Romans, retirees & rent – this week's MSE Forum highlights

What's the buzz about nesting wasps, and where can one be enlightened about the Enlightenment? Find out in the latest MSE Forum highlights instalment.

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Photo of the week

Further floral magnificence from the Awful weather – typical Brits talk thread, which revolves around gardening. This dahlia lives in Dustyevsky's mother-in-law's garden.

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Money Moral Dilemma

Every week, the Money Tips email features a real-life Money Moral Dilemma (MMD for short). They're intended to encourage debate and, as such, they're usually among the most discussed threads each week.

Should I challenge my daughter's school over requiring pricier uniform with logos?

My daughter is starting at a secondary school that requires pupils to wear blazers, skirts and trousers with its logo on. Trousers with the logo on are up to £16 a pair. In contrast, you can get two pairs of school trousers for £12 from a well-known retailer. Government guidance says "schools should keep branded items to a minimum and limit their use to low cost or long-lasting items". I asked about this and got a fudged answer. I want a good relationship with the school and don't want my daughter disadvantaged by me kicking up a fuss, so should I grin and bear it and find the money to buy the required uniform, or take it further?

See what our MSE Forumites had to say and add your own thoughts on the Money Moral Dilemma discussion thread. Do please stick to the MSE Forum rules: keep it kind and keep it clean. Remember, there's a real person behind every dilemma.

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Latest comping wins

The ever-popular Competitions Time board is where compers come to share and discover opportunities to win prizes. New successes are a daily occurrence. This week, redfox5 had a blinder, with (clockwise from bottom left) a Good Gracious beauty bundle, a copy of the book Secrets of the Vampire, Miracle-Gro lawn feed and a Harper Collins book bundle.

Your two cents

Each year, MSE Forumites let us know when they start to turn their heating on via the Is your heating ON or OFF? thread. With the cold weather creeping in, the thread has begun to take off again. Jump into the chat and let us know if you're heating your home yet.

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