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All is quiet in big skool comon room as we digest our jamie oliver-aproved dinner. I am reklining while a junior tick do my eng. prep for me or coarsework as we now call it in my case it is often very COARSE indeed ha ha. Basil fotherington-tomas is reding the newspaper he is a wet.

Last Night's TV: Horizon: The Nine Months That Made You/BBC2<br />Jamie Cooks Summer/Channel 4

Exercise daily? Eat your fruit and veg? Stopped smoking? Bad news. You could be doomed, nonetheless. David Barker's theory sounds pretty hokey when you first hear about it. The idea is that, irrespective of that £100 gym membership, those five-a-day and that kicked habit, much of our health has been determined by the time we get out of the womb. You can see why mothers don't believe it when, on Horizon: The Nine Months That Made You, they are asked about Barker's theory, at random in the street. It seems less a scientific prescription, more a kind of fortune-teller's ruse. I'm not sure I want to believe it, either. After all, life would have been a lot more fun if I'd known I had a free pass all along (for this was one enormous baby, back in the day).

Coldplay, iTunes Festival, Roundhouse, London

"You have to jump to this," Chris Martin commands before "Viva La Vida". Only it's not really a jumping song, they're not really a jumping band. Although the rangy Martin, bless him, regularly bounces on the spot like a welterweight.

After 11 years, Oliver's deal with Sainsbury's is past its sell-by date

Chef criticised Sainsbury's for not going to his debate on factory farms, saying, 'What is there to hide?'

Jamie Oliver to sever ties with Sainsbury's

TV chef Jamie Oliver is ending his association with supermarket giant Sainsbury's after 11 years.

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Schools ban junk foods after chef's TV campaign

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Editor-At-Large: The giving sector is a mess &ndash; and that's being charitable

David Cameron wants us to give more to charity – an admirable goal most of us would endorse. Last week he talked of "nudging" the public into giving more by pressing a donation key at cash machines, or by "rounding up" the total when we pay a bill. Critics say that Dave's Big Society is doomed, but I'm not so cynical.

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