Many thanks for the responses to my messages yesterday, everybody has said how much they like the new image (Mum, if you're reading this, please note!)
Anyway, very grateful to my friend and colleague Sameer for taking pictures of the event, ably assisted by Fayaaz (age 6) and Inaya (age 4) pictured here with me after the deed was complete:
and before as they were very kindly deciding how much to give to the Joshua Appeal:
Here I am summoning up the courage to go through with the deed:
and whilst the haircut is going on:
Of course, every cloud has a silver lining (and I am the man who can recite cliches until the cows come home). When I worked in Reading I used to have a 'don't mess with me' haircut each September as the new students were due to join us. But nothing to compare with this:
So, new students joining us next week, watch out! I'll be taking no nonsense from any of you!
There are a number of further pictures available on request, but hope that's enough to persuade you that I really have had the cut! Thanks for reading, I'll be back again soon.