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February 2010

Why the most successful nations and businesses are those where you want to linger: a special hospitality industry survey.

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Americas Briefing

Canada welcomes the world this month as part of that national branding exercise called the Winter Olympics, but it is also tinkering with its multicultural self-image in one other notable way. For the first time in 15 years…

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Synth sense

Danish producer Thomas Troelsen is the mastermind behind some of the last decade’s catchiest pop songs. He puts his success down to his huge collection of vintage synthesisers and not caring about what is supposedly hip.

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My last meal: Serge Hochar

For his ‘last meal’, food wouldn’t be the prime consideration for the head of the world-famous Château Musar vineyard, Serge Hochar. He would choose a special vintage white from his winery in Lebanon and enjoy it with some…

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Culture briefing

Originally published in 1947, this English translation of Hans Fallada’s German classic offers a bleak glimpse into daily life under the Nazis. Told through a thronging cast of sub-proletarian swindlers and survivors, the…

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Walking the line

On our TV screens, conflict and bloodshed define Israel. But while these images are key to understanding the country, there are many other pictures we never see. In a personal essay, journalist Zed Nelson gives us his view…

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Asia Briefing

Bottled water from Korea's "no-man's land", Mickey Mouse lessons in China, and multi-lingual web domains.

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Media briefing

MySpace Music has pioneered interactive pop promos in which fans can upload themselves into music videos by chosen artists, including Florence and the Machine, Alicia Keys and 50 Cent. Fans will appear statically: pictures…

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Observation

February is the perfect time to start new projects – how about that novel you’ve always meant to write? Actually, why think so small? How about a manifesto for shaking up a small nation, from overhauling the transport…

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Sail of the century

Germany is planning to build an innovative frigate that will be able to fight sustained wars against drug lords and pirates – or just help keep the peace. But it’s not only at sea that new designs and technologies are…

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Room to improve

The global marketplace isn’t short of economic indicators but none’s a more rapid read than hotel occupancy rates. With many predicting 2010 will still be tough going, we look at the managers, designers and concepts tra…

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Europe Briefing

Why French bees love city life, Finland's broadband-for-all and we catch a glimpse of the motorcade of Bulgaria's prime minister, Boyko Borisov.

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Fashion briefing

Norwegian outerwear firm Norrøna opens its first retail outlet in Oslo and Kitsune pops up in Tokyo.

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Talent spot

Tokyo Designers Week is a long-established annual event featuring two key fairs: 100% Design and DesignTide. Monocle visited at the end of last year and found a healthy ambition to champion fresh talent. Here’s our pick…

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Hope, still

Barack Obama may not yet have brought about as much change as promised, but he himself has certainly changed. He has learnt that he will have to fight dirty to get things done – and this means his first year in office can…

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Keep on trucking

The furniture made by the husband and wife team behind Truck is so popular that the couple have been able to move into stunning new premises complete with workshop, showroom and their own café serving steak and doughnuts…

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Moving mountains

Once a roaring trade hub, Nepal is now among Asia’s poorest nations. But with huge hydroelectric potential and a prime spot between the world’s two fastest-growing economies, the Himalayan nation could soon regain some of…

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Architecture/Design briefing

Sombre, elegant and transparent, this is everything a courthouse should be. The winning design is by 3XN, Lemming & Eriksson Engineers and landscape designers Schønherr Landskab. The building is an extension to the existing…

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Mister fix-it

As the finance minister in Zimbabwe’s government of national unity, Tendai Biti is trying to repair the economic damage inflicted by the Mugabe regime. He likens it to drowning in a sewer but is confident he can make a…

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Cabin Fever

Unlike the usual identikit winter lodge, this remastered getaway in the French Alps is inventive – but its unique sense of style doesn’t detract from its homely charm.

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