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

Fancy some new spring arm candy? You can't add Ryan Gosling to the online basket, but you can get your mitts on this brilliant tote that comes with a clutch and a purse too. Taking you from daytime to playtime.

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Here’s an ad all boys should watch…

6 Mar 2016

Hero over in Bucks/Oxon sent me a new advertising campaign to watch the other day that she’d spotted on Sheryl Sandberg’s Facebook page. It’s an Ariel ad from India that encourages men to #sharetheload, recognising that women are massively overworked and multi-tasking and that often partners have it waaaaaaay too easy.

Totally worth a look. Click here to watch it.

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Shaken and stirred: The new James Bond

5 Mar 2016

A perky little post for a Saturday courtesy of Hero over at Muddy Bucks & Oxon. Think of it as an early Mother’s Day present. 3, 2, 1… DROOL. Oh jeepers, I’ve just salivated all over my keyboard.

Daniel Craig, it was nice knowing you and your itty bitty swimming trunks, but *sniff* I’m ready to move on. I’ve been quietly angsting about the new Bond because Mr Potato Head did a great job of playing a slightly thuggish, beefed up British spy, but whoo hoo!

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Review: Rambert – The 3 Dancers plus other works, Woking

4 Mar 2016

My nine-year-old mudlet is a huge dance fan. She’s been studying ballet since she was four, she’s done modern dance and tap, and during the Strictly season, our Saturday nights are pretty much spoken for. When I heard the Rambert dance company was coming to the New Victoria Theatre at Woking, I was pretty excited. And so was she.

But full disclosure: I’m no dance aficionado. I barely know my demi-plié from my demi-pointe. 

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The Muddy Guide: Thurs 3 – Weds 9 March, 2016

2 Mar 2016

Vincent Simone & Flavia Cacace: The Last Tango, New Victoria Theatre, Woking, 7-12 March

They’re all at it, those Strictly dancers. Touring, I mean. In fact, tango supremos Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone haven’t been regular pros on Strictly for a couple of years, touring instead with their shows Midnight Tango and Dance ‘Til Dawn. This one though, The Last Tango, as the name perhaps suggests, is their final tour.

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Muddy eats: India Dining, Warlingham

24 Feb 2016

I love a good curry. But the curry at India Dining is not your bog-standard biryani. This is more classy. More contemporary. A blend of East meets West if you like.

India Dining was opened in 2003, and since then has consistently wowed the critics and won awards – most recently being awarded two AA rosettes. The restaurant is the brainchild of Asad Khan, one of the original team who launched the renowned Cinnamon Club in central London.

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Day tripper: Chobham

22 Feb 2016

Do you know your Chobham from your Cobham? Be honest. I know I’m not the only one. I confess that until recently, I thought they were one and the same. But then they’re not a million miles apart (12 actually), both demographically and geographically.

But while Cobham has been nicknamed the Beverley Hills of Britain (with more wags, Jags and, er, designer handbags than any other town or village in these Isles), Chobham is, perhaps, her more reserved little sister.

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The Muddy Guide: What’s on, Thurs 18 – Weds 24 Feb

18 Feb 2016

Unravel… A Festival of Knitting, Farnham Maltings, 19-21 Feb

Get your sticks out girls, cos we’re going to get knitting. Unravel returns to Farnham Maltings for its eighth year, bringing with it knitting and crochet experts from the UK and around the world. There will be talks, workshops and masterclasses with experts who will let you in on their secrets to help hone your own knitting skills.

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Review: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Woking

17 Feb 2016

Fun, flamboyant, fabulously flouncy and, er, phallic. Definitely phallic. From the opening scene where a giant red lipstick thrusts skyward, to the rounded candles atop the lime green cupcake-clad dancers, this musical makes its intentions abundantly clear.

It’s brassy and brash – an orgy of double entendres, innuendo, extravagant jokes and cliches. Oh, and thrusting. Plenty of thrusting, sometimes with pert bottoms bared. The audience last night at New Victoria Theatre in Woking loved it!

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