November 5, 2012

Dads: A Celebration Of Fatherhood From Britain's Finest And Funniest, published on May 29, 2008. This collection of celebrity stories about what it's like to be a Dad and reminiscences about their own fathers was edited by Sarah Brown, the former Prime Minister's wife and Gil McNeil.  Gordon Brown even wrote the introduction and Sarah Browm wrote the forward.  All royalties from the sale of the book go to her charity Piggy Bank Kids, which funds the Jennifer Brown Research Laboratory which is taking steps towards the next breakthroughs for pregnancy care, ensuring premature little ones have the safest and healthiest start in life.  The charity also supports community work around Britain and fund projects which support some of our most vulnerable babies, children and young people, helping to give them the best start in life. 

David's chapter was quoted in some of the newspapers, the longest excerpt came from The daily Mail, May 1, 2008:
"When you're a child you blithely assume that your dad knows everything. Now, aged 37, I have to admit that mine probably does.

I don't mean he could rattle off the kings of England in order, or work out the quantity of dark matter in the universe on the back of a napkin (although he'd probably give it a good go); it's the dad stuff he's good at.

Problem with the car? Confusion over the house insurance? Need to put a shelf up? Even how do you blanch broccoli? I'll call my dad.

He'll always have an answer, or at least know where to find one. (Anything involving gadgets, for instance, gets outsourced to his mate John, who lives nearby in a house full of self-soldered circuit boards and half-built computers.)

But it worries me. I'll be 40 in a few years: shouldn't I already know how to tile a bathroom wall?

Where does Dad get all this knowledge from? Is it instinct? Was he born knowing how to replace a fanbelt? Did he rely on his father for all these life skills? Were they passed down like an Olympic torch, practicality burning down the generations?

Trouble is, I think I'm in danger of dropping it. In years to come, when my kids phone me up to ask how to reignite their boiler, I'll have to put them on to Granddad.

I know it's not just me - my brother and sister are the same. Luckily, despite being 70 and with one false hip, my dad is still the most energetic, indefatigable man you're ever likely to meet.

Thank goodness for that. You've got years of cutting down trees and fixing curtain rails ahead of you, Dad. No peaceful retirement for you, I'm afraid. We'd be neck-deep in chaos without you."