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April 2007

All Eyes North: Why Norway is keeping watch on its reserves, resources and Russia. Monocle reports on the ups and downs of being on top of the world.

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Space to Grow

Bremen has always been an independent, outward-looking city, but that didn’t help it when the port’s traditional shipbuilding trade went into decline. Now the city has reinvented itself as a hi-tech hub. With low rents, a…

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Close-Knit Family

Despite its 223-year history, and rural setting, there is nothing dyed in the wool about British knitwear business John Smedley. This is a company that has thrived on its ability to move with the times – and now it is…

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Icing on the Cake

The Austrian modernist architect Andrea Lenardin Madden might have seemed an odd choice as the design force behind the fast-expanding Sprinkles cupcake empire – not least to herself – but, like one of their sweetest prod…

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Mister Midtown

Tokyo is one of the world’s most competitive commercial property markets but the fierce competition means that projects are finished on time and it is considered vital to get every detail right. The latest offering is…

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Inventory

The Korean music box designed by Kenneth Grange and an exclusive look at BSA's new clothing range.

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Contain yourself

The Nieuwe Waterweg in Rotterdam is Europe’s main port and the world’s fifth-largest, employing 58,000 people. The Europe Container Terminal (ECT), owned by Hong Kong-based Hutchinson Port Holdings Group, was built here in…

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The Perfect Home Gym

Monocle assembles the perfect fitness regime and fills a kitbag with exercise essentials without s much as breaking into a sweat.

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Weapons of mass attraction

Modern warfare is not simply divided between conventional and nuclear, guerrilla or acts of terrorism. It’s a complicated mix of all these and more. But what to buy to defend yourself? Every two years, defence firms gather…

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Ikonoskop

The Swedish company teaching Hollywood a ting or two with the A-Cam, the smallest 16mm cinema camera in the world.

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Dane and Deluca

Emmerys is the kind of food “chain” that we would like to see in every country. Run by Per Brun, each outlet is individual, each product high-quality. It is a unique Nordic mix of chic 7-11 meets Dean & Deluca. Yet its…

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La colonia roma

La Roma neighbourhood in Mexico City offers foreign buyers a cosmopolitan spot in the sun at reasonable prices. We show you how to make the move.

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Blue-Sky thinking

India’s economic boom has taken flight. Air traffic volumes are increasing exponentially – as is the pressure to service five million new passengers a year. That’s why KS Kohli and his Frankfinn training schools are making…

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My last meal: Riccardo Illy

Riccardo Illy is president of both Illy, his family’s coffee-making company, and the Assembly of European Regions, created in 1985 to give voice to the continent’s provinces and generate a forum for mutual cultural insight…

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Novel Concept

Downloadable novels, written to be read on mobile phones, are the most remarkable success story in Japanese publishing. The fledgling industry is already worth ¥9 billion (€57m) a year – while sales of traditional books are…

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Observation Issue 02

If you could uproot your business and personal life, where would you go? Have you already started renovating the flat you bought in Genoa (as suggested in issue one) and started looking for office space in Monaco? Does a…

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