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April 2013

Sharpen your game: Our new spring style and retail survey. The shopkeepers, architects, developers, buyers and consumers you want on your side and in your neighbourhood – a Monocle special report.

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It's all relative

A country of 7,000 islands and almost as many contradictions, the Philippines is living out its past and embracing its future through the trials of one powerful dynasty: the incomparable Marcos family.

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Keeping it simple

Industrial designer Niels Diffrient says he has built his near 60-year career on a belief in staying under the radar and being ‘technically and stylistically capable’. He does himself a disservice: his work, particularly…

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Patriot games

On the Turkish border with Syria, an international Nato force sits quietly awaiting a conflict that may never come. But the heavy-duty weaponry on show says half the battle is about coming prepared.

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Finishing touches

The Rijksmuseum’s overhaul has taken 10 long years. However, it is finally ready to reopen its doors to reveal an interior revamp that is almost as impressive as the wealth of art it so beautifully displays.

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Petit prints

In an age of email the postcard is threatened in some quarters but not in the museum world, where they remain big business. Monocle meets the teams behind some of the world’s mini masterpieces.

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Asia briefing

Cambodia keeps politics in the family, South Korea get equal, and Japan gets green vending machines

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Americas briefing

A party in disarray, riven by ideological and regional splits, torn between populist impulses and its donor class’s economic interest, with glaring electoral deficiencies among major voting blocs and no leader to unify the…

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Turbulent priest

Paraguay’s establishment was shaken by the election of Fernando Lugo as president but his dubious removal after four years in power has failed to silence the outspoken former Catholic bishop. He spoke to Monocle on the eve…

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Expo 62: Help is at hand

It’s part hardware store, part department store but ultimately defies description. It is a tokyo institution that sells just about everything and is loved by everyone. Welcome to Tokyu Hands.

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