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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Let's look at plan B

Struggling nations and cities need to hitch up their skirts, quicken their step and just get on with it. Our editor-in-chief follows up the debates stirred up in this issue.

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Dub be good to me

Across the world there are people who are literally being John Malkovich. Or Homer Simpson or Paris Hilton. And in their home nations the voices of dubbing artists are more famous than those of their Hollywood counterparts…

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Ski to the sea

Where can you enjoy such off-piste activities as deep-sea fishing and viewing the Northern Lights? The Lyngen Alps, home of Lyngen Lodge, provide a spectacular setting to a unique skiing experience.

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Dark horse in the east

It’s a vital military outpost, dogged by organised crime. However, with huge Chinese, Korean and Japanese markets on its shores, Vladivostok could become Russia’s Far Eastern giant.

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She's a believer

Author of four hit books, Vendela Vida, is alo the co-editor of US culture magazine 'The Believer'. Part of a celebrated literary couple (her husband is Dave Eggers) she tells Monocle how she works and what inspires her.

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Europe Briefing

The British Queen's motorcade, a European space ship, the first direct flights between Russia and Brazil and the Turkish prime minister's branding potential

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Culture Briefing

Our favourite new music releases, films and books. And culture editor Robert Bound's column on tear-jerking Hollywood films.

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Observation

We’ve been getting very excited about our new offices over the past few months, but the wait is finally coming to an end. And 2011 is already shaping up to be an exciting year, with new projects, radio studios and a recr…

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Media Briefing

Books, technology and a magazine on Chinese contemporary art. And an interview with the founder of Love Art.

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Still fighting

The former director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency has refused to sink quietly into retirement and is battling to bring democracy to his home country of Egypt.

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Art market Briefing

Books, technology and a magazine on Chinese contemporary art. And an interview with the founder of Love Art.

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Esquilino

Hidden in the heart of the city, Rome’s most multicultural neighbourhood is attracting creatives to its vibrant and intrigue-laden streets.

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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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