The Urban Guide to the Countryside
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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?

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15% off Winser London for Muddy readers!!

23 Oct 2016

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.

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Cocktail of the month: The hung, drawn and quartered

22 Oct 2016

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.

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Scary movie: 10 horror films you really must see

21 Oct 2016

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.

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Brilliant make-up ad: watch this!

13 Oct 2016

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.


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All that glisters is gold, silver, red, green, pink…

6 Oct 2016

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.

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Muddy Guide Thurs 6-Weds 12 October

6 Oct 2016

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.  

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