Current Affairs: The Royal Baby & other stories

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Have you heard there’s a new royal kid on the block? Apparently, this fellow is a bit of a heartbreaker, and goes by the name of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. No, I’ve not heard of him either. Ho, ho.

It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these round-ups of current affairs posts. I’m sure it will be worth the wait, not least because there has, of course, been lots of lovely royal baby chat in the blogosphere.

(As a slight aside, Archie’s a rather leftfield name choice, isn’t it? It makes me think of Larry Lamb in EastEnders and also the teen heartthrob character from the excellent show My Mad Fat Diary. Are either of those programmes on the Duke and Duchess’s Sky planner alongside Suits, I wonder?)

We’ll kick things off with Fran from Whinge Whinge Wine’s very funny post, ‘Nine Things Not To Ask A New Mum’, written in response to the idiotic journalist who asked Harry and Meghan if Archie was a ‘good’ baby (agh) and whether or not he sleeps (double agh). The hack in question is not a parent, surely?

I also enjoyed this post by Karen at Twice Microwaved Tea, ‘They’ll Never Parent Like Common People’ – and not just because she paraphrases the legend that is Jarvis Cocker. I am now imagining the Duke and Duchess struggling to free Archie and his car seat from their 3-door Ford Fiesta….

Natalie at Confessions of a Crummy Mummy outlines ’10 Things They Don’t Tell You About The First Week of Parenting’ which perhaps Meghan could have done with reading a week or so ago.

(Do we think Harry made himself useful in those last weeks by batch cooking a chilli or two? Or perhaps he’s more of a lasagne kind of chap?)

Loopy Lou Laura and GirlsGospel have written lovely posts on the new royal bub too, while Mumfounded looks at the row over Danny Baker’s sacking – which was completely justified, in my opinion.

Phew! That’s a lot of royal baby chat, isn’t it?

Moving on, and Nicola at Mummy To Dex flagged a recent study that links childhood obesity to mothers’ working patterns. As Nicola points out, the study simply seems like yet another stick with which to beat working mums. Infuriating.

Elsewhere, Kim at OddHogg looks at the frightening prospect of what a no-deal Brexit might mean for diabetics who rely on imported medication, which surely has wider implications too, while The Busy Papa gives us a lesson on biodiversity, following yet more depressing evidence that we’re slowly killing our planet. It’s worth a read to get more clued-up on this important topic.

And there ends our latest, whistle-stop showcase of current affairs posts! I hope you enjoyed it, and if you have a relevant piece for inclusion next time, feel free to drop me a line – I’d love to hear from you.

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About Laura O'Donnell

Laura is mum to Ted and partner of Graham Norton (yes really, and no, not that one). Laura left a glamorous life working in PR – first in London, then Sydney, Australia – to return to her less glamorous hometown of Hull, Yorkshire. She set up a PR consultancy and writes a column in Hull Daily Mail, which used to be about culture and going out; it’s now about culture and attempting a social life with a sleep-averse one-year old. Laura blogs at Only Teethin’, loves good guitar pop music and can be bought with donuts. Find her on Instagram @TheLauraOD.