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    Girl power

    Muddy celebrates the Women's Suffrage Centenary by recognising those who dared to break barriers.

  • Pass the legwarmers…

    Skimpiest leotard on, I chatted to ex-Strictly champ Joanne Clifton about Flashdance coming to Aylesbury.

  • Hottie-watch – The Muddy Top 5 men!

    How can women maintain the high ground in their complaints about the many instances of male sexism? Well they can stop me lowering the tone for starters. But seriously, I just cannot for the life of me resist objectifying Rufus Sewell in the most lascivious way. How flaming hot is this man? Pass the fan […]

  • Get your daughters to watch this

    When I was nine years old I thought I was a boy. I wore swimming trunks on holiday, had short hair, was of course flat as a board on my chest, and thought absolutely nothing about mucking in with my brother’s friends. I can truthfully say that I didn’t think twice about my body, or […]

  • Inside Tommy Hilfiger’s house – ’tis funny!

    I’m quite a fan of ‘inside celeb house’ features in a kind of car-crash way. I’m fascinated why someone as massively wealthy and famous as Tommy Hilfiger, for example, feels compelled to reveal his private residence and let us watch him and his wife posturing wildly for a photoshoot there. But I’m kind of glad […]

  • J-Lo’s clothes ‘closet’ – prepare to weep!

    I took my only serviceable pair of jeans off the other night to get into my jarmies – as you do – only to realise there was a huge rip in the the middle of the bum section. I’d rejected my warm knee-length rugby-sideline coat for a short woollen wrap that day, so I’d happily […]

  • ‘One Guvnor’ actor Gavin Spokes: My Fave Places

    Gavin Spokes stars in the much-acclaimed ‘One Man Two Guvnors’, currently at the Wycombe Swan until Sat 6 Dec, having previously been in the West End production of the show. Recent credits include She Stoops to Conquer at the National and 1984 at the Almeida and on tour. He lives on the Bucks/Beds borders with […]

  • Watch this: impressive Mr Van Damme!

    I saw this ad last night (Mr Muddy has his uses) and was gobsmacked when I realised it’s absolutely real. It involved Jean Claude Van Damme, looking sooo much better these days as a 53 year old minus the feathered hair of the Eighties and Nineties, and, um, two Volvo Globetrotter trucks. I’ll leave it […]

  • Fenella’s Favourite Places

    Fenella Smith is a renowned ceramicist, creating elegant, whimsical designs that look as equally at home in a city townhouse or country estate. She lives in Henley with her family and dogs, and these are her favourite places in Oxon, Bucks and beyond.

  • Ed Byrne’s favourite places in Oxon, Bucks & Beyond

    Ed Byrne is one of the most successful comedians performing in the UK, regularly appearing on TV and touring to sold-out theatres. Originally from Ireland, he now lives in Essex with his wife and two children, but comes to Oxford’s New Theatre on 1 Oct with his new show Roaring Forties, moving to The Swan […]

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