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November 2009

From Kamchatka to Gothenburg to Seattle - Monocle reveals a host of opportunities for anyone who's been thinking of packing up and jacking in corporate life.

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Float market

The yachting industry has suffered some knocks and Cannes boat fair was 14 per cent down in attendance this year, but there are signs it’s on course for a recovery. And there’s a new appreciation of old-school and sustai…

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Warm front

Røros-Tweed has been weaving Norwegian lambswool products since 1939, building on a local tradition that goes back centuries. Rescued from bankruptcy in 1968, it is now supplying some of the world’s top designers.

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Blue-sky thinking

Viking Air, a small parts manufacturer from British Columbia, had never even thought about building aeroplanes, but when the firm acquired the licences for de Havilland’s discontinued but adored sea and bush planes, the…

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The next pig thing

Last July saw import bans on the highest grade of Spanish jamón ibérico de bellota lifted in the US. As a result, more people are eating what fans refer to as ‘porcine wagyu’.

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Life on the edge

This remote north-eastern corner of Russia is an inhospitable land of fire, ice and earthquakes but the stunning scenery, hot springs and huge reserves of salmon suggest a seismic shift in fortunes could be about to happen…

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How to be a band in 2010

Rock stars are now essentially CEOs of their own small (and big businesses). Learn how to harness patrons, sponsorship and the digital revolution, and you could soon be selling out, without selling out.

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Vomero

Naples has been given a bad press but the San Martino district in the hill town of Vomero is a good spot to live, with plenty of charm and easy access to the centre but with none of its drawbacks.

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Happy now?

The nation that had no TV until 10 years ago and is famous for using its Gross National Happiness index as a measure of success rather than GDP, has been a democracy for just over a year. Monocle talks to its prime minister…

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Air Rescue

Twenty years ago, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty was a busy place as the Iron Curtain was pulled back. Today, its signals are still focused on Russia as well as Iran and Afghanistan.

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My last meal: Nadav Kander

Nadav Kander is one of the world’s top photographers – in both art and commercial worlds. Recent successes include ‘Yangtze, the Long River’, nominated for Prix Pictet, and ‘Obama’s People’ commissioned by the ‘New York…

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Europe Briefing

How Greenland's prime minister gets around his icy territory and how the Swedes have found a way to grow vegetables vertically. Switzerland considers removing minarets and the power of a good hairstyle on Ukraine's Yulia…

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Media Briefing

Turkey's religion-themed reality show upsets the imams, an Israeli animation studio aims to out-draw Pixar and we report on the relaunch and redesign of Germany's premier financial newspaper, Handelsblatt - reworked by…

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Americas Briefing

How the world's diplomats joined together to get Americans behind a tougher environmental policy ahead of December's Copenhagen summit, Brazil's ambitious rail plans and how thee headcount is changing in North Dakota and…

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In her element

Artist Teresita Fernández, who was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2005, makes pieces that reflect the landscape as she sees it. Monocle visits her as she prepares to install her new show in New York.

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Observation

For inspiration to start your own business, just take a walk in your local shopping district. That run-down pub or dreary café could be begging to be transformed into your own venture and could spawn a thousand dreams and…

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Culture Briefing

Douglas Coupland's unerring eye continues to define his times, Michael Haneke's White Ribbon scars the horses, and Toronto Indie superheroes Hidden Cameras mix it with Sweden's finest frostbitten chanteuse.

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Asia Briefing

The rise of the banker-turned-politician in Japan and Asia's plans to grow bigger islands in places where it matters. China mulls over what to do with its internet addicts as detox houses fail and Delhi bans outdoor nupt…

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Turning the tables

Carl Malmsten was one of Sweden’s greatest furniture designers and thanks to his grandson, Jerk Malmsten, his legacy continues. Last year at the Carl Malmsten shop, 96 per cent of sales were in Sweden.

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Oceania Briefing

Is Australia the new South Korea? Why the Polynesians want their own passport, Pacific islanders bail out of the atolls and how Aussie men rate as good partners.

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Fashion briefing

A new retail concept "Present" in London's Shoreditch, smart leather sneakers in Milan from design team Twentyfourseven, and a collaboration between Danish clothing brand Soulland and one of Copenhagen’s oldest…

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Defence Briefing

Why modesty replaced lavishness on the stalls at Europe's largest arms fair held in London, and Russia turns to the French and Dutch in search of four new warships after admitting its own shipyards aren't up to the task.

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