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Greetings from Mumsnet Towers,
Where we're ever so excited to be launching our Mumsnet Bloggers Network. You'll be able to get a first proper glimpse of it on Monday (4 July) but, in the meantime, if you're a blogger – or a wannabe blogger – and fancy joining the fun, please put your virtual hand up.
Our biennial Mumsnet census is now up and running. Do come and fill it in (it helps us make Mumsnet sleeker and shinier - not in a tickery way - for you). Everyone who completes it has a chance to score some seriously nice goodies.
We're currently taking your Qs about parental child abduction for Rosie Dyas, Head of the Foreign Office's Child Abduction Unit, and about healthy eating for nutritionist and dietitian Lynne Garton. The As to your Qs about children and alcohol from Dr Aric Sigman, and about seasonal cooking from food author Annabel Langbein are now in.
Now for this week's parenting news...
Schools close as teachers strike: More than half of state schools in England and Wales are either closed or partially closed, as two teaching unions take strike action today. Education Secretary Michael Gove says the strike, over pension changes, is regrettable, unnecessary and premature. (BBC News 30.06.11; join the discussion on Talk)
Mumsnet asks Premiership clubs to reduce prices of 'rip-off' kids football strips: Mumsnet is writing to Premiership football clubs, asking them why they can't produce more affordable kits for their junior fans. In a survey for Mumsnet's Family Friendly programme, 97% of Mumsnetters surveyed said junior replica kits are poor value for money. (Telegraph 29.06.11; read more about the campaign; join the discussion)
Other stories in brief
Quote of the week: Honeydragon impressively dovetails our rip-off kits campaign with her suggestion for an alternative 'Message deleted by Mumsnet' option for MNHQ: "Message has filed for bankruptcy after purchasing football strip."
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Aitch's TV round-up: The Itch of the Golden Nit, Saturday 2 July, BBC2, 9am
I recommend this quite bonkers cartoon because it will almost certainly contain artwork by the children of MNers and also because it is oddly enjoyable to watch (especially if you are five). It is made by Aardman Animations, who pored over half a million kids' drawings submitted via Blue Peter and the Tate Movie Project, and is the story of a boy named Beanie who must fight the Evil Stella as she tries to steal the Golden Nit from his head and Rule The Universe. (I did say it was bonkers.) Part of... wait for it... The 2012 Cultural Olympiad, it stars Catherine Tate, David Tennant, Miranda Hart, Rik Mayall, Harry Enfield, Vic Reeves and David Walliams...
Discuss this show (and others) on our Telly Addicts Talk board.
Recipe of the week: WelliesAndPyjamas' Fabtastically easy strawberry ice cream
Simple (no faffing with machines) and delish. Your only problem's going to be not scoffing the lot before it's properly frozen.
You can review this recipe here - or why not upload one of your own?
That's all for now. We're off to join the Murray Mania (and ogle a bit at Rafa too)...
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