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The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Bucks & Oxon Edition

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Wouldn't you though?

Mwah! OK, so I *have* to have this ring. The elegant Henley-based Studio 35 has had a brief sojourn into kitsch territory with this awesome piece of fingerware.

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Muddy Best Schools Guide #16.2 – Rye St Antony School, Oxford

23 Aug 2016
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This is an updated review of  Rye St Anthony School with the latest facts and figures as of 23 Aug 2016.

 

In a rich county like Oxfordshire  – high on academia but low on free grammar education – it’s no surprise that there are so many brilliant independent schools. But like all good businesses, each tries to offer something different to the others. Rye St Antony, my latest school review, has been particularly successful in finding its niche.

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Lift & lengthen – check out my LVL lashes!

23 Aug 2016
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There is seemingly no end to the new beauty treatments, plumps and pampers that beauticians offer us, but I think if I had to choose one that I considered to be really excellent value it would be an eyelash tint and curl. It’s brilliant for summer holidays if you want to jump in pools, perspire gently while you’re playing sport, and giving your eyes a lift without the faff of putting on mascara every day.

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Muddy meets… Toyah Willcox

22 Aug 2016
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Did you make it to the Rewind Festival last weekend? Muddy Stilettos was hanging out with the stars (*cough*), or at the very least, performing aerial rugby-tackles on any Eighties icons close enough to assault.

And look what we have here! Only the brilliant Toyah Willcox, with barely a bruise on her. Anyone who was old enough to take ‘O’ levels, chainsmoke multi-coloured ciggies or borrow their brother’s Chopper bike will remember Toyah – the dyed-to-a-cinder hair, the multi-coloured make up, and the impossibly catchy It’s a Mystery to I Want to Be Free.

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Muddy eats: The Nag’s Head, Missenden

22 Aug 2016
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On a blowy, overcast day last month I found a little ray of sunshine in the handsome red brick walls of the 15th century The Nag’s Head in Great Missenden.  Very much a local’s pub – Roald Dahl being the most famous local of all and such a fan that The Nag’s Head featured in Fantastic Mr Fox. But importantly this rural pub also punches well above its weight on the food front, with an AA rosette for culinary excellence and several regional awards.

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Review: The Bull and Butcher, Turville

16 Aug 2016
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Whilst getting piddled on my sunlounger in Ibiza last month I had the uncomfortable feeling I’d forgotten to do something for work, and then it hit me – I was due to review The Bull & Butcher pub in Turville. Fortunately for Muddy, my friend and fellow journo is none other than Thame resident Kerry Potter, a truly brilliant writer (*sniff*) who is not only Contributing Editor at Elle and Books Editor of Grazia, but also regular writer for The Pool, The Times and more glossies than you can shake a stick at.

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A brilliant piece of advice

16 Aug 2016
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There are two things that get me by on Muddy – coffee and Spotify, both on drip feed all day. Up popped Baz Luhrmann’s Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen on Spotify a few minutes ago it was just so fab everyone in the office stopped and listened, nodded sagely and decided to change their lives, so this is it. Sorry everyone, I’m quitting blogging to follow my dream and become a fire eater in Phuket.

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A Georgian Property Flirt in Penn

16 Aug 2016
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I’ll say straight from the off that this property is waaaaaay out my league, but isn’t it fun seeing how the other half live?!

Have a good nose at this property, guess the price, and then see the bank manager, sell the family silver,  beg and borrow from your mum and dad (do they really need to be in that swish retirement home?) and come up with a multi-million pound international business pronto.

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Turn it up! Top 8 live music venues in Bucks & Oxon

16 Aug 2016
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So here’s one for you musical magpies. If festivals aren’t your thing, but you enjoy bouncing around the moshpit (or, um, sitting comfortably with your pinot grigio) listening to live music, regardez-vous my collection of cool live music venues in the area. If I’ve missed any good ones off, just heckle.

The Jericho Tavern, Oxford

This historical little gem of a pub in Jericho is also one of the city’s favourite live music haunts.

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Fave Places: The Wonder Kitchen’s Sammie Goddard

15 Aug 2016
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Sammie Goddard runs The Wonder Kitchen, a lipsmacking cupcake business based in North Oxfordshire with a huge local following. Her pink customized 18ft van Lily is a regular at food festivals, parties, school proms and weddings and has racking for a mind-blowing 500 cupcakes (yeah, just mull that around!). Born and bred in Buckinghamshire, here are Sammie’s favourite places.

Bletchley Park

I started my cupcake business five years ago, after years in the city doing recruitment, but I do have another job too – as a singer with the 1940’s trio The Sasparillas.

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Try this: Up to the top with Brighton’s i360

12 Aug 2016
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It’s proving very useful having lots of regional Muddies, as occasionally I’m reminded that there is actually life outside of Buck & Oxon! Debbie, who does a brilliant job of editing Muddy Sussex, recently went up the brand new i360 tower in Brighton. If you’re planning a trip that way, check out her blog. In the meantime, here’s her review of the i360, for those of you who have a head for heights.

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The Urban Guide to the Countryside -
Bucks & Oxon Edition