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OINK, OINK, IT'S PEPPA PIG – IN LONDON FOR CHRISTMAS! And she's bringing the whole family. Come celebrate Peppa's birthday at the Criterion Theatre and marvel at this brand new production, featuring beautifully true-to-life puppets. The perfect Christmas treat for all the family!
Hello from Mumsnet Towers...
Where we're reeling from unveiling our new Private Messaging (PM) service - to almost no howls of outrage constructive criticism at all. Do give it a try, if you haven't already.
Hope you're enjoying A Week In December, our Sept Book Club pick, as much as we are. Author Sebastian Faulks is coming along for a chinwag about it next Thursday evening (30 Sept, 8-9pm). Please come and wag your own chin if you can.
Now for this week's parenting news...
Pregnancy clinics 'should be set up in schools': Midwives should be going into schools to offer pregnant teenagers antenatal care and advice, according to new recommendations from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Experts at NICE say there's evidence that pregnant women under the age of 20 often feel excluded from mainstream antenatal care and judged by their peers. (Guardian 22.09.10)
Divorcing parents can 'damage children': Separating parents should realise that they can do their children enormous harm by using them as a "battlefield", a senior family court judge has said. In a speech to pressure group Families Need Fathers, Sir Nicholas Wall, president of the Family Division of the High Court, said, "Parents simply do not realise the damage they do to their children by the battles they wage over them." Adding that he'd like a less adversarial approach in the family justice system, Sir Nicholas said that a child is not a "piece of property which can be parcelled up and moved around at will". (BBC News 21.09.10)
UNDER-FIVES GO FREE AT THE NATIONAL TRUST, making it a great place for families to visit. Why not meet with friends for a stroll and let the kids explore? Even better, enjoy lunch or afternoon tea in one of the tea rooms. Click here to find out more.
Other stories in brief
Quote of the week: Resident misanthrope catinthehat2 wishes she could block posters she doesn't much like: "But, in the absence of specialised technology, I would have to do this by blinking as fast as I can while scrolling. It's not sustainable IMO..."
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Aitch's TV round-up: The Secrets of Scientology, Tues 28 Sept, BBC1, 9pm
We all watched Scientology and Me three years ago, didn't we? How funny was it when otherwise-respected TV journalist John Sweeney lost the plot and shouted in the face of the robot Scientologist guy who had been following him round LA? (Robot guy was Anne "Glenn-Close-boiled-my-bunny" Archer's son, fact fans). And now Sweeney's made another film. Apparently, he has managed to 'turn' one of the church's high officials, who will now help him reveal the dark heart of the organisation. Will Tom and Katie be on? John Travolta? Kirstie Alley, even? Oh, I cannot wait......
Discuss this show (and others) in our Telly Addicts Talk forum.
Recipe of the week: oopsacoconut's plum and almond tart
Super-speedy, marzipan-alicious way to make use of early-autumn's lovely juicy plums.
You can review this week's recipe here - or why not post one yourself?
That's all. We're off to see how many people we can PM this pm...
TEST-DRIVE A FORD AT DONINGTON! How does an unforgettable Ford test drive day on 15 October grab you? Ford are looking for Mumsnetters to attend a thrilling test-drive day at Donington. Click here to find out more.
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