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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.

Family favourite: Coconut and apricot slice

Coconut and apricot slice

Makes 14

Tom Hunt: My life in food...

Tom Hunt is a self-proclaimed  eco-chef who started his career working at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage.  He then went on to co-found Forgotten Feast, which works to revive British heritage recipes and reduce food waste. He works closely with the food charities FareShare, FoodCycle and StreetSmart. He has a restaurant, Poco, in Bristol and will be spending 2013 writing a cookbook.

Chickpea and coconut curry makes a great vegetarian main course

Chickpea and coconut curry

Serves 4-6

Have beret, will travel: the day I learned to be French

British women in search of their Gallic side have a new online guide to help them. But did it work on English rose Charlotte Philby?

Independent reporter Charlotte Philby attempts a Gallic look

How to feel French at heart without leaving your hearth

Genuine Gallic enrichment could be just a click of your mouse away. Charlotte Philby tastes the course and tests its tips

The best Christmas gifts for the handsome devil

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The 10 Best body lotions

Keep your skin silky, supple and smooth as the cold weather draws in with a nourishing and soothing moisturiser

Quinoa with fennel, prawns and chilli

Store-cupboard superstar: Mark Hix cooks with quinoa

Delicious, healthy and versatile, quinoa first impressed our resident chef on a recent trip to Los Angeles. Now, he can't get enough of the stuff.

Coconut and mango quinoa

Coconut and mango quinoa

Serves 4-6

Wine: Something For The Weekend?

2007 Tesco Finest* Viña Mara Rioja

Frédéric Panaïotis has been the cellar master at Champagne Ruinart since 2007

My Life In Food: Frédéric Panïotis, cellar master, Champagne Ruinart

Frédéric Panaïotis has been the cellar master at Champagne Ruinart since 2007. He creates the blends, from the non vintages to the prestige cuvées, as well as travelling the globe meeting customers. Prior to this he spent more than 12 years with Champagne Veuve Clicquot.

On The Road: Cuba

Had Rafael and Carmen Jiménez Fuentes lived 500 years ago right on the sands at Baracoa in eastern Cuba, Christopher Columbus may well have moved right in. When the "Great Admiral of the Ocean" sailed along the north-east coast of this Caribbean island in 1492 and Baracoa came into view, he wrote in his diary that Cuba was the most "enchantingly beautiful" land he had ever seen.

After training at Leiths School of Food and Wine and gaining experience at Bibendum, Vong and with chef Tom Kime, Angela Malik established The Angela Malik School of Food and Wine, which is acclaimed for its Asian cookery courses. She is also a panellist on BBC Radio 4’s Kitchen Cabinet

My Life In Food: Angela Malik

After training at Leiths School of Food and Wine and gaining experience at Bibendum, Vong and with chef Tom Kime, Angela Malik established The Angela Malik School of Food and Wine, which is acclaimed for its Asian cookery courses. She is also a panellist on BBC Radio 4's Kitchen Cabinet.

Genevieve Roberts watches the final touch applied to the apple charlotte

The way we eat now: Victorian puddings return

Hard times have led to a surge in sales of traditional desserts such as spotted dick and Bakewell tart. Genevieve Roberts reports

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

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Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

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The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

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French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

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Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

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Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

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