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What’s On: The Muddy Guide 15-21 Jan 2015

So, how’s that dry January going?  Yeah, me neither.  Good thing there are some fun things going on to take your mind off it.  Here are a few suggestions for this week — assuming it doesn’t snow, in which case it’ll either be time to race outside with a sledge or to curl up in front of the telly.

Look Good, Feel Good Event, Ivinghoe Old School Community Hub, 15 Jan, 11.30am-1pm

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I know it might be a bit late to get there – depends when you’re reading this! – but there’s a brilliant little free event going on this lunchtime.  Five local businesses are putting a timely focus on wellbeing of various kinds, and it’s a great chance to meet them and chat.  Alice Barnes, her of the fab Muddy Herts style session giveaway, will be there, as well Louise Claremont who does the most extraordinary Natural Facelift Massage.  There’ll also be a Stella & Dot stylist, with the chance to enter to win a necklace, as well as others.  Go on, be good to yourself.

Ivinghoe Old School Community Hub, 2 High Street, Ivinghoe, Tring LU7 9EX.  

Dara O’Briain, Alban Arena, St Albans, 15 Jan, 8pm

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I like Dara O’Briain more and more, so the chance to see him doing his stand-up thing locally is brilliant.  He’s funny and he’s brainy, which is a great combo, and the Guardian has described his ‘Crowd Tickler’ show as “a masterpiece in intelligent, no-frills stand up.”  Sounds great.  Fancy a spontaneous night out?  It’s tonight!

Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, AL1 3LD, alban-arena.co.uk

I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, Watford Colosseum, 16 Jan, 7.30pm

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Ok, so this is a bit of a Marmite choice – you either love the show, or you’d rather listen to nails down a blackboard.  I love it, though, so I’m delighted that ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue‘ is coming to Watford Colosseum.  It’s not a recording – there won’t be any stopping and starting and re-doing bits – and the usual radio host Jack Dee is replaced by Sandi Toksvig, but the panellists are the usual suspects: Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor and little Jeremy Hardy.  And, of course, Colin Sell will accompanying it all on the piano.  If you don’t like it, you’ll have stopped reading by now.  If you’re still with me, enjoy!

Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, WD17 3JN, 0845 075 3993, watfordcolosseum.co.uk

Arthur’s Dream Boat, Hertford Theatre, 17 Jan, 2pm

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This looks like a great choice for any little people you might have around – at least, the ones between about 2 and 8.  Based on the book by Polly Dunbar, ‘Arthur’s Dream Boat’ uses puppets to tell the story of a little boy called – you’ve guessed it – Arthur, who dreams about a beautiful boat which then starts growing on his head.  The very talented Long Nose Puppets are behind it all, and the music has been composed by Tom Gray from the band Gomez.  It look s positively lovely with its focus on the imagination and all the places it can take you.  It’s only around 40 minutes, so there’s little chance of fidgeting, and then you can even meet the puppets afterwards.  Sounds like a great way to spend a chilly afternoon.

Hertford Theatre, The Wash, Hertford, SG14 1PS, hertfordtheatre.com   

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