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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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Expo 54: Boeing

Under the roof of the world's largest building by volume, the longest plane in the world has just rolled off the assembly line. Monocle travelled to Washington to check on its progress.

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Born Again

For years aligned with the US, Colombia is increasingly looking to its Latin neighbours. It’s all part of a growing regional integration movement and Colombia – host of the recent Summit of the Americas – is set to take…

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Observation

This festival season Monocle is throwing its own summer bash with ourfavourite nations taking part. Naturally, Midori House is abuzz with some very special ideas, some of which may never leave this page. But if you do own…

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Media Briefing

Galleries, art sales, interviews and the latest media products, both analogue and digital.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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