The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Cambridgeshire Edition

Harper Scout Beach

Wouldn't you though?

Planning on finding some Easter sun? I’ve spotted the perfect kaftan from new designers Harper Scout Beach that will take you from beach to bar.

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19 Feb 2017
Book Club Muddy Stilettos

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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How To Do London Fashion Week (If You’re not Anna Wintour)

14 Feb 2017
London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week used to be a case of ‘if your name’s not down, you’re not coming in’ but these days the biannual round of fashion shows are a much more democratic affair. While you’re still unlikely to find yourself snuggled up front row next to the editor of French Vogue (wearing sunglasses indoors and a ‘whatever’ expression mandatory), there are plenty of other ways to get involved. With the AW17 collections being showcased in the capital from 17-21 February, Muddy’s Kerry Potter – a glossy mag journo escapee and veteran LFW attendee – has some ideas for soaking up the fashion vibes, even if your FROW ticket got (*cough*) lost in the post.

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The grown up what’s on guide

10 Feb 2017
Foodpark Street Food, Burwash Manor Cambridgeshire

We’re flying in by the seat of our pants but it’s here – the grown-up version of the what’s on guide for the next 7 days. I’ve pulled together a smorgasbord of fun for you to enjoy if you’ve not got to bother about kids or you’ve managed to farm them off somewhere for some adult time. Enjoy folks!

Love Food Weekend, Burwash Manor, Sat 11 – Sun 12 Feb

Not sure if aphrodisiacs can spark romance but let’s not worry too much, if you like your food and drink get ye-selves down to the Foodpark Night Market at Burwash Manor.

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Things you never know about…Midge Ure

8 Feb 2017
Midge Ure Band Aid

We love an ’80s rockstar here at Muddy. They don’t take themselves too seriously, they enjoy reminiscing about their worst ever haircuts (and neckerchiefs) and they always have great yarns about that time they got hammered back in 1984. Midge Ure, Ultravox singer, Band Aid co-founder and genial Glaswegian, is no exception. He’s playing ace local festival Chilfest in Tring on 8 July so Muddy’s Kerry Potter gave him a buzz to talk music, mullets and more.

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Midlife Movie Alert! ‘T2 Trainspotting’ has arrived

31 Jan 2017
T2: Trainspotting

Where were you in 1996? Bursting with enthusiasm for your nascent career? Thrilling at the bright lights of the big city? Tearing up any dancefloor, festival field and gig moshpit you stumbled across? Whatever you were doing, you can’t fail to have clocked the vast cultural impact of Trainspotting. Danny Boyle’s iconic Brit flick of that year introduced a motley Edinburgh crew of strangely lovable rogues, druggies and psychopaths, led by Ewan McGregor as skinny jean-ed heroin addict, Renton.

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Fromage-free outings for Valentine’s Day

31 Jan 2017
Valentine's Day

Is there any other night more goddamn pressurised than Valentine’s Day. Loaded with hope if you’re in a new relationship and for the old timers it’s a reflection of how well you know and love that person – the whole thing is fraught with potential disaster. So if you’re a bit like me, and looking for something a bit less traditional and er, a little more fun, here are some alternative, non-cheesy Valentine’s ideas that will help you feel the love.

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Special Muddy deal on a Forest Holiday

27 Jan 2017
Outdoor Forest Holidays

We’re tiptoeing into Feb but when the weather is still totally pants and spring seems further away by the minute, I take solace by gorging myself on potential holidays. Hot summer holidays in exotic climes with Rufus Sewell (if he’ll only stop moaning on and on about how he desires me), cool city breaks with Mr Muddy, gorgeous cottages in rugged climes for walking hols with my galpals and for family time in the UK, something luxe but active, rural but not too holiday campish.

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6 top interior trends for this year

25 Jan 2017
Interior Design Trends, Monkey Business

We all need some sunshine in our lives right now and where better to start than with a revamp of your home interior? My house is cluttered with catastrophic impulse buys so for gawd’s sake don’t listen to me! Mind you, Sandra, owner of Sandra Jane at Home Interiors knows her Bergere from her Philippe Starck – she used to run the treasure trove of interior finds on King Street, Cambridge. Needing more space she moved to Harston – where she has a stunning show house which draws in customers from all over the county.

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Is this the new ‘girl on the train’?

25 Jan 2017
The Girl Befor, book club

Looking for the new hot read? The Girl Before is being touted as the new Girl on the Train and clever Muddy Sussex editor Debbie already had her mitts on it, devoured it and written the review before I even had time to put my Beano down. 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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New Films You Need To See With Your Gal Pals

19 Jan 2017
New Film Releases Jackie

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.

Jackie (out 20 Jan)

A hotly tipped Oscar contender, this biopic stars Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy and homes in on the bleak days following JFK’s assassination.

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Cambridgeshire Edition