Shopping: If I Win The Lottery Tonight... Ian McCaskill Pantomime Villain Formerly Known As The Weatherman
Saturday 12 December 1998
If I did win the lottery I'd give a quite a bit of it to charity. I'm a pensioner and have very simple tastes, so I don't need the money all that badly. I can't think of anything I need. I really wouldn't want a shiny car as it would just get vandalised. Maybe it's a result of getting older, but possessions are just an encumbrance.
My favourite charity is the breast cancer charity Breakthrough. It's a new charity doing marvellous things. Until a few years ago, breast cancer was something that people didn't even talk about. It wasn't mentioned. One of Breakthrough's achievements is raising the awareness of breast cancer. I'm very interested in women; I do greatly prefer the company of women to men. I've lost good friends to breast cancer - my first wife, my mother, my mother-in-law, and all sorts of relatives. When you have two daughters, it becomes of pressing importance to you. You worry about them too. Until Breakthrough came along there wasn't a charity that was specifically targeted at breast cancer.
I doubt I'd spend any money on my family - ungrateful lot! - they don't need the money. Not that they are rich; I don't think that it does much good receiving money early in your life. My daughters are quite young, 25 and 23, and a little money would be handy at this stage, but I don't think it would be helpful to get a lot of money. I think there has to be a bit of work somewhere along the way. This is the old Scottish Calvinist coming out in me. I suppose the wife could get a new frock.
We could do a little more travelling but we don't have time to travel at the moment - I'm busy rehearsing for the pantomime and my wife's studying English and drama at university, up in Yorkshire. I'm hoping she doesn't want to do a PhD as it would be nice to take the odd break in the Caribbean; St Lucia, Trinidad or Tobago maybe. I'm not a beach person, but I like to know it's there. I'd also like to know the Far East better and there are parts of Australia I have not yet seen.
Ian McCaskill is performing in `Puss in Boots' at the Theatre Royal, Windsor, to 16 January (01753 853888)
Life & Style blogs
The difference between a psychopath and a sociopath
Prostate cancer could actually be five different diseases, say scientists
Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge price to be slashed after disappointing sales
NHS treatments such as vasectomies and hip operations to be rationed because of cost-cutting
Hermes responds to Jane Birkin’s request to drop her name from the iconic handbag
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn – or a return to a Labour government
Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn says 'we can learn a great deal from Karl Marx'
I am the Jeremy Corbyn supporter that many will tell you doesn't exist
Public anger after French sunbather beaten up by gang for wearing a bikini in Reims park
Labour leadership: New poll shows party is now even 'less electable' than under Ed Miliband
Calais crisis: For desperate migrants it is 'England or death' as they brave dogs, riot police and speeding trains
- 1 Cara Delevigne addresses awkward interview on Good Day Sacramento
- 2 Top Gear team of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May officially heading to Amazon Prime for new car show
- 3 Stuart Baggs: Apprentice star 'The Brand' found dead aged 27
- 4 How to cancel Amazon Prime: after Top Gear hiring, how to leave premium service
- 5 MH370 debris: Investigators 'confident' that Boeing 777 wing found - live updates
£28000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: With extensive experience and a...
£26000 - £34000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join ...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: Due to on-going expansion, this leading provid...
£6 - £8 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join a family ...