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February 2016

Are you a host with the most? The art of first impressions. Our first Reader Survey on the friendliest people, nations, cities, airports, hotels and brands – and how you can join their smiling ranks.

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Welcome news

Innovative brands extending their reach, fresh-faced start-ups launching their first ventures and established institutions in line for a facelift: we round up what's new and notable in hospitality worldwide for the year…

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Defence briefing

Saudi Arabia steps up its stocks of smart munitions and both the UK and Ukraine add to their air forces.

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Oceania briefing

Why Australia's fifth prime minister in five years may stick around and the country's Antarctic adventure.

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Asia briefing

Building a new state capital in India, South Korean entertainment and a political dynasty in the Philippines.

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Europe briefing

The UK's relationship with the EU, Catalonia's secessionist drive and a conversation with the mayor of Berlin.

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Home away from home

Residents of Lebanon’s mountainous Chouf region meet each week in the Moukhtara Palace in Beirut. There, greeted with hot Turkish coffee, Arab hospitality makes them feel right at home.

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Be our guest

A warm welcome can go a long way in showing the world what you’re made of, whether in business or national image-making. With the help of Monocle readers, we’ve compiled our new Hospitality Survey – and we cordially invite…

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What'll it be, sir?

There’s more to good hospitality than offering guests a gin and tonic upon arrival (even if that is the way to some of our hearts). In this edition we gauge which businesses and nations provide the warmest welcomes.

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January

From the editorial team at Monocle, our annual focus on the currents, trends and monkey business to watch out for in the year ahead.

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Go ape

See no evil, hear no evil and you know the rest – what we’re trying to get at is that the advent of the Year of the Monkey is a very positive development. Peel a banana, grab a friend to groom and find out why.

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Key to a happy home

There’s something wrong with the homes being erected around the globe: they are all about a chilly display of wealth, not creating a place that makes you feel safe. It’s time to campaign for a new healthy architecture.

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Tools gold

Big-box retail and out-of-town stores are struggling in the DIY sector. This is the chance for a revival of small inner-city hardware hubs where knowledge and service rule the day. In Italy they have a model to copy.

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Cleaning up its act

The traditionally working-class neighbourhood of Jalan Besar is emerging as a hotbed of creativity, cafés, architecture practices, galleries and studios. What’s more, the sophistication of the area’s offering is growing by…

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Built to last

Many cities need more housing schemes but fall short of making them characterful and interesting. We visit a Swiss development that has built-in charm and diversity.

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Part with the furniture

Chairs, tables and ceramics are, first and foremost, made to be used. But buy the right pieces and 2016 could be the year that you make a profit on your Prouvé and earn from your Eames; here’s how to go from home to auction…

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