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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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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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Ready, set, go

Preparations from the seating to the flags and the turf are nearly complete for this summer’s London Olympics. We look at the companies that have won the contracts to supply the Games.

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Head in the sky

As chief executive of Cathay Pacific, it’s John Slosar’s job to steer the airline along a straight path as it increases its reach in China, while keeping staff and passengers on board.

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Outside the box

French luxury label Moynat, famed for its sturdy trunks, fell out of favour in the 1970s and was forced to shut. But a successful recent relaunch proves there’s still a market for tradition with a twist.

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Happy valley

The people of Yogyakarta are a contented lot and they have good reason. The city is not only the cultural heart of Java but thanks to leaders who have stamped out corruption, it’s a vibrant business centre too.

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Business Briefing

Roof farming in Hawaii, mink farming in Denmark, coffee currency in the US and shopping addiction in Lebanon.

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Ehrenfeld

Once a workers’ district, the Ehrenfeld neighbourhood in Köln is luring a multi-cultural mix of families and creatives with its competitive housing prices and well- preserved architecture.

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Defence Briefing

Squabbling over islands in the South China Sea, shopping for warships with Algeria, and boosting the Bangladeshi military.

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Western Star

Monocle attends the fourth annual Dallas Art Fair in the Texan city that is gaining kudos as a major cultural hub in the US. Local collectors, museums and arts spaces have turned it from a lone ranger into an international…

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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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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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Media Briefing

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

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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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