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Where rigorous analysis of our current reading experience is leading us to conclude that Ben Goldacre's Bad Science is a damn fine Book of the Month. There's still time to grab a copy before our (strictly evidence-based, natch) discussion on Tuesday 30 March (8pm).
Now for this week's parenting news...
Kids 'need yearly fitness checks': British children should have annual fitness tests, says Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson – and the parents of those who fail could be sent warning letters. His recommendation is that all children should undergo a 'beep test', a series of timed shuttle runs that measure stamina and fitness. Similar schemes are run in California and Texas. In Britain, overall child fitness is falling by up to 9 per cent each decade. (Times 16.03.10)
Double the trouble: Parents of twins are more likely to end up divorced, broke and out of work, according to research by Tamba, the Twins and Multiple Births Association. The study tracked 18,500 families and found that couples were 17 per cent more likely to divorce after twins. Also, two-thirds of multiple-birth families said they were significantly worse off after their babies were born, compared with 40 per cent of other parents. Nine months after giving birth, mothers of twins and triplets were 20 per cent less likely to have returned to work than mothers of singletons. (Times 16.03.10)
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DIVINE'S SWEET TREAT FOR SPORT RELIEF. Divine, makers of Dubble, have the perfect prize for all of those who are rising to the challenge and doing the Sport Relief Mile. Dubble's Fairtrade milk-chocolate gold medals are available exclusively at Sainsbury's and cost £1; 10% from every purchase will go to Sport Relief.
Looking for a yippee-spring-is-here day out? Mumsnetters say try:
Aitch's TV round-up: Sports Relief, BBC1, 19 March, 7pm
Sport Relief is kinda magnificent in its way. God knows, anyone who's been watching Eddie Izzard slowly amputating his pinkie toes (all the better to fit into those size 10 stillies, my dear) during his 43 marathons has seen that already. That's the thing with these showbiz types: for all the "Gosh, I just fell into it" nonsense they tell the magazines, they're as hard as nails and utterly determined to succeed. So here's the roll-call for the event: Gary Lineker, Christine Bleakley, James Corden, Richard Hammond, Claudia Winkleman, Fearne Cotton, Davina McCall, Patrick Kielty, David Walliams, Miranda Hart, Jimmy Carr, Russell Howard and the inspirationally wonderful Helen Skelton from Blue Peter. Hard as nails, I tells you....
Discuss this show (and others) in our Telly Addicts Talk forum.
Recipe of the week: Legacy's tasty kedgeree
Grab yourself a nice bit of seasonal fish and a few store-cupboard basics and dish up this classic nursery-food fave – reworked slightly for all-round quicker assemblage.
You can review this week's recipe here - or why not post one yourself?
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