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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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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Business Briefing

The new spae shuttles prepare for lift-off, an iconic motorbike film gets back on the road, and Cornwall lays claims to the title of Britain's "green coats."

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Inventory No. 40

A round-up of practical and pretty things, including a dog bowl that doesn’t go walkies and a baby soap that is a national institution.

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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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