The Urban Guide to the Countryside
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Wowsa, look at this rebrand! That embarrassed finger sweeping into your Vaseline tin can now be a dramatic wave-around and share, thanks to Lulu Guinness’ Limited Edition version....

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Is this the new ‘Girl on the train’?

17 Jan 2017

Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life‘ so begins The Girl Before, a psychological thriller by J.P. Delaney, out this month and already destined for the silver screen in a film directed by Ron Howard.

Debbie over at Muddy Sussex was given an advance copy by one of her local booksellers. Here she gives us the heads up on the book, which comes after the huge success of female-centred psychological thrillers Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train (wouldn’t it would be nice to see something with ‘woman’ in the title for a change?).

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Muddy eats at the – new – Sam’s Kitchen Deli in Frome

14 Jan 2017

People have been talking about the arrival of Sam’s Kitchen Deli in Frome for months – and at last it’s here. Owner Sam has top credentials, with experience at Soho House and At the Chapel in Bruton and of course, his award-winning Bath restaurant of the same name – so I couldn’t wait to try it out. It’s open from 8am for breakfast but I’m always in the gym first thing *coughs*, so a friend and I decided on lunch…

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Special Muddy deal on Forest Holidays!

13 Jan 2017

In dry January when the weather has turned totally pants – bitterly cold with a forecast of snow – and half-term break feels forever away, I take solace by gorging myself on potential holidays. Hot summer holidays in exotic climes with Rufus Sewell (if he’ll only stop moaning on and on about how he desires me),  cool city breaks with a Mr Muddy, gorgeous cottages in rugged climes for walking hols with my galpals and for family time in the UK, something luxe but active, rural but not too holiday campish.

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The Golden Globes digested: your catch-up viewing

9 Jan 2017

Hollywood’s awards season kicked off last night with the Golden Globes, celebrating the best in TV and movies. I don’t know about you but when I scan the lists of nominees and winners for these things (after I’ve gawped at the red carpet frocks), I make a mental list of cultural catch-up viewing. Too much brilliant stuff to watch, not enough time, so I’ve made it easy for us all – here are my top Golden Globes picks and where to find them.

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5 things to do in Somerset this week

5 Jan 2017

RSC Live, The Tempest, various venues across Somerset, Weds 11 Jan

Wow, wow and wow. Simon Russell Beale returns to the RSC after 20 years to play Prospero in this groundbreaking family production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest at the RSC, and it’s being broadcast live to cinemas on Wed 11 Jan. The Tempest’s tale of Prospero, a magician able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will is being produced in partnership with Intel – you read that right – using advanced technology in a bold reimagining of the play, so the mind fair boggles but it sounds like the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for young theatregoers and their families.

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Happy Christmas!

23 Dec 2016

Well it’s been a blast this year! Thank you so much for reading Muddy in 2016 – there ain’t no blog without you, and I’m incredibly grateful for all the support.

I am now officially, totally knackered, so I’m hanging up the stilettos until the New Year and assuming the foetal position in front of the telly. The Radio Times favourite programmes have been circled, my case of wine has arrived, I’m not moving!

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Top 10 Xmas books for kids aged 8-12

20 Dec 2016

Here you go, the fourth of the Muddy book guides to help you decide the best tomes for Christmas: the top 10 fiction picks for kids 8-12. Don’t buy on Amazon, hop over to your local bookshop!

Star Wars Galactic Atlas

This is the must have Christmas present for Star Wars fans of all ages. We just love how big it is… no really, it’s huge!

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