3:48pm Thursday 26th November 2015
WE’RE only in our early fifties and generally in robust health, but ageing is already proving to be a challenging process.
7:55am Thursday 12th November 2015
MY wife likes to know who’s calling her before she answers her phone so she’s got individual ring-tones for me and our four children. For me, it’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” by Andy Williams. The next line, rather appropriately, is “You’re just too good to be true”. Before you ask, yes, she chose it all by herself and, no, she’s never considered “Things Can Only Get Better” by D-ream.”
7:41pm Wednesday 28th October 2015
AFTER 25 years of bringing up children, it is time for my wife and I to spend more quality time together – so I took her for a romantic break to the Northumberland coast.
5:32pm Thursday 1st October 2015
A DAD’S got to do what a dad’s got to do – no matter what it takes. When his kids say they need him, he has to spring into action, which is why I spent last Sunday driving to London and back in the same day.
2:41pm Thursday 17th September 2015
IT has been an extremely long haul but our fourth has flown the nest. Max has left for Manchester to study for a performing arts degree – and the very good news is that he has taken his drum kit with him.
9:41pm Thursday 3rd September 2015
IS it just me, or do you find your wife going off at tangents in mid-conversation?
12:20pm Thursday 6th August 2015
FORTUNATELY, I’ve made it this far through the highly-pressurised ordeal of parenthood without it taking too much of a toll on my health, even though my bank balance is on constant life-support.
8:52pm Wednesday 22nd July 2015
AFTER a quarter of a century of living in a crowded house – two adults and four kids – it’s rather nice to be alone once in a while.
12:10pm Thursday 9th July 2015
ALL in all, it was quite a week. Our eldest son, The Big Friendly Giant, was 25 – a quarter of a century old. It was also our 27th wedding anniversary. And, to cap it all, our second son, Jack, was graduating from Cambridge so there was a lot to celebrate.
12:44pm Thursday 25th June 2015
IS it only me who feels totally unappreciated? Even when I perform heroics, it doesn’t merit any real recognition...
2:55pm Thursday 11th June 2015
AS I think I’ve mentioned once or twice before, I am beginning to feel like the invisible man. And the feeling has never struck me more than at the weekend when I was choking to death and in urgent need of the Heimlich Manouvre – or abdominal thrust as it is known in modern medical circles.
11:42am Thursday 28th May 2015
THE previous Dad At Large column, about how panic in the face of my wife’s questioning led to a lie, clearly struck a chord.
9:46am Tuesday 12th May 2015
HONESTY is, of course, the best policy – but there are times when blind panic gets in the way
7:50pm Thursday 30th April 2015
THERE are times when I feel like the invisible man. By nature, I’m an attention-seeker but I don’t get anywhere near enough attention for my liking.
10:50am Thursday 2nd April 2015
SO that's it. Our youngest was 18 at the weekend. Against all the odds, we've somehow managed to negotiate our way through the obstacle course of parenthood and guided four children past the post into adulthood.
2:26pm Wednesday 18th March 2015
THE reality is beginning to dawn. Nearly a quarter of a century after our first was born, along with the Dad At Large column, my wife and I will soon be on our own again.
10:18am Wednesday 4th March 2015
WHEN you get to my age, you’re lucky if you still have your mum ¬ ¬- and I’m well aware that I'm very fortunate indeed.
1:27pm Thursday 19th February 2015
TO be perfectly honest, Valentine’s weekend wasn’t my finest piece of planning. The significance of the date had gone straight over my head and I’d arranged to spend Saturday morning playing tennis, Saturday afternoon at the rugby, and all day Sunday travelling to London for a football match.
4:02pm Thursday 5th February 2015
OVER the years, I’ve done my level best to indoctrinate my children into my sophisticated musical tastes. Ever since they were little, I’ve bombarded them with my favourite band, Genesis.
8:54am Thursday 22nd January 2015
THE clematis hanging down from the porch outside our front door was out of control. In fact, it had grown so wild there was a danger that the paperboy might be lost in there.