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Localcheck Sex Talk

The Socialist Party of America organised an event which gave birth to International Women's Day. It was celebrated for the first time in…

Localcheck Write Good

I was impressed when I first came across Now Then magazine, and I’m still excited and enthused by its way of keeping alight the flame of…

Localcheck Sheffield Tent City

There were stirrings of discontent in Sheffield when the astonishing sight of Tent City appeared this autumn, amid the concrete jungle of…

Localcheck Zero Option

Sheffield City Council’s Licensing Committee looked a little scared last month, as dozens of people trooped in to oppose an application to…

Localcheck Wake up and smell the methane

Sheffield is in the middle of a massive area licensed for fracking. Barnsley Council admits meeting secretly with Cuadrilla, the drilling…

Localcheck NHS SOS

Last month I awoke in hospital, dazed and staring at a calendar which seemed to show 1 April. But this was no joke. I'd crashed off my…

Localcheck 100 not out

“Now then?” This familiar greeting is all it takes to get into a cheerful chat with a stranger at any bus stop in Sheffield. Our city…

Localcheck Euro-Pap

I can't get very excited about the EU. It's not through loyalty to this island nation, but rather because fencing off one area of the world…

Localcheck The Vegans Are Coming

I must admit to being vegan and a bit embarrassed about it. I made the decision to avoid meat, eggs and dairy products years ago, but also…

Localcheck Freedom of the press-gang

“Arguing that you don’t care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is like saying you don’t care about freedom of speech because…

Localcheck Harpham's Battle Rages On

Last month Harry Harpham, Labour MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough, died. He had served in Sheffield City Council and became an…

Localcheck Wheels on the Ground

Sheffield is an 'outdoor city', the City Council insisted in a recent report. But in the past, walking, cycling and kids 'playing out' was…

Localcheck Get Active

2016 starts with a multi-headed dragon of catastrophes facing us - climate chaos, economic slump, war and terrorism. You name it. Ordinary…

Localcheck Christmas Cheer

Seeing the crowded shops and pubs, clearly December's a time for family and friends. Our education marches us through the journey to…

Localcheck Remembrance

November's solemn ceremonies of remembrance seem like faded echoes of distant things. 1914-18, The War to End War. 1939-45, The War Against…

Localcheck Welcome to Sheffield

When you meet refugees, it's not good to ask too much about their family and home. That kind of talk takes time, trust and confidence.…

Localcheck One City, Many Campaigns

September has flooded in, with a stream of interesting things going on in Sheffield - Diversity Fest, for a start. This free, one-day…

Localcheck Dead trees don't talk

Why does Sheffield City Council keep getting things so wrong? Major protests are rising up against apparently minor decisions, from…

Localcheck Summer Festivals

Summer is made for carnivals. As the bees buzz and the grass gently cooks, Sheffield chills out a bit. Missing Peace in the Park? Don't…