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May 2007

Pedal Politics: A global survey of bicycle culture and commerce. Monocle reports on the most bike-friendly city, the biggest brand and more.

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Accidental empire

Not since the Second World War have the islands of the Pacific been so hotly fought over. This time, however, the battle lines are diplomatic. China, the US and Taiwan are all pitching in but it is Australia that is running…

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Build me Hong Kong

It’s done a good job getting everyday essentials into our homes, hands and driveways but it would like to do so much more. Faced with stiff competition from China, South Korea sees a future for itself as a centre for hi…

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Letter from Tallinn

In 1991, impoverished Estonia broke free from the old Soviet Union. Today it is Europe’s fastest-growing economy. No surprise then that the nation has just voted back into power the coalition government which has overseen…

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Two wheels good

Some 58 per cent of all journeys made in Groningen are on a bicycle. And its 180,000 residents own an amazing 300,000 bikes. The small Dutch city is now seen as a living manifesto for how to get people in the saddle. This…

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'It's fear that will unite us'

Singapore has felt the wrath of two neighbours already this year. Indonesia banned exports of construction sand claiming it was concerned about environmental damage (perhaps coincidentally, the two countries are also in…

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What a scoop

In our regular series on the world’s more obscure yet inspirational trade fairs, *Monocle* despatched a team to Rimini to cover Sigep, one of the biggest ice cream trade conventions in the world.

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Doggie style

*Monocle* HQ wouldn’t be the same without an occasional visit from our canine colleagues. So, this month we asked guest editors Bruno, Bertie, Gus, Muffin and Molly to compile a list of the best beds, bowls, biscuits and…

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Feeling flush

Sixty per cent of Japanese homes have a TOTO Washlet loo that can wash your bottom and even blow-dry it. The makers claim that after using one three times, nothing else will do. Having experienced their warm seats and piped…

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Dahlman

Each month, we visit a small-scale, high-quality manufacturer that’s big on provenance. For May, we trotted into Dahlman, a 200-year-old saddlery currently owned by brothers Erik and Frank Hendriksen, direct descendents of…

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Wheeler dealer

Giant is the world’s largest bicycle firm. And while China claims an ever-greater share of the mass market, Giant continues pushing prices for specialist models ever higher. What’s more, its president plans to turn Taiwan…

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