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  • A day in the life: Hero Brown, Muddy Stilettos

    The lowdown on local businesses in Bucks & Oxon.

  • Put a face to your indie favourites

      Lizzie Owen, Hearts & Roses Floristry, Marlow Christmas is a fantastic time of year for flowers – I’m a big fan of yclamen, aconites and statement door wreaths –  but I think a lot of people just pick up a poinsettia from Waitrose and leave it at that! I’ve been a florist for 13 years and have […]

  • Home truths

    Buying a house is an emotive act, fuelled by all kinds of desire - protecting a family, starting a new life, following a dream. Three Muddy readers open the door to their homes to share their personal stories.

  • Girls, can you feel it?

    I’ve been following lots of stories in the papers recently on equality (hey, don’t snort, this is important!!) and with Suffragette being released today I thought I’d bung down what I’m thinking. The first thing to say is, it’s scary being young these days, isn’t it? All those crazy pressures and fears – cyber-bullying; internet […]

  • Women and men… and, um, hair!

    Mr Muddy found this last night on his regular evening trawl of social media sites (God that sounds so sad!), and it made me laugh out loud. Because it’s so true. As women are increasingly infantalised in the fanny department, men are turning super-virile-macho in that bushy beardy Joy of Sex way. Someone call in […]

  • Check out the *NEW* Muddy noticeboard!

    Let it not be said that I just sit drinking coffee-wine-gin chasers on my chuff in front of the telly (um, well, ok, maybe sometimes), bashing out Muddy posts, and taking you for granted! Here, my lovely Muddiers, is a trendily retro cork noticeboard that I have created with the purpose of allowing you to […]

  • Muddy makes into Forbes (am I dreaming?!)

    In December 2013 I was featured in as a rising blogger. Read the full feature here.

  • Happy birthday to moi!

    From my children today on my let’s-keep-it-nameless birthday I received one home-made card – inexplicably wrapped – with an explanation on the outside that said ‘No present, mum’, just in case I got a bit excited. Another from my oldest son, a hastily drawn flower in biro on a piece of printer paper, created in, […]

  • The most perfect headline ever

      Having spent years at the Indy on Sunday newspaper being shouted at by Janet Street Porter (her carrion call of ‘Fuckin’ ‘ell’ ‘Ero, wot the fuck is this?’ still ringing in my ears) I have a soft spot for good print journalism. And I totally love this headline. So clever and simple and funny. […]

  • Hold onto your hats, school’s nearly out!

    Yours truly is just back from two lovely weeks away on a much needed family Muddy holiday. The unexpected deluge of interest in the Muddy Awards and the blog totally blindsided me in April and May and I don’t think I ever quite recovered! But lo, two weeks lolling half-cut by a swimming pool while someone […]

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