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November 2011

Monocle’s food retail superstars: we report on the tastiest ideas from counters to checkouts around the world.

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Arms and the man

The defence industry is intertwined with politics and nationhood, and Ivor Ichikowitz is a man at the heart of all three in Africa. But don’t call him an arms dealer – he only has the best intentions for the continent, he…

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Chairs and graces

Fascinated with furniture design, Noritsugu Oda bought his first chair in the 1970s. He now has 1,200 of them. But, as Monocle discovers, he isn’t in the slightest bit precious about his priceless collection.

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Future makers

Meet the entrepreneurs building a future for Egypt post-Mubarak. Each is attempting to turn crisis into opportunity and help spark a much-needed national economic recovery.

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Raising the bar

With the nights drawing in, there’s nothing more appealing than hunkering down in a cosy old Berlin bar. Monocle finds a seat to showcase our autumn/winter wear for indoors and out.

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Quick on the draw

The CEO of Japan’s largest chain of entertainment stores is peculiarly sketchy on management – he never gives orders, positively encourages failure and doesn’t even have his own office – yet he’s particularly successful too…

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Inventory No. 48

On Monocle’s wish list this month are crockery where the clay is the star, eco detergents that really work and waste bins you’ll actually want to handle.

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Business Briefing

A new airline that aims to turn Tibet into a Chinese transport hub, an entrepreneur with an antique printing press, and a new type of contract lens that's a sight for sore eyes.

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Monocle travel guide

This month Monocle visits a new luxury retail behemoth in Milan, a Yemeni coffee outlet in Tokyo and a Copenhagen restaurant serving New Nordic food at affordable prices.

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Power to the pedal

Whether it’s economic or ecological forces driving the gears of change,two-wheeled transport is on the up. At Europe’s largest trade show, one particular trend is putting traditionalists’ spokes out of joint – the buzz…

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Low riders, high ideals

The windows are huge; you’re cruising at an altitude low enough to allow you to gape in wonder at the pristine Costa Rican landscape below… Do you really need to read the inflight magazine?

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Being scene

With commercial galleries on the rise and an ambitious programme of museum development, Los Angeles is forging a formidable reputation as a centre for contemporary art. But can it really rival New York?

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Pure and white

For centuries, German porcelain meant traditional designs from old-school manufacturers such as Meissen or KPM. Hering Berlin has managed to bring an old craft into the present with timeless pieces that are as wonderful to…

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Special envoys

As embassies struggle to retain a foothold in a diversifying (and cost-cutting) world, the role of the diplomat is changing beyond recognition. We meet the next generation.

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Monocle on air

On the ground floor of Midori House, we’ve just pulled back the door on two cosy wool-lined studios, and two equally handsome control rooms. Also we’ve populated them with a fresh and informed crew of the best broadcasters…

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Barranco

Once populated by wealthy Limeños escaping the summer heat of the city centre, this small neighbourhood in Peru’s capital benefits from apartments overlooking the Pacific Ocean, a community feel, restored villas and a…

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Batumi boom

Georgia’s second city is in the midst of a frantic transformation from sleepy resort to major tourist and investment hub. Intent on branding itself as a European-style cultural hotspot, it also aims to become a Caucasian…

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Leader of the dance

Park Nam Yong has choreographed some of South Korea’s biggest pop icons. He talks to Monocle about succeeding in a tough industry, and about teaching singers with two left feet how to dance.

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