Which living person do you most admire, and why?
I am sure there are too many to mention. Some of the dads (and mums) I have come across through running www.onlydads.org leave me feeling humbled as they so often move hell and high water to do their very best and keep going often against very difficult circumstances.
When were you happiest?
There were some very happy times at college in London. Those were the days of affordable inter-rails and impromptu dashes over to Paris or Morocco on a shoe string budget and a sleeping bag.
I think the expression for those days is “care-free”
Before that, my days in Primary School were nigh on perfect. I was taught in a really old fashioned state primary where the teachers were old boys invalided from the war and made to teach upon their return. It was football, cricket and a bit of maths…
…every boy’s dream school at that age.
That said, I am reminded that Dylan Thomas used to say that there is only one thing worse than an unhappy childhood. A happy one!
I am NOT saying the birth of my two Daughters – those experiences were way beyond “happy”.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
In my University days I was caught having sex in the lion compound of Windsor Great Safari Park with my then 40 y/o girlfriend. She told me it would be exciting. It was! Especially when a Zebra Jeep skidded to a halt by us and men jumped out with rifles and started shouting at us!
Embarrassing doesn’t even get close!!
Aside from property, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?
A Nikon Camera – to take nice pics of my daughters
What is your most treasured possession?
I have a few – but a sculpture of a man carving himself made by my Dad will have pride of place wherever I live.
Where would you like to live?
I could live anywhere – Spain seems to have a lot going for it though #sunandrioja
What’s your favourite smell?
I am not answering that question…!
Who would play you in the film of your life?
What is your favourite book?
Blimey – I have about 10 or so…but if pushed I’ll go with The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
What is your most unappealing habit?
Wondering when I should be working, and taking pauses in between sentances when I’m speaking.
What would be your fancy dress costume of choice?
Not dodging the question but I just don’t do fancy dress. If I really had to, I would go as Donald Duck because I can do the voice!
What is your earliest memory?
Wanting a push on “Dobbin” – a horse on wheels. My Mum was hanging up washing on the line and told me I had to “wait 5 minutes”
I was outraged!
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
“Guiltiest??” – I don’t really do that word anymore. Buying silver bits and bobs when I see them cheap is a bit of a hobby though – generally stuff I don’t need.
What do you owe your parents?
My mum and dad gave me everything they could (with limited means) and would be horrified if I thought I owed them anything. They just gave it! And I try to replicate their kindness with my D’s.
To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
Mister “Sooty” Thomas – my A-level English teacher. Sitting at the back of his class on 5 chairs stacked up top of one-another because of my “medical infereroity complex” must have really got on his nerves. I am sorry – but I just could not take school seriously.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Ending a busy and productive day with quality single-malt and a log fire with good company is a love of mine. I don’t do this nearly enough.
What does love feel like?
You know those moments when you are travelling and when you board a train for an overnight journey, and half an hour in you have got yourself all sorted out…comfortable and excited at the same time…a bit like that!
What was the best kiss of your life?
I’m not sure because I like all kisses 🙂
When I was 14, a girl in my year called Karen kissed me while pushing me against a wall. She was in a hurry because I was going out with her best mate at the time. I banged my head on the wall – she almost knocked me out!
She is an army fitness instructor now!
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
In real life
To be honest
P R I Y A !!
Girls – can we do a ten minute tidy-up?
Where’s my car keys?
I just want to check my emails
What is the worst job you’ve done?
As a school boy I worked for a catering company and had to serve really posh people in Cardiff City Hall. I didn’t enjoy one single minute of it.
If you could edit your past, what would you change?
Not much really. I do regret not trying for Oxford or Cambridge (but only a bit), and that I had taken more advantage of the opportunities presented by being a student in London that little bit more.
I also regret not jumping into bed with Najmah when I was 21 (but that is another story!!)
What is the closest you’ve come to death?
I have almost died twice – all the result of one catastrophic motor-bike accident when I was 18…
…a car speeding down the wrong side of a dual carriageway hit me and left me fighting for my life. 7 operations and the skills of some amazing Doctors and Nurses in Southampton and Odstock hospitals near Salisbury over the next year or so pulled me through.
I literally owe them my life.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
When did you last cry, and why?
I last cried when I said goodbye to a good friend who I thought I might not ever see again.
How do you relax?
I can relax with Twitter and a glass (or two) of wine, walks by the sea or along a river. I find a good sleep does the trick too 🙂
What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
I have so many ambitions for OnlyDads – a bit more managerial/business sense would stop me floundering around and for many reasons make my life better.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
That you are a long time dead
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