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WHO'S BOB? Cosatto's Bob stroller, with its comfy reclining back rest, can be used as soon as your little one arrives. It's convenient and nippy, with a compact umbrella fold – which makes it great for travelling abroad – and a fold-out sun visor and mosquito net. Available for £115 in two bright designs: Bubbles and Ciao. Click here for your nearest stockist.
Hello from Mumsnet Towers...
Where, after months of mailing, Tweeting and really quite shameless pleading, we're all-of-a-quiver to announce that Gok 'Look Good Naked' Wan is coming to MNHQ for a live webchat on Monday night (19 July, 7.30-8.30pm). Obviously, we haven't got a thing to wear – but maybe that's the point...
Hope you've clocked Boris Johnson being grilled on video by Mumsnetters ronshar, bearcrumble and LadyBlaBlah in our latest videochat (word is, he's v nice in RL but suprisingly short). And do please keep the Qs coming for Tim Smit, co-founder of the Eden Project and the man behind this Sunday's Big Lunch.
Now for this week's parenting news...
Child-unfriendly Britain: Ours is a deeply unfriendly country to raise a family, says the Family and Parenting Institute (FPI). It costs £800 a month to raise a child in Britain, says the FPI in its new report, warning that the Coalition's decision to abolish child trust funds, cut child tax credits and freeze child benefit has left parents feeling they were on the frontline for economic cuts. (Daily Mail 12.07.10)
Holiday childcare crisis: Many parents are struggling to find childcare for their children over the summer holidays. Sixty of England's 150 Family Information Services (FIS) and ten of the 21 Welsh FIS said parents are reporting a lack of available care, according to a survey from the Daycare Trust. The situation in Scotland is slightly better, with only six of the 31 Childcare Information Services (CIS) saying they were struggling to find cover. The average cost of a week's childcare for one child was £93, according to the Daycare Trust. (BBC News 14.07.10)
THE FUTURE FRIENDLY 'LESS WASTE MORE REWARD' CAMPAIGN, a partnership between leading household brands and environmental experts, is looking for your tips on how to reduce water, energy and waste consumption this summer (vouchers and goodies to be won). Plus, there's a chance to star in your own film and win £150 of Green Rewards vouchers and a selection of Future Friendly household products.
Other stories in brief
Quote of the week: Sassybeast tops off of our (sniggerworthily long) list of Stupid Things To Say To A Child with the pithy but pointless: "Grow up!"
This month's prizes are:
NIVEA FEEL CLOSER AWARDS: CALL FOR NOMINATIONS. Is there someone close to you who deserves recognition for being a fantastic friend, a perfect partner or a fabulous family member? If so, nominate them now for a NIVEA Feel Closer Award, which celebrate the relationships that matter. Deadline for entries is 31 July 2010.
Looking for a summery day out? Mumsnetters suggest:
Aitch's TV round-up: Don't Stop Believing, Sun 18 July, 7pm, Five
Lord, I am suffering here, trying to find something for you lot to watch. There's Brucie on Who Do You Think You Are? (Mon 19 July, 9pm, BBC1) but, if I choose a Brucie prog again, you'll think I have some kind of crush on the creepy old goat and I Do Not. There's Danielle Lineker whingeing about being a wicked stepmother on BBC3 (Tues 20 July, 9pm) and Clare Balding and her amazingly prominent nipples wending their way round North Devon in Britain By Bike (Tues, 8.30pm, BBC4)... But, just because the tune is in my head already, I'm going to pick Don't Stop Believing. Fragrant blonde Emma Bunting presents a talent show <slight snort> for singers and dancers who want the opportunity of a lifetime etc. Auditions, live shows: it's nothing we haven't seen before but the judging panel features Anastacia, Tamzin Outhwaite and Duncan James, so we can at least hold out some hope for an angry Anastacia busting Bunton's chops if she gets too mimsy....
Discuss this show (and others) in our Telly Addicts Talk forum.
Recipe of the week: taffetacatski's warm broad bean salad
Fab, seasonal, chuck-it-all-together fodder for lazy busy persons of a balmy summer's evening. Serve with sourdough bread and thin slices of pecorino.
You can review this week's recipe here - or why not post one yourself?
That's it. We're off to shop till we Gok...
ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET'S CINDERELLA: 2 FOR 1 OFFER! Everyone's favourite rags-to-riches fairytale is brought to life by English National Ballet at the London Coliseum (11-15 August). To claim this 2-for-1 offer on the best available £60 seats on Friday 13 August at 7.30pm or Sunday 15 August at 2pm, call the Box Office, by 31 July, on 0871 911 0200 and quote Mumsnet.
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