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Issue 105 December 2016

What a year. Thank you to everyone who was involved in the 80+ Festival of Debate events we ran in 2016. Organisers, volunteers and audience members – we couldn’t have done it without you. We will return in 2017, so stay tuned.

This month we’ve got local lad Mick Marston back in as our featured artist, seven years after we first ran his work in print. Read our interview with Mick then get his pieces up on your bedroom walls.

It’s a great pleasure to have a double bill of Yanis Varoufakis and Simon Anholt interviewed in this mag, along with pieces about homelessness and disability. Sam Gregory continues to do a stellar job as our new music section editor, so head over there for some good words.

This is the bit where I tell you to shop locally this Christmas. I say the same thing every year, but it remains true. Christmas is all about unique, thoughtful gifts, and that is where local businesses shine. Browse these pages, explore your city and give our soulful independent traders your custom.

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This month's articles

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 sl…

Help Us Help: Building Better Lives

Last month I helped launch a new campaign, Help Us Help, drawing attention to people who are begging on the streets of Sheffield. Help Us He…

Yanis Varoufakis: Democratising Europe

In recent years we have seen far more of the workings behind the curtain of neoliberalism than we ever have before. This is in part, I belie…

Sound The Cream of '16

2016 was the year of death, as social media bores won't tire of telling us. That hackneyed adage has overshadowed all the great new music bo…

Same As It Ever Was: How Did I Get Here?

The Rutland Arms, near Sheffield station, has its own gravitational pull for me. It’s a place where I go to sit alone and work, to catch up…

Headsup Improv Comedy

When considering comedy in Sheffield, your mind probably jumps first to stand-up comedy. Your mind then stops, builds a small cottage, marr…

Sheffield's Christmas Crackers

whirlowhallfarm.org Whirlow roast turkey. I always grab a thigh, juicy and delicious, with as many roast vegetables as the oven can manage…

Filmreel SQIFF / Trip Along Exodus

Glasgow, 29 September–2 October Last month we journeyed to Glasgow for two days of queer film screenings at the Scottish Queer Internatio…