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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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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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Architecture/Design Briefing

Spanish architect Vicente Guallart’s playful new plaza in Taipei, a clever retail development by upcoming Brisbane-based firm Richards & Spence, wooden storage inspired by traditional drum-making techniques from Italian…

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Barriers and barrios

Melilla, in Morocco, is one of two Spanish colonies left on the African continent. The enclave is a lure for illegal immigrants who try to cross the border here into Europe. But this is not the whole story; Monocle looks…

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With more interest

In a radical shift from its traditional brand identity, Sugamo Shinkin Bank has adopted an innovative and colourful design for its new Niiza branch. It looks more like an art gallery than a bank, and that seems to be having…

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…and relax

There’s no need to rush your Sabado in Madrid – potter around the apartment, tuck into ‘El País’, and then take to the streets for a market trawl and some antique book buying.

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The living is easy

Sweden’s second city is fertile soil for small businesses thanks to its history of maritime adventure, the population’s can-do attitude and its intimate size, which helps keep the co-operative spirit alive and well.

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Pleasure wear

In Tokyo a day off work is a rare treat and whether you spend it walking in the park or working your way through your magazine stash, you’ll need the perfect attire.

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Bean there done that

Nespresso, part of the Nestlé Group, invented those clever capsules to make a tasty, mess-free cup of coffee in 1986. Today, the company is booming thanks to its Swiss heritage and corporate skill.

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Inventory No. 28

In this month’s rundown of life improvers, we have some desk accessories to get you sorted, Brazilian cosmetics to keep you smelling sweet and the best après-ski liqueur we’ve tasted.

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Going logo

In a city known for flashy advertising, financial services brand Hyundai Card chose the opening of a new subway line to launch a campaign based on subtlety and simplicity, and the Zen-like hoardings have entranced passers…

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Monocle travel guide

With our ear constantly to the ground, Monocle introduces concept hotels in Spain and Japan, tailor-made trips to Portugal’s secret beaches, and other small businesses gaining popularity within their local communities.

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Bree and easy

Bree Street’s affordable rents and industrial past mean design schools stand next to car mechanics and menswear boutiques alongside panel beaters. The contrasts are beautiful.

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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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