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September 2010

A new regime for clearer thinking, quicker reflexes and a more attractive figure: A Monocle makeover for the United Kingdom.

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Defence Briefing

The french army's new laser dubbed "the finger of death" and Spain's flight school for Afghan pilots.

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Office hottie

This ethical investment firm in Geneva based the design of its office on the grand old banks. The dark decor draws the eye to a view of the lake and provides a welcoming space in which to earn your daily keep.

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Portal combat

Warfare in the 21st century is as likely to be fought on computer screens as it is on battlefields. Monocle goes to Estonia to meet the web wizards preventing hackers and ‘cyber-jihadis’ from attacking Nato member states…

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Blazers of glory

Make a triumphant return to the office after your summer break by combining classic British and Italian tailoring with some modern flourishes. Monocle selects elegant jackets and shirts for men and women.

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Face Maker

Plastic surgeon Ivo Pitanguy has earned legendary status in Brazil, with his philosophy that good looks should be available to all, regardless of wealth or social standing. His pioneering techniques are still admired by…

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Inventory No. 36

This month’s treats include iced coffee from Japan, Moroccan wine and dog food that sounds so tasty you’ll want to eat it.

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Spin city

It’s the endless tables at the casinos that are attracting millions of Chinese to the former Portuguese colony. But will the authorities of what is now the world’s gambling Mecca take a fresh turn of the wheel and nurture…

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Andaz 5th Avenue

The latest opening in Hyatt’s chain of boutique hotels is a rare beast – a friendly and relaxing NYC establishment where even native New Yorkers will be able to experience a fresh take on their city.

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Eat and be wary

Strung out across Southeast Asia is a chain of restaurants where doll-like North Korean waitresses sing to diners as they sample the country’s cuisine (well, what’s left of it). Is it a benign culinary business foray or…

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The leader

The UK’s reputation has lost its lustre. Time for Lady Britannia to brush herself down, get out there and show off her assets – but what exactly are they?

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Been there, done that.

Instead of investing in new designs and manufacturing processes, increasing numbers of design firms are raiding their archives. Monocle visits two companies to find out why they’re looking backwards not forward.

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Monocle travel guide

This month our selection of destinations includes a French countryside retreat, a Norwegian bakery on the Med, a New York-style café in Paris and an egg-obsessed restaurant in Singapore.

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Rebrand Britain

Great Britain hasn’t seemed quite so great in recent years, its image damaged by unpopular wars and the banking crisis. But with the new coalition government bedded in and the Olympics on the horizon, experts from the…

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Business Briefing

Why computers are not happy in Taiwan, and Japan's biggest technology firms join up to create a nuclear power mega-corp.

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Camogli

Set on the spectacular Ligurian coast against a backdrop of olive-groved mountains, the traditional fishing town of Camogli, about 20km from Genoa, is now attracting writers, artists and intellectuals escaping from the city…

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Did they do well?

In the world of politics, September is the start of a new term in many countries, so we’ve compiled our report cards for 15 leaders. Who has gone to the top of the class and who should be doing extra homework? We give marks…

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Top of the glass

A family business has been producing a simple niche product for five decades. By making the most of its employees’ expertise to constantly refine the “perfect” glass washer, it now sells to more than 50 countries.

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Home to roast

Seattle-born Cynthia Barcomi opened her first café in Berlin’s Kreuzberg neighbourhood in the 1990s. Since then, her coffee, cakes and bagels have become a local legend. She takes us on a tour of the district’s best bake…

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Bouncing back

Solid economic growth and foreign investment have transformed Mozambique’s fortunes since the end of the civil war in 1992, but the big challenges lie in tackling the poverty and corruption that continue to block the cap…

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