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Hope you enjoyed this week's webchat fun with Dawn ("What are they doing talking among themselves on this thread? I'm here, for goodness sake!) French. Next week, we've got experts from UNICEF's UK Baby Friendly Initiative answering your breastfeeding questions (Monday 8 November, 1-2pm) and Sophie Pandit, Patron of Dignity in Dying talking about her campaign for the legalisation of assisted dying (Tuesday 9 November, 1-2pm).

You've still got time to post a Q for Desmond Morris, who, with his new book Child, turns his attention from The Naked Ape to toddlers (same difference, we hear you shout).

Now for this week's parenting news...

University tuition fees rise to £9k: Universities in England will be able to charge tuition fees of up to £9,000 a year. Announcing this transfer of much of the cost of courses from the state to students, Universities Minister David Willetts said it was a "progressive" reform. Labour's Gareth Thomas said the fee hike represented a "tragedy for a whole generation of young people". (BBC News 03.11.10; join the discussion on Talk)

Outcry at baby post-mortem delays: Thousands of parents are missing out on the chance to find out why their baby died during pregnancy or shortly after birth, say campaigners for the charity Sands. Although post-mortem examinations are usually offered, red tape and long waits mean most parents say no. More than 6,500 UK babies are stillborn or die shortly after birth each year, and Sands, backed by The Royal College of Pathologists, is calling for more money to improve perinatal pathology services. (BBC News 03.11.10)

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Quote of the week: MadameDeathstare mournfully applies the MN-patented supermarket scale of social mobility: "My mother shops in Waitrose. I shop in Walmart. My family is going downhill faster than Tess of the d'Urberville's."

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Aitch's TV round-up: Giles and Sue Live The Good Life, Monday 8 November, BBC2, 9pm
Guess we should be grateful that this celebration of the 35th [hmm] anniversary of the much-loved sitcom isn't being presented by Katie Price and Alex Reid. And, ya know, it's hard to deny that G&S are funny, in their "Oho <snooort>, aren't we simply marvy?" sort of way. They are going to be learning how to milk goats (RIP Geraldine), deal with carrot blight and save their chickens from a nasty outbreak of mites. They really could just have asked MN, couldn't they?.....
Discuss this show (and others) in our Telly Addicts Talk forum.

Recipe of the week: Carmenere's cinder toffee
A longstanding MN Bonfire Night fave, with just three ingredients and a satisfying chemistry-experiment quality. Bubble, bubble....
You can review this week's recipe here - or why not post one yourself?

That's all. We're stock up on sparklers ahead of Bonfire Night...
Love, MNHQ 


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