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Five new films to see with your gal pals

23 Jan 2017

A trip to the flicks with girlfriends is one of life’s little pleasures: gossip, popcorn, a soupçon of culture, and a night out that doesn’t involve a hangover. What’s not to like? And right now is an excellent time to get a big screen jaunt booked in, given the slew of female-friendly movies coming up. So bench the man in your life, grab a girlfriend and go.

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Resolutions reaffirmed

18 Jan 2017

January can be a test of endurance for even the strongest among us. Long dark days and cold dreary weather without the sparkle of Christmas lights can make even the most cheery of us feel a little glum. Add New Year resolutions and January detox to the mix, and, well, it’s tough.

We’re at the halfway mark, and if you’re anything like me your willpower will be starting to fade, so I’ve asked life-style coach and general all-round creature of loveliness Clare Percival of Now It’s All About Me for her top tips on how to carry on in 2017 as you had meant to start out.

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Muddy reviews: The First Hippo on the Moon

16 Jan 2017

Do you like a good poo joke? I’ll bet you know a child who does.

The stage production of David Walliam’s The First Hippo on the Moon blasted off at, appropriately enough, the Royal Hippodrome in Eastbourne recently and there were poo jokes – not to mention gross sound effects – aplenty. It moves this week to G Live in Guildford. Our Muddy Sussex editor, Debbie was at the Hippo launch, and here’s what she had to say about it.

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Glazebrook House: A West Country wonderland

16 Jan 2017

Beat the January blues and head west to stay at one the UK’s hottest hotels. Our brand spanking new Muddy Devon editor, Sharon, managed to have her arm twisted (just this once) to spend the night at Glazebrook House – with a bags of curio cool. Perfect for a romantic break, here is Sharon’s review…

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The First Hippo on the Moon: and the winner is….

13 Jan 2017

Well, I think it’s safe to say that loads of you love the work of David Walliams and want to see his newest play, The First Hippo on the Moon, which comes to G Live in Guildford next Tues Jan 17 until Thurs 19.

So ladies and gentleman, if I could have a drumroll please, I’ll announce the winner…

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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. Pass the biccies and the remote, let’s hunker down and do the lot.

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Muddy eats: Spring Tavern, Ewell

9 Jan 2017

If you read Muddy regularly you’ll know that I spend a lot of time reviewing pubs and have the waistband to prove it (just watch that baby strrrrrrretch). There are some places that immediately blow my mind, and I know that people will travel for miles and miles to get there – maybe the pub has a whopper garden, is in a stunning position, or the food is vastly superior.

But not every pub wants to be shimmying its tassels at customers, and there are plenty of pubs worth mentioning that have a more gentle allure.

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My New Year’s Resolutions 2017

31 Dec 2016

I don’t want to make you jealous so early in the New Year, but check out my fantastic bum! Oh alright, this is actually my bum in about 20,000 squat thrusts time but *sigh* isn’t it a work of art?

You’re either a New Year’s resolutionist or not. I am one. I like resolutions. They frame the year, encourage perspective, empower with new goals (to fail miserably at, I grant you, but still).

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Muddy eats: The Skimmington Castle, Reigate

26 Dec 2016

I’ve meant to tell you about this pub for several months (oops), so I’m excited to finally get around to it. Like many of the best pubs I come across, The Skimmington Castle is a little off the beaten track – in this case a mile or two outside Reigate and up a hill and round a few corners overlooking Reigate Common, so not a place you’re going to stumble over.

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