The Urban Guide to the Countryside
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Wouldn't you though?

What looks like a work of art is actually a boombastic powerhouse of sound that is winning awards all over the place. Check out the coolest Bluetooth speaker EVER!

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watch this: spike jonze’s ground-breaking kenzo ad

9 Sep 2016

Hero, over at Muddy Bucks and Oxon, has a good nose for a cool ad – and she’s only gone and sniffed out another corker. Take a peek…

Do you have a spare three minutes? Well, you might want to make the time to see this. It’s a perfume advert from Japanese brand Kenzo, but it’s seriously unlike any you’ve seen before – about as polar opposite to the breathy, randy escapism that we’re so often expected to put up with – a delirious Natalie Portman, high on Chanel, getting jiggy in that helicopter; a pouting Charlize Theron ascending a Dior silk rope wrapped erotically around those leggy legs.

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Muddy meets: Toyah Willcox

8 Sep 2016

Muddy Stilettos has been hanging out with the stars (excuse me while I douse myself in a Guinness World Record sized pinch of salt). Anyone who was old enough to take ‘O’ levels instead of GSCEs, chainsmoke multi-coloured ciggies with gold tips or borrow their brother’s Chopper bike will remember Toyah Willcox– the dyed-to-a-cinder hair, the multi-coloured make up, and the impossibly catchy It’s a Mystery.

These days she lives in Pershore (just south of Worcester, geography meisters).

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My fave places: Somerset crime queen Clare Donoghue

5 Sep 2016
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Crime novelist Clare Donoghue was brought up in Somerset and spent the obligatory ten years in London before moving back to the West Country to do an MA in creative writing at Bath Spa. By the end of the year she had her first novel – Never Look Back – and her main characters DI Mike Lockyer and DS Jane Bennett, ready for submission. Since signing with Pan Macmillan, she hasn’t looked back…forgive the pun.

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Muddy Guide: Thurs 1-Weds 7 Sept

1 Sep 2016

NT Live: The Deep Blue Sea, venues across Somerset, Thurs 1 Sept

Can’t get up to the National Theatre to see this stand-out show?   Never mind, you can watch a live screening this Friday from a cinema seat nearer to home. Helen McCrory (Peaky Blinders) and Tom Burke (War & Peace) act their socks off in Terrence Rattigan’s masterpiece – we’re talking tempestuous affairs, repressed passion and relationship breakdown here.

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A brilliant piece of advice

31 Aug 2016


Hero over at Muddy Bucks recently posted this fun little piece about what’s important in life and it struck a chord. See what you think…

There are two things that get me by on Muddy – coffee and Spotify, both on drip feed all day. Up popped Baz Luhrmann’s Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen on Spotify a few minutes ago it was just so fab everyone in the office stopped and listened, nodded sagely and decided to change their lives, so this is it.

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Picture perfect at Montacute House

27 Aug 2016

I was glued to the TV adaption of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, starring Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell, Damien Lewis as Henry – and Montacute House as Greenwich Palace, the king’s main London home. When some friends came for a visit last weekend, in between knocking back large quantities of gin and knocking back large quantities of Prosecco, we decided to stagger, er I mean stroll, over and have a look around the house and take peep at the real Thomas Cromwell, whose portrait is on display in the Long Gallery as part of the current ‘Copying Holbein’ exhibition. 

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