Contributors / Megan Gibson

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Ask the experts

Auckland’s mayor, a Slovenian urban planner and Taiwan’s cycling maven all have one thing in common: they want to improve the way you get from A to B.

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Food for thought

Culinary connoisseurs on the propaganda of provenance, the cookbook’s longevity, how to spot a good restaurant, drunken conventions, eating vicariously and divine produce.

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Perfect blend

Russell Norman on managing a sumptuous spread of restaurants while writing a smorgasbord of compelling cookbooks.

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Give peace a chance

Donald Trump’s views on Jerusalem have left many feeling all hope of peace between Israelis and Palestinians is lost. But even now powerful campaigners are breaking the divide with a different message.

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Rock solid

For Lebanese rockers Mashrou’ Leila, a trusted crew is vital to make sure their music is heard over the controversy.

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The vision thing

From a state-of-the-art concert hall to an international court and the murkiest waters of diplomacy, we meet the leaders who trust their instincts in tricky times.

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Drama queen

The director-general of Denmark’s public broadcaster on making an impact at home and abroad with hard news and show-stopping drama – and how she keeps her head in the game.

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Happiness is...

We like things orderly, safe and to run to time but this doesn’t have to mean sanitised, tightly cropped and lacking edge.

Global

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Louder than bombs

US armed forces have a secret weapon: a jazz band that knows how to take a nation by storm.

Global

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Uniting nation

Having only 430,000 fellow countrymen hasn’t stopped Maltese prime minister Joseph Muscat from becoming an EU leader of influence.

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Action station

Tactical task forces, state surveillance, shapely security measures hidden in plain sight: we find out how officials in Mexico, Israel and the UK are working to make their cities safer, from the heavy-handed to the out-of…

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Consuls and carols

Being a diplomat requires you to be proficient at wining and dining guests – and at no time will you be more inundated than the Christmas period. We visit three festive residences – that of the Czech ambassador to the UK…

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✕5 ESSAYS

What does it really mean to be Canadian? Is it an open-minded acceptance of refugees, being a leader on the world stage or perhaps even an affinity with an imagined idyll? We ask five natives to shed some light on this ever…

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Living colour

The city formerly known as ‘Deadmonton’ has been reanimated – and its vital signs are good. With an entrepreneurial spirit that’s as strong as any, it seems the Big E is coming alive.

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Distant concerns

In Canada’s far-flung communities the established media can seem distant, out of touch and even irrelevant. We take a look at some of the independent media outlets covering the country’s more isolated corners.

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Municipal concerns

If mention of the word ‘mayor’ puts you in mind of a jolly rotund man with a large chain around his neck and little more to do than open supermarkets and attend fetes, think again. Monocle stalks the corridors of city halls…

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Speaking truth to power

Throwing light on the key issues surrounding the forthcoming US election is what keeps these particular think-tanks busy. Meet the people whose remit is to separate fact from fiction.

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Upward mobility

Cities around the world are easing freedom of movement to lure the best and most ambitious businesses. We profile the cities that are holding the doors open and meet the mobile entrepreneurs who accepted the invite.

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✕5 Essays

Good business means more than a glossy finish and a pithy mission statement. We speak to five founding figures about how best to build bridges and teams and the importance of being armed and ready when opportunity comes…

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Healing powers

Megan Gibson reporting from Bad Gastein: Hope springs eternal in this Austrian spa town thanks to enthusiastic newcomers enchanted by its bucolic charms.

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Minority report

Estonia’s sizeable Russian community has a new dedicated public broadcaster: ETV+. But will the channel help to improve its audience’s sometimes uneasy relationship with the country at large?

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