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June 2010

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

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Defence Briefing

NATO notices the Cold War is over and devises a new navy strategy. The US Army eyes the phone app market and in Ukraine, Russia is allowed to train its jet pilots.

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On the sunny side

Portugal’s City of the Seven Hills, with its winding old backstreets and relaxing beach clubs, provides a blissful backdrop for our early summer fashion shoot. It’s time for the sandals and sunglasses.

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Sink or swim

After suffering exile and imprisonment under the previous dictatorship, President Mohamed Nasheed brought democracy to the Maldives in 2008. But can this British-educated leader keep his nation afloat?

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Inventory No. 34

Our finds this month include an easy-to-assemble flatpack range, a tiny pocket camera and an updated perfume classic.

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Monocle travel guide

Our favourites from around the world this month include a sushi spot in London, a lovers’ retreat in Greece and a Taipei hotel full of Warhol and Dalí originals. We also profile Norwegian airline Widerøe.

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French revision

Napoleon sold off Louisiana in 1803 but the French government is busier than ever promoting Gallic culture in the former colonial state. Latest move: funding a new school and getting the headlines from Paris on the local…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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