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Issue 109 April 2017

Now Then turns 9 years old this month. I’ll keep it quick: thank you to absolutely everyone who has been and continues to be involved in the creation, financing and printing of this magazine. We’re as surprised as you that we’ve lasted this long.

In the absence of a full article on the subject – stay tuned for next month’s issue – there are bits and pieces here about the Festival of Debate 2017. It’s a series of events themed around social, political and economic issues, coordinated by Opus, the team behind Now Then. The full programme will be released soon, in a printed brochure and at festivalofdebate.com, but in the meantime you can read more on the Fairer Work, Dodge & Co and Favourites pages. In particular, I recommend you come and see LGBTI activist Peter Tatchell speak at Millennium Gallery on 27 April.

In honour of our ninth year, we’ve invited Darren Cullen to fill our art pages. We’re very big fans of his artwork, and indeed the man himself.

Get in touch if you’ve got comments, criticisms or ideas to share.

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This month's articles

Localcheck Last Lap?

In a 2011 legal change, local regulation of 'sexual entertainment venues' (SEVs) was widened to include lap dancing alongside sex shops. A v…

Exarchia : From Pitsmoor to Athens

Community artist Patrick Amber has disappeared to Greece. With his puppet making, mural painting, shadow puppetry and all-round usefulness, …

Community artist Patrick Amber has disappeared to Greece. With his puppet making, mural painting, shadow puppetry and all-round usefulness, 

Affordable Housing: Priority or Profits?

When private developers build houses, they are often required to include some homes at 'affordable' prices. Here in Sheffield, the Council a…

When private developers build houses, they are often required to include some homes at 'affordable' prices. Here in Sheffield, the Council a

Fairer Work: Does Sheffield Just Need A Pay Rise?

In December 2016, Sheffield played host to a demonstration and ongoing campaign called Sheffield Needs A Pay Rise. The aim is to promote a £…

In December 2016, Sheffield played host to a demonstration and ongoing campaign called Sheffield Needs A Pay Rise. The aim is to promote a £

Flâneuse: A City for Women

Ten years ago I created a character for a song – a laddish, coked-up yuppie. He said to his mates, “Have I told you before, guys, that I fou…

Ten years ago I created a character for a song – a laddish, coked-up yuppie. He said to his mates, “Have I told you before, guys, that I fou

Dodge & Co: The Tax Dodger’s Guide to Fargate

Death and taxes: life’s only certainties, right? Wrong! Here at Dodge & Co, we’re the world’s leading experts at leading the experts awa…

Death and taxes: life’s only certainties, right? Wrong! Here at Dodge & Co, we’re the world’s leading experts at leading the experts awa

Sad Facts Big Stories For Little Children

There is a lot to be upset about in this world: Trump; Syria; that publishing deal for my cookbook that fell through; my marriage. I do un…

 There is a lot to be upset about in this world: Trump; Syria; that publishing deal for my cookbook that fell through; my marriage. 
I do un

Darren Cullen: This Month's Featured Artist

Darren Cullen is a satirical artist, illustrator and writer based in London. Using the language of advertising and marketing, his work comme…

Darren Cullen is a satirical artist, illustrator and writer based in London. Using the language of advertising and marketing, his work comme

Classical Weekend 2017

Kraal: a corral, an enclosure (Dutch/Afrikaans) As the sunlight comes and goes through the stained glass of St Marie’s Cathedral, leaving m…

Kraal: a corral, an enclosure (Dutch/Afrikaans)

As the sunlight comes and goes through the stained glass of St Marie’s Cathedral, leaving m

Digital Mystikz / Slow Club / The Crookes

3 March The Night Kitchen If anyone was going to The Night Kitchen for the first time and struggling to find the venue, they could have fol…

3 March
 The Night Kitchen
If anyone was going to The Night Kitchen for the first time and struggling to find the venue, they could have fol

Headsup Out Aloud: Sheffield's LGBT Choir

Familiar to many thanks to their annual Winter Garden show, Out Aloud are a Sheffield choir made up of LGBT people from many different backg…

Familiar to many thanks to their annual Winter Garden show, Out Aloud are a Sheffield choir made up of LGBT people from many different backg

Filmreel MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA, WOMAN WITH A DOUBLE BASS

Anna Rose Holmer, USA, 2015 A community gym seems an unlikely setting for any film that isn’t just another low-budget Rocky rehash, and whi…

 Anna Rose Holmer, USA, 2015
A community gym seems an unlikely setting for any film that isn’t just another low-budget Rocky rehash, and whi