It feels like forever since I’ve been excited about a fashion brand, so it feels good to have a little sashay down Designer Avenue with Winser London. Hero Brown, the Muddy founder and editor over in Bucks/Oxon put me onto this brand and even though it’s only been around since 2013, primarily as an online-based brand, Winser London made a big splash nationally, and there are now pop up shops around the UK (and in LA!), plus concessions in John Lewis and Harvey Nics.Read more
Wouldn't you though?
I know, I know, it’s waaaay to early to mention the C-word (or is it?!). But apparently these Diptique advent calendars are already selling out, and how could they not, at only *cough* £250?Read more
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With Halloween in mind, October’s recipe from Muddy’s resident mixologist Jake Merrick-Wren of The Wren’s Nest, is the gruesomely named but delicious Hung, Drawn & Quartered. Or should that be ‘hanged’? I’ve no idea, you tell me.
This macabre tipple has been inspired by the infamous Bloody Assizes of 1685, in which Judge Jeffreys tried hundreds of people at Taunton Castle for supporting the Monmouth Rebellion against the King James II.Read more
It’s not really Halloween unless you watch a scary movie, is it? Here’s our choice of horror films we should all watch at least once – but probably not alone.
The Exorcist (1973)
A possessed child is always a good starting point for creating a jump-out-of-your-seat horror film. The movie is loosely based on the exorcism of Roland Doe in the 1940s. The possessed girl is Reagan MacNeil who lives with her mother in Georgetown.Read more
The lucky winner of our fabulous Thornbury Castle competition is Claire Williams, who will be receiving an email from Muddy very shortly. While Claire packs her bags, everybody else watch this space because there’s another competition just around the corner.
Clue: you’ll need a passport!
Have you seen this from Japanese beauty brand Shiseido? It’s been around for a while but it’s super cool. It’s called High School Girl? and it shows the incredibly transformative power of makeup – and then some. If you haven’t seen it, well, here’s your chance. Very clever stuff.
It’s National Chocolate Week so stay in and scoff – or take it with you…Read more
I take the Muddies to live theatre any chance I can. They’re captivated by the magic of the lights, sets, costumes and ‘real’ performers and it fires their imagination in a way that’s a joy to see *wipes tear from eye*. And here’s the perfect show…Read more
OK, OK, it’s October and I’m talking Christmas but when you see what I’ve got in store for you (or rather, what Kilver Court has got in its store for us all), I think you’ll be rather pleased that I am. Mulberry founder Roger Saul’s designer outlet in Shepton Mallet has just opened up their Christmas shop – and it’s chock-a-block with all sorts of Christmas dex, from kitsch through to Scandi and everything in between.Read more
Stornoway, Komedia, Bath, Thurs 6 Oct
The alternative indie-folk band who loved Zorbing are at the Komedia with their new album Bonxie. Clever clogs PhD in ornithology Dr Brian Briggs used his love for the natural world to good effect, apparently he recorded the calls of 20 different species of birds to appear in this album of folk and electronica.
Quartz Festival, Queens College, Taunton, Weds 5-Sat 15 Oct
Art, music, theatre, puppetry, comedy, literature at Queen’s College but this is no student showcase – Michael Morpurgo, the Treorchy Male Choir, James Pearson, Milton Jones and The Chicago Blues Brothers are all on the bill.Read more
I do love a good nosey around other people’s houses, don’t you? Welcome to Property Flirt, where you (and I) get to peep through the keyholes of some stunning local properties. I’ve got the key, come on let’s take a peep…Read more