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May 2010

Monocle's May issue looks at the ascent of Brasília – why yellow and green are the new red, white and blue in international diplomacy.

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Rubber soled tiger

Perhaps unfairly lumped in with Russia, India and China, Brazil has natural assets – sunny disposition, carnival attitude – that are peculiarly unquantifiable. And as Monocle’s trip to the country discovered, the next 10…

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Fashion Briefing

Beams opens a new store in Japan, the owners of Opening Ceremony show us their favourite pieces and we talk to the founders of the Tenet pop-up concept in the US.

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Observation

In our drive to extend our remit, Monocle has been constantly remixing itself – much of it prompted by public demand. Our adventures behind the mic are now coming to fruition and we will soon be launching an ambitious…

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Ministry of sun

A fast-expanding embassy network and a clever use of its culture mean Brazil is making friends all around the world. Is this just an attempt to secure a seat on the UN Security Council or an emerging nation trying to…

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Ticket to Tangier

Tangier, a crossroad of cultures and long a draw for artists and writers in search of a dose of naughtiness, is the setting for our North African sojourn in linen and cotton jackets and hard-working loafers.

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Expo 33: War minus the shooting

The first winter military world games took place in March in Valle D'Aosta, Italy, giving armed forces of the world a chance to bond with each other and to promote peace through sport. Monocle was there, cheering our fav…

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Europe Briefing

How a Finnish IT firm is using the heat from its computer servers, how the French are falling in love with barges and why the British government is wondering about the time.

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Ready for kick-off

As national coaches from Brazil to South Korea plot World Cup tactics, so too do the world’s journalists. Monocle visits Durban and Johannesburg to see how 18,000-plus writers, pundits and photographers will be accommodated…

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Asia Briefing

We look at the motorcade of South Korean president Lee Myung-bak, the looming elections in the Philippines and Sri Lanka's "First Family".

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Fiell excited

Since resigning as design editors-in-chief at Taschen, husband and wife Peter and Charlotte Fiell have been plotting their own publishing empire. After two years of hard work, they are ready to make their splash. But don’t…

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Africa/Middle East Briefing

Israel's glut of lawyers, the South Africans taking a stand against cheap imported clothes, and preparations for elections in the Central African Republic.

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Art market Briefing

Bonhams, one of the world’s oldest art auction houses, has opened its doors in Japan with the launch of a new Tokyo office. Colin Sheaf, chairman of Bonhams Asia, explains why.

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Oceania Briefing

Lawn bowls undergoes a youth revolution in Australia, and New Zealand finally dumps a confusing traffic law.

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Culture Briefing

Monocle has a chat with the chairman of auction house Bonham's Asia division, and we review the new Bill Hicks biopic and the third album from Paris-based tango tearaways Gotan Project.

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Defence Briefing

Beijing and Delhi announce their defence budgets almost simultaneously, Egypt vies to build its own fighter aircraft and Israel unveils its text message air-raid warning system.

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Fonts of knowledge

Deadlines mean nothing to Japanese font-maker Morisawa. The firm will take up to four years and spend €800,000 to get a typeface right. This meticulousness has led its fonts to become as celebrated as Helvetica and adorn…

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Isolated case

Having fought with most of its neighbours, Eritrea has few friends. And offers of help from the West are turned away as the president believes aid does more harm than good. But meanwhile people starve and flee abroad.

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Inventory No. 33

On this month’s shopping list: some nifty business card holders, a Paul Smith for Stelton kitchenware collection and a pair of rockabilly worker boots.

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Word champion

He made serious literature popular and if he liked a new book the nation ran out and bought it. He even made a televised spelling test appointment viewing. The talk-show host and TV producer Bernard Pivot is a peculiarly…

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Forest wisdom

Sankara Hotel & Spa is a new eco-friendly island hideaway surrounded by ancient forests and mountains off the coast of Kyushu. It offers detached villas and a cultural blend of Balinese design and impeccable Japanese hos…

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Sunny outlook

The Mojave desert receives more sunlight than anywhere else in the US, so plans for it to become a solar-power ‘Saudi Arabia’ seem spot on. But while many recession-hit locals are in full support, others are casting a…

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