Jolly Ol’ England’s Liverpool Children’s Centre just launched a new hairdressing course, but it’s not for young aspiring salon artists – it’s for fathers who want to learn how to do their kids’ hair.
Chris Cavanagh came up with the class, which started February 2, at both the Clubmoor and the Ellergreen Children’s Centres. Cavanagh has a friend whose wife passed away, and soon after, the friend needed to take his daughters to a neighbor’s house to get their hair styled.
The Daily Mail is reporting that the United Kingdom is seeing a boom in stay-at-home fathers, partially due to a recent recession in the country.
In fact, a record 10% of men now care for their children, according to the Office for National Statistics. Stay-at-home fathers are at their highest level since statistics for the segment started being collected in 1993.
A recent letter from England’s Children’s Minister Edward Timpson to the country’s Members of Parliament suggested that divorced fathers should have the legal right to see their kids. A child’s welfare, Timpson argues, is dependent upon shared parenting.
Legal experts called Timpson’s letter unnecessary, saying that the current law already outlines an adequate framework of shared parenting that ensures a child’s welfare.
Colin Furze is just like any of us: he’s a guy, a dad, a hoodlum, and oh – he also holds three Guinness World Records, one for starting the largest bonfire. Furze hopes to extend his records to four after building what he hopes is the world’s fastest pram (that’s a stroller to us yanks).
Thirty-three year old English dad Furze built the stroller – and the sucker certainly doesn’t stroll; watch the video after the jumperooski. Also, for bonus points, Furze took some time to talk to 8BitDad about his creation, which although he didn’t say was more important to him than the Guinness record, we’re going to guess was.
Ben Roberts wanted to surprise his dad with a ticket to the Olympics. More accurately, Roberts wanted to trick his father into thinking that they’d only be looking at the outside of Olympic Park from a nearby viewing platform – which made giving him tickets that much more sweet.
Coincidentally, we reached out to Ben Roberts for permission to post his video and to ask a follow-up question about how everything turned out…and he didn’t answer. So, we sat on this story until the Olympics were over.
Video’s after the jump.
A play centre (that’s a center to us, y’all) in the United Kingdom is the subject of much talk lately – but not because of the radical ball pits or epic monkey bars. Kids Go Wild, in Birmingham, England, is making headlines because it has banned men entirely from the facility – even fathers of the children inside.
“Ladies and children only – no boys over 9 allowed” reads one of their signs. Similarly, their partially-done website touts Kids Go Wild as “what you’ve all been waiting for, the UK’s first ladies and children’s only soft play centre!”
The site continues: “A safe, stimulating and fun environment for children and a relaxing place for you!”
Just not you, dad.
A 12 year old boy recently ran up a sum of £1,150 on his father’s credit card on Xbox Live, and dad’s crying foul, saying the kid didn’t know it was real money.
British dude Sam Ghera had registered his credit card on Microsoft’s console and online service for his son to cover the £5.99 monthly cost of Xbox Live. The 48 year old father didn’t know that his son Nik had spend the sum (equivalent to almost $1,800 USD) for “weapons and extra features” playing Call of Duty and Fifa on Xbox Live with his friends. Sam says that between December and June, Nik spent away, not noticing that his game enhancements were costing “real world money.”
Sam obviously wants Microsoft to refund the money, since clearly, there’s no possible way a 12 year old kid could know that buying things costs money.
Marcella Marino’s father, cleverly named “Marcello”, styled his 4-year-old daughter’s updo with Lady Gaga precision for a school photo at her reception class. A pretty epic accomplishment for any father, he flawlessly worked her hair into a bow (which he has done more than once).
The fashion police school managed to uphold the dress code to an overzealous extent. The “code” (regarding hair) for the Holy Trinity Primary School requests that ribbons or bows are “made of dark colors, maroon/navy blue/black” and states strictly that “hair braids/beads may not be worn.”
The fact is, Christian/Catholic schools are a pain in the ass when it comes to this kind of bullsh*t. I know, because I went to a private Catholic school and I also had long hair back then. This was, of course, in the late 1980s. You know, when long hair wasn’t “cool” during the days of Mötley Crüe, Guns N’ Roses, and Poison.