Monthly Archives: November 2012

Pantomime 2012

It’s pantomime time again boys and girls (oh no it isn’t). This year I’ll be playing Dame in Dick Whittington at the Haverhill Arts Centre in Suffolk. The show runs from Saturday 22nd December until Thursday 27th December (no shows on Christmas Day). For show times and ticket prices, visit the Havehill Arts Centre website or call the box office on 01440 714140.

Dick Whittington is a traditional pantomime with a cracking script by Steve Fortune and Chris Gidney. It’s got singing, dancing, magic illusions, old jokes, new jokes and me in a dress. What more do you need? I look forward to seeing you there.

I love Dick Whittington. This is the third time I’ve been in this show and the fourth year I’ve been with That’s Entertainment Productions. This will also be the second year I’ve played at Haverhill. We sold out there last year with Aladdin so this year we’ve extended the run with more dates to choose from. I’m looking forward to getting back there.

If you’re coming to the show, let me know and I’ll add you into the script on the night. Email me at thereaintnothinglikeadame [at] howiewatkins [dot] co [dot] uk

Welcome

Hello and welcome to my website, or to be precise, my new website. This is where I am now posting all my latest news and information. I am also, gradually, transferring and updating all the material from a number of my older sites before I finally archive them.

I switched over most of the sites I write and manage for clients to WordPress ages ago but my personal site somehow got forgotten. The irony of this is not lost on me.

 

What’s your poison?

Drinking Alcohol, often to dangerous excess, is an accepted part of many people’s lives.  The pressure on those that do not drink, particularly the young, to “join in with the crowd” is immense.  Recent research shows that drinking by 12-20 year olds (particularly girls) is increasing, despite the efforts that are now being made to emphasise the hazards that young drinkers face: significantly higher chances of developing clinical depression, greater chance of causing permanent physical damage to their internal organs and increased likelihood of unwise, unprotected sexual activity (with the obvious consequences). Continue reading

So you think your feet are cold?

The next time you poke your one of your feet outside your nice warm bed in the morning and think it’s too cold to get up, just imagine being a reindeer, stuck outside, in the snow and ice, desperately looking for food in temperatures as low as -30°C.  There are a lot of people that don’t believe reindeer can fly, but to be honest, I find it pretty amazing they survive at all. Continue reading