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August 14th 2012. All the latest news, views, and reviews

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The Three Little Pigs storytelling workshop and The AJ show!

The Queen's Theatre presents a morning of fun on the last saturday before school starts again with two vibrant children's events for just a fiver each! The Three Litle Pigs storytelling workshop starts at 10am for 5-7 yr olds, and The AJ Show! complete with  bubbles, balloons, snow, magic and dancing starts at 11am for 4-7 yr olds.

The Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch RM11 1QT
Tube: Hornchurch  
Box Office: 01708 443333
www.queens-theatre.co.uk 

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Motherland

With her trademark blend of “social satire, interpersonal drama, and urban glamour” (The New York Times), Amy Sohn's new book delivers an unsentimental look at modern marriage and kids, whilst living and breathing New York City. amazon.co.uk

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Going for gold

Stuck for things to do with the kids in the holidays? How about finding all the newly painted Olympic gold post boxes in and around London

Sophie Hoskins, Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls; Worple Road, Spencer Road, Wimbledon, London SW20

Andy Murray, Tennis; gold post box: Corner of Church Road and Somerset Road, Wimbledon, London SW19

Mo Farah, Men’s Athletics 10,000m; gold post box: 477 London Road, Isleworth TW7 4BX

Mo Farah, Men's Athletics 5,000m; gold post box: Broad Street (on the corner of North Lane), Teddington TW11 8RF

Joanna Rowsell, Women's Team Pursuit Cycling; gold post box: Carshalton Road/Cambridge Road, Carshalton SM5 3PZ

Pete Reed, Men's Fours Rowing; gold post box: Town Hall, Heathfield Terrace, Chiswick, London W4 4JE

Anthony Joshua: Men's Boxing Super Heavy Weight; gold post box: Watford High Street post office, London WD17 2DN

Charlotte Dujardin, Equeestrian Team Dressage; gold post box: 5 Colman Parade, Southbury Rd, Enfield, EN1 1YY

Secret gold To launch the campaign, Royal Mail painted a post box by Westminster Abbey gold. We won't tell you where...you'll just have to find it

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The Midwives

Wirral midwives are playing a leading role in a documentary which shares the joys and challenges of working with mums and babies. If you loved the gritty reality of One Born Every minute, you'll find this just as fascinating. The Midwives BBC2, Tuesday, 9pm.

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Brainy babies

Vaginal birth triggers the expression of a protein in the brains of newborns that improves brain development and function in adulthood, according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers, who also found that this protein expression is impaired in the brains of offspring delivered by caesarean section. ScienceDaily (Aug. 8, 2012)

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Why why why... do people give silly names to their children?

Totally and utterly ridiculous, there's no wonder some of these were disallowed by the registry office.

Urban Shocker
An MLB pitcher in the early 1900s.

Staff Sgt. Max Fightmaster
I'm already scared

Jellyfish McSaveloy
Why?

Moxie CrimeFighter Jillette
Daughter of magician Penn Jillette.

Wonderful Terrific Monds III
Minor league baseball player in the 1990s.

Number 16 Bus Shelter
Honestly- this belongs to a poor child in new Zealand

Minty Clinch
Film publicist and journalist

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Apparently pronounced Albin. The name a Swedish family tried to give their kid in 1996. It was rejected, so they changed the name to simply ‘A’ (also pronounced Albin)

Breece D’J Pancake
Fiction writer.

Moon Unit Zappa
Musician Frank Zappa gave all his kids unusual names, including Dweezil Zappa, Ahmet Emuukha Rodan Zappa, and Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen Zappa.

Legal Tender Coxey
Son of Jacob Coxey, leader of Coxey’s Army, and king of trading his kids for cigarettes.

@
Son of a Chinese couple. In Chinese, the symbol @ is pronounced “ai ta” which in Chinese means “love him”.

Nicholas Unless-Jesus-Christ-Had-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Hadst-Been-Damned Barbon.
Son of Praise-God Barbon.

4real
A New Zealand couple tried to name their son this, but were told by authorities that numbers weren’t allowed.

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La La La la I'm not listening to the silly name you have given me

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