Well yes, as well as being the muddy motto, and the mantra of most of the reprobate parents I consider my besties, Katie Kirby’s Hurrah for Gin is a parenting blog worth its weight in, well gin. I shy away from mummy blogs generally: I’m far from ‘Capable Louise with her 50 clean and neat, neat and clean children’ and don’t need reminding I’m not up to scratch, but Katie has written a parent handbook that can drink others under the table.Read more
I’m a dedicated Glastonbury lover, but from the comfort of my sofa these days – I’ve had my fair share of wet wipe washes ta all the same. This year, I had an awesome front row of Chris Martin for starters, and let me tell you, the toilet facilities at the Muddy HQ campsite are way better. But whether you’re a *cough* lightweight glamper like me or a hardcore roll-in-mud music-fan, here’s the Muddy Guide to the best festivals due to crank-it-up in Cornwall over the next few months.Read more
My pre-fame-fame-to-claim in a six degrees of Kevin Bacon kinda way is that 100 years ago, (1989/90) The Rubber Bishops had a comedy slot at my dad’s wine bar in Oxfordshire. You might well be asking eh? at this point. Well along with Martin Stubbs, Bill Bailey was the creative brains behind the comedy-musical double act performing hilarious mashups and homages to popular music.
After The Rubber Bishops broke up, and with super comedy stardom still stardust in his eye, Bill even rocked up to dad’s (3rd) (*eyeroll*) wedding and bashed out a few of his oldies (Stairway to Kevin, Sometimes its hard to be a beaver etc).Read more
I’d heard that Ab Fab the movie was awash with star cameos (like 60-odd!) and immediately pictured horrifically self-referencing fashion types who were in it to validate their lives. Well, admittedly there are some of those, but who cares? Because unlike the fun vacuum of Pret a Porter or more recently Zoolander 2, Ab Fab looks very,very ravishingly funny. Blamed for a major incident with a fashion model at an uber fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi.Read more
Oliver! Minack Theatre, Porthcurno Thurs 7 Apr
One of the most successful British musicals of all time comes to Cornwalls most stunning theatre. With a sensational score that includes such classics as ‘Food Glorious Food’, ‘As Long As He Needs Me’, ‘Where Is Love?’ and ‘Consider Ourselves’, this is the perfect family musical singalong.
£9-11.50 (adult) £5-6 (child) 2pm and 7:30pm The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Penzance TR19 6JU T: 01736 810181
Flambards Bush Tucker Trials, Helston Fri 8 Apr
Round of your holiday with Helstons answer to I’m a celeb – Join Ferdie the Fox at Flambard’s very own Bush Tucker Trial – are you brave enough to eat a barbequed bamboo worm?Read more