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June 2019

Time for take off! The pioneers, fixers and makers who want to get the world moving.

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Editor's letter

After a spin in a vintage Ferrari, Tyler Brûlé ponders the future of car design and mobility.

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The opener

Are we about to call time on famed German efficiency? Don’t worry, these brief bulletins on Brexit and bragging won’t hold you up.

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Acid test

Many first-year university students in Portugal are being put through the mill by their peers, taking part in initiation activities that are supposed to be fun – as well as embarrassing. But how far will they go to earn…

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Going with the flow

One of life’s smaller but more embarrassing problems – how to disguise the noise we make when we visit the bathroom for a tinkle – has finally been solved by a Japanese company. Now we can all feel relieved.

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Backstage pass

Ensconced in her regular dressing room, the Greek pop singer likes to while away the time before performances by pampering her voice and avoiding diva-ish cliché.

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In the picture

The future of Spain’s Prado Museum lies in the hands of Miguel Falomir – and his formidable team.

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Centre stage

We meet the Norwegian prime minister, whose job is to keep her country on an even keel as it tackles extremism and an over-reliance on fossil fuels.

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Desert storm

The Israeli Defense Forces base of Ir Habahadim is at the heart of the government’s vision to settle and develop the Negev desert – but it’s a plan that’s also controversial.

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Rolling stone

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

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Life in motion

From the infrastructure giant improving quality of life to the railway firm entering the property market, we meet the high-flyers going above and beyond.

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Flights of fancy

All the latest innovations and ideas for improving your in-flight experience are on show at the Aircraft Interiors Expo. They’re not all good (some are downright terrible) but we hope a few of them will make it to market…

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Sit back and relax

For most people commuting is boring, expensive and uncomfortable. But does it need to be that way? We just want the basics done right: solid infrastructure, a low-carbon footprint and an experience that doesn’t leave us…

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Kiss of life

Go to Japan to discover how a small-town train station can help reshape the community and economy – all with a hyper-local vibe.

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Push the boat out

Despite the predictions of big sales and profits, Asia’s yacht market is spluttering. But market watchers still hope that the habit will take hold.

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The big spoke

Toronto, against all the odds, is very much a cycling city. We meet the independent bike makers and painters who are keeping the town in the saddle.

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Connected thinking

The business of getting from A to B has rarely been such a contentious issue, whether the debate is about environmental impact, regional rivalry or the influence of powerful nations. Our round-up of the most exciting tra…

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Case of the vanishing journalists

TV, newspapers and podcasts have made reinvestigating old crimes big news. But who can they turn to for help? Meet two reporters who left their jobs to become media-minded private eyes.

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