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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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It's about time

Neutrality and a stable currency help reinforce Switzerland’s image as a haven of tranquillity within Europe. The same could be said for the country’s high-end watchmakers, who at this year’s Salon International de la Haute…

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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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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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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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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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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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