Mike Wabe

Location: Thetford, Norfolk
About me...

My work history is 29 years a police officer, followed by 4 years as a manager for Autoglass, then by 101/2 years as a prison officer and ending with 3 years in a secondary school as an Inclusion Manager (dealing with all things behavioural). I stopped work in November 2013 because I was not enjoying it anymore, and I could afford to do so. I have been giving the talks and presentations for over 12 years now, and my bookings virtually all come from word of mouth recommendations, or because the booker has seen me “perform” somewhere. I am the Town Crier of Watton and love every minute. I carry out all the civic functions, as well as private work such as shop and business openings, wake-up calls to brides, special occasions such as major birthdays or anniversaries.  I do enter some Town Crier Competitions, including the World Tournament in 2014. I have even won some, notable in Ely and came second in the Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Criers’ British Championships in 2019. I am a wedding Toastmaster and I run my own murder mystery business. I love history, as might be noticed from the subjects of my talks.

About my talks ...

Some of the talks are Power Point presentations, otherwise I wear appropriate costume – see each talk for precise  information.

Fee:

The cost for any of the above presentations is £45, plus travelling costs. I don’t charge the current rate of 45p per mile, I work out what my car does per gallon, so it is much cheaper. I will give you the total cost (fee + travel) when you contact me so there are no nasty surprises.
I am happy to travel anywhere to deliver a presentation, but the further you are away from East Anglia, the more the travel cost will be.
If a speaker lets your organisation down, it is always worth giving me a call, because I am happy to help at short notice if I can.

I can provide my talks as Virtual presentations (Zoom).

My Contact Details:
Phone:

01842 755131

Enigma – tic

Public Speaker in Norfolk Mike Wabe presents his talk Enigma - tic.

This is a brief history of Bletchley Park, some of its occupants and what they did there.

Hear about the need that all nations had for secrecy, whether for commercial (business) purposes, or for military purposes. Discover the differences between codes and ciphers. Learn about the way that Britain undertook the interception and breaking of the codes and ciphers.
Find out how the unusual place called Bletchley Park came into existence with regard to codebreaking in World War II. Hear about some of the eccentric personalities who were called to serve there. Just about everyone has heard of the Enigma machine by now however, you may be surprised when you hear about its invention and inception. Learn about the way it was cracked and the bombe machines that helped to do so.
This presentation can, in the time allowed, only be a brief look at the history and complexities of Bletchley Park, its personnel and the Enigma machine. But it my presentation whets your appetite, please ask for a list of further reading and viewing on the subject after my talk.
This is a standalone presentation; however, I do wear my Medieval World “uniform” of black trousers, shoes and embroidered shirt which enhances the feel and the mood of the occasion.

Torrid Tales from the Tower

Public Speaker in Norfolk, Mike Wabe presents his talk Torrid Tales From the Tower

The Tower concerned is, of course, the Tower of London, or to give it it’s proper name, Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London. The Tower of London is visited by almost 3 million people a year. It is so familiar to us that it is embedded in our psyche. But how much do you really know about it?

Due to the all-pervading influence of Hollywood and television, neither of which let the truth stand in the way of a good story, the Tower of London seems to be inextricably, and almost solely, linked to Henry VIII. But the Tower is so much more than the Tudors.

Over time it has served as an armoury, a treasury, a menagerie, the Royal Mint, a public record office, a gaol and home to the Crown Jewels.

This informative and humorous presentation is a 60-minute romp through the almost 1,000 years of history that belongs to the magical place we call the Tower of London.

This is a Powerpoint presentation

 

From Twang to Bang

Public Speaker in Norfolk Mike Wabe presents his talk From Twang to Bang.

Hear about why and how we went from the war-winning longbow to the noisy, smelly and inaccurate musket. Learn about its pitfalls and how it compares to today’s modern rifles. Did gunpowder really mean that you got more bang for your buck?! Discover phrases that we use today and how some of them originated from archery and musketry. The presentation is illustrated with muskets and a variety of other artefacts which the audience is encouraged to handle. Please note that the muskets may only be handled under my direct supervision.

This is a stand alone presentation, however, I do wear my Medieval World “uniform” of black trousers, shoes and embroidered shirt which enhances the feel and the mood of the occasion.

Life in Medieval England

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I will be in authentic costume and will talk about life in medieval England from the point of view of feudal peasant and a Sergeant Templar. Everyday life, clothing food and the like will be discussed, as will the arms and armour of the time. The presentation will be illustrated with weapons and armour of the time, as well as everyday household items, which the audience is encouraged to handle.

This is a Stand Alone talk and I wear an authentic costume of the era.

Life and Death in a Victorian Gaol

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I will be in authentic costume and will tell of the life in a Victorian gaol. Discover what the term “hard labour” really meant. Learn the difference between a prison and a gaol, and between a convict and a prisoner. Hear all the grisly details of how both capital and corporal punishment was carried out. The presentation will be illustrated with items from the Victorian penal system, which the audience is encouraged to handle.

This is a Stand Alone talk and I wear an authentic costume of the era.

