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June 2010

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

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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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Culture briefing

Robert Bound's column on artists selling out, est books including Bret Easton Ellis's new novel, plus reviews of non-mainstream films.

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Holding it together

While newspaper groups try to figure out how to survive in digital form, one firm believes that print’s future is just fine if you know that feel and fold – and how a paper is fixed together – are key to a satisfying read…

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Bay of plenty

Two new workplaces on the city’s waterfront, with cafés, gyms and roofdecks for lounging, show that new work styles are possible even in hardworking Japan.

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Oceania Briefing

New Zealanders' blasé attitude to living on top of a massive fault line, plus how Fiji's leader has dealt with his ex-convict brother-in-law - by appointing him to a top rugby position.

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Bombay mix

India’s new elite is investing in architecture that eases gently into its surroundings by using local building traditions and even a bit of ancient science. A weekend retreat from Mumbai, by Bijoy Jain, shows the trend at…

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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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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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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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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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