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FUN HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN. Easter and Summer day camps for children aged 4 and a half to 16 years. Visit www.barracudas.co.uk for list of 28 locations. And, for an extra £10 off your booking, enter MN11 into the promotions box online. Offer valid until 11th March 2011.

Hello from Mumsnet Towers...

Where, following the huge response to the "refused an epidural?" discussion on Talk (now on its second thread), we've lined up a webchat next week with consultant anaesthetist David Bogod, President Elect of the Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association. He'll be coming to the Towers on Thursday 3 March at 8pm; thread opening soon.

We've also just published the As to your cooking Qs from top chef Richard Corrigan and food writer Gizzi Erskine.

Now for this week's parenting news...

Divorcing couples face compulsory mediation: From April, couples seeking a divorce in England or Wales will have to seek mediation to resolve their disputes before they can resort to the courts. Mediation is "a quicker, cheaper and more amicable alternative, particularly where children are concerned", says Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly. (BBC News 23.02.11)

Food allergy kits 'don't work': There is no scientific evidence that allergy-testing kits bought online can identify allergies at all, say experts at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice). Acknowledging that NHS allergy diagnosis is often painfully slow, Nice has issued new guidance to help GPs identify symptoms – and take them more seriously. (Telegraph 23.02.11)

HISTORIC ROYAL PALACES. Explore Henry's magnificent State Apartments, feel the heat in the Tudor Kitchens, disappear into the Maze and meet characters from Henry's Court. Plus enjoy hands-on activities during half-term. Save when you book online.

Other stories in brief

Hot threads

Quote of the week: LoopyLoopsHulaHoops is horrified at the news that theyoungvisiter has singed her mooncup: "You do know they don't need ironing?"

Competitions
Try your luck in 2011 with our February competitions. Here's what you could win:

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: Jamie's Dream School, Wednesday 2 March, Channel 4, 9pm
Cards on the (kitchen) table: I love Jamie, and his campaigning programmes have a distinct charm that is all about the man himself. He's no longer even pretending to be a chef; he wants to be a headmaster. He's gathered together 20 kids who've flunked out of school and assembled a teaching staff that includes David Starkey, Simon Callow, Profs Robert Winston and Mary Beard, Jazzie B and Alistair Campbell. Judging by the first episode, it's going to be as big a lesson for the teachers as it is for the pupils. As Oliver says, while watching Simon Callow disintegrate, "We're used to people being interested in what we're talking about but they don't give a sh*t." And just wait until the MN teachers see what David Starkey says to one of the kids...
Discuss this show (and others) on our Telly Addicts Talk board.

Recipe of the week: MaeBee's banana and date flapjacks
Easy-peasy enough to <deep breath> make with the kids. And no (added) sugar, too...
You can review this recipe here - or why not upload one of your own?

That's all from us. We're off to avoid baking with our children – even for flapjacks...
Love, MNHQ

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