A Newport man has surprised friends and colleagues by allowing his facial hair to grow for several weeks.
Simon Crimp, who works for a local sanitary supplies company, woke up one morning too late to have a shave before he left for the office.
"I didn't think it would matter," he said. "No-one seemed to notice. So I thought I could get away with it.
"Then, after a few days, I noticed the hair on my face was getting longer. So, I thought to myself, I'd like to see where this was leading.
"It just kept growing! I couldn't believe it at first so I did some research.
"Well, what has happened, apparently, is that I've grown what is called a 'beard.' Isn't that interesting?
"I might have to get rid of it though, because the wife doesn't like it and it frightens the kids."