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Hello from Mumsnet Towers...

Where we're all set to serve you your Friday morning sunny-side-up – with our brunchtime live webchat with Jamie Oliver (Friday 15 October, 9-10am)

Hope you've all seen the As to your breast-cancer Qs from the experts at Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Care. There'll be plenty more to come in our C Word campaign throughout Oct.

Up next week, we've an autumnal-gardening Q & A with Phil McCann from the RHS (starting Monday; thread opening soon). And then it's a quick trowels-for-thinking-caps swap in time our live webchat with philosophers AC Grayling and Peter Worley about their campaign to bring philosophy into schools (Tuesday 19 October, 9-10pm).

Oh, and if you get your broomstick-skates on, you've just time to clock in your Hallowe'en namechange: we'll be drawing up a spookiest-change shortlist soon, so you can vote for the winner of our frighteningly good Cath Kidston prize.

Now for this week's parenting news...

Cost of university tuition to hit £36,000: The cost of getting a degree looks likely to double. In a radical Government review of universities, Lord Browne proposed removing all taxpayer funding from degrees and offering large 'mortgage-style' loans to students to help them cover their hugely increased fees. Many graduates will spend almost an entire working lifetime repaying the money. (Telegraph 13.10.10; join the discussion on Talk)

Too much screen time 'risks children's mental health': Children who spend more than two hours a day in front of a computer or TV are more likely than other children to suffer psychological difficulties. And doing lots of physical exercise doesn't offset that risk, said researchers at the University of Bristol – although being too sedentary can increase it. It seems sensible, said the researchers, to set a two-hour-a-day screen limit for your child. (BBC News 11.10.10; join the discussion on Talk)

WIN A LUXURY SPA DAY! Did you know a little bit of concentrating on yourself (for a change) can be good for you? The Radox Be Selfish campaign is hoping to encourage mums to try to take a selfish hour out of their busy day, and what better way to start than by winning a luxury spa day for you and a friend!

Other stories in brief

Hot threads

Quote of the week: AbsofCroissant mindreads the super-alpha MNer down a mine: "DH told me via the telly thing that DS had built a Lego rescue machine to 'get Mummy out'. Is he G&T?"

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Aitch's TV round-up: The Secret Millionaire, Monday 18 October, Channel 4, 9pm
One of the best Secret Millionaires evah, as internet businessman Chris Brown goes to Manchester for some long overdue intensive personal therapy, gaining infinitely more from the experience than he ever anticipated when he meets Bernie, who heads up a charity supporting the parents of disabled children. The thing about this show is that, with its utterly heroic citizens who help others because no-one else will, it demonstrates that David Cameron's Big Society is already alive and kicking. It's just a shame it needs millionaires to keep it all going....
Discuss this show (and others) in our Telly Addicts Talk forum.

Recipe of the week: steviegirl's mustardy sausages with onion and apple
Quick and cockle-warming sausage supper with seasonal apples and lashings of slurpy gravy.
You can review this week's recipe here - or why not post one yourself?

That's all. We're off to outdo GhouliviaMumsnet in the MN Towers Hallowe'en nickname-change contest (competitive, us?)...
Love, MNHQ 

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