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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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Mar Mikhael

Over the last few years, boutiques, architectural practices, bars and an arts centre have been set up in this Armenian neighbourhood but for many residents, old and new, the charm of Mar Mikhael lies in its authenticity and…

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Elegant solution

Curate your wardrobe with simple spring masterpieces. We pick the showstoppers at the 21_21 Design Sight museum in Tokyo Midtown.

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Museum pieces

Museum culture has altered radically in recent years. Here we spotlight the most exciting venues and ask what makes an ideal 21st-century museum.

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Turin, shrewd

Guido Martinetti is one half of the chilled duo behind Grom ice cream (and one of our ‘new heroes’ featured in issue 29). When he is not on the road checking on suppliers, he can be found around Piazza Carlo Felice in his…

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Time lords

Every spring, the world’s watchmakers and horology enthusiasts descend on Basel for the industry’s key fair, where the latest innovations in timekeeping are unveiled. We went along to gauge the mood and pick our favourite…

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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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