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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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Lobster curry

Serves 4

Skye Gyngell's strong, sunny flavours

Sunny, strong flavours are so appealing right now – and these dishes have them in abundance. It is the time of the year for light dishes; fish feels right to eat, as do white meats such as chicken or guinea fowl. It's wonderful to use the tomatoes that are coming into season, alongside saffron, garlic, fennel and chillies that add warmth rather than heat.

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Since it was first claimed by a British whaling ship nearly 200 years ago, Europeans and Americans have been drawn to the remoteness of Kanton Island, a speck of land nestling in the Pacific between Hawaii and Fiji.

Sailor comes to rescue of starving Kanton islanders

A British sailor came to the rescue of a group of "desperate and starving" islanders after chancing upon them on his way to Australia, the coastguard said today.

Old-school Thai: Skye Gyngell's authentic Asian recipes

The best cooking in Thailand is found on the streets – simple, vibrant and bursting with extraordinary flavour. And if you want to recreate that authentic taste, it's best to take matters into your own hands

Around the world in 80 dishes: No.3 Brazil

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Chard times: If want to grow delicious veg this year give yourself a head start and buy young plants instead

No gardener needs telling that spring has been slow this year. The jobs we hoped to do in March haven't been done. Easter, too, was chilly (at least it was with us), so there was no chance of catching up then either. It's no good sowing vegetable seed in soil that is both cold and wet. It rots. And time is running out.

Grain of truth: Mark Hix gets creative with rice

I keep all sorts of different types of rice in my larder, as I'm never sure when I might need a quick handful of red camargue or vialone nano to create a dish. There are countless types of rice available in the shops these days – and each has its own uses and needs to be cooked in a certain way. For example, basmati is far too delicate a rice for making a risotto; don't even try it, or you'll end up with a right old bowl of mush...

Coconut rice pudding

Serves 4

Brazilian fish stew

Ingredients to serve 4
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