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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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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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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