From today, 12 March 2020, gardeners across the UK can register their pledges online to dedicate a patch of garden or outdoor space specifically for butterflies and moths in a bid to slow their declining populations.Continue reading “The Wildlife Trusts and RHS launch their new campaign: Grow a Secret Garden for Butterflies”
This year, I completed a highly sought after social media course called #SMSpouses – a training programme specifically for spouses and partners of British serving personnel. After being selected to be part of the second cohort, I embarked on the 12-week journey not knowing that it would spark a love of creating content and managing social media campaigns on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
During the three-month course, I both expanded on and learnt how to:
- Create effective and engaging social media campaigns;
- Design social media adverts;
- Understand algorithms and analyse engagement statistics;
- Capture high-quality images;
- Apply graphic design techniques to make eye-catching visual content;
- Create professionally edited videos using a smartphone.
If you are a British military spouse or partner and want to find out more, click here.
I was made aware of Beth’s story when in discussion with a fellow guest at this year’s Dr Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Awards in London last week. From the brief story I heard, I knew I had to find out more about her eye-opening campaign and short film on the cub petting industry, so got in touch with Beth myself. Here’s what she had to say…
C: How would you describe Claws Out?
B: Claws Out began as an awareness blog and soon snowballed into a full time role as a Campaign Manager for IAPWA (International Aid for the Protection & Welfare of Animals). The entire entity stemmed from my experience as a volunteer in 2015, hand rearing lion cubs after being led to believe that I was contributing towards conservation. It’s now the charity’s only lion welfare campaign, raising awareness about the plight of lions in South Africa Continue reading “Spotlight: Claws Out founder, Beth Jennings, reveals the truth behind cub petting”
Next up in my series of favourite RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants is Ms Tammie Brown… with an i e!
This quirky queen’s entrance (or should I say exit) during the first episode certainly made an impression after she left the main stage up the red velvet stairs at the back of the runway. With the panel of judges in fits of giggles, Ru is heard softly saying “Oh, that’s my entrance and exit Tammie”. From then on, you knew this queen was a character. Tammie is known for her catchy phrases and words. One of my favourites was when she called Ru “tootsie-pop” in the second episode! Sadly, we didn’t get to hear as many of these epic Tammie-ism’s as we all wanted, after she sashayed away that very same episode. What was so sweet though, was to see Jade’s reaction when Tammie had decided she wouldn’t be participating fully in her lip sync – Jade looked gutted. It just showed that Tammie is as sweet and genuine as she had come across. They looked like they’d become genuinely good friends in the short amount of time they’d spent together. One thing that still makes me chuckle to this very day, regardless of how many times I’ve seen it, was when Tammie was defending herself as a lady in the Reunited episode. She said “look under my skirt and it’ll stick you in the eye though” (even as I type, I’m laughing!).
I’m ever so excited to announce that I got the chance to interview Ms Brown, who kindly answered my quick fire questions…
Chloe: What made you audition for RuPaul’s Drag Race?
Tammie: Everyone in southern California was auditioning and so was I…
Chloe: What is your favourite memory of being on the show?
Tammie: Walking into the work room and seeing all the girls.
Chloe: Who would you want to get stuck in a lift with (past or present)?
Tammie: Nina Flowers or Kelly Mantle.
Chloe: If you could have any magical power, what would it be?
Tammie: To fix the environment – you know, the ocean, nature… we must help our mother, planet Earth.
Chloe: Have you visited the UK before?
Tammie: Yes, I have been to England, Ireland and Scotland. My favourite thing about the UK is a Sunday roast – I just can’t get enough…
Born in Texas, Tammie grew up in Mexico, which is why she is often heard spicing things up with Spanish words and phrases from time to time. As she entered the world of drag, Tammie had wanted to be known as Tootsie Turner, as she loves Tina Turner and her favourite film is Tootsie, an Oscar-winning film released in 1982 about an unsuccessful actor (played by Dustin Hoffman) who dresses as a woman in order to land a part in a soap drama. Since appearing on Drag Race, Tammie has used her exposure and worldwide fame to stand up for the good that needs to be done in the world. Using the hashtags #QueenWithACause and #FreeOrcas, Tammie frequently gets involved in a variety of campaigns that all work towards protecting the planet and the animals that live on it.
When Tammie appeared on Hey Qween! with Lady Red Couture and Jonny McGovern, Lady Red only had lovely things to say about her. Revealing that she “is always full of good advice and great energy”, it prompted Jonny to ask what the best piece of advice she had gotten from Tammie was. Lady Red replied, “She told me bitch, mind your business and keep your coin to yourself.” She then went on to end the show by saying that Tammie is “just such a special spirit. It’s hard to find people that you can laugh, eat and enjoy all at the same time”.