11

March 2008

Make ours an analogue: Monocle on the great digital resistance movement. Plus a security check on airport perimeter defences.

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Tough nut to crack

Although the European nut market was worth over €8bn in 2007, consumption there is peanuts compared to the Middle East. But Al Rifai, the Lebanese ‘Rolls-Royce of nut companies’, is expanding into Europe’s underdeveloped…

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Do not disturb

One year on and we’ve raided enough hotel minibars to sink a Stena Liner. We think it’s time for the hospitality industry to take stock on the stock take.

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Save our skin tones

Digital photography is unquestionably faster and cheaper than film. But if you take a really good look at yourself in your latest party pictures shot on your 10-megapixel digi, you might not be quite so keen to ditch the…

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Ancestral spirits

It’s used by Chinese businessmen to toast every new deal but until now the bai jiu market has been a home concern – perhaps because it smells like a mix of unwashed toes, petrol and goats’ cheese and has a flavour to match…

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Abel García López

Nestled in a chilly valley between wooded volcanoes is the guitar-making capital of Mexico. While many in Paracho battle to survive against a flood of cheap Chinese imports, a few are drawing on generations of knowledge to…

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Finnish line

The Russia-Finland border was once the focus of Cold War hostility. Now the Finns and Russians are working together to stop people and drug traffickers opening up new smuggling routes. Monocle goes on patrol with the Fin…

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Smooth landing

Plans for a Terminal 5 at Heathrow were unveiled in 1993. Fifteen years and €5.6bn later, the largest single-span structure in the UK is ready. In Singapore, meanwhile, the new T3 at Changi has also opened its departure…

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Saggen

Innsbruck is certainly well-equipped and prepared to co-host Euro 2008, having twice held the Winter Olympics in 1964 and 1976. But beyond being the ideal event city, Innsbruck’s year-round vibrancy makes it perfect for…

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Europe briefing

Why Norway is going Dutch, vodka and the Russian elections, plus the French mayor who could teach Sarkozy a lesson

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Film stars

The global camera market has switched from film to digital with lightning speed. In Japan, 94m digital cameras were produced last year, compared to 800,000 film cameras. However, an army of die-hard fans is keeping the…

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Dead simple

When Tokyo-based design guru Kenya Hara is asked to create graphics, he usually ends up advising a company on its entire aesthetic direction. This is how he became design adviser to no-label Muji. As well as generating…

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Americas briefing

The Paraguay priest running for president, and a Style Leaders special on the Republican party's presidential candidates.

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Culture briefing

Music: Vampire Weekend and Chris Bathgate. Film: 3:10 to Yuma and Battle of Haditha. Art: A New York art cpp[ and exhibition picks. Books: JG Ballard's autobiography, Granta and Madam President.

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Expo 11: Olympic gold rush

Beijing’s citizens are living under more than the legendary smog clouds. The world will be focused on China’s capital city this August, and, if all goes to the Communist Party’s plan, we will be overawed by the glittering…

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Mix in the right circles

Four enthusiastic Swedes believe that the future of music doesn’t have to end in …Pod. Their Pacemaker – a palm-sized DJ system that promises fresh new pastures of musical discovery, pitch-perfect audio quality and instant…

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Observation

Journalists ask the craziest questions At a recent media-centric conference in Munich a series of reporters from various print, online and TV outlets asked me to reflect on this magazine’s first year and why we decided to…

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No flour, no power

Despite healthy economic growth, two thirds of Pakistanis earn under $2 a day, 60 per cent of adults are illiterate, and the country is in the grip of a food and fuel crisis. No wonder the frivolity of Islamabad’s wedding…

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Fog City News

The magazine store in San Francisco that's bucking the mainstream, a satirical Parisian paper and healthcare, manga-style.

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Party animal

The second correspondent in our series looking at foreign coverage of the US presidential election is Li Xuejiang, Washington bureau chief for China’s ‘People’s Daily’, the state controlled newspaper with a circulation of…

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