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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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Snow place like home

It was the perfect powdery snow blown in from Siberia that attracted the Aussie skiers. And when they decided to stay put and open hotels and cafés they kickstarted a small business and development boom in Niseko, a once…

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Easy to bear

In the first of a new series looking at some of the world’s more niche (read quirky) airlines we take a trip with the plucky Bearskin Airlines.

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Capital punishment

Do too many diplomats and NGOs spoil a city? Brussels, Ottawa, Canberra and even DC have a lot to answer for in the dull stakes, but what’s a capital city to do? Become both an economic and administrative hub? Or simply…

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Open and shut case

Pelican Products was founded by a diver who wanted to keep his equipment safe and now it makes protective cases for everyone from the military to the iPhone user. It’s expanded into ingenious lighting systems – and is…

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Mover and shaker

With a dream team of a Swiss R&D department, an Italian manufacturer and a professional skier to test the clothes, Mover produces high-quality, technical garments made for the slopes. Monocle pays a visit to its HQ.

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Power struggle

Thanks to substantial foreign investment and its status as the home of the African Union, the Ethiopian capital is positioning itself as Africa’s diplomatic hub. As the AU divides over how to expand its mandate, Addis is…

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Poised to strike

In this issue, for our World Cup series, we visit Puma, the sports brand that has become most associated with African football. As the competition heads to the continent, will Puma be the PR victor?

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Ari

Thailand’s artistic set are discovering the delights of this lively, but peaceful, residential neighbourhood, which takes the best of Bangkok life but tones it down a step. It has good transport links, plenty of galleries…

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Recognise us yet?

But only a third of countries have acknowledged it and the young state has no seat at the UN and is forbidden from playing in international football matches. However, in the capital, Pristina, they have a plan.

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Post modern

Like other state-owned mail services, Swiss Post is under pressure from private-sector competition and the internet, but it is not running scared. The firm is transforming itself into a media and technology brand.

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Early to bread

As Monocle expands its food and drink coverage, we ask chefs, food pioneers and bar owners to take us on a tour of their culinary neighbourhood. First up is breadmaker Jean-Luc Poujauran, who has made a name for himself in…

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Inn focus

It’s called the ‘art of inn-keeping’ for a good reason. If you’re not a natural host/designer/lighting director/logistician all rolled into one then you’ll need to spend years honing the craft of creating an environment…

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Drawin them in

Emilio Giannelli’s satirical cartoons on the front page of ‘Corriere della Sera’ unite the nation in laughter. He has become untouchable by Italy’s highly litigious politicians, including Silvio Berlusconi, who dare not…

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Cream of the crop

With the growing Latino population in the US and Europe, and following on the success of Häagen-Daz’s dulce de leche ice cream (now its most popular flavour after vanilla), there is growing demand outside of Latin America…

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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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