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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.

John Walsh hosts a cocktail party for friends and colleagues using a mixture of homemade and packaged cocktails

Can a ready-made cocktail ever eclipse the real deal?

A raft of new products claims to take the shakes and pains out of making cocktails. John Walsh puts the potent pretenders through their paces.

Verdant in Vietnam: Ana Mandara's spa

24-hour room service: Ana Mandara Hue, Vietnam

A vision of beauty on the coast of Vietnam

Southern Indian fish soup

Serves 4-6

Cuba: Lost in time in the Caribbean

Beyond 'that' bay in Cuba's easternmost province, the isolated port of Baracoa reveals five centuries of history, says Fiona Dunlop

Not so naughty, but still nice: Chefs are developing guilt-free desserts by replacing sugar with spice

It's every pudding lover's dream: a truly sumptuous dessert that won't ruin the waistline and won't up your odds of cardiac arrest. Amazingly, I think I may have found it. Agnar Sverrisson's signature dish – Valrhona white chocolate mousse, ice cream, dill and cucumber – is the kind of dessert I could write poetry about. I have been thinking about it repeatedly since I tasted it two days ago, at the Michelin-starred Texture in London. Half an hour after tasting, I stride into nearby Selfridges Food Hall to buy a big slab of Valrhona chocolate, in order, I hope, to relive the experience. No such luck. The next morning I am fighting the urge to march into the restaurant and order it for breakfast. I want to taste it again and again and again.

A day or two here and you'll be humming 'Circle of Life'

It's said to be one of the world's most sustainable economies. Richard Johnson visited two resorts in Costa Rica that try to practise the eco ethos

Thrill of the grill: Mark Hix gets creative with skewers

We're really warming up for the barbecue season now and it's time to start thinking about getting creative with what you can put on your bamboo or barbecue skewers and how you can serve them.

Angela Hartnett: 'It's not an essential, but I always have Nutella in the fridge'

My earliest food memory... Making fairy cakes or chocolate Rice Krispies cakes when I was about six or seven. My mum was a very good cook, as were most of my family, and I learnt a lot from them at a very early age.

Baked-fish curry

Serves 6

Coconut sambal

Makes enough for 6

If you can't stand the heat: Skye Gyngell visits Sri Lanka to check out the locals’ fiery curries

In early February I was in Galle in Sri Lanka, invited over to cook dinners to accompany readings at the literary festival that is held there each year. I had been to the country before and loved it – it is still very unspoilt – and attending the literary festival is one of the most fascinating and fun things I have done.

Chicken and coconut curry pancakes

Serves 4
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The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
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Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

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Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

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From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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