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April 2019

Season premiere – it’s all new. Inside: Global retail survey, Texas does fashion, bumper style directory and Taiwan’s president.

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History repeating

As Monocle starts a new chapter in the form of a new German printing house, our editor in chief Tyler Brûlé looks back at his editorial schooling in Hamburg.

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The opener

Dog-gone Brexit, food made for Instagram and ridiculous waist-high lanyard scanners – it’s no wonder we’re debating forgiveness.

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Ewe beauty

Sculptor Gabriela von Habsburg is most relaxed when tending to her beloved sheep.

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Time served

Glasgow used to be a hotspot for violent crime – but an innovative approach to driving down the numbers seems to be working.

Global

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Blooming marvellous

The much-loved cherry blossom season is big business in Japan. But when will it hit? To find out, a private weather forecaster employs all the tools at its disposal – including people power – to pinpoint the top petal…

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Animal magic

Zoos can change the world: the not-so-wild claim from Dominic Jermey, Zoological Society London’s top dog.

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Taking stock

For the past 12 years, Monocle has sought to use the best paper and printers – now they’re even better. So what’s changed and how does it work?

Global

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Calm before a storm

The president of Taiwan is softly spoken and unassuming but that hasn’t stopped her from ruffling a few feathers. We speak to her as she gears up for the 2020 election.

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Diplomacy

The UK’s new ambassador to Brazil arrives just in time and Japan implements a new visa scheme.

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Politics

Canada’s new ministerial position, Finland heads to the polls and campaigning in Indonesia.

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Defence

How a no-deal Brexit could affect UK security, Nato turns 70 and the US makes some big purchases.

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Cities

Jakarta’s public transport is slow to take off, and Seattle and Seoul clear some way for public space.

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Talking shop

Here at Monocle we’ve long believed that far from being on its way out, physical retail is essential and here to stay. Across these pages we present our manifesto on what good bricks-and-mortar has to offer for cities,…

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Nothing but the truth

From skateboarding in Illinois to covert filming in the suburbs of Damascus, documentary films are enjoying mass-market appeal – and cashing in at the box office too. We meet the genre’s talents.

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Writing rights

‘The Last Column’, a collection of final dispatches by journalists who have been killed in the line of duty, reminds us of the importance of a free press.

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The Ten

Are you experiencing Netflix fatigue? Do your Spotify playlists feel uninspired? Then it’s time to take charge. This month we launch our new guide to the unmissable films, series, art, books and records that should make…

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Novel approach

A Japanese book distributor is espousing an unusual business model that sells not just books, but the bookshop experience itself, to bibliophiles and casual shoppers alike.

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On balance

Bridges connect us. We meet the architects and engineers using them to brand cities, draw tourists and, of course, bring people together.

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Building a legacy

Rahm Emanuel is coming to the end of his second and final term as Chicago mayor. It hasn’t always been smooth sailing but his dedication to social-development projects and urban infrastructure is something to be celebrated…

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