117

October 2018

The culture and media preview. Inside: the shows, movies, museums, singers and writers who will shake up your autumn.

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Editor's letter

This month, our editor in chief wants to open your eyes to a little hotel in South Tyrol that’s setting the benchmark in hospitality for its efforts in the community. But first, we’ve an exercise for you to be getting on…

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The opener

We question the rise of the ‘instant library’ and skip the hangover with a tee-total cocktail. First up, getting in an upmarket lather, the capes and capers of Brazilian politics and why Ibiza is so Italian.

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Talon show

Life in the city can take its toll but there are ways to avoid getting your feathers ruffled. We sharpen our pencils and head to a life-drawing class where the models are birds of prey, bats or even wolves.

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Stand and be counted

Getting an accurate idea of turnout at protest marches is vital to our understanding of the public mood. We meet the people with the clickers.

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A cut above

The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode’s executive president is helping to drive French fashion forever forward by focusing on education – as well as Paris Fashion Week, of course.

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True colours

When in Paris, the visionary designer heads for the tranquil – but suitably colourful – setting of her local bistro.

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Obama army

Chicago is now home to Barack Obama’s new political fighters. As the midterms approach, we head to the city to see how his legacy is shaping politics today.

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Recovery position

Katrin Jakobsdottir is a rare thing: a scandal-free, left-wing prime minister who believes in compromise. She takes a break to spread the word about Iceland’s economic success.

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Politics briefing

Germany’s immigration policy could get a lot more relaxed, while Canada struggles with controversial statues and economic woes beleaguer Turkey’s president.

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Defence briefing

Has Iran found a way to circumvent sanctions when it comes to fighter jets? Plus, New Zealand’s pilots get a boost, the UK’s arms exports are taking off and Sri Lanka is becoming a focal point for defence in Asia.

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Cities briefing

Toronto’s mayoral race is heating up, Zürich’s mayor tells us what her city is doing right and one of Venice’s bridges gets a revamp.

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Critical crossroads

A hard-won peace, falling crime and growing foreign investment are reasons to be optimistic about Colombia – but the age-old problems of inequality, corruption and coca production refuse to go away.

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Let’s talk shops

Is it game over for stores, malls and high streets? Not according to these developers and place-makers who believe they have the formula that makes bricks-and-mortar retail work.

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Amplifying the positives

As a 30-year veteran of the music industry, Rob Stringer is intent that past mistakes are not repeated. The Sony Music CEO has no problem with dissenting voices in the workplace but is vocal about one thing: everyone needs…

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Made to last

Retailer Manufactum’s HQ suits the company, with its anti-throwaway ethos, perfectly.

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Tiger barmy

Osaka’s Hanshin Tigers are the best-supported team in Japanese baseball despite not having won the league since 1985. And we don’t use the term ‘best-supported’ lightly: the romance of the sleeping giant draws fans from…

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Smarter homes

Meet the architects and businesses who are creating housing that’s affordable, sustainable and a pleasure to live in.

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Brave new world

For decades the Belice Valley was a byword for bureaucratic bungling in the face of disaster. Now, 50 years after a devastating earthquake struck the region, the bold aesthetic legacy that bloomed in its wake is finally…

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