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I meet a huge number of awesome people with my job, from readers and other writers to small business owners – it’s definitely the thing that keeps me excited about Muddy. In 2015, I crossed paths with a lovely woman called Jo Munro from Marlow, who came over to give me my first ever facial reflexology. It was so fantastic, I ended up adding her to my Little Black Book of best businesses.
In my review I focused quite a bit on Jo herself because I was so drawn to her positivity and sense of calm.
New Year New Muddies! You can now, delightfully, receive your Muddy Stilettos fix in 13 counties – the fragrant Muddy Cambridgshire and Muddy Devon have just launched and my, they’re looking pretty.
I’ve been writing a bit about potential holidays on the south coast over the last few weeks and so thought I should let you know you about Glazebrook Hotel, an amazing place in South Brent that Devon Muddy ed Sharon has already squirrelled out and reviewed below.
Black is the Color of My Voice, Oxford Playhouse, Fri 20 Jan
If you love jazz, you’ll want to head straight to Black is the Colour of My Voice, a show inspired inspired by the life and music of Nina Simone. Written by and starring Apphia Campbell who has toured the production to New York, London and Shanghai the first half tells the story of Simone as an artist and civil rights campaigner, with the second part of the evening as Apphia’s Soul Sessions cabaret, celebrating Simone’s music.
OK, it’s time to clamber back onto my soapbox. Actually, can you just bear with me while I do three sets of tricep dips off it first? As is the drill in January, I’m using this relatively quiet time of year, undistracted by mulled wine and stilton, to ramp up my health and fitness. Eating a bit less, moving a bit more, trying to jiggle into my lycra leggings that I’m sure didn’t feel like tighter than clingfilm this time last year.
ASHFOLD SCHOOL, DORTON, NR AYLESBURY
Ashfold School was the first school to go under the microscope in the Muddy Best Schools Guide, and I revisited the school in December 16 to update this review with the latest facts, figures and insights to keep you in the loop in terms of developments.
What? Where? There’s no denying the beauty of Ashfold School’s setting, in a valley in Dorton, a small village on the Oxon/Bucks border, close to Thame and Princes Risborough and within easy reach (about 20 mins) of Bicester and Oxford.
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.
If you’re considering new or next schools for your kids, or thinking of moving into the area, you’ll want to know about Moulsford School. It’s fascinating to see what different schools offer their children. I always look around partly as a journalist and partly as a mother of three (with my kids having experienced state, private and grammar schools) so hopefully what you’ll read has some genuine insight that helps.
Already this year is panning out in unexpected ways for me. My New Year’s Resolution has been to ‘live smart’ as opposed to my previous outlook which was pretty much full pelt in work, boozing most nights (it’s er, part of the creative writing process) and going out a lot.
This lifestyle, though undeniably fun has meant that the one thing I haven’t had time for is time for myself – to carve a space where I can do the good stuff – exercise, cuddle my kids on the sofa, read, cook meals from scratch (because Lord knows those beans on toast won’t cook themselves), see a mate for a coffee.
Feel like exploring somewhere new? Muddy tenticles cover the South of England and who better to know the cool stuff that’s hard to unearth than our brilliant regional Muddy editors (all national journalists in their own right) who are constantly scouring their counties for the best arts and cultural highlights? Whether you’re day tripping or planning for longer, here are some of the treats in store for you.
Russell Howard Warm-up, Hexagon Reading, Wed 25 Jan
Why is January such a rubbish month?
Nicola Dick-Cleland (above), Head of The Junior School at the prestigious Abbey School in Reading is a trained psychotherapist, so who better to ask about the ever-increasing pressures on children and the gnarly subject of extra-curricular activities than her? Read her thoughts below and please feel free to comment underneath the feature – it’s a fascinating subject and I’d love to know what you think.
- Extra curricular shouldn’t be extra
Adults tend to think about school life in two parts – academic and extra-curricular – but if you think about it in terms of developing a child’s breadth of character they’re not separate at all.