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The Muddy Guide 9 – 16 Jan

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Colourful 2014 in fiery sparklers
Oh glory be! Kids all back at school yesterday and I finally felt like my 2014 had properly started. I attacked a Zumba class in my living room with a nice lady from America called Keisha shaking her booty at me via you tube.

Then I then had a leisurely shower before sitting down quietly with a coffee, sun beaming through the windows as I officially slipped on my muddy stilettos for 2014 and started researching this Muddy Guide.

So here it is, the first Muddy Guide of the year. Have fun peeps, and don’t forget to let me know if you hear of anything cool, quirky, new or groovy happening in your area. I love to hear from you and always reply.

Hero x

Quiz Night, Clayton’s, Marlow, with Rob James-Collier. Weds 15 Jan

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I love a good quiz night and this one will be a corker. I’m not sure how those Clayton’s Marlow boys have managed it, but they’ve snaffled none other than evil Downton Abbey butler (and ex Corrie sexpot) Rob James-Collier as the quizmaster for this charity night in aid of the Chilterns MS Centre. I’m soooooo there! Entry needs to be paid in advance and the night starts at 7.30pm. Check out the bar on the Muddy Directory here, and um, have another look at Mr James-Collier below. Just because alright?

James Arthur, New Theatre, Oxford. Sun 19 Jan


Are you bothered about dear James? Odds on the young people in your life probably are! Arthur’s ongoing reinvention from overweight spotty grungy slacker to slickly packaged though hard-to-control pop star continues to pique interest, and will no doubt reach its zenith when he takes the final steps to superstardom and ‘Rylan’s his teeth, punches a photographer, and shacks up with a Page 3 girl. That’ll be £32.40 + a £4 booking fee please!

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Strictly everywhere, 17 Jan onwards

The Entertainer. He said it, not me.

The Entertainer. According to, um, Anton du Beke.

Flippin eck, the Strictly pro dancers are taking over the world. Brendan Cole (a local guy so we’ll forgive him) is still Buckinghamshire’s answer to James Bond – sort of – in License to Thrill in Milton Keynes on 17 Jan, while Anton du Beke (now calling himself Anton du Beke – The Entertainer on his website. I’m not joking) pops up with his Ballroom to Broadway show at the Aylesbury Waterside on 22 Jan. Hang on a minute, they always come in threes. Yup, watch out for Pasha and Katya, sashaying into the Wycombe Swan in early April. Any others I’ve missed, let me know. There are bound to be more lurking out there.

Wolvercote Supper Club, early booking

Wolvercote SUpper Club Logo

An early heads up on booking for this well-received supper club in north Oxford that launched late in 2013. I haven’t been to it myself yet so this is a tentative recommendation, but various foodies I know have  enjoyed it, hence the mention. Private dining for Jan and Feb is already sold out – always a good sign –  so now the race is on to book for the 1 March sitting. If you can put up with the angst about whether you’ll be the unlucky one sitting next to the village nutter (relax, I can’t make it that day), it costs an amazingly good value £27.50 for a 5 course dinner, as it’s a not-for-profit enterprise.

David Starkey talks The Tudors, Norden Farm, Maidenhead, 17 Jan


Yeah, yeah, I know Maidenhead isn’t in Oxon or Bucks! But it’s a skippy hop from Marlow, Henley, Wycombe and Beaconsfield so this is well worth knowing about. Starkey is, shall we say, ‘of his time’ (remember his cringey turn on Jamie’s Dream School?) but there’s no doubting he knows his Tudors and I’m betting it will be a really interesting night if you’re into the two Henrys and their not so merry wives.

7.30pm. Tickets £17.50

Warrior Ted, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 11 Jan

good_knight_teddy_bear_by_jackrabbit_kun-d4wbeluOne for the littlies. Get your little darling to bring his or her teddy, and help make a shield, helmet, sword and tunic fit for an Anglo Saxon Warrior. Attackkkkk! If that’s all a bit aggressive for you, rock up on 16 Jan instead for Swim Little Fish, and go fishing for Ashmolean’s sea creatures, listen to a story and make a simple fishing game.

Warrior Ted, 1-4pm. Swim Little Fish 10.30am – 12.30pm, 2-4pm.





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