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The Muddy Book Club: March’s Best Reads

20 Mar 2017

Seeking literary inspiration? Muddy HQ’s professional bookworm Kerry Potter is here to help with her March picks. That precarious tower of tomes on your bedside table is about to get even taller…. And if you have any recommendations of your own, we’d love to hear from you – literary musings in the comment box below please!

How Not To Hate Your Husband After Kids by Jancee Dunn

Now there’s a book title after my own heart.

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The Muddy Guide (Thurs 2 – Wed 8 March)

1 Mar 2017

I’m not going to beat around the bush.  There’s fun to be had and I know exactly where and when.   So, uh, March to it.


Laugh Out Loud Festival, various venues across Exeter, until Sun 5 March

If you didn’t get your fill of comedy gold watching the Oscars this week, then you’ll find plenty more to tickle your funny bone at venues around Exeter, as the Laugh Out Loud festival bows out with a final big belly laugh.  

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Grab the Remote and Shhhh! Two Unmissable TV Shows Tonight

28 Feb 2017

Tonight, I will be downing tools, turning off my phone, and commandeering the sofa, remote and wine from 9pm – 11pm as not one, but two, fantastic TV shows arrive on the small screen.

First up, at 9pm on BBC1 is The Replacement, a three-part thriller.

Our Head Ed, Hero was lucky enough to go to a preview screening of the first episode and, reports that it is edge-of-your seat stuff.

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5 Unmissable Oscars Moments

27 Feb 2017

As you might just have noticed, last night was the 89th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The movie industry’s finest got glammed up, came, saw and conquered… or, at least, thought they’d conquered but then realized someone had a made a humdinger of a boo-boo (more of which shortly). No time to read up extensively on the finer detail of the biggest, glitziest night on the showbiz calendar? Ta-da – here’s Muddy’s two-minute Oscars digest…

Someone had a very bad day at the office.

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New! Muddy Book Club: February’s Best Reads

19 Feb 2017

Need a new book to get stuck into? Muddy, as ever, is here to help. Taking being a bookworm to a whole new level is Muddy’s Kerry Potter. She gets 300 – yes, THREE HUNDRED shiny new tomes delivered to her house every month as she’s also books editor at a glossy mag (won’t somebody think of her postman and his lumbago?). So who better to do a monthly round-up of her favourite new releases?

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Free Fashion and Arts Film Site

14 Feb 2017

Excitingly, Muddy Stilettos just gained another fab new editor!  Devon, let me introduce you to Muddy Gloucestershire.  She’s brought a gift, too.  Check out this free fashion-focused film and doc site.  I suggest you snuggle down under a blanket, slip on the Anna Wintour shades (nobody’s looking) and lose yourself for a while.  Take it away, Sarah…

OK people, if you’ve overdosed on drama (TabooApple Tree YardHomeland – gotta love the winter telly schedules) and fancy something a bit different, then check out Made To Measure (M2M), an unbelievable treasure trove of classic fashion films, documentaries, catwalk shows and original programming, which is free (!), but I bet it won’t be for long.

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On my soap box… about body bashing

10 Feb 2017

Love this piece from Muddy Berkshire, let’s be nice this weekend! x

Wait one second while I hoist up my big pants – but why is it necessary to trash talk ourselves and other women? Whether we are debating the rights and wrongs of Beyoncé’s Insta pregnancy announcement (despite the 10million likes), slagging off a celebrity for losing weight or looking at our reflection lamenting the mum tum that hangs before us – it’s time to stop.

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The Muddy Guide (Thurs 2 – Weds 8 Feb)

1 Feb 2017

Devon knows that half-term is just around the corner (I know, already?!), so this week you’re being treated to a smorgasbord of grown-up fun, before it arrives and sucks you into a giant, sticky vortex of soft play.  Enjoy! x

Jay Raynor: The Ten (food) Commandments, Ivybridge Watermark Theatre, Fri 3 Feb

The award-winning restaurant critic and Masterchef judge has turned into a culinary Moses as he attempts to lead us to the edible promised land.  

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Cloud Cuckoo Land? Kinda wish I was there now

28 Jan 2017

Just before Christmas I was at a craft fair at Dartington Hall, trying desperately to placate the Mudlet, who was rather irritatingly attached to my left leg like a prickly limpet.  I was just about to give up and strop off back to the car, dramatically declaring the day over (read: large G&T time), when I discovered the arts & crafts room for kids – hallelujah!  But it wasn’t the sight of pipe cleaners and pencils that bought me an extra half-hour of grown-up time, it was a quirky-looking fella, a kind of rock n roll version of Rik Mayall in the corner,  who made a beeline for us and asked if we wanted to hear a story.  

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Is this the new ‘Girl on the Train’?

27 Jan 2017

Looking for the new hot read? The Girl Before, just released is being touted as the new Girl on the Train and Muddy Sussex editor Debbie has somehow already gotten her mitts on it, devoured it and written this review for us. Check out her post below, it’s well worth the read.

Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life’ so begins The Girl Before, a psychological thriller by J.P.

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