The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Sussex Edition

Wouldn't you though?

I just LOVE these hand painted organic silk scarves handmade by Brighton-based Daubs & Dashes founder Georgia and inspired by her own travels. You might just squeak an order in for Mothers' Day or shortly after.

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Muddy Half Term Survival Guide 13 Feb – 21 Feb

10 Feb 2016

Here it is, the bumper Muddy half term guide with over 25 events going on all over Sussex and beyond. You’re off to a flying start for the school hols and I’m off to soothe my RSI with gin…

Bird box and feeder making, various locations, 16/18 Feb

It’s going to be a good week for our feathered friends, with all sorts of activities going on to make sure they’re housed and fed over the colder months.

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Review: King Charles III, Theatre Royal, Brighton

9 Feb 2016

 

It has had West End and Broadway runs, has scooped an Olivier award and now you can see Charles III at the Theatre Royal Brighton. I caught it last night at the start of its week’s run.

This is a political satire billed as a ‘future history play’ directed by Rupert Goold and written by Mike Bartlett, who also penned the recent nail-biter of a BBC mini series Doctor Foster.

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Adventurous new flights from Gatwick

7 Feb 2016

 

From most places in the county a Gatwick flight is going to be a holiday clincher. But while flying from right here in Sussex is  handier than Heathrow, if you’re after something a bit more adventurous than a fly-and-flop in the sun, your choice is pretty limited.

So, much excitement at Chez Muddy when we heard that British Airways was introducing direct flights from Gatwick to both Peru and Costa Rica from May.

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Flamingo Trends flies into Mayfield

7 Feb 2016

If you live near the Kent border and shop in Tunbridge Wells you might already be familiar with Flamingo Trends. This fab fashion boutique has just moved to East Sussex, transferring from the Royal Victoria Shopping Centre to the rather quainter and quieter Mayfield High Street.

One of the owners, Lou, used to work with Amy Winehouse, so frankly I’d want to go in just to touch the hem of her garment but it’s probably best to contain yourself and stick to the garments on her rails instead.

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Review: Bill Bailey, Limboland

7 Feb 2016

 

Once, while we were being shown round a posh hotel for work, a friend made me lose all decorum and laugh until wine came down my nose by whispering, “I live in your eyes,” as we walked past the lounge pianist.

He knew that as a fellow Bill Bailey fan I would remember this was the menacing subliminal message the comedian claimed he used to slip in to relieve the boredom when he had a job playing the piano in a hotel lounge.

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Petworth deli’s cool new freezer shop

7 Feb 2016
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I can probably count on one hand the number of ready meals I’ve ever bought. I’ve always associated them with poor quality, poor value and sky-high fat and salt. The rise of the gourmet handmade ready meal piqued my interest in recent years but I was still a bit ‘meh’ about the whole thing.

An experience around New Year helped change my mind. We were due to drop in on some London friends for tea but an ill-fated furniture shopping mission pushed the time back and they invited us for dinner.

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Last chance to catch Pierdom photo exhibition

7 Feb 2016

Now that Brighton Museum charges for non residents, if you’re not part of the BN1-3 /41 massive you can’t just stroll in to drool over the gorgeous Art Nouveau furniture and you’ll be wanting an exhibition to stretch your fiver.

Pierdom, which is on for a couple more weeks, is the result of a labour of love from Brighton-based photographer Simon Roberts, who has documented Britain’s 58 remaining piers.

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Make it a Landmark holiday

6 Feb 2016

Did you catch the Channel Four series Restoring Britain’s Landmarks at the end of last year? It followed the work of the Landmark Trust, a charity that for the last 50 years has saved historic, often unusual buildings and turned them into gorgeous places to stay.

I’ve been a fan for years, have stayed in a couple of Landmarks and have pored over the brochure so often the rest feel like old friends.

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THE MUDDY GUIDE: WHAT’S ON MON 8 – SUN 14 FEB

6 Feb 2016

What with Valentine’s Day looming, the first Sussex Muddy Guide has a few original suggestions for romantic soirees, but there’s plenty besides from fashion photography to err cockroaches. Get out there and have some fun!

Pancakes Alfresco, Woolbeding Wood, 9 Feb

Still got bits of pancake stuck to the kitchen ceiling from last Shrove Tuesday? Take the whole flipping thing outdoors with this great idea from the National Trust’s Woolbeding Wood – Pancakes Alfresco.

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