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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Man in the middle

It’s been a bad start to the year for Afghanistan. As reports claim it is heading for failed-state status, the Taliban continues to defy US and Nato-led troops. President Karzai is increasingly frustrated with US and Bri…

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Fashion briefing

Monocle enjoys São Paulo fashion week Tomorrowland collaborates with Belgian designer Jean-Paul Knott, plus Prada platforms, Incotex trunks and Banana Republic comes to London.

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Maltese crossing

Malta, the Mediterranean island with a population of 400,000, is booming thanks to EU membership and its adoption of the euro. It’s also perfectly poised to exploit renewed trade with Gaddafi’s Libya.

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Show jumper

Its hardwearing woollen sweaters were once regulation wear for Danish schoolchildren and fishermen, but now the perennial anti-fashion brand SNS Herning is enjoying an international revival, with top-line designers fuelling…

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Love box

In a city with 21,500 karaoke bars, exclusive members club Amour is in a different league. Founded by Parisian club impresario and graffiti artist André and with interiors by Marc Newson, it is luring a well-heeled inter…

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Deli vision

In 1948, Francesco Armandola opened the doors to his eponymous delicatessen in Milan. Located in via della Spiga, it catered to a clientele eager to forget the lean war years. Since 2005, his son Giorgio has been in charge…

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Pitti boys

It may not grab the headlines like the catwalk shows but Florence’s Pitti Uomo fair is where big deals are made and clothes we might actually wear are previewed. This year the event saw new interest from eastern Europe and…

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Spot the shopper

China’s booming economy has triggered a luxury-mall boom. Packed with the best brands, they lack just one thing: shoppers with money. While some companies have found success, many more could soon be packing up and heading…

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Inventory no. 11

Coloured pencils and shochu from Japan, perfume by La Labo, Labour and Wait's enamelware and a Norwegian post box.

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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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