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Welcome to the first 5 Things of 2015!  It might be a cold, wet January but there are still some fun things to look forward to this week!

Wednesday: Dress Up Your Pet Day

Have you got a pet? Wednesday 14th January is the day for you to dress him or her up! I know it’s traditionally tiny, handbag dogs who get dressed up in outfits… but why exclude the others? What about the massive dogs? The cats? The guinea pigs? It’s not too late to join in – you can easily get hold of a costume for your pet in time for Wednesday!

Friday: Omid Djalili at the Pavilion, Bournemouth

The award-winning English/Iranian comic who sang last year’s World Cup song is on tour, and heading for Bournemouth Pavilion this Friday, having sold out Edinburgh Festival, as well as a West-End residency. One thing I was surprised by while researching this is just how varied a career Djalili has had. It’s easy to forget he had his own TV show in 2007, or that he was in movies like Gladiator and The Mummy. He’s actually been in loads of shows and movies, and even a couple of video games.

Saturday: Open Day at the Kings Theatre, Portsmouth

The Kings Theatre has a fabulous open day from 10-4 on Saturday. There’s all sorts going on, including an exhibition of the WWI archives, a poet who will write you a poem while you wait, a dance workshop for all ages, and tours of all the nooks and crannies you don’t usually get to see. The Kings Theatre is an amazing, Edwardian theatre that opened in 1907 and is steeped in history; this open day promises to have something of interest or excitement for the whole family. One thing you might not know – in 1974 the Pinball Wizard scene from Tommy was filmed at the Kings Theatre.

Saturday: Ditch you New Year’s Resolutions Day

Did you make a New Year’s resolution? Apparently January 17th is the day most of us give up on our resolutions… will you be a casualty of the day? Obviously, I’m doing my Happiness Project this year, and I’m hoping to last longer than next Saturday with it!

Sunday: Stubbington Green 10k

If you managed to keep up with your exercise over the festive season (was your TV broken?), the Stubbington Green 10k race is next Sunday. This is one of the longest-running races, with this being its 30th year. Last year over 1500 people finished; will you be a runner this year? The Stubbington Green race is well known in running circles for being one of the biggest and best, with beautiful views. It’s organised by the Stubbington Green Runners’ club, who are known for being super friendly so it’s bound to be a great race.


Join Simon and I next Sunday evening on Wave 105 for another 5 Things.

Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.


Natalie Ray · 11/01/2015 at 09:50

You’re right, I did need to know about dress up your pet day. This seems like an excuse to drag out Pluto’s lion mane again. Fabulous :)

    Vicky Charles · 11/01/2015 at 13:07

    I’m so happy to head Pluto already had a lion mane… also: pictures or it didn’t happen.

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