Anyone who has gazed as adoringly at Robbie Savage in the TV studio as he himself gazes in the mirror will know that the football player-turned-Match Of The Day pundit sports fine flowing locks.
As MOTD viewers will also know, he has now taken to wearing these tied back in a ponytail, lending him the air of a 1990s rocker about to break into a 12-verse power ballad of exquisite sadness.
His appearance next to the equally dapper Dion Dublin on the MOTD couch at the weekend even caused a few headlines of the "Who is the best dressed football pundit?" variety. The question was rhetorical because the answer is self-evident. It's Robbie Savage. Why? It's the ponytail, of course.
But the power of the ponytail isn't just about its ability to enhance male beauty or signal the counter-culture credentials of the wearer. As exuberantly-moustached Indian showman Sailen Roy showed this week, it can also prove useful when you don't have a tow rope. As a crowd of his countrymen watched on amazed, the 45-year-old used his ponytail to pull a train engine with four coaches attached – 41 tonnes in all – for a distance of about six feet.
"This kind of stunt's not performed by anybody in any other country," he told a reporter afterwards. "I want to teach this technique to 10 to 12 people so they can make this country proud." He added: "It would be very helpful if the West Bengal government would provide some assistance to me."
Sailen Roy? Could he have Caledonian forebears through the Rob Roy line? If the West Bengal government doesn't come through for him I'm sure his is the kind of project Creative Scotland would love to throw funding at. The moral, then, is this: don't mock men with ponytails.
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