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THESE THINGS HIDDEN is Heather Gudenkauf's follow-up to her TV Bookclub pick The Weight of Silence. She guides us through a world in which the perfect teen snaps – with horrific consequences for everyone around her. A must-read...

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Where it's eyes down for our Royal Wedding bingo. Do join the fun – liberal usage of our special crown emoticons optional (but you know you want to, really ).

For those of you in a bit of a back-to-school fug, do check out our new Mumsnet Learning content. There's loads of good, clueless-parent-friendly stuff about phonics and reading skills, plus videos, activity sheets and free ebooks, courtesy of Pearson.

We've got the As to your money-prob Qs from the Debt Support Trust. And there's still time to post your Qs about asthma for Dr Mike Thomas of Asthma UK.

And, coming up next week (Wednesday 4 May, 12-1pm), we've got a webchat with Shami Chakrabarti, director of human-rights pressure group Liberty (thread opening soon).

Now for this week's parenting news...

Royal Wedding countdown: Prince William and Kate Middleton have had the final rehearsal for their wedding at Westminster Abbey this Friday. In their official wedding programme, they say they're "incredibly moved" by the affection shown to them since their engagement. (BBC News 28.04.11; join the discussion on Talk)

Cameron in calm-down-dear row: Labour has accused David Cameron of sexism after he told MP Angela Eagle to "calm down, dear" while he was taking Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons. Responding to her 'Michael-Winner treatment', Ms Eagle said, "I have been condescended to by far better people... in my time." (Guardian 28.04.11; join the discussion on Talk)

MUMSNET AND RACEONLINE: BECOME A DIGITAL CHAMPION! Become a RaceOnline digital champion and you could go to day one of the 6th National Digital Conference on 11 May. We have bagged ten places exclusively for Mumsnetters.

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Hot threads

Quote of the week: TeeBee does some speedy lateral thinking when a Royal Wedding bath bomb leaves one MNer rather over-glittery in the ladygarden department: "Could you use a nit comb?"


Quick! Only a few days left to enter our April competitions. Here's what you could win:

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Aitch's TV round-up: Children's Craniofacial Surgery, Wednesday 4 May, BBC2, 9pm
Every year, 600 children with disfiguring conditions are sent to the Craniofacial Unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, for operations on their skulls to give their little brains room to grow. This wonderfully inspiring documentary series makes a star of consultant neurosurgeon Jay Jayamohan (think a posh, black, opinionated Gérard Depardieu, with hands so skilled they can cut the shell off a raw egg without breaking the membrane... swoonerama). The bravery of the parents is awe-inspiring, the stakes are terrifying, the commitment is extraordinary and the documentary is heart-stoppingly good. Wishing health and happiness to everyone involved. After all, you never know, some of them could be some of us...
Discuss this show (and others) on our Telly Addicts Talk board.

Recipe of the week: Royal Wedding biscuits
Because cucumber sandwiches are so Charles and Di. Do dunk as they 'I do'...
You can review this recipe here - or why not upload one of your own?

That's all from us. We're off to put out the bunting...
Love, MNHQ

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