 

Foul Murders of East Anglia

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Hear about some of the solved and unsolved foul murders that took place in East Anglia in the 19th and 20th centuries. Discover how pretty Rose Harsent was murdered and the crime scene made to look like an accident. Learn how Robert Browning (no, not that one!) did to death 15-year-old Emma Rolfe. Find out why parts of poor Martha Sheward turned up all over Norwich. Hear why the Rayleigh Bath Chair Murder was so called, plus many more.

This is a stand alone presentation, however, I do wear my Medieval World “uniform” of black trousers, shoes and embroidered shirt which enhances the feel and the mood of the occasion.

Witches and Witch Hunting in East Anglia

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Magic is one of those subjects that interests everyone, even if it is only a passing interest. Witches have always been associated with magic, so discover how a witch hunting mania swept through East Anglia. Hear how Matthew Hopkins spread terror amongst the populace and learn how he caused the deaths of so many women, although there were some men as well. Discover when the witch craze finally ended (or has it?) and see what you can do to protect yourself from a witch’s spell.

This is a stand alone presentation, however, I do wear my Medieval World “uniform” of black trousers, shoes and embroidered shirt which enhances the feel and the mood of the occasion.

Britain's First Serial Killer

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Mary Ann Cotton, otherwise known as the Black Widow claims the right to be known as Britain’s first serial killer. Two decades before Jack the Ripper’s reign of terror, Mary Ann Cotton had already become a killing machine. But strangely, even crime historians, those familiar with the names of Shipman, Nilsen, Sutcliffe and West, know little or nothing of her. She has been largely erased from history and remains today only a half-remembered local curiosity, even in her native North East. In the 20 years from 1852 to 1872, Mary Ann Cotton killed some 21 people, whilst posing as a wife, widow, mother, nurse and friend. Among her victims were 8 of her own children, 7 stepchildren, her mother, 3 husbands, a lover and an inconvenient friend. Hear how she committed these dastardly crimes and wonder why she would do such a thing. Discover how she was eventually caught and what happened to her.

This is a stand alone presentation, however, I do wear my Medieval World “uniform” of black trousers, shoes and embroidered shirt which enhances the feel and the mood of the occasion.

That Rings a Bell – The History of the Town Crier

Thetford Town Crier, Mike Wabe is entering the World Championships.

I am the Town Crier of Watton and I will be in full livery. I will deliver an interesting, humorous and informative presentation on the unique history of Town Criers. Hear about just how long ago that Town Criers were crying their messages (and what messages they were). Learn about such things as their livery, evolution, rationale, means of attracting attention and their connections with the law.

This is a Stand Alone talk and I wear an authentic costume of the era.

Father Christmas - Myths and Mistletoe

Public Speaker Mike Wabe talks about Father Christmas - Myths and Mistletoe.

Learn what the “Jolly Old Elf” has to say about mistletoe  – he’s not that impressed, I warn you –  and find out too,  why he is known by different names around the world. Discover how and why we celebrate Christmas when we do. Be surprised, and maybe event amazed, at when and how the traditions we currently associate with Christmas – cards, holly, mistletoe, crackers, turkeys to name but some – came about. The presentation ends with the recitation of Clement Clarke Moore’s famous poem A Visit From St Nicholas, now universally known as ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas.

This is a Powerpoint presentation.

 

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

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This presentation is a 60-minute adaptation of the famous Christmas story, and will be delivered by none other than Charles Dickens himself. Greedy, grasping Ebenezer Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by the ghost of his dead partner, Jacob Marley. Jacob regrets the error of his ways when he was alive, and seeks to rescue Scrooge from his fate. To do so, Marley arranges for Scrooge to be visited by 3 Spirits – The Ghost of Christmas Past, Present and Future. The Spirits show him the joy of Christmas and the wretchedness of his own existence. Inspired and chastened by what he sees Scrooge resolves to change, and from then on he embraces and promotes the true spirit of Christmas. As Tiny Tim says, “God bless us, everyone”!

This is a Stand Alone talk and I wear an authentic costume of the era.

Story Teller

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Story Teller – “No story lives unless someone wants to listen”  –  J K Rowling

Story telling is a dying art, but I have a repertoire of stories, tales, poems and downright lies with which to entertain you. To tell a story is to take the listener on a journey. And, like any journey, it may twist and turn, it may become dark, but eventually you will reach the destination safe and sound, and with the satisfying experience of having completed it. If you are an adult, I will take you back to your childhood, and you can lose yourself in the in the magic and mystery of the tales I will tell. If you are a child, I will enthral and entertain you with the pictures I will paint. In either case, let your imagination run riot! But be prepared for the occasional shiver to run up your spine as tales of the supernatural are brought to your ears. I will deliver specially selected stories for occasions such as Christmas and Halloween.

This is a stand alone presentation, however, I do wear my Medieval World “uniform” of black trousers, shoes and embroidered shirt which enhances the feel and the mood of the occasion.

 

Mike Wabe Contact Details:
Phone:

01842 755131