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We get what we deserve when it comes to the uninspiring buildings devoid of design in which many of us live and work, according to a panel  member of the first government-commissioned review into architecture in more than a decade.

Howdy foodies: Bloggers and grandmother front Sainsbury's advert

Move over, celebrity chefs. Sainsbury's has called up three little-known bloggers and a grandma to front its latest campaign. Gillian Orr on a new recipe for advertising

Ian Watkins, kneeling second left, with his ex-bandmates from Lostprophets, who said they were unaware of his sexually predatory behaviour.

Ian Watkins: Former Lostprophets bandmates 'disgusted' at paedophile musician

They emphasise they had no idea their frontman was a paedophile

Nigel Slater has been voted the UK’s favourite celebrity chef BBC

Prosecco, chorizo and Nigel Slater – what’s on Britain’s menu

The nation has a new favourite celebrity chef and more of us are cooking from scratch

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: We Borisologists know better than to take this stuff too seriously

There were lots of references to ‘my friend the Prime Minister, David Cameron’

The 10 Best carving sets

Want to carve the Sunday roast with the minimum of waste and time? We look at the knives and forks that can do the job

The report says the working week should be cut from 40 to 30 hours

Want to be healthier, save the planet and boost the economy? Then work less - cutting working week would improve well-being and boost economy, say experts

It may be the excuse long-suffering commuters have been waiting for, as new research suggests that working fewer hours each week can be good for your health, protect the environment and even boost the economy.

The Feral Beast: His fracking lairdship, Eminem's demands, a peeping mouse and noisy knitters

As laird of the Balcombe estate – Ground Zero in the UK's fracking debate – Simon Greenwood is not a popular man. He has fracked off his Sussex neighbours by getting planning permission to allow US exploration company Cuadrilla to drill for gas. Even his cousin, Lord Cowdray, appears to disapprove. So what sort of a chap is Greenwood? A heli-skiing source in the Canadian Rockies has this to say: "We've been in a lodge with him twice and he is revolting! The worst kind of English quasi-aristocracy you can imagine." Really? How so? "He came down for a tea-time beer at the bar wearing very short red-satin shorts, matched with long black socks and black business shoes." Sounds like the PM on his hols.

Alex James and Jamie Oliver, pictured in front of the crowd, invite traders such as Neal’sYard, to feed the middle-class masses over the two day festival

Fancy a blue cheese martini? If you're middle class enough, you'll love Jamie Oliver and Alex James's feastival

Take one rock star and his very big house in the country; add a celebrity chef with the common touch; sprinkle liberally with yurts; then charge £150 a ticket, and you have the recipe for possibly the most middle-class festival in Britain. Welcome to the Big Feastival, a celebration of food, music and pushchairs.

The reality of eating well means never being lazy

Jamie’s ‘Skint Meals’ represents a reponse to UK poverty with which I was nauseatingly familiar during my skint days

Jamie Oliver: European immigrants are 'much stronger, much tougher' than British youth

Jamie Oliver slams 'wet behind the ears' British youth who don't work as hard as Europeans

TV chef says all his restaurants would have to close were it not for European immigrants, who are 'tougher and stronger' than their British counterparts

Jamie Oliver and the complex issue of modern poverty

Jamie's quest is to get people from poorer backgrounds to eat better, although I can see why it's possible to find him patronising

Jamie Oliver: Let them eat stale bread

Multi-millionaire chef insists low-income families waste their money on ready meals

Boris Johnson, seen here in Melbourne, has made an impassioned plea for a bilateral labour exchange between Britain and Australia

Australians should be allowed to work freely in Britain, says Mayor of London Boris Johnson

Mayor of London launches into anti-EU rant in article, claiming Britain's future lies in renewed links with Australia, with which the UK is 'deeply connected'

Jamie Oliver’s restaurant chain Jamie’s Italian was judged to have the healthiest children’s menu

High-street restaurant chains fail health test for hungry youngsters

Meals aimed at children are still dominated by unhealthy options such as chicken nuggets, burgers and sausages

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Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
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