Welcome to our first issue of 2012. We are online only this month, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have the usual prime selection of articles and artwork for you to peruse at your leisure.

Recommended read goes to Mick Ibbotson’s piece on Sheffield’s roads and the council’s plans to bring them up to standard. Artwork is provided by a group of Now Then regulars – Michael Latimer, Caz Haigh, Craww and Jon Birdseed. Check the January Sales page for recommended purchases from these local makers. We always tell you how important it is to support local businesses, but in my opinion it is just as vital to give money to creative individuals who are enriching the community with their artistic output.

I trust your festive breaks were suitably and unsuitably inebriated, and that not too many family members were offended during its course. It is always a difficult balance to strike.