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

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Bjorn Borg goes to Harrods

5-time Wimbledon champion Bjorn Borg unveiled his new menswear collection exclusively in Harrods on the 8th September. We are loving the whole range, and even though the launch is menswear, you can find gorgeous womanswear and kids online. Even more fantastic for us mums- it's always free delivery.

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New iPhone 5 out

The new model is slimmer, lighter and a huge deal more powerful. The camera features are said to be amazing and the screen is half and inch larger than previous generations. With a £529 price tag (cheaper with a phone contract), we might let you decide for yourselves. 

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Bobo Goes to School by Shirley Hughes

If your little one is having a hard time settling into school or nursery, this classic from Shirley Hughes could be just the thing to help calm and settle a worried child. Main character Lily experiences what it's like to be in a big grown up school classroom when she accidently throws her beloved toy dog Bobo onto the roof of the passing school bus. As Lily and her mother go into school to retrieve him, Lily see's that Bobo is having fun with all the school children and is having a great time spending a day in the classroom. An exciting and not-so-daunting look at school life.

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The Big Picture

While we like the idea of being in the Guinness Book of Records, most of us lack sufficient prowess in, say eating jelly beans with chopsticks. But little ones have a chance, because mydrawings.me wants to create the world's biggest mosaic of children's drawings. Upload their creation to the website (or pop into an ELC store) and if the record attempt suceeds, you'll get a certificate, and even better, a chance to win £100 of ELC art materials. Get scribbling!

 

 

 

 

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Why your labour was much longer than your grandmother's

Research by The National Institiute of Health conducted a study on 140,000 births and compared their findings to data on deliveries ranging back to the 1960's. They found that the beginning of labour (when the cervix begins to dilate from 0-9cm) lasted a staggering 2.6 hours longer for woman today, than woman in the 1960's. Researchers suggest the cause could be down to all the different interventions used in the the delivery room nowadays. Just to name but one example- epidural anesthesia (the drug that's used to numb the pain from the waist down) has increased from 4% in the 1960's to 50% of woman choosing this pain relieving option now. Interestingly the drug is known to slow down labour contractions.

For more information on labour and birth, go to our birthing guide section. Read our article on What pain relief to use in labour.

 

 

 

 

 

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The return of Downton Abbey on Sunday nights

Will Lady Mary and cousin Matthew live happily ever after? Will Edith finally find love? And what about the arrival of Lady Grantham's formidable mother, played by Shirley MacLaine? So many questions, and we'll have to wait until Sunday night to find any of them out!

Downton Abbey, Series 3, Sunday 16th September, ITV, 9pm.

 

 

 

 

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