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June 2012

In issue 54 of Monocle we climb aboard for the 2012 Transport Survey, head to Dallas to learn how it’s becoming an art destination and also look at the companies making the upcoming London Olympics a reality.

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Close to home

With China refusing to recognise Tibetan self-determination claims, the Himalayan nation’s government is forced to sit over the border in northern India. Monocle speaks to its newly installed prime minister-in-exile.

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Tower power

The new Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest freestanding tower, isn’t just about height. It’s a monument to the Japanese precision and care taken over its every detail.

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Home Sweede home

A dream team of owner, architect, designer has created this 12-room hotel in a residence, reminding us, and the industry, what hotels should be: places that feel like home but are 10 times better.

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Past life

The West Bengali city is at a crossroads. On the one hand Kolkata wants to re-establish the look and feel of its Raj glory days. On the other, it wants to brand itself as a contemporary culture and business gateway open to…

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Inventory No. 54

Some of the most coveted items in the Monocle office this month are the Bruno Swiss-designed bike, the Murano glass Happy Pill vases and leather duffle bags by Beastin.

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Reluctant Hero

Kenenisa Bekele is a superstar in his home nation of Ethiopia – an Olympic gold-winning distance runner who has risen from poverty to the top of his sport. Yet he remains a humble man who eschews the limelight.

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Sleeping beauty

In the small city of Uwajima in southern Japan, a restored ryokan guest house has reawakened the area’s local pride. This simply presented style of accommodation whispers rather than shouts its quality and is a subtle sign…

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Port in a storm

Known as the quieter sibling of the UAE’s growing mega cities, the port of Fujairah links the Gulf to the Indian Ocean. But with investment rising and a politically strategic position, this tranquil place may be about to…

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Monocle travel guide

Stay in a cottage attached to an izakaya-inspired restaurant in a Portland neighbourhood, discover a curiosity shop run by an airline pilot in Honolulu and eat Portuguese haute cuisine at Belcanto in Lisbon. These are just…

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