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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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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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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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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Culture Briefing

Film, music and book reviews plus our culture editor Robert Bound looks at the value of good criticism

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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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Media Briefing

We meet the comic book publisher whose latest title is about Haiti's tent cities, plus other dispatches from the world of print, retail and audio.

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Fort Point Channel

The Boston Society of Architects has moved in as have media companies, restaurateurs and developers. The red-brick warehouse-style lofts provide creative living and the rest of Boston is on the doorstep.

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Sauce code

Roberto Panizza took over an old trattoria in the Ligurian capital last year and brought it back to its former glory. Here, he shares his passion (and recipes) for the regional speciality, pesto and gnocchi.

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Americas Briefing

Hugo Chávez and his gas-guzzling motorcade, Cuba spruces up its colonial buildings, and the view from Washington of the Republican presidential candidate campaign.

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News of the world

Broadcasting in 60 languages on the radio and with 27 foreign-language TV news programmes each week, SBS is a truly international news outlet – an unusual epithet in the world of Australian media.

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My last meal: Kentaro Kobayashi

TV chef Kentaro Kobayashi is known for no-nonsense dishes and his show teaching men how to cook. Over a meal at his favourite Italian restaurant, he talks about his accidental route into becoming a chef.

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Asia Briefing

The sartorial preferences of North Korea's new Supreme Leader, the big ambitions of Seoul's Incheon airport, and a Q&A with the head of an Indian bicycle rental company.

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Good wood

Since 1880 Horgenglarus has made furniture using time-honoured techniques. That’s why its classic, sturdy chairs are still in high demand in the Alpine nation, used by both parliament and the general public, and have become…

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Expo 51: Black gold

The mining boom in Western Australia has seen both the natural and economic landscapes transformed. New services fly thousands of workers in and out each week. So Monocle went to dig a little deeper.

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Joint effort

Midland Atelier is a design powerhouse that attracts people to train from all over the world and offers opportunities to local creative talent. In Western Australia, where mining is the major industry, it’s a breath of…

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Observation

Five years ago Monocle hit the newsstands. Today it’s at the heart of a very modern media company – but also one with some old-school journalistic values. Here our editor in chief, Tyler Brûlé, looks back at his 25 highl…

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Oceania Briefing

Eurozone citizens head to Australia, schools get tough on pupils in Micronesia, and the authorities investigate dolphin smuggling in the Solomon Islands.

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