51

March 2012

Aussie rules: from a new generation of gentlemen farmers to a defence spending spree, Monocle reports on the rise of a country that’s anything but down under.

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Diplomacy Briefing

We meet ambassador Ido Aharoni, the Consul General of Israel to New York, and bring you the latest from the diplomatic world.

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Outside the box

Whether it be diplomacy or education, it’s time to challenge traditional thinking and shake things up. Monocle introduces five thinkers who are questioning conventional wisdom.

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The secret garden

Among the high-rises and inner city bustle of São Paulo, a new home offers quiet solitude while retaining openness. The V4 house from MK27 architects invites nature, the neighbourhood and Monocle to share its space.

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Talk about Kevin

Kevin Rudd, Australia’s former prime minister and now foreign minister, talks to Monocle about engagement with Asia, defence spending and whether he wants his old job back.

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Make the cut

We get spruced up at an 85-year-old traditional barber shop in a Tokyo suburb to bring you spring’s fresh outfits.

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Sheer genius

Fine fleeces /Having faltered during the 1990s, the Australian Merino wool industry is seeing a resurgence on the back of a growing luxury market in China and it’s proving a welcome boost to Brand Australia along the way…

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Source material

Monocle plays the sexy librarian among the microfiche, squeaky book trolleys and satisfyingly neat filing systems. Here’s the result of our meticulous research into women’s springwear.

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Beer in mind

High taxes and rigid regulation have made it a tough sell for Japan’s artisan beer makers. But increasingly astute drinkers are starting to appreciate the superior quality product micro-breweries have to offer.

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Inventory No. 51

Our March round-up of the things floating Monocle’s boat includes retro Swedish headphones, tastebud-tingling Swiss wine and the finest handmade Italian candles.

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Flag flyers

Poland’s cluster of aviation companies balances local expertise with heavy foreign investment. Monocle flew in to see the collaboration.

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Sydney

Going out in Sydney just got even better with new upstarts including a bike shop-cum-espresso outlet and a tequila bar.

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Australia goes live

With a pivotal geographic location, a vibrant media culture uniting both Asian and European markets and a flourishing defence sector, Australia is in a prime position to become a new, fresh-faced regional power.

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Handle with care

Rosa Lladró is the president of Lladró, the Spanish porcelain company begun by her father and uncles in the 1950s. Having ducked a manufacturing downturn in Spain, she tells Monocle how to combine family and financial…

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Taking it to extremes

Intrepid travellers agree the only nuisance about a trip to the White Continent is getting there. But the faint-hearted can now bypass the sometimes violent Drake Passage by flying direct from Punta Arenas in Chile to the…

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Evolution theory

There’s more to Darwin than cyclones and crocodiles. A young population, a gas deal, a vibrant Asian culture and now a base for US Marines are changing its outback image.

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Map it out

Mapmaking is an art unto itself, an intricate task of recording the most minute details and, more importantly, interpreting the world for tourists and travellers. But they’re also open to manipulation – once the politicians…

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The hot ticket

The Ajeto glassmaking factory makes one-off pieces to commission for artists and designers. Glass master and owner Petr Novotný believes this is the way forward for the industry – not mass production.

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Mittel class

Hungary has become the bête noir of Europe as fears grow that its government has a rather loose grasp of democracy. It shouldn’t be like this. The country has the talent and heritage to sell Brand Magyar to the world.

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