but on the cover of 1980 sin­gle, Play the Game, was seen sport­ing his fa­mous mouser for the first time.

The early 80’s were a trou­bled time for Queen, who had fallen out of favour with fans and crit­ics alike, but the tri­umphant Live Aid ap­pear­ance thrust them back into the lime­light and ma­jor sta­dium gigs across the world helped ce­ment their place as one of the world’s big­gest acts.

It was through th­ese shows that the im­age of Fred­die - arm up, yel­low jacket over a white vest and of course, his fa­mous mous­tache - be­came part of popular cul­ture. Tom Sel­leck A job­bing ac­tor through­out the 60s and 70s, Tom Sel­leck re­ceived his big break in 1980 when he scored the role of Thomas Mag­num in cop show Mag­num PI (fa­mously hav­ing to pass up on the op­por­tu­nity to play In­di­ana Jones).

Was it the mous­tache that won the part? Let’s be hon­est here, it prob­a­bly was. Suave Tom and his ‘tache would go on to star in a string of 80’s hit films, most no­table Three Men and a Baby.

He was in­tro­duced to another gen­er­a­tion in the late 90s when he took on the role of Dr Richard Burke in Friends. He proved a hugely popular character, even prompt­ing the show’s Chandler Bing to try, and fail, to copy his trade­mark fa­cial hair.

Rarely seen with­out his mouser, Tom did say he’d gladly cut it off for a role dur­ing a 2013 in­ter­view, pro­claim­ing: “I wasn’t born with it.”

That seems strangely hard to be­lieve. The Bea­tles In 1966, The Bea­tles were al­ready the big­gest band in the world, but the pres­sure of end­less tour­ing and record­ing was start­ing to take its toll.

When they walked off stage at San Francisco’s Can­dle­stick Park in Au­gust that year, noone could have dreamt it would be three years be­fore they played live again (and even that proved a one off).

Their al­bums Rub­ber Soul and Re­volver had hinted at a new di­rec­tion, but while they weren’t quite the fresh-face mop­tops of the early 60’s, what fol­lowed still proved to be quite a trans­for­ma­tion.

Tak­ing the role of Sgt Pep­per’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the al­bum of the same name changed popular mu­sic with the iconic cover show­ing the Fab Four sport­ing a se­lec­tion of nifty mous­taches, all ap­par­ently grown co­in­ci­den­tally with­out the knowl­edge of the oth­ers.

Paul grew his to cover the scars of a moped ac­ci­dent (the same one he ap­par­ently ‘died’ in), and soon chopped his off, with John fol­low­ing in the sum­mer. George and Ringo kept theirs longer though, and con­tin­ued to sport a ‘tache at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals through their re­main­ing years. Clark Gable With his smoul­der­ing looks and mag­netic charm, Clark Gable was the quin­tes­sen­tial film star through­out Hol­ly­wood’s golden age.

And right at the cen­tre of his im­age was his pen­cil mous­tache - beau­ti­fully man­i­cured, never scruffy and an­noy­ingly per­fect.

Gable ap­peared as the lead­ing man in over 60 mo­tion pic­tures and was one of the most bank­able stars in the world. He also saw ac­tive ser­vice dur­ing the Sec­ond World War with the US airforce, and was much cov­eted by the Nazi’s, with Hitler of­fer­ing a mas­sive re­ward to the per­son who could cap­ture Gable and bring him to Berlin un­scathed.

His look has oft been im­i­tated, but never bet­tered. No-one at the Re­former of­fice would even con­sider a Gable mous­tache, we just couldn’t pull it off. Ned Flan­ders Ev­ery­one’s favourite nextdoor neigh­bour and the man with more names for his mous­tache than any­one else - nose neigh­bour, cookie duster and Dr Fuz­zstein have all been used to de­scribe Ned’s mouser.

A reg­u­lar character since the first sea­son of The Simp­sons, Ned has been a con­stant Ying to Homer’s Yang, mean­ing his is per­haps one of the most fa­mous mous­taches in the world.

We’ve seen him with­out it, with one early episode see­ing him pick up work in a TV com­mer­cial thanks to his clean-shaven look, much to Homer’s an­noy­ance.

But he’s also fought for the right to wear his mous­tache. When told by his new em­ploy­ers at Hum­ble­ton Fig­urine Fac­tory told him there was a ban on fa­cial hair, he bravely kept his on and was la­belled a trou­ble­maker.

So, as an in­spi­ra­tion to Mo­bro’s the world over, Ned Flan­ders: we salute you..... did­dly.

Fa­cial fuzz The Re­former’s Kenny and Dou­glas with their mous­taches

Mer­cury ris­ing Fred­die Mer­cury

Smooth Clark Gable

Flan­ders

Okilly-dokilly Ned

Trib­ute The Re­former’s beloved pho­tog­ra­pher Brian Logue

Mag­num Tom Sel­leck

Fab Four The Bea­tles

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