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Culture april 28, 2011

Monocolumn: Royal Wedding – Let The Class Wars Begin

In Britain, significant royal events – births, deaths, marriages, jubilees – feel like an extra Christmas. They represent the imposition of a bonus period during which gaudy decorations are hung and rubbish souvenirs purchased.

Innovation april 26, 2011

Monocolumn: Royal Wedding – The View From Japan

If the Japanese aren’t quite getting into the swing of the royal wedding you can hardly blame them. The public here were as charmed as anyone by Princess Diana and for many subjects of the world’s oldest hereditary monarchy there is a natural warmth towards the – less ancient – British family.

Cities april 22, 2011

Monocolumn: That Friday Feeling

The first day of the weekend in most Arab countries is no longer just when people congregate to pray; it has become the day when people call for their government to be overthrown.

Technology april 21, 2011

Monocolumn: Building Consensus For A Change In Stalking Laws

Last week saw the launch of the UK’s inaugural National Stalking Awareness Week. It’s a worthy cause and one that shouldn’t require awareness-raising, given its prevalence.

Culture april 20, 2011

Monocolumn: The Odd Threesome – True Finns Likely To Join Coalition

As the national broadcasting company Yle presented Finland’s parliamentary election result prognosis on Sunday evening, accompanied by a suspense-heightening soundtrack, a collective gasp of breath was drawn all over the country.

Advertising april 19, 2011

Monocolumn: Republicans Think Obama Can Be Beaten. They’re Just Not Sure Who Can Do It

“The best thing about the New Hampshire primary is that anybody can run and anybody can win,” conservative activist Graham Bosse said last Friday at a Tea Party rally in Concord, as the first week of the 2012 election cycle kicked off in the US.

Home april 18, 2011

Monocolumn: Venezuela Begins The Charm Offensive For 2012

They’d received their summons and were out in force. The stalwarts of the British left-wing movement gathered on Saturday at central London’s Conway Hall for a day of workshops and discussions on Venezuela.

Advertising april 15, 2011

Monocolumn: The Salone Series: Brera Provides A Breath Of Fresh Air

Fashion week and the furniture fair are Milan’s two biggest calendar events – and both bring traffic to a standstill.

Advertising april 14, 2011

Monocolumn: The Salone Series: Back To Business At The Fiera

For all the fun of the galleries, warehouse exhibitions and street parties elsewhere in Milan, the vast Rho fairground on the city’s outskirts is where the real business of Salone takes place.

Advertising april 13, 2011

Monocolumn: The Salone Series: Out With The Old, In With The New At Tortona And Lambrate

Small spaces up and down Via Tortona and Via Savona that once opened their doors to house fresh, young brands from all over the world now have signs in their windows telling passers by “We are not part of the Fuori Salone”.

Culture april 12, 2011

Monocolumn: The Salone Series: Viva Italia At The Triennale

Each year Milan’s Salone continues to sprawl into more of the city’s neighbourhoods, with more events, cocktails and sideshows to lure visitors away from the never-ending Rho fairgrounds.

Advertising april 11, 2011

Monocolumn: The Salone Series: Seven Year Itch At Established & Sons

There’s a great deal of expectation riding on this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan. As well as being the 50th anniversary of the fair, it’s also the 150th anniversary of Italian unification.

Technology april 7, 2011

Monocolumn: Serbia, Libya And Internet Gossip

In the modern world, the equivalent of malicious bike-shed gossip can go global within hours.

Cities april 6, 2011

Monocolumn: Italy’s Day Of Shame

Today is set to be a day of public humiliation for Italy, a country more obsessed than most with outer appearances and making a good impression – or as they say, fare bella figura.

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