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Forward thinking

There’s lots to talk about in 2017. We kick things off with tales of espionage, Michelin stars, the UN, the conflict in Syria and texture – and a revealing chat with a French bulldog.

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The conversation

We are all guilty of it: texting instead of calling, emailing instead of dropping in for a chat (Sherry Turkle told us so). But there’s a growing movement underway that’s encouraging people to press the off button and brush…

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Whole lotta Ljub

The Slovenian capital is a treasure trove of smart, creative and unusual gifts – and boasts a winning mix of stirring surroundings and polished pit-stops to make it an ideal festive foray.

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Season’s eatings

As the seasons shift so does our collective appetite for winter treats and tasty tipples. In this spirit, Monocle visited five festive food firms that specialise in products that we think will embody and elevate any occa…

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Giving and receiving

This year we unwrap a few gifts that are guaranteed to amuse, enthral and entertain. Forget the tat, tinsel and drab stocking-fillers and peruse our rundown of the best under-the-tree offerings we’ve uncovered on our tra…

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Lashings of schlager

What is ‘schlager’? Our Culture editor, smelling faintly of beer and with party music still ringing in his ears, has emerged from Dortmund’s Grosse Westfalenhalle with the answer. Boom!

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Observation issue 99

Tyler Brûlé sees parallels between Denmark’s ‘hygge’ and investment – both financial and emotional – in Christmas.

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Inventory N°98

We look to the Great White North for finely made products, from fire-tending tools to a dram of whiskey.

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Something for everyone

Toronto is trumpeted as a city of diversity so it’s no surprise to see that variety carried over into its shopping too. Our third Retail Safari takes you on a tour of the small businesses that take on the big brands, from…

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Boom town

Levelled by a massive explosion in the early 20th century, Halifax’s North End is now welcoming an explosion of young professional families.

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National flavours

This issue we check out a Haitian hostelry in Montréal and sample Argentinian food in Toronto that’s been perfected over generations. We also visit a surfing community that’s become a culinary hotspot and taste a whole…

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Get your skates on

Hockey is the best chance for many young Canadians to achieve fame and fortune. Monocle laces up and visits Ontario to meet the junior players out on the ice chasing more than just pucks: they’re chasing their dreams.

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