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Football tragics have now had five days of post-5pm football saturation. And, while Andriy Shevchenko's rebirth and Spain's lack of a striker are to the fore, those with an eye for interior design have been focused on one other thing – namely ITV's studio set, currently floating David Blaine-like above Castle Square in central Warsaw.

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Cooper Brown: The Zoo

Bad news – it turns out Victoria’s Australian nanny, the one who got dumped by the Greek guy by text, flew back to Oz today. Victoria rang me up and she’s all sobbing and I immediately think that something has happened to H-F?

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At home in the Cooperdome all day as Victoria is off looking at premises for her new store. This meant that me and H-F were alone together for the whole day – the first time in months.

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Anthony Rose: 'When it comes to matters of taste it’s a false economy not to take the upshift challenge'

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Natalie Haynes: Birmingham: more gastric band than Bull Ring

This week saw the release of figures from the Public Health Observatories which concluded that Birmingham is the fattest city in Europe. Some 29 per cent of adults in the city are obese, which is more than twice the European average. And the prospects don't look good for the next generation either: 25 per cent of 11- and 12-year-olds in the city are obese too.

Sunday show for Chiles

Adrian Chiles is to present a new Sunday night talk show with regular guests including the former deputy prime minister John Prescott, musician Shaun Ryder and football manager Harry Redknapp.

Brian Viner: The rise and rise of pismronunciation

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ITV1 morning show Daybreak has bounced back by drawing a million viewers for the first time since its launch week.

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