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Muddy Guide 6 – 12 Nov 2014

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How was the Muddy Guide for you over half term? Hope you managed to get through at least a couple of the things I shouted about.

Normal service assumes this week, so out you go and have fun in places you didn’t think were possible. That’s not nessessarily as pervy as it sounds.

Christmas shopping evening, No 2 Pound St, Wendover, 11 & 18 Nov

No2poundstreet wendover
The award-winning wine and cheese specialists No2 Pound St (go on, guess their address) are having the first of two special Xmas shopping evenings next Tuesday night at their shop in Wendover. Get your hampers sorted (they do really cool ones), organise Christmas day food, buy some gifties for clients or just ask some probing questions about what-goes -best-with-what. No2 Pound St were finalists up in my Muddy Awards last year for Best Deli and apparently there’s 10% off for sales on the night too.

7-10pm, mulled wine and little nibs provided. No2 Pound St, Wendover, HP22 6EJ. Tel: 01296 585 022.

To Kill A Mockingbird, Wycombe Swan,  until 8 Nov 

This adaptation of  Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel has had great reviews in London from its run at Regent’s Park Theatre, so I’m gutted that I’m not around to see it this week in High Wycombe. Try to do one better than me, I reckon it will be an amazing night.

Christine Tobin & Phil Robson, Spin Jazz, Oxford, Thurs 6 Nov

My tip for the top this week. I love the teeny tiny slightly grimy Spin Jazz club off Oxford high street, and on Thursday Christine Tobin – winner of Best Vocalist in the 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards – comes to shake her tail feather. The doors open at 8.30pm but generally nothing gets going until 9.30pm so you have time for dinner before your evening jazz commences.

Fine art auction, The Swan antiques centre, Tetsworth, Weds 12 Nov

The Swan
has had a huge resurgence since Chiswicks Auctions expert  Tom Keane took over, and this is the third of the fine auctions he’s introduced to the centre. Lots typically include a wide range of fine arts and objets vertus, furniture, jewellery, porcelain and silver, unclaimed pledges from long-established and respected pawnbrokers Suttons & Robinsons and ex film and TV props. If you have something to sell, Tom will come over to you and value it for free, and if you want to buy, you can view between Sunday 9 Nov to the morning of the sale.



Wandering Kitchen pop up, Sunningwell, Fri 7 Nov

The Wandering Kitchen has been gaining popularity over the last year with its pop ups in cafes and locations in the south Oxfordshire area. Now they have moved location from Rosie’s tea rooms in Abingdon and are setting up their mobile restaurant in Sunningwell Village Hall (near Boar’s Hill) this Friday.

Happy anniversary

The Three Pigeons pub at LASSCO in Milton Common is celebrating its first year with a jolly locals knees up, which *sniff* we’ve missed, but if you feel like patting them on the back or seeing what all the fuss is about, check them out here – there’s a shiny new autumn menu that contrasts perfectly with the antiquities all around it.

Musical Rumpus, Pegasus Theatre, Oxford, Sat 8 Nov

Get a bit of Bach into your baby’s life! Explore a magical underwater world of mermaids and monsters on this journey into JS Bach’s music, especially designed for very young ears. The event lasts 45 minutes, including free play at the end of the show. There’s also a free post-show workshop at Pegasus on 12 November from 10am – 11am for parents with bumps and babies. Pegasus is a fab little space, if you haven’t been there I’d recommend it, as it really engages younger audiences.


Oxford Fashion Week, Various Locations, until 8 Nov 


Oxford Fashion Week is into its sixth year, and though it’s no Paris, it does have a city charm all of its own. Today (6th) is the high street show in the fab TVC bar (on the high street), then the indie labels, concept and couture are viewed in three separate shows at the Natural History Museum. Could be fun.

For tickets, venues and dates see

WIN TICKETS for the Country Living Christmas Fair, BDC Islington, 12-16 Nov 

Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair 2012 London Islington Business Centre

The mighty Country Living magazine Christmas Fair in Islington is your one-stop shop for everything Yule-tidy (yes that is a word – or if it’s not it should be), with hundreds of arts and crafters showing what they do best. I happen to have 5 sets of tickets to give away courtesy of The Basketroom – 4 pairs of tickets valid between Weds 12 – Sun 16 Nov (excluding Sat 15) and one pair of  tickets for the Gala Evening (Thurs 13 Nov). First come first served peeps – just email as fast as you can. I’ll email back if you’ve won the tickets.


Out with the old, in with the new! 


Don’t you just love a new indie shop? It’s a warm Muddy hello to the lovely Blossom & Grey gift shop and cafe in leafy Chesham Bois; a good luck to the revamped and opening on Thursday Fox & Goat  in Tiddington. Cotswold Kids has expanded into Witney. Meanwhile Buenos Aires comfort food at Cau in Henley and Tom Kerridge’s new pub The Coach in Marlow are teetering on the edge of launching. Blimey.

Bicester Village Christmas, from 7 Nov 

Meh to  goodwill to all men, it’s designer posing all the way at Bicester Village as it launches it Christmas assault from Friday. Practise your jabby elbows and step-on-toes moves prior to visiting or if you’re not up for the fight, save yourself for Black Friday on 28 Nov when the Village stays open until midnight, at which point you’ll turn into  pumpkin and I’ll have to think of a new set of metaphors and analogies to keep this paragraph relevant. Oh, too late.

English National Ballet dance at the MK Gallery, Weds 12 Nov

This may be a little esoteric for some tastes, but I’m always surprised how well these artistic collaborations work. A small band of English National Ballet dancers who will present a short choreographed dance (5-10 mins long) in response to current exhibitor An-My Lê‘s photographs. Not sure if the gents will be in those nude tights that gave me so much pleasure at Coppelia the other night but we can but hope!

The Full Monty, New Theatre Oxford, until Sat 8 Nov 

You’re either going to love it or hate it! The Full Monty musical drops its pants in Oxford with script by the original Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy and songs by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones. With Gary Lucy taking the main role (surprisingly good actually) the scream-quotient amongst the audience was high, but if you can put up with that you’re on the home run.

Tickets £11.90 – £35.40. Buy tickets








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