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Slideshow: Growing a Moustache for Charity in Movember

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Movember participants (Photo: Rahul Joglekar)

Around a wooden table at the Windsor Castle Pub in London some stories were being exchanged. Free grooming tips for that perfect moustache.

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Martin foster is an accountant and he listens very carefully.

"You shave on the first of November and reconvene on the 30th and see how you're doing really," he said.

His moustache is just a few days old. He grew it for Movember.

"This is my first time, Foster said. My face may not be pre-disposed to it, but I'll give it a go. It is for prostate cancer charity basically."

Movember began in Australia just a few years ago. Now it's a worldwide trend. In the UK, the numbers have almost doubled this year.

There are more than 200,000 men taking part this year. The men growing a 'tache call themselves Mo-bros.

London's Handle Bar Club is a group of men with the most flamboyant moustaches

My moustache is a full bushy dark brown moustache, said Handle Bar Club member Steve Parsons. I unfurled it the other day and its 20 centimeters in wingspan which is about eight inches in old money."

Club members help neophytes with the fine art of growing and grooming moustaches.

Bertie Young, an artist, is a member of the club. He says he is helping Mo-bros get back in touch with their roots.

"I think it is harping back to this British Empire — conquering the world, generals with their big moustaches, Young said. You know, a man with a moustache looks like he can lead people into battle. He looks like he can do the job that you give him. I think that's important about having a moustache."

But there are other practical considerations as well.

Kate Harrison's boyfriend sports a moustache.

"It is really soft, it's like a cushion when you kiss somebody, she said. The only downside as a girlfriend, is that when we go out there are crazy women who want to take their photograph with him, touch him, maul him, stroke him."

For some, moustache season will end in November, but for Handle Bar club members, moustaches are forever.

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