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April 2010

Monocle’s April issue looks at the art of the sell with a global tour of the leading buyers, designers, cutters and curators in the retail sector. We also bring you our in-depth guide to Seoul in our city survey.

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Defence Briefing

Marines are told to get some real muscle, shark-skin technology for subs, China joins the international effort to tackle piracy, and new RPG protection for vehicles.

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Fashion Briefing

The Seattle retailer who wants to become the US version of Beams, new classics from Universal Works, and a Q&A with Simon Spurr.

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Voice of a nation

One of the few unifying experiences in multi-lingual Switzerland is Rainer Maria Salzgeber’s TV coverage of the national football team’s matches. The presenter says the sport can help the nation become more tolerant of…

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Inventory No. 32

A sleek wooden locomotive toy and a smart Danish bike helmet are among the picks for this month’s shopping guide, but we start with a look at a stunning boutique hotel in the Netherlands.

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Bedroom renegade

Shobhaa De’s sex-filled novels and socialite lifestyle enthrall and infuriate Indians in equal measure. Her critics call her books trashy and newspaper columns inane, but supporters say she has done much to get a conserv…

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Monocle travel guide

Our quest to discover the planet’s best beds, cafés and spas goes on. This month we visit a well- curated New York general store, a floating Arctic paradise and a modernist Austrian mountain lodge. We also look at the…

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Air pressure

Every two years, the Singapore Air Show draws air force commanders from around the world keen to check out the latest hardware. But as weaponry technology moves ever faster, what to order

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Micro to macro

Continental Micronesia, with an HQ on the idyllic island of Guam, has expanded its routes and is fit for the future.

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Balmy army

Guam’s population will increase by almost half in 2014 when the US military relocates to this tropical paradise from Japan’s Okinawa. It’s a milestone in the island’s history and a development boom is under way.

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Turning heads

Mühlbauer in Vienna creates headwear in the age-old way. The business was saved from the brink of collapse by the brother and sister owners and their designs are now sold internationally.

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Sugar rush

In a sweet market that is all about the tiny details, Royce’ Confect, started in 1983, is now one of Japan’s most beloved chocolatiers. It has charmed its way round Asia and now has its sights on Europe.

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La Candelaria

Even though La Candelaria is in Bogotá’s city centre parts of it feel like a remote Andean village. With its colonial mansions, bohemian atmosphere and plans for regeneration afoot, foreign property buyers are investing in…

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Business Briefing

Finnish firm Valkee unveils a light therapy gadget designed to make people feel a bit brighter, Egypt gets gold fever, and Lebanon plans to grant oil and gas exploration deals to private companies

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Café cultured

Coffee is a way of life for New Zealanders and there are no finer connoisseurs than the guys at Coffee Supreme. The company’s Al Keating gives Monocle a food-and-drink tour of his Ponsonby neighbourhood.

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Observation

While last year’s economic turbulence forced many retailers to up their game, there are too many who seem to have given up even trying. Fortunately, there are still shops out there who know what a huge difference decent…

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Mixed signals

New technology and tighter budgets mean TV news is downsizing from expensive satellite broadcasts to low-quality broadband clips. They say it helps make stories feel more immediate, but isn’t it really just an excuse to cut…

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My last meal: Margaret Howell

For her last meal, British fashion designer Margaret Howell would choose a venue and menu as simple and quintessentially English as her eponymous clothing brand – a picnic on a windswept beach near her weekend home on the…

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Lonley parts club

Monocle goes island-hopping this month and visits Iceland, Curaçao and Guam. Remote they may be, but they’re not to be overlooked, as they stretch their business muscles and raise their strategic voices.

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Wicked way

Joy King started out as an accountant and ended up as a script writer for an adult film company. She tells Monocle about her love for conjuring up steamy scenes and her efforts to boost the image of her business.

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Expo 32: Life in miniature

In studios around the world, they sit with scalpels, glue and balsa wood – creating everything from mini cities to pint-sized planes and shrunken ships in order to secure big budgets to build the real thing. Monocle meets…

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New road ahead

Instead of focusing on the political malaise caused by the collapse of its economy in 2008, Iceland’s close-knit and talented community – led by a new, grounded prime minister – is returning to old values, and reworking…

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Culture Briefing

Roman Polanski's new drama The Ghost, music picks from gospel to "geyser-pop", the new books we've been reading.

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