In Praise of the Nation's Dads

10th June 2016
In Praise of the Nation's Dads

At this time of year the pictures of children which cross our desk are outnumbered by pictures of men. In recent weeks we've closely examined photographs of hundreds of Dads, encountering plenty of hair gel, lots of designer stubble, sunburnt skin, cheeky smiles, bashful smiles, forced smiles - and all in the name of producing our Father's Day book.

Here are a few observations:

1) The majority of Dads are either loved "to the moon and back" or are "the best daddy in the world".

2) Pizza has nudged past steak and chips as the favourite meal of the nation's Dads. (Haribo sweets make the occasional appearance, as well as jammy dodgers and custard creams)

3) They're a predictable bunch when it comes to their favourite colour - which is blue.

4) There are only three occasions when Dads are photographed:

  • Dads cradling a new-born child, normally in a hospital and normally looking incredibly proud but also self-conscious (and a bit shell-shocked).
  • Dads on their wedding day, freshly shaved, hair gel applied and wife by their side. Or solo, awkwardly leaning against a tree or pillar in some pose you know the professional photographer has insisted on.
  • Dads on holiday, often sun burnt and nearly always holding either a large glass of wine or pint of beer. They often look so relaxed you think this must be a pre-children holiday. There's no smile broader we've discovered than the smile which accompanies a large plate of food.

With Father's Day looming, we can't help but feel very fondly towards all the Dads out there, who may be united in their love of pizza and the colour blue but are unique in every family and deserve their day of celebration and recognition


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