40

February 2011

In February’s issue it’s time for a rethink, as Monocle focuses on nations that need fixing and cities that need sorting, from Dublin to Manila.

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Admen of God

Imagine trying to sell products to people who don’t watch TV and cannot use the internet. That’s the challenge for students studying at the Haredi Advertising Academy, which trains them in how to make advertisements aimed…

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My last meal: Don and Mera Rubell

Influential art collectors Don and Mera Rubell have always dared to sample untested artists – and they have the same fearless attitude to food. But there’s only one dish they could possibly put on the menu for their final…

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Design republic

China makes cheap products to order. Could it ever make well-designed ones too? Monocle looks at the companies who think it can and are leading the way.

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Hot Potts

After his usual four morning coffees, Fratelli Fresh’s Barry McDonald, long-serving supplier to Sydney’s finest restaurants and owner of three ground-breaking food stores/delis/bars/Italian tratts, whisks us around Potts…

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Oceania Briefing

The king of Tonga is our dapper Style Leader, Australia is a wise old goat, and New Zealand strips its prisoners of the right to vote and smoke.

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Green rooms

Sauerbruch Hutton was one of the first architecture firms to promote the value of sustainable building. Now it’s in demand across Europe, expanding into furniture and pushing developers to think bigger.

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Expo 40: Iran comes out to play

it was the former shah’s haven of hedonism and now the island of kish is being rediscovered as a place where the islamic republic can let its hair down (well, almost). A relatively liberal atmosphere, growing investment…

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Defence Briefing

News from the military world, including the new "smart" bullets and ingenious bomb detection technology.

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Upwardly mobile

Flensted’s handmade mobiles have hung in well-designed homes around the world for more than 50 years. The family- run company is also one of Denmark’s most successful cottage industries and business is flying high.

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First port of call

As Colombia looks to expand business ties with Asia, the country's principal port town of Buenaventura has huge economic potential. But its Pacific waterways are also a major transit for drug smugglers, bringing a new set…

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Fashion Briefing

London's Oliver Spencer opens in Toronto, plus we have coats to protect you from spring showers and womenswear with a soft focus.

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Aussie ruler

It was almost 60 years ago that Ron Barassi first started playing as a top Aussie Rules football player. But he is still recognised and celebrated everywhere in his homeland, not just as a great sportsman, but also as the…

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Thriving threads

The various strands of the fashion industry spent the past year pulling themselves together after a tough 2009. Monocle speaks to the brands that are now planning to spread their wings in 2011.

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The city limits

New York City’s enviable culture and wealth have failed to spread to its northern hinterlands. For ailing cities like Buffalo, it’s do or die time.

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Celtic tiger feat

Ireland has had a disastrous recession. But the erstwhile Celtic Tiger is licking its wounds and there are signs that the lessons of the past 10 years have been learnt by businesses willing to seize the opportunity for a…

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Breaking the chains

A concept store featuring fashion, interiors and art has been set up by five entrepreneurs to challenge the might of the multiples with their unique take on the retail experience.

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People power

With bleak job prospects facing its population, the Philippines has turned the search for work into an export success story by encouraging its most valuable resource -its people - to train abroad.

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Hit the deck

On the north side of Bodrum in the village of Türkbükü lies the Maçakizi hotel, nestled in the hills. Family run, it was founded in 1977 as a place of inspiration for artists and intellectuals. It’s also the perfect spot…

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Mental wealth

Forget earnings reports: a new generation of stockpilers assemble their portfolios based on lessons from psychological research. Can behavioural finance make sense in a crazy market.

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