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  • The new John Lewis Xmas ad!

    It's here! The John Lewis Christmas ad has launched with the Rocket Man as its secret weapon for 2018 - but has it hit orbit or crash landed? You decide!

  • Cbeebie star Justin Fletcher and dame Paul Morse in yellow and red waterproof outfits on set of Peter Pan Reading Hexagon Theatre Berkshire 2017

    Ain’t nothing like a dame

    Slap on the grease paint, hoick up your skirt and channel Princess Margaret. Muddy meets Reading's irrepressible panto dame, Paul Morse.

  • Chef Michael Caine wearing chef whites peering through pass

    This month

    What's on in November: Fireworks displays, pantos and Christmas shows, Christmas markets and fairs, Jools Holland and Marc Almond plus Chef Michael Caines at The Vineyard Stockcross.

  • Black background and neon colours lines showing activity in teen brain

    How to tame your teen

    Wish you could get inside your teen's head? Now you can (well, sort of). Queen Anne's head Julia Harrington busts the myths using actual science.

  • Christmas red bauble and pine cone hanging from fir wreath on door of chalet in snow

    18 fab Xmas fairs and markets

    Before we hit the parties and panto, get into the Crimbo spirit with a mulled wine, minced pie and Muddy's pick of the festive markets and fairs.

  • 12 lovely Autumn pub walks

    Clocks are going back. Yippee! Enjoy a lie i, then head out for a seasonal stroll before collapsing in front of a cosy fire with wine. Here's Muddy's favourite pub walks.

  • Superflashy Newsflash

    Want the hot goss? Muddy Stilettos has sniffed out the latest happenings in our 'hood and we're shouting it from the rooftops. Loudmouth moi?

  • Leighton Park School Reading Berkshire white Victorian Mansion building set in 60 acres

    Leighton Park School, Reading

    Muddy says: A progressive first-name-only Quaker school with 65 acres in the centre of Reading, with impressive results in STEM and creative subjects.

  • Trio of windsurfers on Bray Lake Berkshire

    There she blows

    Can't be bothered to go out for yet another run? Why not try something that's fun, sociable and great exercise – windsurfing.

  • Queen Anne's School Caversham ivy covered frontage red brick queen anne's style mansion house in reading Berkshire

    Queen Anne’s, Caversham

    Muddy says: A top girls' school set in 34 acres with cracking facilities, including a super-cool 6th form, a can-do ethos and great results.

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