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September 2009

Monocle reports on winning friends and influencing opinion through music, sport, design and your very own news channel.

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Americas briefing

Bolian president Evo Morales and his penchant for ponchos, Chile and Peru's pointless weapons race and dating for lonely Canadian farmers. Also, in our View from Washington column, we look at one of Barack Obama's many…

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Møller light

The AP Møller School in Schleswig, northern Germany, is luring design aficionados with its groundbreaking architecture. School has never been so cool, or soft power so clever.

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Africa/Middle East briefing

Somaliland does democracy (while the rest of the world denies the country's existence), Yemen's president claims he's been a crime-fighting success (while his country goes into meltdown), and it's back to school in Gaza …

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Pitti Patter

Although buyers’ budgets were cinched in and high-end fashion was kept in mothballs, the mood at this summer’s menswear show Pitti Uomo remained optimistic. This was reflected in the light, bright collections.

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Asia briefing

Monocle talks to Japanese designers, architects and businessmen about what their country needs, post-election. Plus, Hong Kong combats its pollution, and Japan welcomes Chinese tourists - as long as they've got money to…

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Back in your box

How do you make voting simpler, appealing and important? It’s a challenge Norway has tried to solve. The solution is a vote winner.

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Oceania briefing

New Zealand's prime minister and his choice of transport, and Australia's renewed efforts to get people on their bikes.

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Inner growth

Makoto Tanijiri’s work is brimming with fresh ideas. At just 35 years old, he is one of Japan’s most promising visionary architects. This inspired home, built in the sprawling suburbs of Nagoya, shows why.

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Defence briefing

The new hi-tech armoured vehicles destined for US and UK troops in Afghanistan and a new mine-resistant jacket from a Columbian bullet-proof clothing maker. Plus, why back problems are adding to the hardship of life in…

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Fashion briefing

Boy's clothes for girls from BD Baggies, a new collaboration from Barbour, Burlington's transformation and the latest collection from Boglioli, Monocle also talks to the founder of Osano, whose new jewellery brand Ecojewel…

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Bigger than Björk

Presidents take his calls and children in 128 countries hang on his every word. But Magnus Scheving, creator of the TV show ‘LazyTown’, is also a reluctant national icon (to be blunt, he thinks he may have outgrown his…

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Architecture/Design briefing

Japanese hand-crafted kitchenware, social housing in Vienna that doesn't compromise quality of life and a Portuguese hillside winery that passes our design taste-test.

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Oblast resort

It’s an isolated chip off the old Russian bloc that’s surrounded by wealthier EU nations. Its future is anyone’s guess – military outpost or beach resort? But with a dynamic leader and wise investment, Kaliningrad could…

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Dress book

While we’re hoping for an Indian summer, it won’t do any harm to start choosing a few pieces for those colder days. Our key selects for the season offer looks for work and play.

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Desert Dream

Once a provincial backwater, the Jordanian port town of Aqaba is in the midst of a vast regeneration programme that will reposition it as the ‘gateway to the Levant’.

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Lounge lover

When we’re in the Japanese capital, there’s one bar we always return to – the 1970s timewarp and unbeatable cocktails of the Brillant Bar at the Keio Plaza. Where better to showcase a few new pieces from our favourite…

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California on a roll

What would the US be without the hamburger? Like a country without a decent urban commuter bike. And that’s been the case, until Specialized set up a workshop in California to produce new designs that are tarmac-lickin’…

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Inventory No. 26

In this month’s rundown of vital life improvements we have a two-faced candle, a three-legged stool and 12 notebooks to get you through the coming year.

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Business briefing

Syria opens its first privately owned winery, East Africa gets wired up to global broadband, and business booms for the small weapons trade. In Europe, Barcelona takes a cue from the Gulf and starts a major investment in…

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Monocle travel guide

This month we launch a new travel edit with a focus on great service and put the spotlight on some of Bavaria’s finest new hostelries. Plus, overleaf, there’s dining in Tokyo, a Zürich café that plays musical chairs and a…

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Ripping yarn

Harris Tweed is woven in a beautiful setting by workers in their own homes. But all is not as idyllic as it sounds. With the closing of its largest mill, it’s crunch time for the business. The question is, can things be…

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