Where’s Watty?

Little Watty, star of BSEE’s regular competition, continues to travel the UK, exploring interesting places, admiring the built environment and considering how he can reduce his carbon pawprint. Watty does like to have his picture taken as a memento of his travels and BSEE readers are given the chance each month to guess where he has been photographed. The lucky winners each receive a cuddly badger for correctly naming the places or landmarks that Watty has visited!

For those who have not yet made his acquaintance, Little Watty Baxter is the name chosen for the badger featured in the Baxi-SenerTec UK logo. The name Little Watty, short for Little Walter, is an apt choice because it alludes to the unit of output generated by combined heat and power technology. What some may not know is that Dachs, the name of the mini-CHP unit that is marketed in the UK by Baxi-SenerTec UK, is the German word for badger.


As a widely travelled observer of building projects across the ages, it takes a lot to surprise Little Watty, but the structures at his most recent destination certainly did that. Watty knew that what is now a seaside resort is mentioned in the doomsday book and was the scene of a famous naval battle in 1672, so he expected to visit an imposing building, possibly civic, of some age and grandeur. Instead, he was greeted by the sight of modest wooden huts, most of which post-date the Queen’s coronation! Brightly painted, these are the modern ‘des res’ descendants of the horse drawn bathing machines that enabled Victorians to keep their modesty while bathing in the sea.

Watty, marvelled at the ingenious way these little dens can be fitted out – and at their price. Although the unexpected was at every turn, our environmentally correct little badger was rather confused that a town in the east and on the coast should have a name referring to a different point of the compass and open upland country!

To be in with a chance of winning your very own cuddly Little Watty Baxter, simply look at the photograph and tell us the name of the seaside resort where these huts can be found. When asked for some clues, Watty said cryptically, “South, North, East West, wold, coastline – huts are best!”

Please email your answers to: trushtonthorpe@datateam.co.uk

The winner will be chosen at random and will receive a cuddly badger. The closing date for this competition is 01 September 2013.

You can also follow Little Watty on his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/littlewattybaxter