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THE RAINFOREST CAFE Sunday 22nd March is Mother's Day. Dining at London's largest family restaurant, the Rainforest Cafe, which recreates the sights and sounds of the rainforest, promises a fun-filled family outing on this important occasion. For more information, please visit or call on 020 7434 3111.

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We had shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley on for a webchat this week and next week we've got Fiona Millar, the journalist, education campaigner and woman lucky enough to be married to Alistair Campbell, who has a new book out about juggling work, kids and sanity. We'll be taking copious notes!

If you want to join in our March Book Club, find out about next month's intriguing novel.

And if you're already longing for the summer holidays but worrying about the cost, don't book anything before you've checked out the discounts from our travel partners, such as Mark Warner and Thomson Al Fresco, and browsed other parents' reviews.

Now for this week's parenting news ...

Vaccine withdrawn: Thousands of doses of the meningitis C vaccine have been withdrawn by the manufacturer Novartis following fears of contamination. The move apparently came after samples from two batches were found to contain Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. But the government's medicines agency said contaminated vaccine had not been distributed to the UK and the move was "precautionary". There was "no reason" any UK children would be at risk, it added. The meningitis C vaccine is one of the routine immunisations in childhood, with first doses usually given at three and four months of age. (BBC Online 26.02.09)

The future is financial: Almost half of middle-class grown-up children are financially dependent on their parents in their mid-20s, according to new research. The Children's Mutual and the Social Issues Research Centre report found 41 per cent of young adults aged between 18 and 25 - known as the 'Bungee Brood' - are failing to sever the link to the parental purse strings. David White, chief executive of Children's Mutual, said: "There has been a major change in the dynamic of family finances and it needs to be dealt with now as the problem could be growing for anyone who has, or is planning to have, children." (Daily Telegraph 24.02.09)

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THE BOOK EVERYONE'S TALKING ABOUT - or will be if you go into your local Waterstones, Borders etc and ask loudly where copies of Toddlers: The Mumsnet Guide are, rearrange their display, rifle through a copy and snort with laughter, demand they order copies if it's not in stock, go online and post witty, incisive reviews on Amazon etc, plaster publicity posters around your neighbourhood...

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Quote of the week

Squeaver starts to wonder if they need to get out more: "Dh said to me this morning 'ooh it's the University Challenge final tonight' and I 'oohed' in reply."

Looking for a great day out with the children? Mumsnetters suggest:

Aitch's TV round-up: Margaret, BBC2, Thurs 26 February, 9pm
A quickie this week as I'm off to the hairdressers to get rid of all my ghastly pregnancy hair - you know, all that dry dead stuff. Which leads me rather nicely on to Margaret, which stars Lindsay Duncan as Maggie Thatcher and Ian McDiarmid (the Emperor from Star Wars!) as her other half, Denis. Not cos she's dry or, you know… (although her daughter's recent behaviour might have caused her arteries to tighten a bit). It's the bouffant I'm thinking of. I mean, WHO actually had hair like that in the Eighties?

Carmenere's recipe of the week: Dizzydixies' white chocolate mud cake
This may not be the most appropriate recipe for Lent, but for the rest of us heathens this sinfully sumptuous cake is a little bit of heaven on earth.

That's all, we're off to give something up.
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DO SOMETHING FUNNY FOR MONEY! It has never been easier to get involved in Red Nose Day (13th March) – you just need to do something funny for money! The website is packed with ideas and tools to get you started, as well as tons of tailored learning activities for you and your little one. Find out more.

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