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Where we hope you got mail about all the Christmas happenings in your local area. If you didn't, you can catch up on all the info in our Christmas content area.

Next week's webchat guest is local government and housing minister Grant Shapps (7 December, 1.30-2.30pm). And there's still time to post a question for Melinda Gates and read the As to your Qs from author William Boyd.

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Now for this week's parenting news...

PM orders rethink on school-sports cuts: Prime minister David Cameron has ordered ministers to "revisit" plans to cut funding for school sports after concerns had been expressed "at local level". Shadow education secretary Andy Burnham welcomed what he said was "a huge change in tone" and agreed to work with the government to help preserve and improve the current system. (BBC News 01.12.10; join the discussion on Talk)

Welsh students to avoid tuition-fees rise: Students from Wales attending any UK university will be protected from increased tuition fees, the Welsh Assembly Government says. Education minister Leighton Andrews made the commitment on the day that thousands of students staged a third nationwide protest at the tuition fees increase. (BBC News 30.11.10; join the discussion on Talk)

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Quote of the week: Goingspare throws a crumb of comfort to sorrowful mothers of nativity donkeys everywhere: "I was Mary twice – in Infants and Juniors. Unfortunately, this has turned out to be the pinnacle of success for me. Take heart, parents of the overlooked."

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Aitch's TV round-up: Kirstie and Phil's Perfect Christmas, from Mon 6 Dec, Channel 4, 8pm
Having inflated the property market to the point where no-one can actually buy a house any more, Kirstie and Phil are desperately trying to re-brand themselves as people who bake cakes shaped like parcels, decorate marzipan snowmen and host 'perfect' Christmas parties together. Think a modern day Fanny and Johnnie, with marginally less gelatine. On Monday, K&P pick a bunch of poppets from a local school and anoint them with sweeties and crisps. K makes a plum jelly in a sandcastle bucket (which was clearly tricky for the cameraman to film without it looking like a pile of vom), while P gives us his glittery ice-cream balls. I know a large number of you will be setting the Sky+ as you read. Enjoy the fantasy, you utter fraeks!
Discuss this show (and others) in our Telly Addicts Talk forum.

Recipe of the week: sillyoldmuppet's never-fail brownies
Brilliantly simple. Just chuck yer ingredients in the pan to produce, as one MNer reviewer put it, "chocolatey smiles all round".
You can review this week's recipe here - or why not post one yourself?

That's all, we're off (fraeks that we are) to Sky+ Kirstie and Phil...
Love, MNHQ

KEEP THE KIDS OCCUPIED THIS CHRISTMAS WITH CATH KIDSTON'S FUN RETRO TOYS. Whether it's a farmyard set, a tea set or a paisley Stanley Dog, it'll be sure to make your little one smile. Don't miss Cath Kids this Christmas.

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