The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Herts Edition

Wouldn't you though?

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.

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12 Jan 2017

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.

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Fun things to do (and book) this week 12-18 Jan

11 Jan 2017

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.

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There’s someone I’d like you to meet…

21 Dec 2016

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…

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Is it midnight already? Cinderella sparkles at the Rhodes Centre

14 Dec 2016

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…

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Eclectic French Radio? Mais oui!

9 Dec 2016

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…

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Muddy Reads Fabulous Fiction

5 Dec 2016

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…

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The Urban Guide to the Countryside -
Herts Edition