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June 2010

From start-ups to seasoned players, Monocle reports on the companies going global.

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Acting funny

Takeshi Kitano AKA “Beat Takeshi” is a big-league comedian and film director who emerged from working-class roots and rose to fame with his TV programmes and gangster films. This year, he’s published his autobiography.

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Green wings

Widerøe is green in both livery and ethos, thanks to its successful carbon offset scheme – just one reason why its customers seem to love the carrier so much.

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20 to watch

From a Nigerian newspaper to a Swiss software firm, we shine the light on 20 companies whose great ideas and products are about to go global.

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Inside the box

For the novice gardeners among you, ease your way in by starting with a compact window box. From begonia blooms to cascading bacopa, it will be a colourful addition to your doorstep or window ledge.

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Business Briefing

Turkey looks to squeeze its rivals and dominate the apricot market, the New York hotel industry gets some overdue good news, and we talk to Italian winemaker Walter Massa about the return of some forgotten grapes.

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Alameda

This parkside district in Spain’s fourth city is a perfect place for a second home thanks to its excellent transport links, abundance of sunshine and famous cocktail bars. If that wasn’t enough, there are plenty of old…

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Going to Zozotown

Zozotown has over two million visitors to its virtual boulevard of shops, populated by the best international fashion brands. Monocle visits the firm’s HQ to witness the future of e-commerce.

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Dutch of class

Eccentric Michelin-starred chef Pierre Wind takes Monocle on a gastro-tour of Scheveningen, The Hague’s seaside neighbourhood, showing us where he buys the best oysters and juicy ham for his dog.

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Stage craft

As the summer festival season approaches we visited the factories of three musical instrument makers who are world leaders for their attention to craft and superior sound quality.

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My last meal: John Simpson

When he’s covering the world’s most dangerous conflict zones, from Afghanistan to Iraq and back again, celebrated war correspondent and author John Simpson frequently daydreams about fish and chips. He chooses London’s J…

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Future starts now

The Milan Furniture Fair may be over but that’s really just the beginning. Manufacturers, buyers, designers and journalists the world over are now ruminating on what they’ve seen, whom they’ve met and, above all, what the…

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Puppet state

The foolery of Kenyan politics provides an irresistible subject for comedy, one that Gado, a newspaper cartoonist, has based his career on. And now for the second TV series of his new controversial project, ‘The XYZ Show’…

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Expo 34: Story of creation

The Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne has risen from being a regional art school to become one of the leading design academies in Europe over the last 15 years. This is largely down to ECAL’s innovative and energetic head…

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Our time has come

There are countries that are simply too big to have one time zone, while others have always been a bit eccentric in their time-keeping. But for some, such as New Zealand, enterprising minds are trying to turn time to their…

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Art market briefing

Munich's Galerie Zink, Artinfo.cn goes to China, Christie's Pop Memorabilia sale and a Warhol prints exhibition in Denmark.

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Observation

When the ash cleared it was apparent there were far worse places to have been stranded than Hong Kong, with its can-do attitude and impeccable service. The experiences of Monocle staff during the airspace shutdown vindicate…

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Up for the cup

The World Cup is a million different stories in one. As the tournament gets under way this month, Monocle looks at how players, coaches, companies and fans from all over the globe have been getting ready.

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Fashion Briefing

Buyer's picks for summer, Monocle favourite United Arrows's first shop is revamped and J.Crew's new collaboration.

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Europe Briefing

Relations between Poland and Russia thaw, the new get-out-of-jail card for pious prisoners in Georgia, plus Malta's version of the World Cup - for nations that don't exist.

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Hot club

Hebraica is a Jewish members’ sports club with some of the best facilities in São Paulo. With picturesque grounds, cafés and pool, it’s the perfect place to spend a day testing out the latest sportswear.

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Asia Briefing

The Malaysian PM's motorcade, Japan's special town for pensioners, and how the Haitian earthquake became a chance for Taiwan to make its mark.

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