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Hiroo Onoda was a former Japanese intelligence officer, an imperial soldier for whom absolute loyalty and devotion to Emperor Hirohito and his country were paramount in his philosophy, so much so that he refused to surrender following Japan’s defeat in 1945. He remained hidden for another 29 years.

Nick D’Aloisio sold his mobile phone app, called Summly, to Yahoo for £20m

In the Red review of the year: A teenage entrepreneur striking £20m deal with Yahoo was a highlight

Couldn’t you just pretend you’re going to buy a white boat (named Dirty Girl)?

2013 - the year in review: It was a year of many flavours. But were they gourmet burgers or horse meat?

Hundreds of upmarket fast-food outlets opened this year, explaining how as a nation we threw away £12.5 bn on burgers

Survivors sift through debris between two cargo ships washed up by Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan: 'Every single building. Every single house. Destroyed' - Governments pledge millions, but the ruined city of Tacloban still waits

Displaced and destitute survivors scatter the  streets of the ruined city of Tacloban – but the  aid they crave remains critically slow in coming

The aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban

Typhoon Haiyan eyewitness: Water still swirls in streets carpeted with twisted metal and mangled cars

No village or town along the road from the port town of Ormoc in southern Leyte to the provincial capital of Tacloban was spared by Typhoon Haiyan.

Port of call: Auckland harbour on North Island, New Zealand

My life in travel: Lennie James

'I first went to New Zealand with my daughter. It was our big adventure'

Arrivals & departures: Surfing in Kerala, India

Catch waves in style when the region's first surf hotel opens in October

The 10 Best pedicure tools

Ensure your feet are fit to be seen this summer with this selection of tools  to get them in tip-top condition

Heaven and shell: spider, Mudeford and brown crabs at the Jetty Restaurant at Mudeford in Dorset

Heaven in a shell: Crab meat is enjoying a much-deserved renaissance

The crustacean might be fiddly to prepare and less flashy than lobster, but it’s also sweeter, more delicately flavoured – and perfect for enjoying right now.

A place to switch off in perfect peace

The Inn at English Harbour, Antigua

10 years of Freecycle: Matchmaking compulsive off-loaders with the vaguely needy

I’ve no idea why it takes many sofa suppliers six weeks to deliver a sofa, but it does and as a result I’ve got nothing to sit on in my new gaff except an expanse  of scruffy laminate. The idea  of buying a sofa to sit on while  I wait for a sofa to arrive seems needlessly extravagant, so I’ve turned to the global network dedicated to giving away stuff and getting stuff for free.

Turbot chop and coconut curry

Serves 4

Homes painted in bright colours cover a hill in Jalousie, a cinder block shantytown in Petionville, Haiti. Workers this month began painting the concrete facades of buildings in Jalousie slum a rainbow of colours, inspired by the dazzling 'cities-in-the-skies' of well-known Haitian painter Prefete Duffaut, who died last year.

Beauty vs poverty: Haitian slums get psychedelic make-over in honour of artist Prefete Duffaut's 'cities in the sky'

One of Haiti's biggest shantytowns, a vast expanse of grim cinderblock homes on a mountainside in the nation's capital, is getting a psychedelic makeover that aims to be part art and part homage.

Vietnamese red snapper curry

6 red snapper or sea bass fillets, with skin
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
Half a teaspoon finely chopped red chilli

During the wintry weather the natural sources of food change for birds

The foodie bird catches the honey-fed mealworm

As the wintry weather transforms the suburban garden into the blasted heath in King Lear, spare a thought for the poor birds whose natural sources of food have been snowed on, iced up, rained away or blown to buggery.

A taste of India: Learning to cook in Kerala

Hanging upside-down off the back of a wildly bobbing boat is not the best time to do the grocery shopping. Eye-to-eye contact is, I'm told, a key to successful bartering but, like keeping my breakfast down, I'm finding it hard to maintain.

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