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The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Sussex Edition

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Wouldn't you though?

What looks like a work of art is actually a boombastic powerhouse of sound that is winning awards all over the place. Check out the coolest Bluetooth speaker EVER!

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Seen these bonkers new perfume ads?

22 Sep 2016
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A luxury scent disguised as a cleaning product? A crazy dancing, statue licking ad? The perfume marketeers at Moschino and Kenzo have certainly been sniffing something.

Below is Moschino’s latest bonkers new, um, scent! Sarah up at Muddy Berkshire spotted it at an airport recently. OK I get what they’re trying to do – fun, kitsch… but is it just a step too far down humour lane for a luxury product?

Here’s what Sarah thought…

Yes, the bottle is cool, quirky and kitsch.

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The Muddy Guide: What’s On 23 – 29 Sept

21 Sep 2016
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Giant dogs, ghostly feasting, reggae, comedy and woodland games. Plenty of reasons to get out and about this week, in the Muddy Guide.

Snowdogs by the Sea, Brighton and Hove, 24 Sept – 27 Nov

Forty-five pawsome giant dogs will be appearing all over Brighton and Hove from Saturday. Giant Snowdog sculptures inspired by story The Snowman and The Snowdog will form an art trail with a difference.

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Muddy Reviews: The Dresser – Theatre Royal, Brighton

21 Sep 2016
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We’re lucky enough to have several plays come to Sussex before their West End transfers and here’s another that’s well worth catching. Ronald Harwood’s much-loved play The Dresser, starring the excellent Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith and directed by Sean Foley is at Theatre Royal Brighton this week only.

The Dresser is a play within a play. Ageing and arrogant actor-manager ‘Sir’ is set to play King Lear and the backstage action loosely echoes the Shakespearean tragedy.

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My favourite places: Republica’s Saffron Sprackling

14 Sep 2016
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Republica frontwoman Saffron Sprackling, most famous for nineties hits Ready to Go and Drop Dead Gorgeous is headlining ISFEST at Isfield in East Sussex this weekend – a fundraising event which features ten singers and bands with local connections. Saffron, who grew up in Sussex, spoke to Muddy Stilettos about her favourite places in the county.

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My favourite place in the whole world, that inspires me, is Birling Gap on the coast and Cuckmere Haven.

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The Muddy Guide: What’s On 16 – 23 Sept

14 Sep 2016
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Lots of festivals on for the week ahead celebrating music, seafood, architecture and the arts. There are also talks, new plays for adults and children and a hot Sixties photo exhibition in London. Enjoy!

Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival, 17 & 18 Sept

Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival takes fish caught offshore and wine from local vineyards and retailers and brings them together in a fun atmosphere with live music, family entertainment, hands-on cooking and a beer festival.

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Muddy Reviews: Every Brilliant Thing (coming to Chichester)

10 Sep 2016
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You know it’s a good show when you find yourself crying and laughing at the same time. Every Brilliant Thing is a condundrum. It’s sad and it’s joyous. It’s serious, sensitive and silly. I saw it at Worthing last week and it will be in Chichester on 22 Sept so if that’s near you, I urge you to go along.

“The list started after her first attempt…” So opens the story at the heart of this one-man show in which an adult looks back.

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Muddy Stays / Eats: The Barn at Roundhurst

7 Sep 2016
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Remember that dramatic scene from the end of The Graduate when Dustin Hoffman bangs on the glass at the top of the church? I had to fight the urge not to recreate it when I stayed over at The Barn at Roundhurst recently.

Just look at this epic lounge/restaurant space with a glass-fronted snug on the mezzanine. It looks like the sort of conversion that gets featured on Grand Designs.

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The Muddy Guide: What’s On, 9 – 15 Sept

7 Sep 2016
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A stunning light show, upcoming theatre, a cider swap, panto try-outs for kids, Brazilian Samba and sport, youth craft workshops and steampunk. It’s a mixed bag of fun this week across Sussex and beyond. Get out there!

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 ‘iy_project’ sound and light installation, Hastings Pier and Promenade, 10 Sept

World-renowned light artist Chris Levine in collaboration with the Eden Project’s inventive Edenlab has created a unique event for Hastings, illuminating the townscape like never before with a spectacular sound and light installation.

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Muddy Reviews: The Rocky Horror Show – coming to Eastbourne

6 Sep 2016
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Fancy doing the time warp again? Well, drag out your fishnets because The Rocky Horror Show is back in Sussex and this time it’s at Eastbourne’s Congress Theatre 19 – 24 Sept. Amber over at Muddy Surrey saw the latest production when it visited Woking a couple of months back. Here’s what she thought….

I have a confession. And I say this with my eyes lowered and my head bowed, because even I’m wondering how on earth I got to the age I am without ever having seen The Rocky Horror Show.

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