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October 2011

For the October issue of Monocle our writers and photographers report back on the state of the global media industry.

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Oceania Briefing

News from the islands, a highspeed rail link between Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, and fruit prices go bananas in Australia.

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Slow lanes

The beautifully preserved town of Obuse in Nagano prefecture is home to old sake breweries and silk farms. It’s also where we parade this season’s womenswear.

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Inventory No. 47

This month Monocle’s most desired products include a training kit to master wine aromas, an oversized skateboard made from a 19th-century library table and two must-have items for coffee addicts.

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Diplomacy Briefing

Pakistan says thank you with mangoes, Lithuania gets into a sticky spot over street names, and Monocle heads to Hanoi to meet the Palestinian ambassador to Vietnam.

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Monocle travel guide

On Monocle’s world tour this month are a Long Island hotel that takes you back to those summer camp days, cocktails and kebabs from Israel’s finest chef and coffee couture in London.

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Street talk

The Algiers casbah has fallen into dilapidation. But now there are plans to restore its warren of streets. Is this government generosity or a bid to discourage discord in this traditionally revolution-minded neighbourhood…

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Rugs to riches

The ‘made in Switzerland’ tag is more associated with precise timekeeping than carpets. But one firm in the village of Altbüron is showing that delivering a high-quality product can go a long way – and it’s happy to stick…

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Second life

While post-industrial towns such as Detroit languish in a ‘rust belt’, Pittsburgh is bucking the trend, teeing itself up as a major hi-tech hub and an alternative to California’s Silicon Valley. Monocle visits its thriving…

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Erskineville

Erskineville’s ascension to the perfect address for urban professionals hasn’t stripped it of its character and community feel. The old workers’ cottages provide creative living spaces and Erskineville Road offers attrac…

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More than a moghul

Alexander Lebedev, former politician and owner of the UK’s ‘Independent’ and Russian opposition title ‘Novaya Gazeta’, is not your average oligarch. Here, he tells us why his management style is definitely hands-off.

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The digital scramble

In the rush into digitalisation, US media giants hastily abandoned many of their core values, says the veteran journalist and former foreign editor of the ‘Chicago Tribune’. Elsewhere, old-fashioned values are thriving. We…

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Expo 47: Press forward

Operating out of Brazil’s business and finance capital, ‘Folha de S.Paulo’, which dates back to the 1920s, is a newspaper success story. With a nose for an exclusive and a band of dedicated journalists, it continues to set…

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