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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Wing and a prayer

If your airport fails to meet US standards, then don’t expect flight connections to JFK or LAX. That’s what left Liberia facing isolation. The solution? Get the Americans in to train your staff and run your airport. We see…

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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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Separate lives

In October the Dutch island of Curaçao will become a new semi-autonomous nation. It’s hoping that its proximity to South America will make it an ideal gateway for European countries doing business in the region. But first…

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Art market Briefing

In January, Christie’s announced it was posting one of its biggest character auctioneers, London-based François Curiel, to head up the house’s Asian HQ in Hong Kong. With 40 years ofexperience in the company, he will lead…

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Europe Briefing

A NATO shipping deal looks set to provide some welcome good news in Latvia, how a think tank is shaking up German politics, and France's pioneering stance on transsexuality.

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Americas Briefing

We look at the vehicles of choice of Chile's president, Sebastián Piñera, and ask whether President Obama's reluctance to schmooze may actually be good news for the US.

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Urban legends

‘Next American City’ magazine has succeeded in making urban planning a national debate since it was launched in 2003, but its founders’ lofty ambitions mean they will not be satisfied until the ultimate goal has been ach…

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Asia Briefing

How the citizens of Phnom Penh can expect to stay dry next monsoon, plus India's plans to put people in space and Indonesia's ambitions to become a green-transport pioneer.

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