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Issue 104 November 2016

Our featured artist this month is the esteemed hyper-realist Ben Ashton. His new show, The King is Dead, Long Live The King, ran at the Cob Gallery in London last month. Read our interview with him and go to his website to see the full monty.

Off The Shelf Festival ends soon, so quickly read our interview with comedian, actress and activist Francesca Martinez, then go to her curated day as part of the festival on Sunday 6 November, How To Create A Better World.

The Festival of Debate continues until 25 November. Check out our summary of remaining events in the festival programme, read Laurence Peacock’s article on the NHS, then get yourself down to the staged reading of his play, Duty of Care, at Theatre Delicatessen on 8 November.

As ever, if you have something to say in these pages, please get in touch. We are always on the look-out for new contributors.

This month’s eclectic Now Then mix comes from Joe at Eye Full Clothing.

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This month's articles

Localcheck Fight For Your Right To Repair

Our world has been built around big corporations which suck up profits for faceless shareholders. They sell us products made by people acro…

Our world has been built around big corporations which suck up profits for faceless shareholders.

They sell us products made by people acro

The NHS: Privatisation: Myth, Reality or Threat?

When people say the NHS is being privatised, what do they mean? Privatisation in Britain usually means the flotation model. A government or…

When people say the NHS is being privatised, what do they mean?

Privatisation in Britain usually means the flotation model. A government or

Francesca Martinez: How To Create A Better World

Francesca Martinez is a comedian, writer, actor and activist. She tours globally and wrote the hilarious and utterly relatable What The ****…

Francesca Martinez is a comedian, writer, actor and activist. She tours globally and wrote the hilarious and utterly relatable What The ****

Festival of Debate: @FestOfDebate

At the time of writing we've had around six weeks of Festival of Debate, with 20 events covering a wide range of topics and formats, from ke…

At the time of writing we've had around six weeks of Festival of Debate, with 20 events covering a wide range of topics and formats, from ke

Pizza Songs: A ludicrous podcasting folly

I'm definitely one for an over-ambitious goal. In 2014, I pledged to meet 10,000 new people. I stalled at three. In 2015, I aimed to photog…

I'm definitely one for an over-ambitious goal.

In 2014, I pledged to meet 10,000 new people. I stalled at three. In 2015, I aimed to photog

Celebrating The Harvest

Recipe from Luke French, Jöro 1 large cauliflower - cut into large florets, keep the leaves and cut into pieces 2 tbsps wild garlic capers…

 Recipe from Luke French, Jöro
1 large cauliflower - cut into large florets, keep the leaves and cut into pieces
 2 tbsps wild garlic capers

Owls: Sheffield Wednesday Through The Modern Era

On my own, I sat and typed. The pitch, the plan, for a book on the recent past of the city’s blue and white side: Sheffield Wednesday, the …

On my own, I sat and typed.

The pitch, the plan, for a book on the recent past of the city’s blue and white side: Sheffield Wednesday, the 

Sad Facts Mumbled Promises for Subterranean Dads

DEBATE: If someone at SAD FACTS needs to be sacked, it should be Simon. FOR: SAD FACTS is like a family and so, like all good families, need…

DEBATE: If someone at SAD FACTS needs to be sacked, it should be Simon.
FOR: SAD FACTS is like a family and so, like all good families, need

Ben Ashton: This Month's Featured Artist

Ben Ashton is a visual artist who specialises in hyper-real portraiture, but unlike some painting that is placed in this category, Ben's wor…

Ben Ashton is a visual artist who specialises in hyper-real portraiture, but unlike some painting that is placed in this category, Ben's wor

Sound Ghostwriting

As a young musician, I felt that 'ghostwriting' was a dirty pairing of words. Why would anyone want to create music for someone else to tak…

As a young musician, I felt that 'ghostwriting' was a dirty pairing of words.

Why would anyone want to create music for someone else to tak

Gett Off / Wild Beasts / Akala / Anthony Naples / Teleman

30 September Hope Works When stripped back and absent of decoration, Hope Works is a venue that is dark and spacious, so it was up to Gett …

30 September
 Hope Works
When stripped back and absent of decoration, Hope Works is a venue that is dark and spacious, so it was up to Gett 

65daysofstatic : Deep Space and Dark Matter(s)

A decade since their groundbreaking album, The Fall of Math, 65daysofstatic return to Sheffield for their first sort-of-hometown show in nea…

A decade since their groundbreaking album, The Fall of Math, 65daysofstatic return to Sheffield for their first sort-of-hometown show in nea

Headsup Bungalows & Bears

“If you can’t handle me at my bungalows, you don’t deserve me at my bears,” mumbled a friend of mine once, as we staggered out of the Divisi…

“If you can’t handle me at my bungalows, you don’t deserve me at my bears,” mumbled a friend of mine once, as we staggered out of the Divisi

Filmreel Film Noir

Fritz Lang, USA, 1945 An appropriately pitch-dark film noir directed by the great Fritz Lang, who also directed such classics as Metropolis…

 Fritz Lang, USA, 1945
An appropriately pitch-dark film noir directed by the great Fritz Lang, who also directed such classics as Metropolis