Monocle sums the facts on newspapers from the World Association of Newspapers. Some of those facts:
1. There has been an explosion in the number of new titles, and now a record 11,000 daily papers are produced worldwide.
2. Global newspaper circulation is up almost 10 percent over the past five years.
3. Over 550 million people globally buy one every day.
A summary of this package will not give justice to this great series of stories, so try to get yourself a copy of the November issue of Monocle. It is worth every penny of your $10. I bought the magazine in Amsterdam on my way from a week of work in Finland. It was the best reading on the plane that I’ve done in a long time. One of the best quotes I have read in the article was by Jan Paul van der Wijk the chief of design for NRC Next, “News is free, but information is not — we tell people the news but do more with it.”
party organized by Dopplr
A party was held at the Danish Embassy in London to mark the publication of Monocle’s ‘Quality of Life’ issue in June. Tyler Brûlé, editor in chief, announced that Copenhagen had come top of the magazine’s annual list of the world’s most ‘liveable’ cities. The issue’s survey looked at 25 cities, judged for their architecture, culture and cuisine as well as their politics and international connections. Copenhagen celebrated the win by holding a street party in the City Square with free music, entertainment, food and drink.
Last night Monocle hosted a subscriber event in Lamb’s Conduit Street. Readers were able to visit stores who had gone out of their way to make the evening special – complete with special M cupcakes in front of French’s Dairy to food tastings at Kennards which is a high-quality grocer.
Oliver Spencer offered a free monogram service for shirts as people could also purchase back issues of Monocle. Synphonic Records is a new vinyl only record shop and had great music playing while Persephone opened their doors so we can see their inspiring books. Even Vats Wine bar had a Monocle risotto on offer. After everything was over the Monocle team all had tapas and wine in Cigale to end the perfect evening.
10 RULES ON PACKING
1. There's no such thing as check-in. Carry-on -- always.
2. You can usually carry on one extra bag if you ask nicely -- at least in Europe.
3. Three days, three months: it's all the same when it comes to packing. Hotels have laundry service for a reason.
4. No logos. Discreet is far superior to bling, particularly in less secure destinations.
5. Always pack a collapsible tote for shopping and in-flight material like magazines, toiletry kits, slippers et al.
6. Overlook bags by Porter, Herve Chapelier, Globe-Trotter, Coperto and Valextra at your own peril.
7. Consider the safari jacket (Helmut Lang or Alberto Aspesi); it is an excellent all-round, all-weather garment.
8. Opt for Peter Geeson knitwear in single-ply lamb's-wool; it's multiseasonal.
9. Always ask your laundry service to fold and bag shirts rather than hang them.
10. Dop kits (nylon over leather) are best kept small, as size imposes discipline.
Ten key attributes in the retail experience according to Monocle are:
1. Service minded, smartly dressed, enthusiastic staff
2. Obsessive attention to detail
3. A memorable welcoming scent in the air
4. Good music in the background
5. Flattering lighting
6. Treats with all purchases
7. Impeccable packaging
8. An inviting façade
9. A unique original product mix
10. A passion to constantly innovate