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December 2009

Prescriptions for a better 2010: Our Annual Forecast Issue. A healthy injection of essays, manifestos, reportage and ideas from Monocle’s international team of specialists.

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On the money

How come some nations’ banks glided through the global banking crisis unscathed? Do we even need money? But what if it’s forged? Three writers deposit their accounts.

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Homeward Bound

As much as we love flying out of Tokyo’s Haneda, Monocle opts for the slow train to Hokkaido for the holidays – the 19.03 from Ueno to Sapporo.

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Double vision

While trends come and go in the art world, gallery owners Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers have been nurturing artists for 26 years. Their old fashioned approach has paid off and they are the ones to watch in 2010.

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Inventory No. 29

We have scoured the globe to bring you a category of gifts for each of the 12 days of Christmas.

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From coal to cool

Thanks to its excellent universities, international transport links and super bright, skilled workforce, this former mining city in Germany’s Ruhr valley has been transformed into a hive for hi-tech firms.

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Leaders of the pack

Identifying a gap in a market is the easy part; creating a pioneering company to plug that gap requires a bit more skill. We present five firms that have found their niche and done the hard work too.

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To your health

What does 2010 hold? Monocle’s biggest issue to date looks at who should be in the spotlight, who should take a bow, and which companies are the ones to watch – all with a healthy dose of optimism.

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Talking shop

From tailor-made coffee to a well-known British supermarket brand, these examples of good retail and service go further than the average store, thanks to bold ambition, piece-by-piece quality and a passion for pleasing…

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Our heroes

Welcome to Monocle’s annual round-up of 20 people who we think deserve a bigger stage. We cover diverse professions from shoe designers to politicians because we believe it’s not only the grand scale that matters, but the…

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Business briefing

How Bulgaria became a world leader in snail production, the material difference of the new Boeing 787 and the German gunmakers tapping into the US market.

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Most unwanted

Welcome to Monocle’s annual round-up of 20 people who we think deserve a bigger stage. We cover diverse professions from shoe designers to politicians because we believe it’s not only the grand scale that matters, but the…

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A better blueprint

Welcome to Monocle’s annual round-up of 20 people who we think deserve a bigger stage. We cover diverse professions from shoe designers to politicians because we believe it’s not only the grand scale that matters, but the…

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Arts surgery

Monocle has sorted out your culture fixes for the next year, with a round-up of the best exhibitions, gigs, books, films and music releases to look forward to.

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Spark life

The world is going electric in a bid to combat environmental change and energy dependency. For once this Christmas, batteries are included.

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