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How to take great pics on your phone

6 Mar 2017

Photographer Siân Tyrrell focuses her lens on the tiny details of everyday life, and the results are stunning. So when I got the chance to bombard her with some questions on picture-taking recently, I asked her to share some top tips to elevate me from random family snapper to smartphone goddess.

Could this actually be the time I get some good shots, rather than hacking people’s heads off? Smartphones at the ready, take aim… SHOOT!

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Five unmissable moments from the Oscars

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…

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

30 Nov 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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Which is your favourite Christmas advert?

10 Nov 2016

The countdown to Christmas is officially on. Today’s release of the John Lewis advert – and the release of several others last week including the super-stylish Burberry advert – made that certain. Christmas is coming for you – as the House of Fraser advert trills out. The countdown to Christmas is officially on. Today’s release of the John Lewis advert – and the release of several others last week including the super-stylish Burberry advert – made that certain. Christmas is coming for you – as the House of Fraser advert trills out.

There are hundreds of Christmas adverts out there – some better than others – all designed to get us into the festive spirit. But which is your favourite? You decide…

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Hottie watch – the Muddy top five men!

14 Sep 2016

I so enjoyed this fun post by Muddy founder and editor at Muddy Bucks/Oxon – the wonderfully witty Hero Brown –  that I just had to share it. Our autumn weather has me sizzling, and now the autumn telly does too. I love it! Over to you Hero…

How can women maintain the high ground in their complaints about the many instances of male sexism? Well they can stop me lowering the tone for starters.

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Wonder boys: the Oasis film trailer

13 Sep 2016

Remember the Nineties? Go on, send your mind wayyy back to the time when Oasis were heralded as the new Beatles, Britpop was rampant, and Union Jacks were flying around with a refreshing and rare lack of national irony.

On 2 October a documentary film, Supersonic, about the rise and fall of Oasis, hits cinemas, delivered by the same guys who brought the brilliant Senna and Amy documentaries to the world.

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Watch this: Spike Jonze’s bonkers Kenzo ad

4 Sep 2016

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 leggy Charlize Theron ascending a Dior silk rope wrapped erotically around those leggy legs.

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Vivien Lee: Public Faces, private lives

30 Aug 2016

It’s not amid a beautiful National Trust garden that you would expect to find a V&A Museum exhibition about a Hollywood film star but it turns out Nymans, near Haywards Heath in West Sussex, has a connection to silver screen darling Vivien Leigh. It was once the home of Oliver Messel – friend and favoured costume and set designer to the actress and it’s now hosting Vivien Leigh: Public Faces, Private Lives until 4 Sept.

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