Letter from the CEO

It is with significant pride that we publish this, our seventh issue of the Monocle Quarterly Journal. It is no mean feat to produce a business journal in the first place, but, in the midst of these complicated and challenging times – whilst also in the pursuit of growing our business – we are particularly proud of getting this one to print.

This issue is titled Fair Play and it attempts to contrast the world of sport and games – that is, the world of leisure – with the world in which we spend the majority of our waking hours, the world of commerce and business. It is somewhat unusual for a business journal, particularly a journal that represents such a specifically focused business as ours, to cover more general and somewhat esoteric topics. We have done this before in prior issues to some extent, such as in #Work and Deep Learning, but in this issue, we truly strike out on a new path altogether. 

The intrinsic idea behind this issue is to experiment with a stylistic literary device employed by Ernest Hemingway in his early work – to deliberately interrupt one narrative with another in order to elicit a more nuanced and emotive response in the reader. We are seeking to explore what it is that compels us to obey the rules that govern our behaviour, both on the field of play as well as within the realm of business. And yet also, we seek to explore what it is that drives us essentially, as human beings, irrespective of social boundaries altogether, to pursue success with such enormous passion and intent.

I ask only that you keep an open mind, and that you tolerate this attempt to further unravel the meaning of work, and of sport, and of our lives themselves. It is a privilege to possess this unique platform, this journal. We can only hope that we have done it some justice. Enjoy reading!

David Buckham
Chief Executive Officer

Monocle Quarterly Journal Articles

July 25
The image of Ernest Hemingway that has been established in the Western mind is one of a rugged and adventurous man, who fought bravely in World War I, and returned home from the horrors he endured the...
July 24
On the 30th of April 1993, tennis fans watched in anticipation a quarterfinal match between US tennis champion Monica Seles and Bulgaria’s Magdalena Maleeva. The match formed part of the Citizen Cup, ...
July 23
Every year in the United States, on the public holiday of Patriots’ Day – which commemorates the first battles of the Revolutionary War – thousands of long- distance running enthusiasts make their way...
July 22
Situated on the outskirts of greater Los Angeles, Santa Anita Park is a Thoroughbred racetrack in Arcadia, California, with an illustrious past. In its heyday – in the late thirties and early forties ...
July 21
In considering the most dangerous sports in the world, it is unsurprising that motorcycle racing consistently makes the top ten. Riders whip around crowded circuits at a speed of up to 220 mph (that’s...
July 20
It was during a live broadcast of a cricket test match in Cape Town between long-time rivals South Africa and Australia, that the camera panned in on a most peculiar sight. The series was tied one-all...
July 19
In October 1988, a young police officer in his early twenties was on duty in Ranmoor, Sheffield, in the United Kingdom. That night, he answered to a call of suspicious activity at the local post offic...
July 18
In their final group-stage match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with only a few minutes of their game against South Korea remaining, defending champions Germany were on the verge of facing an embarrassin...
July 17
Lieutenant Colonel Earl Woods served two tours of duty in Vietnam as an explosives expert with the Green Berets. Whilst stationed in Vietnam in 1966, Earl met his second wife Kultida “Tida” Punswada, ...
July 16
Before even starting his controversial career as a boxing promoter, Don King had killed two men and had been arrested thirty times between the years of 1951 and 1966. In 1964, working as a prominent b...
July 15
From 1952 until the early 1990s, international women’s gymnastics was dominated by an unbeatable team from the USSR. However, in the 1996 Summer Olympics, held in Atlanta, the American team – or “The ...
July 14
Michael Phelps is built for swimming. His nick- name, “The Flying Fish”, stems from the fact that he has an unusually long wingspan at 2.03m wide. For the average person, the length from the tip of on...
July 13
Jon Mould is a professional cyclist from Wales. In 2018, he won a silver medal in the Commonwealth Games road race, just losing out to Australia’s Steele von Hoff in a sprint finish of the 168km race....
July 12
The Russian Olympic team seemed to be almost unbeatable on their home-ground at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. That year, the country entered its largest team ever – 232 athletes – with representa...
July 11
On the 2nd of October 1996, a 25-year-old Lance Armstrong was diagnosed with Stage 3 testicular cancer. By the time of his diagnosis, the cancer had spread to his abdomen, lungs and brain. He was coug...
July 10
It was the evening before the US Figure Skating Championships in January 1994 and defending national champion Nancy Kerrigan had just finished her last practice session at the Detroit Cobo Arena. As s...
July 9
The Alps mountain range is the highest and largest in Europe, stretching 1 200km across eight countries, including France, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany and Slovenia. The...
July 8
Named after his mother, Yvonne, and son to a French Canadian handyman and plumber who dropped out of school in the third grade, Yvon Chouinard was born in the tiny town of Lisbon, Maine, USA in 1938. ...
July 7
I met him first at the University bouldering wall. I had been hanging about there for a couple of weeks hoping to be taken in by one of the elite climbers, or at least to be given some words of advice...
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