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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.

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Report says take-up of school dinners is low at 43 per cent despite quality improvements

Free school meals for every primary school pupil? Education Secretary Michael Gove joins the war on packed lunches

Minister backs £1bn plan to boost attainment through better nutrition

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Biography: Harry Redknapp hates writing. Except for his own book

The QPR manager once confessed he 'couldn’t even fill a team sheet in'

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As it gets taken over, Penguin is quitting the UK for the US, while talismanic publisher Gail Rebuck takes a back seat. But can the combine keep its top authors?
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Something To Declare: At the end of a long journey is the desire to be somewhere else

One of the fascinating truths about second homes is that owners always lie about how long it takes to reach them. This is obviously a defence mechanism to protect against criticism or self-doubt.

Alex James: The cheesemaker and musician talks superstar chefs, Blur and bad habits

Our food culture was a laughing stock until 20 years ago When rationing ended back in 1954, British food had a lot to catch up on. As a teenager I used to save up loads of money to go to France and spend it all on good food there. It may have been only 21 miles from England, but Calais tomatoes were a completely different proposition from Dover ones. On one exchange visit, instead of buying cigarettes and alcohol, I spent my money on juicy steaks from a butcher and delicious potatoes at a grocer, and had a feast.

Jamie Oliver's Diner, 23a Shaftesbury Avenue, London

Lisa Markwell checks out Jamie Oliver’s reinvention of the classic diner.

MasterChef 2013 finalists (from left to right): Larkin Cen, Natalie Coleman and Dale Williams

Meet the MasterChef 2013 finalists: Larkin, Natalie and Dale spill the beans on judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace

The finalists talk food influences, embarrassing moments and future plans

TV presenter Clare Balding will receive a Bafta in recognition for her broadcasting efforts during the 2012 Olympic games

Clare Balding to receive special TV Bafta for Olympic coverage

Clare Balding will receive a special Bafta for outstanding achievement in factual presenting in recognition of her coverage of the Olympics.

Pearson braced for challenges following slip in sales to £1.2bn

Financial Times owner Pearson today admitted underlying sales fell 1% to  £1.2 billion in the first quarter, against a 3% rise a year ago, in a sign of the tough task facing new chief executive John Fallon.

Will Jamie's new recipes cut down on the extra virgin olive oil that he loves drowning his dishes in?

Food: Can Jamie Oliver do cheap eats?

He’s published books on Italian and American cooking; showed us his potting shed and pet gardener; tried to make school dinners nutritious and given us the confidence to attempt full-scale family meals in 15 minutes. Now Jamie Oliver has his sights set on teaching us how to cook well for less. This summer, Oliver will publish Save With Jamie: Shop Smart, Cook Clever, Waste Less with a tie-in television series on Channel 4.

The 10 Best food processors

Whether you're cooking up a storm or just blending a morning smoothie, we've got the right kit for the job.

Jimmy Doherty: 'Christmas starts with a glass of champagne'

Don't stuff your turkey Cook your stuffing separately, that way your turkey will cook much quicker – you can do it in less than two hours for eight people. Roast it breast down and all the fat deposits will make their way down, letting the turkey cook in its own juices. Then, half an hour before it's done, flip it over so you have crackling skin. Then add a pint-and-a-half of stock and that will become your gravy.

Stuffed: Christmas at Nigella's is a suitably rich affair

IoS TV review: Nigellissima: An Italian-Inspired Christmas, BBC2, Monday
River Cottage: Three Go Mad at Christmas, Channel 4, Sunday
Wartime Farm, BBC2, Tuesday

No one does festive feasting quite like the goddess of cream, alcohol and panettone

The Saturday Quiz

1. Nurse Ratched is a notorious character from which 1962 novel (and celebrated 1975 film)?

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