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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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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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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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Turning rapines

Verbal, aka Ryu Yong Gi, is half of m-flo, one of Japan’s biggest hip-hop acts. Verbal and his m-flo partner, Taku Takahashi, have been working together on their “m-flo loves…” collaborations with an array of guest artists…

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Luxurious relaunch

The German region of Saxony has shaken off the shackles of communist rule to establish itself as a manufacturing centre for top-of-the-range, quality brands – from cars to clocks to clothing. But can Dresden become as…

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Into Africa

Tangier has a reputation for being a playground for pleasure seekers. But with the opening of a new port this summer, the city is set to become a key business centre. Just a short ferry ride from Europe, staff costs are low…

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Take your seats

The Milan Furniture Fair, or simply “Salone”, has become one of the biggest industrial design events in the world and brings together brand owners, industrial designers, architects, buyers, the press and clients for five…

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World spokesmen

Traversing the top of the globe, what we have dubbed the Nippon Nordic alliance, there are a clutch of bike companies quietly tinkering away in their workshops and producing the highest quality two-wheelers in the world.…

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Race to the Finnish

What do you need to run a great ambulance service? In our series looking at the brands that make our lives work, we visited the City of Helsinki Rescue Department to find out. It employs 570 full-time rescue and emergency…

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Shore thing

If you drive an hour and a half north of São Paulo and turn off the coast road at Guarujá, you will find the beachfront retreat designed by SP-based architect Isay Weinfeld for an Arab family, who wanted a modernist haven…

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