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Where assorted MNHQ offspring are beside themselves with excitement about Friday's webchat with Justin 'Mr Tumble' Fletcher (17 December, 12-1pm). Do come and join the fun.
After consultation with you lot, we've extended our Let Girls Be Girls campaign to include lads' mags (not having them on display in children's sight). Please read all about it and let us know what you think.
Now for this week's parenting news...
X-Factor 'sleaze storm': Thousands of viewers have protested to ITV about 'lewd' primetime performances by singers Christina Aguilera and Rihanna during the X Factor final. Many are also asking media regulator Ofcom to launch an inquiry into why the singers' routines were shown before the watershed, when Ofcom's broadcasting code states that "children must be protected by appropriate scheduling from material that is unsuitable for them". (Mail 14.12.10; join the discussion on Talk)
Pregnant women urged to have flu jab: The Department of Health has reissued its call for all pregnant women to have the seasonal flu jab, after Health Protection Agency officials confirmed that the H1N1 'swine flu' virus is circulating again and has already caused the death of ten people this winter. The current vaccine offers protection against H1N1 and two other flu strains. (Telegraph 12.12.10; join the discussion on Talk)
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Other stories in brief
Quote of the week: YuleTideDOG posts from the hospital waiting room as her DP goes in for the snip: "Just occurred to me that this is like a live labour thread in reverse..."
Competitions: Congratulations to bebeinamanger, winner of every single prize in our "12 Days of Christmas" festive comps <jealous>. Still up for grabs this month:
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 Christmas TV round-up
Permission to slob out on the sofa for half an hour granted (as long as you have a laptop with you) because we have published the MN Christmas Telly Page and it requires both your attention and the direction of your remote control towards the hard-drive recorder (or VHS, if you happen to live in 1980). Or look, sort it out on your i-Player favourites, we don't mind: we just don't want you to miss, among other works of televisual magnificence, Dr Who and Eric & Ernie...
Discuss all the TV this Christmas in our Telly Addicts Talk forum.
Recipe of the week: JackTheHallsWithBauersOfHolly's candied orange peel
Easy-peasy, luxurious-looking sweets that make fab edible gifts for tricky-to-buy-for rellies.
You can find more edible gifts here - or why not check out our other Christmas cooking ideas?
That's all, we're off to stuff stockings/turkeys/ourselves. Back on 6 Jan with the first Parenting News of 2011. Happy Christmas to one and all!
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