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Hello from Mumsnet Towers...
Where we've been skulking round the back of the Shed, smoking and chirpsing*. No, we've actually been putting together our new teens section, drawing on the survival tactics of battle-hardened MN veterans, and covering loadsa topics, such as living with teens, holidays, 'gatherings', starting uni, risky behaviour, pregnancy, depression and more. Feedback and suggestions, please.
Exciting new Talk feature alert!! You can now highlight the OP's posts in a thread (and discover just how many shades of grey there are in green).
And a quick reminder that we've got the five Labour leadership hopefuls coming on for a grilling on Monday, 6 Sept, from noon to 1pm. Hope you can join in.
Now for this week's parenting news...
Little girls think they're cleverer than boys: Researchers who questioned 238 children aged four to ten found that girls think they are brighter, more successful and more hardworking than boys from as young as four. By around age seven to eight, boys agreed that girls' were more likely to be clever and successful. The study argues that teachers may have lower expectations of boys than girls and that this can become a self-fulfilling prophecy for boys throughout primary and secondary school. (Guardian, 01.09.10)
More than 140 schools to convert to academy status: 142 schools are expected to convert to academy status during the coming school year, with 32 set to open as academies this month, following a new law that allows schools in England to opt out of local authority control. The majority of the academies opening this month have previously been rated as 'outstanding' by Ofsted. More than 2,000 schools have expressed an interest in becoming an academy. The NASUWT teaching union says there is no evidence that academy status is key to raising academic standards. (Independent, 01.09.10)
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Other stories in brief
Quote of the week: Gorionine on the secret of baking a good Victoria sandwich cake: "Let someone else make it."
This month's prizes are:
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Aitch's TV round-up: Bouquet of Barbed Wire, Mon 6 Sept, ITV, 9pm
Like, obviously, I mean, OBVIOUSLY I'm far too young to have seen Bouquet of Barbed Wire the first time round in '76. That's a given, yes, judging from my young, fresh, lolcatz hep-to-the-beat posting style. But <coughs> I ^might^ recall my mother swooning over silver-haired sex bomb Frank Finlay and my dad ^might^ have mentioned once or twice that he found Susan Penhaligon rather charming. And gosh, now that I have seen ITV's updated version I see what the fuss was all about. Trevor Eve stars as Peter, yer classic successful professional creative who perhaps loves his nubile, pouty daughter (Imogen Poots) a little Too Much, while Hermione Norris is his tight-mouthed, envious wife. It's breathy, atmospheric, pot-boiling rubbish and I highly (lowly) recommend. Suffice it to say I watched all three episodes in one sitting.
Discuss this show (and others) in our Telly Addicts Talk forum.
Recipe of the week: insywincyspider's slow cooker sausage and green lentils
Dispirited by more term-time frazzled cooking for ravenous post-school children? Solution: this tasty sausage and lentil casserole in that slow cooker you keep meaning to use. OK, so you have to prepare it in the morning, but the payback is no cooking in the evening. Just add bread and voila, delish dinner is served.
You can review this week's recipe here - or why not post one yourself?
That's all, bluds. Lata.
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