Contributors / Venetia Rainey

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17. What’s in your basket?

The pandemic has made us all think more about where our food comes from and how it is grown. Canadian farmer and educator Jean-Martin Fortier explains why we should all be feeding the hands that feed us.

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30. Is it time to take control of cruises?

Already under fire for overwhelming port cities and polluting air and water, megaships were ill-equipped for a pandemic. Cruise expert Monty Mathisen tells us how the industry might adapt to stay afloat.

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Let’s get physical

With gyms closed for now, is this the final straight for the firms aiming to keep you fit without leaving your home?

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Having a ball

Vienna’s world-famous party season has been a feature of life in Austria’s capital for two centuries. We meet the businesses keeping the tradition alive.

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Second life

Many people dream of leaving the office behind and pursuing something more fulfilling. But what happens when you actually do it? From an engineer-turned-carpenter to an accountant-cum-beekeeper, we meet six people who…

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Easy does it

Fuss and hurry? They’ve been and gone. Start the new decade as you mean to go on. Take stock and choose the scenic route. Our gentle manifesto sketches a picture of taking it a little easier in the years to come.

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Roll up, roll up!

The planet is getting warmer and urban residents as far north as Sweden are feeling the effects. Don’t sweat it: rather than reaching for the air-conditioning, try throwing some shade.

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Rip up the business plan

The start-up landscape is always shifting and the latest crop of business owners will surprise you. We meet the people who are changing the game and look at the countries, age groups and sectors reshaping business.

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Office politics

The way we work is changing – and fast. This is leaving business owners and managers with more questions than answers. Does flexible working pay off? How much leave is too much? And how important is sustainability? We speak…

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All in a day’s work

From paying your bills to finding your calling, work means many things to many people. But it’s the manner of your approach to the daily grind – your ambitions, your colleagues and your routine – that will define your…

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Connected thinking

The business of getting from A to B has rarely been such a contentious issue, whether the debate is about environmental impact, regional rivalry or the influence of powerful nations. Our round-up of the most exciting tra…

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Tall stories

Are you sitting comfortably? It’s time for Monocle’s annual property survey, where we start with five distinguished developments.

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Not changing tack

Modern technology has little place at Rivierre, France’s last working nail factory. Workers here have faith in traditional ways – and their century-old machines.

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Making a stand

Roadside kiosks are a fixture of everyday life in Greece – and a trusty source of gossip. But these charming outposts have a history that takes them beyond the fleeting concerns of the day.

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The new rebels

Tunisia’s tumult battered its fashion factories. But the country’s designers have cut (and sewn) a new direction that’s selling from Paris to Japan.

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Anissa Helou

The author initially saw the cookbook as a manual and nothing more. But once she started writing about food – and discovered the importance of preserving her heritage – she couldn’t stop.

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Park my ride

Ride-sharing and the threat of driverless cars could challenge the future of the movie staple – the valet parker. But there’s hope...

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Clean slate

What does it take to breathe life into a neglected district in a long-lasting and meaningful way? We look in on an area in Amsterdam that is doing it right.

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Made with care

Venetia Rainey reporting from the Netherlands: Got a civic project that not only needs to look smart but also have people’s best interests at heart? You need a Dutch architect.

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