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March 2007

Japan Takes Aim: Asia’s most advanced fleet looks beyond the horizon. Monocle gains exclusive access to the world’s only non-existent navy.

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Inventory No. 1

Inventory is an international round up of what to buy and where to buy it. On our first monthly shopping list we’ve sourced a pair of Norwegian rain-cheaters, a two-tub mane tamer and three South African beers to wash down…

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Diary of a movie deal

The Sundance Film Festival, held every January in Park City, Utah, attracts 45,000 film-makers, buyers, distributors, agents, celebrities, journalists, movie buffs and wannabes. This year 125 pictures were showing, all…

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Well Played

Founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Christiansen, Lego started life in the wooden toy business. Derived from the Danish words *‘leg’* (play) and *‘godt’* (well), the company’s play-well concept has turned Lego into one of the most…

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Trigger Happy

Dundee is a key hub for the world’s computer games industry. And not just any games. The city’s software houses are responsible for some of the most violent titles ever produced, including *Grand Theft Auto*. Why Dundee?…

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Família values

Tourism is Brazil’s fourth biggest earner, generating €8.5bn and sustaining 1.1m jobs. Last year, Rio de Janeiro received more than two million international and five million domestic visitors, an increase of 120 per cent…

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Star board

Jetstar, a low-cost offshoot of Qantas, has launched not only itself but a new business model, offering acceptable levels of comfort at prices far below those of rival business classes. Now, the airline plans to expand its…

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Good Migrations

For most of the last century, Italy’s population flowed outwards. But as the country grew richer, the outside began to trickle in, from Eastern Europe, North Africa and Asia. Today, the country’s roughly three million…

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Sunday best

We kick off the first of our monthly themed rundowns with our take on the perfect Sunday morning: a cycle through Lisbon, our ideal media menu and a brunch prepared by our Aussie friends Wall Two 80.

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Shop Front

We take a look at the record store that helped to form the Dead Kennedys, Aquarius Records, now attracting the musically adventurous from all over the world. We also explore treasured independent book shops Athenaeum Nie…

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On the Shelf

Coop is the second largest retailer in Switzerland after Migros, with about 1,500 outlets and 44,000 employees. In 2005, it had a turnover of €8.6bn. It has 20 per cent of the country’s food retail business. As well as…

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Kabul and Wireless

Each month in My Working Life, *Monocle* introduces you to a key figure in the world’s arts or media. First up is the host of Afghanistan’s most popular breakfast show. Massood Sanjer, 28, mocks ministers and makes fun of…

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Fashion briefing

Why Prada has a new ring of confidence, Daiki Suzuki's designs for Woolrich and will H&M foray into high fashion work?

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Push my Button

Everyone from parents to President Putin is attacking the vending and amusement machine industry. As the key players gathered in Europe to launch a counter attack, we were there to see if all their cherries would come up…

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