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The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Sussex Edition

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Wouldn't you though?

You can actually personalise these fun comic-book inspired super hero prints by adding your child, partner or friend's name and features. That's several Christmas pressies sorted!

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Hurrah for Gin!

30 Nov 2016
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Want an antidote to all those smug ‘Mummy’ blogs and over-optomistic parenting manuals? Well here it is. Brighton author Katie Kirby, who may be familiar to you through her Gin Bunny greetings cards, has turned her stick figure cartoons into a hilarious take on what it’s really like to bring up young kids. Pippa at Muddy Herts is a big fan and even ran a live Q&A with Katie up there recently (with G&Ts on hand of course!) Here’s her take on the book….

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The Muddy Guide: What’s On 1 – 9 Dec

30 Nov 2016
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Christmas crafts for kids and adults, comedy, ballet, shopping opportunities and sing-along films to get you and yours in the party mood. It’s getting inescapably festive in this week’s Muddy Guide and if you are looking for pantos and other seasonal performances for the coming weeks then don’t miss my bumper Christmas shows guide.

The Nutcracker/Sleeping Beauty/ Swan Lake, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, 1 – 3 Dec 

Eastbourne’s Congress theatre is staging a trio of seasonal ballets from the Russian State Ballet & Opera House.

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Muddy Eats: Boxpark, Croydon

29 Nov 2016
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If your forays up to Croydon, like mine, generally revolve around Ikea then feast your eyes on the new draw on the block. Heard of Boxpark in Shoreditch? I visited a while back and it’s a total hipster hangout (not why I was there!) full of pop-up shops and eateries. Well Boxpark 2 had just hit Croydon handily right by East Croydon station so you can even stop off to or from London on some Sussex train routes.

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The Muddy Guide: What’s On 25 Nov – 2 Dec

23 Nov 2016
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A lantern festival, a heartwarming comedy show, a snow slide and a touring musical are jostling for your attention in this week’s Muddy Guide. Grab your diary and get planning.

Glow Wild Winter Lantern Festival, Wakehurst Place, near Ardingly, 2 – 18 Dec

The gardens of Wakehurst’s Elizabethan mansion are being festively lit after dark with lanterns and fire. Get an eyeful of the UK’s tallest living Christmas tree, toast marshmallows or chestnuts over a giant fire and down a hot chocolate or mulled wine.

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Eclectic radio you can work to

23 Nov 2016
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Are you one of those annoying people who can actually concentrate and do desk work with the radio on? I have a friend who even claims to produce coherent sentences with the TV burbling away in the background.

If I’m doing a bit of web research or uploading some pictures I love having the radio on – BBC 6 Music with a smattering of Radio 4 is my choice. But somehow even years of filtering out other people’s conversations in an open plan office still haven’t given me the ability to structure a paragraph if a DJ’s talking, and if there’s a song I know entering my earholes then my brain (if not my mouth) just can’t resist singing along.

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Vegas, Baby! New flights from Gatwick

21 Nov 2016
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When I travel I love to experience another culture. I prefer boutique hotels and if there’s great local food as well then I’m one happy bunny. So Vegas with its crass fakery, giant accommodation and all-you-can-eat buffets should be my idea of holiday hell… yet somehow it isn’t.

I’ve been there a couple of times and found it’s so over-the-top in its vulgarity (a bright blue Grand Canal with motorised gondalas through a shopping mall – classy!

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The Muddy Guide What’s On 18 – 25 Nov

17 Nov 2016
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Punk pics, Nigel Kennedy plays Jimi Hendrix (yes, really) and several fairs to kickstart your (whisper it) Christmas shopping. We also have art, a children’s show and some treats to book ahead.

Photo-punk, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, 22 Nov – 5 March

Unlike the 60s, if you were around in the late 70s and 80s, you probably do remember them, and this exhibition is a great reminder of that era.

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Muddy Reviews: Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Theatre Royal, Brighton

16 Nov 2016
LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER

An English Touring Theatre and Sheffield Theatres production


Writer	D.H.Lawrence 	 
Director	Phillip Breen 	 
Designer	Laura Hopkins	 
Lighting Designer	Natasha Chivers	 
Sound Designer	Andrea J Cox	 
Movement Director	Ayse Tashkiran	 
Casting Director	Charlotte Sutton	 
Associate Director	George Richmond-Scott        	 
Fight Director	Renny Krupinski

Cast

Mrs Flint/ Mrs Bentley/ Singer	
Aretha Ayeh
 
Constance Chatterley	Hedydd Dylan 	
 
Sir Clifford Chatterley	Eugene O'Hare 	 
Michaelis / Trade Unionist / Dan Coutts / Albert Adam                           Will Irvine	 

Sir Malcolm Reid / Mr Linley / Field / Doctor	                                       Ciaran McIntyre	
Pianist	                              David Osmond	 
Oliver Mellors	                    Jonah Russell	 

Ivy Bolton	                              Rachel Sanders	 
Hilda	                             Alice Selwyn

A story that needs no introduction, DH Lawrence’s novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover has been the subject of many film and TV adaptations but how does it work on the stage? … and do they get their kit off ? (come on, I know that’s what you’re wondering!)

This production from the ever reliable English Touring Theatre and Sheffield Theatres is on at Brighton’s Theatre Royal until Saturday 19 Nov.

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Fashion that plays to your strengths!

15 Nov 2016
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Got a part of you that you’d rather downplay (err, yes!), or an attribute you’re happier to flaunt? Check out the-bias-cut.com, an online fashion boutique I discovered recently with a clever filter system that helps women play to their strengths.

What’s more it’s aimed at over 40s not by patronising us with safe styles but by curating some lovely pieces from across a range of labels that tick the boxes of what real women have told the founder they’re looking for.

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Muddy Eats: The Green Welly, Ditchling

10 Nov 2016
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Handily situated for post walk or cycle refuelling this new family-friendly cafe sits at the crossroads in dinky Ditchling, just down from the Beacon (and if you’re about to tackle that in the upward direction you’re really going to need to fill your boots here first!).

It’s been up and running a few months and I first went in just after it opened but the wait time was so long on that occasion I thought it best to wait to tell you good people about it once it had hit its stride.

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