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Where we're either brimming with grape expectations or feeling rather delicate – all depends on whether you're reading this before or after our first Mumsnet Wine Club tasting tonight (Thursday 24 March, 9-10pm).

Our April Book Club pick is Allison Pearson's funny, moving, David-Cassidy-tastic I Think I Love You. Allison will be joining us for a natter about it on Tuesday 19 April (8-9pm) – and, if you're quick, you can bag yourself one of the 50 copies we're giving away for free.

If you missed this week's webchat action, do have a catch-up peek at our nuclear-physics discussion with Prof Paddy Regan and our five-star Book Club chat with Christos Tsiolkas, author of The Slap.

Oh, and now's your chance to print out our Mother's Day dos and don'ts and leave them somewhere People Who Need A Good Hint are sure to find them...

Now for this week's parenting news...

Fuel duty cut: Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osbourne has cancelled next month's planned 4p rise in fuel duty and cut a further 1p from pump prices in what he billed his "Budget for growth". He said he wanted to ease the burden on hard-pressed families. Opposition leaders countered that January's VAT rise had already added 3p to the price of a litre of petrol this year. (BBC News 23.03.11; read our Budget summary; join the discussion on Talk)

Pre-eclampsia 'genes' discovered: Your chances of developing pre-eclampsia during pregnancy may depend on your DNA. So say US researchers, who have identified key genetic errors that seem to increase the risk of developing the potentially life-threatening condition. Pre-eclampsia affects about four in every 100 pregnant women, and the researchers hope their discovery could lead to new ways to spot and treat those at risk. (BBC News 23.03.11)

COULD YOUR BABY BE THE FACE OF DISNEY STORE? Enter our competition and you could win your baby a featuring role in a Disney Store film shoot – plus a professional photography session and a hamper full of Disney Store baby gifts!

Other stories in brief


Hot threads

Quote of the week: NotSoDespicableMe trumps the toilet-roll primpers and tea-towel arrangers on the Silly House Rules thread with the revelation that: "My MIL hoovers her driveway! Beat that!"


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Aitch's TV round-up: Neil Morrissey – Care Home Kid, Monday 28 March, BBC2, 9pm
Part of me wonders if I am recommending this documentary, in which Neil Morrissey explores his past in a children's home, just to rid myself of the Deacon Blue earworm that nestled into my brain when I saw the title (WAHoooWAHoooWAHoo) but this is an interesting show. Neil Morrissey has mined his care-home past before but this is, nevertheless, a pretty decent and thought-provoking doc, made all the more accessible by his fame. Morrissey was only ten when he was put into care – a "scallywag", he says – but now, after what the BBC says is "30 years of wondering" (surely a smidge more?), he goes back to find out what the hell he was doing as a small boy that merited his being removed from his parents and brother...
Discuss this show (and others) on our Telly Addicts Talk board.

Recipe of the week: Honey & soy chicken with noodles
Dead simple, straight-from-the-store-cupboard chicken supper. Properly tasty, finger-lickin' stuff, too.
You can review this recipe here - or why not upload one of your own?

That's all from us. We're off to find the corkscrew/Alka-Seltzer...
Love, MNHQ

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