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Where we've finally dragged ourselves out of the antediluvian cold to hang wiv the youngstas on Facebook and YouTube. Our status is currently a little smug. Yo.

You voted for Sarah Waters' supernatural chiller The Little Stranger as our October Book of the Month. Grab yourself a copy and join us for a suitably spooky pre-Hallowe'en discussion on Tuesday 20 October (8 to 9.30pm).

Oh, and should you have already moved past pumpkin-planning and on to Santa-sorting (get you!), why not give your festive greetings a witticism upgrade this year with a pack (or three) of Mumsnet Christmas cards?

Now for this week's parenting news...

Kids get new swine-flu vaccine: UK children in five centres (Oxford, Bristol, Southampton, Exeter and London) are receiving a new swine-flu vaccine in a two-week trial. About 1,000 children aged six months to 12 years will be given one of two vaccines – to find out which one performs better. Medics believe swine-flu cases will start to increase through the autumn, and want to start vaccinating millions from next month (Guardian 29.09.09). Meanwhile, a girl who died shortly after being given a cervical-cancer vaccine at school had a malignant tumour, an inquest has heard. (BBC Online 01.10.09) 

Unhealthy lifestyle linked to working mums: Working mothers have children who are less healthy and more likely to have poor diets, researchers claimed this week. According to a paper in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, mothers in full-time work, including those who work flexibly, are more likely to have children who eat fewer fruits and vegetables, watch more television and consume more fizzy drinks than the children of stay-at-home mothers. (Times 29.09.09)

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Quote of the week

PuppyMonkey remembers how her dreams of a beautiful baby went up in soap smoke: "Phil Mitchell. That was my first thought. She improved with age..."

Looking for an autumn day out? Mumsnetters suggest:

Find more Mumsnetter recommendations for great days out near you in Mumsnet Local - and once you get home, please add a review in our Days out/Attractions section.

Aitch's TV round-up: Fringe, Sun 4 Oct, Sky1, 9pm
If ever it was time to embrace the multi-channel age it's now, for JJ Abrams' ridiculously fine Sky1 show is back for a second series. He's the man who brought us Lost (and more importantly, Sawyer), and souped up Star Trek for this generation. With Fringe, he's re-invented the X-Files. Kinda. Ice-cool Anna Torv is the non-believer FBI agent who chums up with a bonkers 'fringe scientist' and his wise-cracking wayward son to solve some rockingly good bad-science mysteries. Said son is played by Pacey from Dawson's Creek, so JJ had me at hello, pretty much...

Blog of the week: Novice mum/novice blogger
wizzywoo wonders what's got into her first-born now her second-born's on the way: "She's gone from being a little cutey to having the most hideous temper tantrums I could have imagined. In Manx folklore, there are stories of the 'little people' swapping a child for one of their own, meaning the human folk brought up a changeling instead. If I wasn't a rational person..."
Bursting to blog? Why not start your own?

Recipe of the week: Artichokes' chocolate, almond and chestnut cake
See off that gathering autumnal October gloom with a nice big wodge of this rich, dense cake - with just enough of a dash of
seasonal chestnuts to get you in the mood for winter festiveness to come.
Review this week's recipe here - or why not post one yourself?

That's all, we're off to see the writing on our wall...
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