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Where we're quorate again and gearing up for a busy month. Our first post-summer hols webchat guest, on Thurs 2 Sept, 1-2pm, is Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains. Ignore your emails and smartphone for an hour, and come and debate his argument that our online habits are changing the way we read and think.
On Monday 6 Sept we're welcoming all five Labour leadership hopefuls to grill them about why they think they're up to the job. We're sending your best questions over to them this week and will be publishing their responses before the
hustchat, webting, e-husting wusting.
Now for this week's parenting news...
Daily aspirin protects pregnant women at risk of pre-eclampsia: a low dose (75mg) of aspirin a day from the 12th week of pregnancy could help pregnant women with high blood pressure who have a medium to high risk of developing pre-eclampsia, says the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. In new guidelines for GPs, midwives and obstetricians, NICE says complications from hypertension are a leading cause of maternal death in the UK. (Sky News, 25.08.10)
Poorest families hit hardest by Coalition's cuts: low-income families with children will lose the highest percentage of their net income owing to tax changes and benefit cuts announced in June's Budget, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies. In a report commissioned by the End Child Poverty campaign, the IFS says the "regressive" Budget will lead to the poorest 10% of families losing over 5% of their income. The Treasury said it did not accept the "selective" IFS analysis. (Guardian, 25.08.10; Talk discussion)
JUICY RIBENA FOOTAGE! One sunny day, 12 families visited the British farms where the blackcurrants for Ribena squash are grown. Find out what happened here. And introducing Ribena Juiced Up! – which counts as one of your five-a-day – available in most Tesco stores from 9 August.
Other stories in brief
Quote of the week: Stropzilla has the definitive solution to dealing with homegrown marrows: "Set oven to 200C. Cook until you smell burning. Apologise to DH for 'forgetting' to set the timer. Dump marrow. Order curry."
This month's prizes are:
Aitch's TV round-up: Zimbabwe's Forgotten Children, Tues 31 August, BBC2, 9pm
This has been broadcast before, back in March, and I can say with some conviction that anyone who has seen it once will not have the heart, or indeed the stomach, to watch it again. But if you missed it, I'd urge you to watch it now. Shot entirely undercover over a period of nine months, because, well, Mugabe's not a peach to people who point out what's going on in Zim, it follows the lives of three children who scratch a living at the bottom of the social pile. Brian Woods, whose company produced the film, has emailed to say that Grace, Esther and Obert have been rescued - from certain death in one case - because in the wake of its first showing a charity was set up. But there are still thousands upon thousands of children hanging on by the skin of their teeth. Please do watch.
Discuss this show (and others) in our Telly Addicts Talk forum.
Recipe of the week: littletortie's Easy fish bake
An oh-so-simple, one-dish creamy fish pie, using seasonal haddock and topped with child-friendly sliced spuds. Serve with some steamed green veg and Fanny (Craddock)'s your aunt.
You can review this week's recipe here - or why not post one yourself?
That's all, folks. We're off to enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend before the whole school-run-packed-lunch-games-kit-searching-homework-enforcing show hits the road again.
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