Arts and Entertainment Fat chance: Xand van Tulleken in ‘Horizon: Sugar vs Fat’

Last night's Horizon (BBC2) pitted the two best food types against each other in "Sugar vs Fat", a battle which – as I flounce towards a chubby middle age – I'm calling as a score draw. They're both brilliant.

Lamb cutlets with tapenade, maple syrup and paprika

Album: Youngblood Hawke, Wake Up (Universal/Island)

Reviving the super-optimistic music of the 1980s has usually been the province of marginal indie types (Passion Pit), novelty oddballs (Maarty Broekman) or both (Andrew WK).

Album: AlunaGeorge, Body Music (Island)

The mid-twenties London duo of Aluna Francis and George Reid met at a house party, got themselves hyped onto the January ones-to-watch lists, but properly broke big with their guest spot on Disclosure's deep-house revival smash "White Noise", and followed that with their own attitude-packed "Attracting Flies" (as in "everything you exhale is..."), one of the year's great put-down songs. Their debut album doesn't so much fulfil that promise as miraculously over-deliver.

Album review: Rolling Stones, Hyde Park Live (Polydor)

While acknowledging that there must be omissions when the two sets of the Stones' Hyde Park shows are condensed down into one manageable download album package, I'm frustrated that so many of my favourites have been cut in favour of a more populist sequence. But there's no denying the power of a set stuffed with riffs like “Honky Tonk Women”, “Brown Sugar” and “Jumpin' Jack Flash”, played with that inimitable loose/tight dialectic that characterises the Stones at their best. And it's worth it for “Paint It Black” alone.

Fragrant watermelon soup could be served as a starter or dessert

Fragrant watermelon soup

Serves 4-6

Sugar Boy (left) wins the Sandown Classic Trial in April from Eye Of The Storm. The subsequent second and third in the Derby, Libertarian and Galileo Rock, were well beaten

Sheikh Mohammed sharpens Derby rivalry with Sugar buy

Family rivalry is all very well, but perhaps not if you blatantly upstage the head honcho. After Libertarian ran such a fine second in the Derby, he was headhunted by Sheikh Mohammed to run for his Godolphin operation and is second favourite for Saturday's Irish version of the Classic. Today, though, Mohammed's cousin and namesake (their respective fathers, Rashid and Khalifa, were brothers) recruited another of the fancied runners in the Curragh contest, Sugar Boy, to his own string.

'Artificial pancreas' promises to transform treatment of diabetes

Successful trial means diabetics could be freed of constant need to check blood glucose levels
Sea buckthorn blancmange

Sea buckthorn blancmange

Serves 4

Born survivors: How cockroaches lost their sweet tooth in battle to evade sugary traps

German cockroaches evolved to avoid glucose-based baits in household bug killers

Marengo enters Derby front line as Kingsbarns beats a retreat

O'Brien admits time running out for winter favourite but is pleased by Ballysax victor

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Stafford Hospital: Criminal investigation into death of diabetic woman

A criminal investigation has begun into the death of a woman at scandal-hit Stafford Hospital, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said today.

'Full-fat' Sprite to be ditched for low-calorie alternative with 'natural' sweeteners

Sugar will be replaced with Stevia as part of Coca-Cola's anti-obesity drive

Album: Johnny Marr, The Messenger (Warner Bros)

It's hard to believe this is Marr's first solo album, perhaps because he's played with so many bands since sealing his signature, chiming guitar sound with The Smiths.

If loving food is wrong, I really don't want to be right

A new study reveals that being overweight can extend life rather than shorten it

Revealed: fructose 'may spur overeating'

Scientists have used imaging tests to show for the first time that fructose, a sugar that saturates the American diet, can trigger brain changes that may lead to overeating.

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