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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.

Penguin settles with US over claims of e-book price setting

Penguin has agreed to settle with the United States government over allegations of price-setting with Apple in the e-book market.

Grace Dent on TV: Jamie and Jimmy's Food Fight Club, Channel 4

Giant jam sandwiches and silly sausage fights are ruining our beloved celebrity chefs

Coldplay star Chris Martin has twice called 999 after setting his kitchen on fire

Firefighters have offered to give Coldplay star Chris Martin free safety lessons after his culinary disasters.

Jamie Oliver sued by factory worker over 'pink slime' slur

Beef Products Inc former employees sues Oliver and others after losing his job

Are we suffering from a pronounced lack of skill in the menu department?

We've all been there. You're on holiday, it's lunchtime, you've found your restaurant and you are prepped to order that local speciality that everyone in the office has been banging on about since they made their own pilgrimage. But wait. A problem: how exactly do you say the word "potjevleesch"? Most of us, it seems, would pronounce it thus: "I'll have the steak frites."

My Secret Life: Jamie Oliver, 37, TV chef

'I'm no good at poaching eggs'

Join the club: Nicolas Colsaerts is frustrated as he misses a putt on the 15th hole playing with Sergio Garcia yesterday

Ryder Cup: Colsaerts' Big Belgian Bang makes world take notice

Wildcard dazzles Woods but he just couldn't be Superman again

What makes a British brand?: Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver condemns Michael Gove on school food

Michael Gove was today blasted as presiding over the “worst yet” school food standards by TV chef Jamie Oliver.

Sir Richard Branson offers to temporarily run the West Coast Main Line for free

Sir Richard Branson today offered to run the West Coast Main Line for free to allow Parliament time to scrutinise an "outrageous" decision to award the franchise to rival FirstGroup.

St Ives in the sun: But Cornwall misses out on £2m every year through discounts to owners of second homes

Cornwall bans use of 'England' in tourism promotional material

Its reputation as a pocket of nationalist rebellion has long formed part of Cornish folklore.

What makes a British brand?: Jamie Oliver

Food education in Britain is 'unforgivably bad', says chef Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver has said the Olympics offer Britain the opportunity to become a healthier country but it has done “unforgivably badly” in educating children about food and sport.

Observations: A glittering extreme makeover (with added Jamie Oliver) for a Fringe favourite

Tommy Sheppard, director of the new Assembly Rooms Edinburgh Fringe programme, proudly opens the door to a large ballroom decorated with an imposing crystal chandelier and some stunning, freshly painted cornices.

Jamie Oliver’s Union Jacks pizza restaurant in Covent Garden

Restaurants: Waiter, I can't hear myself eat

Restaurant critics routinely award points for "ambience," which can mean anything from parquet flooring to the number of yummy mummies in the room. Human chatter almost always makes for good ambience, an index of conviviality the patron has somehow contrived. But when does restaurant buzz become unacceptable noise?

Anthony Hilton: PwC plays it right with a low-key social conscience

To lunch on Thursday with Ian Powell, head of PricewaterhouseCoopers, at Brigade, a smart modern restaurant in a former fire station just by the firm's office in London's Tooley Street.

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