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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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First look: the remake of ‘Beaches’ *sob*

6 Dec 2016

If you loved Beaches the first time, get your tissues ready because the 1988 classic starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey is getting a modern update. And *sob* just the trailer has me choked up.

The tear-jerker follows the story of lifelong friends CC and Hillary as they navigate through the ups and downs of life. Idina Menzel and Nia Long are the stars of the new version, which is out on January 21.

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First look: the John Lewis Christmas ad!

10 Nov 2016

It’s easy to feel manipulated with the glut of carefully packaged Christmas TV ads that come our way through November and December, and lordy knows my own cynical gene is horrifically overdeveloped. But hats off to John Lewis, early deliverers of the Christmas message of ‘gifts for everyone’ – the company has delivered a clever, lighthearted TV campaign that has Muddy already watched twice with a smile on my face.

Yes it has the inevitable hashtags ready and waiting to exploit any social media buzz, and I don’t doubt or a second that John Lewis has its range of cuddly toy boxer dogs, foxes, badgers, hedgehogs and rabbits primed and ready to roll nationwide.

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Watch this: Spike Konze’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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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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Muddy Guide Thurs 11-Weds 17 August

10 Aug 2016

Scratch ! 35mm animation workshop, Curzon Cinema, Clevedon, Sun 14 August

Budding animators: learn how to tint, scratch, cut and paste together 35mm film to create individual animations frame by frame, with the resulting animations joined together and screened to parents after the workshop.  This is part of the month-long series of events for children and adults called August loves Archives showcasing celluloid film and artefacts from the cinema’s collection.

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How to take great holiday photos – on your smartphone

30 Jul 2016

When Somerset photographer Deb Johnson is working – taking photos for family portraits, weddings and events (like yours truly and some of Somerset’s sparkliest business people at the Muddy Awards) – she uses an impressive piece of kit. But when she’s not, she uses her smartphone like the rest of us, and gets great results. I asked her to share her 10 top tips on using a smartphone camera. Here’s what she had to say….

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Watch this: the best Olympics ad ever

23 Jul 2016

Thanks Hero over at Muddy Bucks & Oxon for sharing this gem of a promo. With Wimbledon and Euros out the way and bad news all the way on TV at the mo, I’m starting to itch for the feelgood of the Olympics, all those tales of sacrifice, the sobs on the podium, that wonderful feeling of being British and proud of it, that feeling from London if we can replicate it  of ‘oh-my-god-we’re-actually-winning!’

There will no doubt be gazillions of Olympics ads coming through in the next few weeks but you will absolutely, definitely, categorically want to see this one, made to advertise the UK Paralympians but massively uplifting and challenging to anyone whose perceptions of disabled people in general are stuck in the Seventies.

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what girls really really want

11 Jul 2016

Thanks to Lou in Muddy Cornwall who spotted it this – if you haven’t already seen it, it’s worth a gander.

It’s a vid featuring global female artists taking The Spice Girls’ Wannabee, grabbing the hashtag #WhatIReallyReallyWant by the scruff of its neck and letting world leaders know what what we really want for girls and women.

The campaign encourages everyone to use the hashtag #WhatIReallyReallyWant, share a photo of yourself holding up what you want for your daughters, sisters, mother, aunts, friends etc and they promise to get your message to world leaders at the UN in September.

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