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Where Judy Murray, medal-winning tennis player, coach and mega-focused mum to Andy and Jamie, is on MNHQ centre court this Friday from noon to 1pm. Come and knock about questions on children and sport.
We've had the answers back from the FCO's Rosie Dyas to your questions about taking children abroad without the other parent's consent, and you've still got time to put your question to insect-man Matthew Green about wasps, ants, mozzies and other pesky biting bugs.
Now for this week's parenting news ...
London 2012 Games 'not engaging kids': Olympic gold medallist Christine Ohuruogu says young people are "not really interested" in London 2012. With a year to go until the Olympics begin, she has called for children to be included more in the run-up to the Games. (BBC News 27.07.11)
Olivia and Oliver retain top slots as most popular baby names: The latest figures, published by the Office for National Statistics, show that Sophie has jumped three places since last year to become the second most popular name for girls in England and Wales. The top four most popular boys' names - Oliver, Jack, Harry and Alfie - are unchanged. (ONS, 28.07.11; join the discussion on Talk)
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Other stories in brief
The week on Talk...
Quote of the week: Becaroooo shows off the letters she has after her name: "BSC (Bronze Swimming Certificate)."
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Aitch's TV round-up: Great Thinkers: In Their Own Words, Mon 1 Aug, BBC4, 9pm
We just have to take it on trust that Archimedes shouted 'Eureka!' when he stepped into his bath and noticed the water level rising, but by the turn of the 20th century the biggest brains of the Western world were inevitably recorded, albeit scratchily, by the BBC. This charming documentary series goes into the archives to present the likes of Sigmund Freud, Margaret Mead, Benjamin Spock and Carl Jung (who comes clean about his knotty relationship with Freud).
Discuss this show (and others) on our Telly Addicts Talk board.
Recipe of the week: bealos' lettuce risotto
Ideal for a British summer when the weather's iffy but you still want to eat seasonal lettuce and peas. Warming, one-pot fare. Mmmm.
You can review this recipe here - or why not upload one of your own?
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