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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.

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Makes 12-15 biscuits

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They may be only tiny grains, but the versatility of oats is out of all proportion to their size – and they form the basis of some of my favourite treats, says Skye Gyngell

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Freekeh and honey slices

Makes about 15-20

Potato and cauliflower curry

Serves 4-6

Almighty pod: Skye Gyngell cooks with cardamom

More potent than its size suggests, the tiny cardamom is equally good in sweet and savoury dishes. And, says Skye Gyngell, its aniseedy flavour is utterly irresistible

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Just another day in paradise

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Sustained by rainwater, coconuts and the raw meat of a solitary seagull that landed on their small aluminium boat, three teenagers survived 50 days adrift in the Pacific before being rescued by fishermen.

Nature Studies by Michael McCarthy: A celebration of the English apple

Why might one feel passionate about English apples, but not about English green beans? For if you examine the proposition, is it not the case that Cox's Orange Pippins excite enthusiasm in many people when even the juiciest and most flavoursome English runner bean is unlikely to do so, although they are both in essence the same thing, namely seed pods?

Who wants to be a coconut millionaire?

The Indian state of Kerala is famous as the land of coconuts. But climbing trees has been the only way to pick them. Until now...

Around the world in 80 dishes No.26: Jamaica

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In a mellow mood: Skye Gyngell cooks with pumpkin and beetroot

Autumn's vegetable harvest has a gentle flavour, highlighted by the earthy sweetness of pumpkin and beetroot, says Skye Gyngell

Pumpkin and white-bean curry

Serves 4
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