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Where there's just about time to post your killer question for Boris Johnson, so ronshar, bearcrumble and LadyBlaBlah can put it to the Mayoral maestro in our forthcoming videochat.
We've now got the As to your green-living Qs for the Carbon Trust's Euan Murray. And we've also published tidy little roundups of our webchat with Club Penguin founder Lane Merrifield and our week-long gardening sesh with The Royal Horticultural Society's Phil McCann. That's yer Puffles and yer pruning all sorted for summer.
Now for this week's parenting news...
One-third of adults 'condone slapping': Thirty-two per cent of adults think slapping children as young as six is a low-risk punishment, according to new research from the Children's Society – with only one in seven of those questioned saying it's unacceptable. The Children's Society is calling on the government to make it illegal to strike a child with an open hand. The UK is currently one of five EU countries resisting an all-out ban on slapping, a stance that has provoked criticism from human-rights groups on the grounds that it contravenes article 19 of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. (Guardian 08.07.10)
Lack of exercise 'not cause of child obesity': Scientists have questioned the assumption that lack of exercise makes children fat. Research from the EarlyBird team in Plymouth, who are monitoring more than 200 youngsters over three years, suggests that physical inactivity may be the result of fatness, not its cause. The researchers say their findings indicate that nutrition, rather than exercise, is the best way of tackling childhood obesity. (Independent 08.07.10)
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Quote of the week: carocaro is flummoxed by the huge expense of the upcoming papal visit: "Why so much? Easyjet from Rome, Gatwick Express, Travelodge, 2-4-1 at Pizza Express. Sorted."
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Aitch's TV round-up: Living With Brucie, Wed 14 July, 9pm, Channel 4
The mood in which you watch this programme (or not) very much depends on whether you think Bruce Forsyth is a national treasure or national embarrassment but, judging by the advance publicity, the programme-makers themselves are firmly in the 'doddery he is not' camp. This makes it awkward for me, you see, as I'd prefer to see him wrestled off the top of the Strictly stairway and carted off in a Variety Club bus, never to return. I'll be watching, though, because I am on a diet, and <boak> the thought of him hand-washing his socks in the sink every night before creeping into bed with his former Miss World is the sort of image I like to call upon whenever I find myself reaching for a sly pastry...
Discuss this show (and others) in our Telly Addicts Talk forum.
Recipe of the week: MamaG's strawberry and raspberry oaties
Dead-simple flapjacky squares with a squidgy sandwich layer of seasonal soft fruits. Perfect weekend snack fodder for small (and large!) hungry bodies.
You can review this week's recipe here - or why not post one yourself?
That's it. We're off to work on our inverted pyramids of piffle ahead of our Mayoral meet...
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