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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.

Pumpkin and coconut cake

Serves 8-10

Anthony Rose: 'The first group in the Australian Chardonnay tasting failed to set the pulse racing'

Wine of Australia put on a blind tasting of 50 "world class" chardonnays at this year's annual tasting. Why chardonnay? Well, Australian chardonnay is big business. Of the top 10 most popular chardonnays in the UK, the top four are Aussie: Hardy's, Jacobs Creek, Lindemans and a supermarket own-label (Tesco's presumably). As liked as they may be, no one would pretend that these four are world-class. So we were being asked whether the claim that Australian chardonnay has evolved into a plethora of styles at different levels of quality, holds good.

Piece of cake: Skye Gyngell's deliciously moreish three-tier sponges

You don't need a special occasion to bake a cake. Just mix eggs, flour, sugar and butter: and celebrate one of life's sweet and simple pleasures, says Skye Gyngell

Coconut cake

This is my version of a coconut cake from the American South. I love the sweet and nutty flavour of coconut. I cook with coconut milk a lot – at work we get in fresh ones, puréeing the flesh with water and straining to make a thick cream. This takes patience, though, as it does take quite a lot of work. Coconut milk from a tin will do nicely in this recipe.

Album: Archie Bronson Outfit, Coconut (Domino)

If this week's releases were to be plotted on a graph, Coconut would come somewhere between the electro-industrial grooves of Black Light and the berserker impulse of Amsterdam Showdown, King Street Throwdown!.

El Bulli to serve its last brioche

Chef Ferran Adrià is to close his Catalonian restaurant for good, despite the 3,000 foodies on its waiting list

The Artichoke 9 Market Square, Old Amersham, Bucks

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Those familiar with south Indian cuisine will know the wonderful, citrusy but slightly bitter flavour of fresh curry leaves. Thin and pointy in shape, these shiny, deep-green leaves have the most delicious smell.

Tamarind water with coconut and curry leaves

Serves 4-6

Remains of the day: Mark Hix cooks with Boxing Day leftovers

It's difficult not to buy far too much food during the Christmas season – all the food in the shops looks so tempting, and, naturally, one is always slightly worried about being left short if and when unexpected guests decide to show up.

A Christmas mulligatawny

Serves 6-8

Thai mussels

Serves 4

David Randall: A victory for our children's right to chews

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New flights are about to make the Dominican Republic more accessible – and visitors will be dazzled by the diversity of this Caribbean gem

Military searches for bodies in Samoa

Some frightened Samoans who fled to the hills as a tsunami tore through their seaside villages vowed today never to return to the coastline, while aid workers delivered water and medicine amid the growing stench of decay.

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