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Hello from Mumsnet Towers...

Where we've cleverly arranged suitably icy weather for our live webchat with skating superstars Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean on Friday (26 November, 1.30-2.30pm).

Thoughts turning festive amid the winter snow? Our Christmas content pages will jingle your bells. Should frosty wind make (you) moan instead, you can always have a larf over our extract from India Knight's new "Christmas-harmony-hmm" novel Comfort and Joy.

Oh, and please don't forget to tell us your thoughts about a Mumsnet Wine Club (lovely case of French vino to be won). Cheers!

Now for this week's parenting news...

Coalition sets out school reforms: Education secretary Michael Gove has outlined Government plans to shake up school league tables, transform teacher training and recruitment and "shorten and simplify" rules for removing incompetent teachers. Saying that England's education system had "lost its way" under Labour, Gove promised heads more powers over discipline and backing in introducing blazer and tie uniforms. (BBC News 24.11.10)

Students renew tuition fees protest: Thousands of university students – and many secondary-schoolchildren – have taken part in another day of protest at higher tuition fees and university budget cuts. As well as a large demonstration in central London, there were marches, occupations and walkouts at many universities and colleges across the country. (BBC News 24.11.10; join the discussion on Talk)

IS YOUR CHILD EXPERIENCING THE 'SPEED BUMP' OF NIGHT-TIME BEDWETTING? You're not alone. Find out how DryNites and its experts can help – and don't forget to request a free sample and money-off coupon. 

Other stories in brief

Hot threads

Quote of the week: theevildead2 narrows her eyes at Sarah Beeny's perennial fecundity: "I want to know how she's (seemingly) been pregnant for the last ten years but only has four kids. Does she only keep the really cute ones?"

Competitions
This month's prizes are tip-top-tastic – and it's ever so easy to enter:

Don't forget to keep an eye on winners' corner to see if your name comes out of the hat...

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Aitch's TV round-up: The Foods That Make Billions, Tues 30 Nov, BBC2, 9pm (11.10pm in Scotland)
This is the second of an extraordinary Money Programme three-parter, charting the ways big business has taken low-cost products and "added value" until they make as much as 2000% profit per unit. Sounds très boring, non? Non, because we lap this stuff up, quite literally. With the banks diving left, right and centre, it may feel like we are witnessing the death of capitalism but, watching the smooth, tanned CEOs of Danone, Müller, Kellogg's et al, you have the feeling that, whatever happens, there will be a product from them that precisely fits the mood. (Pom Bear, anyone?) Seriously, this is a must-see. Where's that [three-line-whip] icon when I need it?
Discuss this show (and others) in our Telly Addicts Talk forum.

Recipe of the week: bigbangerslips' leek and potato soup
Brrr! Stave off this weekend's Big Freeze with steaming bowlfuls of warming winter-vegness. Serve with comforting chunks of crusty bread.
You can review this week's recipe here - or why not post one yourself?

That's all, we're off to quality-test that French wine (hic)...
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