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Introduction

Hi everyone Flavia here and welcome to my weekly blog.
First of all I would just like to say a big thank you to you for signing up, over the coming weeks I will keep you posted on all things that are happening in my life, including the creation and tour of my new show "The Last Tango".  I'll be posting photos, videos, little anecdotes and hopefully getting you all to participate by sending your snaps and other things from time to time.  I'll also be running some exclusive competitions and letting you know about all things By.Flavia, with tips, special offers and info of new and exciting products.  I hope you will enjoying reading it as much as I do writing it.
My Week
 

Its been several weeks since my last blog, time has flown by and I just haven’t had the time to sit down and collect my thoughts. 
since my last blog we have been to the beautiful Inverness and were blessed with the most amazing weather for the first few days, it was a busy week as we had a Tuesday start but still performed 8 shows. I was due to fly on the Tuesday morning from Gatwick and was shocked when at 5pm on Sunday i received an email from BA letting me know my flight was cancelled and no other suitable flights available till the Wednesday which obviously was no good to me. So after i stopped panicking as to how i was going to get to Inverness i found a flight from Luton which meant an overnight stay at the airport on the Monday night so i’d avoid the traffic in the morning. Luckily all went smoothly and i successfully arrived in Inverness.

our next stop was the busy city of Dublin, I tried to book a hotel as near to the Bord Gais Energy theatre some time before, however due to a big conference being held there that week everything was booked up so i ended up staying in the city centre a 15/20min walk away. Dublin city is so busy and lively, great shopping and so many places to visit, I was delighted when i realised right next door to where i was staying there was a fantastic Italian deli/cafe/restaurant. Food was not going to be an issue for me this week..
next stop Aberdeen and unfortunately the weather was not on our side and i think the same applied for the rest of the UK.. it rained all week long !!! However we had some fab audiences as always which made up for it. Aberdeen definitely wins the award for having the biggest poster of ‘The Last Tango’ displayed in the city centre, it was a little bit of a shock as i turned the corner and saw myself and Vincent 4 times our size, quite mad!!
Its a little unexplainable how it feels to have just 3 weeks left on tour, Blackpool, Stoke/Oxford and finally Southampton, last week i did a little bit of research and totalled up how many shows Vincent and I have actually performed since we stated touring our own theatre shows in 2011. It's quite an incredible number and I just feel so privileged to have been able to have such an incredible opportunity. I will disclose numbers in what will be my next an final touring blog.
Tweets Of The Week
I love old photos and I came across this particular one which brought such a big smile to my face, my beautiful mum and dad when they first met dancing !!
The Last Tango
 
You can see our Tour ScheduleBuy Tickets and meet the New Cast for "The Last Tango" here
Snow White

Check us out in the World's Biggest Panto too! Buy your tickets here http://www.worldsbiggestpanto.com/

After a continuous 5 weeks on tour we had a week of, the first week off with no other press commitments or appearances. I had a very exciting and rewarding time as Jimi and i had quite a few trips to Dog Trouble in Wokingham. As some of you know i am ambassador for the Dog Trouble Foundation which was set up by Jo Cottrell to provide on going support and dog behaviour training to rescue centre staff and volunteers, in conjunction with behaviour rehabilitation for dogs who require more specific rehab to improve their chances of being rehomed.
The foundation also helps educate young people and adults regarding the correct care and handling of dogs. money is raised through charity pack walks to support various costs such as, medical expense for spaying/neutering, appropriate  holistic and homeopathic therapies, workshops and training seminars.
 
This brings me onto the Kalamaki Dog aid which Dog trouble foundation is a part of and supports. Jo first visited Kalamaki on the Greek Island of Zakinthos in 2013, she met a lady who had lived there for 28 years and had helped feed and care for the dogs there for years. After gaining a real understanding of the issues they had there with dogs  they decided to set up a substantial programme with the support of the local greek vet to establish a reduced cost sterilisation programme, where if people wish to, they can make a one off donation or set up a monthly direct debit. 
 
Occasionally after some of the dogs are rescued and once recovered they travel to the UK to find a new home where they are looked after. A few months ago Jo sent me a photo of a beautiful puppy named Thea she and the Kalamaki dog aid rescued in a field, she had 3 other littermate and a mum yet to be rescued… Thea spent 8 weeks with foster parents in Greece and arrived safely to the UK on sunday at dog trouble, I also happened to arrive back home on the same Sunday and so 24 hrs later me, Jimi and Pablo were at Dog trouble ready to meet, she is absolutely adorable and seeing as we had already decided pablo needed a sister we have decided to make her part of our pack. Hopefully Pablo will be a good big brother and show her the way!!
 
Thea’s mum has luckily since been rescued and named Doris, she gave birth to 7 puppies in December and 4 survived she was terrified of human contact and had a broken leg that was healing badly. It took a very long time and lots of patients to track down her den and leave food for her as walking was a struggle. she has now been rescued,sterilised and is in recovery, she will soon be arriving at dog trouble and up for rehoming. Still 3 puppies to rescue but these amazing individuals will not give up and are getting closer everyday.
 
If you’d like to support or make a donation however small to the Dog Trouble Foundation to help with the amazing work these individuals do please visit www.dogtrouble.co.uk and go to Dog trouble foundation and Kalamaki Dog aid. 
Thea being rescued
Thea at Dog trouble
Thea meets Pablo
Doris, Thea's mum's well on the way to recovery and soon will be looking for a wonderful new home 

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