The Urban Guide to the Countryside
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Category: Culture

Things you never knew about… Midge Ure

3 Feb 2017

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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Where you going, Clover?

1 Feb 2017

When horse-mad Clover Stroud was just 16, her mother suffered a deadly riding accident, an event that detonated family life as Clover knew it. The Times and Telegraph journalist recounts her extraordinary story in The Wild Other, the most moving memoir you’ll read this year. (Warning: do not read it in public while wearing non-waterproof mascara – it’s a proper weepie). She’s lived all over the world, but is now firmly rooted back in her home county of Oxfordshire, in the tiny village of Baulking, near Uffington, so we’ve tapped her up for her excellent local recommendations.

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Fromage-free outings for Valentine’s Day

26 Jan 2017

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching (wahhhhh!). I always find it a tricky one to plan for, do you? I’m not massively keen on sitting in a restaurant along with a million other couples, playing romance-by-rote, being handed a rose (if you’re gonna do it, get me 24 will you?) gazing into Mr Muddy’s eyes and trying not to get too piddled, as this always ends up opening Pandora’s special Box of Resentments that I keep for special occasions.

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Midlife movie alert! ‘T2 Trainspotting’ arrives Friday

25 Jan 2017

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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Is this the new ‘Girl on the Train’?

23 Jan 2017

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

16 Jan 2017

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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Our summer festival guide – book now!

9 Jan 2017

The music festival season feels a long, long way off right now (although we wouldn’t say no to a pear cider if you’re offering) but these days you’ve got to book mega early if you want to be happy campers come summer. The good news is lots of the best local events still have availability, so come and join us in your daisy chains, denim hotpants and wellies.

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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.

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