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Watching the watchers

Wednesday 1 April

Monocle’s editor delights in the reaction of his fellow audience members during a recent visit to see a Hollywood star tread the boards in London.

I just went to see Kevin Spacey in one of his final performances at the Old Vic theatre in London, playing the role of the real-life civil-rights lawyer Clarence Darrow. It was a packed Friday night and sure, people were…

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Wednesday 1 April

Writer Mark Mason chats with Andrew Tuck about three new non-fiction releases: Michael Bloch's book about the scandalous life of British politician Jeremy Thorpe; a biography of US entertainer Bob Hope by Richard Zoglin;…

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Culture / Television

Good to be bad

Tuesday 31 March

With ‘Mad Men’ reaching the end of a glorious and morally ambiguous run, Ben Rylan explores the pull of the dark side.

It’s the beginning of the end for AMC’s brilliant television series Mad Men. Since Don Draper first wore that dashing 1960s suit and tie and wowed us with his romantic vision of how to sell cigarettes to consumers that knew…

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Tuesday 31 March

Arts and entertainment writer for the ‘Telegraph’ Alice Vincent chats to Rob Bound about some of this month’s television highlights including the final season of scandalous office drama ‘Mad Men’, the new series of fantasy…

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Monday 30 March

Culture is trawling the shores of Britain, Brazil and beyond this week to ask ‘What gets washed up?’ We examine ancient objects that tell tales of London's past and track the authors of messages in bottles, plus we find out…

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Culture / Society

Syncing feeling

Monday 30 March

The arrival of British Summer Time may mean lighter evenings and longer days but is this really worth losing an hour’s sleep over? Monocle’s Robert Bound investigates.

Welcome to the future. Here in Britain the clocks have just changed, shifting forward an hour. If the UK were a digital cable TV channel it would be called Now+1 because the British are brilliant at branding, aren’t they…

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Monday 30 March

Nick Gold of World Circuit record label tells Paul Noble about the making of Buena Vista Social Club’s global hit record in 1997, and the release of Lost and Found, a collection of previously unreleased tracks from the…

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Culture

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Saturday 28 March

We review the inspirations and findings of independent magazine distributor Steve Watson and see what the young editor of women’s title ‘Riposte’ Danielle Pender has been up to. Plus: we catch up with ‘The Gentlewoman’…

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Culture

The Sessions at Midori House, 4

Saturday 28 March

French-Finnish duo The Dø swing by the Monocle 24 studios to play a set of synth-infused songs from their latest album Shake Shook Shaken. Hear how a grounding in writing for film and contemporary dance influenced their…

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Friday 27 March

Film critic Jason Solomons reviews Frédéric Tcheng’s new documentary on the world's biggest luxury brand ‘Dior and I’, Michael Winterbottom’s ‘The Face of An Angel’, which is inspired by the ongoing trial of Amanda Knox,…

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Thursday 26 March

Writer Mark Mason chats with Andrew Tuck about three new non-fiction releases. Michael Bloch’s book about the scandalous life of British politician Jeremy Thorpe, a biography of American entertainer Bob Hope by Richard…

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Culture / Arts

Best in show?

Wednesday 25 March

With the arrival of Art Basel, development of a new creative district and a new blockbuster museum on the way, Hong Kong appears to have been reborn as a major cultural player. Yet establishing a lasting legacy will require…

If you have picked up a newspaper in Hong Kong over the last couple of weeks, you may be thinking that the current state of the city’s cultural output is fairly strong.

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