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...Where we've got an exciting new discount partner on board - VirtualGym TV. Forget dragging yourself to the gym on chilly mornings, this virtual gym comes to you and Mumsnetters get up to 25% off membership fees, plus the chance to win a year's membership and other goodies.

If you're already planning your half-term escape, and why not, then don't forget to check out our travel reviews for inspiration.

And speaking of breaks, we've got a week in Costa Rica without dh or the kids (go on, you know you want to) up for grabs if you fill in Kenco's survey. Check out the terms & conditions for more information.

Are you pregnant and living in/near London? Oxfam needs you to help it make a fun, four-minute flash mob video to highlight the issue of healthcare for mothers. If you could spare an hour next Thursday lunchtime, find more details here.

And now for this week's parenting news ...

Parents get exercise wrong: Parents vastly overestimate how much exercise their kids do, according to research published in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood. According to the study, from Glasgow and Newcastle universities, parents of six and seven year olds claimed their children were exercising for two hours a day, but research revealed the true figure was less than half an hour. One in three British 11 year olds is now overweight or obese, and this number is forecast to increase dramatically over the next decade (BBC Online 11.09.08).

Steroid miscarriage hope: Taking a course of steroids could help up to a third of women who have suffered repeated miscarriages or failed IVF treatment, according to new research. The study, involving 120 women, identified natural killer cells as a cause of miscarriages and failed IVF embryo implants, but also found that steroids appeared to reduce the level of these killer cells in the uterus. Dr Siobhan Quenby, who led the research, is now looking for 40 women with high levels of natural killer cells and a history of miscarriages to take part in steroid trials (Times 10.09.08).

Help create a huge stir for Macmillan Cancer Support
Get together with friends in the comfort of your local Starbucks for this year's World's Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday September 26 and raise money to help people living with cancer. Click here to find out more!

Other stories in brief

Some cases of cot death may be due to a bacterial infection, researchers said this week (BBC Online 11.09.08); a toddler paddling in floodwater was rescued by her father after being sucked down a drain and washed along an underwater pipe to a river (Guardian 09.09.08); children born very prematurely are four times more likely to have emotional problems or behavioural disorders in later life (Times 09.09.08); a 59-year-old woman in France has become the oldest known mother of triplets after having fertility treatment in Vietnam - IVF treatment is illegal in France after an age when it is deemed conception could have happened naturally (Guardian 09.09.08); identical twin girls born an hour and a half apart on August 31 and September 1 could be sent to school a year apart because their births straddle the deadline for primary entrance (Times 10.09.08).

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Quote of the week

Cornsilk's explanation for a lull on MN:
"All the teachers are being good and marking books. In a few weeks they'll be back on here all night swigging gin."

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If you request a Jump brochure before the 31st December 2008 we will also send you a copy of "Money: Your Children, Their Future", an invaluable guide for any parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle looking to save on behalf of a child. Click here for more information!

Blog of the week: Holiday? Not for me...

Monkeygi's DH is on 'gardening leave', but his approach to childcare is causing her some grief: "Why does looking after our DS mean, to him, sitting in his pants with the sitting room door shut while DS plays on the floor and not taking him for a walk or even to another part of the house for a bit of variation?!?"

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Carmenere's recipe of the week: Hoxtonchick's tomato and lentil soup

Inspired by a recent seminal soup thread on the Recipes talk forum, Hoxtonchick's recipe for tomato and lentil soup is easy, quick, cheap and healthy. It beats the pants off opening a tin.

That's your lot this week, we're off to make models of the Large Hadron Collider from toilet rolls.

Love,
Mumsnet Towers

Is your child a budding CBBC Newsround presenter? Would they like to meet film and TV stars? If so, get down to the CBBC tent at the Thames Festival on London's South Bank this weekend, right by the London Eye. Actors from The Sarah Jane Adventures, Prince Caspian and Harry Potter will be hanging out with the creators of Aardman's Shaun the Sheep and the man who makes the Dr Who monsters. It kicks off from noon on Saturday 13 September and Sunday 14 September.

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