Andrei Lussmann grew up in West Africa where he first learned to drink strong espresso and fell in love with Italian food. His father worked for Impresit Bakolori, a construction company owned by Fiat, and the family lived in a version of Little Italy built by the car company in the middle of the desert, complete with a pizza oven. Andrei worked for Forte, Pizza Express and Corney and Barrow before opening his own business.Read more
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Time to get admin fit at home. This plywood peg shelf is from Nikki Kreis who designs beautiful, playful and practical things to help get your bits sorted.Read more
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Well, this week I feel that reality has hit us all. We can’t still pretend we’re in holiday mode – or can we? Back to school, back to work, and when it comes to eating and drinking, it’s less of this and none of that. To lift your spirits, I can recommend getting out for a treat or two.
La La Land, Letchworth Broadway, Welwyn Garden City cinema and general release
This musical trousered seven awards at the Golden Globes, the most ever won by a single film, and those gongs included best director for Damien Chazelle, best actress for Emma Stone and best actor for Ryan Gosling.Read more
Well, my lovelies, it’s been a wild ride, these last two years — two years! — at Muddy Herts. I’ve have had a blast in all sorts of ways getting to know amazing people and places all over this county of ours. And now it’s to hang up my stilettos (Muddy or otherwise) — or, in fact, to pass them on to the very capable hands of someone new…Read more
I’m a huge fan of traditional panto — and the annual offering at Rhodes Art Centre in Bishop’s Stortford doesn’t fail to deliver on that. It’s loud and colourful and funny — with a healthy dollop of innuendo — and I reckon this year’s Cinderella is the best one I’ve seen there so far…Read more
I live with the radio on in the background — so a new station is always a bit of a treat. Makes a change from The Archers and arguing with Mr C about whether 5 Live Sports Extra actually counts as proper radio. Debbie, down in Muddy Sussex, has come across a continental choice that might liven things up now and again…Read more
Mr C took me to The Russell Arms in Butler’s Cross on my birthday earlier this year, so I was keen to read that Hero, her of Muddy Bucks and Oxon, had been there too — and to see what she thought. Think she’s got it just about spot on…Read more
I love getting books for Christmas — and here’s a list of 10 non-fiction books that the good folk at David’s Bookshop in Letchworth suggest would make great gifts. You might even want to pop one or two on your own list for Santa. Assuming you’ve been good, that is…Read more
Whether it’s something smart-sounding to recommend your book club reads, or something juicy to curl up with on a chilly evening, or even something to give as a gift, here’s just the list to choose from. The literary lovelies at Chorleywood Bookshop have impeccable taste, and they’ve shared their top ten with us — just in time for Christmas too…Read more
It’s that time of year again! Forget tinsel and mince pies, forget fake snow and wrapping paper. Nothing says Christmas like a girlie slapping her thighs and pretending to be a chap — and a middle-aged bloke with a beard in a dress….Read more
Debbie, down in Muddy Sussex, is something of a travel bunny — she’s been just about everywhere and makes me feel like something of a stay-at-home country mouse. Thing is, she properly knows her stuff — so I thought I’d share her latest insights with you. Vegas, here we come…Read more