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February 2014

Chart your course: where to head for work, play and adventures. The villages, cities and nations that need to be on your travel schedule for 2014 and beyond, all revealed in our worldwide forecast.

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Double vision

The arrival of the new Museo Jumex in Mexico City sees it sitting side-by-side with an earlier philanthropic art pile, the Museo Soumaya. Is the city big enough for both

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All fired up

Stoke-on-Trent’s identity as the home of the ceramics industry was thought to be a thing of the past. But when we headed to the Staffordshire city we found a vibrant and positive scene and it’s clear the skills haven’t gone…

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Taking care

A shortage of childcare in Japan has contributed to the low number of working mothers, a problem particularly apparent in Yokohama. Monocle speaks to the woman who has made it her mission to change this – mayor Fumiko…

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Special brews

Canada’s largest city has recaptured its taste for craft brewing and in the process kindled the spirit of urban regeneration. Monocle finds the independent brewers revitalising this industry and barrelling ahead to take on…

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Where are you going?

It’s time to go. Walk out the door. There’s a big, inspiring world out there and by getting on a plane or train you might just find the perfect spot for your next venture.

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Inventory No. 70

This month we bring you an embroidered badge set, a colour-coordinated range of sake, an astronomical children’s book and a hand-cranked coffee grinder that will please the purists.

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Power trips

For places of influence and significance, 2014 marks the year diplomacy returns home, the redemption of a former foe, an island upgrade to a military outpost and the next big move in intelligence. Monocle tracks their…

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Standing ovation

From film commissioning in Finland to top TV shows in Australia, we offer a round of applause to some select scenes, firms and fairs upping the cultural ante.

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Vila Madalena

There is more to Brazil than bustling Samba beats and this west-side neighbourhood has waves of young professionals falling for its intimate charms.

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Troubled waters

Enduring the sort of political turmoil that inspires movies, Comoros is also burdened with a colonial legacy that is driving thousands to their deaths as they search for a better life. Monocle visits this uneasy paradise…

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Asia briefing

The Philippines rebuilds after Typhoon Haiyan, Pakistan tries to get India drinking its beer and Chinese high-speed rail branches out.

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The highs of Lo-Fang

LA producer and musician Lo-Fang has impressed us with his soulful debut album, ‘Blue Film’. Here he talks inspiration, creative processes, floor stomps and how he came up with that name.

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Oceania Briefing

Our Melbourne correspondent reports on Australian-Indonesian relations, and the Australian press loses interest in Papua New Guinea.

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Europe Briefing

The French president's motorcade, learning to share in Italy, getting stuck on a train in Bosnia and an interview with Serbia's first deputy prime minister

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Media/art market briefing

A magazine shop in a shipping container, an online platform for new brands, bringing Hong Kong's galleries together plus the latest from the art-sales world.

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Americas briefing

San José gets its first intercontinental flight, Montréal needs a new bridge and El Salvador gets a new president (maybe). We also talk to the US housing and urban development secretary about rebuilding after hurricane…

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Object lessons

Whether it is an urban hub for artisan furniture-makers, a man-made island opening up as a design destination, a studio nestled in a woodland haven, France’s celebration of all things graphic or Hong Kong’s new claim as the…

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Defence Briefing

We talk to the head of the Israeli Defense Force about women, religion and recruitment and look at China and Japan's move to streamline their military decision-making.

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