The last twelve days have witnessed a disturbing change in Australian men.
It's been a gradual creep, but this morning there was no denying that Sydney is now fully in the grip of a facial hair epidemic. This facial hair is very focused. Its not littering up the chins or spreading the monobrow up and down the beaches.
Oh no. This is the month of the mo. Movember. The month Australians go tash-tastic for a great cause.
It's been slowly building. The odd email asking for sponsorship. A double-glance at a good friend... are they participating or just working too hard?
But this morning I saw a glorious example which left me in no doubt that the fast growers are well on track to a top lip bristling with hair in time for the ceremonial shave on December 1st.
We ladies do our bit in November too. We will have to grin and bear the dirty smears above the lips of Australian men and wish them luck in their endeavours.