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February 2009

On the rocks? Iceland’s race to recover. From Reykjavik, a special report on a looming mass exodus and the people fighting to keep the country afloat.

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Wealth and safety

In 1974 residents started moving to AlphaVille, São Paulo’s first gated community. Today there are 300 around the city. While residents may have escaped from becoming entries in the city’s kidnap and murder statistics, they…

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Briefing

Be positive's fancy footwork, the Japanese shop that will cook you dinner, and Scotland's D.S. Dundee.

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New iron lady

After last summer’s disastrous war against Russia, Georgia’s opposition leaders felt that patriotism should come before any attack on their president, Mikheil Saakashvili. But now the time for retribution is getting nearer…

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Run in top gear

Getting into shape is hard work, so we need all the help we can get. Here, Monocle selects the most comfortable trainers, the most useful gadgets and the most nutritious supplements to help you get fit.

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Peace and prosperity

Arbil in Iraqi Kurdistan has escaped the worst of the war raging across the rest of the country. Its new airport, coupled with burgeoning trade, offer hope for this one corner of a ravaged nation.

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House doctor

Set among the embassies and doctors’ surgeries in Marylebone, London, this petite penthouse pulled in Swiss carpenters along with British and Danish storage solutions to deal with a mass of media and an upside-down layout…

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Safe option

New York’s JFK terminal 3 is bulking up on security equipment to fight terrorism – and catch people who forgot to throw away their water bottle. And it’s not the only airport doing so – providers of this technology are…

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Inventory no.20

Among our favourite products found on our travels are the Amadana mobile phones and a foldable, full-size bike.

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Briefing

Yves Saint Laurent's final show stoppers, and is the writing on the wall for Urban Art?

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Observation

While you’ve been easing into the New Year we’ve been minding the shop – literally. That’s why we think governments left wondering how to stimulate consumer spending should try creating a new merchant class that’s focused…

Global

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What crisis?

While bankers on Wall Street continue to sweat and plan new career moves, their colleagues in Beirut are literally counting their good fortunes. Book publishers in London and armoured car manufacturers in Bogotá are also…

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The Hills are alive

This tree-lined street in Sydney’s Surry Hills led the neighbourhood’s transformation from a quiet, run-down suburb into a cool shopping destination with a real sense of community. Bourke Street is at the centre of the…

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Dark horizons

The collapse of Iceland’s banks is sending shock waves through the nation. Job losses and mortgage increases are common complaints on the streets of Reykjavik. But though the mood is bleak, some creative Icelanders are…

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What's in store

In tough economic times, shops will need something special to keep customers. Monocle’s new star retailers are a supermarket with a concierge, a childrenswear store with staff chosen for their childcare skills, and a boo…

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Expo 20: All at sea

The South Koreans have become the globe’s most successful shipbuilders – the country is home to the three biggest shipyards in the world, all based around the port of Busan. That’s great when the global economy is in full…

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Frozen assets

Only a year ago, savers from Europe were pouring money into Icelandic banks, looking to capitalise on high interest rates. Now the banks are bust and the nation’s identity is shaken. On page 19 Monocle travels to Reykjavik…

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My last meal: Mathias Dahlgren

Celebrated Swedish chef Mathias Dahlgren enjoys preparing complex dinners at work but likes to keep things simple in his free time. For the setting of his last meal, he would choose the quiet Nyckelviken forest just outside…

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Europe briefing

What Finland's president, Tarja Halonen, has in her motorcade, why Russia's building boom has hit the brakes, and how the Vatican is doing its bit in the fight against climate change.

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Briefing travel

Park Hyatt's Palas coup in Istanbul, China's regional jet makes its inaugural flight and our Milanese travel itinerary. Plus, the man who's sure this is the time to start a new airline in Brazil.

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Chip off the old block

Rønning Ski has produced wooden skis in the village of Skotterud in Norway since 1936. While other manufacturers die out, switch to fibreglass or move to China, Rønning keeps modernising the wooden ski and finding new fans…

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Asia briefing

Urban farming in Japan, Korea's mission to put its cuisine on the map, and farewell to to Cambodia's "bamboo" railways.

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