Matt Siegel - Contributors | Monocle

Contributors / Matt Siegel

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Grow your own

As populations become more urban and people become more aware of where their food comes from, city farms, whether it’s beekeeping in Brisbane or vegetable growing in Havana, are coming into their own.

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Business class

In under three years, Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti has rebranded a struggling carrier and is now competing as a major player in the nation’s skies. He tells us how it’s an airline’s staff that helps keep standards…

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Aircraft procedure

Despite over 30 years in Australia’s public health sector, Greg Rochford experienced some turbulence when he became CEO of the country’s iconic Royal Flying Doctor Service. One year on, he’s gaining altitude.

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Fiji's dictator is this issue's style leader, Australia makes friends to handle cuts to military spending, and why new boats are part of New Zealand's defence forces' shake up.

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Erskineville’s ascension to the perfect address for urban professionals hasn’t stripped it of its character and community feel. The old workers’ cottages provide creative living spaces and Erskineville Road offers attrac…

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New iron lady

After last summer’s disastrous war against Russia, Georgia’s opposition leaders felt that patriotism should come before any attack on their president, Mikheil Saakashvili. But now the time for retribution is getting nearer…

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On the edge

Five years ago, one of Khabarovsk’s main exports was its women, who went to work as prostitutes in Japan. Today, the Russian city is booming, thanks to its natural resources. But can this city, closer to Beijing than Moscow…

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War on truth

During the conflict in South Ossetia, western media were given free access by the Georgian government, while on the Russian side, foreign journalists were being either arrested or herded around by the military. In both…


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