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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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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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25 retail stars

Monocle presents a list of our favourite shops, the most attentive services, the best store designs and the most innovative concepts in the retail sector.

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Oceania Briefing

New Zealanders believe there's gold in them there mudflats, Australia has too much wine, Fiji's diplomatic relations with Wellington get resolved on the rugby pitch.

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Trad over rad

The prevailing mood at this year’s Stockholm Furniture Fair was one of optimism, but companies shunned daring, boundary-pushing concepts in favour of classic, well-crafted works.

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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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