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March 2009

Getting away from it all: In our new series on outposts at the far corners of the globe we test the waters and uncover the opportunities in the South Atlantic.

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Lords of the skies

In 2007, the Brazilian government launched a crack down on the drug gangs in Rio’s slums and thousands were killed. Now the city’s civil police have a new weapon: the ‘Huey II’ helicopter gunship. Monocle looks at the use…

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Fashion briefing

The new shoemaker with old-fashioned values, hand-embroidered dresses from Mexico and Peru, a new take on desert boots, and Adidas's latest diffusion.

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Show the world

Our new series, national icons, is about people who rise above politics to become symbols of a country’s strengths. First we meet May Arida who has kept Lebanon’s Baalbek festival alive despite wars and threats. She also…

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Intelligent fashion

The transition from winter to spring wardrobe should be a reasonable and seamless exercise. But the stripping of layers can throw up all kinds of insecurities. Monocle creates six looks for easy seasonal switch.

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The next Shanghai

Kunming is an unpolluted, diverse city that offers a high quality of life. Infrastructure projects, including new train routes and an international airport, are providing links with south Asia, boosting trade. It’s even…

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Show must go on

Taking place in the shadow of a retail slowdown, this year’s Pitti Immagine Uomo nevertheless managed to have an air of solidarity and optimism – the bright and playful clothing on show bucking the usual greys and neutrals…

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Two-wheel deal

The car industry is in global disarray. So can the makers of affordable, greener scooters overtake the punch-drunk auto makers? At Honda’s HQ they are planning a two-wheeled revolution.

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Watch word

Due to scheduling conflict, the watch season started a bit earlier in Geneva. The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) is a grand tour of blue-chip brands and this year saw an august upstart in the form of…

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Business briefing

Why vineyards could be a wise investment, the pioneering Japanese store Lawson, and a Q&A with the president of the Geneva Motor Show.

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Inventory No. 21

Our monthly guide to what's hot in the shops. This month: the latest Panasonic Lumix camera, typeface Top Trumps, hand-me-down canvas bags, a Lebanese cookbook and an Italian Lemonade.

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Friends eclectic

LA’s KCRW sounds like the future of radio. Small, perfectly formed and with an influence that travels far beyond its American HQ, the station breaks bands and sets the soundtrack for Hollywood’s films and its residents…

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Expo 21: Trading places

Syria is moving away from the staunch socialist principles that dominated the country for decades. President Bashar al Assad has created a new merchant class and forged business links with neighbour Turkey. Nowhere has…

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Premier league

As Copenhagen gears up to host the United Nations Climate Change conference COP15 later this year, Monocle meets Danish prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen and talks about Denmark’s identity, global security and the impact…

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El Korba, Heliopolis

The best quality of life in Cairo is not to be found in its glitzy but homogeneous satellite towns but in the old-fashioned charm of El Korba. Founded early last century by a Belgian baron, it combines Islamic and Art-Deco…

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Happy new world

As Monocle notches up two years, we take a look back at where we started and unveil some subtle tweaks to our brand for volume 03. We’ve always celebrated small businesses that manufacture at home and in an ever-more hom…

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My last meal: Muna Abu Sulayman

While in Dubai for the UAE’s first Arab Women Leadership Forum, 34-year-old TV-show host Muna Abu Sulayman met with Monocle for her ‘last meal’. The Saudi citizen chose Saladicious, a restaurant in the Jumeirah district.

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Observation

As we celebrate Monocle’s second anniversary, we have a special birthday wish. We spend a lot time in the air and reckon it’s time for real change. So if you are listening, dear airline CEO, we’d really love for our jou…

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Little Britain

For the first in a new series on outposts of opportunity we visit Stanley, capital of the Falkland Islands, the British territory best known for sheep and its 1982 war with Argentina. Now oil and tourists are making this…

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Travel briefing

Russian Railways get a little help from Spain, Lufthsana passengers get a new Welcome Lounge, and Monocle gets excited about a new guide to Lebanon.

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Light bulb moment

Formerly a light bulb manufacturer, Shotoku began making hand-blown glassware in the 1950s. Today its ultra-thin Usuhari glasses are the toast of the town. And it still continues to innovate.

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