“The dyadic principle grants far more than a doubling of energy to two people joined in an endeavour” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Dann Parry by ©Joel Robison

Image © Joel Robison

An Interview with Dann

Q. What is your best memory/moment from one of your past birthdays?

A. One of the best birthdays was my 19th. It was the first year of uni and was the first time I’d actually has a wee house party. Even though we’d only known each other for a couple months we all found a drunken shared love of Rock Horror when someone put on the soundtrack. Any night that involves bad drink dancing to the time warp is good in my books.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. Probably my 18th. All my mates were having huge dos to celebrate theirs but when it came to mine the vast majority of my friends were busy so I ended up spending it at home with a bottle of disaronno. Classy.

Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that most surprised you?

A. It wasn’t a physical present but rather a surprise event. Basically it was my 16th and I hadn’t had anything planned so my mates thought they’d change that. I was invited over my friend’s house to do some coursework. Instead they’d planned a surprise party. Which is lovely and all but when it came around to my arrival and surprise, video cameras donned to get my reaction, I didn’t quite click what was going on. So rather than me screaming or laughing or however they expected me to react, the video they got was just me looking very puzzled and asking “so, what? We’re not doing coursework now…?”

Q. Is there one food or dish that you insist on eating during your birthday celebration?

A. When I was little my mum would always let us have whatever we wanted for dinner. Big meal out? Nah! Not for me. I’d always get me mum to buy us a shite-tonne of popcorn, pizza and chocolate raisins.

Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?

A. Being with people you care about. You can have ask the gifts and cake in the world but it’s nothing without your mates.

Q. Do you/your family/culture have any traditions/rituals/ceremonies that are performed to celebrate birthdays? What is it?

A. Other than the free for all on dinner not really.