The Urbanist on Monocle 24: Cities are busy but what’s the best way to tackle urban loneliness? Being constantly surrounded by people doesn't necessarily prevent us from feeling lonely. The hustle and bustle of city life can be overwhelming, especially for newcomers – so what's the best way to tackle urban loneliness?
London lives on
The day after a terrorist attack on the home of British democracy there was a minute’s silence at the House of Commons. Then MPs got back to business, including a debate on whether there should be a waste incinerator in the Hertfordshire town of Hoddesdon. It was emblematic of a mood across the UK that while those killed would be mourned, the attack would not necessarily change anything about the country. Let’s not forget that the country has experience of dealing with terrorism long before Isis and al Qaeda. In the 1990s Irish Republican Army bombed shops, buses, Heathrow Airport, the financial district and even random blocks of flats. People got on with their lives then and they’ll get on with their lives now.
Party train to Georgia
Iranians saw in the New Year this week. It’s a time when families prepare elaborate tables laden with seven symbolic items to herald the start of spring. For the surrounding countries, the Nowrooz period is equally auspicious as Georgian and Turkish entrepreneurs cash in on big groups of Iranians that come in search of a good time. Retailers are taking Farsi lessons, Iranian crooners are booked at nightclubs in Tbilisi and flashy new hotels are opening as the two countries compete to entice the party seekers across their borders. In the city of Van, in the far east of Turkey, shops have put out signs in Farsi and some hotels have had to turn their conference centres into bedrooms to accommodate the incoming Iranians.
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Our Washington correspondent brings us the latest on a vote that could derail Donald Trump’s healthcare reforms. Plus: we ask why Marine Le Pen is meeting Vladimir Putin and look at the Eurovision Song Contest’s history of controversy.
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A special screening at the Barbican in London aims to present the great French film-maker Henri-Georges Clouzot’s unfinished film ‘The Inferno’ as it might have been; we speak to its director, Serge Bromberg. Plus: Vienna’s unluckiest address and how Brazil’s ‘Aquarius’ director Kleber Mendonça Filho became a reluctant but popular political symbol.
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Monocle preview: April issue 2017
You might have noticed that issue 102 looks particularly dapper – that's because it's our style special. Get the lowdown on hitting some fashion high notes this season with 40 pages of wardrobe wonders, as well as enjoying all our usual reportage and photography tailored to intrigue and inspire. Available now at The Monocle Shop.
The power of journalism
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Finding a compromise between an animal’s wellbeing, a farm’s efficiency and local architecture traditions is a fine art and often has to be done with limited resources. For Monocle’s 10-year anniversary issue we pulled on our wellies and went in search of the animal architects who are taking the bull by the horns.
Issue 102 ∙ April 2017
How to: start a fashion brand, join the indie sports team and look hot (in a considered way). Plus: On patrol with a more vigilant Swedish army, our inaugural HQ Audit, the prime minister of Malta on a tough Brexit and our EXPO on the juicy delights of Thailand's blissed-out party Wonderfruit
Issue 101 ∙ March 2017
A new breed of global security. Plus: We sit down with Emmanuel Macron, Lufthansa’s Carsten Spohr, the president of Portugal and CNN’s Hala Gorani – and an Expo on PBS in Washington – a renaissance moment for US public broadcasting?
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