57

October 2012

From Brazil to Mozambique and the Azores to Luanda, we take you on a tour of the Portuguese-speaking world – its people, policies, brands and opportunities.

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Q&A Antonio Patriota

Monocle sits down with Brazil’s foreign minister Antonio Patriota in London to ask what he’s doing to take his country’s brand beyond its image of sun and soccer.

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A legacy of love

The old master still teaching his would-be successors new tricks, Álvaro Siza is as dedicated to architecture now as when he started his practice 60 years ago. Optimistic despite his country’s predicament, his focus is set…

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Lake life

Buy a barn, take it apart, move it a few hours down the road and then rebuild it as a summerhouse. That’s exactly what architect Erik Persson did, resulting in his simple yet stunning retreat in the peaceful depths of the…

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Defence Briefing

The downfall of Libya’s Colonel Gaddafi in late 2011 had unforeseen consequences: thousands of Tuareg fighters employed by Gaddafi returned to their native Mali, adding considerable steel to a separatist movement in the…

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Inventory No. 57

This month you can stock your kitchen with new kit before settling down with a good book and a glass of something – beer, wine or milk and honey, as you see fit.

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Staying power

The Venezuelan port town of Maracaibo has long stood out from the rest of the country. Oil wealth means it’s set to become a Latin American hub – and a major pro-commerce, anti-Chávez stronghold in forthcoming elections

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The Agrarian Kitchen

Three years ago, Australian chef Rodney Dunn and his wife swapped the city for the countryside to start their own farm-based cooking school. It’s a growing concern...

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It's a mall world

Shopping malls in São Paulo are a cut above, with champagne bars, inhouse tailors and attentive service. Being a shop assistant can be a lucrative career and all this is because of Brazil’s new wealth. Monocle investigates…

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Heli vision

Heli Air Monaco is still going strong after 36 years. The company’s secret? Embrace innovation while covering the basics of professional service.

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Real corker

Amorim, a cork producer since 1870, is barking up the right tree after a company revamp and now supplies iconic wine estates as well as fashion houses and Nasa.

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Drone Home

Unmanned military planes and helicopters are a controversial subject but visitors and exhibitors at the Unmanned Systems North America trade fair were unfazed. They’re more excited about drones that can do the housework.

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Executive exodus

With their country in the midst of economic ruin, thousands of Portuguese nationals are heading to skills-starved Angola in search of lucrative jobs. It may be boosting the former colony’s economy, but is everyone going to…

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