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Getting to Know You… Dotty Winters

If you’re a regular visitor to Standard Issue, you won’t need telling that we’re lucky enough to have a cracking team of contributors who we love dearly. We thought it was about time we let them introduce themselves properly. Here’s the lovely Dotty Winters.

DottyName: Dotty Winters

Age: 37

Location: Cheshire

Official job title: Company director and comedian

What was the first thing you wanted to be? Long distance Clara from Pigeon Street. I do rack up a lot of miles of driving per year, but I don’t have a lorry or dungarees and, despite my best efforts, I am not a chirpy, animated lesbian.

When did you know you wanted to be what you are now? I still haven’t decided what I want to be when I grow up.

What’s your strongest memory from school/education? I LOVED school mostly, and have loads of lovely memories, but the week we got to do no classes and run a newspaper from one of the computer mobiles was amazing. It was EXACTLY like Press Gang.

When you’re not working, what else do you like to do? I like to play ninjas with the kids. We dress in black and take it in turns to see how close we can get to Daddy and let off an air horn without him spotting us. Daddy enjoys this game a lot less than we do.

What has been your proudest creative moment to date? I once made a Christmas tree decoration which doubled as a bird feeder entirely from items I found down the back of my sofa. Does that count?

Christmas bird feederWhat was your favourite day at work? I once had to go to a showbiz film premiere with Jason Priestley from Beverly Hills 90210. That wasn’t horrible.

What would you like to erase from your past? I’d love to be one of those ‘je ne regrette rien’ people, but I am rubbish at French and look terrible in a polo neck. I have loads of regrets; I think you need regrets in order to change yourself. If I didn’t regret things I’d still be doing/saying/snogging them.

What brings you the most joy? People.

What makes you angry? Different people to the ones above.

Professionally, who has been your biggest inspiration? Stephanie from Grease 2.

Have you ever met someone who made you go weak at the knees? I had a personal trainer once who did this regularly. Damn lunges.

What advice would you give a woman who wants a career like yours? Grow up.

How do you define success? Spending more time wearing pyjamas than not wearing pyjamas.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever had? Proceed until apprehended.

young dotty throwing shadeWhat’s your favourite photograph of yourself? My favourite ever is one of me as a child, demonstrating how to throw shade and accessorise like a bad-ass.

As an adult, I usually hate photos of myself, especially if I am laughing, but I love this one [see top of page] – my friend Maz is a brilliant photographer and she took this for me.

Where did you go on your favourite holiday? Mr Winters and I did a round the world trip just before we had kids and just after he was seriously ill. It was incredible; we ate a lot of prawns.

Who can’t you live without? My family, my friends and Don Draper.

What can’t you live without? Conversation, caffeine, dry shampoo and hope.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? I’ve already mentioned my Christmas tree decoration, so I’ll have to go with my kids.

Who is your favourite person? Mary Poppins.

Who’s your favourite animal? Animal from The Muppets.

Which song could be used to soundtrack your life so far? Shake it Off – Taylor Swift.

What are your favourite three articles at Standard Issue? Oooh you are mean, I don’t know if I can choose.

I love everything Daisy Leverington has ever written (even her shopping lists), but the article she wrote about motherhood and money was really powerful. This expert take-down by Kiri Pritchard-McLean also springs to mind. Oooh and this tale of a childhood holiday by Jen Brister was one of many Standard Issue articles that made me do a real life LOL.

Which question would you have liked to have answered in this questionnaire, but weren’t asked?

“Do you know the meaning of life?” I do, so it’s a shame you didn’t ask really. Actually, if you’d asked me what my favourite 100 articles in SIM were I would feel less guilty about all the amazing articles I missed off my list above.


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