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Hello from Mumsnet Towers...
Where we've already broken all our New Year resolutions. But we're banking on a double-whammy motivation supercharge from our webchats with Oliver 'Change Your Life' Burkeman (Friday 7 January, 1-2pm) and Paul 'I Can Make You Thin' McKenna (coming up next week; thread opening soon).
Got your copy of Trespass yet? It's our Book Club pick for Jan – and multi-award-winning author Rose Tremain will be joining us for a natter about it on Thursday 20th (8pm).
We're busy updating our Household Goods reviews so, if Father Christmas brought you a slowcooker or breadmaker, do please tell us what you think of it (that's the white goods, not FC's assumption that you are a dishwasher, rather than diamond-necklace, sort of gal).
Now for this week's parenting news...
EastEnders cot death plotline protest: EastEnders producers are said to be in "crisis talks" after Mumsnet sent the BBC a letter reflecting Mumsnetters' concerns about the insensitive handling of the current cot death and baby swap plot. (Mirror 06.01.11; read Mumsnet's letter to the BBC; join the discussion on Talk)
Back-to-school flu surge feared: Experts are warning there could be a surge in flu cases as children return to work after the Christmas holidays. Parents are being urged to remain vigilant but high-street pharmacies have been refusing to vaccinate under-18s. Children who are otherwise healthy do not qualify for a free NHS flu jab. (BBC News 04.01.11; join the discussion on Talk)
Other stories in brief
Quote of the week: beansandspud dusts off her choicest PFB memories: "We have no history of allergies in our families but, when I started weaning DS, if there was anything that (I thought) might possibly cause an allergic reaction, I would put it in a pot, park near the hospital and feed DS there - just in case!"
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Aitch's TV round-up: Hugh's Big Fish Fight, Tuesday 11 January, Channel 4, 9pm
Part of the now-annual 'foodie lectures from slebby chefs' that Channel 4 likes to inflict upon our dieting selves every January, this particular documentary has landowner and restaurateur Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall going fishing with a Scottish trawler crew for a day. Fair play to the Hughster, he does a good job here: pointing out the lunacy of EU rules that make trawlermen throw back half their catch at the end of every trip, lest they depopulate the seas. Ahem, but it's dead fish they're tossing back...
Discuss this show (and others) on our Telly Addicts Talk board.
That's all, we've gone fishing (sustainably, natch)...
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