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Where we're grinning from ear to ear with the news that comic supremo Armando Iannucci, creator of The Thick of It, is coming to MN for a webchat on Tuesday 16 November (12-1pm). If you can't join us then (and whyever not?), do post your question in advance

Desmond Morris has sent us his As to your behavioural Qs and there's still time to ask about the Vodafone Foundation's fab pay-you-to-work-as-a-volunteer World of Difference programme.

Ooh, and <Christmas alert> don't forget to check out our newly updated Toy Reviews.

Now for this week's parenting news...

Cameron condemns student-protest violence: Prime Minister David Cameron has said the violence of this week's student protest was "unacceptable". As the police announced an investigation into how the demo was handled, Cameron praised "brave" officers who tried to control the crowds. The violent clashes during the otherwise-peaceful protest against the proposed rise in university tuition fees led to 35 arrests and 14 injuries. (BBC News 11.11.10; join the discussion on Talk)

Painkillers 'risky' in pregnancy: Prolonged use of paracetamol and other painkillers during pregnancy may pose a health risk to baby boys. So say Danish researchers, whose new study suggests the drugs raise the risk of a male baby being born with undescended testicles – a condition linked to infertility and cancer in later life. The current NHS advice is that paracetamol is safe for pregnant women, provided it's used in small doses for short-term pain relief. (BBC News 08.11.10)

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Other stories in brief

Hot threads

Quote of the week: Bella32 refuses to be drawn into the AIBU thread on New Dad Ed Miliband's marital status: "An MP had sex with a woman who is not his wife? So what's new?"

Competitions
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Aitch's TV round-up: Accused, Monday 15 November, BBC1, 9pm
Drink this list in, drama fans: Christopher Eccleston; Juliet Stevenson; Peter Capaldi; Andy Serkis; Mackenzie Crook; Marc Warren; Naomie Harris – and Jimmy McGovern. Yes, puhlease. Six stories, each about an ordinary person (well, can't see McGovern hanging around Downton Abbey, can you?) caught up in the court system. Eccleston's first in the dock as a plumber whose family life is circling the drain. Will he be found guilty? Will we agree with the verdict? Will we think "Gosh, he is terribly handsome in overalls"? All this, and more....
Discuss this show (and others) in our Telly Addicts Talk forum.

Recipe of the week: Artichokes' chocolate, almond and chestnut cake
Rich, moist, chocolatey (and gluten-free) gorgeousness with a seasonal chestnutty flourish. Mmm...
You can review this week's recipe here - or why not post one yourself?

That's all. We're all off to cluck over OliviaMumsnet's new baby boy...
Love, MNHQ 

  

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