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Hello from Mumsnet Towers...

Where we're already wincing in anticipation of the hamstring twinges to come when we (and 100 of you) run the Mumsnet Marathon Relay this weekend. It's all to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Research, in memory of Twink's DH. It would be lovely if you could sponsor us.

Please take our new MN Election poll (£100 in Boden or Amazon vouchers to be won) and, while you're at it, do vote for your April Book of the Month from our dashing line-up of Irish literary talent. Our March pick, Ben Goldacre's Bad Science is due for dissection discussion on Tuesday (30 March, 8pm).

It's webchat Super-Friday this week (26th). First up, at noon, is Ann Sinnott, author of Breastfeeding Older Children. Then, at 1pm, it's Caroline Lucas, MEP and leader of the Green Party. And, as if that's not enough excitement for us all, baker and award-winning food writer Dan Lepard is coming back to the MN kitchens for a hot-cross-bun-themed Easter Bakealong on Monday morning (25th, 10.30am to 12.30pm).

Now for this week's parenting news...

Proposed ban on smoking in cars: Smoking should be banned in cars and also in public places where there are likely to be children, says the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), who'd like the upcoming review of anti-smoking laws to put young people first. Passive smoking, says the RCP, accounts for an extra 300,000 child visits to UK GPs each year. But driving and smoking lobby groups say cars are "private space". The RCP is also calling for smoking exclusion zones around school gates. (BBC News 24.03.10) 

Blame the parents: Middle-class parents who 'buy off' their children with computers and video games are producing a generation who can't behave, Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), warned this week. She said that the well-off were guilty of neglecting their children by leaving them to entertain themselves. "Then they are surprised when their child isn't ready to learn," she added. Next week's ATL annual conference will debate a motion calling for schools to be given more power to deal with disruptive pupils – such as penalising parents whose children misbehave at school with benefit cuts, and forcing them to attend parenting classes. (Times 23.03.10) 

READ ABOUT THE WOMAN WHO FOUNDED SAVE THE CHILDREN – AND HELP SAVE THE CHILDREN AT THE SAME TIME. Despite not being fond of children, Eglantyne Jebb dedicated her life to child welfare, winning over the Pope, the miners, European aristocracy and the Bolshevik government – and changing forever the way the world treats children. Buy Clare Mulley's award-winning book about Jebb; all profits go to Save The Children.

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Quote of the week NinthWave despairs of Postman Pat's work ethic: "If I lived in Greendale, I'd be on the phone to UPS or DHL, sharpish."

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Aitch's TV round-up: Ashes to Ashes, BBC1, Fri 2 April, 9pm
"My name's Alex Drake and, quite frankly, your guess is as good as mine." Hah! The cheek of the writers, what magnificent gall. They shot their leading lady at the end of the last series, and she begins the new one back in the 21st century, still dreamy over Gene Hunt and, get this, so desperate to get back to the 80s that she has sent her beloved daughter to stay with her father while she sorts herself out. Yes, that's right, the same kid she spent the whole of the first two runs desperate to get back to has been ditched in favour of a virtual reality with Gene Hunt. Oh well, I suppose I can see her point...
Discuss this show (and others) in our Telly Addicts Talk forum.

Recipe of the week: imaginewittynamehere's hot cross buns
Spicy, orangey and oh-so-satisfyingly studded with sultanas. Don't forget to log on for bun-improving hints from Dan Lepard in our Easter Bakealong on Monday...
You can review this week's recipe here - or why not post one yourself?

That's all. We're off to convince ourselves that a bit of running completely cancels out all hot-cross-bun munchings...
Love, MNHQ

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