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Who's Your Daddy?

Published on June 17th 2005.

For those of you that have forgotten, it’s Fathers Day this Sunday (you still have plenty of time to get to your nearest card shop). Whilst I totally get the deal with Mothers Day (the lady washes, irons, cooks, cleans, and can always be relied on to have a ‘spare’ 20 quid) Fathers Day just seems to be an opportunity to thank my Dad for being possibly the most embarrassing person I have ever met. Believe me, he is way more embarrassing than yours………………

One of the most cringeworthy things my Dad can do is dance. At family weddings / parties, me, my mum, and my sister take it in turns to ‘distract Dad’, to keep him as far away from the dance floor as possible.

Thankfully, I’m now old enough for my Dad to actually listen to me; at least long enough for him to take my advice that socks and sandals in summer is never a good look. Not even bloody Jesus could pull that one off (Just ask Panacea - MD).

My friend Lucy’s dear old Dad is slightly racist in the way that only the post WWII generation can be. Upon seeing anyone of a remotely different ethnic origin he seems unable to fight the urge to say “Ooooooooo someone’s overdone it on the sunbed”. And, whilst that’s bad, my other friend Tom’s Dad, is by far the worst of the lot. After spending far too long trying to recapture his youth at Tom’s university digs, he seemed to think that whenever Tom annoyed him, it was acceptable to dance around in front of him saying, “I shagged your Mum, I shagged your Mum”. It’s really really not acceptable.

Maybe my Dad and his dancing aren’t that bad after all. I do have some stuff to thank him for. He can always be relied on to agree that my ex-boyfriend just wasn’t good enough (although I think he thinks that about the current one as well) and I really should thank him for letting me have a university education, and a shoe addiction can be a heavy drain on his finances for all these years.

So, I will be getting the old man a pressie, although it’s more likely to be the usual tie and socks that his request of a record player for his old 45s. James Brown Live in my living room isn’t an appealing proposition. or perhaps i could get more imaginative and use some of the beauties on offer below!

Pam Wood


Sienna Health Spa (in the Radisson Hotel on Peter Street) have two great Fathers Day promotions (valid until the end of July):

includes a back neck and shoulder massage and a mini facial

includes a facial and a full body massage

To book you need to call (0161) 835 8964 and quote "Manchester Confidential" with whichever offer you require.

NEW: Panama Hatty's (opposite all Bar One off King Street)

This is the perfect treat for the family, with dishes from around the world, Mexico to Malaysia and the Caribbean to the Mediteranean. The menu rocks, the portions are massive, friendly staff and there's a fantastic bar and lounge area so there's no need to go anywhere else. Open Sunday from 12-9.30pm. Call (0161) 832 8688 to book. You can see the menu by clicking here

Francs Restaurant

Francs Restaurant in Altrincham are laying on a special spread this Sunday for dads.They're open 12-4pm and 7-9.30pm so book now on 0161 941 3954 to make sure your dad is still speaking to you on the 20th!

Francs Restaurant
2, Goose Green
WA14 1DW
Tel: 0161 941 3954


Perfect for the family!

Opus One

Opus One is one of Manchester's liveliest restaurants. Serving innovative modern British food that blends the best of local produce with modern flair, Opus One promises to appeal to global travellers and local palettes alike.

Radisson Edwardian Hotel Manchester
Free Trade Hall
Peter Street
M2 5GP
Phone: 0161 835 9929

Get the Beers in for the old man at Tribeca!

Don't forget that Tribeca are running two great drinks offers this summer... with the intoduction of a new range of Summer Beers they're offering 4 for only £10! Even better still, Peroni is now available on Draught with a fantastic offer of Buy 1 pint get 1 free! So there's no excuse not to get your dad a pint!

TriBeCa Bar and B.E.D.
50 Sackville Street
M1 3WF
Phone: 0161 236 8300

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