The Urban Guide to the Countryside
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Category: Culture

The Muddy Guide: Thu 23 to Wed 29

23 Mar 2017

The weather may be busy prevaricating about what it’s doing – warm, cold, sunny, rainy – but don’t let that stop you from getting out there and enjoying what’s on this week – from a bring-it-to-the people pop-up opera in a brewery to an über-cool Pop Art exhibition on tour from London. Just don’t forget to pack your all-weather gear.

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The Muddy Book Club – March’s best reads

21 Mar 2017

Seeking literary inspiration? Muddy’s professional bookworm Kerry Potter is here to help with her March picks. That precarious tower of tomes on your bedside table is about to getting even taller… And if you have any recommendations of your own, we’d love to hear from you – literary musings in the comment box below please!

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The Muddy Guide: Thu 16 to Wed 22 March

16 Mar 2017

We’re halfway through Race Week – and here are the runners and the riders for a good time for the week ahead, from a St Patrick’s Day at the races (and night at the bar) to middle-aged laughs and Shakesperian tragedy.

St Patrick’s Thursday, Cheltenham Races, Thu 16 March

St Patrick’s Day comes a day early at Cheltenham this year to make way for Race Week’s Gold Cup finale on Friday.

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Lock down Mother’s Day now!

13 Mar 2017

It’s countdown to Mother’s Day on Sunday 26 March and that means, quick, there’s still time to organise something worth getting out of bed for (however tempting staying in bed sounds, but, alas, this is a family day). Here are a few ideas to ponder for you and your family, you and your mum, even you and your mother-in-law (yeah, you can polish that halo).

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Muddy Book Club

10 Mar 2017

Having survived (or suffered in my case) World Book Day, let’s celebrate all things literary with some reading list inspiration in the form of our the Muddy Book Club (without the wine, sadly – although there’s nothing to stop you pouring yourself a glass while you peruse this. We won’t tell anyone it’s 10am). We’re an extremely *cough* cerebral bunch, as you know, so read on for our current literary obsessions.

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The Muddy Guide – Thu 9 March to Wed 15 March

9 Mar 2017

There’s a whole lot going on this week, as Cheltenham Race week kicks off. Also on the menu – macaroons, kitchen sink drama and a wine and cheese movie night.

Peter Hook and The Light, Gloucester Guildhall, Thu 9 March

Back in the day, if you wanted to tie your street cred to a band, it didn’t get much cooler than Joy Division and its later incarnation New Order.

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It’s international women’s day!

8 Mar 2017

Today is International Women’s Day and this year’s theme is all about forging a more inclusive, gender equal working world (#BeBoldForChange). To which we at Muddy say: hell yeah! To mark the occasion, we’ve picked our favourite trail-blazing, commotion-causing women from the creative industries. Ladies, we salute you and your wonderful work…

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On my soapbox… about body bashing

6 Mar 2017

 It’s International Women’s Day on Wednesday, so sisters, let’s show ourselves and each other some love. Taryn Brumfitt’s brilliant documentary Embrace is doing the rounds of the country at the moment – at the Bristol Odeon on Wednesday and at The Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham on Thu 16 March – and is a brilliant exploration into body image and how we women let it plague us. Back in February when it was Maidenhead, the lovely Rachel from Muddy Berkshire wrote a great ‘on my soapbox’ piece, which she’s kindly shared with us. Have a read and be inspired – and remember size doesn’t matter!

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The Muddy Guide – Thu 2 March to Wed 8 March

2 Mar 2017

February’s over, there’s a sniff of spring in the air (just don’t look at the forecast), let’s go out and have some fun. In this week’s guide there’s singing, dancing, cycling that feels like dancing, fine dining, art, an International Women’s Day meditation (*om*) and more.

Rebel Soul Music Club, The Retreat, Cheltenham, Thu 2 March

Feeling inspired by The Voice and reckon you’ve got one on you?

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Grab the remote and shhh! Two unmissable TV shows tonight

28 Feb 2017

Tonight, I will be downing tools, turning off my phone, and commandeering the sofa, remote and wine from 9pm – 11pm as not one, but two, fantastic TV shows arrive on the small screen.

First up, at 9pm on BBC1 is The Replacement, a three-part thriller. Muddy editor-in-chief Hero was lucky enough to go to a preview screening of the first episode and reports that it is edge-of-your seat stuff.

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