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April 2008

The Bullion Air Club: Monocle on the top-secret world of transporting precious cargo. Plus: anyone for extensions? A report on the human hair trade.

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Woman of the world

The next correspondent in our series looking at foreign coverage of the US presidential elections is Corine Lesnes of ‘Le Monde’. Once frosty, France’s relations with the US have improved with the arrival of President…

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A song for supper

As a shy teenager from an island off Rotterdam, Anton Corbijn only felt confident behind a camera. Described by Bono as the ‘fifth member of U2’, he has befriended many of the subjects he has shot and filmed in his 30-year…

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Le Thé dans L'Encrier

Situated off this Provençal village’s main square, Le Thé dans l’Encrier serves as the sole bookshop to 1,100 inhabitants and myriad tourist

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Expo 12: Airs apparent

From Ulan Bator to Accra, there’s a global shortage of pilots – and schools to teach them. That’s why business has taken off at Moncton Flight College in New Brunswick, Canada. It’s home to 240 students who will one day be…

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Gulf champions

Qatar may be small, but with a GDP of €46bn it has the money to pull off minor miracles. Its latest plan is to become one of the world’s leading sports nations and to host the 2016 Olympic Games. The motivation is simple…

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Culture briefing

Books: Richard Sennett's The Craftsman, 1980s Greece and the Imposters. Art: Phillips de Pury's Japanese art sale, the Berlin Biennial and Simon Starling. Film: 21, the King of Kong and Scorsese's Shine of Light. Music:…

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Observation

Last year’s C40 summit in New York was a good start but the leaders of the world’s major cities need to get out even more to keep an eye on the competition and form alliances. London is facing a thin field for its upcoming…

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Lucky star

America has the vestiges of a patchwork of local media barons. The ones that thrive have managed to mix tradition with cutting-edge technology. The 80-year-old owner of the ‘Free Lance-Star’ is still a pioneer and the owner…

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Street talker

Her parents are from Algeria and she has spent her life working for radical campaign groups, but now Fadela Amara is at the heart of government in France. Her challenge from President Sarkozy: rebuild France’s riot-hit…

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This is the way

Schiphol, JFK and now Frankfurt airports have all turned to one Dutch designer to create the perfect signage systems. Paul Mijksenaar tells Monocle about his crusade to take the art of wayfinding in a new direction.

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Cape crusader

Nato, the EU, the Chinese, the US, property developers and private jet owners looking to refuel: it seems suddenly everyone wants to be Cape Verde’s friend. That’s because despite being resource-poor, the islands have one…

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A study in scarlet

Andreas Ferm and Jani Kristoffersen founded their practice DRD-A in 2003. Soon to relaunch as Guise, they are taking on ever more ambitious builds but also apply their ingenuity to smaller projects, such as the Stockholm…

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Trade secret

George Town, on the Malaysian island of Penang, was a colonial trading hub but after the Second World War it lost out to Hong Kong and Singapore. Now its faded Art Deco villas and relaxed pace of life are luring a new…

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Salon rangers

Milan’s I Saloni – the collective name for the Salone Internazionale del Mobile and its associated offshoots such as Salone Ufficio and SaloneSatellite – are the most important events in the design calendar, with over 2,300…

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The new deli

The centre of Germany’s second-largest city used to be known for its drugs and sex shops. Now, with ongoing gentrification, comes a retail concept that combines local organic produce with slick design.

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Going for old

The Japanese love vintage, but the idea of bidding for second-hand furniture is an unfamiliar concept. Now three entrepreneurs are bringing design classics to a new market in the country’s first modern and contemporary…

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Prime mover

Mitsubishi built Tokyo’s first office block, in the Marunouchi district, 114 years ago, and the firm is behind the area’s current redevelopment into a major financial centre. Overleaf, we dissect a Marunouchi building site…

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