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Greetings from Mumsnet Towers,

Where we've had such a quiet week (!) that we found time to put the finishing touches to our first lot of Money content: your financial savvy has been used to pull together info about saving, giving, budgeting, planning and generally surviving financially.

And don't miss book club next Tues evening, 8-9pm. Author Betsy Tobin is joining us, and to judge by your comments so far, you've loved her novel, Crimson China.

Now for this week's parenting news...

News Corp withdraws BSkyB bid as phone-hacking scandal grows: Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation dropped its bid to take full ownership of satellite broadcaster BSkyB on the day the prime minister announced a public inquiry into phone-hacking at the corporation's now-closed News of the World. It's alleged journalists at the newspaper hacked into mobile-phone records, including those of teenage murder victim Milly Dowler, and "blagged" medical details of Gordon Brown's son's cystic fibrosis. (BBC News 14.07.11; join the discussion on Talk)

'Too many' hospital births: Maternity services across the UK need a radical rethink, says the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Too many babies are born in traditional hospital units, says the college, and the current system, with most out-of-hours care being provided by junior doctors, is neither acceptable nor sustainable. (BBC News 14.07.11)

BREAKING NEWS! Got a great idea for a business but no clue how to get started? Looking for canny ways to add to your savings pot? Get loads of great business and family finance tips from Barclays and take control of your money today.

Other stories in brief

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Hot threads

Quote of the week: Whoamireally goes to the heart of the debate on whether Nick Clegg should be doing the school run as well as running the country by asking: "Does he have a school run outfit?"

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Aitch's TV round-up: The Hour, Tues 19 July, BBC2, 9pm
Britain's much-talked-about answer to Mad Men is here. But while the Yanks opted for the swanky artifice of the advertising industry, our very own retro-drama is set in a serious newsroom at the BBC with Romola Garai, Ben Whishaw and Dominic West as producer, reporter and autocutie, respectively. Back in '56, we learn that journalists used to <gasp> bribe police to get to the big stories, while the powers-that-be moved heaven and earth to suppress them. And the public were more interested in actors and debutantes than solid news-hounding. Thank goodness times have changed.
Discuss this show (and others) on our Telly Addicts Talk board.

Recipe of the week: Glub's potato and mushroom easy oven frittata
This recipe ticks all the boxes for family fodder: budget ingredients, easy to make, uses seasonal spuds - and tastes delicious. Add it to your meal planner, pronto.
You can review this recipe here - or why not upload one of your own?

That's all for now. We're off to lie down in a darkened room. 
Love, MNHQ

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