10

February 2008

Ahead by a nose: Monocle reports from the rails in Germany, Turkey and Japan. Plus an election special to kick off our 2008 US coverage.

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Europe briefing

For the past three years, people travelling on the E4 motorway from Helsingborg to Haparanda have been following the construction of Dragon Gate with wonder. Why on earth would someone build a Chinese cultural centre and…

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Rupert Marine

Often used as lifeboats and by the military, RIBs are tough, sea-worthy and flexible. Spotting their business potential, Thomas Rönnberg set up the first Swedish RIB company, and is now preparing to take his boats to the…

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Americas briefing

The race for the 2008 Democratic Party candidate is hotting up, with Obama, Clinton and Edwards all battling to secure votes in the primary elections. This year, however, it is their appearance more than ever that is being…

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Art of news

Amos Schocken, publisher of Israel’s most influential newspaper, Haaretz, has remained true to his grandfather’s liberal ethos, unafraid to report fairly on Palestinian issues. Its core circulation of 75,000 has recently…

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Asia briefing

Imagine walking into a room bursting with not-yet-released products, from bath oils and bottled water to exercise machines and lipsticks. Now imagine being told to help yourself.

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The coast is cleared

Is your country too small? Make it bigger. As nations reclaim record amounts of land from the sea, Monocle reports from Singapore (20 per cent larger than a century ago) and the Netherlands (around 25 per cent reclaimed…

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Africa/Middle East briefing

Quick quiz question. Which part of France has the highest birth rate? Paris? Bordeaux? Marseille? The answer lies further south. Some 5,000 miles further south.

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Fashion briefing

It has been 60 years since British underwear and T-shirt label Sunspel introduced its two-ply Egyptian cotton boxer shorts to the discerning English gentleman.

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Design briefing

Too much old furniture ends up in skips. It’s a fate met even by pieces made from precious woods. But craftsmen are beginning to tap this source of timber. John Harris makes furniture from reclaimed woods and wants to prove…

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Oceania briefing

The boats are hosed down, the kids are back at school and the holidays are well and truly over in the southern hemisphere, so now New Zealanders are bracing themselves for a year of political blood sport. An election must…

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A place in the woods

With work ranging from cathedral renovations to university buildings, architect Jim Olson has stayed true to his principle that buildings should be a bridge between nature, culture and people. His family lodge is a labour…

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The show goes on

Despite being targeted by a bomb attack in which she lost an arm and leg, political TV journalist May Chidiac, a staunch critic of Syria, remains defiant and is back presenting for the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation.

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High times

With the ski season in full flight you’ll have had enough time to detect the chinks in your alpine armour. This month we offer some suggestions on how to beat the freeze and warm up your winter wardrobe in the process.

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Power struggle

Sakhalin, in Russia’s far east, is 6,000km from Moscow, yet a short hop from Japan, its former ruler. Marooned from its Asian neighbours during the Soviet era, the region has so far seen little investment from Japanese…

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Big cheese

Best known for running influential news site the Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington has also written numerous books including biographies of Picasso and Callas. Born in Greece and a Cambridge graduate, she is a knowledg…

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Barrio Lastarria

Like a fine wine, Santiago, Chile is getting better with age. While many foreigners still associate the nation with Pinochet, that ugly era ended nearly 20 years ago. The spirit of Santiago is embodied in a booming gourmet…

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Expo 10: Istanbul to Van

Every night the TransAsya Express departs from Istanbul heading for Tehran. It takes three days and two nights to reach its destination, time enough for you to leave the European lifestyle of western Turkey far behind.…

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Isle be back

The poorest prefecture in Japan, Okinawa, in the far south of the country, is experiencing a renaissance as companies large and small capitalise on its relaxed, affordable lifestyle, great beaches and warm climate. And the…

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Observation Issue 10

Rail life story: We love trains and think it’s time that the English-speaking world reacquired a taste for them too.

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Sleeper sell

With highspeed trains stealing more business travellers by the day, Europe’s top rail operator is betting that improved sleeper trains can also take back the night. For a world rediscovering the benefits – and pleasures …

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Inventory No. 10

Sometimes an Apple iPod hi-fi just won’t cut it, especially when you want to fully integrate all your audiovisual output at home or work. Sony’s new DA5300ES is an all-encompassing amplifier that will channel any multimedia…

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Business briefing

Currently, anyone living in the Russian far east and wanting to fly to the US has to travel three-quarters of the way round the world, across Eurasia and the Atlantic. But a Russian airline is planning to launch the first…

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